Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
April 2011
 
In This Issue

Sharon Bradley 

Special Collections Librarian Sharon Bradley
at March 2011 CLE Program

 
We Hear You: Student Survey

Right before Spring Break the Law Library solicited student opinions about library facilities, collections and services through a survey. Nearly 200 students responded. We have already implemented a few of the suggestions that were offered in survey responses.  

The drink policy was changed (with little fanfare but many smiles). Now, library users may bring in any cup so long as it has a lid. We have purchased book stands which are available for checkout. The loan period is four hours, so a student can settle in and outline a chapter or two, all with his or her case book neatly propped up and easy to reference. We will also be adding USB drives and umbrellas to list of items that can be borrowed from the Law Library.

There were also a number of thought provoking suggestions that are not so easy to implement--issues of lighting and temperature control, varieties of seating, and hours. The HVAC system in the library annex is scheduled to be replaced this summer, which should solve many of the issues with temperature. We are exploring long range possibilities for adding soft seating and expanding the study areas in the Annex; however, any changes of this nature will take a couple of years of planning and budget work. Finally, the library will experiment with extended hours on Friday and Saturday nights (probably an 11pm closing time) next Fall semester.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our survey. We appreciate your input.

How Can CALI Help You?

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is a consortium of law schools. CALI's primary mission is to advance legal education through computer technology. Why is this of interest to you? Because they produce a series of lessons http://www.cali.org/lesson that can help you study for finals. These lessons are a great way to test your subject understanding.

Law professors and casebook authors create the lessons using a question and answer format. There are a number of lessons for specific casebooks http://www.cali.org/content/lessons-casebook.

We have CALI disks at the Reference Desk so you can load lessons on your computer. Better still: ask us for the password to access the lessons online.

3Ls: We'll See You at a CLE

"Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again." Richard Bach

The faculty and staff of the UGA Law Library want to wish the graduating 3Ls the best of luck as you embark on your new careers. But,  the good-bye doesn't have to be forever. If you will be remaining in the north Georgia area, we encourage you to attend our annual Institute of Continuing Legal Education program on Internet Legal Research.

Each spring the law librarians provide a 6 hour CLE on diverse topics such as advanced internet searching; federal and state online resources; business, international and investigative resources; collaborative tools; mobile applications; using social media effectively; and emerging technologies.

We always receive positive feedback from the audience. Some of the comments include:

It was very interesting and useful beyond expectation. I will highly recommend this to other attorneys for future classes.

Good speakers! Great information!

I attended this seminar last year and am very impressed with the amount of new and updated information.

We hope to see you in our audience at a future CLE. And again, best of luck in your future.
Wendy Moore and attorney Don Harper CLE 2011
Acquisitions Librarian Wendy Moore
and Attorney H. Don Harper at March '11 program

Library Extends Hours for Exams

Extended Hours
The Law Library enters its period of extended hours for exams beginning Friday, April 29. This means we will be open until 2a.m. every day until May 17.

Intersession Hours
The Law Library's intersession hours commence May 18 with a 5pm close time. We will be open 8am-5pm May 19 - May 21.
Sunday, May 22: CLOSED.

Summer School Hours
Hours for Summer School begin on Monday, May 23:
Monday - Thursday 8am - 9pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 6pm

Note: the Law Library is CLOSED for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Find full hours for the Law Library at http://www.law.uga.edu/library-hours-operation

The Miller Learning Center hours are found at http://www.slc.uga.edu/hours/index.html. They run a twenty-four hour schedule from April 27to May 7.

Law Dawg of the Month




This month's Law Dawg is the mighty Bailey whose lucky person is 1L Christina Peterson.



Law School Community: Please keep on sending your Law Dawg submissions to aburnett@uga.edu and remember that your cats, birds, fish, horses, and more are all candidates for Law Dawg!
Bailey the Law Dawg

You can now see the Law Dawgs on our Library with a View blog, where you'll
 also find legal research tips, links to breaking legal news stories,
and fun tidbits on a variety of topics.