The law library celebrated the 50th Anniversary of National
Library Week (April 13-19) promoting awareness of the contributions
that libraries and library staff make to their communities.
This year’s celebration featured the fourth annual READ
poster display spotlighting Professor Laurel Oates and Associate
Dean Tayyab Mahmud. Each professor posed with one of their favorite
books and wrote about its special significance. Previous READ
selections were displayed in a case on the main floor of the
library and the posters in the 4th floor exhibit area. For further
information on the books selected by this year's celebrities,
click on this issue's New and Notable link on the left. Complimentary
candy, bookmarks and READ tattoos were distributed. In addition,
Westlaw provided free office supplies. Lexis provided copies
of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of
Evidence to give away.
The library would appreciate your assistance in
either returning or checking out library materials in your offices.
We are currently working on reviewing and replacing missing books
in the collection, so we need our records to accurately reflect
our inventory. If you have a number of items that you would like
to have retrieved or renewed, please call the circulation desk
Asynchronous Legal Research Methods to be Offered Again
Kerry Fitz-Gerald and Barbara Swatt Engstrom will offer Asynchronous
Legal Research Methods again during the summer session. The class
was taught last summer for the first time and was very well received.
Students who took the class were surprised by the amount of work
that the class entailed but in the words of one student “It’s
hard to complain that you learned too much.” The class is
substantively similar to the Legal Research Methods class that
is taught by the reference librarians each spring, but stylistically
quite different. Barbara and Kerry use the Angel course management
platform offered through SU’s Instructional Design department
for a couple of reasons. Because this is a legal research class,
it was deemed important to be vendor neutral. In addition, the
Angel platform provides much more functionality for student interactivity
and course administration applications. The class also incorporates
legal research “movies” created with Captivate software
where research techniques were demonstrated to students. The Captivate
movies are stand alone resources that the students could turn
back to at anytime for a refresher. Barbara and Kerry will also
be having the students contribute to a class Wiki this year in
part to satisfy the ABA requirements for student to student interactivity
and in part for the students to have a resource they created that
they can take with them when the class is done.
The course is self-paced with mandatory weekly benchmarks. This
format worked very well for the evening students who took it last
year, most of whom work and have family obligations. The students
appreciated the flexibility of the self-paced format which allowed
them to integrate the course work into their extremely busy schedules.
In addition to the weekly benchmarks the students will be required
to complete a midterm mastery evaluation and a final mastery evaluation.
The mastery evaluations are open-ended, real world scenarios to
which the students must apply what they have learned during the
course of the semester. The feedback from last year’s class
was very positive. Kerry and Barbara are looking forward to teaching
again this summer and hope to make the class a regular summer
Five Questions with...
Would you ever have predicted you would have a career in
No, I would never have predicted it, but I’ve only ever
worked in libraries. I had to get a job in college, and there
was an opening in government documents at University
of Puget Sound. Somehow I really enjoyed it. When I graduated,
I tried to get jobs using my psychology degree but realized that
wasn’t going to happen. After I looked around for six months,
I went back to UPS, this time doing interlibrary loans. About
a year later, a friend in Seattle called and said she needed a
roommate. I moved up here, and it just seemed natural that I would
find another job in a library.
What do you do here?
I’d say that I do a little bit of everything. My job title
is Circulation Assistant Supervisor (Evening), and my major responsibilities
are supervising Circulation in the evening and maintaining the
micromedia collection. However, I also do random things like take
photos for the newsletter, maintain the faculty display cases
and check-in items to be sent to the bindery. I’m often
given special projects to work on.
On any given day, how many books do you handle?
Between filing, reshelving and shifting, I’d guess about
a book truck worth—around a hundred or so. When we were
doing the library remodel, I shifted thousands of books. Recently
though, I was shifting some huge dictionaries and the shelf collapsed
on my hand. I’m hoping we’re done with shifting for
Why do you keep nunchuks hanging above your desk?
These got left in the library sometime around Halloween. A student
who works here in the evenings left them on my desk, and I hung
them up hoping someone would claim them. No one has yet. I don’t
actually know how to use nunchuks. Besides, they’re plastic
and held together with paperclips.
What are your favorite things to do outside the library?
I’m going to school right now, getting my masters in library
science, so there’s not much time for other things. But
I bake a lot. I’m trying to get into bread baking. My recent
attempt at brioche wasn’t so good, but I did make these
delicious green tea muffins with white chocolate chips. It sounded
like a weird combo, but I thought maybe it was something you had
to try to appreciate. And it was good.
Associate Dean Kristin Cheney's recently published article, "Marketing
the Law Library: Strategies and Techniques in the Digital Age,"
has been co-published simultaneously as, 26 Legal Reference
Services Quarterly 493 (2007), and as a chapter in Public
Services in Law Libraries: Evolution and Innovation in the 21st
Tina Ching has recently published two articles in a special edition
of Legal Reference Services Quarterly. "Alaska Initiatives
and Referenda" (26 Leg. Ref. Servs. Q. 15) and "Arizona
Initiatives and Referenda" (26 Leg. Ref. Servs. Q.
21) were published simultaneously in Exploring Initiative
and Referendum Law (Mary Elizabeth Williams ed., Haworth
Press 2008). Each chapter contains a brief history of initiative
and referendum in the state, an introduction to the process, a
description of how to locate materials and an annotated resource
Charity Braceros and Tina Ching co-authored the article “Hiring
(or not) the Distance Grad,” published in AALL Spectrum.
AALL Spectrum 24 (Mar. 2008) (with Charity Braceros).
The article discusses the perception the law library community
has about distance education graduates and its potential impact
on one’s career.
Kristin Cheney, Associate Dean for Library and Educational Technology,
visited the University of San Francisco School of Law (March 9-12)
as an ABA site evaluation team member. Kristin indicated that
although this was her fifth time serving as an ABA evaluator,
she always enjoys the opportunity to review another institution
in-depth, as well as visit with faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Kristin’s ABA responsibilities included a review of the
law library, technology and the law school facility.
Kent Milunovich, Systems/Technical Services Librarian, has been
appointed as the representative of the Seattle University Lemieux
Library and Law Library to the Orbis
Cascade Alliance Summit Catalog Committee. This committee
identifies emerging issues and creates recommendations that aid
the development and use of the Summit
Kara Phillips, Collection Development Librarian/Associate Director,
has been appointed to the steering committee of the China–United
States Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries.
The conference will be held in Beijing in May 2009 and will provide
a forum for exchange of information on the legal, library and
publishing systems of both countries. Kara has also been appointed
as co-chair of the Committee on Communication and Publication
in charge of matters relating to interpretation and translation
as well as compiling and editing the conference proceedings.
Reference Librarian Stephanie Wilson has been promoted to Head
of Reference. Stephanie’s new responsibilities include managing
our faculty library liaison program, setting policies and service
initiatives for faculty, students and alumni, and facilitating
professional development and scholarship opportunities for our
librarians. Stephanie will also coordinate library tours and orientations.
If you have any questions or concerns about our liaison program,
or need to schedule a library tour, please contact Stephanie at
ext. 4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conferences & Presentations
Tina Ching is coordinating and moderating the program "Exploring
Initiative and Referendum Law: Origins of the Oregon System,
Political Realities and Research Tips" at the 2008 American
Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Portland,
Oregon. The panel includes the Honorable David Schuman of the
Court of Appeals, John Lindback the Elections
Division Director for the Oregon Secretary of State and
Beth Williams a reference librarian at Columbia
Law School's Arthur W. Diamond Law Library.
Kerry Fitz-Gerald moderated a panel on harmonizing United States
and Canadian gun control legislation at the “Crossing
Borders—Issues and Resolutions” conference held
at the University of Washington on March 8.
Nancy Minton attended the 2008 Oregon
Library Association / Washington
Library Association (OLA/WLA)
Joint Conference in Vancouver, WA (April 17-18). Prior to
the conference, she helped write two accepted program proposals:
"¡Salud se puede! - Good Health Is Possible! Reaching
Out To The Latino/Hispanic Community With Health Information"
and "A Curandera (Traditional Healer) Presents Traditional
Latino Health Practices And Beliefs." The sessions were
co-sponsored by NW
REFORMA (Northwest chapter of the National Association to
Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the
Spanish-Speaking) and SRRT
(Social Responsibilities Round Table) chapters of Oregon and
written by law library staff.
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