This book serves as a supplemental guide to educating new or aspiring law library directors. Practical in nature, it focuses on the pieces of directors jobs that are not explicit in any written description of the job. Most chapters focus on one of the director s roles (e.g., mentor, mediator, fundraiser, opportunity seeker, politician, or committee member). Each starts with a case study to provide a realistic context in which to examine the subject, followed by analysis and commentary by successful, sitting directors. When possible, more than one commenter on a fact pattern was provided, to allow for a diversity of opinions and to highlight idea-generation over any specific solution. Other chapters cover basic issues such privacy, finances, data, and when (and how) to say no.
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Michelle M. Wu is the Law Library Director and Professor of Law at Georgetown University. She received her J.D. From California
Western School of Law and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Washington. Before joining the Georgetown
Law faculty in 2010, Professor Wu served as associate dean for information services, director of the law library, and Professor of
Law at Hofstra University School of Law. During her tenure there, she also served as interim Senior Vice Dean for academic
affairs. Prior to that appointment, she worked at the George Washington University Law School and the University of Houston
Law Center. While at the University Houston, she oversaw the disaster recovery process following Tropical Storm Allison,
including projects to renovate the library, rebuild the collection, and restructure services.
Her research interests include copyright, intellectual property licensing, and information management. She co-edited Beyond
the Books: People, Politics, and Librarianship with Leslie Lee (Hein, 2007) and has written numerous articles and contributed to
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