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2011-2012 Annual Report: Oklahoma City University School of Law Library: Outreach

Displays

Displays in different sizes are located throughout the library and regularly changed based on the Law Library marketing plan. The 2011-2012 marketing plan was created by the reference department. Going forward it will be a collaborative effort between the reference and access services departments. Law librarians and library staff across departments often collaborate to create displays highlighting current events, library services, and law school events.

 

Outside the Law Library

The reference librarians gave presentations to a number of community groups and served as adjunct faculty for campus programs. 

Groups presented to include the:

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Ginsburg Inn of Court
  • University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies
  • Meinders School of Business
  • Oklahoma Paralegal Association

Campus Involvement

Librarians are active across the university campus serving on both campus and law school committees. Librarians serve as student group advisers and first year student mentors.

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. The Law Library collaborated again with the Office of Academic Achievement to provide an overview and discussion of the appropriate use of study aids and supplements. In support of Law Career Service's (formerly the PCDC) Public Service Week, a training session entitled "Research in a Pro Bono Environment" was offered. Reference librarians maintain LibGuides highlighting recommended resources from Student Services and the Law Career Center. The Law Library is continuing to find opportunities to collaborate with law school departments and have several projects planned for 2012-2013.

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 print copies are available through out the library and law school. Previous editions are availble in the Law Library Newsletters LibGuide.

Librarians' Publications 2011-2012

Lee Peoples

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

Book Review: Legal Research Methods in a Modern World: A Coursebook, Third Edition, 38 International Journal of Legal Information 405-08 (2011)

Selected Works  

 

Kathleen (Katie) Brown

The Legislative Process in the State of Florida, 30 Legal Reference Services Quarterly 25 (2011)

Prosecuting Heads of State. Edited by Ellen L. Lutz and Caitlin Reiger 39 International Journal of Legal Information 92 (2011)

Selected Works

Jennifer Prilliman

Children and Family Law: A Practitioner's Resource Guide, Oklahoma Bar Journal (2011)

The Challenge of Child Labour in International Law. By Franziska Humbert, International Journal of Legal Information (2011) 

Selected Works

Jennifer Watson 

MAALL Markings Layout Editor

Selected Works

Clinic Services

The Law Library expanded its reference services Fall 2011 by offering embedded librarian services to the Oklahoma Innocence Project Clinic, American Indian Wills Clinic, and Immigration Law Clinic. LibGuides for the clinics were developed and all will be publicly published Fall 2012. Reference librarians went to clinic offices equipped with laptops and iPads to provide on-site reference assistance. For the first time, the clinics were assigned a librarian liaison to work with student teams and clinic faculty. LibGuides tailored to the each clinic's needs were created. Over the course of the next year, the Law Library will continue to develop initiatives to support the clinics.

36 hours spent in the clinics

228 Clinic LibGuide views 

National Library Week

The Law Library celebrated the American Library Assoication's National Library Week April 8th-14th, 2012. The Law Library had several fun events and contests to maximize student involvement. Overall participation was up from the prior year. There were 204 unique participants with 499 total entries in the various contests. Each student who participated in at least one contest was entered into the grand prize raffle. The raffle winner won a guaranteed study room during one night of finals, stocked with the winner's choice of cookies, soda, and a t-shirt from the American Library Association.

Social Media

Blogging
Librarians update The Gavel, the Law Libary's blog, several times each week. Posts included library news, current events, and other legal topics. A post by law student reference assistant Adam Carey was republished in the December 2011 issue of Student Lawyer magazine (Vol. 40 no. 4).  The Gavel receives additional exposure Justia.com's BLawg Directory.

Jennifer Prilliman served as a blogger for the AALL RIPS-SIS Law Librarian blog. Her blog post discussing the Cool Tools Cafe workshop was mentioned in Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog, which was then linked by the Wall Street Journal's Legal blog (link no longer available).

 

Twitter
The Law Library Twitter account (@OCULawLibrary) is monitored daily and updated by several librarians. Current events, events at the Law Library, and other news of importance to the law school community are posted. To encourage students to follow the library Twitter feed, the Law Library periodically offers Twitter Treats

Librarians also respond to student concerns, questions, and feedback received through Twitter. 

The Law Library Twitter account has been retweeted or mentioned by groups such as KOSU Radio, HeinOnline, CALI, and the Law Library of Congress.

Ask a librarian

 Ask-A-Librarian provides patrons the opportunity to submit reference questions at any time of day using an online form. Responses to the question are provided within two business days in accordance with the Law Library's social media policy. 24 questions were asked and answered using this feature.


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