Paul D. Healey

Senior Instructional Services Librarian
Associate Professor of Library Service

About

Professor Paul Healey serves as Senior Instructional Services Librarian at the Jenner Law library of the University of Illinois College of Law, and teaches Legal Research and Advanced Legal Research courses in the law school. He holds a JD in law and MA in library and information science from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in library and information science from the University of Illinois.

Professor Healey is the author of Professional Liability Issues for Librarians and Information Professionals (Neal-Schuman Press, 2008), and Legal Reference for Librarians: How and Where to Find the Answers (ALA Editions, 2014). His articles have been published in Law Library Journal, the National Law Journal, and AALL Spectrum, among others, and he is a two-time winner of the American Association of Law Libraries Call for Papers competition.

Professor Healey is active in the American Association of Law Libraries and spent six years as Editorial Director of AALL Spectrum, the official magazine of the organization. Professor Healey has been a featured speaker across the U.S. and Canada on legal and library related topics.

Professor Healey also teaches at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Illinois, including courses on legal materials, information ethics, and library administration.

Prior to becoming a law librarian, Professor Healey practiced law for seven years as a partner in the firm Healey & Peters, Attorneys, and was a seminar presenter on legal and business topics for Inherent, Ltd.

Education

PhD University of Illinois
MA, JD University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise

Librarian Professional Liability
Legal Issues Pertaining to Pro Se Library Users

Courses

Advanced Legal Research
Law Teaching Practicum
Legal Research with Writing Practicum
Legal Research
LLM Legal Writing and Research

Selected Publications

Books

Professional Liability Issues for Librarians and Information Professionals (Neal-Schuman Press, 2008)

Legal Reference for Librarians: How and Where to Find the Answers (ALA Editions, 2014)

Articles and Essays

Go and tell the world: Charles R. McCarthy and the Evolution of the Legislative Reference Library Movement, 1901-1917, 99 Law Library Journal 33 (2007). (Winner, AALL Call for Papers competition, 2006.)

Pro Se Users, Reference Liability, and the Unauthorized Practice of Law: Twenty-Five Selected Readings 94 Law Library Journal 133 [Issue 1, 2002-08].

In Search of the Delicate Balance: Legal and Ethical Questions in Assisting the Pro Se Patron, 90 Law Library Journal 129 (1998).

Chicken Little at the Reference Desk: The Myth of Librarian Liability, 87 Law Library Journal 515 (1995). (Winner, AALL Call for Papers competition, 1995.)