new in the Law Library . . .
New Display in Library Reading Room
exhibit, "Gems of the Seattle University Law Library,"
now occupies the display cases in the Dolliver Reading Room on the
fourth floor of the library. The volumes on exhibit tell a story
about a famous British case, or describe an incident that shaped
U.S. history. Some of the books on display played an important role
in the development of international law while others were antecedents
to the research tools we now take for granted. Satisfy your curiosity.
Come view the exhibit "Gems of the Seattle University Law Library"
which will remain on view through December.
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Library Liaison Program Initiated
The library has recently instituted a formalized liaison program
for faculty that is designed to foster greater contact between faculty
and the librarians. Each faculty member has been assigned a librarian
liaison who will monitor the faculty member's instructional
and scholarly needs and serve as the faculty member's primary contact
person within the library. Library liaison services include:
For faculty using Research Assistants for writing/research projects,
we can work with the RA to make sure that he/she is researching
effectively by working with suggested resources, providing tailored
strategies, or conducting retrospective bibliographic searching.
To aid faculty in keeping abreast of developments in particular
areas, electronic clip searches can be created which cover new developments.
Additionally, we can run preemption checks to see if others have
published on a particular topic of interest. We can also scan the
worldwide bibliography to inform faculty of important new literature
and forthcoming publications.
If faculty are contemplating a new course offering, we can review
our collection in that area and make suggestions for additions to
the collection in both electronic and print formats. We can also
keep faculty apprised of new materials added to the collection.
A mix of resources can be used to support faculty instructional
needs. Web or paper based resource guides can be prepared that are
tailored to specific classes. The library research guides, called
are on the Library's web page. We provide point-of-need instruction
for students who might require more one-on-one time to learn about
research resources. Students embarking on independent study projects
or preparing papers or essays for an advanced topics seminar can
often benefit from an appointment with a librarian to review research
resources and strategies. Additionally, the library provides in-class
or in-library lectures and demonstrations on research techniques
and materials tailored to specific courses or topics.
In sum, the goal of the law library's liaison program is to assist
faculty with their scholarly research and teaching endeavors. So
far, the response from faculty has been very positive. Faculty requests
for many of the above services, including research in preparation
for new courses, electronic current awareness services, and in-class
lectures, have increased significantly. If there are any other services
we can offer please let us know.
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O'Brian Series Added to the Walkover Collection
Professor Andy Walkover, who died of cancer in 1988, was a much
loved and admired member of the University of Puget Sound School
of Law faculty. Last November, our library had the pleasure of hosting
the rededication of the Andrew
M. Walkover Collection, a collection composed of books that
Prof. Walkover had recommended to his friends or that his friends
thought that Andy would have liked. As the one-year anniversary
draws near, we are pleased to announce the newest addition to this
wonderfully eclectic collection.
In keeping with Andy's enjoyment of C. S. Forester's novels detailing
the life and career of Horatio Hornblower, we have selected Patrick
O'Brian's 20 volume series of Napoleonic-era sea stories as this
year's addition to the collection. Although still unknown to many,
O'Brian's works were described by the New York Times Book Review
in 1991 as "the best historical novels ever written."
Since his death last year, O'Brian's writing style has often been
compared to that of Jane Austin, another of Andy's favorite authors.
The series traces the lives of two strong, yet very different characters,
Jack Aubrey, a boisterous career Royal Naval officer, and his friend,
Stephen Maturin, the mysterious ship's physician. Known for his
attention to detail, O'Brian chronicled the dangerous life of the
19th-century sailor, while at the same time exploring the psychological
interplay between his two main characters. In 1992 an article in
the Washington Post examined O'Brian's theme of one man's relationship
with another, stating, "[T]he Aubrey/Maturin series far beyond
any episodic chronicle, ebbs and flows with the timeless tide of
character and the human heart."
The Walkover Collection is located to the left as you enter the
library's main entrance (2nd foor). We hope that this addition to
the collection will provide many hours of enjoyment to everyone.
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Jane Grossman, Nancy Minton, Charlotte Parsons, and Susan Kezele
attended the annual Northwest Innovative Users Group Conference
at the University of Portland on Oct. 8-9. Sessions attended included
WebOPAC management, automating database maintenance, image linking,
exporting/manipulating data, and forums on acquisitions/serials,
circulation, and cataloging in Millennium. Millennium
is the web- and client-server based upgrade to Innovative Interfaces,
our integrated library database. The law library will be migrating
to the Millennium upgrade in early 2002.
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"New and Notable" Library
Check out the New and Notable page to
see new resources we think might be of particular interest to our
users. The page includes synopses, information on the authors, and
links to available reviews of the titles shown above.
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Newsletter written by law library staff.
Questions? Comments? Please contact Brendan