Faulkner University

Library User Guide for Faculty


Welcome to the Jones School of Law Library at Faulkner University. Our library staff provides resources and services designed to help our faculty and other patrons meet their legal information needs. The library houses a variety of digital, print, and microform materials in an attractive, functional environment. We offer both individualized and group research instruction and assistance for faculty members. Most of our electronic databases are accessible from your office and from off campus through use of your university computer network login. Library publications such as our website, Facebook page, TWEN site, newsletters, research guides, and new acquisition lists highlight our new developments and resources.

We hope that you will familiarize yourself with the Library resources and programs available to you. If you have questions, please ask a Library staff member or visit the Library website.


Hours of Operation

Faculty members have 24 hour access to the Library through the number-coded entry doors on the first and second floors. Acting Director Robb Farmer or Assistant Dean Paul Smith will provide you with the code upon request. Please do not share the door code with anyone, including your research assistants. If you visit the Library after hours, please do not remove materials without notifying a Library staff member.

During the academic year the Library is staffed and open to students and faculty of Faulkner University, law school alumni, and attorneys during these hours:

Sunday 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

The Library operates on reduced hours on holidays and during semester breaks, and typically offers extended hours during final exam periods.

Library Collection

The library staff welcomes your suggestions for additions or changes to our collection. Please contact your Liaison Librarian (see the discussion of the Faculty-Librarian Liaison Program, below) or Acting Director Robb Farmer.

The Library's information resources are held in a variety of formats. The Library owns or provides reliable access to: federal and state primary law (constitutions, statutes, and cases); secondary resources such as legal encyclopedias and journals; practice aids such as treatises and form books; and selected non-legal reference tools. A core collection of print materials is maintained, with valuable retrospective materials available in microform. Our array of online databases may be accessed on campus or remotely via the Internet by members of the law school community (access is limited to on campus use for persons who are not current faculty or students of the university). Finding aids and citators help users locate needed information and update their research results.

The collection is built and arranged around the curricular and research interests of the law school community, in accordance with the Information Resources Development Policy.

The first floor of the Library contains the Alabama section, Reserve materials, the Reference collection, federal statutes, federal case law, the National Reporter System case law, the Library's substantial microform collection, and circulating materials with Library of Congress call numbers A through J. The second floor houses the bulk of the circulating print collection (Library of Congress call numbers K through Z) and the law journals. Maps and locator guides are available in the Library and on the Library website.

Library Facility

The Library occupies almost 21,000 square feet on two floors of the law school building. A spacious atrium-type reading area houses the Circulation Desk and a casual reading area. The second floor is designated for quiet study. More than thirty computers are available for patron use, including the Computer Lab upstairs, which houses Library workshops and legal research presentations. Additionally, a wireless network and more than 125 ports in the Library enable law school patrons with laptop computers to connect to the university's network from anywhere in the Library.

On the first floor are the Circulation Desk (including the Reserve collection), the atrium reading area with low shelving for casual reading materials, open stack shelving, a microform area with three reader-printers, tables, and staff offices. The second floor contains group study rooms, the library conference room, study carrels, the computer lab, tables, open-stack shelving, and a small archives area.

Library Staff Contacts

Current staff contacts are listed below. Because this list may change, please consult the Library website for updates. While in the Library, please contact the Circulation Desk with general questions or concerns, and the Research Office for reference and research assistance. Of course, please feel free to contact your Liaison Librarian at any time.

Topic Contact
Administration Acting Director Robb Farmer, x7521
Collection additions Acting Director Robb Farmer, x7521 or
  Assistant Director for Collection Management & Research
Gigi Panagotacos, x7559
Circulation Desk Circulation Manager Mary Hodge, x7216
Guest lectures in class Acting Director Robb Farmer, x7521
Interlibrary loan Circulation Manager Mary Hodge, x7219
Library catalog Assistant Director of Cataloging Systems & Services DeDe Bradsher, x7911
Library tours Acting Director Robb Farmer, x7521
Library website Assistant Director for Electronic Services & Research Ned Swanner, x7138
Research assistance Acting Director Robb Farmer, x7521
  Assistant Director for Electronic Services & Research Ned Swanner, x7138
  Assistant Director for Collection Management & Research
Gigi Panagotacos, x7559
Reserve materials Technical Services Librarian JoAnna Butler, 7912
Routing of materials Technical Services Librarian JoAnna Butler, 7912


Library Website

The Library's website is the gateway to information about the Library and access to its collections and services. Among other things, the site contains: Library hours; staff contact information; an e-mail link to the Library's research services; an electronic version of the interlibrary loan request form; search portals for the online catalog; links to subscription electronic databases and Internet research resources; and digital versions of Library publications (e.g., research guides, new acquisitions lists, newsletters).

Access the home page of Library's website, and the Research Vortex (focusing on electronic databases) at http://www.joneslawlibrary.org/.

Library Catalog

The Library's holdings are listed in its Innovative Interfaces Millennium online public access catalog (OPAC). Virtually all library holdings, including digital resources, are cataloged in this system. The catalog contains links to many of the Library's electronic databases, allowing a searcher to click and launch directly to the database. The Library's use of the Innovative system is a cooperative endeavor with the main campus library, so patrons can search the catalog and find items held by either library.

Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk. Students may check out these materials for two hours. Some heavily-used materials are kept on Reserve.

Faculty members may request that materials be placed on Reserve. Please complete a Reserve Request form. (A copy of the form is available on the Library website.)

Faculty-Librarian Liaison Program ("FLLP")

FLLP is designed to build effective working relationships. At the beginning of each academic year each librarian is assigned to work closely with specific faculty members. Librarians keep their faculty members updated on Library news and developments, and faculty have a specific contact librarian for questions or concerns that may arise. The list of faculty members and their liaison librarians for the new academic year will be distributed separately.

Research and Instructional Assistance

Faculty members may request individualized research assistance at any time by contacting their Liaison Librarian, visiting the Research Office on the first floor of the Library, calling the Reference Desk (386-7533), or e-mailing us (JSLReference@faulkner.edu). Similarly, the Library offers a responsive interlibrary loan service for faculty and students (described more fully below). Research assistance is available from a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library 58 hours per week (8a-7p Sunday- Friday, and 2p-6p Sunday). Faculty and law school students receive priority on research services, although librarians will assist other patrons as time permits.

Librarians are happy to assist faculty by making in-class research presentations upon request, with reasonable advance notice. Librarians coordinate the visits of representatives from Lexis, Westlaw, and other electronic databases. Faculty members who wish to schedule an individual visit from a vendor trainer should contact their Liaison Librarian or Acting Director Robb Farmer.

Computer Training Lab

A Computer Training Lab on the second floor of the Library houses computers and an LCD projector. The Lab computers connect to high-volume laser printers. The Lab is used for small-group electronic research instruction. When not being used for classes or workshops, the machines in the Lab are available to patrons for general use.

Interlibrary Loan

If the Library does not own an item needed by a patron, that item usually can be obtained in a timely manner by borrowing it from another library through the Library's interlibrary loan (ILL) service. ILL service is available to JSL faculty, students, and staff. Requests may be placed in person at the Circulation Desk or the Research Office, or digitally via a link to an ILL request form on the Library website at /gnl/loan.aspx or e-mailing jslill@faulkner.edu directly.

Library Publications

The Library authors informational publications such as a newsletter, user guides, legal research guides, and lists of new acquisitions. The Library's website, Facebook page, and TWEN site contain general information, policies, useful links to databases and other resources, and copies of Library publications. Bibliographies for various academic courses are created at the instructor's request or in conjunction with in-class presentations.


The Library endeavors to maintain an inviting atmosphere. In order to efficiently serve its various constituencies, the Library has promulgated policies designed to maximize the effectiveness of its resources. The Library's most recent compilation of General Policies is available on the Library website at /jsl/library/policies.aspx.