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Scott Childs


Current career:

Scott Childs joined the UT College of Law in 2011 as the Associate Dean for Library & Technology Services, coming from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was the deputy director at the Katherine R. Everett Law Library and a Clinical Professor of Law since 2007. At UNC Law, he also served as assistant director for public services since 2001, managing law library public services and coordinating the advanced legal research courses.

Prior to joining the staff at UNC Law, Childs served as head of reference at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and was both a reference librarian and headed the collection development at Cornell Law School.

Childs began his legal career with the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, serving as a Staff Attorney and then as a Senior Staff Attorney until 1995.

He has taught at SIS for five years.


  • Juris Doctor, University of Alabama
  • Master of Library Science, Florida State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Criminology, Auburn University


  • Legal Research
  • Academic Libraries – Law

Courses taught:

  • INSC 590 Introduction to Legal Research & Law Libraries

My favorite thing about working at SIS is:

Direct contact with the information science students and the opportunity to share in their learning process.

Professional memberships:

  • American Association of Law Libraries
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association of Law Schools
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries
  • Alabama State Bar


  • TENNESSEE LEGAL RESEARCH, 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press : Durham, NC) 2016. Co-authored with Carol Parker and Sibyl Marshall.
  •  “Researching Administrative Law” in FEDERAL LEGAL RESEARCH, (Carolina Academic Press : Durham, NC) 2nd ed. 2015. (Chapter)
  • NORTH CAROLINA LEGAL RESEARCH, 2nd ed. (Carolina Academic Press : Durham, NC) 2014. Co-authored with Sara Sampson.
  • NORTH CAROLINA LEGAL RESEARCH, (Carolina Academic Press : Durham, NC) 2010.
  • NORTH CAROLINA LEGAL RESEARCH GUIDE 2nd ed., (William S. Hein & Co.) 2009, with Nick Sexton.