FINE AMNESTY RETURNS! HAPPY NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 2014

In honor of National Library Week, the law library’s circulation department is once again forgiving fines. Patrons who return all overdue books during National Library week (April 13-19, 2014) will be forgiven for up to $10.00 in fines.  Please see Rob, Maya, or Mark if you would like to have your fines forgiven.

First sponsored by the American Library Assocation in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the important contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians to our communities and educational institutions.

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Help Us Serve You Better!

Please take a few minutes to answer our short annual Student Survey of Law Library and Technology Services and let us know how we are doing and what services that you’d like to see added or improved. Link to the survey from the “Announcements” banner on the law library home page or here.

Our staff carefully reviews the results of these surveys each year, and we have made a number of changes to the library and it’s services over the years based on the feedback from our annual surveys. Some things are not within our power to change, but whenever we can make improvements or needed changes, we will. We just need to hear from you.

To read the library’s responses to your suggestions from previous surveys, see the Library & Technology Blog—search “survey”.

The survey ends on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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GMU Law Library and BLSA Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month.This year’s theme—Civil Rights in America—honors the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241), which became law on July 2, 1964.The Act prohibited discrimination in public places, banned segregation in schools,and made employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin illegal. It also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

GMUSL’s Chapter of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Law Library have partnered to honor this landmark legislation. Please take a few moments to view a special presentation in the library display case near the atrium.

Black History Month was founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life & History (ASALH) at Howard University. For more information, visit the ASALH website.

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Introducing Our New Legal Fiction and DVD Collection!

The library is happy to offer GMUSL patrons a new collection of law-themed novels and films. Please take a minute to browse these materials on the display in the first floor reading room. DVDs are available for an extended checkout period over the winter break.

Interested in learning more about law and film? Check out these titles:

More on law in literature? Search our catalog for “law in literature” as a subject heading.

If you have suggestions for books or movies to add to the collection, please contact Reference and Outreach Services Librarian Debbie Shrager (dshrager@gmu.edu).

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Study Aids Available in the Law Library

The law library has numerous print study aids and other resources on reserve that may be useful during exams:

  • Get a broad overview: Nutshells
  • Focus on the core principles: Concise Hornbooks and Understanding Series
  • Go in-depth: Hornbook Series and Aspen Student Treatise Series
  • Test yourself: Examples & Explanations Series and Questions & Answers Series
  • Study on the Go:  Gilbert Law School Legends Audio Series and Sum & Substance CDs

 

Study Room Rules During Exam Period

A reminder that to accommodate as many students as possible during exams, the law library has the following rules for study room use:

  • You must have at least 4 students in your group to use the larger study rooms (Rooms 248 and 356)
  • You must have at least 2 students in your group to use the small study rooms
  • Rooms may not be reserved for more than a four-hour block
  • A group of students may not collectively sign up a room for an entire day.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Guard Your Laptops and Personal Belongings!

We recently received a report of a laptop that was stolen from the law library. This is the time of year when thieves are out in force looking for an easy opportunity to grab something of value.

Despite all of the precautions that we take, the library and Hazel Hall are NOT secure. Please do not leave your laptops or other valuables unattended and back-up your important files.

Also, don’t hesitate to contact the library staff at Circulation or the campus police if someone is making you uncomfortable, or you feel that something is just not right. University Police provides 24-hour police coverage.

  • Emergency:  Dial 911 (Arlington County Police will notify the University Police)
  • University Police:  703-993-8070; Location: Law School, B-1.
  • Police Escort Services:  703-993-837.
  • Circulation Desk:   703-993-8120

Survey Response: Longer Hours Please!

In response to student requests, we will again be offering expanded hours during reading days and exams. Insider tip: if you like expanded library hours please take advantage of these extra hours! We are paying attention to how many students are actually using the library late at night. So far, the numbers have been small.

For those who want to study after the library closes, there is an after-hours study hall in classrooms 120 and 121. These rooms stay open until 2:00 a.m. If you are in the building after 11:00 p.m. (when it closes to the general public), please keep your ID with you, and don’t lock yourself out of the building or prop the building doors open.