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Chickasaw Nation Law Library at Oklahoma City University School of Law: Librarians and Staff

Library Administration


Lee Peoples, Associate Dean of Library and Technology & Frederick Charles Hicks Professor of Law
Education: B.A, M.L.I.S, and J.D. University of Oklahoma (semesters at Åarhus University, Denmark and Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Contact: [email protected]  
Background: Professor Peoples’ research and scholarship is focused on tort law and the intersection of law and technology. He has published articles, books, and book chapters on these topics. He served as the School of Law's Interim Dean for the 2018 academic year. He founded the School's Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic, the first of its kind in the nation.  He is a co-founding editor of the Legal Information and Technology eJournal and is an editorial board member of Legal Information Review. He teaches the Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic, 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 has served as president of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries and the Mid-America Law Library Consortium. Professor Peoples is active in his local community and currently serves as President of the Midtown Association and vice-chair of the City of Oklahoma City's Urban Design Commission. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Business Improvement District Board and the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission. 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.


Katherine Witzig, Library and Administrative Assistant
Education: B.A. University of Central Oklahoma
Background: Inspired by a love of knowledge, for both its intricacies and its valuable element of personal empowerment, Katherine has worked in both academic and public libraries in various capacities over the past ten years. Most recently, she worked as an Access Specialist II at the Metropolitan Library System's busy Edmond branch. While there, she graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. of English and a minor in Spanish. Her greatest joy is helping others use information resources to shape their own futures.

Reference Services

Timothy Gatton, Associate Director for Research and Instruction and Law Library Professor
Education: B.A. Cornell College; J.D. Oklahoma City University School of Law; M.L.I.S.  University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences
Contact:   [email protected]   
Background: Timothy is a 2010 graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law and completed his M.L.I.S. degree at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2011. While a student at Oklahoma City University, Timothy 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. Timothy is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (serving on the Bylaws Committee), Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, and the Dallas Association of Law Librarians.  Timothy was the chair of the AALL's Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section 2014 Book Drive. Timothy teaches Texas Legal Research for Practice, Oklahoma Legal Research for Practice, Advanced Legal Research: Foreign, Comparative, and International Law, and Advanced Legal Research: U.S. Law. Additionally, Timothy team-teaches in the Law Practice Technology course and in the Norick Municipal Law Research Clinic, and provides guest lectures in Legal Research and Writing as well as other classes as requested.


Le'Shawn R. Turner, Reference Librarian
Education: B.B.A. Langston University; J.D. Oklahoma City University School of Law; M.B.A. Oklahoma City University; M.L.I.S. University of North Texas
Background: Le’Shawn is an adamant believer in making a well-informed decision; therefore, RESEARCH is vital. She worked at the Oklahoma Supreme Court for 13 years in several capacities including as a Staff Attorney and Contracts Manager in the AOC (Administrative Office of the Courts). Le’Shawn is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Mid-American Association of Law Libraries (MAALL), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), and the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA). In her spare time she loves reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.

Collection and Access Services

Susan Urban, Assistant Director for Access and Collection Services
Education:  Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma; M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma
Contact:  [email protected]    
Experience: Susan began working in libraries right here at the Oklahoma City University Law Library while obtaining her MLIS at the University of Oklahoma. Before coming back to OCU, she worked as a Reference Librarian in an academic setting and as a public librarian. Susan is a member of the Oklahoma Library Assocation, American Library Association, and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries.


Syd Stephenson, Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian
Education: B.A., M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma

Background: Syd began their library career in 2018 as a student employee at Bizzell Memorial Library, located on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus. Before joining Oklahoma City University's staff, Syd worked as a Librarian at the Oklahoma Transportation Library. In 2022, Syd earned their MLIS degree and joined the Chickasaw Nation Law Library at Oklahoma City University School of Law. They are an active member of the Oklahoma Library Association, Special Libraries Association, American Library Association, and the American Association of Law Libraries. Syd’s research interests include open access, open educational resources, accessibility, technology, and data ethics.


Jordan Piel, Access Services Librarian
Education:  B.A. from Oklahoma State University; M.A. from Texas Tech University; M.L.I.S. from the University of Oklahoma.
Contact: [email protected]  
Jordan obtained a B.A. in Classics from Oklahoma State University and afterward attended Texas Tech University where he taught Latin and earned an M.A. in Classics in 2014. He earned his MLIS from the University of Oklahoma in May 2016. He started out in libraries as a clerk in the Ponca City Public Library, and spent time working with the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City and the Fine Arts and Architecture Libraries at the University of Oklahoma. 



 Skyler Nichols, Library Assistant
 Education: B.A. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma; M.L.I.S. University of Oklahoma
 Contact: [email protected]

Skyler has worked for over 10 years in libraries, starting during her undergraduate degree. She has worked at USAO library, Oklahoma State University library, the University of Oklahoma's Health Science Center library, and Midwest City High School library before coming to the OCU Law Library.



 Ashton Taylor, Library Assistant
 Education: B.A. Southwestern Oklahoma State University
 Contact: [email protected]

Ashton has been working in libraries since 2018, starting as a student at SWOSU's Al Harris Library. Following graduation in 2021, he took a job as an assistant in an elementary library at Oklahoma City Public Schools. He has been with OCU at the Chickasaw Nation Law Library since May 2022.

800 N. Harvey Oklahoma City, OK 73102 405.208.5271