COURSE SYLLABUS AND SCHEDULE

LAW LIBRARIANSHIP 641


College of Communications and Information Studies 
School of Library and Information Science
Interim Session 1998
 

Herb Cihak, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law
Shaun Esposito, Reference and Electronic Information Services Librarian
Sue Burch, Assistant Director and Coordinator of Public Services

I. BASIC INFORMATION

A. Office

Professor Cihak's office is room 124, which is located inside the Law Library.

Mr. Esposito's office is room 152, which is located near the reference desk in the Law Library foyer area.

Ms. Burch's office is room 122, which is located inside the Law Library.

If you have difficulty trying to see any of the librarians, please schedule an appointment with Law Library Staff Assistant, Gloria Kennedy, in room 121.

B. Text Book

1. Students will be provided with "Toward A Renaissance In Law Librarianship: The Report, Recommendations and Materials of the American Association of Law Libraries Special Committee on the Renaissance of Law Librarianship in the Information Age."

2.  Supplemental

   a.  Readings, provided as appropriate.

   b. M. Cohen and K. Olson, Legal Research In A Nutshell, (6th ed.  1996). (On Law Library reserve).
    c.     M. Jacobstein, R. Mersky and D. Dunn, Legal Research   Illustrated,       (6th ed. 1994). (On Law Library reserve).

C. Class

This class meets May 12, 1998--June 9, 1998.  Class is held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Law Library.

D. Absences

Attendance is required.  Unexcused absences will result in a ten point deduction from the total points earned for the class.

E. Cheating and Plagiarism

We are against these practices.  A minimum grade of 'E" is punishable for either offense.

II. COURSE OBJECTIVES
 

A. General purpose: This course will introduce students to the length and breadth of law librarianship.

B. The successful student will be able to:

1. Discuss the history, nature, and clientele of law libraries.

2. Differentiate primary legal authority from secondary legal authority and explain their effects on legal research.

3. Use legal research tools to define legal terms, locate general background information and find case and statutory law.

4. Identify the essential components of a law library collection development policy and understand acquisition procedures.

5. Explain what technical processing is done in a law library.

6. Describe what public services a law library should offer.

7. Identify the most important legal research databases.

8. Discuss the impact of technology on law libraries.

9. Describe law library leadership and personnel issues.

10.  Formulate a plan for marketing a law library.

11. Gain a familiarity with law library budgets.

12. Articulate the special issues of law firm, academic and government libraries.
 
13. Identify significant professional law library associations.

III. OUT-OF-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

A. Research Paper

Write a research paper dealing with a topic in law librarianship.  The paper, which is due June 8, 1998, should be 10 to 12 pages.

B. Discussion Articles (Hand Outs)

There are a number of short discussion articles which will be distributed at the initial class meeting.  Please check the class schedule for the dates by which these articles should be read.

IV. IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

Some class meetings will allow time for in-class assignments.  These assignments are not graded.


V. GRADING

A. Research Paper

The research paper is worth 60 points.

B. Final Exam

The exam covers all text and lecture materials and is worth 100 points.

C. Final Grade

Is composed of the research paper, and the final exam for a total of 160 points.


 CLASS SCHEDULE

May 12:
Legal Technology Tools; Public Services in a Law Library Environment.  Class will meet in the Law Library; a presentation on aspects of law library public services and a demonstration of technological products which are impacting legal research will be followed by a tour of the library and demonstration of items typically used in law library public services work.

May 13:
Secondary Legal Authority.  Class will meet for 45-60 minutes in the Law Library, followed by 35-50 minutes of reference exercises, concluding with a brief discussion of difficulties and success encountered doing the exercises.  Read for this class: Winning Research Skills, Ch. 6, Background Legal Sources, pp. 127-142.  Also, examine the relevant portions (dealing with legal encyclopedias, legal periodicals and indexes, and legal dictionaries) on the World Wide Web page, Legal Research Basics Guide  [http://www.uky.edu/Law/guides/basics.htm].  Suggested (but optional) background reading for this class: LRI [Legal Research Illustrated--see p. 1 of syllabus under supplemental texts], ch. 1, pp. 1-14 OR LRN [Legal Research in a Nutshell -see p. 1 of syllabus under supplemental texts], ch. 1, The Research Process, pp. 1-15 and ch. 9, Secondary Materials,  pp. 221-237.

May 14:
Primary Legal Authority.  Class will meet for 45-60 minutes in the Law Library followed by 35-50 minutes of reference, concluding with a brief discussion of difficulties and success encountered doing the exercises.  For this class read West's Law Finder, pp. 6-13 (national reporter system) and pp. 47-65 (statutes) OR Winning Research Skills, Ch. 1, Case Law, pp. 9-32 and Ch. 4, Legislation, pp. 83-106.  Also, examine the relevant portions (helpful hints on deciphering legal citations and abbreviations of commonly used legal materials) on the World Wide Web page, Legal Research Basics Guide  [http://%20www.uky.edu/Law/guides/basics.htm].  Suggested (but optional) background reading for this class: LRI, ch. 3, Court Reports, pp. 23-38, LRI ch. 4, Federal Court Decisions, pp.  41-66, LRI, ch. 5, State Court Decisions and the National Reporter System, pp. 67-78, LRI, ch. 9, Federal Legislation, pp.150-178 OR LRN, ch. 2, Court Reports, pp. 16-48, and LRN, ch. 6, Statutes and Constitutions, pp. 121-159.

May 18:
Legislative history and administrative legal research materials.  Class will meet for 45-60 minutes in the Law Library, followed by 35-50 minutes of reference exercises, concluding with a brief discussion of difficulties and success encountered doing the exercises.  For this class examine the following guides available on the Law Library's WEB site:  Administrative Law Research Guide  [http://www.uky.edu/ Law/guides/adlaw96.htm] and  Legislative History Research Guide [http://www.uky.edu/Law/guides/legh96.htm].  Suggested (but optional) background reading for this class: LRI, ch. 10, Federal Legislative Histories, pp. 179-216 and ch. 12, Administrative Law, pp. 233-267 OR LRN, ch. 7, Legislative History, pp. 160-191, and LRN, ch. 8, Administrative Law, pp. 192-220.

May 19:
Legal Finding Tools and Verification Tools--Shepard's.  Class will meet for 45-60 minutes in the Law Library, followed by 35-50 minutes of reference exercises, concluding with a brief discussion of difficulties and success encountered doing the exercises.  For this class read West's Law Finder, pages 14-32 (digests) OR Winning Research Skills, ch. 2, Finding Cases: Digests, pp. 33-43..  Also, examine the relevant portions (digests and statutory annotations (USCA, USCS, KRS)) on the World Wide Web page, Legal Research Basics Guide [http://www.uky.edu/Law/guides/basics.htm] AND Read Winning Research Skills, ch. 3, Updating Case Law Research, pp. 61-70.  Also, examine the relevant portions (Updating Research) on the World Wide Web page, Legal Research Basics Guide [http://www.uky.edu/Law/guides/basics.htm].  Suggested (but optional) reading for this class:  LRI, ch. 6, Digests for Court Reports, pp. 79-112 OR LRN, ch. 3, Case Research, pp. 49-70. AND suggested (but optional) reading for Shepard's:  LRI, ch. 14, Shepard's Citations, pp. 286-321 OR LRN, ch. 3 3-3, Shepard's Citations, pp. 70-79.

May 20:
Looseleaf Services and Formbooks.  Class will meet for 45-60 minutes in the Law Library, followed by 35-50 minutes of reference exercises, concluding with a brief discussion of difficulties and success encountered doing the exercises  For this class examine the following guide available on the Law Library's WEB site:  Looseleaf Services Guide [http://www.uky.edu/Law/guides/Looseleaf.htm]. And Guide to Using Form Books [http://www.uky.edu/Law/guides/formbks.htm].  Suggested (but optional) readings for this class: LRN, ch. 10 10-2, Looseleaf Services, pp. 239-248 OR LRI, ch. 13, Looseleaf Services, pp. 268-285. AND Suggested (but optional) readings for formsbooks: LRI, ch. 18, F, Form Books, pp.406-407 OR LRN, ch. 10, 10-4 (d), Formbooks, pp. 255-256.
 

May 21: 
Legal Databases--Westlaw and Lexis.  Read West's Law Finder, pages 32-41 and pages 60-65 AND Winning Research Skills, Appendix, pp. 161-176.  This class will take place in the law library microcomputer lab.  Suggested (but optional) reading for this class: LRN, ch. 5, 5-2 Online Databases, pp. 98-113.

May 26:
Legal Government Documents.  Dee Wood, UK Law Library Documents and Bibliographic Access Librarian, will describe the documents operation at the law library.  Class will meet in Law Library, followed by a tour of the government documents area of the law library.

May 27:
Legal Publishing and Collection Development.    Read the handout entitled, "Taking On the Legal Publishers: The Making of the FTC Guidelines," "Guide for Training Collection Development Librarians--Planning Worksheet," and "Sample Collection Development Plans."  Meet in the Law Library.

May 28:
Special Issues for Academic Law Libraries and the Value of Professional Associations.  Read Toward A Renaissance In Law Librarianship, pages 1-18, and handouts entitled "Building Loyalty," "The Law Librarian's Education and The Autonomous Library," "The Core Value of Service," and "The Value of Professional Associations."  Class held in the Law Library.

June 1:
Special Issues for Government-Sponsored Law Libraries and for Law Firm Libraries.  Sallie Howard, Kentucky State Law Librarian, will discuss government sponsored law libraries during the first class hour.  Lynn Fogle, librarian at Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald, will join us in the second half of the class to discuss managing a large law firm library. Class held in the Law Library.

June 2:
Technical Services at a Law Library and a tour of law firm libraries.  Read Toward A Renaissance In Law Librarianship, pages 117-120.  Ebba Jo Sexton, UK Law Library Collection and Acquisitions Coordinator, will lead a discussion and tour of the law library acquisitions, serials and processing operation during the first hour. Class held in the law library. We will leave from the College of Law parking lot at 2:15 for a tour of two Lexington law firm libraries.

June 3:
History of American Law Libraries and the Nature of Law Librarianship.  Class held in the Law Library.  Read "The William F. Stearns Collection--Providing the Foundation for the University of Mississippi School of Law Library," by Herb Cihak.

June 4:
Law Library Leadership and Administration Issues.  Read handouts entitled "Line-of-Sight Leadership," by Stephen R.  Covey; "Dr.  Deming and the People Factor," by Laurie A.  Broedling; "Gung Ho People," by Ken Blanchard; "Leaders of Leaders," by Warren Bennis; "Rethinking Your Strategy," by Rosabeth Moss Kanter; "The Shape of Things to Come," an interview with Peter F.  Drucker, and "Leading Your Law Library Staff: Four Principles of Effective Leaders," by Herb Cihak and Sue Burch.  Class held in the Law Library.

June 8:
Budget and Marketing in a Law Library.  Read handouts entitled, "Overworked?  Understaffed?  Don't Stop Marketing!," by Olson and Moseman; "Marketing and Libraries: An Inevitable Alliance," by Herb Cihak; "Marketing in Real Time," by Regis McKenna; and "Overcoming the Grisham Factor--By Marketing Change," by Herb Cihak and Judith Morgan.  (The June 1998 issue of Marketing Library Services, in which this article is published, will be distributed during the first week of June).  Class held in the Law Library.  Research papers due.

June 9: Final examination.  Meet in the Law Library.