joined the Law Library this fall as the Serials Associate in the
Acquisitions Department. Susan oversees our standing orders and
periodical subscriptions. She also supervises the updating of library
Susan received her BFA in Art from the University of Georgia. After
graduating she worked at the National Gallery of Art for 20 years, 16
of which were spent in library acquisitions. Susan is also a licensed
and nationally certified Massage Therapist who practices at the Foundry
Park Inn & Spa.
When not petting her three dogs (Scooter, Betty, and Smokey) and new
kitty (Mary Margaret, or "Maggie" to her close friends), Susan likes to
cartoon. She also enjoys hiking, eating good food, and drinking
southeastern Australian Shiraz.
Why Is It So Cold in the Library? Maureen Cahill
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
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.
For Our Audio and Visual Learners Suzanne Graham
finalize your plans for Thanksgiving, consider checking out a
book-on-tape or DVD from the library. We have over twenty titles on
cassette tape or CD that will turn commuting time into productive time
and over three hundred DVDs and VHS that will impress the whole family.
Here are some handy tips for finding them in GAVEL.
1) Use the Advanced Search screen (first option under “Other searches” in yellow search box)
2) Type in keywords or type * in the first box to see all
3) Scroll to “Limit to” section and Select “audio” or “Video/DVD” as the Material Type
Here’s a sampling of the hits that you can cruise with (cassette/CD):
Critical Choices : education decisions for the next generation of lawyers
Arguments on Abortion : Live Recordings and Transcripts of Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Reproductive Rights
Richard Conviser’s Torts (5 hours on tort law that can get you the whole way to Myrtle Beach or Tuscaloosa)
Recently added titles to veg to (DVD/VHS):
A Lawyer Walks into a Bar (explores the influence of the law and its practitioners on American culture)
David Berg’s The Trial Lawyer: What It Takes to Win (name says it all)
Keep in mind that these items have 3-day loan period but may be renewed online. Have a safe trip!
Exam Anxiety? CALI Can Help! Carol Watson
exam anxiety begins permeating the atmosphere in the Law Library, I’d
like to suggest a resource that might alleviate some of your fears –
What are CALI Lessons?
CALI lessons are a group of over 625 computer-based, interactive tutorials written by law faculty and librarians.
What is the format of the CALI tutorials?
The format of the individual lessons varies according to the
educational objectives of the author. Some authors use the setting of a
simulated trial to provide students with an opportunity to test their
understanding of an area of law. Other lessons drill students through a
series of questions requiring them to identify relevant issues and
apply recently learned concepts.
How to Access CALI Lessons:
CALI lessons are available on CD-Rom, but we recommend using the up-to-date online versions found at www.cali.org.
Register at cali.org using our school’s authorization code which you
should have recently received on a reminder card in your student
mailbox. If you no longer have the authorization code, contact
the Law Library Reference Desk, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck on exams!
Thank You and Report on Newsletter Survey
to those of you who responded to our recent survey regarding the
content and format of this newsletter. Your responses indicate that no
significant changes are desired, and your answers and comments will
guide us as we plan future issues. We appreciate the time you spent giving us your thoughtful feedback!
Upcoming Holiday and Exam Hours James Donovan
hard to believe that it is already that time, but the semester is
ending, and that signals changes to the Law Library's regular schedule.
The library will close early the day before Thanksgiving, at 5 pm, and
be closed the next day for the holiday. Beginning Friday, Nov. 23, the
library will begin its extended hours. This means that in addition to
its regular 2am closing Sunday-Thursday, the library will be also be
open for student use until 2am on Friday and Saturday.
For those craving even more study time, the Student Learning Center
will operate a 24-hour schedule beginning at 11am on Sundays through
7pm on Fridays. The SLC will be open on Saturdays from 10am through 7pm.
Our extended schedule will continue until the end of exams, December 12.
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