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1st Steps to Using the Law Library

Help with using the catalog systems used by the law school and university as well as how to hunt for ebooks. The emphasis is on law materials.

Who Can Help Me?

The following information is for students and faculty.  Members of the general public should call the service desk at 816-235-1650 or try the Virtual Self Help Clinic at

The front desk or "service desk" is staffed by library assistants and student workers, with back up service provided by librarians. Library assistants and student workers can help with general questions, but law student and faculty research or technology questions should usually go to one of the librarians listed below. The service desk can help you locate the librarians below and suggest who you should contact. If no one is at the front desk, seek out Librarian Pluta or Professor Callister (see below).

General questions for libraries can be answered by our chat service during normal business hours (M-Th 8-6, F8-5) or by email at


Paul D. Callister, Library Director & Professor of Law - background in various subjects, including tax, transactional law, copyright, cyberlaw, and historical research.

Contact: Office 1-104 - 1st floor Library, turn left at the service desk and go past the printer • 235-2436 • email • bio

Paul Callister

Ayyoub Ajmi, Director of Innovation & Legal Technology - background is in library, law and education technology issues, particularly with respect to the law school's Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic and Intellectual Property Clinic.  

Contact: Office 2-102K - 2nd floor Library, turn right at the top of the central staircase • 235-2633 • email • bio 

Ayyoub Ajmi

Lisa Gooden, Circulation and Operations Librarian - joined us from Kansas City Public Library where she was a Collection Development Librarian; however, over her extensive career, Lisa has seen most aspects of library operations.  Besides circulation (front service desk) and operations (processes with Miller Nichols Library), she is in charge of the Institutional Repository.

Contact: Office 1-102A - 1st floor Library, behind the service desk • 235-5849 • email • bio

Ariel Newman, Student Services Librarian - background is in legal research, outreach, and student engagement.

Contact: Office 007A Library - Ground floor Library, turn left just inside the entrance • 235-2631 • email • bio

Julia Pluta, Faculty Services & Collection Services Librarian - background in business law, legislative history, administrative law, and foreign, comparative and international law.  Librarian Pluta is a good choice if you don't know who to go to.  

Contact: Office 1-108 - 1st floor Library, straight ahead from the service desk • 235-5365 • email • bio

Julia Pluta