National Library Week
In observance of National Library Week, April 18-23, the
Law Library joined other libraries across the country in promoting
awareness of the contributions libraries and library staff
make to their communities. Banners and handouts greeted the
law school community proclaiming the celebration. Patrons
were treated to candy, bookmarks and complimentary earplugs
at the public service desks. Users were encouraged to try
their skill at online, interactive games and puzzles. The
Docket displayed interesting and amusing daily facts about
libraries and librarians. Fine amnesty, an annual library
tradition, was a great success. Under the amnesty, students
eliminated accumulated overdue library fines by bringing in
canned food or dry goods for the Northwest Harvest food bank.
Fines were reduced by one dollar for each can of food donated.
Thank you for sharing in our celebration!
Library Survey (LibQual) Ends
Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill out the Law
Library service quality survey! There were over 125 responses
from Seattle University School of Law faculty, staff and students.
We have received substantial feedback and we appreciate your
many comments and suggestions. If you didn’t get a chance
to fill out the survey, but would like to provide your input,
please do not hesitate to contact us: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/library/staff.
Congratulations to survey participants Sonia Zavala, Mark
Saku, Raven Lidman, Julie Slawson, and Andrea Huff, winners
of our local drawing for five $20.00 Amazon.com gift certificates.
Please contact Jane
Draney, extension 4188, in Room 307 (Law Library Administration
offices), to pick up your prize.
Library Acquisitions: Staying Abreast of Policy and What's
The Law Library's acquisition program strives to provide
a collection that supports the instructional and research
needs of the faculty and students in the School of Law. The
Law Library selects, organizes, preserves and makes available
materials that will aid members of the law school community.
As a secondary objective the Law Library will, when feasible,
select materials for use by the university community as a
whole. The collection will support the School of Law curriculum
and faculty research, and meet the standards set forth by
the American Bar Association and the Association of American
Law Schools. Acquisitions and collection development require
balancing financial resources, curriculum needs and long-term
collection viability. Subscriptions, including databases,
periodicals, reporters, statutes and loose-leaf services,
represent the largest percentage of the acquisitions budget.
Because financial resources are limited and the library faces
annual price increases in the legal publishing industry of
10 to 15%, acquisition decisions must be made with this balancing
in mind. The Seattle University Law Library Collection
Development Policy and the Seattle University Law Library
Depository Collection Policy provide guidance in developing
and maintaining the law library collection and information
There are several ways to stay apprised of new library materials
and resources. A list of recent
acquisitions is located on the Law Library Web site and
featured in the Library Newsletter. Our newsletter also features
a regular column called New and Notable with information and
reviews on titles of particular interest. Select titles are
displayed at the Reference desk for one week. Additionally,
many faculty members rely on their personal librarian liaison
to flag materials of interest.
Changes in Multimedia
The library is pleased to announce that new video viewing
equipment has been installed in the Micromedia room. Two 27”
flat screen combination color TV/DVD/VCR units are now available
for student/faculty/staff use. The new stationary units join
an existing portable component viewing station housed in Room
204. Equipment is for in-house use only, and is available
on a first-come first-serve basis. We can accommodate group
viewing as well as individual use. For individual use, headphones
can be checked out at the Circulation desk. This new equipment
complements the library’s growing video collection,
as demand for audio-visual formats has increased to enhance
the classroom teaching environment and support individual
study. We invite you to try the new equipment.
Brown Exhibits Launch Additional Displays and Materials
This May marks the 50th anniversary of the Brown v.
Board of Education decision. After the Law Library’s
successful launch of two commemorative exhibits (both online
and in the Dolliver Reading Room), the library was asked to
create display materials for a variety of observances of Brown.
You may have seen these materials at the symposium “From
Brown to Grutter: Racial Integration and
Law in the Northwest” in early April. (They will also
be featured at the Loren Miller Bar Association’s upcoming
re-creation of the Brown oral arguments held at Kane Hall
on May 17.) In addition, Librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald and Web
developer Karla Heng created a suite of online games to provide
interactive learning opportunities for visitors to the exhibits.
Online Adds New Materials
You may be familiar with using Hein Online to find the full
text of older law reviews and law journals. Consisting primarily
of older law reviews that are not currently accessible online,
the database provides access to rich historical legal literature.
Hein Online is increasingly adding coverage of current law
reviews and journals. The articles are exact images of the
originals, faithfully reproducing mastheads, charts, graphs,
statistical tables and photographs. The Hein Online software
interface offers browsing and searching functions. Researchers
may browse by journal title, author, or article title. Additionally,
users may perform full-text searches across the entire database
or search by author, title and citation fields. Recently,
Hein Online added access to United States Treaties, United
States Reports and the Federal Register. To access Hein Online,
go to the library
research portal; access electronic
databases by title; and scroll down to Hein Online. If
you have any questions, please visit or call the Reference
desk at extension 4225, or contact us via our e-Reference
Teaching Finds Its Way to the Library
Recently, the first year law students were assigned to research
resources in particular topical areas and to present their
findings to their classmates. To assist students in working
on their peer teaching projects for Legal Writing, the library
prepared a cart of reference materials for students to browse
and a bibliography
From time to time, librarians and library staff participate
in a variety of programs, workshops, and conferences as part
of ongoing professional development. Please note the following
On March 6, Stephanie Wilson was a
panelist at the Choices Conference held
at the School of Law, and sponsored by Career Services.
Stephanie discussed law librarianship as an alternative
to practice, and answered student questions about educational
requirements and work experiences.
On January 30, Kristin Cheney attended
the Law Library Directors of Seattle Annual Retreat.
Kristin, along with close to a dozen other directors from
academic, law firm and court settings, participated in
this afternoon workshop facilitated by Richard A. Farr,
from ECAT Group. Topics discussed included "Communicating
with Your Staff: Fighting Burnout with the Right Goals
and Challenges," "Communicating with Your Management:
Getting What You Need So That You Can Do What You Need
to Do," and "Communicating in a Crisis."
At the end of the day, everyone enthusiastically affirmed
that the lessons learned from the retreat's discussions
and group exercises will be useful throughout the upcoming
Kerry Fitz-Gerald participated in a
half-day teleconference, “New Tools for
Enhancing Digital Reference,” sponsored
by the College of DuPage. Vendors briefly demonstrated
a number of new products for platform searching, serials
management and scheduling. A panel of librarians who use
these products then critically reviewed them, taking audience
questions and addressing such practicalities as usage
Bob Menanteaux and Kerry Fitz-Gerald
attended the inaugural Center for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning Institute (CETL) workshop
on main campus. Keynote speaker Maryellen Wymer entertained
and educated the group with suggestions for changing the
power dynamic in a classroom to facilitate learning. Breakout
groups led by Seattle University faculty (including Paula
Lustbader) then set the groundwork for a series of sessions
further exploring four major teaching themes.
On February 25, Kristin Cheney, Jane
Draney, Kerry Fitz-Gerald, Kara
Phillips and Stephanie Wilson
attended a Microsoft Law Library and Corporate
Library Presentation and Tour, sponsored by the
Law Librarians of Puget Sound. During the presentation,
representatives from each library demonstrated new and
developing Microsoft software on the law and corporate
library intranet Web pages. They also discussed current
issues and projects. After the presentation, participants
took a brief tour of the Microsoft Law Library, and individuals
were able to browse the Microsoft gift shop.
On March 21-24, Kristin Cheney visited
the Syracuse University College of Law
as an ABA site inspection team member. Kristin indicated
that although serving on a site team involves a lot of
work, she enjoys the opportunity to review another institution
in-depth, as well as visit with faculty, students and
staff. "I always come away from a visit with something
that I can apply or introduce into our setting."
Bob Menanteaux recently returned from
Washington, D.C., where he attended the 98th Annual
Meeting of the American Society of International Law
entitled "Mapping New Boundaries: Shifting Norms
in International Law." Topics included the preemption
doctrine and use of force; the intersection of constitutional
law, federalism, and international law; and, the increasing
importance of Islamic law to the international system.
Highlights of the meeting included Michael Reisman's provocative
Hudson Medal Lecture on "Why Regime Changes are (Almost
Always) A Bad Idea," and a presentation by Justice
Antonin Scalia on the use of international and foreign
law precedents by the U.S. Supreme Court.
While in Washington, Bob also attended "Islamic
Law in a Changing World: Traditions and Transitions,"
organized by the Law Library of Congress. A Senior
Specialist in Islamic Law presented a review of Islamic
legal traditions, and the program also included presentations
on Islamic family law in India and the recognition of
Islamic legal decisions through Canadian arbitration.
The library would appreciate your assistance in returning
any unneeded library materials before the end of the semester.
This is an opportunity to turn in overdue items or materials
inadvertently not checked out. If you have a number of items
that you would like to have retrieved or renewed, please call
the Circulation desk (extension 4220). Thank you very much
for your help.