SILS Alumna Caroline Osbourne Named Director of the Law Library at Washington and Lee University

September 30, 2010

photo of Caroline OsbourneWashington and Lee University announced on September 21, 2010 the appointment of SILS alumna Caroline L. Osbourne as director of the Law Library and professor of Legal Research. Osbourne has served as the library's interim director for the past year.

Her duties include managing the daily operations of the library, as well as its information collection. Osbourne oversees a full-time staff of 12, part-time staff, and an operating and information budget of approximately $1,000,000. She also responds to the needs of 33 faculty members, associated adjunct faculty and a sizable student body in excess of 400.  

Osbourne also teaches an Advanced Legal Research seminar on information and directs the first-year program for legal research instruction with the help of nine teaching assistants.

When asked about what she looks forward to accomplishing in her new position, Osbourne said that expanding the Law Library Fellows program and revamping service offerings to better fit patrons' needs were both top priorities.

Photo by David Knott.

Parts of this news story were adapted from the Rockbridge Weekly.