What do Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf, and Ernest Hemingway all have in common? Beyond creativity and writing skills, they all used standing desks.
Wait, the Law Library? Yep, we now have two height adjustable standing desks in the Law Library, located outside of the Klaus Reading Room and on the north end of the reference study area by the windows. Studies show that standing desks help to improve focus and the ability to plow through tasks. Try the standing desks and let us know what you think.
- Micheal Klepper
The Law Library invites you to take a few moments to experience the exhibit at the Library's front entrance on the history of the Law School. We hope that both current and prospective students, as well as our many visitors, will gain a better understanding of who we are, where we have been and how we came to be a top ten law school. Some of the items you will find in the display cases include a letter in Thomas Jefferson’s hand, student notebooks from the 1800’s, a once-renowned golden calf trophy from the annual faculty-student softball tournament, the first Virginia Law Weekly, pictures of Barristers Balls and Libel Shows from as early as the 1950's and a mason jar with a special meaning to a couple of students from the Roaring Twenties!
In this exhibit, our history unfolds in photographs, books, buildings, statues and other artifacts. The display is designed to present a decade-by-decade timeline of our history, with law school architecture from all eras serving as the backdrop. Replicas of archival documents and period photographs are mounted in the foreground. A reader-rail running along both sides of the room provides further description of the images. Although the space will not be completely finished until new lighting is installed, most of the display's content is in place.
We appreciate our students' patience while the project was underway and apologize that we had to barricade the entrance several times during the construction period. But now the noisy part of the work has been completed, and we hope that you will feel that the effort was worthwhile. As we were constructing the exhibit, several law students walking through the area contributed very good ideas for content, including the notion that a bust of Jefferson must be present. Your thoughts on items that would be of interest to you and your colleagues are welcomed. Check occasionally for changes, because we plan to rotate items on the walls and in the display cases. Now, you who are a part of our history, go investigate!
- Taylor Fitchett
If you’ve been enjoying the cheery ensemble of photos now adorning the Law Library entranceway, you can thank SBA President Brian Park. Park offered a gentle suggestion to library director Taylor Fitchett that the library’s ambiance could use something to uplift it, something like … “a wall of joy.” And so it is! Soon a more permanent display will occupy the space, but for now we invite you to share with us your photos of those gentle, furry, finned, or feathered creatures that bring so much joy to your life. Thank you, Brian, for the great idea!
- The Library Staff
On-grounds interviews, moving into a new apartment, classes starting, not to mention moving to a brand new town for your first year of law school … the beginning of a new academic year can feel overwhelming! The law library is offering peace and quiet to help you ease back into the school year … and we’re not talking just about the new study carrels! We are building a collection of books (in print and on CD) and DVDs about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.
What does mindfulness have to do with law school and law practice? A lot, say a growing number of law schools like the University of California at Berkeley, which has an Initiative for Mindfulness in Law and a student-run meditation group. As profiled in this recent ABA Journal article, “Mindfulness in Legal Practice Is Going Mainstream,” attorneys are also exploring its benefits. Hey, Google is bringing mindful meditation into its workplace, so it must be a catchy trend!
If you could use a deep breath or are just curious to learn more, come check out these new additions to our collection. They’re available in the library’s first floor reserve room, next to the DVDs:
This is just a start! Let us know if you have favorite books, CDs, DVDs about mindfulness, meditation, and yoga that you think your classmates would enjoy. Also keep an eye out for announcements about Library-sponsored mindfulness and meditation events coming this fall!
- Kristin Glover
Outside our newly-designed front entrance is our newly-arrived cherry-paneled book drop. Whenever you have items to return when the library is closed, you no longer need to go through a door and slide your items through a metal slot. When we’re open, please return your books to the slot at the circulation desk as before.
- Bryan Kasik
You’re probably already used to using HeinOnline to quickly look up cite-check-worthy PDFs of law journal articles or U.S. Supreme Court cases. Did you know you can now do the same thing with United Nations treaties? If you have a citation for the United Nations Treaty Series or the League of Nations Treaty Series, you can get a PDF reproduction of that treaty through Hein’s UN Law Collection. Go to “Enter a United Nations Treaty Series Citation” under Finding Aids and type in the volume and page number just as you would to get a law review article. No more having to figure out how to navigate the UN’s own online collection of treaties. The Hein UN Law Collection also includes the International Court of Justice’s official Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders back to 1947, along with UN publications on international trade, the Law of the Sea, disarmament and other issues.
- Ben Doherty
The first release of the new NAACP Papers collection is now available to students, faculty, and staff through the ProQuest History Vault database. The material now available includes records from the national office and documents emanating from the NAACP’s efforts to promote equality in education, voting, housing, employment, and the armed forces. Later this year, documents relating to Scottsboro, lynching, criminal justice, peonage, labor, and segregation and discrimination complaints will be added, as well as the Legal Department’s working files for over 600 cases from the 1950s through early 1970s. A full description of content is available on ProQuest’s website. Materials that are not yet available online can be found at Alderman Library on microfiche.
- Amy Wharton
New Scannx book scanners are now available in myLab and the Reserve Room. These self-service scanners offer high speed scans as pdfs, searchable pdfs, Word, tiff, and png files. The Scannx is designed to allow the spine of an open book to be placed on the edge of the scanning glass. This lets the page lie flat so that it can be captured without distortion. If you need only part of the page, you can crop as you set up the scan. A touch screen guides you through the process of choosing the file format, scan quality, and file name. Scans are at 600 dpi for excellent clarity and will automatically crop, straighten, and orient each page for uniformity. (For very thin pages, gray scale/standard may work better than black and white/high quality.)
The scanner saves only to a USB Flash drive. If you don’t have one on hand, you can buy one at Courts and Commerce Bookstore or check one out at the circulation desk.
While its primary use is as a book scanner, you can also use the Scannx to scan individual pages. However, if you have multiple pages to scan, you might prefer the Ricoh copier for its automatic document feeder. Ask a member of the library staff if you have questions or run into any problems.
- Micheal Klepper