National Library Week – We Do It All for YOU!

Transform your ideas about the library: celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

From Susan Boland, Associate Director for Public and Research Services:

This week, the Robert S. Marx Law Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries are transforming their communities every day through the services and invaluable expertise they offer. April 9-15 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.  Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, learn how to use a 3D printer or even record their own music.

Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.

At the Robert S. Marx Law Library we are transforming by providing access to e-books and other e-resources, online legal research guides that are available 24/7, video tutorials on legal research for a variety of subjects that are available 24/7, and expert instruction in finding and using legal resources no matter what the format.

The library embraces the entire community, offering unlimited opportunities for personal growth and lifelong learning. Libraries level the playing field for people of any age who are seeking the information and access to technologies that will improve their quality of life.

Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever.

Join us in celebrating National Library Week!

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. For more information, visit us on the third floor of the College of Law, call 513-556-556-3016 or see the library’s Web site at  Libraries hours are Monday -Thursday 8:00AM – 10:00PM, Friday 8:00AM – 5:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM – 5:00PM, and Sunday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM. Law students, faculty, and staff have 24/7 access to the library and its many resources.

“Play Ball!”, Supreme Court Nomination, Robert S. Marx Lecture, and Legal Research Training

About Supreme Court Nominations

This appears to be the “make or break” week for the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Associate Director Susan Boland has assembled a display of materials on the court and Judge Gorsuch at the library display table, and she recommends the following resources on the subject of judges and the court:


The 2017 Robert S. Marx Lecture

This year’s Marx lecture, in honor of the law library’s namesake, is Professor Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley. He will be speaking on ““A Fear of Too Much Justice”: Revisiting McCleskey v. Kemp After 30 Years” on Thursday, April 6th, from 12:10 – 1:10 P.M. in Room 114. You may submit an RSVP at the above link.

It’s Opening Day!

With the Reds having opened their season on Monday, Collections & Resources Librarian has set up an appropriate display on “Sports Law” in the library’s display case.

Upcoming Research Training

  • Tuesday, April 4th
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 5
      • Cost Effective Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 10:40 A.M. &ndash 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
  • Wednesday, April 5th
    • Professor Lenhart’s Section 3
      • Cost Effective Research with Ron Jones
      • 10:40 A.M. &ndash 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A
    • Professor Oliver’s Section 1
      • Cost Effective Searching with Shannon Kemen
      • 1:30 – 2:55 P.M. in Room 100A
  • Friday, April 7th
    • Professor Smith’s Section 2
      • Administrative Law with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 302


Another Month Draws to Its Close

Women’s History Month and OER Week

Continuing the blog’s new habit of recognizing special months as they near their end, we join in celebrating Women’s History Month. Susan Boland has set up a library display on notable women in the law and the video display provides statistics on women’s participation as law firm partners. Please take a look at these materials. This week is Open Education Week, intended to draw attention to expand the educational opportunities for everyone, everywhere with open access to learning opportunities and openly available resources. The Marx Law Library hosts the College of Law’s open access Scholarship Repository, making our faculty’s writings available to anyone, anywhere at no cost. CALI, of which UC Law was a founding member, provides open casebooks on several law school subjects at its eLangdell project.

Research Training Session

  • Wednesday, March 27th
    • Professor Lenhart’s Section 3
      • Administrative Law with Ron Jones
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A


Bloomberg Law Faculty Update

Bloomberg Law representative Chris Bartkowski invites faculty and staff to join him for an update on the newest features at Bloomberg Law, including a new interface design. A light lunch will be provided; the session runs from 12:15 P.M. to 1:15 P.M. on Thursday, March 30th in Room 302.

Featured Resources

Welcome Back from Spring Break!

We hope that you traveled to a sunny locale, and that you were not caught in last week’s winter storm. Take advantage of our research training this week and next!

Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn

  • 1-L Lexis Training with Shannon Kemen and Ashley Russell
    • Thursday, March 23rd
    • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 114
    • Lunch & Lexis points; please register in advance.


Research Session

  • Wednesday, March 29th (next week)
    • Administrative Law with Ron Jones
    • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M. in Room 100A


Featured Resources on Oral Advocacy


This Week in the Law Library: Approaching the Mid-Point!

Nearly Halfway Through the Semester

Spring break commences at the end of this week, with no classes March 13th – 17th. As we wish our students a refreshing week with the opportunity to relax and recharge, we also remind you of our spring break hours: No weekend hours beginning this coming Saturday, and 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday of next week.

Take a look at the library display on “Eyewitness Testimony and Forensic Evidence.”

Upcoming Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Session

  • 1-L Lexis Training with Shannon Kemen and Ashley Russell
    • Thursday, March 23rd
    • 12:15 – 1:15 P.M. in Room 114
    • Lunch & Lexis points; please register in advance.


Featured Resources

This Week in the Law Library: Closing Out Black History Month

Black History Month

When you visit the library this week, please see the Celebrate Black History Month display on our front table and the video screen.

Upcoming Research Sessions

  • Monday, February 27th
    • Professor Bryant’s Legislative & Statutory Interpretation class
      • Researching Legislative History with Susan Boland
      • 10:40 A.M. – 12:05 P.M.


Library & Lexis Lunch & Learn Series

Is It Really “Presidents Day?”

[This post first appeared on February 15, 2016.]

Is It Really “Presidents Day?”

Most of our calendars and the advertisements from retail stores and automobile dealers tell us that today, the third Monday in February, is “Presidents Day.” This seemingly amalgamated holiday succeeded the separate designation of the birthday anniversaries of George Washington (February 22nd) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12th by offering another three-day weekend to federal employees and others who officially celebrate the day. In fact, the third Monday in February is officially designated "Washington's Birthday" by 5 U.S.C. § 6103. In O.R.C. § 124.19 the State of Ohio declares the third Monday in February a state holiday without giving it a title. As one might expect of the birthplace of Lincoln, the Commonwealth of Kentucky declares that February 12th is still the public holiday of Lincoln’s Birthday and the third Monday in February is Washington’s Birthday, per K.R.S. § 2.110. Whatever the holiday’s name, we advise you to take the opportunities to celebrate accordingly, and to start by visiting the library’s display, “Spotlight on Presidential Power” this week!