FACULTY RESOURCES

A primary mission of the law library is to support the scholarship and curricular needs of the law school faculty.

Please contact the Reference Desk or complete this Library Service Request Form for assistance with any of the following library services. When you use the form, there is no need to worry about whether you have sent your request to the right person because it is automatically routed to the public services librarians for action.

Research Services

Research Support
The librarians can gather and review materials for law faculty and provide summary research and bibliographic information. The librarians are also available for personal consultation regarding new resources, research projects and training research assistants.

Research Assistant Training
The librarians are happy to provide training to research assistants for their faculty projects. This training includes inter alia introducing them to the library’s electronic resources, interlibrary loan procedures, and strategies for efficient research. These sessions are generally tailored toward the specific resources and particular research methods relevant to your current projects.

To schedule research assistant training, please contact your library liaison.

Document Delivery
Law faculty may request delivery of print and electronic items held by the library or acquired through interlibrary loan. The library will seek to deliver materials electronically unless a print copy is specifically required or requested.

Current Awareness Email Alerts
Faculty can receive current awareness information from a variety of subscription email alerts available through library resources. This Research Guide gathers information about services that provide email and online alerts.

Teaching Resources

Classroom Instruction
The law librarians can conduct an instructional session during class on the use of specialized legal materials and research strategies. Students working on rigorous writing papers will learn effective and efficient research strategies using the online and print materials available through the law library. To request classroom instruction, tours and overviews of the library collections and services, or to refer students for individual research consultations, please contact the Reference Desk.

Research Guides
The law librarians create research guides that gather information on research strategies and subject-specific resources. Research Guides can be crafted for specific seminar courses or requested topics.

Course Reserves
The law library places only required course materials for current Fort Worth on-campus courses on reserve at the circulation desk. Fort Worth resident law faculty may request that other materials, such as recommended books, be placed on reserve for a specific class. To place items on reserve, please contact the Reference Desk and, if applicable, bring personal copies to the Reference Desk. We ask that you please allow for purchasing and processing time.  Please do not announce to a class that an item is on reserve prior to bringing the request to the library. The law library will manage course reserves in compliance with copyright law.

Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
The law library’s subscription to the CALI Library of Lessons encompasses over 600 lessons covering more than 30 legal education subject areas. Faculty can download lessons from CALI’s website, upon registering for a personal password. For assistance, please contact Joan Stringfellow at 817-212-3824.

Faculty Orientation
Librarians are available to provide orientation for new, continuing and adjunct faculty, including setting up accounts with Westlaw, Lexis, BloombergLaw and other research platforms that require individual accounts.

Using the Collection

Borrowing Privileges
Full-time law faculty may check out any item held by the law library.  The maximum number of items full-time law faculty may have checked out at one time is 100.   Full-time law faculty may borrow items for one year from the date of initial check-out with one renewal allowed. Fort Worth Resident Adjunct faculty may also check out any item held by the law library through the semester they teach.  The maximum number of items Fort Worth Resident Adjunct faculty may have checked out at one time is 15.

Interlibrary Loan
Items that the law library does not own may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan. If ​our library’s online catalog indicates we don’t have an item, please contact the Reference Desk to place an interlibrary loan request.

Collection Maintenance
Wendy Law supervises the law library’s collection development and maintenance staff, overseeing all shelving, updating and loose-leaf filing tasks. She will contact faculty members as necessary regarding updating library material located in their offices.

Publication Support

Managing Online Submissions
The Texas A&M University School of Law maintains an institutional account with ExpressO and Scholastica for full-time faculty members. When creating an account, use your @law.tamu.edu email address.

Online Repository
The law library supports Texas A&M Law Scholarship, our institutional repository that contains scholarship of Texas A&M University School of Law.

Rights Management for Authors
A number of resources are available to help negotiate publication agreements that preserve an author’s pre- and post-print rights to keep your work open and accessible. This Research Guide gathers resources on rights management and model publication agreements.