Come to our special session for 1Ls: Library 101, presented by Student Services Librarian Maureen Cahill.
This award-winning photo of Maureen teaching a class last semester was taken by retired UGA Law Professor Bob Brussack.
Ann Puckett, Director of the Law
Library and Professor of Law
staff of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library welcomes all new and
returning law students. We hope you will find using the library
productive and comfortable. You only need to memorize one
cardinal rule: if you can't find what you want, JUST ASK! We've tried
to make asking convenient by putting a beautiful Reference Desk near
the entrance to the library where you can't miss it. It is staffed from
9-5 Monday, Wednesday and Friday; from 9-7 Tuesday and Thursday; and
from 2-6 Sunday. For full information, see http://www.law.uga.edu/library/libraryservices/reference.html. You can conact the reference librarian on duty if you cannot come to the library in person: (706) 542-6591 or email@example.com.
All the professionals on the staff have degrees in law, library
science, or both. We all know secrets about this library and about
legal research that took years to learn -- and we don't charge a penny
extra for teaching you our secrets.
For the last several years, we have focused major efforts on upgrading
our physical plant by renovating much of the library to bring it
more in line with the needs of 21st century law students, but we are
truly a library without walls. Students can access most of the
library's accumulated knowledge without even coming to the library. We
take great pride, however, in the fact that law students in large
numbers choose to study and work in the library. Please let us know how
we can continue to improve your library experiences.
We wish you a happy and successful year. And remember the Law Library motto: JUST ASK!
Professor Ann Puckett Receives Gallagher Award
The American Association of Law Libraries presented the Gallagher
Distinguished Service Award to our own Ann Puckett, Director of the Law
Library and Professor of Law, at its recent Annual Meeting in
The Gallagher Award is given in recognition of outstanding, extended and sustained service to law librarianship and to AALL.
Professor Ann Puckett receiving Gallagher Award
from AALL President James Duggan
Washington, D.C., July, 2009
A nationally recognized
leader in law library management, Professor Puckett joined the Georgia Law
faculty in 1994, where she teaches a course on Law and Disability in
addition to overseeing the Law Library and Computing Services.
Important Changes to UGA's Bulldog Bucks System
Returning students will quickly find an unpleasant change in policy
regarding the use of Bulldog Bucks to pay for photocopies and
printouts. The machine in the Copy Room can no longer be used to add
value to their accounts. This must now be done through a two-step
process of logging onto the Bulldog Bucks website
(http://bulldogbucks.uga.edu) to make a deposit request, and then
either visiting the Student Accounts website
(https://studentacct.uga.edu) or the Student Accounts/Bursars Office
downtown in order to pay for the deposit just as you would for your
tuition, meal plan, or parking fee. The minimum deposit for Bulldog
Bucks is $5.
If there are advantages to this new system, expediency is not one of
them. Student needing to make copies quickly can still buy a visitor's
copy card (a "VTS" card) from the machine in the copy room. The cost of
the card is $.60 out of the first dollar, and can be used only for
photocopying and laundry facilities on campus. Value can be added only
to a VTS card using the dispenser. Unlike a Bulldog Bucks account,
however, you cannot be reimbursed for any value on a lost or unused
If there is a problem with Bulldog Bucks, please contact their office
between the hours of 8-5, Monday-Friday at 706-542-8257. If you are
unhappy with the new arrangement, please note that Bulldog Bucks is
logging only those complaints submitted through their website at tinyurl.com/bdbucks.
Special Session for 1Ls: Law Library 101
your law school career with the inside scoop on how to make the library
facility, collection, and staff help you succeed. The library is a
great place to study: What are the choice seats? Are there hiding spots
for serious concentration? How about good group study locations?
Everyone will need resources beyond casebooks. Just what does the
library own that can help explain the mass of confusing material you're
plowing through every day?
Your professors always want something from you -- maybe just rapt
attention, close reading, and snap performance. At the library,
everyone just wants to know what you need. Who are these nice people
and what can they do for you?
Join Student Services Librarian Maureen Cahill on either Thursday
(8/20) or Friday (8/21) at 4:30 in classroom A for a whirlwind half
hour during which the secrets of the library are revealed.
A Small Change in the Reading Room of the Law Library
With the budget cuts and the terrible economy this year, the entire
university is encouraging us all to save money everywhere we can. One
way the Law Library is going to conserve energy that you will notice if
you come in early is that the lights will be off on all the tables in
the main Reading Room and in the Annex. You may certainly turn them on
at the table when you sit down to study. And just leave them on; you
don't need to turn anything off yourself.
To turn on a lamp: Each lamp is supported by two poles. The
switch will be between the poles, but it can be next to either pole,
that is on the inside of either the one on the right or the left as
you're facing it. You should be able to reach under there and feel
where the switch is, but if you don't find it, just peek under there,
and you should see it immediately. If all else fails, come up to the
Circulation Desk, and someone there will help you.
Budget Cuts Threaten Earplug Availability
Like all units on campus, the Law Library must cut its operating budget
for this school year. During cost cutting meetings this summer, we came
really close to deciding to ax the earplug basket after learning just
how many cases of earplugs we ran through last year. Instead, we have
opted to experiment with placing the basket farther from the door.
Why? We have all observed a number of folks who grab a handful of
earplugs on their way out of the library. And, though we probably can
justify paying to provide earplugs for study at the library, we cannot
make the same case for providing earplugs for concert going or even for
study at a coffee shop off campus.
Please help us save the earplug basket. Take a pair only when you need
them for studying in the library. Don't discard a pair if you've only
used them for a short period. Reuse them. If we can reduce the
volume that we buy, we'll certainly maintain this valued service.
Law Dawg of the Month
Back by popular demand! The
Law Library continues to seek your submissions for Law Dawg of the Month
(and remember, we define "dawg" loosely - see last year's submissions).
If you would like for your furry (or feathered or scaled) companion
to be entered in our random drawing each month, send a digital photo to
Scout is our Law Dawg for August.
She lives with 2L Courtney Davis.
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