Library Newsletter for Faculty
LIBRARY COLLECTION RESOURCES
Wall Street Journal and New York Times—
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
SERVICES REMINDERS AND UPDATES
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
are happy to help students working on seminar papers or other in-depth research
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 email@example.com.
Empirical Research Support for Faculty - If you need any support for ongoing research projects involving empirical research methods, please contact Leslie Street at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.