Library Week was celebrated April 10-16. The highlight of
the festivities was Reference Librarian Stephanie Wilson and
Reference Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald's display of celebrity
“Read” posters featuring law school faculty. The
clever posters were designed by Administrative Assistant Jane
Draney in collaboration with Michael Caldwell (Print &
Web Media Manager), and include
Dean Testy, Professors Chon,
Halliburton and Skover, showcasing books that hold
special significance to them.
For further information on these books, click on this issue's
New and Notable link on the left.
The Prolific Reporter
devoted the April 11 issue to the Information Age. Information
Services staff and students contributed articles dealing with
topics ranging from information management to the Patriot
Act. The theme of the PR crossword puzzle was legal fiction.
A display case
exhibit by Katie Brown (3L) featured
a history of libraries. Visitors to the reference and circulations
desks were treated to candy and free earplugs. Fine amnesty,
an annual National Library Week tradition, was well received
by the students.
Projects from Professor Natasha Martin’s Professional
In her Professional Responsibility course, Professor
Natasha Martin required her students to begin developing
their personal philosophies of lawyering and invited them to
do so through creative expression. The results include paintings,
drawings, handmade journals, collages, and a mock-Monopoly game.
Professor Martin selected several of the student projects and
Reference Librarian Stephanie Wilson
created a display on the second and fourth floors of the Library
to showcase the materials. Students were also required to write
reflective essays describing how their piece illustrated the
interrelationship between self identity and the various professional
roles of a lawyer. Excerpts from these essays are included with
New Online Database
library now has an online subscription to the Corporate Accountability
Reporter. This weekly newsletter covers significant legal
developments concerning officers and directors, executive
compensation, financial reporting, corporate disclosure, shareholder
rights, auditing and accounting, corporate ethics codes, pension
reforms and administration, professional responsibility and
other corporate topics. The newsletter is available to Seattle
University Law faculty, staff, and students for "purposes
of research, education or other non-commercial use."
The Corporate Accountability Reporter can be accessed through
listings on the library research portal. In addition,
faculty members can request that the weekly e-mail summary
be routed to them electronically by contacting Technical Services
Librarian, Kent Milunovich: email@example.com
– The library responded to Professor
Hank McGee’s call for donations of legal materials
to take on his visit to Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
The library provided over 70 law books published in the
last five years (casebooks, study aids and reference books).
The library participated in the Washington
State Bar Association (WSBA) Eastern European Book Drive.
The library supplied almost 200 law books and also served
as a drop off site for members of the legal community to
donate books. The materials will be used at the Belarus
State Economic University Faculty of Law. The law students
participating on the school’s first Philip C. Jessup
Moot Court Team were especially appreciative of the materials
on trial techniques and oral arguments and sent the library
a photo of the team with their thanks!
The library coordinated the donation of three sets of materials
for the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) auction. The
sets included a Washington Reference Collection (Washington
Digest, RCWA, Washington Practice provided by the law firm
of Kargianis Werner), a set of leather bound Washington
Reports first series (provided by Doug Nichols) and three
recent litigation practice texts from the Seattle University
Law Library collection. Thanks to our donors for the materials
and to the lucky bidders!
welcomes gifts appropriate for the collection from the faculty.
Gift materials are accepted if they conform to collection
development and selection guidelines taking into consideration
space, subject coverage and relation to the curriculum. If
you have materials you would like to give to the Library,
it is helpful to know the following:
Training for Future Librarians
is donating the material (believe it or not we get many
materials that mysteriously show up in our mailboxes or
on the library cart).
you need a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes; the
library cannot provide an appraisal according to IRS and
Whether you need the material added to the collection
(e.g., for course reserve or future research).
Whether you would like material returned to you if not
added to the collection or whether we can set it aside
for other donation programs like our international book
donations or our free books cart.
The Seattle University
Law Library has had a long-standing tradition of providing both
formal and informal noncredit internships to individuals interested
in pursuing a career in library and information science. Interns
typically rotate through the Technical Services and Circulation
Services departments as well as assist the librarians with special
projects tailored to the intern’s background and interest.
Recent library interns include:
Turner, graduate of American University School of
Law and completing her degree at the University of Washington
Liz Bedford, graduate of Seattle
University School of Business and presently enrolled as
a first year law student at Seattle University School of
third year law student at the University of Washington School
of Law and accepted into the MLIS program at the University
of Washington's Information School;
Pegge Lum, graduate of University
of Minnesota Law School;
Katie Merrill Brown, third
year law student at Seattle University School of Law;
Jessica DePerio, second year
law student at Seattle University School of Law;
Katey Stratton, University
of Puget Sound graduate.
Some of our most
promising interns are often Seattle University School of Law
students who begin working for the library, catch the “library
bug” and decide to pursue a career in law librarianship.
This is the case with Katie Merrill Brown, a third year law
student who has worked in every library department over the
past three years as well as completed a variety of special
projects (research guides, exhibits, bibliographies) for the
library. Katie has applied to library school to pursue her
Masters in Library and Information Science and she will be
missed tremendously. We wish all of our interns the best in
their future careers!
for Washington Libraries
In the next few months, you will likely see a lot of publicity
about Washington Libraries in the form of bookmarks, posters,
radio and TV announcements featuring Bill
Gates,Sr. and Jean Enersen and other events. These activities
are part of a statewide campaign to increase public awareness
and use of libraries through advertising and public relations.
A statewide advisory committee comprised of library marketing
professionals and representatives from all types of libraries
provides guidance on the initiative. Kristin A. Cheney, Seattle
University Law Library Executive Law Librarian, is a member
of the committee, representing the views of “special”
Librarian Kelly Kunsch chaired the 2004-2005 Committee on Librarian
Evaluation and Promotion. The committee, composed of Lemieux
librarians Sandra Brandt and Bob Novak, and Law librarians Kent
Milunovich and Kerry Fitz-Gerald, reviewed the impressive promotion
files provided by Lemieux librarians Angela Christofferson and
Janet Bishop, and unanimously recommended both librarians for
promotions. Congratulations to Janet Bishop and Angela Christofferson
on their promotions to Assistant Librarian.
Librarian Barbara Swatt Engstrom
recently presented “Using Technology to Bring Exhibits
to Life” at the Association of College and Research
Libraries’ National Conference held in Minneapolis on
April 7-10. The presentation focused on the Web-based exhibits
that the library created to complement the Continuing Education
programs “From Brown to Grutter: Racial
Integration and the Law in the Northwest” and “The
New Family Law: Legal Implications of Same-Sex Marriage”
held last year at the law school.
about design, copyright, implementation and display issues
encountered in creating the exhibits. She also talked about
techniques and templates that libraries can use to construct
their own Web-based exhibits. The presentation was well received
with many questions from conference participants.
Librarian Kelly Kunsch teamed with Ahoua Kone
of the Access to Justice Institute to help residents of Tent
City locate unclaimed property. Approximately 12 residents
filled out request forms. Ultimately, more than five state
databases were searched, an Indian tribe was contacted, and
information on requesting property from the military and the
Internal Revenue Service was made available to residents.
March 16th, Executive Law Librarian Kristin Cheney and Reference
Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald spoke at a half-day continuing
education seminar sponsored by the
Institute for Paralegal Education. In keeping with the seminar
theme of “Premier Legal Research and Technology Strategies,”
Ms. Cheney guided the attendees through the process of distilling
an attorney request into a focused research question, highlighting
methods of crafting successful and efficient strategies for
conducting legal research. Ms. Fitz-Gerald covered essential
techniques for Lexis and Westlaw, and then introduced a variety
of free Web sources for legal research. The presentations
were very well received, with several attendees expressing
their eagerness to put these new techniques into practice.
American Bar Association China Law Committee recently published
two China Law Bibliographies:
Research Guides on PRC Legal and Business Resources
and Journal Articles in English on Chinese Law: The 2004
Year in Review
Librarians Stephanie Wilson and Barbara Swatt Engstrom have
relocated to new offices. Stephanie is now in the library administration
offices on the third floor of the library in room 307C. Barbara
is in Stephanie’s old office in room 203 on the second
floor of the library.