Faculty Liaison Program
The Faculty Liaison Program was created to give faculty members the opportunity to address library and research-related needs with a designated Liaison who serves as their primary contact person with the Law Library.
Each faculty member is assigned a Reference Librarian as a Liaison, and throughout the academic year, the Liaison will periodically contact their assigned faculty members to discuss their needs. Liaisons will attempt to schedule short meetings in the weeks leading up to each new semester, and then as requested beyond that. Liaisons will also provide regular updates on the Law Library’s collection and services relevant to the faculty member.
All Barry Reference Librarians have a Juris Doctor degree, as well as a Master's degree in Library and Information Science.
Library Liaisons Services
The level of excellent service you have come to expect from the Reference Librarians will not change. Rather, you will have an opportunity to get to know a Reference Librarian much better as your Liaison, and we will get to know you and your research interests and be able to help you more efficiently and effectively than ever before.
*Please note that Liaisons are not substitutes for Research Assistants, but are there to help with faculty research needs as appropriate. Reference Librarians will provide group and individual research and document retrieval training to student Research Assistants, as well as faculty Assistants. You may contact your Liaison or LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu to request an individual session at any time.
Librarian Research Lectures
Reference Librarians are available to present guest lectures on research and Law Library tours to classes or clinics.
Reference Librarians will tailor lectures to meet the needs of each course, and we can present them:
The length of presentations can vary as the professor and Librarian feel is appropriate. Librarians can also create PowerPoint presentations or online research guides (LibGuides), to meet the needs of each professor's course.
In order to get the best presentation possible, faculty are asked to contact Reference Librarians before the semester or as early in the semester as possible, to with as much time as possible to allow them to prepare the lecture and other materials.
Contact your Liaison or e-mail LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu if you would like to schedule a research presentation or Library tour for a course.
Faculty Research Assistants
Reference Librarians can meet with your student Research Assistants, with or without the faculty member present, to discuss ongoing faculty research projects, needs, and expectations. We will train Research Assistants on how to best use the Law Library and online resources, how to locate PDF copies of materials, and research strategies, tools, and techniques.
We can also help teach your Research Assistants how to check cites and point them toward cite-checking resources. Please put your Research Assistant in touch with your Liaison, or e-mail LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu to set up a meeting at any point during the academic year.
Syllabi, Course Reserves & Canvas
Please e-mail your syllabi to Whitney Curtis, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org, who will approve them or contact you about any proposed changes and arrange to post them on the Barry Law Canvas Syllabi list.
Print Course Reserves
Please fill out this online form if you wish to add any print course reserve materials (casebooks, DVDs, etc.) to the Law Library collection.
Print materials will remain as Course Reserves for one semester at a time.
Online Course Reserves
Barry University School of Law uses Canvas as the primary course management system, and every class has a Canvas page automatically created at the beginning of the semester. Professors can update their Canvas pages with any course reserve materials.
Please contact your Law Librarian Liaison if you need assistance getting started.
Accessing Research Databases
Please contact Reference Librarian Jason Murray to be set up with a Westlaw account.
Some databases, including HeinOnline, require you to access them through the library's databases page. For others, including CALI and SSRN (as well as Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law), you may simply log into them with your usernames and passwords, without accessing the intranet first.
Contact your Liaison or any of the Reference Librarians for help setting up LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, or any other accounts.
Faculty Book/Material Request
Please fill out the above form with as much information as possible for each book or material (DVDs, etc.) you would like to request.
You will have two options:
1. Request the Law Library purchases the book or material for its collection.
2. Request the Law Library orders the book or material for your own professional development, to be paid for with your faculty development funds.
Diana Botluk, MS, JD
Associate Director and Head of Public Services
Cynthia Barnes, JD
Assistant Professor of Law Library
Jason Murray, MSLS, JD
Associate Professor of Law Library
Kim Wilson, MSIS, JD
Assistant Professor of Law Library