Pamela M. Crawford

Assistant Director for Public & Technical Services
Primary office:
200D Green Hall

Pam Crawford came to the Wheat Law Library in 1995 as the Electronic Services/Government Documents Librarian, a position reorganized in 2001 to become Outreach Services. She was named Head of Public Services in 2006 and became Assistant Director for Public & Technical Services in January 2016. She is the webmaster of the Wheat Law Library website and a contributing webmaster of the Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions website. Crawford conducts online legal research training, edits both print and online publications, and is active in national, regional and state library associations.

Representative Publications
Index to Law School Alumni Publications (v. 3, 4, and 5; 1998-present); "Electronic Resources," chapter 13 of the Kansas Legal Research and Reference Guide, 2d edition (1998); U.S. Government Directories, 1982-1995 (1998).  Web Publications: Library research guides (2011-  ):  "Kansas Legal Forms," "International Trade Law," "Federal Courts," "Contracts," "Cite-Checking," “Trial Advocacy,” “Sports Law,” “SJD Student Resources” and "Basic Guide to Legal Research."

Representative Presentations
“Staying Up to Date in Times of Change: Aligning the Modern Law Library with Larger Institutional Goals,” co-presenter at Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, October 2015; “Taking the Fright out of Finding Government Information,” co-presenter at the Kansas Library Association Annual Meeting in Wichita, KS, October 2014; "Tips, Quips and Acting -- In the Library," at Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Lawrence, KS, November 2011; "I'm Not a Packrat...I'm Preserving Library History!" at Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, Fayetteville, AR, October 2008.

University of Kansas School of Law, Wheat Law Library (1995-present); Kansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Opinions (co-webmaster 1996-present); Kansas Judicial Branch (1995-2007); University of Kansas School of Law website (1995-1999).

Research Interests
Legal information services to the public, librarianship.

M.L.S., 1994, Emporia State University; B.S.E., 1975, Emporia Kansas State College; A.A., 1973, Independence Community Junior College.

Career History
Assistant Director of Public & Technical Services, Wheat Law Library, 2016-present; Head of Public Services, Wheat Law Library, 2006-2015; Outreach Services Librarian, Wheat Law Library, 2001-2006; Electronic Services/Government Documents Librarian, Wheat Law Library, 1995-2001; Evening Reference Librarian, Mabee Library, Washburn University, 1999-2001; Evening Librarian, Topeka Technical College, 1998-1999; Government Documents Library Assistant II, Washburn Law Library, 1990-1995; Library Assistant at various public, school, and academic libraries, 1977-1989.

Northeast Kansas Library System Executive Board (Vice-Pres 2011-12, Treasurer 2012-2015, Academic Member-at-Large 2009-2015); American Association of Law Libraries (webmaster for LISP SIS, 2004-present; AALLNET Advisory Committee, 2000-2001; Sec/Treas of GD-SIS, 1998-2000; Local Arrangements webmaster, 1998;) American Library Association, 2000-2010, 2015-; Mid-America Association of Law Libraries (Secretary, 2008-2010; Service to the Public Committee, 2005 - present (Chair 2005-07, 2010-11); Nominations Committee, 2010-11; KS News Liaison, 1997-present; By-laws Committee, 2002-2003; Membership Committee, 2001-2002; Pro Bono Committee, 1999-2000); Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, 2008-12; Kansas Library Association (Sec/Treas of GoDoRT, 1996-1997 and 2002-2004; webmaster for ILL Roundtable, 2004-present); Friends of the KU Wheat Law Library (Sec/Treas, 1996-2004).

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance