Library Newsletter for FacultyWelcome to the start of another academic year! Here at the Law Library, we wanted to update you and offer a few reminders that we hope will be helpful to you for your courses and research this year!
New Law Librarians and New Faculty Liaisons: We are pleased to welcome three new reference librarians this year! Nicole Downing comes to us from the University of Miami, where she previously worked as the Student Services Librarian. Nicole is a graduate of Carolina Law and our Information and Library Science Masters Program. Tiffany Camp and Allison Symulevich come to us from the University of Washington, where they both recently completed their Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science. Tiffany completed her JD at the University of Connecticut and Allison completed her JD at the University of Florida. We hope you will join us in welcoming them to our team!
With the arrival of Nicole, Tiffany, and Allison, and also with the arrival of so many new faculty to Carolina Law, we have reworked our Library Liaisons for Faculty. The new list is attached to this email for you to refer. If you need help from the library in regard to anything, you can contact your faculty liaison who can make sure that your question is answered. Liaisons can also assist with the following:
Personalized Current Awareness and Electronic Alert Services
Personalized Assistance with your Research Assistant
Familiarity with your Research Interests
Purchasing Library Materials
Faculty Publications Listings
Library Resources Highlights:
- Law.com: You now have access to a collection of current awareness periodicals such as The American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Litigation Daily, Supreme Court Brief, Corporate Counsel, and Legaltech News through the library's new law.com subscription. From Law.com, you can link to the individual websites for each periodical and access the periodical's content. You will be able to see the periodicals from anywhere on UNC campus. If you will be accessing Law.com from off campus, please contact Donna Nixon at email@example.com for account credentials.
- LexisAdvance: Lexis Nexis has made several changes to their research platform including adding in advanced search features and segment searching that will be familiar to users of old Lexis.com users. If you have questions regarding changes made, please feel free to contact your library liaison who is happy to show you any changes and updates to the system.
- Westlaw: Now that Westlaw Classic has officially been retired, WestlawNext is now simply known as Westlaw. A number of new features have been added to Westlaw including a confusing "Westlaw Questions" component that may appear automatically as the primary search result from some Westlaw searches. If you have questions about how these new features work or have any confusing search results, please feel free to contact your library liaison who is happy to answer questions and provide training for you.
- West Study Aids: The library continues to maintain access to the West Study Aids collection which has been moved to a stand alone platform apart from Westlaw. You can register for your own login to the platform, but if you are in the law school, you should have no problem accessing all of the materials at this link: https://subscription.westacademic.com/. If you have questions about how to subscribe for your own login or how to direct students to these resources, please contact your library liaison.
- New York Times/Wall Street Journal access: As a reminder, the library pays for students and faculty to have individual subscriptions
The Carolina Law Scholarship Repository Update: The law library is in the process of launching an online repository that will present the scholarly work of the law community to the public for free and on the open Web. This summer, the law journal completed uploads of three Carolina-affiliated law journals - The North Carolina Law Review, The North Carolina Banking Institute, and The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. Second, we will select a group of faculty volunteers with existing Selected Works profiles to have published articles and working papers added to the repository. The project lead in the library is Aaron Kirschenfeld, Digital Initiatives Librarian, who will be sending a message to faculty members with existing Selected Works profiles in the coming week. Aaron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have. A beta version of the repository can be found at http://scholarship.law.unc.edu/.
Library Services Reminders:
- LibRA: The Library's LibRA service is available to help faculty members with research projects taking under 20 hours of work time to complete. Contact Dave Hansen at email@example.com for more information.
- Research Instruction for Upper Level Classes: Librarians are available to help students with specialized legal research tools, resources, and other questions. Faculty members can request to have librarians come to their classes to offer in class research instruction tailored to the specific needs of the class. Additionally, faculty members can request that their students meet one-on-one with reference librarians for individualized research instruction for specific research projects. Please contact Leslie Street at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with any questions or requests.
- Empirical Research Assistance: As a reminder, the library shares an empirical research specialist with Duke Law Library who is available to faculty members working on empirical research projects or other projects involving data and statistics. Guangya Liu is available to meet with faculty by appointment and can be contacted at email@example.com.