W&L names new library director

Washington and Lee School of Law Dean Mark Grunewald announced the appointment of Caroline L. Osborne as Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research. Osborne has served as interim director of the library for the last year.

One of the most critical positions in any law school, the library director at W&L oversees an operations and information budget of over 1 million dollars and supervises a staff of 13.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Caroline's talent, creativity and commitment fill this vital position in the Law School," Grunewald said. "I look forward to the continued success of the library program under her leadership."

Osborne joined Washington and Lee in 2007 as a research and instructional services librarian and lecturer in law. Since 2008, she also has directed the Burks Scholars legal research program, which introduces first-year students to the rigors of legal writing and research.

"The immediate focus of the library is providing new and innovative services for faculty and students, continuing to find new opportunities for student work spaces within the library, and seeing the Law Library Fellow program implemented to its fullest potential."

Osborne has held library positions at the University of Richmond School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Prior to entering academia, Osborne practiced law for ten years in the area of corporate finance in North Carolina, Georgia and New York.