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About James M. Donovan

James M. Donovan assumed his role as Director of the University of Kentucky College of Law Alvin E. Evans Law Library in December 2010. In that capacity he oversees all aspects of library operations, including managing the Library’s daily activities, strategic planning, collection development, while leading a staff of ten library faculty and support staff. He is responsible for administration of the budget and ensuring that resources are used to support the College’s research, teaching, and service missions. As Associate Professor of Law, Donovan teaches advanced legal research, internet law, and a seminar in legal anthropology.
Before coming to UKY, Donovan was a member of the library team at the University of Georgia School of Law Library, where he was Faculty and Access Services Librarian, and at the Tulane University Law School as its Head of Access Services.
He has held an adjunct appointment to the UGA Department of Anthropology, for which he taught legal anthropology. Published books include LEGAL ANTHROPOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION (AltaMira Press, 2008), and ANTHROPOLOGY & LAW (Berghahn, 2003). He also served as editor-in-chief of the AALL publication SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND THE LAW: A RESEARCH BIBLIOGRAPHY (2006). Additional work in the areas of sexual orientation law, religion and the law, and law as a species of regulatory social norm has appeared in a number of law reviews and peer-reviewed journals. His substantive legal research complements his ongoing researches in library topics such as the role of digital institutional repositories in law schools, librarianship as a profession, and the future role of the library as a social institution within this age of Google.
A holder of five degrees, Donovan received his first, a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Greek/Latin and Humanities, in 1981 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He earned both his Master in Library Information Science and a Master of Arts in philosophy from Louisiana State University. At Tulane, he obtained a Ph.D. in anthropology with specialization in psychological anthropology. Finally, in the spring of 2003, Donovan graduated magna cum laude from Loyola New Orleans with a Juris Doctor.


Present Director of the Law Library and James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law

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