Survey Response: Why Don’t I Always Receive Email Reminders About Overdue Books?

Courtesy emails about overdue books are sent from an automated system. Normally, the reminders are sent one week before a book is due and one day after the due date. But occasionally the system goes down, and a reminder is not sent.

So, please make a note of due dates to avoid fines. If you need to check due dates for library materials, the circulation staff is happy to help in person or by phone (703.993.8120).  Items may be renewed online via the library catalog if they are not overdue and do not have any holds or other renewal restrictions.

Take Me Out to the Ball Game . . .

In honor of the start of the 2012 MLB season take a step back in baseball history by viewing the Library of Congress American Memory Project collection of digitized vintage baseball cards.  The cards, from 1887-1914,  feature notable players including:  Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, King Kelly, Connie Mack, Christy Mathewson, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, and Cy Young.

The Amercian Memory Project also contains many valuable legal documents in the A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation collection from the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and United States Congress.

Westlaw v. WestlawNext – the Showdown

Rob Willey and Melanie Oberlin are recruiting GMU law students to participate in our study comparing Westlaw and WestlawNext. If you complete our study in which you answer 10 questions using Westlaw and 10 using WestlawNext, we will give you a $5 gift card to Starbucks and enter you in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire E-reader. The study will take about 1 hour to complete. Our next sessions are at the following times:

  • Wednesday, February 22 at Noon in Computer Lab 342.
  • Wednesday, March 7 at Noon in Computer Lab 342.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 5:00 in Computer Lab 342.

If you’re interested in completing the study but you prefer to do it on your own time, please contact Melanie moberlin@gmu.edu or Rob rwilley@gmu.edu for more information.

All Printers Are Working

Update of August 30th post: The Westlaw printer in the microforms room on the Library’s first floor is working. All printers — Lexis and Westlaw in the microforms room and in Lab 351, and pay-for-print stations in the microforms room and Lab 351 — are working. If you haven’t had the nice guys in Computing Services (Library Room 362) configure your laptop to print to the pay-for-print stations, visit them at your earliest convenience. You also need to load money on a print card or your Mason ID to pay (8 cents per page) for your print jobs at the pay-for-print stations.

Dos and Don’ts for Summer Associates

PrawfsBlawg has offered some Advice to the New Summer Associate in Big Law.  While most of these recommendations and admonitions are (hopefully!) common sense, they still may serve as a useful reminder.  Good counsel here includes: 

  • Make sure you walk away from an assignment meeting with all the information you need; don’t be afraid to ask questions  
  • Proofread
  • Quality of work is more important than quantity

Annual Student Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about George Mason’s Law Library and Technology services.  The library staff reads all of your suggestions and has implemented many of them.  So please let us know what you think—including any comments about this blog! 

The survey ends on Friday, May 13, 2011.

Thank you!!

“Intelligent” computers perform discovery

Do your eyes glaze over when you think of e-discovery and e-records management? Mine do. But we better all perk up. This NYTimes story reports on how computer programs have been used to handle large discovery jobs in record time, and how computer surveillance programs can detect “digital anomolies” that may reveal white collar crime. We are all going to have to be tech savvy to best handle our cases, advise our clients, and stay out of trouble.