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February 2008

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Library Exhibit a Success at the 35th Anniversary Event in Tacoma

A library exhibit marking the law school’s 35th anniversary played a prominent role at the alumni gathering in Tacoma’s Museum of Glass on October 17, 2007. The display included photos, commemorative T-shirts, and early editions of the Prolific Reporter that highlighted the school’s early days. Interested alumni stopped by to examine the items and reminisce with the library staff in attendance. Susan Kezele and Bob Menanteaux organized the event with assistance from Kara Phillips, Nancy Minton, Charlotte Anderson, Kelly Kunsch, and Associate Dean Kristin Cheney. Dominique Bourg produced the banners, bookmarks and handouts that graced the table.

Catholic Periodicals

Thanks to a suggestion from Professor Russell Powell, the law library is making a number of Catholic periodicals available for print or electronic routing. America, the only national Catholic weekly in the U.S.; and The Tablet, the Catholic weekly of the United Kingdom, are both available in print. Commonweal, a review of religion, politics and culture; First Things, a journal of religion, culture and public life; and the National Catholic Reporter, a newsweekly that reports, comments and reflects on the church and society, are all available for electronic routing.

If you would like to be added to the routing list for print issues of America and/or The Tablet, contact Jane Grossman at or ext. 4189. If you would like electronic routing of Commonweal, First Things or the National Catholic Reporter, contact your research librarian liaison to set up e-mail alerts.

Back issues of America and The Tablet are located in the compact shelving on the court level of the law library.

Records Management and Archive Program

In January, the law school enlisted records management consultant Belinda Bartels to guide the development of a comprehensive records management and archives program for the law school. Ms. Bartels’ work will include surveying current law school record-keeping practices, examining records management practices at other law schools, and designing a program tailored for the law school. Her work is being facilitated by Stephanie Wilson and Bob Menanteaux, and supervised by Associate Dean Kristin Cheney.

Children’s Book Week Exhibit

November 12 marked the beginning of Children’s Book Week. For the second year in a row, the law library participated by creating an exhibit of favorite children’s books. Whereas last year’s exhibit featured selections of library staff, this year’s exhibit featured selections of law faculty. Donna Turner created both exhibits. This year’s exhibit included faculty member comments, figurines of book characters, and fascinating tidbits about the books and their authors. Oh, and the exhibit also featured the books themselves which are now available for checkout.

In conjunction with the favorite books exhibit, Donna also created a companion exhibit on the history of children’s literature. If you missed this year’s exhibits, you can still look forward to next year’s.

Stephanie Wilson Back from Sabbatical

Librarian Stephanie Wilson was on sabbatical for the 2007 fall semester. During her sabbatical, Stephanie worked on a research project that examined whether library subject classification systems can better serve researchers seeking material about the LGBT community. Stephanie also attended two conferences while on sabbatical. In September, she was a panelist at a discussion about LGBT research held at Lavender Law, the annual conference of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation. In November, Stephanie attended a conference about managing and preserving digital materials, titled “Persistence of Memory, Stewardship of Digital Assets.”

Meet Pam Coury

The law library is delighted to welcome Pam Coury as the new Senior Library Technician  for Acquisitions.  Pam joined the library staff in early January.

What does your job in the law library entail?
“I do bibliographic searching; create online interim records; order and receive publications; check-in and claim serials. I am the liaison for library vendors. I prepare invoices and do financial record keeping. I also maintain and process government documents.”

What did you do before joining Seattle University?
“I was a Technical Analyst for various engineering groups at Boeing for seventeen years. I was employed by Pacific Lutheran University as a Library Acquisitions Technician. I worked for PLU for 2 ½ years. I am a graduate of the Library Technician Program at Highline Community College.”

Why did you choose Seattle University?
“I chose Seattle University because of the university and law school mission statements. Seattle University has a reputation as a quality institution. As a former student, I have personal experience with Seattle University from years ago.”

What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
“I am passionate about nature and wildlife. My menagerie includes two dogs, four cats and nine parrots. I volunteer at zoos and animal sanctuaries when time permits.”

Conferences & Presentations

Continuing Legal Education Seminar

Reference Librarians Tina Ching and Kerry Fitz-Gerald spoke at a full-day continuing education seminar sponsored by the National Business Institute. “Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web” was held in Tacoma on December 13 and in Seattle on December 14. At the Tacoma seminar, Ms. Ching discussed the deep web and guided the attendees through ways to locate deep web sources and old web pages. In Seattle, Ms. Fitz-Gerald showed the attendees how to locate free legal research sites, utilize online government resources and find practice tools.

Persistence of Memory: Stewardship of Digital Assets

On November 28-29, Reference Librarian Stephanie Wilson attended a two-day seminar titled “Persistence of Memory: Stewardship of Digital Assets.” It was presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center and was attended by members of the library and museum communities nationwide. Several topics were covered including how to find and evaluate digital repositories, getting content into a repository, preserving video and audio, and business models for preservation.

Newsletter written by law library staff.
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