Diana Botluk

DianaDiana Botluk is the Interim Associate Director and Head of Public Services at Barry Law Library.  She joined the Barry team in early 2013, after serving for eight years as the Director of Research at the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law, a grant-funded program at Stetson University College of Law.

Before moving to Florida in 2005, Diana was a Lawyering Skills Instructor and Reference Librarian in the Judge Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library at Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C., where she also earned her J.D.  Diana also has a Masters in Information Science from Florida State University, as well as a certificate in web design/information architecture.

A legal information professional for over 20 years, Diana is also the author of The Legal List: Research on the Internet, a book published annually by West Group. Named one of the top eight online legal researchers in T.R. Halvorson’s book, Law of the Super Searchers: The Online Secrets of Top Legal Researchers, she is an innovative information professional with a focus on online legal resources, research strategy, and efficient research technique.

Diana has taught legal and general research courses since 1990. As an adjunct faculty member, she has taught legal research to law students, graduate information science students, and undergraduate paralegal students in a traditional classroom format and various distance learning formats.  She was responsible for designing the original Advanced Legal Research course at Catholic University Law School, as well as the first online legal research class for the paralegal program at the University of Maryland, University College.  With over 20 years of experience in online research, she has written dozens of articles, and has designed and delivered many special seminars, workshops, and demonstrations for a variety of continuing legal education, continuing library education, and forensic science organizations.

Diana is an expert in online legal research using the wide variety of resources available for legal research problems, including Lexis, Westlaw, and various Internet-based resources.   She is available for consultation in research strategy and choice of sources, as well as the efficient and effective use of research databases and library materials.   Additionally, she can consult in the use of technologies and web-based programs to enhance educational activities and the design and organization of informational websites.

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