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2015 - 2016 Oklahoma City University School of Law Library Annual Report: Research Instruction

Instruction and Presentations Overview

Mastery Mondays

                                    

In the Spring of 2015, the Law Library began offering Mastery Monday sessions. These are short, 15-minute sessions on a variety of topics, taught at the Collaboration Station in the Reference Area. 

Law Review

Access Services librarians train Law Review resource editors in locating materials not found in the Law Library collection. Reference Librarians provide instruction during the Law Review new member orientation, work closely with student authors and editors during the tech check process, and they provide one-on-one customized training to note writers based on their chosen topics. 

LibGuides

Reference librarians are responsible for the creation and updating of the research guides. Many guides are prepared by our law student reference assistants under the supervision of a reference librarian. The guides are promoted in classes, at the circulation and reference desks, and through social media. The Reference Department also maintains several patron user guides including the database guide, 1L survival guide, and reference portions of the patron user guides.

The library's guides are receiving praise across the country as well as internationally and have been reused by a number of libraries. The top ten LibGuides by page views for 2014–2015 and 2015 -2016:

 
 

Legal Research and Writing

 

Reference librarians are often invited to provide library training to students enrolled in Legal Research and Writing (LRW) classes. Students in Legal Research and Writing classes received librarian instruction on the following topics:

  • Secondary Sources
  • Researching Statutes
  • Researching Case Law
  • Using Citators
  • Legislative History
  • Administrative Law Research
  • Oklahoma Legal Research
  • Summer Associate Training

In addition to serving as guest lecturers in the LRW classes, the Head of Reference Services also coordinates first year vendor training with LexisNexis and Westlaw. The Head of Reference Services not only works directly with the vendors and LRW instructors on organizing these trainings, but also fields a number of questions related to signing up for these database trainings. 

This time in the Legal Research and Writing classroom is often the first step in building a strong relationship with the law students. .

 

                                                

 

1L Database Registration

Every year incoming 1Ls must register for LexisNexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg Law, and CALI. The library coordinates the sign up process and assists students with registering their information. In July, all incoming 1L and transfer students are sent emails with detailed instructions for signing up for Westlaw accounts and TWEN. Included in this information are instructions for accessing Legal Analysis course materials. To do this, the Head of Reference Services works closely with law school administration and staff and the Legal Analysis professors.

In the following weeks, students are also sent emails with instructions for signing up for Lexis and CALI. Additionally, handouts with this information are included in the 1L orientation materials.

After registering their accounts, students receive assistance signing up for TWEN courses and mandatory vendor training. While most students are able to sign up for these services without any difficulty, many experience technical difficulty or need one on one assistance. The library spends a great deal of time in late July and through August providing one on one assistance with database registration and vendor training registration. 

CALI Lessons

In 2015-2016, students completed 5,383 CALI lessons, compared to 2,182 lessons in 2014-2015.

                                           

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