Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association
of Law Libraries held its annual meeting in Seattle
on October 13-15.
meeting brought together approximately 80 sensibly
dressed law librarians from California, Idaho, Montana,
Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington. Kristin
Cheney was a panelist on the session titled, "Moving,
Remodeling, Building: The Experts Speak."
Fitz-Gerald and Stephanie Wilson presented a session
titled, "Repackaging Traditional Exhibits =
Great Outreach Effort," in which they discussed
various library exhibits and websites.
Wilson also moderated a session about archives and
Library hosted a reception for meeting attendees,
which included Kelly Kunsch's infamous behind-the-scenes
who attended the meeting were very impressed by
our presentations and facilities. To quote one attendee,
"Wow, this seems like a fun place to work!"
And another, "Great presentation! Can't wait
to steal it!"
Loislaw Secondary Law Collection
is pleased to announce that we now subscribe to the
online Loislaw Secondary Law Collection. This extensive
collection of treatise materials covers a variety
of legal topics including antitrust, bankruptcy, business
practice, construction, corporate governance, corporate
law, drunk driving, elder law, employment law, estate
planning, evidence, family law, litigation, insurance,
Internet, personal injury, product liability, real
estate, securities, and more. Follow the directions
on our database
by title page for accessing this collection. (Please
note that this collection cannot be accessed through
our Loislawschool.com subscription).
Muslim World Journal of Human
response to the increased interest in the intersection
of human rights and Islamic Law, the Library recently
added a subscription to the Muslim
World Journal of Human Rights, a new electronic
publication from Bepress. This title covers human
rights as viewed through an Islamic prism. The emphasis
is not solely limited to jurisprudential facets but
encompasses the interaction of these rights with the
greater Muslim society. This is a peer-reviewed publication
with a stellar editorial board of leading scholars
in both Middle Eastern studies as well as human rights.
You can easily sign up for e-mail notification for
new issues using the link you will find on the journal
site. The Muslim World Journal of Human Rights joins
several other important serial titles that are held
by the library: UCLA
Journal of Islamic & Near Eastern Law, Islamic
Law & Society, and the Yearbook
of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law.
"A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community"
Photo Contest Winners
During National Library Week 2005
(April 10-16), members of the American
Association of Law Libraries (AALL) took a wide
range of photographs of law librarians working,
meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians
do in a given day or week.
Librarians as Information Evaluators,
Librarians as Information Managers, Librarians as
Expert Researchers, Librarians as Teachers, Librarians
as Trainers, and Librarians as Mentors. Out of all
the AALL law libraries that participated, Seattle
University Law Library placed first in the category
as Expert Researchers, second in the category
as Mentors, and third in the category of Librarians
as Trainers. AALL will feature the contest winners
and more photos in the December 2005 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
Library has prepared three specific FAQs to explain
library services to patron groups and answer questions
about locating and obtaining research material.
covered include interlibrary loan, Summit borrowing,
Westlaw/Lexis passwords, database searching, librarian
liaisons, and starting points for legal research.
FAQ for Journal Staff is intended to answer
general questions about recurring issues in writing
and editing for members of the Seattle University
Law Review and the Seattle Journal of Social Justice.
FAQ for Independent Studies assists students
who are completing independent study paper assignments.
FAQ for Law School Staff orients new law school
staff to library services and procedures.
Presentations and Publications
the fall semester, the librarians have been involved
in teaching legal research. Kristin Cheney is teaching
a semester long course on Advanced
Electronic Legal Research and Methodology. Stephanie
Wilson and Barbara Swatt Engstrom taught several classes
on citators for Legal Writing I students. Kelly Kunsch
taught the annual research refreshers for the Legal
Writing II students. Bob Menanteaux taught a class
on researching international sustainable development
issues and Kerry Fitz-Gerald taught classes on researching
in the area of corporate acquisitions and securities.
The librarians also gave introductory research and
library tours to almost 200 first year students. If
you are interested in having a librarian present a
research instruction class tailored to your course,
please contact your librarian liaison or Kristin Cheney.
Northwest Innovative User’s Group conference
was held in Portland, Oregon on October 20th &
21st with Kara Phillips, Charlotte Parsons, Michael
Zubitis, Kent Milunovich, Susan Kezele and Barbara
Swatt Engstrom in attendance. Kara Phillips, Susan
Kezele, Barbara Swatt Engstrom and Jan Hartley from
Seattle University's Lemieux Library presented a session
titled "Evaluating Patron Privacy on Innovative
Interfaces." This session highlighted the need
for librarians to be aware of the types of patron
information that are stored in circulation, cataloging
and acquisitions databases that could potentially
be subject to a Patriot Act search. The session was
well attended and very well received. It was especially
timely in light of the case, Doe v. Gonzales (cv-05-4896),
which involves the employment of the Patriot Act to
seize library records and the attendant gag order
provision of the Act. The Doe case is currently being
heard in the 2nd circuit.
The court documents filed in the case may be viewed
National Conference of State
Joint Fall Seminar
a successful presentation at the annual meeting of
the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL),
held in Seattle in August, librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald
was invited to travel to Chicago to speak at a NCSL
research and training workshop. Over 70 people crowded
into a small room to hear her presentation "Evaluating
Internet Resources." The session was very well
received with a number of attendees promising to take
the tricks and techniques back to their staff. Said
one attendee, "My staff all use the Internet,
but not very well. This information will be invaluable
for teaching them to weed out dud sites."
Is an Annual Report in Your
Cheney’s article Is
an Annual Report in Your Library's Future? was
published in the summer 2005 edition of Law Library
Journal, law librarianship’s premier scholarly
journal. Kristin's article discusses the mechanics
and methodology of preparing an annual report in an
academic law library setting.
the semester began, librarians attended vendor trainings
on several new products.
One Lexis update covered LexisNexis Congressional,
which contains federal legislative history from 1970
forward. Another Lexis training covered LexisNexis
Statistical Universe which indexes and abstracts statistics
from federal and state governments, international
organizations, trade and business organizations, universities,
and more. The BNA representative provided training
for BNA's online product that contains more than 100
titles and is especially useful for current awareness
on a large number of legal topics. Finally, a Westlaw
update introduced some of that service’s new
products including: 50 state survey, West dockets,
Westlaw Watch, and Westlaw's Knowledge Management