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Embedded Librarianship at UDC-DCSL

Monday, March 05, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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Mason Law librarians Gail Mathapo and Brittany Kolonay will have an article published in Spectrum on their experience of being embedded librarians in clinics at UDC-DCSL. The article is tentatively titled, "Teaching Legal Research in Law School Clinics and Seminars as Embedded Librarians." Embedded librarians are now common in other fields of study, though UDC-DCSL librarians are the first to do this in law schools.

The Charles N. and Hilda H. M. Mason Law Library began the experiment to teach law students professional research skills in the practice settings of the law school clinics.

Gail Mathapo
Gail Mathapo

Brittany Kolonay
Brittany Kolonay

The goal is to teach advanced legal research skills, help each student individually by modeling professional skills, and providing support for student learning in a practice setting in real time.

Over one year later, their experience has been successful with students and faculty. Now there are three public services librarians embedded in three of the law school’s eight clinics. In addition, one faculty member requested that a librarian be embedded in his seminar, and he has requested the librarian to return to his future seminars. Each embedded librarian has a J.D., M.L.I.S., and some law practice, internship or law clinic experience.

Read more about the Charles N. and Hilda H. M. Mason Law Library.

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