Library Support of Faculty Scholarship

Read Poster Featured

MLK Dinner Celebration Showcases Library Exhibits

“Law Librarian by Day – Cat Woman by Night”

Canadian Institute

LLOPS Committees

Book Donation
Programs

1L Research Exam Preparation

Open Reserve Periodicals

National Reporter Relocation

New Lexis Representative




 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Library Support of Faculty Scholarship

At the recent faculty “productive scholars” workshop, the faculty discussed how they approach scholarly writing and research. Library support was highlighted several times throughout the program. Seattle University Law Library supports faculty research and scholarship in many ways: research, reference, and instruction; routing, document delivery and interlibrary loan; and acquisition and maintenance of relevant resources in multiple formats (online, print, audio-visual, microformat, etc). Additionally, the library faculty liaison program, instituted in 2001, is designed to enhance faculty research and scholarship by developing one-on-one collaborative working relationships between faculty and reference 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. All new faculty receive a Faculty Library Services Guide and welcome letter from his or her assigned librarian liaison explaining liaison services.

Library faculty liaison services include:

The liaison program has expanded to include the growing number of visiting faculty and visiting scholars as well as various co-curricular programs. Since the program’s inception, the average number of faculty members assigned per librarian has increased from 15 to 20. Librarians are also assigned as liaisons to various co-curricular programs, including: ATJI, CCLS, Law Review, SJSJ, ARC, LLM, Moot Court, ADR, CLE. While the over 70 adjuncts are not assigned individual librarian liaisons, they are increasingly availing themselves of librarian research support.

The library continues to evaluate the liaison program to expand and refine services. Librarian Stephanie Wilson is a member of the Faculty Development Committee and has been working closely with Professors Mitchell and Enquist, co-chairs of faculty development, on faculty scholarship support. If you have suggestions regarding library support of faculty scholarship or would like to discuss liaison services, please contact Kristin Cheney, Law Library Director at: kcheney@seattleu.edu or x4091.



Read Poster Featured


The Read Poster exhibit that was created for National Library Week last April was recently featured in two national library publications. The posters are an emulation of the popular American Library Association campaign which depicts celebrities holding a copy of their favorite book under a bold caption that says “READ.” Our SU celebrities included Professors Christian Halliburton, David Skover, Maggie Chon and Dean Kellye Testy. Each chose a book that had particular significance for him or her.

The pictures of the exhibit were featured in the Fall 2005 issue of the – Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) newsletter and the December 2005 issue of the journal AALL Spectrum which is published by the American Association of Law Libraries.



MLK Dinner Celebration Showcases Library Exhibits




Two library exhibits, Images of Struggle and Hope: The Context of Brown v. Board

 

 




Same Sex Marriage: Images and Context
, traveled across campus for display at the annual Seattle University Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration. The event featured a keynote address by Judge Richard Jones of the King County Superior Court.

 




“Law Librarian by Day – Cat Woman by Night”


Kristin Cheney was featured in the most recent issue of the WestPac Newsletter. WestPac is the Western Pacific Association of Law Libraries. The article “Law Librarian by Day – Cat Woman by Night” tells about Kristin’s creation and management of the Seniors with Pets Assistance Program that services approximately 250 senior citizens and 700 companion animals in Pierce County. You can read the article (on page eight) of WestPac News.
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Canadian Institute


Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald has been selected as one of 12 fellows for the 2006 International Canadian Studies Institute which will take place July 18-30 in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Institute is sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium and Canadian Consulate General Seattle and will include visits to Victoria, Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and Whitehorse. The purpose of the Institute is to provide American academics with a broad multi-disciplinary introduction to Canada and its provinces and territories, and to provide information and materials for potential research projects or courses.



LLOPS Committees


Several librarians are new members of committees of the Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS). Kent Milunovich is a member of the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Constitution Committee. Kerry Fitz-Gerald and Stephanie Wilson are members of the Volunteer Projects Committee.



Book Donation Programs

Vietnam

Recently, the library responded to the campus request for donations of books to Vietnam National University. Although Vietnam National University does not have a law school, their business program offers legal courses. Seattle University Law Library donated several books on business law, corporations’ law and tax.


County Law Libraries

In anticipation of the library renovation, library personnel are busy rearranging and making more room for materials. We donated several sets of print law journals to county and public libraries across the United States to help fill in their collections. The law libraries were very appreciative and we were glad the books found a home!


Unwanted Books

If you are cleaning out your offices and would like the library to sort through your books, please contact Kara Phillips: phillips@seattleu.edu. The library will provide you with a cart for your unwanted books and then consider various options for disposition of the materials as follows:

  • Add to the collection

  • Hold for future donation programs

  • Offer to other libraries

  • Place on the “Free Books” cart for our students and other library patrons

  • Place on the “Book Buy Back Shelf” in the faculty lounge for purchase consideration by the BookCycle representative (all proceeds support ATJI)

  • Recycle them (while the library makes every effort to find homes for materials, due to space constraints, it reserves the right to determine the final disposition of all donated materials including recycling or other means of disposal)

Let us know if you need a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes (the library cannot provide an appraisal according to IRS and SU regulations). Please avoid donating old computer manuals, software programs or disks, journal reprints and private papers to the library.


1L Research Exam Preparation


The librarians prepared a cart of sample materials to help 1Ls in preparing for the upcoming Legal Writing research exam. To assist the students in understanding how specific titles work, the Library also drafted a bibliography of several legal research texts and placed them on a nearby cart to explain the mechanics of using and updating key research materials.


Open Reserve Periodicals

The periodicals located in Open Reserve have been moved to the Court Level. They are now housed with their hardbound counterparts in alphabetical order by title. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance in locating materials.


Michael Zubitis works on shifting the Court Level journal collection to accommodate the Open Reserve journal collection.


National Reporter Relocation

Library personnel have been shifting materials on the Court Level and Third floors. The Court Level will now house the following reporters: Atlantic 1st & 2nd, New York 1st and 2nd, Northeast 1st & 2nd, Northwest 1st & 2nd, Southeastern 1st & 2nd, Southern 1st & 2nd, Southwestern 1st, 2nd & 3rd as well as the General and Decennial Digests. The Third floor will continue to house the following reporters and digests: Washington, Federal, California 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Pacific 1st, 2nd & 3rd as well as the ALR, state codes and our treatise collection (call #s A – KEZ). Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions locating materials.



New Lexis Representative

The law school’s Lexis representative has changed once again. This time our representative is Benjamin Gresh. He can be contacted at: gresh@lexis.nexis.com. Anna Guerra is still our Westlaw account representative. Her email address is: anna.guerra@thomson.com. The library contact for both services (e.g., password, printer and supply issues) is Kelly Kunsch.


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