Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
January 2010
In This Issue Dan Riggs  
  Our new Serials Associate, Dan Riggs
Why Is It So Cold in the Law Library?

Every one of us has uttered those words (although usually a modifier or two precedes "cold"). 

Our two buildings share a trait that makes temperature changes problematic--their otherwise wonderful, open design. It's simply hard for any heating or cooling system to have an immediate effect in those expansive spaces. So, a day or two after a significant change in the weather the temperature in the main reading room is usually fine . . . and the Annex is still cold.

The Annex has an innovative heating system that was developed in the wake of the energy crisis of the late 1970's. If you look at the ceilings in the Annex, you'll notice small vents around the perimeter of the building and larger vents scattered throughout the interior. Only the small vents blow heated air. The rest of the vents blow unconditioned air that is supposed to circulate the warm air. Since the warm air enters the building around the edges where cold outside air cools the building, it is supposed to counteract that cold outside air more efficiently. 

It's a great theory that was proven wrong from day one. The University has replaced the heating system in every other building on campus that had this original system. We are obviously next on the replacement schedule, but we don't know what that means. In the meantime, those of us  who work in the Library plead with Physical Plant to set the thermostat higher and pass along the many complaints from folks who are studying with their coats on.

[ed.: reprinted from November 2007 Amicus Briefs because the situation is unchanged, unfortunately]

Meet Dan Riggs

Dan Riggs joined the Law Library staff in December as the Serials Associate in the Acquisitions Department. Dan oversees all of the ordering, claiming, cancelling, and updating of library materials on standing order or subscription, such as law reviews and loose-leaf treatises.

Dan has a BA in English Literature from the University of Evansville. He later earned an Associate's degree in Health Science from St. Catherine College. Dan's work history includes many years at Davis Kidd Booksellers in Nashville, TN.

In his free time, Dan enjoys classical music, playing the piano, and cycling. Dan moved to Athens in the fall of 2008 with his wife Sandra Riggs, who is a librarian at the Miller Learning Center.

New Reference Desk Hours

We now offer reference services from 9am - 6pm Monday through Thursday! This change is in response to an analysis of the times assistance is most often requested. Our Friday and Sunday hours remain the same.

MLK Holiday Hours

The Law Library's hours over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend are as follows:

Friday, January 15:  7am - 9pm
Saturday, January 16: 8am - 9pm
Sunday, January 17:  8am - 2am
Monday, January 18: 6pm - 2am

The Law Library hours are posted at

Law Dawg of the Month

This month's Law Dawg is Hazel Nut Barzel.

Hazel's person, 3L Rachel Goodrich, adopted this cutie-pie from Athens Clarke County Animal Control last year.

Please keep sending your Law Dawg submissions to
Hazel Nut Barzel Goodrich

Hazel Nut Barzel

January's Interactive Puzzle
by James Donovan

Government Acronyms

Government Acronyms

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