Kathrine R. Everett Law Library Newsletter

Kathrine R. Everett Law Library Newsletter:
Friday, September 4, 2015

Library Newsletter for Faculty



Wall Street Journal and New York Times— As we recently announced, the Law Library is pleased to now offer digital subscription access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to Law School faculty, staff, and students.  These new subscriptions are paid by the Law Library, but each interested reader will need to register directly with the newspaper in order to have access under the terms that the newspapers are providing to libraries. Each paper has slightly different registration procedures, but both are relatively easy. More detailed instructions for registration are attached.  Once registered, you can access the New York Times or Wall Street Journal from anywhere by signing in with your account. If you encounter any problems or need help signing up, please contact your library liaison (see attached list of library liaisons) orDonna Nixon at dnixon@email.unc.edu or at 919.843.9280.


Westlaw Digital Study Aids—You might remember that last year we started a pilot subscription to the West Study Aids collection, which includes online access to the Law in a Nutshell series, Gilbert and Blackletter Outlines, Concise Hornbook series, Exam-Pro sample exams, and many others. All told the collection includes 470+ titles, with extensive coverage of first year courses and other commonly-taught courses. The West Digital Study Aids are popular with students, so the library has extended the subscription for another year. If you have a preferred study aid for students in your class, take a look at the Westlaw Study Aid collection to see if a digital copy is available. You and your students can find a link to West Study Aids from the main Westlaw Law School homepage. Click on the study aids link and you will be prompted to create an account for full access (you can use the same username/password combination that you use for Westlaw). If you need help using this resource please feel free to contact your library liaison, or if you encounter students who have questions, please feel free to send them to the reference desk.


Bluebooks—Law review submission season is upon us. For your article’s citations, you should know that the new Twentieth Edition of the Bluebook was released over the summer. Most of you should have received a new copy from the Law Library in your faculty mailbox. If you have not received a copy and would like one, please contact Julie Kimbrough at jlkimbro@email.unc.edu.




Library Building and Reference Hours—After a long summer of building maintenance, we are happy to report that the law library is fully open and back on a normal schedule. Starting this week, the building will generally be open from 7:30 am to 12:00 am, with slightly shorter hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The reference desk will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (6:00 pm for the first month of the semester on Mondays through Thursdays, for those new students who need extra help). The full schedule is online.


New Librarians—We are delighted to have added two new Reference/Digital Initiatives Librarians to the law library this summer. Several of you have had the pleasure of getting to know Aaron Kirschenfeld in your classes over the last few years. Aaron was a Chancellor’s Merit Award Scholarship recipient here at UNC, where graduated this past May with a dual degree in Law and in Information Science. He also holds a B.A. in History from Duke.  Aaron started work with the library in June. Stacey Rowland, who just arrived a few weeks ago, comes to us from the University of Mississippi law library, where she has been a Public Services Librarian for ten years. She has extensive experience with reference services, teaching legal research, and website management.  Stacey has a J.D., Masters of Library and Information Sciences, and a Masters of History from Florida State and a B.A. in History from the University of Florida. 


Library  Liaisons—With the addition of Aaron and Stacey, a few library liaison assignments have changed. Attached to this email is an updated list of library liaisons by faculty member’s name or you can always find your library liaison and contact information here:  http://library.law.unc.edu/faculty/libraryliaison/. Please feel free to contact your liaisons with any questions about library collections or services.


Research Instruction—We received lots of positive feedback this past year about our in-class research sessions taught by law librarians, particular those sessions taught in writing classes where students are asked to do substantial topic development and independent research.  We are happy to continue making teaching these sessions a priority. If you are interested in having a law librarian speak in one of your classes, seminars, or clinics regarding research, please contact Leslie Street at lastreet@email.unc.edu. In addition to in-class presentations, librarians are also available to create handouts, online guides, and other aids to introduce your students to research in particular topic areas. 


Research Appointments—Also remember that reference librarians have increased their availability to meet with students and others through in-office research appointments that can be set up through an appointment form available on the library's homepage. Please feel free to encourage any students who you think need research help to contact us.   We are happy to help students working on seminar papers or other in-depth research assignments.


LibRA (Librarian-supervised RA services)

The library's research assistance program for law school faculty, LibRA, is open and ready to assist you in any research project.  LibRA primarily accepts projects that take less than 20 hours to complete, and we are happy to assist in getting larger projects off the ground or to train a faculty member's RA who is engaged in a longer research project. If you have questions about the LibRA program or have a research project for LibRA, please contact Dave Hansen at drhansen@email.unc.edu


Empirical Research Support for Faculty - If you need any support for ongoing research projects involving empirical research methods, please contact Leslie Street at lastreet@email.unc.edu.  Our Empirical Research Specialist, Guangya Liu is currently out on family leave but may be able to answer some questions. Additionally, the librarians can try to connect faculty with other resources for support available to UNC faculty.

For more information, please contact the Law Library Reference desk for all of your needs at lawref@email.unc.edu

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