Director of the Law Library Emerita
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(706) 542-5001

University of Georgia
School of Law
Athens, GA 30602
United States

B.A., M.Ed., J.D., University of Georgia
M.S.L.S., Atlanta University


Legal Research
Advanced Legal Research

Biographical Information

Carol A. Watson retired from the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library as its director on January 1, 2021. She was responsible for the vision, leadership and management of all aspects of the law library including strategic planning, budgeting, collection development, technology and personnel.

Watson was no stranger to UGA. She earned three of her four tertiary degrees at the university including a J.D. from the School of Law. In 1987, Watson began her professional career at the university's law library. Twenty-three years later, she was named its director. Previously, she served as the associate director for information technology, supervised the law school's IT Team and provided legal reference services.

Watson has written extensively and presented frequently on the topic of institutional repositories. She received the 2015 AALL Academic Libraries SIS Outstanding Article Award, along with James M. Donovan & Caroline Osborne, for the article The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, Edison 2015-03A, In 2013, she was named a bepress Institutional Repository All-Star. In 2015, she was a member of the steering committee which organized the Law Repositories 2015: Shaping the Future conference.

She also annually coordinates and speaks on Internet legal research topics at Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia seminars. In addition, she has given several presentations at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meetings and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries annual meetings as well as at The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction conferences for law school computing.

As prefaced earlier, Watson holds four tertiary degrees, three of which she earned from UGA. Her first degree, a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature, was earned in 1981. She earned her Master of Education two years later. In July 1990, she completed her master's in library service at Atlanta University. Her fourth and final degree, a Juris Doctor cum laude from the School of Law, was obtained in 1987.

Watson is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and American Bar Association, and she is active in the AALL at the national level and in the southeastern chapter. She is the past chair of the AALL Continuing Professional Education Committee and the past chair of the AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee. In 2020, she was inducted in the AALL Hall of Fame, and she received the AALL Volunteer Service Award in 2016. Watson is the past president of SEAALL and the 2014 recipient of the Service to SEAALL Award. Watson is the past-chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information.

Publications & Activities


Information Literacy in a Fake/False News World: An Overview of the Characteristics of Fake News and its Historical Development, 46 Int'l J. Legal Info.93 (2018).

Rethinking Digital Repositories & the Future of Open Access, 22 AALL Spectrum 28 (2018) (with M. Schilt & K. Shepahard).

Securing Professional Development: Getting to Yes, 22 AALL Spectrum 14 (2018) (C. Osborne & A. Eaton).

The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, 97 J. Pat. & Trademark Off. Soc'y 4 (2015) ); 3A Edison: L. + Tech.1 (2015) (with J. Donovan and C. Osborne).

"Reference Services in a Law Library" in Law Librarianship in the Digital Age (E. Kroski, ed., Scarecrow Press 2013).

Marketing and Outreach in Law Libraries: A White Paper (ALL-SIS Task Force on Library Marketing and Outreach), 105 L. Lib. J. 525 (2013).

Will An Institutional Repository Hurt My SSRN Ranking? Calming the Faculty Fear (with James Donovan), 16 Spectrum 12 (April 2012)

Citation Advantage of Open Access Legal Scholarship (with James Donovan), 103 Law Library Journal 553 (2011)

Open Access: Good for Readers, Authors, and Journals (with James Donovan), 2 Bloomberg Law Reports, Student Edition 13 (2011)

Technology Management Trends in Law Schools (with Larry Reeves), 103 Law Library Journal 441 (2011)

Institutional Repositories: A Plethora of Possibilities (with James Donovan), 21 Trends in Law Library Management and Technology 19 (2011)

Researching Georgia Legislative History, 44 The Advocate 9 (2010)

Effective Project Management: the Art of Creating Scope Statements, (February 6, 2010)

The Four F's of Facilitation: the Secret to Successful Meetings, (with Wendy E. Moore) 35 Southeastern Law Librarian 3 (2010)

Project Management - A Law Librarian Survival Skill, (December 22, 2009)

Behind a Law School's Decision to Implement an Institutional Repository (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2008) with J. Donovan) (white paper)


Book Review: The Prison Library Primer, 102 Law Library Journal 493, (2010)

Book Review, Critical Documents Sourcebooks Annotated: International Commercial Law and Arbitration, 22 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 557 (1992)

Book Review, The Guide to International Legal Research, 20 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 691 (1990)