Welcome (and welcome back)!

Word cloud of welcome in several languages.

Normally, this would be a blog post welcoming new students and welcoming back returning students from the summer. However, like many things over the past 18 months, things are different this year. We are so excited to welcome our new students but we are also looking forward to seeing “returning” students who we may have only seen virtually, if at all, in over a year. On behalf of everyone in the library, WELCOME!

The library offers a wide variety of services and resources that can help you on your law school journey. You can access everything from hefty legal treatises and study aids to books and movies in our leisure collection. Use a study room (2 or more students, please), table, or carrel to find just the right study space on either the 5th floor or 6th floor (our designated quiet floor). Stop by the Circulation desk to check out course reserves, white board markers, USB screens, or pick up some ear plugs to prevent distractions. Swing by the Reference desk (next to Circulation) to chat with a reference librarian about a research question, get some study aids suggestions, or just to say hi to your Research Methods professor.

Not on campus? You can use most of our databases from home, including two large collections of electronic study aids. You can also open a chat with a librarian from the library home page. (Look for the red box on the left.)

If you’re a 1L, you’ll be taking Research Methods from one of the librarian faculty and you’ll be assigned a different librarian as your Personal Librarian. Your Personal Librarian will send you occasional emails (really, we won’t fill your inbox – usually just 3-4 emails a semester) with information and tips that may be helpful as you progress through the semester. You can also always contact your Personal Librarian with any questions. Even if your question isn’t library-related, the librarians can often point you in the right direction.

There are many other services and resources available to you. You can learn more (or brush up if it’s been awhile since you’ve visited the library) at our introductory guide to the library. Want to keep up with the library? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re new, welcome to the GSU Law family! If you’re returning, we’ve really missed you and can’t wait to see you in the library!

Law Library Summer Updates

Summer seems to be flying by. The law library has been busy this summer, and we’ve had some exciting updates.

The study rooms are open!

Law Library study rooms are available for reservation by law students. The study rooms vary in size and location and can accommodate groups as large as 10. On the fifth floor, there are rooms with monitors that you can use for group work. Some rooms have dry erase boards. To learn how to reserve a room, check out this blog post or the First Year Guide.

Circulation and Remote Reference remain available, with live reference resuming on July 29th.

The library building is open now through Wednesday, July 28th, during the following hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 10 pm
  • Friday, 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm

Reference remains available by chat (by using the red Chat Reference button in the upper left corner of the Law Library’s home page), by email, and by leaving a phone message at 404-413-9102. For current reference hours, please check out our homepage. Starting July 29th, live reference will resume, and the Reference Desk will be staffed to assist you during reference hours.

We moved the database list.

On Wednesday, May 26th, the Law Library launched a new database list tool titled “Law Library Databases A-Z.” It was initially housed on the main library page and has moved to our research guide platform. This new database list allows you to filter by subject, access platform, and vendor/publisher. It also provides featured popular law student databases. Learn more about this tool in this blog post.

Law Trivia in the Law Library

Celebrate Law Week with legal trivia in the law library and win a study room for a day! Come along for this intellectual slugfest in the fifth floor active learning area of the law library on Monday, April 4, 2:30-4pm. The questions will focus on all things “law” but be prepared, they may be a little different than what you’re used to.

We will run through the questions at least twice so don’t worry about dropping in halfway through.  The team, individual, coterie, gang, or horde that answers the most questions correctly will receive the grand prize; the rights to a study room of your choice for a full day.

Updated library hours and access to databases

View from the 5th floor Terrace

Because of continuing construction in the library as well as the move of the College of Law servers this weekend, the Law Library will have temporarily shortened hours.

The library will be open:
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7am-6pm
Friday, June 26, 2015 8am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday, June 27-28, 2015 10am-6pm
Monday-Thursday, June 28-July 2, 2015 8am-6pm
Friday-Saturday, July 3-4, 2015 Closed
Sunday, July 5, 2015 10am-6pm

Because of the server move, all Law Library databases will be unavailable from 4pm on Friday, June 26, 2015 through Sunday, June 28, 2015.

As a reminder, only current College of Law students are allowed in the building to use study aids, reserves, or get research assistance. Students will need to show their ID and sign in at the Security Desk and proceed immediately to the Circulation Desk on the Fifth Floor. Library personnel will retrieve materials, as available, and direct students to an area of the library where they can study. Students needing research assistance can also use the red Chat Reference button in the upper left corner of the Law Library’s home page.

At this time, the computer lab, printers, copiers and scanners are not available. We will continue to update you as construction progresses and more resources become available.  In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peek (above) at the view from the 5th floor terrace. If you have any questions please contact Associate Dean Niedringhaus at krisn@gsu.edu or 404-413-9140.

 

We’re hiring!

The law library is hiring GRAs for summer and fall 2011.  For both summer and fall, we’re seeking Reference GRAs who will work at the Reference desk, answering research questions for library users.  Reference GRAs report to Deborah Schander, the Reference/Student Services Librarian.  For summer, we’re seeking Research GRAs who will assist with faculty research requests.  Research GRAs report to Pam Brannon, the Faculty Services Librarian.  If you are interested in either type of work, we encourage you to apply.  You can apply for one or both types of position, though applicants for the summer positions must be taking summer classes.

Summer GRAs receive one-half reduction in tuition as well as a $500 stipend.  Fall GRAs receive one-half reduction in tuition as well as a $1,000 stipend. To apply, please submit a completed application, resume, and your anticipated summer/fall class schedule to Deborah Schander by Friday, April 8, 2011.

New Library Printers

The law library has two new printers in the alcove (across from the Reference Desk). You will need to download new software if you want to print from your laptop to these printers. The instructions and software are available on our website. Alternately, the Circulation Desk also has a copy of this software on a USB drive — you can check the drive out, install the software, and return the drive.

In addition to simply being shiny and new, these printers are also capable of printing on both sides of a sheet. Look at the printer options on your computer when you send a print command to use this feature.

The old library printer will stick around until March 21. After that, you must install the new software to continue printing in the library.

Questions? Ask a library staff member or contact the IT Help Desk.

Online Room Reservations

Study rooms can now be reserved online

Study rooms can now be reserved online. The new online booking system also allows you to reserve a room up to one week in advance.

To reserve a study room, visit the booking system website and login using your myLAW ID (click the “Log in” button in the upper right corner of the page). You can reserve a study room for up to three hours per person per day.

You are responsible for canceling reservations if your group no longer needs the study room and for ensuring two or more members of your group are present to check out the study room key within ten minutes of the reservation start time. More information about these and other study room polices is on our policy page.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Circulation Desk (404/413-9100).

New Library Workshops

Library Abridged LogoThe law library is launching a new workshop series this spring. Each “Library Abridged” workshop will be 20 minutes long and focused on a narrow aspect of legal research, technology for lawyers and more. Coffee will also be served.

Workshops will meet in the law library conference room. And each workshop will be given twice, at 2:45 p.m. on Mondays and at 5:20 p.m. on Tuesdays. The full schedule is below:

  • Jan. 24 & 25 — A Professional’s Guide to Facebook
  • Feb. 7 & 8 — Let Me Google That For You
  • Feb. 21 & 22 — Better Know Your States: 50 State Surveys
  • Mar. 14 & 15 — Listening to the Law: Audiocasefiles
  • Mar. 28 & 29 — Take the Law Into Your Own Hands: eBooks
  • Apr. 11 & 12 — There’s an App For That: Apps For Lawyers

Although each workshop is independent from the rest, each student who attends the full series will receive a certificate of completion. Plan to join us this semester and top off your legal research skills.

Telephone Room Reservation

Starting Nov. 22nd, law students will be able to reserve study rooms at the College of Law Library by phone.  Students should call the Circulation Desk at 404-413-9100 to reserve a room.  Students may also continue to reserve a study room in person at the Circulation Desk.  Phone reservations will last through the exam period only.

Students can reserve a study room up to a week in advance.  In addition, students are allowed to check out a study room for 3hrs per person.

For more information on study space at the College of Law Library, go to the Study Space page on the Law Library Website.