We are excited to welcome you to the GSU Law family! As you finish the orientation process today, we wanted to send you some helpful information before you begin classes next week.
Of course, a lot of helpful information for all incoming students can be found on the First Year Guide that all of the Law Librarians prepared for you. It will provide you with information about Circulation (including library hours), Reference, Study Aids, Library Databases, Using the Library’s Catalog, and Other Student Services.
While we usually have study rooms available for students, they are currently not available for use during the fall semester due to the pandemic. The university offers a great virtual option that we recommend until we can open them back up. Learn more about it in this blog post: Miss Your Study Room? Here’s A Virtual Option!
Under normal circumstances, law school can be challenging. As you are entering into a semester with uncertainty, there are different things that you can do now to help you get through the semester. The following posts include some helpful tips for you to knock out your first semester in law school.
Good luck to all incoming students. Feel free to reach out to us. You will hear from your Personal Librarian soon!
Most of us never would’ve thought a month ago that we would all be working remotely – or from our own kitchen table/patio/wherever we find ourselves working from these days. We’ve all had to adjust our lives to address our new work/learning environment.
While, currently, you are unable to physically visit the library or make use of your favorite study room, you can still have a virtual study room of your own with your study group with Webex – an online platform provided to you by GSU. It’s very similar to Zoom and it allows you to meet with people, virtually, and share your desktop, files, etc.
Learn more about hosting these virtual meetings at https://technology.gsu.edu/technology-services/it-services/collaboration-tools/webex/. You will have to log in with your CampusID and Password to be able to access WebEx. This link also provides the steps you can use to secure the WebEx session on Windows and Mac desktops. You can also download WebEx on your iOS or Android device. It’s very accessible!
WebEx even has a “personal room” that allows you to instantly meet and schedule meetings. You can start this personal room and allow people to pop in and out as they like. I think it’s a great option for a study group. Once all of your group members are in, you can even lock the meeting so no one else can intrude!
Once in a WebEx meeting, you can assign roles to people within the group. For example, you may want to designate someone as the note taker or maybe you want to pass the role to someone else to present. (We used to call this “passing the ball”.) You can present your screen to your peers!
Similar to Zoom, WebEx also allows the user to change or blur their background image. These options may differ depending on what type of device or desktop you use.
Check out these three short tutorials on using WebEx, each under 3 minutes, prepared by law IT: https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/technology/webex-related/! Included are tutorials on scheduling and launching WebEx meetings, as well as an audio tutorial. You can be up and ready to go with your study group session in just over two minutes.
Like many of you, we are making adjustments for the next couple of months. Although the building is currently closed, we are still available!
We prepared an online LibGuide with helpful information and links to the services available, such as reference, circulation, and student services. It will be updated as we receive new information. You can find this LibGuide at https://libguides.law.gsu.edu/refcircaccess.
Additionally, we are offering chat, email, and phone reference service at the hours below:
- Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 7 pm
- Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm
- Saturday – Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Questions can be submitted through chat reference, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call us at 404-413-9102.
Remember, that the library’s catalog is a great place to start your search and find out if any of the resources are available online. Using the catalog will allow you to check not only the resources available online via the law library, but it will also search the entire University System of Georgia!
All of the online services remain available, such as our Study Aids and LibGuides. There’s even a LibGuide on Free Legal Resources available online!
Even though we’re physically away from the law school, you can still use the library as a resource. If you ever have questions, please reach out to us! Keep up to date on library hours and access by visiting our homepage at https://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/.
The spring ALERT program topics and dates:
What is the Alert Program?
ALERT (Applied Legal Experience, Research, & Technology) is a non-credit program that provides law students with additional opportunities outside of the College of Law’s curriculum to learn legal research and technology skills.
By completing the ALERT Program, students can demonstrate to potential employers that they have obtained practice-ready skills. Students will earn digital badges, as well as a certificate upon graduation at Awards Day. Students have their entire law school term to complete the program.
Levels of Completion:
With Distinction: Complete 6 Topics
With High Distinction: Complete 8 Topics
With Highest Distinction: Complete 10 Topics
For more information, or to RSVP please see http://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/services/alert-program/.
The Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. To learn more about the origins of the holiday, check out our post on the topic.
As the birthplace of Dr. King, Atlanta has many events planned where you can commemorate the holiday, including free events at the MLK National Historic Site and an MLK Day 5K Drum Run. Here are a few articles that list some things to do in the area:
If you’re wondering what’s open or closed during the holiday, here’s an article that might help: MLK Day 2020: Here’s What’s Open, Closed In Atlanta by Andrea V. Watson, Patch Staff.
Last (but not least), be sure to drop by and check out our current display of resources about Dr. King just past the Reference Desk. We have multiple resources that you can check out, such as A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr., Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Morality of Legal Practice: Lessons in Love and Justice.
We hope you enjoy the holiday!
Starting Saturday, December 21, 2019, the Law Library will be closed until January 6, 2020, for Winter Break. The Law Library reopens on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 8 am.
Winter Break/Spring Semester Hours:
- Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019: 8am – 5pm
- Saturday, December 21, 2019 – Sunday, January 5, 2020: Closed
- Monday, January 6, 2020 – Friday, January 10, 2020: 8am – 6pm
- Saturday, January 11, 2020 – Sunday, January 12, 2020: 10am – 6pm
- Monday, January 13, 2020: Spring Semester Begins, Regular Hours
For a complete list of library hours, including the list of hours we are open to the public, check the Law Library’s Hours.
Thanks for a great semester. If you’re looking for something to read during break, check out our post on winter reading suggestions!
We hope you all have a wonderful break!
Image by Flickr user Cathy Liu
As usual, we’re changing up the library’s hours for the Thanksgiving holiday and the upcoming exam period.
During the week of Thanksgiving we are operating with reduced hours, as follows:
- Monday, Nov. 25th & Tuesday, Nov. 26th: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 27th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 28th – Saturday, Nov. 30th: Closed
We will reopen for extended hours on December 1st through December 18th. During the exam period, the building is closed to those not affiliated with the College of Law. Since we are open until midnight, do remember you can call a safety escort when you are here studying late.
After the exam period (whew!), we will again have reduced hours until the winter break, as follows:
- Thursday, December 19th & Friday, December 20th: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The above is also on our calendar.
If you’re traveling, we wish you safe travels! Remember that our online study aids have Audiobooks available via West Academic – the Law School Legends and Sum and Substance Audio Series. Those study aids, along with the ones from Wolters Kluwer, are available online on our Study Aids page.
By Trina Holloway, Head of Collection Services
You have been in law school for almost two months now, and you may be thinking, “when is the next break?” Well, the next break is not until November, but, there are several ways the law library can assist in helping you to take law exams and papers off your mind for just a few minutes.
“Professor Fowke plays multiple games while RBG watches on…”
Did you know the Law Library has a wonderful “Leisure” collection? It’s a perfect opportunity to read about something other than Torts, Constitution Law, Criminal procedures, etc. – you get the point. If you’re not in the reading mood, we also have plenty of DVD’s you can enjoy as well. Both collections are located on the fifth floor across from the Technology Desk.
Maybe you’re into games? The Law Library has these as well! We have board games and cards that can be checked out at the Circulation desk, as well as the quick games on the big monitor. You can challenge a friend or the computer to a game of chess, or enjoy playing solitaire, doing a crossword or word search puzzle.
There is also what we like to call the “puzzle option.” This break can be exactly as short or as long as you want, depending on how many pieces you find or how “sucked in” you get. The puzzle is located in the Reference Desk area. Not only will you be able to contribute to the puzzle, but you will meet the great staff that works at the Circulation Desk and a fantastic Librarian who could help you with your future research needs.
The library staff and
librarians want to extend a warm welcome to incoming and returning students.
We’re glad you’re back!
We’re looking forward to
working with you this year and throughout your legal career.
Below are some helpful
links and information about library resources for the upcoming semester.
- Search our Catalog
to locate materials within the library at our homepage. You can find Fall 2019 textbooks that
are available on Reserve that you can use for 3 hours at a time.
- Reserve one of the 27 study
rooms available for use by groups of
two or more law students. To increase efficiency and shorten
lines at the circulation desk, we now ask students to make their own
reservations in advance of picking up keys, including the names of all group
members when making the reservation. This can be done using the online
- Supplement your studies with our online
study aids from Wolters Kluwer and West Academic, available at https://insidelaw.gsu.edu/study-aids.
Print study aids, such as flashcards, are available at the circulation desk as
- Learn things and earn your
digital badge with the ALERT
Program, which starts on August 28th.
- Check out our Research
provide resources for specific subjects, as well as Life as a Law Student.
- Get help with your Research Methods in
Law homework and other research needs during reference hours,
both live and via chat.
The Chat Reference box is in red, located on the left side of our homepage.
- Check out CALI
lessons, an interactive electronic tool that provides legal information
about a subject and then quizzes the student on this information.
You can find our
hours at https://lawlibrary.gsu.edu/calendar/.
are looking forward to seeing everyone throughout the semester. If there
is anything that we can do to help you, please let us know!