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 Professor Emerita Leah Wortham (left) with Alison Shea, Class of 2007, in Istanbul. 


CUA Professor and Alumna Teach Legal Research Skills Overseas


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Leah Wortham, Professor Emerita at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, spent Dec. 4-7 contributing to a teaching workshop in Istanbul, Turkey, that was designed to assist foreign law schools with learning how to better access free resources that are available online. 

Wortham was accompanied by Alison Shea, who earned both a J.D. and M.S. in Library Sciences from Catholic University in 2007.
Sponsored by the Academic Fellowship Program (AFP) of the International Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations, the conference included academics from Albania, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Mongolia, and Russia.  AFP seeks to strengthen higher education in a region stretching from the Caucuses to Mongolia.
Universities in that region of the world often have limited access to hard copy library resources and trained reference librarians. The goal of the conference was to enhance participants’ skills in accessing the increasing number of free resources available on line, build awareness of how to integrate their national experience and research into publications of interest to international journals, and to prepare attendees to train students and colleagues in their home universities in these skills. 
Wortham has been an International Scholar in the AFP program since 2008. Shea is currently a reference librarian, foreign and international specialist, and adjunct associate professor of law at Fordham University in New York City.