July 2, 2005
Fourth of July Weekend Hiatus
The Law Librarian Blog will be on hiatus from July 2 through July 4 while I recuperate from minor knee surgery. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.
-- Joe Hodnicki, Editor
July 1, 2005
Michigan Law Review's 2005 Survey of Books Relating to the Law
Burke, Alafair S. Equality, objectivity, and neutrality. (Reviewing Cynthia Lee, Murder and the Reasonable Man: Passion and Fear in the Criminal Courtroom.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1043-1080 (2005).
Calabresi, Steven G. The originalist and normative case against judicial activism: a reply to Professor Randy Barnett. (Reviewing Randy E. Barnett, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1081-1098 (2005).
Charles, Guy-Uriel. Judging the law of politics. (Reviewing Richard H. Hasen, The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Bakker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1099-1141 (2005).
Core, John E., Wayne R. Guay and Randall S. Thomas. Is U.S. CEO compensation inefficient pay without performance? (Reviewing Lucian Bebchuk and Jesse Fried, Pay without Performance: The Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1142-1185 (2005).
Cross, Frank B. Gay politics and precedents. (Reviewing Daniel R. Pinello, Gay Rights and American Law.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1186-1230 (2005).
Demleitner, Nora V. Is there a future for leniency in the U.S. criminal justice system? (Reviewing James Q. Whitman, Harsh Justice: Criminal Punishment and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1231-1272 (2005).
Dickerson, A. Mechele. Caught in the trap: pricing racial housing preferences. (Reviewing Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, The Two- Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers & Fathers Are Going Broke (with Surprising Solutions that will Change Our Children's Futures.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1273-1294 (2005).
Drumbl, Mark A. Pluralizing international criminal justice. (Reviewing From Nuremberg to the Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice, edited by Philippe Sands.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1295-1328 (2005).
Hurd, Heidi M. Was the Frog Prince sexually molested? (Reviewing Peter Western, The Logic of Consent: The Diversity and Deceptiveness of Consent as a Defense to Criminal Conduct.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1329-1346 (2005).
Johnson, Kevin R. and Bill Ong Hing. National identity in a multicultural nation: the challenge of immigration law and immigrants. (Reviewing Samuel P. Huntington, Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1347-1390 (2005).
Kozinski, Judge Alex and Alexander Volokh. The appeal. (Reviewing Josef Kafka, The Trial.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1391-1400 (2005).
Lassiter, Matthew D. Does the Supreme Court matter? Civil rights and the inherent politicization of constitutional law. (Reviewing Michael J. Klarman, From Jim Crow to Civil Rights: The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Racial Equality.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1401-1422 (2005).
Lederman, Leandra and Stephen W. Mazza. Addressing imperfections in the tax system: procedural or substantive reform? (Reviewing David Cay Johnston, Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1423- 1445 (2005).
Lee, Ronald D. and Paul M. Schwartz. Beyond the "war" on terrorism: towards the new intelligence network. (Reviewing Phillip B. Heymann, Terrorism, Freedom, and Security: Winning Without War.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1446-1482 (2005).
Oman, Nathan. Unity and pluralism in contract law. (Reviewing Stephen A. Smith, Contract Theory.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1483-1506 (2005).
Onwuachi-Willig, Angela. For whom does the bell toll: the bell tolls for Brown? (Reviewing Derrick Bell, Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1507-1538 (2005).
Prakash, Saikrishna and John Yoo. Against interpretive supremacy. (Reviewing Larry D. Kramer, The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1539-1566 (2005).
Schauer, Frederick. Deferring. (Reviewing Philip Soper, The Ethics of Deference: Learning from Law's Morals.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1567-1577 (2005). [L]|[W]
Sherwin, Emily. Rule-oriented realism. (Reviewing Hanoch Dagan, The Law and Ethics of Restitution.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1578-1594 (2005).
Volpp, Leti. Impossible subjects: illegal aliens and alien citizens. (Reviewing Mae Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1595-1630 (2005).
Weinberg, Louise. Theory wars in the conflict of laws. (Reviewing Symeon C. Symeonides, The American Choice-of-Law Revolution in the Courts: Today and Tomorrow.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1631-1670 (2005).
Weiser, Philip J. The Ghost of Telecommunications Past. (Reviewing Paul Starr, The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communication.) 103 Mich. L. Rev. 1671-1698 (2005).
June 30, 2005
GPO Announces Delay in the Annual Item Selection Update Cycle
From Judith C. Russell (email@example.com), Managing Director, Information Dissemination (Superintendent of Documents:
The Annual Item Selection Update Cycle to add and drop item numbers to depository library selection profiles traditionally takes place from June 1 through July 31 each year. Those selection additions then take effect at the beginning of new fiscal year (October 1). Depositories are free to drop items at any time during the year.
This year June arrived while a number of key initiatives are underway directly relating to the items to be selected. Many of these initiatives are in response to suggestions from the depository library community for improving the process. In order to provide an authoritative and productive update for our depository partners, it will be necessary to move the Annual Item Selection Update Cycle (probably December - January). As a result of completing these efforts first, the update process will be much more effective for our depository library partners.
The efforts underway to get ready for the update include the following:
- Updating the essential titles list to include recently added congressional and other items
- Completing the clean up of the list of item numbers, including:
- Separate item numbers for administrative law decisions
- Separate item numbers for ephemeral items at the agency and sub-agency level
- Appropriate item numbers for essential titles, clearly labeled as essential titles
- Break out item numbers currently containing multiple formats into separate and clearly labeled item numbers
- Updating the List of Classes to reflect the changes made to item numbers and publishing a new version to be used in the update cycle
- Adjusting the Annual Item Selection Update Cycle process to account for the previously noted issues
- Soliciting comments from the depository library community on proposals for redefining the item number system to improve its utility
GPO has informed its oversight committee of the need to reschedule the Annual Item Selection Update Cycle and the reasons for the delay. As I pledged in a statement to the library community on March 1, 2005, GPO will continue to distribute tangible products consistent with current policy and practice and we will make changes only following full consultation with the library community and our oversight committees. I have assured the committee staff, and I can assure you, that this delay is not an attempt to reduce expenditures for printing and binding. We have allocated approximately $9.4 million from the S&E appropriation for printing and binding in FY 2005 and anticipate an allocation of $9.6 million in FY 2006, if we receive our full appropriations request.
GPO also discussed this matter with both the members of the Depository Library Council and representatives of the major vendors that supply cataloging records to depositories. The consensus of Council was that it would be prudent to wait until the necessary adjustments are made and that a December - January timeframe would be the best time to conduct the update. The consensus of the vendors was the delay would not be a problem and should not have a significant financial impact on their depository customers. The vendors did recommend that depository libraries consult with them about their individual situations.
It is important to note that, as always, depositories can chose to drop titles at anytime and that this process is unaffected by the update move. Libraries wishing to drop item selections can do so using the Amendment of Item Selections Web form at: www.access.gpo.gov/su
GPO appreciates the understanding of our library partners and regrets any inconvenience caused by moving the Annual Item Selection Update Cycle. It is our intent to provide for the most useful update possible and then return the Annual Item Selection Update Cycle to its regular time next year.
Want to Reach Non-Librarian Audiences?
D-6: Publishing Outside the Law Library Box: Opportunities Beyond Law Library Publications (Monday, July 18th at 9 a.m.). This program will identify non-library markets for publications and share the experiences of librarians who have successfully published “outside the box.” Speakers include: Carol Bannen of Reinhart, Boerner and Van Deuren who has written a number of articles for Wisconsin Bar publications; Shannon Gilreath of Wake Forest University School of Law the author of two law review pieces, two books and other pieces for assorted periodicals; and, George Pike of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law has a regular 'Legal Issues' column in Information Today. Each speaker will give a short explanation of how they began publishing in their respective areas and offer advice for others wanting to do the same. A significant portion of the program will be devoted to audience questions.
Lee Peoples, Univ of Oklahoma City Law Library
GPO Seeks Volunteers for Electronic Depository Manual
GPO is seeking more volunteers to consolidate and update various FDLP instructions and manuals into a single online publication that will continue to be updated as necessary. The Electronic Depository Manual will be a living policy document written by and for the FDLP community. Within the manual will be best practices, tips, and hot links to additional information of interest to government documents librarians. Information about this project is available on GPO Access at: www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/new_manual.ppt and www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/proceedings/05spring/depository_library301.pdf
The publications to be consolidated and updated in the electronic manual include the Instructions to Depository Libraries available at: www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/instructions/index.html, and the Federal Depository Library Manual and its supplements available at: www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/fdlm/index.html
While GPO has many volunteers from depositories at academic libraries, we lack adequate representation from depositories at public, federal, and law libraries. All volunteers are welcome, but GPO is particularly eager to have depository librarians from these under-represented library types help create this new online publication.
The tentative content of each chapter appears on the Volunteer Form. Each chapter will include requirements and performance examples, with an emphasis on the electronic FDLP. GPO anticipates the work will be accomplished in a combination of ways to include e-mail messages and conference calls with writing teams. Volunteers with expertise and knowledge of the content for each chapter and who have the time to complete the work by the timetables established for the effort are good candidates.
If you are from a federal depository library and are interested in participating, you can obtain additional information and the Volunteer registration form at:www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/im_volunteer_reg.html. Volunteers should submit their names as soon as possible.
June 29, 2005
State legal resources on the web
by Ron Jones, Univ Cin Law Lib
The University of Michigan Document Center has an excellent page devoted specifically to state legal sources on the web.
Key items include:
Timely Program on Mexican Americans and the Law
G-5: Mexican Americans and the Law (Tuesday, July 19th at 10:15). The authors of Mexican Americans and the Law: ¡El Pueblo Unidos Jamás Será Vencido! will discuss the major legal issues facing Mexican Americans today. A legal research guide and bibliography will accompany this program.
Lee Peoples, Univ of Oklahoma City Law Library
AALL Awards Announcement
In case you missed it, AALL President Victoria Trotta announced this year's AALL awards. The awards will be presented on Sunday, July 17, from 2:45-4 p.m. at the convention center in Room 210 (AB).
AALL SPECTRUM ARTICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Honors outstanding achievement in writing an article that contributes to topics relating to librarianship, law librarianship, and practical applications for library work or to an understanding of legal materials, legal systems legal information, or to professional and staff training and development.
Leah Sandwell-Weiss, "A Look at the USA PATRIOT Act Today," AALL Spectrum, July 2004
AALL/LexisNexis® CALL FOR PAPERS AWARDS
Established to promote scholarship, provide an outlet for creativity, and to draw attention to newer members of the Association. Papers may be submitted on any subject relevant to law librarianship.
New Member Division: David Hollander, University of Miami Law Library
Open Division: Karen S. Beck, Boston College Law Library, and Virginia Kelsh, University of San Francisco School of Law
BEST NEW PRODUCT AWARD
Honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures or innovative products, which improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials.
Thomson Gale, The Making of Modern Law
CHAPTER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS
Recognizes chapters that excel at designing high quality professional development programs.
Comprehensive Program: Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, "Locating Legal Information on the Web"
One-Time Program: Northern California Association of Law Libraries, 2004 Spring Institute, "Navigating the Seven Cs."
EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING AWARDS
Honors outstanding achievement in public relations by an individual or any other entity affiliated with AALL.
Best Brochure: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Libraries for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries’ Brochure
Best Campaign: University of Minnesota Law Library for "March to a Million" Campaign: The University of Minnesota Law Library’s Millionth Volume, A Symposium and a Celebration, October 22, 2004
Best Newsletter: Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York for the ALLUNY Newsletter
Best Public Relations Toolkit: Nova Southeastern University Law Library and Technology Center for "Centuries of Commerce"
Best Use of Technology: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library, Cleveland State University for "Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Half Million Celebration Multimedia Presentation"
LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL ARTICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Honors outstanding achievement in researching and writing an article published in Law Library Journal for the preceding volume year.
Susan Nevelow Mart, "Protecting the Lady from Toledo: Post-USA PATRIOT Act Electronic Surveillance at the Library," 96 Law Library Journal 449 (2004)
LAW LIBRARY PUBLICATION AWARDS
Honors achievement in creating in-house library materials that are outstanding in quality and significance.
Print Division: Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries for the "Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries’ Drink Container Posters"
Nonprint Division: King County Law Library for Without Access to Information, There is No Justice: A Documentary Video Celebrating 85 Years of Public Law Libraries in Washington
MINORITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD
Created in 2001 to nurture leaders for the future and to introduce minority law librarians to leadership opportunities within AALL. Recipients are chosen based on how well their professional interests, goals, and education demonstrate leadership potential in the Association and the profession.
Ronald E. Wheeler, Jr., University of New Mexico Law Library
PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AWARD
Given to recognize persons or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information.
Ayn Crawley, director of Maryland Legal Assistance Network, for the People’s Law Library of Maryland, http://www.peoples-law.org
AALL AND WEST GEORGE A. STRAIT MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
Awarded to college graduates with law library experience who are members of a minority group and are degree candidates in accredited library or law schools.
Michelle Crosby, Bloomington, Indiana
Wendy Duplechain, Omaha, Nebraska
Jennifer Frazier, Frankfort, Kentucky
JAMES F. CONNOLLY LexisNexis® ACADEMIC AND LIBRARY SOLUTIONS SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to a law librarian who is interested in pursuing a law degree. Preference is given to a librarian who has demonstrated an interest in government publications.
Jennifer Behrens, Buffalo, New York
LexisNexis® JOHN R. JOHNSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Honors the memory of John R. Johnson, director of the law librarian segment of LexisNexis and a longtime law library supporter.
Casey Duncan, Hickman, Nebraska
Cyril Emery, Baltimore, Maryland
Emily Janoski, Independence, Kentucky
Theresa Leming, Aurora, Colorado
Shawn Nevers, Provo, Utah
Jason Raymond, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Allocated from AALL’s own scholarship fund.
Timothy Baland, St. Paul, Minnesota
Karen Beck, Newton, Massachusetts
Diana Daleo, Albuquerque, New Mexico
ELLEN SCHAFFER FOREIGN LIBRARIAN’S GRANT
Provides financial assistance to ensure the presence and participation of foreign librarians at the AALL Annual Meeting.
Irma Aladashvili, Law Library and Information Center coordinator, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, the Republic of Georgia
AALL/ASPEN LAW AND BUSINESS RESEARCH GRANT FUND
Provides funding for research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. Projects may range from the historical to theoretical to practical.
Charles Cronin, Columbia University Law Library, "Music Plagiarism Digital Archive at Columbia Law Library"
Karl Gruben, St. Thomas University Law Library, "AmLaw 100 KM Survey"
Betsy McKenzie, Suffolk University Law Library, "Effects on PCs and Databases on Legal Analysis Skills"
Provides funding on an ongoing basis for research projects that address the AALL Research Agenda.
Nancy Carol Carter, University of San Diego Law Library, "A Research Template for Building Indian Nation Archives
June 28, 2005
Want to Create Electronic Legal Research Lessons?
A-1: Creating & Using Interactive Electronic Legal Research Lessons (Sunday, July 17th at 10 a.m.). Learn how simple it is to create electronic tutorials that engage your students and improve the learning process. A seasoned panel of experts are slated to speak including: Deb Quentel (CALI), Kristina Niedringhaus (Texas Wesleyan), Elizabeth Adelman (Georgia State) and Katherine Topulos (Duke).
Lee Peoples, Univ of Oklahoma City Law Library
Opening: Library Director, DC Firm
A mid-size law firm in Washington, DC is in search of a Library Director to manage the DC and NY library operations. The Library Director will manage a staff of four to five. The successful candidate must possess an MLS and offer five to seven years of previous law library experience. Must have substantial knowledge of legal resources, online databases, Internet capabilities, Microsoft Word, Lotus Notes, Excel, LEXIS, WESTLAW, and CD ROM. The successful candidate must be able to manage multiple tasks and prioritize well; must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, online research skills, strong service orientation, and work ethic; and must present and conduct oneself in a professional manner, interacting with all members of the firm on a daily basis.
The Library Director will analyze needs, measure, and evaluate the quality of firm library services. It is a major goal of the firm to improve library services in their DC and NY offices. This position will create library budget and track expenses. You will be responsible for acquisition, cataloging, and referencing of library materials - both print and non print. The Director will develop library automation and facilitate access to legal information. Assist attorneys and paralegals with legal reference/research using print and electronic sources/ Arrange LEXIS and WESTLAW training sessions
This law firm offers an unbelievable compensation package. Your offices on located in the heart of DC near the metro and you are working in a very friendly environment. This law firm plans on growing in the next three to five years in a considerable amount. For consideration please send your resume to Daniel Hurd at Daniel.Hurd@TRAKRecordsandLibrary.com.
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Death of an SIU Law Library Colleague
I am saddened to inform the law library community of the death of Kathy Garner, emerita Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law Library. She died Thursday, June 23, 2005 at her home in Carbondale after battling cancer for two months.
While at SIU, Kathy taught legal research and was a member of the lawyering skills faculty. She published articles in Law Library Journal and SIU Law Journal, and was assistant editor for publications on water law and legal research teaching. She was a past chair of Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section (LISP-SIS) and was a member of the Illinois Bar, AALL, ABA, and the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries. She retired from SIU in 1999 after fourteen years of service.
Kathy received her law degree with honors from SIU in 1983, where she was Managing Editor of SIU Law Journal. She also held a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Librarianship from the University of Washington.
She is survived by two children and three grandchildren. Memorial services will be held 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at the Epiphany Lutheran Church of All Saints at 1501 West Chautauqua, Carbondale. Donations may be made to the Carbondale Women's Center, 408 West Freeman, Carbondale, IL 62901.
James E. Duggan
Director of Information Technology
Southern Illinois University School of Law Library
Free Speech and the Search for Five Votes
Anthony Lewis reviews Speaking Freely: Trials of the First Amendment by Floyd Adrams (Viking, April 2005) in the July 14, 2005 issue of The New York Review of Books. Here's a snippet:
Floyd Abrams is the country's leading practitioner of First Amendment law. His book is a look at the process of constitutional interpretation from the ground up: how a case arose, how the lawyer making the claim for constitutional protection dug into the facts and analyzed the law, how arguments were developed to present to the courts.
The first thing to say is that Speaking Freely is a fascinating book. Abrams is an engaging writer. He tells stories, which is a way to the reader's heart: stories of cases in which he has participated over the last thirty-three years. He lets the law emerge from the facts, a wise thing in literature as in law.
The stories Abrams tells illustrate an important point. Lawyers in constitutional cases must not let grand visions of establishing new constitutional theory obscure their first responsibility, which is to win the case for the client on any available ground.
Recommendation: For academic law libraries that systemically collect war stories; also recommended for medium and large public libraries.
HIPAA Legislation in Searchable askSam Database
Once again askSam Systems help legal researcher. This time it is a free, searchable database containing the HIPAA Act.
The text from HIPAA is available in a searchable, hypertext-linked askSam database. The individual sections of the legislation are divided into separate documents in the database. This allows you to easily locate sections pertaining to specific topics.
The askSam version allows you to search, browse, and analyze the HIPAA text. You can either view the text on-line, or you can download the searchable version of HIPAA with a free askSam viewer.
by Ron Jones, Unv Cin Law Lib
In addition to HIPAA askSam has also prepared free searchable versions of the following:
Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act
The 2006 U.S. Budget
Transcripts from the 2004 Presidential Debates
Speeches from the 2004 Political Conventions
"Agenda for American" by President Bush
"Our Plan for America" by Senators Kerry and Edwards
9-11 Commission Report
askSam Systems publishes software that allows you to collect, organize, and distribute information. It is widely used by researchers, businesses, and information professionals to manage their information.
June 27, 2005
Library Budget Shrinking? – Plan to Attend
I-4: Shrinking Budgets and the Long-term Impact on Library Collections (Wednesday, July, 20th at 9 a.m.). Discover how cutting print subscriptions in favor of electronic access, cooperative collection building efforts, reliance on ILL, and other factors are changing present and future library collections. Speakers include Mike Chiorazzi (University of Arizona), Douglas Lind (Georgetown) and Caitlin Robinson (Iowa).
Lee Peoples, Univ of Oklahoma City Law Library
Intl Symposium on Local E-Democracy - 26-27 July 2005 - Minneapolis
The law librarianship connection with e-Government, including, local e-Democracy initiatives is obvious. Our profession's involvement is usually reactive instead of proactive. This must change. For law librarians just starting out, this field offers enormous career opportunities.
International Symposium on Local e-Democracy
Tuesday, July 26 - Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
This is the world's first international conference focused on local e-democracy. Although it will still be highly relevant to all levels of governance. Plenary panel speakers and small group sessions on the symposium agenda will highlight leading e-democracy activities from all levels of government and society. If you are interested in governance and citizen participation in the information age, this conference is for you.
The Supreme Court's Big Day
In the final day of the 2004-2005 term, the Court:
- Ruled against 10 commandment displays in a Kentucky Courthouse;
- Said file-sharing services can be sued;
- Cable companies don't have to share lines;
- Wouldn't consider an appeal by reporters in the CIA leak case.
We're still waiting on Mr. Chief Justice Rehnquist on whether he plans to stay on the Court.
In other opinions released today, the Court also held that a Colorado woman did not, for Due Process Clause purposes, have a property interest in police enforcement of the restraining order against her husband.
The Court also allowed a 10 commandments display on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.
Mark Giangrande, DePaul Law Library
A First for the Law Professor Blogs Network
The Chinese Law Prof Blog is reporting that it has apparently been deemed a threat to Chinese national security and has been blocked by the Chinese government.
Many thanks to TypePad's always helpful Help Desk staff for assisting us with this problem. Don, just get home safely!
Book Lovers Beware: A Survey of Online Research Habits of Stanford Law Students
Every spring the Standford Law Library conducts a survey of its law students. Starting in 2002 a question about research was added to determine what percentage of law students' research was accomplished online. Recently Erika Wayne and Paul Lomio of Stanford analyzed the results and have produced a little report, "Book Lovers Beware: A Survey of Online Research Habits of Stanford Law Students (pdf)."
June 26, 2005
Opening: Head of Cataloging, Georgetown Law
Manages the Law Library’s Cataloging Department, which is responsible for providing intellectual access to material owned or accessed by the library.
Reports to the Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services and supervises a staff of 1 other professional, 5 paraprofessionals and 1 assistant. Department catalogs material in all formats, provides authority control and database maintenance, and prepares materials for the shelf.
Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school; 3 years of experience in cataloging work; experience using a bibliographic utility (preferably OCLC) and an integrated library system (preferably Innovative’s Millennium); mastery of traditional cataloging rules, standards and practices; willingness to explore and apply metadata schemes to organize and provide access to digital collections; ability to manage multiple responsibilities in a dynamic and changing environment; commitment to enhancing services through teamwork and responsiveness to clients.
Preferred: Knowledge of legal materials and experience classifying them in the LC classification system; knowledge of foreign languages; knowledge of emerging technologies; supervisory experience.
Supervise 1 librarian and 6 support staff members plus student assistants, hire and train staff, conduct performance reviews and provide regular feedback, and direct the work of the department to accomplish its tasks. Regulate workflow and work loads. Create a positive work environment.
Administer operations for original and copy cataloging of print, non-print, and electronic monographs and serials, for database maintenance, and for preparing materials for the shelf. Develop and implement departmental policies and procedures.
Together with the Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services, set priorities, allocate resources, and develop plans. Working also with the Millennium System Manager, Patron Services librarians, and Electronic Resources and Services staff, develop policies and practices to enhance the online catalog and to carry out other initiatives that provide access to digital materials.
Participate in library committees and forums. Engage in work with staff of other departments, demonstrating collaboration and teamwork.
Expected performance includes active participation in the intellectual life and administrative activities of the Law Center as well as the fulfillment of the responsibilities of the position in a superior manner, demonstrating increasing knowledge, effectiveness and where appropriate, scholarship.
Georgetown University is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer.
Job description. Review of applications will begin August 15, 2005. Applications may be emailed to Margaret Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Margaret Fry, Georgetown Law Library, 111 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001