School’s First Asynchronous Online Class
Swatt Engstrom and Kerry Fitz-Gerald taught the law
school’s first entirely asynchronous online
course during the summer session. The new class, Asynchronous
Legal Research, was substantively similar to the Legal
Research Methods class that is taught by the librarians
each spring, but, because of its online format, stylistically
quite different. The course was presented on the Angel
course management platform offered through SU’s
instructional design department. In addition to being
vendor neutral (with respect to Westlaw and Lexis),
the platform allowed the inclusion of screen casts
demonstrating legal research tools. These screen casts,
created using Captivate software, are stand alone
resources to which students may return at any time
for a refresher.
the course had no scheduled meeting times, students
were expected to meet mandatory weekly benchmarks.
The students (primarily in the evening program) appreciated
the flexibility of the self-paced format which allowed
them to integrate course work into their busy schedules.
In addition to the weekly benchmarks, the students
were required to complete a midterm and a final mastery
evaluation. The mastery evaluations were open-ended,
real world scenarios requiring the students to apply
what they had learned during the course. The feedback
from the class has been very positive, and Barbara
and Kerry hope to make the class a regular summer
June, Kerry Fitz-Gerald co-presented with law school
instructional technologist Tyler Fox at the CALI
conference in Las Vegas. Their presentation, Pimp My
Tutorial, addressed ways in which the library and the
technology department are using Captivate software to
create Flash based e-learning tools that support faculty,
staff and students. The well-received program covered
creation of tutorials ranging from simple how-to demonstrations
to branching simulations that allow users to master
skills through interactivity.
Day in the Life Winning Photos
month of February, members of the American Association
of Law Libraries (AALL)
were asked to take photographs for A Day in the Life
of a Law
Library Community Photo Contest. 43 members from
34 different law libraries across the country submitted
more than 150 pictures. For the second year in a row,
the Seattle University Law Library placed with three
Evening Reference Shift (featuring Reference Librarian
Bob Menanteaux and Library Assistant Kristen Fitzpatrick)
placed 3rd in the category for Librarians as Expert
in the Virtual World (a screenshot from a lecture
in Second Life) placed 2nd in the category for Librarians
as Trailblazers in New Technology.
at Night (featuring Reference Librarian Tina Ching
and 1L Steven Coppess) won in two categories - 2nd in
the category for Librarians as Expert Researchers and
3rd in the category for Overall Best Photo.
the contest winners and more photos in the July 2007
issue of AALL Spectrum and will additionally use these
photos in future AALL publications and brochures. All
photos submitted by the Seattle University Law Library
were taken by Charity Braceros (Circulation Assistant
Supervisor) and Tina Ching (Reference Librarian).
Bourg recently joined the library as our Administrative
Assistant. Dominique is a 2006 Seattle University graduate,
summa cum laude, and was on the President’s
List for three years. Dominique also earned the LeRoux
Award for her leadership and commitment to the University’s
mission of service and justice. Before joining the library,
Dominique worked at Seattle Pro Musica, where she designed
programs and edited publications and press releases.
She also worked at Seattle University’s Writing
Center, where she served as Writing Center Coordinator.
Dominique has already made significant contributions
to the work of the library. She redesigned our materials,
making them both sophisticated and snappy. She also
is the mastermind behind the now infamous library Life
New Westlaw Representative
our new Westlaw representative Zach Gose. Zach earned
his B.A. summa cum laude at the University of Buffalo
in 2003 and a J.D. at the University of La Verne College
of Law in 2006. While he was at La Verne, Zach was on
the Dean’s List, a Merit Scholar and was the Vice
President of SBA. He did all of this while graduating
near the top of his class. He was also a Westlaw Student
Representative. His e-mail address is email@example.com.
Library Orientation for Law School Staff
28, the law library hosted an orientation for law school
staff in the Courtroom. Kerry Fitz-Gerald gave a brief
demonstration on the library catalog, the research portal
and library databases. Library personnel were introduced
and information packets were handed out. Attendees were
divided into groups for library tours. Dessert was served.
Library Participates in National Exchange of Duplicate
the law library began participating in the AALL Exchange
of Duplicates Program and we have been very successful
in replacing our missing law review and journal issues.
During the year, we keep a running list of missing issues
and also a list of the duplicate issues we have received
and don't need. In the spring, we begin to prepare for
the exchange. In May, each participating library sends
a list of duplicate serial titles to the exchange coordinator
at Brigham Young University. The lists are compiled
into one master list and made available to the participating
libraries approximately two weeks prior to the date
of the exchange. On the designated date at exactly 9:00
a.m. Pacific time, libraries can start requesting issues
from each other. Most requests are made via e-mail.
Libraries are not allowed to request items prior to
the designated start time, ensuring all participants
a fair chance at getting the titles they need. This
year, 42 libraries participated and for us the exchange
was very successful; not only did we replace many of
our missing issues, but also we had many requests for
our duplicates. Charlotte Anderson and Donna Turner
coordinate our participation in this worthwhile program.
has had a number of smaller articles published in the
first half of the year. Her article “Crafting
Licensing Provisions” was published in 18 Against
the Grain at 57 (Dec. 2006-Jan. 2007). Against
the Grain is a newsletter linking publishers, vendors
Acquisitions Technician, Charlotte Anderson published
Casebook Publishers” in 29 AALL Crivsheet
at 12 (May 2007). Crivsheet is an insert
of the monthly publication of the American Association
of Law Libraries, AALL Spectrum. The article gives contact
information for casebook publishers along with hints
for how professors can obtain courtesy copies. In addition,
Kara’s article “How to Set Up a Law Library:
Solutions for Solos and Small Firms” appeared
in 33 ABA Law Practice Magazine at 51 (Jan.-Feb.
Bridge the Gap a Resounding 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 12th 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, Legal
Research in the Real World, Legislative History and
Lawyers’ Practice Materials. Tina Ching, Bob Menanteaux,
Kerry Fitz-Gerald, and Barbara Swatt Engstrom presented.
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
annual meeting was held in New Orleans on July 14-18
with Kristin Cheney, Tina Ching, Kelly Kunsch, Kent
Milunovich and Stephanie Wilson in attendance.
The Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS)
held its spring workshop on May 25 with Kristin Cheney,
Stephanie Wilson and Barbara Swatt Engstrom in attendance.
The Seattle University Law Library offered its fourth
series of "Collaborative Learning Workshops"
this summer for library employees. Library personnel
with specific areas of expertise and guest speakers
gave presentations on a variety of topics including:
The Wikipedia Controversy, Copyright Issues in Libraries,
Public Libraries in Multicultural Communities, Kara
Phillips’ Sabbatical in China, and Washington
and County Court Records Online. Attendees found the
workshops practical and entertaining while providing
an informal, learning environment for all library personnel.