School Archives Update
University Law Library has made significant progress in
establishing an institutional archive this summer by inventorying
its holdings and obtaining copies of key documents held by other
institutions. Under the direction of Reference Librarian Robert
Menanteaux, volunteer Julia Vinson inventoried the library’s
holdings of historical material, including student newspapers,
early law school publications, photographs, slides, and correspondence.
This team also located and copied relevant material from the
holdings of the Tacoma
In addition to gathering materials from the Tacoma Public Library,
we also sought access to materials held at the University
of Puget Sound. The institutional archive of the University
of Puget Sound has a rich collection of documents about the
law school. After extensive negotiations, the University of
Puget Sound agreed to allow the photocopying and/or digitization
of nearly all documents related to the law school. Librarians
Bob Menanteaux and Stephanie Wilson are currently copying and
scanning this material for our institutional archive.
Obtaining copies of the material held by the University of
Puget Sound will provide a solid foundation for our institutional
archive. Materials include documents about the law school’s
formation, early catalogs, faculty meeting minutes, law school
dedication, first ABA inspection reports, building fund raising
materials, architectural drawings, board of visitor correspondence
and reports, and much more.
Day in the Life Photo Contest
In February, the law library participated in the “A
Day in the Life of the Law Library Community” photo
contest. 129 photos were entered from law libraries across the
country. This year, the law library won honors in three different
categories. "At the Speed of Reference" placed first
in the Librarians as Teachers and Trainers category. Additionally,
"Preparing the Asynchronous Lecture" placed second in
the Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology category, and
"Warhol Inspired Law Librarians" placed third in the
Artistry of Librarianship category. All photos were taken and
submitted by Reference Librarian Tina Ching and Circulation Assistant
Supervisor Charity Braceros.
The photos were framed and on display at the Public Relations
Showcase in the Exhibit Hall at the American
Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.
The contest winners were also featured in the July 2008 issue
Spectrum and will be used for future AALL publications and
Comings and Goings
Bourg, the law library’s Administrative Assistant, has received
five years of full funding to attend the University
of Wisconsin—Madison. Dominique, who graduated from
in 2006 with a B.A. in English literature (with minors in philosophy
and women’s studies) will be working towards her PhD
in English Literature. Her specific area of interest is postcolonial
and postmodern British fiction. During her first year of PhD studies,
Dominique will work as a project assistant, and the next four
as a teaching assistant. When she graduates, she plans to become
a professor at a smaller liberal arts university like Seattle
University. We wish her the best and hope that someday, she will
return to Seattle University as a professor!
13th Annual Bridge the Gap a Success
A joint production by law librarians from the Seattle
University Law Library and the University
of Washington Gallagher Law Library, Bridge
the Gap is a program designed to give students a refresher
course on key research skills needed for summer legal employment.
This year marked the 13th annual Bridge the Legal Research Gap
program. As in previous years, the program was presented twice
in order to best accommodate the two law school schedules. This
year had almost 200 attendees from law schools across the country.
Subjects covered included Administrative Law Research, Legislative
History and Lawyers’ Practice Materials. Tina Ching, Bob
Menanteaux, Kerry Fitz-Gerald, and Barbara Swatt Engstrom presented.
One of the most popular programs was a panel discussion with
SU alumni David Ko (’06), Jake Bernstein (’07) and
Dan Crowner (’05) on Legal Research in the Real World. The
panelists discussed how they use their research skills in their
day to day practice. David Ko is clerking for the Honorable Ricardo
S. Martinez in the United States District Court for the Western
District of Washington, Jake Bernstein is the primary lawyer for
the newly created Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program
in the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s
Office, and Dan Crowner is a first year associate with Patterson
Buchanan Fobes Leitch & Kalzer, Inc., P.S.
Law Library Subscribes to U.S. Congressional Documents
The Seattle University Law Library has expanded its offerings
to the Congressional Record through Hein Online. We now
have access to the U.S. Congressional Documents Collection featuring
the bound and daily versions of Congressional Record
and its three predecessor titles (Annals of Congress
(1789-1824), Register of Debates (1824-1837) and Congressional
Globe (1833-1873). The U.S. Congressional Documents Collection
can be found on our databases by title listing under Hein
Online. For assistance, contact your library liaison or the
reference desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Law Library Celebrates Grant Recipients
Circulation Assistant Supervisor Charity Braceros and Reference
Librarian Tina Ching each received grants to attend the 101st
American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting held
from July 12-15 in Portland, Oregon. Charity received her grant
from the Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS).
Tina received a grant from the American Association of Law Libraries
Cataloger Nancy Minton received a continuing education grant
from the Washington Library Association (WLA)
to attend the Oregon Library Association/Washington Library Association
joint conference last April in Vancouver, Washington.
Tina Becomes Secretary of LLOPS
Reference Librarian Tina Ching has been elected to the Law
Library of Puget Sound (LLOPS)
Executive Board as Secretary for 2008-09.
Conferences and Workshops
On July 12-15, several of the law librarians and library staff
attended the 101st American Association of Law Libraries annual
meeting in Portland, Oregon. The theme of this year’s
meeting was “Energize, Explore, Evolve.” More than
66 sessions were given on such topics as the Library’s
Role in Educating Lawyers, the Workings of the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court, Electronic Titles and the Library Catalog,
Beer and the Law, and Harry Potter and the Law. Kelly Kunsch
was a featured author at CALI's "Meet the Authors"
booth, having recently published a CALI lesson on Washington
Legal Research. Additionally, Tina Ching coordinated and moderated
a session on Oregon’s Initiative and Referendum Law. Prior
to the meeting, Tina wrote for a blog about the meeting for
When you next meet one of the attendees, take a moment to see
if they are energized or evolved.
Barbara Swatt Engstrom attended the Special Libraries Association
which was held on June 16-18 at the Washington
State Convention and Trade Center. SLA brings together librarians
who work at corporate, government, academic or other specialized
libraries. The program highlights included a discussion of disinformation
in the media by Brooks Jackson, founder (in conjunction with
Foundation) of FactCheck.org,
a preview of the Washington
State Library’s digital preservation program for state
agency documents as well as sessions on knowledge mapping and
environmental law research in China by the founder of chinadialogue.net.
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