- B.S., 1982, Auburn University
- J.D., 1987, University of Alabama
- M.L.S., 1994, Florida State University
After earning his J.D. at the University of Alabama, Professor Childs practiced law with the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, serving first as a staff attorney and then as senior staff attorney. Upon completion of the MLS degree he served as a law reference librarian and later head of collection development at the Cornell Law School Library before becoming Head of Reference at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library at Louisiana State University. Professor Childs joined the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina as the Assistant Director of Public Services in 2001 before becoming the Deputy Director in 2007. He taught first year legal research and various online legal research seminars at Cornell and LSU before coordinating the advanced legal research and advanced legal research and writing courses at UNC. Professor Childs joined the UT College of Law in 2011 from the University of North Carolina School of Law where he was the Deputy Director at the Katherine R. Everett Law Library and a Clinical Professor of Law since 2007. Previously at UNC Law, he served as Assistant Director for Public Services since 2001, managing law library public services and coordinating the advanced legal research courses. He has been active in national and regional law library associations and has published in the area of legal research and associated services.