One of the most frequent questions I am asked by those unfamiliar with academic law library operations is whether the librarians take off the entire summer. No, we do not. Although the College of Law does not hold summer classes and many teaching faculty are away from our building much of the summer, the Marx Law Library remains open Monday through Friday. Our librarians and other staff are here throughout the summer, although most of us will use our annual leave (vacation days) to take some time off.
During the summer librarians are still providing service to faculty, students, and other patrons who need help finding legal information. We’re preparing workshops to present to the faculty and already thinking about the fall research classes for new students. Our I.T. staff are upgrading computers and preparing documentation. And many of us attend professional conferences that let us learn more about providing terrific resources and service to all of you.
The biggest conference that we attend is the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries. This year’s meeting is in San Antonio, Texas, and six of our librarians will be attending. The meeting is the association’s primary education event, and it offers opportunities to learn in formal sessions as well as to network with 1,500 colleagues from the United States and several other countries. Susan Boland, Associate Director for Research and Public Services, is speaking in “Inventing the New Classroom,” which focuses on pedagogy and methods for teaching today’s students. Our members also actively participate and take leadership roles in professional associations. Susan is completing her term as chair of the AALL Grants Committee. Shannon Kemen, Reference Librarian, is the incoming president of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL). Akram Sadeghi Pari, Catalog Librarian, serves on the AALL Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee. And I’m honored to be starting my second year as a member of the AALL Executive Board.
In short, law librarians at the College of Law keep busy year round so that we can better provide you with the service and resources that enable you to be a successful student, professor, administrator, or attorney.
——–Kenneth J. Hirsh, Director of the Law Library and I.T.
Looking for Help with Exam Preparation? Start with the Law Library and CALI® Lessons
The Law Library subscribes to CALI, which provides more than 950 lessons that you access using your CALI account credentials. The lessons can help you review concepts in most course areas and are the perfect tools for identifying both your strengths and the areas where you need to brush up on your studies. If you haven’t yet created a CALI account, ask a reference librarian for the college’s authorization code and then visit the CALI account registration page.
For help identifying resources such as treatises and databases that can help you with your studies, check out the Law Library’s Research Guides. There you’ll find 40 guides covering a range of legal topics. And the authors are happy to get follow-up questions from you – just stop by the library or send an email message.
Summer Research Boot Camp is Back!
Get yourself in shape for a productive summer by joining us in one of the two days of Legal Research Boot Camp, presented jointly with librarians from the Chase College of Law at NKU. Whichever side of the river you call home, you’ll find it easy to spend a half-day boning up on the research knowledge you need to shine like a star.
Register for either the afternoon session, starting with lunch, here in room 302 on Monday, May 19th, from 12:30 — 4:00 pm; or the morning session on Tuesday, May 20th at the Chase College of Law, room 324, Nunn Hall, starting with breakfast from 8:30 a.m. — Noon.
For registration and complete details visit http://www.law.uc.edu/library/bootcamp. If you need more information, contact Ron Jones or Susan Boland.
Why Not Stop In Today!
Your friendly neighborhood law librarians and staff in the Marx Law Library are happy to see you any time of year, but we especially invite you to come by this week. National Library Week helps remind all of us of the important role that libraries of all types play in all kinds of communities. While the meaning of “library” may be changing with the shift of many resources to digital form, the fundamental characteristics remain stable. Libraries and librarians are dedicated to getting our customers, traditionally called “patrons,” the information AND personal assistance they need when they need it, quickly and efficiently. Our librarians maintain access to printed and digital resources, teach legal research in multiple settings, and participate in local, regional, and national associations to learn more and to serve their constituents and their profession. Whether you are a student, professor, staff member, or visitor, we stand at the ready to help fill your legal information needs.
Upcoming Legal Research Sessions
- Monday, April 14
- Advocacy, Professor Bradley’s section 4
- Low Cost & Free Resources with Shannon Kemen
- 10:40 a.m. — 12:05 p.m.
- Room 302
- Tuesday, April 15
- Advocacy, Professor Bradley’s section 2
- Low Cost & Free Resources with Susan Boland
- 1:30 p.m. — 2:55 p.m.
- Room 302
- Wednesday, April 16
- Advocacy, Professor Lenhart’s section 1
- Low Cost & Free Resources with Ron Jones
- 9:00 a.m. — 10:25 a.m.
- Room 100A
Legal Research Sessions This Week
- Tuesday, April 1, 10:40 a.m. — 12:05 p.m.
- Professor Smith’s section 3
- Administrative Law with Susan Boland
- Room 100B
- Wednesday, April 2, 12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.
- UC Law Library and Lexis Lunch & Learn
- Lexis Advance Research Tips with Ashley Russell
- 50 State Research with Shannon Kemen
- Room 302
- Prior registration was required. See below for next week’s Law Library & Lexis 1L Brunch
UC Law Library & Lexis 1L Brunch
- Worried about researching on the job? You are invited to join the UC Law Library and Lexis for a legal research brunch aimed specifically at helping first year law students prepare to complete research assignments as summer associates. This session will cover the research process generally and will walk you through a practice research assignment from beginning to end using print and electronic resources.
- Each attendee will receive a FREE Lunch + Lexis points.
- Thursday, April 10, 12:15 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.
- Room 114
- To reserve your seat, RSVP at Surveymonkey® by Friday, April 4th.
Featured Research Guide
Review the ins and outs of Administrative Law Research with the guide by Susan Boland.
Returning May 19th and 20th, our annual Summer Research Boot Camp
This annual event, presented jointly with Chase Law School, will help you perform terrific legal research during your summer months. Watch for more information soon!
The doctrine of “fair use” was originally announced by the U.S. Supreme Court and was subsequently adopted by Congress in the 1976 revisions to copyright law. Today the meaning of fair use can be found at 17 U.S.C. § 107. This week many academic libraries are honoring fair use to point out its crucial role in scholarly writing. The Law Library has a guide to fair use (and the T.E.A.C.H. Act) for faculty and students. Kevin Smith of Duke University, one of the country’s first scholarly communications officers, provides information and links to several resources in his blog post. So the next time you quote someone’s article or enjoy a parody, give a little thanks to “fair use.”