Texas Tech University

Alyson M. Drake

Assistant Director for Public Services; Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program; Assistant Librarian of Law

Email: alyson.drake@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-3583

Alyson Drake is the Assistant Director for Public Services, where she oversees reference services, instructional services, and student services for the law library, and an Assistant Law Library Faculty member.  In addition to managing the library's public services, she directs the law school's Excellence in Legal Research Program, coordinates the first year Legal Practice research workshops, and teaches upper-level courses in Texas Legal Research and Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research.

Professor Drake's scholarship focuses primarily on pedagogical and cognitive theory in legal research instruction and the role and value of legal research education in the law school curriculum under ABA standards.  She has spoken on these topics at meetings of the Legal Writing Institute, the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Southwestern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Computer-Assisted Legal Information Conference, and other state and regional conferences and CLEs.  Professor Drake also blogs on these topics at legalresearchpedagogy.com.

Professor Drake serves on the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Advisory Board. She is also an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, which selected her as a 2016 Leadership Academy Fellow and in which she serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section; the editor of DipLawMatic Dialogues, the blog of the Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section; and a member of the 2018-2019 Annual Meeting Programming Committee. She also serves on a variety of committees for the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries and the Southeastern Association of Law Libraries. 

Professor Drake holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in History & Philosophy from Nazareth College of Rochester, M.L.I.S. (cum laude) from the University of Maryland College, and J.D. from the College of William & Mary's Marshall-Wythe School of Law, where she served as the Managing Editor of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, Professor Drake was a reference librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Law and an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science.

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Education

  • B.A., Nazareth College
  • M.L.I.S., University of Maryland—College Park
  • J.D., College of William & Mary

Courses

  • Texas Legal Research
  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research
  • Legal Practice Research Workshops
  • Excellence in Legal Research Program Courses

Law Review Articles

Alyson M. Drake, On Embracing the Research Conference, 111 Law Law Libr. J. ___ (forthcoming Winter 2019).

Alyson M. Drake, Comparative Law, in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law: A Research Bibliography: 2007-2016 (forthcoming 2018) (contributing editor).

Alyson M. Drake, Foreign Law, in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law: A Research Bibliography: 2007-2016 (forthcoming 2018) (contributing editor).

Alyson M. Drake, International Law, in Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the Law: A Research Bibliography: 2007-2016 (forthcoming 2018) (contributing editor).

Alyson M. Drake, You Can't Write Without Research: The Role of Research Instruction in the Upper-Level Writing Requirement, 18 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 167 (2017).

Alyson M. Drake, The Need for Experiential Legal Research Education, 108 Law Libr. J. 511 (2016).

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