Library Newsletter for Faculty
Library Research Training for your Summer RAs: This summer, the library is pleased to offer mandatory RA training for your summer Research Assistants. In the training, they will learn about Interlibrary Loan Procedures, additional useful databases, and other policies and procedures relevant to their work this summer. The training will be held at three times to give all summer RAs an opportunity to participate:
Monday, May 9 from 2:00-3:30pm
Tuesday, May 17 from 11:00-12:30pm
Monday, June 20 from 12:00-1:30 pm (for students working as RAs for the second part of the summer)
Additionally, if you believe any of your RAs or other students may benefit from a more extensive course in research training, Advanced Legal Research is being offered in summer school, taught by Dave Hansen and Aaron Kirschenfeld.
Librarian Liaisons for Faculty: Librarians are happy to help their faculty liaisons with any research needs over the summer, including offering specialized training on new or other databases relevant to your work. Whether it be training on finding dockets on Bloomberg, accessing the public records available on Lexis, or other specialized current awareness tools available on BNA, we are happy to help make sure you are set up with the tools you need for your research. Over the summer, we will be updating the liaison list to account for new faculty and changes in staffing in the library, so if you have any questions about who your liaison is, please feel free to contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library RA (LibRA) Service for the Summer: LibRA, the Law Library's Faculty Research Service, continues to be staffed during the summer and is open to short-term projects (up to 20 hours) for full-time UNC law faculty. Research is conducted by student research assistance and supervised by the Library's Faculty Research Librarian, Dave Hansen. The service is staffed by two Graduate Assistants who both hold JDs, have significant legal research experience, and are currently enrolled as students at the UNC's School of Information and Library Science. We are particularly well staffed for the first half of summer (through June 30), when both of our current GAs will still be working. If you know that you have requests, getting them to us in the first half of the summer will mean we can get to them more quickly.
While many of you have your own summer RAs, we have found that our LibrRA RAs are particularly useful for research projects that require some additional expertise, be it interdisciplinary research or complex legal research. We also have worked with faculty in the past to have our LibRA RAs do some initial work developing larger research projects to a point they can be handed off to summer RAs. If you are interested in using LibRA, contact Dave Hansen at email@example.com. For more information (including a FAQ) see https://library.law.unc.edu/faculty/researchservice/.
Empirical Research Support: Do you have a research project this summer involving empirical research? If so, don't forget that the library has someone who can help you! We share an empirical research specialist with Duke Law Library. Guangya (Ya) Liu can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ya is typically at the UNC law school one day a week and is available to meet by appointment.
Working/Researching Away from Carolina this Summer? Frequently, in order to work in private law libraries and other libraries at other destinations you may need documentation/letters of introduction from your primary library. We are happy to facilitate library relations with any other libraries where you may need to work this summer. Contact Leslie Street, Assistant Director for Research and Instruction at email@example.com