Target Audience: Library directors in academic law libraries; public services librarians who teach or provide faculty services
1) Participants will be able to assess the potential for expanded faculty service at their law school libraries, explain the benefits and potential drawbacks of using each of the predominant models of library research assistant (RA) programs, and identify institutional factors essential to the success of such programs.
2) Participants will learn how to design a library RA program that supports institutional objectives and fits the staffing and funding profile of their particular library.
A law library research assistant (RA) program can enhance a library’s value and market librarian skills within the institution, while expanding the teaching role of librarians. A library RA program promotes faculty recruitment and retention by providing skilled and accountable research assistants to law faculty. Two predominant models of library RA programs exist in U.S. law schools, and administrators of these programs get many inquiries from other academic librarians who are interested in starting their own programs. Law librarians representing the two models will explain the distinctions among their programs and the factors that make their models successful.