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2012-2013 Annual Report: Oklahoma City University School of Law Library: Law Library Faculty, Staff and Student Workers

Reorganization and Promotions

During the summer of 2012, Darla Jackson pursued opportunities at another institution.This change of personnel allowed for restructuring and promotions in some law library departments.

Kathleen Brown was promoted to Associate Director

Jennifer Prilliman was promoted to Head of Reference Services

Timothy Gatton was promoted to Reference Librarian for Public, Clinical, & Student Services

Jenny Watson was promoted to Head of Access Services

Natalie Vaughn was promoted to Interlibrary Loan Librarian

Faculty Status

In the spring Jennifer Prilliman applied for and was granted law faculty status and is now classified as a Law Library Professor. In applying for faculty status Professor Prilliman demonstrated an active teaching role in the library and law school, a commitment to professional and law school service, and active scholarship. Part of the process included a series of interviews by law administration and faculty and a presentation of current research. Her faculty talk highlighted the struggle of providing access to legal and government services to portions of the population who do not have access to technology or reliable Internet connections.


Reference Services Department


Law Library Professor
Head of Reference Services


Education: B.A. University of Central Oklahoma; J.D. University of Oklahoma; M.L.I.S. University of Oklahoma.

Background: Jennifer Prilliman’s research interests include legal information literacy and instruction, access to justice and libraries, open access, and ethics. Prior to entering the M.L.I.S. program she taught advanced placement and college preparatory courses at a college preparatory charter school in Oklahoma City. While in law school she was a member of the Jessup moot court team, topic editor for the Oklahoma Journal of Law and Technology, member of the Board of Advocates, and received the Dean’s Award for Advocacy. She is an active member in the Oklahoma Bar Association serving as the Law Day Co Chair and on the Bar Technology and Access to Justice committees. She also serves as the Mid America Association of Libraries (MAALL) Public Relations Chair and on numerous MAALL committees. She is the faculty liaison to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court, member American Bar Association, and the and serves on a number of special interest section committees for the American Association of Law Libraries. Most recently, she has been selected for the  2013-2104 OBA Leadership Academy.


Reference Librarian for Public, Clinical, & Student Services


Education: B.A. Cornell College; J.D. Oklahoma City University School of Law; M.L.I.S. University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences

Background:Tim is a 2010 graduate of Oklahoma City University Law and completed his M.L.I.S. degree at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2011. While a student at Oklahoma City University, Tim was actively involved in many student organizations, wrote a cooking column for the student newspaper, and worked as a reference assistant at the law library during his last three semesters of law school. Tim worked as a reference intern at the University of Pittsburgh Barco Law Library while completing his studies at Pitt.  Tim is an active member of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries and serves on the Bylaws Committee.  Tim also is a member of the Dallas Association of Law Librarians, the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, and the American Association of Law Libraries.


Reference Assistants

The Law Library employed additional law student reference assistants last year to assist with the workload of the unfilled librarian position.  Read more about the reference assistant program on the Reference Services page.

Summer II 2012

  • Micah Fenton
  • Jordan Haygood

Fall 2012

  • Youngwoo Ban
  • Amanda Brown
  • Adam Carey
  • Hans Carlson
  • Kerry Green
  • Jordan Haygood

Spring 2013

  • Youngwoo Ban
  • Amanda Brown
  • Adam Carey
  • Melissa Cottle
  • Kerry Green
  • Jordan Haygood
  • Shannon Payne

Summer I 2013

  • Youngwoo Ban
  • Kerry Green
  • Shannon Payne 

The Librarians of Oklahoma City University Law Library



Professor and Law Library Director

Education: B.A, M.L.I.S, and J.D. University of Oklahoma (semesters at Åarhus University, Denmark and Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Background: Professor Peoples’s research and scholarship is focused on comparative law and on the impact of technology on legal research, the judiciary, and the law. He has published articles, books, and book chapters on these topics. He is co-founding editor of the Legal Information and Technology eJournal on SSRN. He teaches advanced legal research classes and is a frequent lecturer in law school classes. Professor Peoples is active in professional organizations including the American Association of Law Libraries and Association of American Law Schools. He is past president of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.

He served as the Director of International Programs for the School of Law from 2007-2010. In that position he developed the innovative Certificate in American Law Program. Prior to his appointment as Law Library Director in 2010 he served as Associate Director, Associate Director for Faculty and Research Services, and Head of Reference Services. Before joining the faculty Professor Peoples practiced law in Oklahoma City. He is admitted to practice in the State of Oklahoma, Western District of Oklahoma, and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.





Associate Director

Education: J.D. Seattle University Law School, M.S.(LIS) Drexel University, B.F.A, DePaul University

Background: Kathleen (Katie) Brown’s research and scholarship is focused in the area of intellectual property, acting skills for lawyers, law and literature, management and a variety of legal research related topics. She teaches Advanced Legal Research courses, is a frequent guest lecturer in the law school classroom and Adjunct Faculty for the Meinders School of Business's Master of Science in Energy Legal Studies program. In 2011, Ms. Brown became an elected member of the AALL Executive Board and received the Emerging Leader Award. She is often asked to participate in panel discussions and webinars on the topic of, using social media and new technologies in law library leadership and management.

Acknowledgements and Awards

Lee Peoples

ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award, Testing the Limits of WestlawNext, 31 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 125-49 (2012).

MALLCO President

AALS Executive Committee

Kathleen Brown

MAALL Travel Grant

AALL Executive Board Member

Jennifer Prilliman

RIPS-SIS Blog Editor

Appointed Co-Chair of the OBA Law Day Commitee

MAALL Markings Photo Editor

MAALL Public Relations Chair

Timothy Gatton

The Most Helpful Librarian Award

Sovereignty Symposium Grant

MAALL Bylaws Committee Member

Nancy Cowden

7th year as a voting member of the AALL Government Documents SIS Grants Committee

Jenny Watson

MAALL Markings Layout Editor

Natalie Vaughn

Member  OLA Ethics Committee 

Member OLA Marketing Committee



From left to right

Administrative Assistant

Lorraine Wright 

Library Specialist

Mary Gillman 

Circulation Assistants

Bill Wakeham
Courtney Orosco

Retirements and Years of Service

In January Circulation Assistant Ann Worthington retired from the Oklahoma City University Law Library. Ann was a valued member of the library staff for 13 years.

This year marks Circulation Assistant Bill Wakeham's 15 years of service to Oklahoma City University Law Library.

Librarian Retreat

In the fall the Oklahoma City University Law Librarians participated in a half day retreat. The retreat occurred on campus and allowed the librarians to discuss the restructuring of some of the departments and how the changes would positively impact the day to day activities of the librarians. Other topics discussed during the retreat were recent changes in legal education, the potential of a new building, and the ABA site visit in October of 2012.

Technical Services Department


Assistant Director for Technical Services

Education: B.F.A. University of Oklahoma; M.L.S. University of Oklahoma

Responsibility: Nancy’s area of responsibility is managing the Technical Services Department which includes acquiring and paying for all library materials, cataloging new materials for the online catalog, binding of periodical issues, and processing library material received in the daily mail which includes paid subscriptions and free items from the U.S. government. She is also involved in collection development and collection maintenance.

Experience: Before coming to Oklahoma City University in 1980, Nancy worked at the University of Texas Law Library and at the University of Oklahoma Law Library in the Technical Services Department. Nancy is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries. Nancy is a long standing member of the AALL Government Documents SIS Grants Committee.


Systems Librarian/Cataloger

Education: B. S. Oklahoma State University; M.L.I.S. University of Oklahoma

Responsibilities: Her major duties are setup and administration of the Voyager online library system and cataloging and classifying library materials. She maintains the accuracy of the bibliographic records and authority files in Voyager. She creates Access reports from the Endeavor Voyager library system database as requested and assists staff and patrons in the use of the catalog and cataloging tools. She also assists the staff with questions on and training for the Voyager system.

Background: Prior to coming to Oklahoma City University in 1996, among other positions, she worked at two law firms classifying and cataloging discovery materials. Kathy is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.

Access Services Department



Head of Access Services

Education: B.A. in English Literature University of Oklahoma ; M.L.I.S. University of Oklahoma.

Background: Jenny began her library career working with the Interlibrary Loan Department at the University of Oklahoma. Jenny is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, and the Reference and User Services Association. Jenny is the Layout Editor for MAALL Markings, the publication of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries. In Fall 2013 she will begin a 2 year term as the MAALL Treasurer.



Interlibrary Loan Librarian

Education: Bachelors of Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma; M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma

Experience: Experience: Natalie started her career in the Interlibrary Loan department at the University of Oklahoma. Natalie is a member of the American Library Association, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, and the Oklahoma Library Association, where she serves as a member of the Ethics and Marketing Committees.

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