LAW LIBRARIES AND LEGAL INFORMATION
INLS 229

Laura Gasaway and Anne Klinefelter
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Information and Library Science
http://www.ils.unc.edu/
Spring 2000
Offered Biennially

 

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.

Course Objectives:

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.

Assignments:

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.

Methods:

Class sessions consist of lectures, student discussions, guest speakers and laboratory sessions.  Students are expected to participate in discussions based on the reading.

Grades:

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)

Part I,

    Mar. 6  

Part II

    April 24  
  Final Exam     May 1   33 1/3%

LAW LIBRARIANSHIP & LEGAL RESOURCES

INLS 229
SCHEDULE & ASSIGNMENTS

Gasaway & Klinefelter                                                                                                                                                                           Spring, 2000

CLASS   DATE   TOPIC(S) PRESENTERS(S)   READING ASSIGNMENT
  1   Jan. 9   Introduction & Types of Law
  Libraries
  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
  Materials
    Scan textbook chapters 8-11
  5   Feb. 6   Collection Development

  Technical Services

  Tom French

  Carol Nicholson

  Reserve materials

  Coursepack, pp. 33-50

  6   Feb. 13   Administrative
  Regulations, Court Rules &
  Citator Services
    Scan textbook chapters 12-
  13, 15
  7   Feb. 20   Treatises & Secondary
  Sources of Law
    Scan textbook chapters ALR
  7, 14, 16-19
  8   Feb. 27   MID-TERM
  Research Techniques &
  Legal Citations
    Scan textbook chapters 2,
  23
  9   March 6   Personnel & Personnel
  Administration
  RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT -  PART

  1 - DUE March 6
  Lolly Gasaway   Coursepack, pp. 51-90
    March 13   SPRING BREAK    
  10   March 20   Reference Services   Panel:
  Pat Langelier
  Connie Matzen
  Tom Steele
  Moderator:
  Coursepack, pp. 91-114

 

  11   March 27   Law Firm Panel   Carolyn Scott
  Connie Matzen
  Genene Uyesato
  Moderator:
  Lolly Gasaway
  Reserve Materials

  Coursepack, pp. 123-26

  12   April 3   Reader's Services
  CALR Hands-on
  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
  Associations
  Laura Gasaway

  Dick Danner

  Coursepack, pp. 137-85
    May 1   FINAL EXAM