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Law Library News for Oct. 1, 2007

Cheryl Nyberg, editor


Returning students may have noticed changes in the Law Library. For those of you who haven't discovered them yet, here is a summary.

In the Reference Area

we moved some books in and some books out, and the current law reviews were shifted.

Moved into the Reference Area were several multi-volume sets on business organizations, labor and employment law, patent practice and trade agreements in the Pacific Rim, and other topics. Moved out of the Reference Area were sets (or parts of sets) containing court and administrative agency decisions. These materials are available to you on LexisNexis and Westlaw and other users retrieve cases from these sets by citation. Among the sets that moved from the Reference Area to the Compact Stacks are American Maritime Cases, Federal Reporter 2d, Pacific Reporter 2d, U.S. Patents Quarterly, and various administrative agency decisions.

The current law reviews on display shelves were moved from the center section of the Reference Area to the southwest corner. The previous location interrupted the flow of books with call numbers, which sometimes confused users. Journals moved; confusion eliminated.

More pull-out shelves were installed throughout the Reference Area to make it easier for you to rest and browse a book before deciding to take it to a table or photocopier.

In the Reference Office

you will see a familiar face more often. Kelly Aldrich has joined the Reference staff as a full-time librarian.

Last year, Kelly worked in the Reference Office as a law librarianship intern. We hired her to take the position left vacant by Kristy Moon, who left us last year for the Bay Area.

Kelly is a Husky through-and-through. She has earned four UW degrees: a B.A., a Master's in Communications, a J.D., and a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a Special Certificate in Law Librarianship.

Stop by the Reference Office when she is on duty to give her the "fifth degree" with your questions about legal research!

Six new law librarianship interns will get on-the-job training in the Reference Office this year. They will be learning the art of the reference interview and the countless tools and strategies for putting you together with the legal information you seek.

In the study area on L1

beneath the south-facing windows, we have instituted an all law students-all the time policy. The large study tables are now permanently reserved for your exclusive use. Theater-style ropes and signs announce the policy.

We authorize you to inform non-law students who study there about the policy. Politely, please. You may also ask the Circulation staff or the reference librarian on duty to mention the policy to non-law students.

For your comfort, more "soft seating" has been moved into this area.

In the Copy Alcoves

a new cashless system is used for making photocopies and printouts. Use your Husky Card as a debit card or purchase a Dawg-Print card from the dispenser in the Copy Alcove behind the Bogle & Gates Law Student Lounge. Many restaurants and other merchants on the Ave accept the Husky Card too.

Of course, printing from LexisNexis and Westlaw on their dedicated printers (in Room 222, the Law Student Computing Lab, and elsewhere) continues to be free to you, included in the Library's subscriptions to these services.

Important Things Remain the Same

Unchanged is our commitment to provide you with the resources you need.

You can find print and online materials need by searching the Library's catalog or other databases. Come by the Reference Office for help and legal research advice. Visit the Circulation Desk to get items from Course Reserve or to check out a book. Browse the dozens of legal research guides and other information on our website.

Find a comfortable place to read, write, and study at a big table or in a carrel. Talk with classmates in a group study room. Drop by the Good Reads collection to enjoy the works of Shakespeare or a judicial biography. Prepare for exams by reviewing samples in the online exam archive.

If you want it, we got it. If we don't have it, we will work hard to get it for you.

©2007, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington