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Spring 2011 - Law Libraries

Martin, Harry S

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 379M  Unique # 29497

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
W3:00 - 6:00 pmUTA 1.504
No exam information is available for this class.
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
Overview of law librarianship, the discipline of law, and the culture of the legal information environment.  The course is intended to convey an understanding of the context in which law librarians, legal publishers, and other legal information professionals work.  Graduate standing required.

This course introduces students to the organization and communication of legal information, the nature of the legal information environment, user needs and behaviors in that environment, and the particular roles and responsibilities of legal information providers and institutions.  The course is designed to provide a broad overview of theory and practice in legal information organization, communication, and access, and an understanding of the rapidly changing context in which law librarians, legal publishers, and other legal information professionals work.

Topics covered in the course include trends in legal scholarship and communication, the effect of technology on the legal profession, and changes in the character of individuals' interaction with legal materials.  The course includes sessions on legal information policy, e-expertise and the changing nature of legal scholarship, legal classification systems, the history of legal publishing, and law-related collection development.