Elizabeth M. McKenzie

Professor of Law

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Bar Admittance

  • KY


Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellow, Central KY Legal Services, Lexington, 1981-83; Information Specialist, KY Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Protection, Frankfort, 1984-85; Head, Reader's Services, Library, St. Louis, 1986-96; Librarian & Associate Professor, Suffolk, since 1996


Professional Activities

Law Library Journal Article of the Year, 1999; A.L.A. Eli M. Oboler Award-Intellectual Freedom, 1992; Member; AALL (Chair, Readers Services S.I.S., 1992-93); Chair, Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section, (1997-98); Member, New England Law Library Consortium; President, 2002-2003 New England Law Library Consortium; Member, Law Librarians of New England (Nominations Committee, 2000); Member, Association of Boston Law Libraries (President, 1999-2000); Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honorary); Beta Phi Mu (Library Science honorary); Board of Directors, 2005- present, Law Library Microform Consortium.



Book Chapters

Selected Annotated Bibliography: Federal Depository Libraries, in PROCEEDINGS OF THE 9TH ANNUAL FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARY CONFERENCE (2000)

Monopolies in Law, in LEGAL EDUCATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (1999)


List of Useful Links for Free Texas Research, THE VOICE FOR THE DEFENSE (2014) (with Barrett Hansen)

Intentional Teaching, Intentional Scholarship: Applying Backward Design Principles in a Faculty Writing Group, 39 :3 INNOVATIVE HIGHER EDUCATION (2013) (with Katherine E. Linder, et al)

Tracking Research Scents in the Wilderness: How the Interface Design of Search Tools Affects User Behavior, 14 :4 AALL SPECTRUM 14 (2010)

The Washington Post's Supreme Court Year in Review 2009: Major Cases and Decisions of 2008, 101 LAW LIBR. J. 396 (2009)

Daniel T. Willingham's Why Students Don't Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom, AALL SPECTRUM (2009) (book review)

PC's and CALR: Changing the Way Lawyers Think, LEGAL INFO. & TECH. eJOURNAL (2009) (with Susan Vaughn)

David W. Quinto's and Stuart H. Singer's Trade Secrets: Law and Practice, AALL SPECTRUM (2009) (book review)

In the House of the Law, 32 LEGAL STUD. F. 207 (2008)

Computers in Law: Changing the Way Lawyers Think, (2007)

Lessons in Riding, Life, and Management from Sultan, a Wise Horse, 98 LAW LIBR. J. 551 (2006)

In Praise of Big Mac Lit, 130 LIBR. J. 147 (2005)

A Law Librarian in Cooperstown, 93 LAW LIBR. J. 209 (2001) (with Patricia I. Brown)

Natural Language Searching: How WIN Works in Westlaw, 18 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES Q. 39 (2001)

Leaving Paradise: Dropping Out of the Federal Depository Library Program, 92 LAW LIBR. J. 305 (2000) (with Elizabeth Gemellaro and Caroline Walters)

Leaving the Federal Depository Program, 26 J. ACAD. LIBR. 282 (2000) (with Robert E. Dugan and Kristen Djorup)

Comparing KeyCite with Shepard's Online, 17 :3 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICE Q. 85 (1999)

Centerfold: Members' Briefing-Americans with Disabilities Act, 3 AALL SPECTRUM 19 (1998) (Co-authored with Nicholas Triffin)

New Kid on the Block: KeyCite Compared to Shepard's, 3 AALL SPECTRUM 8 (1998)

Using Adaptive Technology to Provide Access to Blind, Low-Vision and Dyslexic Patrons, 90 LAW LIBR. J. 157 (1998) (with Kathleen Casey)

Library Guides in the Electronic Environment, MAALL MARKINGS (1997)

Preparing the Law Library for the A.B.A. Inspection, 27 THE ADVOCATE 18 (1997)

Other Publications

List of Useful Links for Free Texas Research, THE VOICE FOR THE DEFENSE (2014) (with Barrett Hansen)


Postings of Betsy McKenzie to OUT OF THE JUNGLE, (August 2005 -)


  • AALL/Aspen Research Grant for 2004, "Effects of PCs and Databases on Legal Analysis Skills."


  • BA, Transylvania University
  • JD, MSLS, University of Kentucky
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Courses Taught

  • Advanced Legal Research