The Catholic University of America

April 7, 2006

U.S. News Ranks CUA Law Librarianship Program 2nd in Nation

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the law librarianship program at Catholic University's School of Library and Information Science second in the nation.

The School of Library and Information Science came in second among five universities ranked the best in the nation by the magazine for their law librarianship programs. The ranking was included in U.S. News and World Report's 2007 Edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, which was released earlier this week.

Law librarianship was one of seven specialties in library and information studies that were ranked by the magazine. Specialty rankings are based on nominations from survey respondents at peer institutions for their excellence in a given specialty.

Martha L. Hale, dean of CUA's School of Library and Information Science, says the ranking "recognizes that Catholic University has an excellent program in law librarianship, something that our graduates and their employers have been telling us for years."

CUA enrolls about 12 students in the program, which was created in 1990. Many of the program's graduates are employed by federal agencies and law firms in the Washington, D.C., area.

Hale credits the "top-notch" adjunct faculty who teach the law librarianship courses for the program's high ranking. The dean noted that the School of Library and Information Science has just finished revising its law librarianship program with the help of a committee comprised of law librarians, lawyers and students. Hale said she expects to present the revised program to her faculty later this year and to implement it in 2007.

Currently, students in CUA's law librarianship program take three specialty courses in addition to the courses required for a master's degree in library science. If the revised program is approved, students would take four specialty courses.

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The School of Library and Information Science was founded at The Catholic University of America in 1939 as the Department of Library Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. It has been accredited continuously by the American Library Association since 1948. The school library media program of study is accredited by both the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. In 1974, in recognition of the increasing importance of its role in information services, information science was incorporated into the name of the department. On Jan. 1, 1981, the university elevated it to school status.

MEDIA: For more information about Catholic University's law librarianship program, contact Katie Lee or Chris Harrison in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu