of the Library Report 2005-2006
know that the summer library renovation necessitated
moving over 25,000 linear feet of books? Or that
the library now has self-check out service in the
Reserve area? Learn about developments and changes
in the library during the 2005-2006 year by reading
the new state of the library report,
New Challenges, New Opportunities.
Published in January, this report combines text,
photos, graphs and internet links to help the law
school and university community understand the current
state of the library. Many in the library contributed
to the report, but particular thanks are owed to
Jane Draney, Kara Phillips, and Kerry Fitz-Gerald.
Resources to Find Notices of Upcoming Calls for Papers,
Symposia, and Conferences
The law library
recently subscribed to PapersInvited,
which is a database of calls for papers issued by journal
editors, organizations, and other conference organizers.
PapersInvited collects announcements from all disciplines,
including law, and from domestic, foreign, and international
organizations. Users may browse by subject area or register
to receive an e-mail of new announcements in their areas
we think PapersInvited, which also provides symposia
and conference-related information, is a terrific tool,
it is not comprehensive. Three other resources are listed
Scholarship Network: LSN’s listing of professional
announcements is frequently updated and fairly extensive.
Announcements include conferences, competitions, calls
for journal and book entries, as well as deadlines
for awards, grants, and fellowships. Listings include
opportunities in both the United States and abroad.
College of Law: Chase maintains a short list of
law school symposia.
Law Library Faculty Development Opportunities Bulletin:
The Bulletin is published several times each year.
Issues include conference and symposia announcements.
New Photography Display: American Justice through Immigrants’
Bar Association, we are currently hosting a traveling
exhibit of photographs which depict United States immigration
policies from the perspective of people seeking refuge
in our country.The
exhibit was created by the American
Bar Association Commission on Immigration, and features
black and white photographs by photojournalist Stephen
exhibit includes fifteen photographs accompanied by
text describing the circumstances of the persons portrayed
in the photographs.The exhibit is enhanced by text that
describes the realities of immigration detention.The
exhibit will be on display through early April.
New Micromedia Cabinet
users tend to be apprehensive when confronted with material
in “microformat.” The chance of using this
type of archival resource is greater than you might
think. Approximately one third of our entire library
collection resides in the micromedia room (Room 204
in Reserve). The library’s extensive collection
of current and historic legal materials in microfiche
and microfilm include large sets of early English and
U.S. law reports, Congressional materials, international
law documents, periodicals, bar journals, and briefs
from the U.S.
Supreme Court, Washington
State Supreme Court, and the Washington
Appellate Court. Two reader-printers are available
in the micromedia room that allow users to not only
view and copy but also to scan information to a PC.
Images scanned to a PC can be used for e-mail, faxes,
electronic distribution via the Internet, and inclusion
on web sites.
200,000 volume equivalent in microformat would require
another floor of the library to house if the material
existed in paper. As a relatively young collection (the
library started in 1972) we continue to purchase new
archival material and update supplements for existing
collections as necessary. The library recently purchased
and installed a new microform cabinet to accommodate
a growth spurt in the micromedia collection. Library
staff worked diligently to relocate thousands of fiche
to the unit adding needed growth space for the foreseeable
New Reference Librarian: Tina Ching
law library recently welcomed our newest reference librarian,
Tina Ching, to Seattle University. Tina received her
B.A. from Willamette University in 2001, her J.D. from
the University of Oregon School of Law in 2004, and
her M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington in 2005.
to Seattle University, Tina was a reference and electronic
services librarian at the Arizona State University Sandra
Day O’Connor College of Law Ross-Blakley Law Library
in Tempe, Arizona. She also worked at the King
County Law Library while attending library school.
She is a member of the American
Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the Western
Pacific Association of Law Libraries (WestPac),
and the Law
Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS).
Stephanie Wilson Edits New Publication: Sexual Orientation
and the Law:
A Research Bibliography Selectively Annotation the Legal
Literature through 2005
American Association of Law Libraries Standing Committee
on Lesbian and Gay Issues recently published the
above title. This extensive monograph was a collaborative
venture of law librarians across the country, including
Stephanie Wilson, who served as an associate editor
of the volume.
describes articles, monographs and government documents
about sexual orientation and the law published between
1993 and 2005. The bibliography captures literature
on a range of issues, including discrimination, family
law, health, and gender identity.
To keep the
bibliography current, the editors created a database
to house periodic updates. Sexual
Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography of
Legal Literature Discussing Gay, Lesbian, Transgender,
and Bisexual Persons, Their Rights and Their Families,
which allows researchers to search recent annotations,
or browse by topic or author. New selections will be
annotated and posted on a quarterly basis.
Teaching the Millennial Generation
on a presentation first offered at the SU Connects Conference,
Kerry Fitz-Gerald presented “The Millennials are
Coming: Who are they, what do they want, and should
we give it to them?” at a faculty development
workshop in October. This hour-long discussion covered
the demographics of the newest generation of students,
and addressed pedagogical issues related to their unique
learning styles. The presentation was videotaped, and
is available on the Media
Law Video Server.
New & Notable
law library recently added International
Law in Domestic Courts (ILDC), a new online service
from Oxford University Press and the University of Amsterdam
Center for International Law. This database covers the
national treatment of international law issues by domestic
courts from over 65 jurisdictions around the world.
It begins with cases from 2000. Coverage includes approximately
31 non-Western states with strong representation from
Africa and Asia. Value-added features like headnotes
and analytical commentary, generous key-passage translations
of all non-English decisions, keyword searching, and
document full-text in the original language make ILDC
an especially versatile resource. Oxford updates the
find International Law in Domestic Courts listed under
the online resources tab in the law library’s
Portal. It is available off-campus with an SU email
login and password.