LAW LIBRARIES AND LEGAL
Laura Gasaway and Anne
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Information and Library Science
Purpose of the Course:
To provide students with an overview of law librarianship and administrative principles as applied to the functions, organization and procedures of the law library. To offer an introduction to legal materials and legal databases as well as reference services in law libraries.
1. To familiarize students with:
a. The types and functions of law libaries.
b. Important sources of legal information.
c. Governance, standards and policies in law libraries.
d. Legal databases and their use, and
e. The unique features of law library administration.
2. To provide students with:
a. An overview of law library management approaches,
b. Familiarity with legal resources and collections,
c. Understanding of reference and other law library services,
d. Knowledge of collection organization and technical processes,
e. Awareness of trends and developments in the legal world, and
f. Enthusiasm for law librarianship.
The text for the legal resources part of the course is Fundamentals of Legal Research, 6th ed. The problem booklet that accompanies the text also is required. Assigned chapters in the text should be skimmed before class sessions. Problems from the problem booklet are used for the research assignment.
There is no textbook for the law libarianship portion of the course; instead there is a coursepack. A few additional readings are on reserve in the Law Library and in the SILS library. You are expected to read the assignment articles prior to the class session and come ready to discuss them.
Class sessions consist of lectures, student discussions, guest speakers and laboratory sessions. Students are expected to participate in discussions based on the reading.
There are two exams, a mid-term and a final exam, plus a research assignment. The research assignment consists of a series of assignments from the problem booklet including online problems. The course grade is based on the following percentages:
|Mid-term exam||Feb. 27||33 1/3%|
|Research assignment||33 1/3% (both parts together)|
|Final Exam||May 1||33 1/3%|
LAW LIBRARIANSHIP & LEGAL RESOURCES
SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS
Gasaway & Klinefelter Spring, 2000
CLASS DATE TOPIC(S) PRESENTERS(S) READING ASSIGNMENT 1 Jan. 9 Introduction & Types of Law
Lolly Gasaway Coursepack, pp. 1-31 2 Jan. 16 Sources of Law Lolly Gasaway Scan textbook chapter 1 3 Jan. 23 Court Reports & Digests Scan textbook chapters 3-6 4 Jan. 30 Statutory & Congressional
Scan textbook chapters 8-11 5 Feb. 6 Collection Development
Coursepack, pp. 33-50
6 Feb. 13 Administrative
Regulations, Court Rules &
Scan textbook chapters 12-
7 Feb. 20 Treatises & Secondary
Sources of Law
Scan textbook chapters ALR
7, 14, 16-19
8 Feb. 27 MID-TERM
Research Techniques &
Scan textbook chapters 2,
9 March 6 Personnel & Personnel
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT - PART
1 - DUE March 6
Lolly Gasaway Coursepack, pp. 51-90 March 13 SPRING BREAK 10 March 20 Reference Services Panel:
Coursepack, pp. 91-114
11 March 27 Law Firm Panel Carolyn Scott
Coursepack, pp. 123-26
12 April 3 Reader's Services
Martha Barefoot Coursepack, pp. 127-35 13 April 10 Computer Assisted Legal
Instruction & Internet
Scan textbook, chapter 22
Coursepack, pp. 115-22
14 April 17 Law Library Management,
Networking & Professional
Coursepack, pp. 137-85 May 1 FINAL EXAM