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Library Profile: Beth Klein

Beth Klein news Beth Klein, Library Specialist for Research Services and Administrative Assistant to the Research Law Librarians, provides competent and friendly public service, helping patrons access information in an effective and efficient manner.

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Introducing "Sharelaw"

joe thomas news If you are familiar with using the law library’s LINK catalog to find local resources, you may be interested to learn that we have recently joined forces with eight other law libraries to provide a place where you can see the holdings of all nine collections with one search.

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Edmonds chairs Law and Sports section

edmonds At the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools, Ed Edmonds, associate dean for library and information technology, was selected as chair of the Law and Sports section.

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Heinonline Update

HeinOnline, has surpassed their milestone of 50 million pages of legal research material! They have introduced a number of new library modules, added enhancements, introduced new training opportunities, and released some notable news stories regarding Hein and HeinOnline. Below is a recap of everything accomplished in 2009.

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Legal Research beyond the 1L Year... try the Advanced class!

Need a refresher of what was covered in the basic first-year Legal Research class? Want to learn more about searching for cases and statutes, as well as conducting research in legislative history and administrative law? If so, Advanced Legal Research is the class for you this spring semester. You will examine and gain experience researching all these materials using both print and online (Lexis, Westlaw, and free web sources). The advantages and disadvantages of online and print for each type of law will be examined as well.…

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Library Profile: Carmela Kinslow

kinslow news Carmela (“Carm”) Kinslow, a faculty member since 1990 and Associate Librarian with the Kresge Law Library since 2000, earned her B.S., M.L.S. and M.S.A degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington) and Notre Dame in 1987, 1989 and 1991 respectively.

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2009 Summer Research Experience Survey Results

One hundred sixty-four Notre Dame Law School (NDLS) 2Ls and 3Ls responded to the 2009 Summer Research Experience Survey conducted from September 28 through October 9 by the Research Department. The annual survey helps the legal research instructors assess whether our students have the research skills to successfully compete with other law students in summer jobs.…

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Check out the new catalog!

You may have already noticed the new tab on the law library’s online catalog labeled “CatalogPlus beta.” If you are wondering what this is, give it a try! Clicking on this tab will take you to a search page where you are given the option to search all libraries on campus and selected area libraries with a single search. (In the old catalog you had to perform separate searches for the law library and other campus libraries.)…

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A Day on the Hill

By: Beth Given

The last time law librarians converged upon Washington, D.C. for the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) was in 1999. This meeting marked the first time the “Day on the Hill” legislative advocacy training was offered, and the first time AALL members went to Capitol Hill to lobby their representatives on behalf of issues important to law libraries. Clearly, it was high time for another influx of law librarian lobbyists. Despite oppressive July heat and humidity, more than eighty AALL

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Library Profile: Sandra Klein

klein news Sandra Klein received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with minors in history and sociology, followed by a Master’s degree in Education in the area of Career Counseling.

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Student Employment in the Law Library

Each academic year, 40-50 graduate and undergraduate students work in positions throughout the law library, and an additional 10-20 work during the summer. If you are interested in part-time work in the law library, these descriptions highlight the jobs available in each department, including whether or not the departments are currently hiring. Most of the hiring for the 2009-2010 academic year has already been completed, but sometimes positions become available during the school year, so if you are interested be sure to get in contact with the person listed, and they can keep your application on file.

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O'Byrne honored at 102nd AALL Annual Meeting

obyrne news The Foreign, Comparative and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) honored Chris O’Byrne with the 2009 “Spirit of the FCIL-SIS Award” at the 102nd AALL Annual Meeting …

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Supreme Court Nomination and Confirmation Resources

In light of President Obama’s recent (May 26) nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace Justice Souter on the United States Supreme Court, this edition of “Off the Shelf” focuses on resources that will allow you to learn more about current and historical Supreme Court nominations.…

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Resources for Research Assistants

obyrne news Hello, RAs! After a month of intense research using HeinOnline, LexisNexis, and Westlaw, you may want to consider using some of the other electronic legal resources that are available to you…

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Library Profile: Scott Hengert

Scott Hengert news Scott Hengert adds electronic functionality and features to classroom control systems within the law school. He also instructs students and faculty in the use of these systems.

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Beth Given awarded scholarship to attend conference

Beth Given was awarded a scholarship to attend the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2009 Conference in Indianapolis in May. She was also recently notified that she is the recipient of a travel grant for the second year in a row to attend the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, held this year in Washington, D.C. in late July. As part of this grant she was awarded funding to also attend the Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL

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Lanski received the Kresge Library Student Service Award

The 2009 recipient, Kelli Lanski, and the Kresge Library faculty and staff joined Dean O’Hara in celebrating the dedication of the many student workers who assist with library tasks throughout the school year on Tuesday, April 28th, at the Annual Student Worker Appreciation Breakfast.

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Award goes to Library staff member

Joe Reimers, the Technical Support Assistant in the Law Library, was awarded the 2009 Indiana University South Bend Library Prize for Undergraduate Research for his paper “From Private Organizations to Agents of the State.” He received a plaque and a check at a ceremony held April 15th at the Shurtz Library on the campus of IUSB.

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Literacy Drive

The Law Library is sponsoring its 2nd Annual Literacy Drive to raise donations in support of the Literacy Council of Saint Joseph County. The Literacy Council offers one-on-one tutoring programs for adults and has also developed two child literacy initiatives, including the Success-by-Six program and the Born Learning program. The Literacy Council has provided a wish list of items they most urgently need for their programs. The library is collecting donations in a box next to the Circulation desk until April 30th. Please donate in whatever way you can from the following list: Folders, Copy paper, notebooks, mailing tabs, mailing labels, tote bags, pencils and pens, pocket dictionaries, basic-level books, child and toddler books, alphabet and other educational puzzles, CDs with children’s music or books on tape, puppets, art supplies, children’s instruments, small whiteboards with dry-erase markers and erasers, magnetic letters, and clipboards.…

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Research Redux Sessions

Come join the research librarians for Research Redux sessions to prepare you for your summer jobs!

The research librarians will offer a series of small-group, nitty-gritty, online sessions designed to: 1) review topics covered in the 1L Legal Research course; or 2) introduce new sources that could come in handy this summer.…

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Library Stacks Scavenger Hunt

Looking for adventure ? Or maybe just a $75 (grand prize) or $25 (four prizes) gift certificate to the bookstore ? Then enter the “Library Stacks Scavenger Hunt” !

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Dean Edmonds presented at Widener University School of Law

Dean Ed Edmonds presented:

“The Negro Leagues – Was a Merger Possible?” Panel presentation, “The Integration of Baseball and the Influence of Jackie Robinson Upon the Negro Leagues: Consideration of an Alternative Approach,” Diversity and Sports: The History, The Challenges, and The Future, Dean’s Leadership Forum on Diversity, Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 16, 2009.…

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Introducing LexisNexis Congressional, the Sure Cure for Microfiche Melancholia!

Interested in researching federal legislative history, public policy information, or the jurisdictional interests of Congressional committees over a broad range of subject areas? Or maybe just “cite-checking” Congressional documents? Now you can do all these things (and more) online with LexisNexis Congressional! Yes, that’s right “online” as in “full-text searching” and “scanned PDFs of original documents”!! No more making yourself dizzy using microfiche (in most cases)!!!…

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A Library Divided

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand — Abraham Lincoln

A Library Divided for 18 Months Can Still Deliver Superb Service — Dean Ed Edmonds

With the move into the new Eck Hall of Law and the continuing renovation of the old law building – Biolchini Hall – the various library departments are scattered in several temporary locations, but all departments remain committed to delivering great service.…

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Laptop Reservations

Beginning Friday, November 21, the Circulation desk will take reservations for laptops that are on reserve.
Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis. During the exam period—Friday, December 12 through Friday, December 19—laptops will be available only for Electronic Bluebook exams and there will be no overnight circulation of the laptops. Because of the limited number of loaner laptops available, we request that you do not reserve a laptop as a back up for your personal laptop. We appreciate your cooperation with this request.…

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