The New Shared Online Catalog Provides
Expanded Capabilities and Access
After much hard work on the part of both libraries, the Lemieux
Library is now on a shared Innovative Interfaces catalog system
with the Law Library. (The Law Library has been an Innovative
system user for over 20 years.) This dual access system will
not only allow the patron to more easily determine what resources
are available on campus, but also will facilitate future participation
by both libraries in various regional and national library
For example, sharing the same system proved a cost effective
way for the Law Library and the Lemieux Library to join Summit,
a regional library consortium (http://cascade.lib.washington.edu/).
This consortium provides access to over 22 million books and
other materials owned by university and college libraries
in Oregon and Washington and serving over 180,000 faculty
and students from 27 member institutions. Direct borrowing
will be available to students and faculty at member institutions
and materials will be delivered by a courier service that
provides daily pick-up and delivery of library materials at
60 libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
The transition to a shared system has necessitated many hours
of cooperative planning and conference calls regarding purchasing
and installing products, establishing uniform coding standards,
and creating a mutually agreeable layout and organization
of the online catalog. Four joint training sessions of three
days each were held from March through June and involved training
on the Innovative acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, and
serials modules in addition to covering systems and online
catalog maintenance issues.
As part of the process of sharing a catalog, tens of thousands
of Lemieux’s records have been added to the existing
system. You may now go to the shared catalog webpage (http://library.seattleu.edu)
and conduct searches of either the combined collections or
just the Lemieux or law collections. In the combined catalog
you can click on the links at the top of the page or use the
drop-down boxes to change your search to either the Lemieux
Library collection or to the law collections. Other new features
allow you to restrict your search to particular types of materials
or to items located in certain areas of either Library. Please
stop by the reference desk or send us an e-mail if you’d
like a tour of the new features.
Collaborative Learning Workshops
Throughout the summer, law library personnel participated
in a series of in-house training sessions called Collaborative
Learning Workshops. Library personnel with specific areas
of expertise gave presentations to their library colleagues
on a variety of topics including:
Sabbatical Research: Trials
of Leschi (Kunsch)
Advanced Internet Searching (Fitz-Gerald)
Government Documents (Menanteaux)
Non-Legal Databases (Engstrom)
Advanced Functions of the Online Catalog's
Acquisitions, Serials and Circulation Modules (Kezele, Minton,
International Law/Treaties (Menanteaux/Fitz-Gerald)
Advanced Catalog Searching (Fitz-Gerald)
Attendees found the workshops practical and entertaining.
The workshops provided an informal, learning and training
environment for all library personnel.
Law Library Liaison Program
Instituted in 2001, the library’s liaison program has
been extremely successful. The formalized faculty liaison
program is designed to foster greater contact between faculty
and the librarians. Each faculty member is assigned a librarian
liaison who monitors and proactively responds to the faculty
member's instructional and scholarly needs and serves as the
faculty member's primary contact person within the library.
Scholarly Support - The librarians provide
research support on a broad range of topics, including legal
and non-legal information.
Tailored Lectures/Research Guides - The librarians
provide in-class or in-library lectures and demonstrations
on research techniques and materials in specific topical
areas. Web- or paper-based resource guides can be prepared
that are tailored to specific classes: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/library/startingpoints/
Student Research Consultations - Faculty
who teach seminars on advanced topics and courses with writing
projects often encourage their students to set up an individual
research consultation with a librarian to review research
resources and strategies.
Research Assistant Training - The librarians
train and work with RAs on effective research strategies
and suggested resources.
Current Awareness - To aid faculty in keeping
abreast of developments in particular areas, the librarians
recommend current awareness tools and set up regular electronic
clip searches. Additionally, the librarians run preemption
checks to see if others have published on a particular topic
of interest. The librarians routinely keep faculty apprised
of new materials (print or online) added to the collection
and scan catalogs and bibliographies to inform faculty of
important new literature and forthcoming publications.
Course Preparation - Librarians provide research
support and background information for faculty developing
new courses or updating existing courses. In preparation
for new courses, the librarians will review library resources
and make suggestions for additions to the collection within
The liaison program has expanded to include the growing number
of visiting faculty and visiting scholars as well as various
co-curricular programs. A list of liaison assignments is available
While the over 70 adjuncts are not assigned individual librarian
liaisons, they are increasingly availing themselves of librarian
There are some new faces and places in libraryland. They include
Kelly Kunsch has returned from his spring sabbatical during
which he wrote an article, “The Trials of Leschi,
Nisqually Chief,” based on research in the Washington
State Archives and other sites.
During fall semester, Kristin Cheney will be on sabbatical
working on her new class “Electronic Legal Research”
and a related article.
Barbara Engstrom, who worked at the reference desk during
spring semester, performed her magic during the summer months
while various librarians were away and will continue on
a part-time basis.
Christopher O’Byrne is interning at the library during
August and September. He will be working on special projects
and learning about our library three days a week.
Liz Bedford, a former intern through the YMCA Transitions
program, has disappeared and reappeared as a first-year
law student at Seattle University.
Academic Law Libraries Marketing Toolkit
Kristin Cheney recently authored a chapter entitled “Annual
Reports in Academic Law Libraries” in the newly released
Marketing Toolkit for Academic Law Libraries http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/toolkit/toolkit.html.
The toolkit is comprised of a variety of marketing materials
to be used by law librarians in the promotion and development
of law libraries. Other articles covered mission statements,
user surveys, statistics, and so on. Each article is accompanied
by a helpful bibliography of resources. Librarians nationwide
are very appreciative of such a practical and comprehensive
The librarians attended the American Association of Law Libraries
(AALL) annual meeting in Boston from July 10-14. The theme
this year was “From Boston to Mumbai: The World of Legal
Information,” which emphasized access to foreign and
international legal information.
Kristin Cheney attended the Academic Law Libraries directors’
breakfast and Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
(AJCU) directors’ business meeting. Additionally, the
librarians attended various AJCU, Academic Law Libraries Special
Interest Section (ALL-SIS), and WestPac activities. Bob Menanteaux
attended a preconference workshop on Information Sources for
The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section held a
gathering of librarians at the Harvard Law School Library.
We were pleased to receive many compliments for our hosting
this reception during the 2003 AALL annual meeting.
Libraries in Cuba!
In April, Kristin Cheney and Stephanie Wilson attended a Library
Research Program in Cuba. The program was lead by Ann Sitkin,
a law librarian at Harvard Law School Library. The program
was designed to allow librarians to see first hand the libraries
and archives of Cuba, and to meet with its librarians. The
itinerary included a sampling of all types of libraries in
Cuba; academic, municipal, and specialized. Attendees included
librarians from a wide range of institutions including Harvard,
St. John’s University School of Law, the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, Haverford College, and the American
Textile History Museum. The trip included visits to the National
Library and Archives, the Main Library of the University of
Havana, the municipal libraries of Cienfuegos and Bauta, and
the Jardin des Botanical Library. Attendees also visited the
Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, the Literacy Museum, and Ernest
Hemingway’s home in Havana.
Brown v. Board of Education
In February, the Law Library began its commemoration of the
Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of
Education with the launch of a physical and an online
exhibit. In the intervening months, we have created a traveling
version of the exhibit entitled “Images of Struggle
and Hope: The Context of Brown v. Board.” This
traveling exhibit made its debut during the Seattle University
CLE “From Brown to Grutter: Racial Integration
and the Law in the Northwest.” “Images”
was later displayed during the Loren Miller Bar Association
Panel discussion, “Brown and Its Impact,”
which was held in Piggott Auditorium on May 10, and at the
University of Washington on May 17 (the actual anniversary)
at the LMBA’s "Reenactment of the Brown
Supreme Court Argument," featuring Lembhard G. Howell,
the Honorable Chief Judge John C. Coughenour, and the entire
Washington State Supreme Court. In late May, “Images”
traveled to the New Holly Community Center for display at
a YMCA Youth and Community Forum discussing Brown.
Additionally, the content has been shared with the local YMCA,
which is developing a video about Brown to be used
in the Seattle School District. The Library is very excited
that what started as a library exhibit has reached out so
broadly into our community.
New Display of Civil Rights Ephemera
Professor Michael Rooke-Ley has graciously lent his collection
of material from the Civil Rights Movement to the library.
In 1965, Professor Rooke-Ley was a summer volunteer with C.O.R.E.
in Mississippi. The collection includes pamphlets, notes,
flyers, and images from that time. Selections from the collection
are now on view in two display cases on the second floor of
2004 Bridge the Legal Research Gap:
A Great Success
On June 23rd, the Law Library co-sponsored the 9th Annual
Bridge the Legal Research Gap symposium with our colleagues
from the UW Gallagher Law Library. This free program offered
eight instructional sessions taught by librarians from both
law libraries. Sessions were designed to reacquaint students
with research skills that are useful in summer legal employment.
All classes took place at the University of Washington law
school. While the majority of over 150 attendees were students
from Seattle University and the University of Washington,
students from twenty other law schools (e.g. Harvard, Columbia,
and Stanford) also attended.
SU Law Library's participation included "Practicing
Lawyers Tools" taught by Kelly Kunsch. Helane Davis addressed
the first plenary session on real world legal research and
Bob Menanteaux covered federal legislative history. Erika
Lim represented Career Services at the closing plenary on
"Making the Most of Your Summer Job." Kara Philips
and Kent Milunovich helped with onsite registration and prepared
handouts. Jane Draney ran online registration and prepared
over 200 registration badges.
The materials from each instructional session are available
on the Internet at http://lib.law.washington.edu/btg/2004/launch.htm
Videotapes of each session have been placed on closed reserve
in the library. Photos of the event can be viewed at http://lib.law.washington.edu/btg/2004/photos.htm
Circulation Dual Screen Monitors
Dual flat screen monitors have been installed at the circulation
desk to facilitate staff in teaching patrons how to search
the library catalog, find library policies, fill out ILL request
forms, and look at their record online without leaving the
circulation service area. Student assistants will receive
specialized training on utilizing the dual screens to provide
expanded service to library users.
Security Door Installed
A new locked door has been installed behind the circulation
desk to secure the materials in the library closed reserve
section which have been steadily disappearing. Additionally,
certain materials which were formerly housed in the open reserve
collection have been moved to closed reserve for the same
reason. For more information and photographic examples of
missing materials, see our previous newsletter article Ripped
Off: Stolen and Vandalized Books Hurt the Library and Users.
In order to determine the extent of missing items throughout
the entire collection, the library has embarked on a long
term inventory project. Kent Milunovich, Technical Services/Systems
Librarian, has completed an inventory of several areas of
the collection and hopes to complete the project in the not
too distant future. You can assist us in this effort by returning
any unused library books to the circulation desk and by making
sure that materials you have are checked out.