Cheney presents at AALL
Acting Library Director Kristin Cheney spoke at the American
Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Philadelphia this
summer. As part of the program "The ABA Reaccreditation
Visit: Process and Preparation," Kristin discussed our library's
recent visit with the ABA team, and provided insight for those
preparing to undergo the process.
SU/UW law library exchange
The Law Library staff have been meeting with their counterparts
at University of Washington Gallagher Law Library. Throughout
August, groups from both libraries have been crossing town to
tour each other's facilities and compare notes. Both staffs pronounced
the meetings a success, with everyone enjoying the opportunity
to become better acquainted and share ideas.
Jane Draney, a familiar face to the law school, is the new
library Administrative Assistant. We are already benefitting
from Jane's creativity, and are extremely happy to have her aboard.
new in the Law Library . . .
New exhibit on display
in the library
The Library Exhibits Committee is inaugurating the library
display area with its first installation, "Lawyers in Popular
Fiction." The exhibit provides a look at how the profession
has been portrayed over the years, from Canterbury Tales to legal
Dick the Butcher wanted to kill all the lawyers, and some authors
since may have shared the sentiment, but more than a few writers
of today have made careers keeping them alive to solve the latest
baffling crime. "Lawyers in Popular Fiction" will be
on display in the Dolliver Reading Room on the fourth floor of
the library through October 6.
On a related note, the Library Exhibit Committee is soliciting
input from faculty who are interested in having their professional
achievements recognized. The committee has reserved the two full-height
cabinets on the west side of the display area to spotlight faculty
scholarship, important cases, significant community participation,
and other professional achievements and special interests. Interested
faculty should contact committee chair Bob
The law librarians are in the midst of an ongoing project
to produce a core collection of web-based library research guides.
Points" are intended for student use and are produced
with the focus areas in mind. They are meant to provide an introduction
to key library research sources, with links to relevent web-based
materials when available. Twelve are available as of late August,
with more on the way. The list so far:
- Appellate Practice in Washington
- Commercial Law and the UCC
- Community Property
- Education Law
- Evidence Law
- Hazardous Waste and Toxics
- Health Care Fraud and Abuse
- Land Use Law
- Secured Transactions
- Sex-based Employment Discrimination
- Trademarks and Trade Dress
These can be accessed from THEO
<http://theo.seattleu.edu> by selecting "SU Law
Research Starting Points" under the "Library Information"
Comments and suggestions from the faculty are welcomed.
New computer lab in the
The Computer Lab has been moved
from Room C-3 to the Document Delivery Center. The new DDC/Computer
Lab has 12 computers, as well as the high speed printers for
Lexis, WESTLAW, and word processing/internet printouts. Student
workers will be sorting printouts and maintaining the printers
as in the past, since this has proven to dramatically reduce
the number of repairs needed. Additionally, the DDC will continue
to provide bulk photocopying (10 pages or more) for SU law students.
Any questions or comments about DDC/Lab services should be
referred to Terry Cullen,
Electronic Services Librarian.
Web access to LegalTrac
The library now offers web access to LegalTrac for all SU
Law faculty, staff, and students. LegalTrac indexes articles
published in over 850 journals since 1980. Anyone interested
in searching can access it through THEO
by selecting from the "Databases" pull-down menu on
the right side of the screen.
Note: The owners of LegalTrac use IP authentication
technology rather than passwords to protect access to their product.
This means that the database can only be accessed from on campus.
Any computer station or port on campus should work.
Economic Study of Law Book
Pricing to be Conducted by the American Association of Law Libraries
AALL, representing the nation's
largest consumer group for law books, is conducting a major economic
study on law book pricing over the past decade.
Responding to the expressed concerns of its members about
the rapid escalation of law book prices, the association is contracting
with Mark McCabe (Professor of Economics at Georgia Institute
of Technology and a former staff member at the U.S. Department
of Justice) to analyze the trends in law book pricing over the
past decade and to study the impact that those price changes
have had on library collections.
Anyone involved in law library acquisitions and collection
development will readily agree that the cost increases have been
steep and the cuts deep. It will be interesting to see this represented