Louis Rosen

Louis Rosen waIMG_20140707_202551s born in Miami, Florida, but has made the Orlando area his home since 2004.  He attended college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, majoring in Telecommunications and minoring in Business Administration and Criminology.  After his musical career didn’t quite work out, he then earned his J.D. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

After law school, Louis decided to put his love of research to use as a law librarian.  He earned his Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa, working his way through grad school as a law firm librarian at several prominent Orlando-area firms.  By night, he worked from home as a virtual reference librarian for Florida’s Ask a Librarian program, answering online reference questions from public and academic library patrons around the state while studying for his graduate classes.  He was hired as a Reference Librarian at Barry University School of Law in July 2008.

Since arriving at Barry, Louis has worked evening shifts at the Reference Desk.  His normal hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but he is famous (or infamous) for checking his work e-mail around the clock – late nights, mornings, weekends, and even over holidays and vacations – and getting back to people immediately with answers to their questions.

Louis has been guest-lecturing in first-year Legal Research and Writing classes for the last eight years, as well as guest-lecturing on legal research methods in other professors’ doctrinal classes.  He has co-taught the Advanced Legal Research class several times alongside his Reference colleagues, and currently teaches Fundamentals of American Law in Barry’s new LL.M. degree program aimed at international students with law degrees from their home countries.

He believes strongly in preparing students for jobs and internships by training them in traditional book-based research (which is sometimes easier and faster, he swears!) as well as online research databases.  He also has an arsenal of free and cheap legal research websites that serve as alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw, and he will make sure you know your way around them.

Meanwhile, Louis is an active member of the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) and its Southeastern chapter (SEAALL), and has been a member and Chair of the SEAALL Scholarship Committees and the AALL Scholarship Awards Jury, seeking out and rewarding deserving law librarians and students working toward a career in law librarianship.  He also co-founded the Greater Orlando Association of Law Libraries (GOALL), an organization of law librarians from Barry, FAMU, and Central Florida law firms, courts, and government agencies.

Through all of this, Louis is never too busy for one-on-one teaching moments with students writing upper-level papers or anyone encountering research difficulties.  Even local attorneys and Barry professors know to seek him out.  And of course, if anyone ever needs Orlando restaurant recommendations, or a list of good movies and television shows to watch in their ample free time, he is your man.

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