Exhibits Commemorate Brown v. Board of Education

As Kunsch Takes Sabbatical, a New Face Temporarily Joins Our Reference Ranks

Donation From Mexican Consul Furthers School's International Ties

Feedback on Library Services: An Upcoming Survey

Legal Writing I Research Exam Prep

Continuing Recognition for the Library Virtual Tour

A Visit from Members of the Korea Fair Trade Commission

CLE Materials Now Available

Casual Seating Area Gets Cozier

New Library Addition

 
 
In the coldest reaches of northern Minnesota, a group of women endured a shocking degree of sexual harassmentuntil one of them stepped forward&
 
 
More than ever before, the legal system plays a vital role in virtually every aspect of the current health care system.
 
 
He focuses on a series of concrete concerns that go to the heart of the relationship between the idea of democracy and the idea of constitutionalism.
 
 
&the book is a brilliant exploration of the right to counsel and the threats that have jeopardized this right repeatedly over the past four decades&
 
 



Exhibits Commemorate Brown v. Board of Education


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the Library has created a multifaceted exhibit in the display cases lining the fourth floor Dolliver Reading Room. Structured around a timeline of significant civil rights and school desegregation events, the exhibit brings together library materials, photos, and other information to trace the progress from Brown until the present. The physical exhibit is complemented by an online exhibit available from the library’s research portal. Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald created the exhibits in collaboration with second year law student Katie Brown and web developer Karla Heng.


As Kunsch Takes Sabbatical, a New Face Temporarily Joins Our Reference Ranks



After sixteen years of service to the law school, Kelly Kunsch is on sabbatical this semester. While on sabbatical, Kelly will be conducting research under an AALL Aspen Research Grant, at the Washington State Archives, where he plans to examine the many historical records pertaining to Washington's two constitutional conventions. Kelly will also be reviewing the unpublished papers of Arthur Beardsley, law librarian at the University of Washington from 1922-1944, for additional material relating to the constitutional conventions and history of the Washington State bar. Kelly's research will culminate in an article or series of articles about Washington's legal history.

To help with reference services during Kelly's sabbatical, the library has hired Barbara Swatt Engstrom as a temporary part-time librarian. Barbara's most recent position was as an Assistant Librarian and Adjunct Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. She received her J.D. from the University of Wyoming, and her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington. Barbara will staff the reference desk in the afternoon and evenings. Please come by and say hello.

 


 

Donation From Mexican Consul Furthers School's International Ties

At a recent reception hosted by Dean Hasl, Jorge Madrazo-Cuellar, the Mexican Consul in Seattle, presented Executive Law Librarian Kristin Cheney with a donation from Dr. Diego Valadés, Director of the Institute for Legal Research of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico). The seventy-two volume donation contains materials on public law and comparative law and is in the process of being added to the library's collection. To locate them in our catalog, access the library's research portal, follow the LC Subject Heading link, and search "Mexican collection".

 

 


The library is excited to be expanding its collection with these Spanish-language materials in such a substantial way, and to be part of the ongoing collaboration between SU and UNAM.

 


Feedback on Library Services: An Upcoming Survey

Service quality is important to Seattle University Law Library. One way to assess our service is to survey our users for their opinions. We will be doing just that this spring by conducting a service assessment survey called LibQUAL+™ which was developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in collaboration with Texas A&M University Libraries. LibQUAL+™ is based on the SERVQUAL instrument, a popular tool for assessing service quality in the private sector. The survey is designed to measure users’ views of library services by helping to identify gaps between desired, perceived and minimal expectations of service. Seattle University Law Library will use the survey information to make improvements, respond to user needs, and collect and interpret library user feedback systematically over time. Because there are a number of law libraries participating through the Conference of Law Libraries of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), we will have comparable assessment information from peer institutions and can identify best practices in library service.

The LibQUAL+™ survey will be administered this spring via e-mail. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and has three sections:

  • Survey questions which ask you to rate a series of statements regarding your minimum, desired and perceived service levels on various topics

  • Demographic section

  • Comments section

When the LibQUAL+™ survey is distributed this semester, we hope you will take the time to fill it out. You can find out more information about the LibQUAL+™ survey at: www.libqual.org/

 


Legal Writing I Research Exam Prep



Preparation for the Legal Writing I Research Exam kept the students and the library busy. To prepare for the exam, students in all of the Legal Writing I sections were required to review Washington and federal sources, noting how they are used for legal research. To assist the students, the reference librarians temporarily relocated applicable resources, placing them in a central location near the reference desk. The Research Exam was given earlier this month.


Continuing Recognition for the Library Virtual Tour

The award winning Library Virtual Tour continues to bring recognition to the Law Library: a recent Law Library Resource Xchange (LLRX) article, Virtual Tours and Law Library Websites, describes the tour "as a multimedia presentation second to none."


A Visit from Members of the Korea Fair Trade Commission

A delegation of government officials from the Korea Fair Trade Commission visited the library on January 16 in conjunction with their visit to the law school. The delegates toured the library, and received an orientation to the library's resources on corporate law. The library also provided the delegates with temporary access to corporate law-related databases to aid in their research.


CLE Materials Now Available

Thanks to Shawn Lipton, Director of Continuing Legal Education at SU Law, the library has added SU CLE seminar materials from the past few years to the library collection. These materials cover a broad range of topics, including ethics, the 14th Amendment, and intellectual property. To locate them in our catalog, access the library's research portal, follow the LC Subject Heading link, and search "SU law CLEs".



Casual Seating Area Gets Cozier




You've no doubt noticed the new soft seating areas on the second floor of the library located between the reference and circulation desks. This area is arranged for library patrons to sit back and relax. Recent issues of newspapers and magazines have been relocated to this area. The new reading area now includes the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Lawyers Weekly USA, the National Law Journal, and other materials. We invite you to stop by and take a look.

New Library Addition

The library has a new, rather quiet, staff addition. Thanks to a generous benefactor, the library collection now includes a Librarian Action Figure. The action figure is a doll based on local librarian Nancy Pearl of the Seattle Public Library. Nancy (the person, not the doll) is probably best known for "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book," an effort to build community connections through an appreciation of books, and more recently for Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason.

The Librarian Action Figure is located in a display case near the reference desk. As an action figure it does have one movement- the ability to "shhh." If you wish to see the doll in action, inquire at the reference desk.


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