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Jason R. Sowards

Jason R. Sowards

Assistant Director for Public Services & Lecturer in Law

Vanderbilt University Law School

Assistant Director for Public Services & Lecturer in Law at Vanderbilt University Law School

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Vanderbilt University Law School

Assistant Director for Public Services & Lecturer in Law

Oversees all public services operations including circulation, interlibrary loan, document delivery and stacks maintenance. Supervises the research/reference librarian in charge of access services. Coordinates the research component of the first-year legal research program and teaches courses in specialized legal research. Evaluates and promotes the library’s electronic resources. Manages the library’s online presence. Identifies and monitors new and emerging technologies. Provides empirical research support and for law school students and faculty as well as general research assistance to faculty, students, attorneys, and the general public as part of the public services department. Supervises and works with the Digital Library Services Assistant in digitization projects as well as the law school’s institutional repository.

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Vanderbilt University Law School - Massey Law Library

Assistant Director for Instruction & Technology and Lecturer in Law

Coordinates the research component of the first-year legal research program and teaches courses in specialized legal research. Evaluates, coordinates and promotes the library’s electronic resources, including scheduling and coordinating online training with vendors/account representatives. Designs and develops the library’s online presence. Identifies and monitors new and emerging technologies. Serves as the point person for empirical research support and the university's institutional repository for the law school. Also provides research assistance to faculty, students, attorneys, and the general public as part of the public services department. Works with and supervises the Digital Library Services Assistant in digitization projects as well as the law school’s institutional repository. Access services responsibilities include managing circulation, document delivery, and stacks maintenance staff.

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Vanderbilt University Law School - Massey Law Library

Electronic Resources Librarian & Lecturer in Law

Evaluates, coordinates and promotes the library’s electronic resources, including scheduling and coordinating online training with vendors/account representatives. Designs and develops the library’s online presence. Develops and implements online legal research instruction, including training tailored for faculty, students, and librarians. Identifies and monitors new and emerging technologies. Also provides research assistance to faculty, students, attorneys, and the general public as part of the public services department. Participates in collection development. Serves as the point person for empirical research support and the university's institutional repository for the law school.

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Wake Forest University School of Law

Reference/Research Librarian & Adjunct Professor of Law

Provide reference services to all library users and research services to law faculty. Serve as a faculty liaison and teach in the mandatory Legal Research and Writing Program for first year law students. Serve as the foreign/comparative/international law librarian. Hire, supervise, and train student reference desk attendants. Administer library’s Facebook presence. Served as government documents librarian from 2007-2009.

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Master of Education (M.Ed.), Instructional Design

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MLS, Library Science

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville

JD, Law

University of Kentucky

MS, Economics

University of Kentucky

BA, Economics (Political Science Minor)