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Caroline Osborne

Caroline Osborne

Director of the Law Library
Associate Professor of Law

Education

  • M.S.L.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
  • LL.M. in Taxation, Emory University School of Law, 1992
  • J.D. University of Richmond, 1991
  • B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988

Academic and Library Experience

  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library, 2018 to present
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, VA, 2007 to 2018
    Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services and Professor of Legal Research, (2010 to June 2018)
    Acting Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, (2009 - 2010)
    Senior Associate Law Librarian and Lecturer in Law, (2009)
    Research and Instructional Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law, (2007-2009)
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA, 2004 - 2007
    Reference and Research Services Librarian
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC, Summer and Fall 2003
    Summer Intern and Faculty Services Library Assistant
  • Petree Stockton & Robinson, PLLC, Winston-Salem, NC, Summer 1986 and 1987
    Library Clerk

Publications

    Articles

  • Caroline L. Osborne, Programming to Promote Information Literacy in the Era of Fake News, JLI (forthcoming publication 2018).
  • Caroline L. Osborne, The Legal Research Plan and the Research Log: An Examination of the Role of the Research Plan and Research Log in the Research Process, 35 LEGAL RES. SERVICES Q. 1 (2016).
  • Caroline L. Osborne, The State of Legal Research Education: A Survey of First Year Legal Research Programs or ‘Why Johnny and Jane Cannot Research,’ 108 LAW LIBR. J. 403 (2016).
  • James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson, and Caroline L. Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, 1 JPTOS 1 (2015).
  • Caroline L. Osborne, A Methodical Approach to Legal Research: The Legal Research Plan, an Essential Tool for Today’s Law Student and New Attorney, 32 LEGAL RES. SERVICES Q. 54 (2013).
  • Caroline L. Osborne, Annex 1 – Pathfinder on International Investment Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Web-Based Resources to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Investor-State Disputes: Prevention and Alternatives to Arbitration II (Susan D. Franck & Anna Joubin-Bret eds.) (2010) (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1625763).
  • Caroline L. Osborne & Jennifer Rinalducci, Evaluation of Web-Based Resources within the Art History Discipline. Technical Report, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002) (available at http://sils.unc.edu/research/publications/reports/TR-2002-04.pdf).
  • Caroline L. Osborne, Identification of Trends in the Teaching of Legal Research (unpublished Master’s Thesis, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003) (copy on file with the School of Information and Library Sciences, available at http://ils.unc.edu/mspapers/2902.pdf).
  • Book Chapters

  • Caroline L. Osborne, Chapter 8, Legal Periodicals, Indexes, Directories and Statistical Information, in A GUIDE TO LEGAL RESEARCH IN VIRGINIA (Virginia CLE Publications 8th ed. 2017).
  • Caroline L. Osborne et al., Appendix C to THE BOULDER STATEMENTS ON LEGAL RESEARCH EDUCATION: THE INTERSECTION OF INTELLECTUAL AND PRACTICAL SKILLS (Susan Nevelow Mart ed. 2014).
  • Presentations, Workshops, Conferences, & Other Invitations

  • “Fake News, Post-Truth, and Information Literacy,” Panel, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Nashville, TN, April 13, 2918.
  • “Information Literacy in a False/Fake News World,” Panel, International Association of Law Libraries, Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2017.
  • “Legal Research and Law Practice Technology Pedagogy,” Discussion Group, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, FL, July 31, 2017.
  • “Maximizing Scholarly Impact,” Discussion Group, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, FL, July 31, 2017.
  • “Show Me the Money: Funding Professional Development,” American Association of Law Libraries, Austin, TX, July 17, 2017
  • “An Inspired Classroom or Meeting: Re-inventing Yourself and Your Approach,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries, Raleigh, NC, March 31, 2017
  • “The Alchemy of Your Career: Turning Straw into Gold,” Virginia Library Association, Hot Springs, VA, October 27, 2016
  • “Law Practice, Legal Technology, and Law Libraries,” Panelist, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, FL, August 9, 2016
  • “Law Libraries and Legal Education – Financial Drain or Transformational Resource,” Discussion Group, Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, FL, August 8, 2016 “Accreditation Under the New ABA Standards,” Society of Academic Law Library Directors, Northwestern Law School, Chicago, IL, July 7, 2016
  • “Isn’t This Class Just Dicta? Making Legal Research Relevant and Things You Wish You’d Have Known,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Schools, Dallas, TX, April 14, 2016
  • “Libraries Adding Value: The Potential of the 21st Century Law Library” Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Boca Raton, FL, August 2, 2015
  • “Privacy and the Digital Collection: Lessons Learned and Best Practices,” Virginia Library Association, Richmond, VA, October 22, 2015
  • University of North Texas 2015 Open Access Symposia: The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, University of North Texas, Dallas, TX, May 19, 2015
  • “Privacy and the Digital Collection: Best Practices,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries Institute, Lexington, KY, April 16, 2016
  • “Open Access Institutional Repositories and Promotion of Faculty Scholarship," Southeastern Association of Law Schools, Amelia Island, FL, August 5, 2014
  • “The Risk, the Plan, the Payoff Webinar” bepress, April 29, 2014
  • “New Frontiers in Legal Research Education: Implementing Alternative Methods of Legal Research Instruction – One Year Later,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries, Knoxville, TN, April 5, 2014
  • “Job Satisfaction: What Each of Us Do to Put it in Reach at Washington and Lee,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries, Knoxville, TN, April 3, 2014
  • “The Necessity, the Plan, the Payoff: Implementing a Law Repository at Washington and Lee,” Virginia Association of Law Libraries, October 25, 2013
  • “The Risk, the Plan, the Payoff: Implementing a Law Repository at Washington and Lee,” American Association of Law Libraries, Seattle, WA, July 14, 2013
  • “Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Student Services for the Millennial Generation,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries, April 20, 2013
  • “Bespoke Librarian: How to Craft Made-to-Order Faculty Services,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries, Decatur, GA, April 19, 2013
  • “Finding Common Ground to Produce Practice Ready Graduates,” Southeastern Chapter of American Association of Law Libraries, Institute, Decatur, GA, April 18, 2013
  • “Boulder Conference on Legal Information: Scholarship and Teaching 2012,” Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, July 19-21, 2012
  • Lexis Legal Research & Writing Summit April 25-26, 2011
  • Faculty Panel, Lexis-Nexis Law School Team Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, June 20-23, 2011

    Professional, University, Community Memberships and Boards

  • American Association of Law Libraries
    Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section,                                    Chair 2017 – 2018, Vice Chair 2016 – 2017
    Bylaws Presidential Task Force, 2015 – 2016
    Chapter Summit Planning Committee Task Force, 2015 – 2016
    Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2010-2011; Vice-Chair, 2009 – 2010
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries
    Chair, Bylaws Committee, 2016-2017
    Board Member, 2014-2017
    President, 2015-2016; Vice President, 2014-2015; member, 2004 to present
  • Legal Information Review, Board of Editors, 2016 to present
  • Washington and Lee University
    University Intellectual Property Standing Committee, 2015 to present
    University Art Collections Committee, 2012 to present
    Student Affairs Committee, 2017- 2020 Lectures and Awards Committee, 2016 to present
    Post Graduate Fellowship Committee, 2016 to present
    Faculty Library Committee, 2007 - 2016
    Self-Study Committee, 2014 - 2015
    Law Building Committee, 2013 - 2015
    Law Commencement, 2014 Provost Search Committee, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Richmond School of Law
    Career Services Search Committee, 2007
    Curriculum Committee, 2004 - 2007
  • Virginia Continuing Legal Education Board, Washington and Lee Law School member to board governing Virginia CLE, a non-profit educational division of the Virginia Law Foundation, 2009 to present
  • American Bar Association Site Visits
    Fordham University School of Law, February 2016
    Creighton School of Law, September 2016
  • COSELL, Board of Directors, Secretary, 2008 - 2010
  • United Way of Lexington-Rockbridge, Virginia, Board of Directors, 2008 - 2012 2015 COSELL, Board of Directors, Secretary 2008 to 2010

    Other Representative Legal Experience

  • Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York, NY, 2001 to 2002 Senior Associate
  • Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, Charlotte, NC, 1997 to 2000 Senior Associate.
  • Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C., Savannah, GA, 1995 to 1996 Associate
  • Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, PLLC, Winston-Salem, NC, 1992 to 1994 Associate

    Awards

  • 2016 American Association of Law Libraries Law Library Publications Award, Print Division – The Library at Washington and Lee University School of Law Lexington, VA, Celebrating Scholarship at W&L.
  • 2015 American Association of Law Libraries Academic Libraries Special Interest Section Outstanding Article Award – James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson, and Caroline L. Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, 1 JPTOS 1 (2015).
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