Courtney Selby is the Associate Dean for Library Services and Associate Professor of Legal Research at St. John’s University School of Law. She received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Tulsa, a Master's of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma, and a J.D. from the University of Tulsa. Following law school, she served as the Collection Development and Instructional Services librarian and Legal Research Instructor at the University of Tulsa. Thereafter, she served for 8 years as the Associate Dean for Information Services, Director of the Law Library, and Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, earning recognition for her teaching, scholarship, and work in the field of law librarianship.
She is actively involved in the American Association of Law Libraries, serving in a number of leadership roles in several of the association's special interest sections, and continues to publish in the areas of legal research and law librarianship. Additionally, she is involved with the Association of American Law Schools Section on Technology, Law & Legal Education and has developed student-centered programming to support curricular initiatives at the intersection of law and technology.
In addition to her work in the law library and in information technology, Professor Selby teaches advanced legal research courses for the law school with an emphasis in developing both strategy-based and practice-ready research skills for a new generation of legal professionals.
Integration & Transformation: Incorporating Critical Information Literacy and Critical Legal Research into Advanced Legal Research Instruction (Northern Illinois University Law Review, forthcoming 2023).
We Are In This Together: A Faculty-Led Approach To Fostering Innovation In Online Instruction, in Law Teaching Strategies For a New Era: Beyond the Physical Classroom (with Rachel H. Smith) (Carolina Academic Press, 2021).
New York Legal Research, 4th ed. (with Elizabeth G. Adelman, Kathleen Darvil, and Brian Detweiler) (Carolina Academic Press, 2020).
Brewery Law: Manufacture and Sale, in National Survey of State Laws (W.S. Hein & Co., 2020).
Tried & True: Fair Use Tales for the Telling – A Symposium Review (with Sarah McCleskey), 3(1) Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, 1-27 (2019).
Library Director as Manager of Union Employees, in academic law library director perspectives case studies, future directions, and general advice (W.S. Hein & Co., Michelle M. Wu Ed. 2015).
New York Legal Research, 3rd ed. (with Elizabeth G. Adelman, Theodora Belniak, and Brian Detweiler) (Carolina Academic Press, 2015).
Oklahoma Legal Research (with Darin Fox and Darla Jackson) (Carolina Academic Press 2013).
Honesty is the Best Policy: Collection Development Policy Revisions in an Era of Change, 36-4 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 8 (2011).
Statutes and Limitations: Thinking Collaboratively about Print State Codes, 36-3 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 7 (2011).
Reflections on the Conversation: an Overview of Collection Development Literature from 2010, 36-2 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 7 (2011).
Collection Development 2010: Making the Cut, part III, a Serious Look at Serials, 35-4 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 9 (2010).
Brains!, 35-3 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 8 (2010).
Collection Development 2009: Making the Cut, part II, a Periodic Debate, 35-2 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 8 (2009).
Collection Development 2009: Making the Cut, part I, 34-4 Tech. Serv. L. Libr. 10 (2009).
The Evolution of the Reference Interview, 26 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 35 (2007).
(Editorial Advisor) AALL Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues, Sexual Orientation and the Law : A Research Bibliography (W.S. Hein & Co. 2007).
(Re)Searching for Justice: Teaching Critical and Alternative Legal Research to Aspiring Social Justice Lawyers – AALL Annual Meeting panelist (7/19/22)
Supporting Scholarship to Build Bridges to Our Colleagues, Peers and Students – AALS Annual Meeting panelist (1/6/19)
Top Ten Tips for Teaching Administrative Law Research – AALL Annual Meeting panelist (7/16/18)
Law Library Services in 2020: Evolution and Revolution—AALS Annual Meeting panelist (1/6/17)
Ask the Experts Tough Questions and Essential Lessons on Personnel Management— AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee program moderator (11/30/16)
Copyright Issues in Institutional Repositories— AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee program moderator (8/18/16)
Strategies for Online Student Engagement and Learning— AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee program moderator (3/30/16)
Courtroom Technology: Trends and Practical Insights— AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee program moderator (12/9/14)
Legal Writing Institute Teaching Workshop—co-presenter with Kathy Darvil of Brooklyn Law School—Developing New Partnerships With Faculty Teaching Doctrinal Courses (12/2/2011)
Legal Writing Institute Teaching Workshop—co-presenter with R. Ducey on Legal Research Exercise Development, Skills Assessment and WestlawNext instruction (12/3/2010)
“Collection Development Tools: From Tried and True to Spiffy and New” –presenter at AALL Annual Meeting (7/9/2010); presented again for MAALL Annual Meeting (10/15/2010)
“Let’s Talk Legal Research Knowledge/Skills Assessment”—co-presenter at MAALL Annual Meeting (10/17/2009)
“Let’s Talk Legal Research Instruction—What We Can Learn From Each Other”—co-presenter at MAALL Annual Meeting (10/17/2009)
“Automating the Selection, Acquisition, and Cataloging Functions Using YBP’s GOBI System”—co-presenter at MAALL Annual Meeting (10/15/2009)
“ALL-SIS Collection Development Roundtable—Making the cut: collection development in the face of shrinking budgets”—presenter at AALL Annual Meeting (7/26/2009)
“Take the Lead: Journey to Authentic Leadership”—webinar presenter (1/22/2009)
“Visionary Collection Development: Strategies for Building Legal Collections on Emerging Social Issues”—panel moderator at AALL Annual Meeting (7/17/2005)
Named one of 40 Best LGBT Attorneys Under 40 by the LGBT Bar Association (2013)
Named to the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Law Librarian Advisory Board (2012)
Law Library Association of Greater New York Workshop Grant (2012)
Academic Law Libraries-Special Interest Section Experienced Member Grant (2010)
Technical Services- Special Interest Section Grant (2010)
American Association of Law Libraries Leadership Academy Fellow (2008)
University of Tulsa College of Law Outstanding Adjunct Professor (2007-2008)
Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Grant (2006)
Social Responsibilities-Special Interest Section Alan Holoch Memorial Grant (2005)
American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting Grant (2004)
American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) 2003-present
AALL Leadership Development Committee (2009-2010)
Continuing Professional Education Committee (2013-present, Vice Chair 2015-2016, Chair 2016-2017)
Innovations in Technology Award Jury Member (2018-present)
AALL Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) 2003-present
ALL-SIS Collection Development Committee (2006-2010, Chair 2008-2009)
ALL-SIS Legal Research Committee (2010-2011)
ALL-SIS Task Force to Review & Update Web Presence (2011-2013)
AALL Computer Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS) 2011-2014
AALL Social Responsibility Special Interest Section (SR-SIS), 2005-present, Chair 2008-2009
SR-SIS Standing Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues, Chair 2006-2007
AALL Technical Services Special Interest Section (TS-SIS) 2003-2011
TSLL Contributing editor for Collection Development 2009-2011
American Association of Law Schools (AALS) 2011-present
Law Library Association of Greater New York 2011-present
Mid America Association of Law Libraries (MAALL), 2003-2011, Treasurer 2009-2011
Oklahoma Bar Association (OBA), admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2002
Oklahoma Law Librarians (OKLL) 2005-2011
Society of Academic Law Library Directors (2011-present, Member at Large 2014-2015 and 2018-2020, webmaster 2015-present)
Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) 2003-2011