The Teaching Team:
Dana Neacsu, Ph.D., reference law librarian and lecturer-in-law, will coordinate, co-teach (or teach) and attend each workshop session.
In 2005 Dana Neacsu worked on introducing librarian-taught legal research to 1L & LLM CLS students, using her own book, Introduction to US Law and Legal Research (2005), directed at LLM students with no prior exposure to US law. Ten years later she introduced Columbia Law students to interdisciplinary legal research bringing together a most extraordinary team of CU research librarians from across the campus.
Started in Spring 2015, this workshop continues along the same subjects. One major change is that what used to be a semester-long Interdisciplinary Legal Research Workshop, fashioned along the lines of her Fall Weekly Tips in Case Law Research, it is now limited to a 7-week workshop.
Another change from the earlier iterations of this workshop is the increased presence of law librarians, in order to make our law reference department more visible to our law students as they experience the need for research help. Still, experts from other Columbia Libraries will co-teach various sessions:
Amanda Bielskas is the Head of Collection of Collection Development for Science & Engineering Libraries at Columbia University and has been at Columbia since 2007. She earned her M.L.S. at Long Island University, has a B.A. in Environmental Geology from SUNY Plattsburgh, and has a Masters degree in Anthropology from Hunter College. She has recently co-authored a book with Kathleen Dreyer entitled: IM and SMS Reference Services for Librarians.
Eric Glass Digital Social Science Center Lehman Library; Eric is the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geography, cartography expert. He can help you identify, find and describe spatial data resources for your research and projects, as well as provide assistance with GIS software.
Ian Beilin, Ph.D. is Research Collections and Services Librarian. He holds a PhD in modern European history from Columbia University, an MSIS from the University at Albany, and a BA in German and History from the University of Michigan.
Alice Izumo is a reference librarian and lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. She teaches introductory legal research classes as part of first-year Legal Practice Workshop and LL.M. Legal Research and Writing. She also led the Advanced Legal Research seminar in spring 2016. She received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a M.L.S. from St. John’s University, and a B.A. from Yale University.
Hunter Whaley: Will teach Week VII
Hunter Whaley is a lecturer in law and a reference librarian at Columbia Law School. He teaches introductory legal research classes as part of the Law School’s first-year Legal Practice Workshop and LL.M. Legal Research and Writing. Whaley earned his B.A in 2008, J.D. in 2013, and, finally, his M.L.I.S. in 2014 in Florida. Whaley enjoys learning about new teaching strategies and ways to make his classes more engaging.