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2012-2013 Annual Report: Oklahoma City University School of Law Library: Community Involvement

Campus Involvement

Librarians and staff are active across the university campus serving on both campus and law school committees. Librarians serve as student group advisers, first year student mentors, and organization liaisons. Librarians and staff participate in a number of campus events such as the United Way auction, annual holiday events and  important technology and management trainings.

Cross Departmental Collaboration

The Law Library provides research and resource support for all of the law school departments and strives to find opportunities for cross departmental collaboration. Reference librarians maintain LibGuides highlighting recommended resources from Student Services and the Law Career Center. Librarians supports the work of the Admissions office by attending LawLawPalooza for the incoming 1L class and serving on various panels during Admission events, such as Open Houses, High Ideals, Hatton Sumners weekend, and Dean's Preview weekend. The Library also works closely with Student Service, Academic Achievement, Advancement, and Career Services departments on a variety of projects and events throughout the year to support the law school's mission and to foster student development.

 

Student Newsletter

The Law Library publishes a student newsletter twice a semester. The newsletter provides important library updates and useful research tips. Newsletters are distributed via email and previous editions are publicly available in the Law Library Newsletters LibGuide. Each issue discusses the Award program, contains a research tip (ranging from LibGuides to Boolean searching), and contains other information on news related to the Law Library.

Displays in Honor

Sadly, the 2012-2013 year marked the passing of two beloved Oklahoma City University Law School faculty members, William Conger and Richard Coulson. These two legal scholars were honored shorty after their individual passing with a display in the reference wing highlighting their work during their tenure at the law school.

Disaster Relief Effort

In the spring and summer of 2013 several tornadoes hit areas in and around Oklahoma City and caused severe devastation. Librarians and staff of the Law Library have contributed time, services, and  funds to help in the tornado relief effort.  Select work performed includes: creation of a disaster relief libguide of legal materials and forms for the Oklahoma Bar Association, providing basic necessity resources to individuals displaced by the tornadoes and temporarily living in the Cokesbury Apartments on the Oklahoma City University campus, answering phones at the United Way, restoration of damaged photographs, acting as a volunteer ambassador for the Red Cross, participating in a CrossFit Benefit WOD where all the proceeds went to those impacted in Moore, donation of pet supplies to the Norman Farmers' Market while it acted as a temporary clinic to lost and displaced animals after the storms, and monetary donations. 

Outside the Law Library

Librarians served as members and leaders in a number of on campus and off campus community groups. 

These groups include: AALL Executive Board, Co-Chairing Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Committee, Oklahoma Bar Association Access to Justice and Bar Technology Committees, Employee of the Month Committee, Building Advisory Committee, New Building Art Committee, LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers Advisory Committee, Faculty Mentorship Program, Oklahoma Library Association Commitees, MAALL Bylaws Committee, MAALL Markings Committee, Chairing MAALL Public Relations Committe, RIPS-SIS Blog, RIPS-SIS Nomination Committee, Midtown Redevelopment Committee & MAALL Markings Layout Editor.

OBA Law Day Art Contest Winners with Chief Justice Thomas Colbert Photo Courtesy of the Oklahoma Bar Association

In addition to serving in the listed organizations, law librarians presented papers, speeches, and posters to a number of civic and professional groups both domestically and abroad including:

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey
  • Meinders School of Business
  • MAALL Annual Meeting in St. Louis
  • AALL Annual Meeting in Boston, MA
  • Midtown Redevelopment Committee
  • Houston Association of law Libraries

They also served as adjunct faculty for other schools on campus. 

Librarians' Publications 2012-2013

Lee Peoples

J. William Conger: An Inspiration to China’s Future Trial Lawyers, 38 Oklahoma City University Law Review 45-48 (2013).

Growing a Law Library Consortium: What Size is the Right Size?, 22 Trends in Law Library Management & Technology 7-14 (2012).

Testing the Limits of WestlawNext, 31 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 125-49 (2012).

Selected Works  

Kathleen (Katie) Brown

Social Media Strategies and Your Library, SLA Information Outlook 22 (March/April 2013).

Federal Tax Research: Guide to Materials and Techniques Review (available 2013 on the RIPS-SIS website).

Selected Works

Jennifer Prilliman

RIPS-SIS Blog Editor and Contributor

Law Day 2013: Annual Celebration to Highlight Equality. 84 Okla. B. J. 727 (2013) (with Richard Vreeland).

Selected Works

Timothy Gatton

AALL Spectrum Blog:  Book Review--Research Handbook on the WTO Agriculture Agreement: New and Emerging Issues in International Agricultural Trade Law. http://www.aallnet.org/Blogs/spectrum-blog/34259.html

Jennifer Watson 

MAALL Markings Layout Editor

Taking stock: Do you know what’s in your print collection? MAALL Markings 22:3 (June 2013).

Selected Works

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