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Alayan, Kristina




Kristina J. Alayan is the Law Library Director & Assistant Professor of Law at the Howard University School of Law. Before joining the law faculty at Howard, Professor Alayan was the Head of Reference and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. During her tenure at Georgetown, she also served as the Head of Content Acquisitions and Management. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing all print and electronic materials for the library’s collection – including the materials budget, license negotiation, and revising the collection development policy. At Duke University School of Law, she served as the Foreign and International Law Reference Librarian and Lecturing Fellow. In that role, she taught three required legal research courses in the JD, LLM, and JD/LLM programs. She also contributed to the first ever law-related Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered through Duke (International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges).

Professor Alayan earned her Masters in Library Science (MLIS) with a certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington School of Information. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in the International Law and Pro Bono programs. Throughout her career Professor Alayan has served in various leadership positions in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is also an active member at the local level within the Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC), where she has held leadership positions on the LLSDC board. In 2019 she was recognized by her peers at the national level as the recipient of the prestigious American Association of Law Libraries Emerging Leader award.

Her research interests include information literacy, access to justice, leadership, and change management.

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