Law Library Website
may have already noticed the new look and feel of the law library
website, now located at: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/Library.xml.
The site provides access to the law library’s print and
online collection to students, faculty, and alumni. The new
organization and design integrates information about the library,
catalog, and online resources while still maintaining a similar
look to the law school website.
the website, the Online
Catalog has also been revamped. In addition to the design
changes, several features were added to provide easier access
and to increase usability.
Search the Library’s
Electronic and Print Resources – There are three
major search options with the default being a simple search.
You can use the pull down menus to conduct more specific searches,
use the advanced search option, or select Course Reserves
Search for materials related to a particular class.
to Refworks – Refworks is a web-based citation management
system that will help you organize your research. Refworks
is made available to the campus through the Lemieux
• Share Resources using Sharing Tools – Near the
bottom of each record, you will find a link to Sharing Tools,
a service that makes it easy for you to bookmark, e-mail,
and/or share library resources using your existing accounts
on del.icio.us, Google bookmarks, Facebook, etc.
We are always trying to improve access to the
law library’s information and resources, and will be adding
new features in the coming months. If you have any questions
about accessing the information on our site, feel free to Contact
a Reference Librarian at the reference desk, via phone,
Summer Collaborative Learning Workshops
University Law Library offered its fourth series of "Collaborative
Learning Workshops" this summer for all library employees.
The workshops are designed to expand training opportunities for
library personnel by utilizing in-house and local experts.
Library personnel visited the Museum
of History and Industry at the invitation of Jane Draney,
former library administrative assistant and now executive assistant
to the director of MOHAI. The field trip included not only a tour
of the museum’s current exhibits, but also presentations
from the MOHAI librarian and curator. Library personnel were exposed
to the challenges and procedures involved in acquiring, processing,
cataloging, preserving, and storing archival materials and artifacts.
of our workshops were opened up to all law school staff. Father
Patrick Howell gave a fascinating presentation on the History
of the Jesuits and librarian Kerry Fitz-Gerald engaged us with
a discussion on the Millennial generation. Attendees found the
workshops practical and entertaining while providing an informal,
learning environment. We are grateful to our guest speakers/hosts
for sharing their expertise.
Borrowing Items from Other Libraries
As a member
of the SU Law community, you have several options when it comes
to borrowing books from other libraries. Your first choice, of
course, is to borrow from the Seattle
University Lemieux Library. To borrow from the Lemieux Library,
bring your campus ID card to their circulation desk for checkout.
You may also
use the Summit
Consortium to borrow items from 35 libraries in the Pacific
Northwest, including the University of Washington. Requested items
are delivered to the law library within three to four days, and
you may keep them for up to three weeks.
not available through Lemieux or Summit, use a traditional interlibrary
loan (ILL) to request items from over 3,000 libraries around the
are available at the circulation desk or from our website. The
availability of ILL materials varies, but we can usually obtain
items within a week. Borrowing periods are set by the lending
libraries, but are typically 3-4 weeks long.
With all of
these borrowing options, returning books on time is important.
For the individual borrower, unreturned books or substantial fines
will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges. The law
library’s ability to participate in these regional and global
borrowing arrangements depends upon our borrowers being “good
citizens” and following the consortium rules. If you find
that you need materials for longer than the borrowing period,
simply return them to the library, and re-request the item. While
it may seem that this makes additional work, in fact it helps
the system function smoothly. Often, the second request will be
filled by a different library, allowing the original lending library
to return the item to its shelves for local use.
regional and global borrowing options, research, on any subject,
has never been more accessible.
Third Floor Collection Shifted to Accommodate Donation
you notice that the entire third floor collection has been shifted?
Over the summer, Michael Zubitis with help from Charity Braceros
and Kent Milunovich shifted approximately 28,000 volumes of books
to create space for a new collection. The collection was donated
by Professor Robert Chang and Catheryne Nguyen. Comprised of over
160 boxes of material, this new collection is designated as the
Jerome McCristal Culp, Jr., Collection on Race, Gender and
Sexuality in Law and Life. Professor Culp was a member of
the Duke Law School faculty from 1985 until his death in 2004
and was renowned for his scholarship and teaching on race and
the law. Professor Culp’s personal collection forms the
core of the donation along with gifts from Professor Chang’s
personal collection. Additionally, Professors Delgado and Stefancic
are in the process of donating materials from their personal libraries
to augment the collection. Cataloging and processing such a large
collection will be a long-term process.
Legal Writing Tours
26-29, the reference librarians gave more than 30 library tours
to over 300 law students. The tours included research instruction
as well as an introduction to the layout and policies of the law
library. Conducting thirty tours in four days while maintaining
full service is no easy feat, even for our experienced librarians.
Finding Homes for Unwanted Books
If you are
cleaning out your offices and would like the library to sort through
your books, please contact Kara Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library will provide you with a cart for your unwanted books
and then consider various options for disposition of the materials
Add to the collection
• Hold for future donation programs
• Offer to other libraries
• Place on the “Free Books” cart for our students
and other library patrons
• Recycle them (while the library makes every effort to
find homes for materials, due to space constraints, it reserves
the right to determine the final disposition of all donated
materials including recycling or other means of disposal)
Let us know
if you need a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes. (Under IRS
and SU regulations, the library cannot provide a dollar-specific
Meet Nancy Minton
a cataloger, Nancy Minton works behind the scenes in Technical
Services, but her contributions to the law library are evident
each time you access the catalog or locate a book on the shelf.
Nancy is also active as a board member on the law school Staff
does your job entail?
function is to catalog new materials added to the law library
collection. I assign bibliographic entries, subject headings,
and call numbers, all the while complying with strict library
standards. I contribute to the law library’s online newsletter
by constructing the New
Acquisitions, a subject list encompassing our library’s
recent acquisitions. Along with Reference Librarian Bob Menanteaux,
I compile the library’s New & Notable column. We highlight
new books that seem particularly suitable to our patrons.
I am quite
busy during the start of each semester rush cataloging new materials
for classes. However, in Technical Services there is no distinction
between rush periods and “down” times; we are busy
year-round maintaining the catalog and the library’s collections.
long have you worked at the law school and what changes have
you experienced during your tenure in the law library?
working for the law library’s Technical Services department
in 1981. In the 80’s I shared one computer with six other
employees and spent much of my time maintaining our card catalogs.
As part of my work routine, I methodically wrote the assigned
Library of Congress classification number on each book’s
title page with a #4 pencil. Our book processors manually typed
book call number labels from those handwritten numbers. We were
a very small group of law library employees decades ago, yet
the nature of my Technical Services work necessarily kept me
fairly isolated from the other departments in the library.
adhere to strict library standards, but my cataloging work is
now accomplished using many complex databases. I maintain records
of all types, including our expanding electronic resources.
My cataloging work has evolved, and requires keeping patrons
in mind at all times. I continually consider how our bibliographic
records can best be enhanced for the optimum use of our resources,
accessed with immediacy via a search of our online catalog,
or by browsing our library’s shelves.
I work with
our Public Services department tracking needed materials and
making catalog changes. I support our Reference Librarians with
their faculty requests and topical interests. I enjoy that my
work is still a behind the scenes endeavor, but I like knowing
that my work directly affects our library’s service.
are your favorite things to do when you are not working?
love reading short stories. It’s a wonderful art, I think,
getting a story told in but a few pages, yet leaving the reader
pondering an impressive tale. I am an avid letter writer. I
write to family, friends, and a dear pen-pal in Northern Ireland
with whom I’ve corresponded since I was ten.
As a member
Irish Heritage Club, I enjoy assisting with Irish Week at
Center. I’m also active in the Sons
are actively involved with social responsibility issues. Tell
us about projects you are engaged in.
my library work I have the opportunity to participate in the
Roundtable [SRRT] of the Washington
Library Association. It is “a forum for individuals/groups
who are concerned with issues/problems of social responsibilities
of libraries and librarians.” The group “adopts
an action-oriented stance to look at such issues as participatory
decision making, services to minorities, and the disenfranchised
and diverse collections and staff.”
In SRRT I have assisted with annual conference programs furthering
library employees’ cultural appreciation of Native American
ways and addressing best practices for serving Latino patrons.
I am currently working with our SRRT Chair developing a sustainability
practices conference proposal.
the past twenty years I have volunteered in different capacities
House, a day shelter for the homeless in Tacoma. Recently
I accepted the task of co-chairing a volunteer effort with my
church to coordinate the shopping, cooking, and serving of a monthly
meal at the shelter.
Conferences and Workshops
Northwest Interlibrary Loan Conference
Kezele attended the 7th
Annual NWILL Conference in Portland on Sept. 18-19. Designed
for staff in libraries of all types and sizes, the conference
discussed the future of resource sharing, offered practical
information on a variety of ILL operations, and provided demonstrations
of new resource sharing tools.
Innovative Users Group Conference
Kent Milunovich, Nancy Minton and Jane Grossman attended the
Northwest Innovative Users Group Conference in Portland
on October 16-17.
Michael Zubitis, Susan Kezele along with several Lemieux Library
staff attended the Orbis
Cascade Alliance meeting in July to learn about future improvements
to the Summit catalog.
Barbara’s Baby Announcement
Swatt Engstrom made his first appearance on October 13. He weighed
in at 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and stretched to a full 21 inches
long. He and Mom are both happy and healthy. Proud parents Barbara
Swatt Engstrom and Kurt Engstrom, together with big sister Hazel,
are having a blast introducing Moss to the world.
written by law library staff.
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