Since 2010, Anthony Aycock has managed the library of the North Carolina Justice Academy, a nationally accredited law enforcement training facility in eastern North Carolina. Before that, he was the head of access services at the Charlotte School of Law Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has also been a librarian in law firms, a corporate legal department, and at various public libraries. Anthony has published essays and articles in the Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, Creative Nonfiction, ONLINE, Library Journal, National Paralegal Reporter, and Community & Junior College Libraries, and holds a BA in English, an MLIS, and an MFA in creative writing.
The Accidental Law Librarianby Anthony Aycock
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Where can I find the case Simpson v. Satterfield? What are the laws in Nevada on gun ownership? Can you help me apply for a business license? How do I copyright my name? Questions like these make a new law librarian's head spin. The truth is, all librarians are apt to get legal questions, and most struggle to respond. Collection development, too, is tricky if you seldom work with legal publishers. As the law touches more and more of our daily lives while lawyers price their services out of the average person's range, the public increasingly turns to libraries for answers. Where can librarians turn? Okay, that one's easy—to The Accidental Law Librarian.
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The Accidental Law Librarian by Anthony Aycoch is a wonderful reference guide for librarians and students wanting to know more about the world of a law librarian. The book includes many helpful tips on what databases to use, how to use and file the many loose leafs that a law librarian comes across, and where to search on the Internet for a person's information. Chapters 5 through 7 really drew me in with the various databases and free resources to use for information, which would be helpful for any librarian. School and academic librarians hoping to become more knowledgeable about databases to aid students in their research projects will find the free search tools very helpful; public librarians who have little experience with law and cases can use this book to guide patrons to information. I admit that for part of the book, I was lost. This was mainly due to my inexperience with law, but as I continued to read, the more I understood and learned. By the end of the book, I was already thinking of ways that I could use it in my library practice. I really appreciated the inclusion of the free law search resources, such as WashLaw and THOMAS. I had not heard of these until I read this book. I also enjoyed Mr. Aycoch's story of meeting and aiding Dan, a law library visitor. For anyone looking for law resources, this book is a great read. It will also help if you happen to accidentally become a law librarian too. I received the ARC as a gift for reviewing the book; however, this does not influence my opinion or my review of the book.