you ever have a question from home or during non-library hours?
Fire off an e-mail to a reference librarian and look for an answer
the next day. It's now possible through the law library's new E-Reference
service. Click on the symbol at the top of the THEO
Web site to display the easy-to-use form. You're only a click away.
The Law Library is expanding service to our alumni with a new
membership plan. The plan entitles the holder to one year of borrowing
privileges at the library for an annual fee of $25. Our previous
policy allowed alumni unlimited in-house access to the library
but no material could be checked out. Now alumni can check out
five circulating items at a time, with a thirty-day loan period.
The library is interested in responding to alumni needs and research
interests, and welcomes any suggestions that will improve our
continuing relationship. A membership form is available on the
law library Web site at www.law.seattleu.edu/library/alumni.
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Launches Virtual Tour
are proud to announce that our new virtual tour is up and running.
This new tour is the result of extensive collaboration between
the Library and Technology. Librarians provided the tour's content
and structure, while Technology staff directed the development
and implementation. Using the latest in Macromedia Flash technology,
the tour allows you to view the library from all directions, navigate
throughout the collection, and click on areas for additional information.
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in the News
Greg Soejima and his wife, Lucy, are the proud
parents of a baby boy born at 3:00 a.m., January 29, 2003. Nathaniel
Roy ("Nate") weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and measured 20 1/2".
Big sister, Chloe, is delighted with her baby brother. Best wishes
to the Soejima family!
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Modern Archives Institute in Washington D.C.
At the end of January, Stephanie Wilson attended
the Modern Archives Institute in Washington D.C. The Institute--a
two week program administered by the National Archives and Records
Administration--taught participants about all aspects of archival
management, including material selection and arrangement, public
access and research issues, and preservation and conservation.
Ms. Wilson attended the Institute to learn the proper processes
for arranging and managing materials recently donated by Leonard
Schroeter. Last summer, Mr. Schroeter donated his research materials
and personal papers to the library. Mr. Schroeter is a local
public interest attorney with a national reputation as an advocate
and legal scholar, and his materials will provide a valuable
resource of unique research sources for scholars and practitioners.
In addition to the recent Schroeter donation, the library anticipates
that it will collect more rare and archival material in the
Seattle University Strategic Leadership Program
Susan Kezele participated in the first Seattle
University Strategic Leadership Program, Feb. 3-6, 2003. The
intensive 4-day workshop was a comprehensive management and
leadership education program designed to provide knowledge,
skills, and the tools necessary to succeed as a leader at Seattle
University. Four managers and associate directors from Gonzaga
University joined ten Seattle University supervisors in attendance.
The Human Resources department hopes to implement the training
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Online Database - LawTRIO
LawTRIO online is a comprehensive directory of law-related titles
published in looseleaf, newsletter and on CD-ROM. It contains
over 7,500 entries from three useful print directories: Legal
Looseleafs in Print, Legal Newsletters in Print and the Directory
of Law-Related CD-ROMs. Search by keyword, and limit by title,
subject and publisher. For example, if you wanted to know what
IP looseleafs, newsletters and CD-ROMs are currently published,
type in the key word Intellectual Property and you will retrieve
61 hits. Click on any of the titles to find out information about
the product. To access LawTRIO, go to theo.seattleu.edu/screens/databases.html
and click on the link to LawTRIO. For more information or assistance,
contact the library reference desk (x4225) or your library liaison.
In addition, the main campus Lemieux Library offers a variety
of non-legal databases at: www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/articles/articles.htm
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On January 28-30, the library conducted staff training for the
Millennium acquisitions and cataloging modules as well as Web
OPAC features. Millennium is Windows- and Java-based client software
created by Innovative Interfaces. Law libraries have been switching
to Millennium after using a character-based version of the same
software for many years. Millennium offers upgraded versions of
its four modules: acquisitions, cataloging, circulation and serials.
As an integrated library system, Millennium will facilitate greater
functionality, flexibility, ease of use and navigation for both
patrons and staff.
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Having trouble keeping up on new law review articles or working
papers? Would you like announcements delivered directly to you
via e-mail? If so, the library subscribes to two services that
may meet your needs.
Current Index to Legal Periodicals (SmartCILP)
To receive e-mail notifications about newly published law review
articles, law faculty may wish to access SmartCILP. SmartCILP
provides automated e-mail delivery of pre-selected topics or
journals indexed in the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (go
for a list of journals.) After setting up a SmartCILP profile,
subscribers receive an e-mail message (clearly marked as "SmartCILP")
each week containing article citations pertaining to the topics
and journals they selected.
For example, a faculty member who is interested in law review
articles on Indian Law, Banking Law and Environmental Law may
set up a profile to track newly published articles in those
fields. In addition, the faculty member may choose to see the
tables of contents for specific journals of interest such as
the American Indian Law Review, the Environmental Lawyer and
the Annual Review of Banking Law. Additionally, when available,
there are links to the full text of the articles on Westlaw
and Lexis. SmartCILP profiles can be modified each week to accommodate
changes in research emphasis.
To set up or change a SmartCILP profile, go to staff.washington.edu/adt/scilp3.cgi.
You may obtain the authorization code for Seattle University
Law Library by contacting the reference desk (x4225) or your
Legal Scholarship Network
To access electronic abstracts of working papers, law faculty
may want to sign up for a subscription to journals of interest
published by the Legal Scholarship Network (part of the Social
Science Research Network). Each journal issue, delivered via
e-mail, contains abstracts of recent papers in a particular
area of legal scholarship. Journals are edited by a law professor
with expertise in the field covered by the journal. Each abstract
is accompanied by an e-mail address for the author, whom you
can contact to obtain a full copy of any paper, and often a
Web site address from which most papers can be downloaded free
of charge. (Some papers like the NBER working papers incur a
To subscribe, go to www.ssrn.com.
At the top of the page, click on the button labeled "Subscribe
to Networks and Journals," then click on the link, "Legal
Scholarship Network Site License." In the first paragraph
at the top of the page, click on "join an existing site"
and fill out the subscription form.
If you have any questions, please contact the library reference
desk (x4225) or your library liaison.
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Law librarians have invaded the classroom this semester.
Last semester, Kristin Cheney taught Advanced
Legal Research. This semester, Kelly Kunsch and
Stephanie Wilson are co-teaching a section of
the popular class. In addition, Bob Menanteaux
is teaching International & Foreign Law Research. At the same
time, Kerry Fitz-Gerald has lectured for both
Advanced Professional Responsibility and Legal Writing II. Other
members of the law library staff will help stem the tide of reference
requests throughout this semester.
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Research Assistants Program
The Faculty Research Assistants program is off to a flying start.
Teaching staff with short-term research needs have tapped the
program to work on a variety of questions. Our two student researchers
come well-equipped to meet their needs. Stephen Leptich,
second year student, has a background in science with interests
in intellectual property and environmental law. His law review
experience will serve him well with future assignments. Page
Scott brings strong credentials in state legislative
research as a former Senate intern and a Transportation Planner
in Eastern Washington. Her experience with the Jessup competition
has helped her work on several tasks involving international and
If you need research assistance but don't feel that your project
warrants hiring your own student, contact your law library liaison
or view the list of liaisons at www.law.seattleu.edu/library/faculty.
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Library Joins the New England Law Library Consortium – NELLCO!
Wondering why a law library in Washington state would join a
consortium of law libraries in New England? The New
England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO), established in 1983
as a vehicle for resource sharing among non-profit law libraries
in New England, has invited law libraries outside their region
to become affiliate members. Affiliate members may participate
in coordinated trials of electronic resources, consortium pricing
and licensing of electronic resources and centralized billing
and renewal for these resources. NELLCO members receive discounts
from 10% to 60% on databases.
When possible, Seattle University Law Library utilizes the combined
purchasing power of consortia to purchase products and databases
at a discount; however, existing consortia target academic and
public libraries rather than law libraries, and the licensed databases
do not always meet our patron needs. We are very excited about
joining NELLCO because it handles databases specifically targeted
to law libraries and their patrons.
Seattle University Law Library subscribes to approximately 20
electronic databases and journals. Subscriptions to most of these
products entailed comprehensive product evaluations, and lengthy
negotiations with various legal publishers on price, license terms
and access, as well as educating publishers about the specialized
concerns of an academic law library. Library staff spent countless
hours making these resources available to our patrons. As a member
of NELLCO, we anticipate streamlining some of these processes.
Looking toward the future, as more law libraries join NELLCO
through its affiliate program, we hope that the collective strength
of the NELLCO consortium will give it a very powerful voice in
database negotiations with legal publishers. This is particularly
important for law libraries facing loss of purchasing power due
to the recent consolidation of the legal publishing industry and
the rescission of the Federal Trade Commission Guides for the
Law Book Industry in January 2000. For more information about
NELLCO, go to www.nellco.org.
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Click a book to view information
on the authors, and links to available reviews of the titles
Check out the New and Notable
page to see new resources we think might be of particular interest
to our users.
For all of our recent acquisitions, see the New
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Newsletter written by law library staff.
Questions? Comments? Please contact
Web: Greg Soejima