Spring Break Information, Including Shelving Project

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image by flickr user cseeman

Spring break is nearly here! The Law Library will be open next week, but we will have shortened hours. We are also about to undergo a major project to get ready for the move to the new building.

Here are our hours for the break:

  • March 14-15: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 16-20: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 22: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume)

Starting Monday, March 16, all of the shelving units in our lower level main collection area will be dismantled and removed; they will then be reinstalled over at the new building. We expect this project to take most of the week. We also expect it to be noisy. If you are planning to visit the library during Spring Break, you may want to swing by the Circulation Desk for a pair of free earplugs.

A small part of our collection will remain on the lower level until the end of the semester (study aids, reserves, the Georgia and reference collections, and the leisure books and DVDs).

Have a wonderful break!

New Library Databases

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image by Flickr user x-ray_delta_one

The law library has recently purchased several new databases that you might be interested in using. Links are included for both on campus access and off campus access for Georgia State Law students and faculty.

  • ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals – This collection is part of our HeinOnline subscription and provides full-text versions of more than 100 ABA magazines. This includes current issues, as well as past ones, of dozens of magazines previously only available to ABA members. On Campus | Off Campus (available to all GSU community members)
  • Art Law & Cultural Property – This is actually two collections, one which covers ownership and export legislation from dozens of countries, and one which covers case law addressing art theft, fraud, and breach of contract, and other related topics. On Campus | Off Campus
  • Leadership Library Online – This powerful tool provides information about employees of law firms, government agencies, media outlets, and more. It’s a great tool for your job hunting. On Campus | Off Campus

These are just a few of our more recent database purchases. Keep an eye on our Legal Databases page for more updates. Have a suggestion for a database we should purchase? Let us know!

The Adventures of James Bond and the Public Domain

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image by flickr user cronncc

January 1, 2015 was a momentous day — not because it was the start of a new year, but because it saw the works of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, enter the public domain in Canada and a few other countries.

Now, before you start filming your own Bond movie or releasing the books for free in Kindle format for your friends to read in class, remember that the intricacies of copyright law mean that the books are not in the public domain here in the US, and nothing that is unique to the movie versions is in the public domain in any country. i09 has a succinct write up that covers the basics.

If you’d like to learn more about the public domain, the Berne Convention, or international copyright law in general, the GSU libraries have a good selection from which to choose. The University Library also has books about Ian Fleming and a few of the Bond books/movies, including the under-appreciated Quantum of Solace.

“Do you expect me to talk?”

“No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to live on in popular culture for years to come!”

Thanksgiving Week Hours

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image by Flickr user alasam

The library will have shortened hours during the week of Thanksgiving break. They will be:

  • Monday & Tuesday, Nov. 24 & 25 – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 26 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday, Nov. 27 – 29 – Closed
  • Sunday, Nov. 30 – 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume)

Have a wonderful break!

Researching the Past

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image by flickr user hpnl

Have you ever wanted to travel through time? To see big events in our history as they happened? Unfortunately, no one seems to have invented a time machine yet (still), but you can still get a glimpse of the past using our new America’s Historical Newspapers database.

The oldest available issue is from a newspaper called Publick Occurrences, a Boston publication. The issue was published nearly 324 years ago, on September 24, 1960. In the issue, a smallpox outbreak is reported, there is a house fire, Native Americans have a Day of Thanksgiving, and more.

The archive covers newspapers through December 31, 1922, so many of the major events our our nation’s history, from Independence through World War I and the start of the Roaring Twenties, can be found.

Advice From Law Students About Law School

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image by flickr user rianap

Law students at Georgia State University are awesome. And one of the ways they show it is by helping their fellow law students. They’ve shared a lot of good advice about law school on our blog in the past few years, and we wanted to highlight just a bit of it for our incoming 1Ls.

Thank you once again to our law students for offering their advice, and good luck to all new 1Ls!

Get Ready for Class With Georgia’s Tax Free Weekend

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image by flickr user rwp-roger

Classes don’t start until August 18, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about books, clothes, and school supplies. Like many other states, Georgia offers a “sales tax holiday” before the start of school each Fall. This year’s sales holiday is this Friday and Saturday, August 1 & 2.

Per Title 48 of the OCGA, the following items are exempt from sales tax during the holiday:

  • “Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item;
  • Computers, computer components, and prewritten computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less per item; and
  • School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.”

What does that mean for you as a law student? Well, for starters, this is a great time to stock up on multiple colors of highlighters, get ready to suit up for OCI, and decide on your preferred tech for note-taking. And besides, every penny you save now is one you don’t have to pay back on your student loans later, right?