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Barry University School of Law Library: Faculty

The official website of the Barry University School of Law Library

Faculty Services

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

  • Reference assistance
  • Guest lectures on research topics in classes and clinics
  • Training on Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and other research databases
  • Updating Digital Commons and Social Science Research Network (SSRN) online scholarship repositories, including help and training on creating profiles and uploading articles
  • Training and support for student Research Assistants*
  • Requesting books and articles for personal use or for the Law Library collection, helping to request interlibrary loan materials, and recommending new and relevant Law Library materials (print and online)

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.

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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:

  • live in person during class,
  • live over Zoom or Webex during class, or
  • recorded for students to watch asynchronously.

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.    

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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.

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Syllabi, Course Reserves & Canvas

Syllabi

Please e-mail your syllabi to Whitney Curtis, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at wcurtis@barry.edu, 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.

Canvas

Barry University subscribes to Canvas as its online course management system, so ask your Liaison or email LawReferenceLibrarians@barry.edu for a crash course on its special features.

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Accessing Research Databases

To access WestlawLexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law, you may simply log in with your usernames and passwords, without accessing the intranet first.

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 WestlawLexisNexis, 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.

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Faculty Book/Material Request

Faculty Book/Material Purchase Form

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. 

  • You may also request a notification when it arrives.

2. Request the Law Library orders the book or material for your own professional development, to be paid for with your faculty development funds. 

  • You will need to log into your Workday account, go to the Expenses Worklet, and submit a Spend Authorization.
  • We will provide you with the cost of the book or material so you can include it in your Spend Authorization.
  • When the Spend Authorization is approved, please submit it to lawacq@barry.edu.

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Scholarship & Publication

Scholastica

Scholastica is an online service for faculty authors that streamlines the process of submitting your scholarship to law journals for publication.  Barry University School of Law School has an institutional account with Scholastica. Law faculty can submit an article to up to 30 different law journals. These submissions will be paid through Barry's institutional account.

Scholastica Links

Scholastica Login

Sign Up for a New Account

Law Review Author Guide

FAQ

Create a Login

  1. Visit the sign up page here.
  2. Use your Barry email address to sign up. (Please do NOT create a second account if you have already signed up. If you already have an account, you can log in here.)
  3. Fill out every field of the form. Do not worry if you do not have time to go into details now, you can always edit your profile later.
  4. Click Signup when you're finished.
  5. Check the inbox of the email address you used to sign up for Scholastica. You should find a confirmation email.
  6. Click Confirm in the email and you should now be able to log into your Scholastica account.

Submit an Article

  1. Log into Scholastica.
  2. From your Dashboard, click Submit a manuscript.
  3. Click Go to submission pool on the browse journals page.
  4. Find the law reviews you'd like to submit to and click each one. As you select law reviews, they will appear in your cart on the top right. You may choose a maximum of 30 journals.
  5. Once you've chosen all of your law reviews, click Next Step.
  6. Fill out all of the fields on the Manuscript Information page.
  7. Click Next Step to get to the final page where you can verify all of the details of your submission before clicking that submit button. Depending on the size of your file and the number of law reviews you've chosen, your submission may take up to 10 minutes to process.

SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

The Social Science Research Network is a free, open-source platform for scholars in multiple disciplines to share their scholarship with a worldwide audience.  While it has branched out to include applied sciences, hard sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and humanities, there is a core Legal Scholarship Network within the social sciences component of SSRN, which would be instrumental for helping you connect with new readers for your law review and law journal articles.  

Please consult the individual contracts you signed with each journal that published your articles to confirm you are able to share your scholarship on SSRN.

SSRN Quick Links

SSRN
SSRN - Sign in or Create an Account
SSRN FAQ

Register for SSRN

Every Barry Law faculty member should create a new Social Science Research Network (SSRN) account with your Barry e-mail address on the login page, and watch for the confirmation e-mail to finalize the registration process.

Once you register and log in:

1. Click on My Account on the left side to enter contact information.
2. Click on Affiliations on the left side to add an Affiliation with Barry University - Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law.

Uploading Articles to SSRN

After registering an account, click on My Papers on the left side, and then click Start New Submission to enter each one of your articles. 

Upload the full text PDF document and then input:

  • The title
  • Any co-authors (if applicable)
  • The date
  • If the article is a working paper or an accepted paper
  • If it has appeared or been selected to appear in a journal, etc.
  • The abstract (you may have to write a short abstract, or just borrow from the introductory section of your article) and search keywords

Then you will be asked to select up to twelve eJournal Classifications, to help SSRN users find your article. 

Most law professors will want to follow these steps:

  • click the + sign next to Social Sciences, then
  • click the + sign next to Legal Scholarship Network, then
  • click the + sign next to LSN Subject Matter eJournals, and then
  • narrow it down further to more specific subcategories.  You can choose as many as you want, with a maximum of twelve. 

After inputting the information in each section, click Save.  Then on the right side, you should see a Status checklist:

Once you input and save all the relevant information, the “Submit to SSRN” button will be available for you to click, and then there should be one more box for you to confirm your submission.  You can repeat this process to add each of your publications, but SSRN does require an abstract for each one.

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Library Liaisons

Diana Botluk, MS, JD
Associate Director and Head of Public Services
dbotluk@barry.edu
321-206-5703

Cynthia Barnes, JD
Reference Librarian, 
Assistant Professor of Law Library
cbarnes@barry.edu
321-206-5729

Jason Murray, MSLS, JD
Reference Librarian, 
Associate Professor of Law Library
jwmurray@barry.edu
‚Äč321-206-5725

Kim Wilson, MSIS, JD
Reference Librarian, 
Assistant Professor of Law Library
kwilson@barry.edu
321-206-5728