ADMINISTRATION OF LAW LIBRARIES
Deborah Mayo Jefferies
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Spring Semester

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%

 

ASSIGNMENTS

DATE DUE
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
APRIL 26 BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

SYLLABUS

DATE

JANUARY 11

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

                                                 

                                                 ASSIGNMENTS

ASSIGNMENT I 

SELF STUDY

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

ASSIGNMENT II 

BUDGET

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.

ASSIGNMENT III 

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

ASSIGNMENT IV 

POLICY MANUAL

MARCH 1, 1995

Prepare a policy manual for your staff.

ASSIGNMENT V 

COLL. DEV. PLAN

MARCH 22, 1995

Prepare your library's collection development plan.

ASSIGNMENT VI 

FLOW CHART

APRIL 5, 1995

Select a library resource and prepare a flow chart showing the processing of material from acquisition to patron access.

ASSIGNMENT VII 

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.

ASSIGNMENT VIII 

ANNOT. BIBLIOGRAPHY

APRIL 26, 1995

Submit an annotated bibliography of the readings selected for presentation in class.