ADMINISTRATION OF LAW
Deborah Mayo Jefferies
This course is designed to introduce students who already have a fundamental understanding of legal bibliography to issues related to the administration of various types of law libraries.
Class will meet on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Each student will select a law library (academic, firm, court, corporate, state or county) to serve as director. Each director will lead the class discusssion about the library she or he directs based on readings selected and the assignment and/or project given for the class period. The presentation of selected readings will be evaluated by the class. Assignments and/or projects will be graded by the instructor.
There is no textbook for this course. Each student is to find, read and present the following for discussion at each class: any combination of two: periodical articles, books, or chapters from a book relevant to the topic assigned for the class period. This should culminate in an annotated bibliography as a final project.
There will be no final examination.
Grading: Assignments/Projects 50%
Class Presentations 50%
|JANUARY 25||SELF STUDY|
|FEBRUARY 8||LIBRARY BUDGET|
|FEBRUARY 15||JOB DESCRIPTION/WORK PLAN/ ORGANIZATION CHART|
|MARCH 1||POLICY MANUAL|
|MARCH 22||COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT PLAN|
|APRIL 5||FLOW CHART|
|APRIL 19||PUBLIC SERVICE PROJECT|
|Introduction/Overview of Course|
|JANUARY 18||The Profession of Law Libarianship|
|JANUARY 25||Types of Law Libraries: Academic, Corporate, Firm, County, State, Court|
|FEBRUARY 1||Administration: Planning|
|FEBRUARY 8||Administration: Budget|
|FEBRUARY 15||Administration: Personnel (Hiring, Training, Communication)|
|FEBRUARY 22||Administration: Personnel (Evaluation & Appraisal)|
|MARCH 1||Administration: Personnel (Discipline, Dismissal, Grievance)|
|MARCH 8||Collection Development: Books vs. The Electronic Library|
|March 22||Collection Development: Special Collections (Government Documents, Rare Books, Microforms)|
|MARCH 29||Processing and Organizing Legal Materials: Acquisitions, Serials, Cataloging|
|APRIL 5||Processing and Organizing Legal Materials: Continued|
|APRIL 12||Service: Circulation|
|APRIL 19||Service: Reference|
|APRIL 26||Wrap Up|
JANUARY 25, 1995
A self study is an evaluative tool that tells you who you are, why you are, what you do and how you could do it better. The self study of your library should include information about the following areas: 1. Purpose 2. Administration and staff 3. Collection 4. Technology and Equipment 5. Service 6. Physical Facilities and 7. Concerns
FEBRUARY 8, 1995
Prepare a budget proposal for your library. Be specific about how much money you need and why. Give line item amounts for each category and justification for amounts sought, stating consquences if budget declines, remains status quo or increases in each area. Cite the needs of your institution (based on type of institution and number of clientele and kinds of services offered). Use your library skills to find information about budgeting methods, surveys and statistics about the financial resources of your library.
FEBRUARY 15, 1995
Prepare an organization chart for your staff, then write an advertisement, job description and work plan for a position on the staff.
MARCH 1, 1995
Prepare a policy manual for your staff.
COLL. DEV. PLAN
MARCH 22, 1995
Prepare your library's collection development plan.
APRIL 5, 1995
Select a library resource and prepare a flow chart showing the processing of material from acquisition to patron access.
PUB. SERVICES PROJ.
APRIL 19, 1995
Develop a library service that will result in a tangible product. Examples: a brochure, user's manual, survey, display, photocopying service, etc. Be creative.
APRIL 26, 1995
Submit an annotated bibliography of the readings selected for presentation in class.