Faculty Newsletter Spring 2010

Inside this Issue
 •ExpressO: Now for Students
 •New Law Library Research Assistant!
 •Introducing Mango Languages
 •Join the Community Read
 •New! Knowledge Mosaic
 •BloombergLaw & Career Services
 •New in Rare Book Room
 •Educational Technology Training
 •Zotero: new Research Tool

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Here in the Law Library, we are all busy and eagerly anticipating the arrival of Spring. We hope that, for you, the semester is going well. Please take a moment to look at this edition of the Law Library Newsletter, which includes information about new resources such as Mango Languages (learn French or Spanish over break!), Bloomberg Law, Zotero to keep track of your research, finding past Law School exams, and the newest Rare Book Room exhibit.

We also hope that many of you will join us for the Diversity Month Community Read. The book we will be discussing over lunch (on both March 15 and March 17) is Run, by Ann Patchett. For more details about the community read and what is going on in the legal information world, please read on. We wish you a happy and productive remainder of the semester and we welcome your visits to the Law Library - in person or online.

Peace, Filippa

Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor and Associate Dean for Information and Technology Services,
Law School

ExpressO Access Now Available for Law Students

The ExpressO electronic system used by law faculty members to submit their law review article manuscripts for publication is now available for law students to use as well. Boston College Law School pays the fees required for article submission through ExpressO. We are happy to announce that law students will now be able to participate in ExpressO and submit manuscripts for review and possible publication in other institutions' law reviews. John Gordon, Manager for Law Review Publications, outlined this service in a message to the 2L and 3L classes.

Announcing a New Law Library Research Assistant!

The Law Library is pleased to announce that Ashley Werner, Law School Class of 2011, has joined us as the Law Library Research Assistant. If you have a research assignment for the Law Library Research Assistant, please contact Mark Sullivan, 2-2896, or send an email to lawlibra@bc.edu.

Mango Languages -- Online Foreign Language Instruction

BC Law Library now subscribes to Mango Languages, an interactive foreign language instruction database. Mango offers self-paced basic and intermediate instruction in 22 foreign languages, ESL instruction in 14 different languages and an online translator. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations by native speakers to teach foreign languages more effectively. By registering your email, you can log in and pick up your language lesson where you left off. BC Law students, faculty and staff can access Mango Languages via the A-Z List on the Law Library's Research webpage.

BC Law Diversity Month Community Read

BC Law Library is proud to sponsor a Community Read experience once again for Diversity Month. The book this year is Run, by Ann Patchett. There are issues of race, class, religion, family, tradition, career choice and family pressures in the book. The Law Library has ordered extra books, so check one out to read over the break!

Please consider joining our discussion groups to explore these issues. You'll have two opportunities to participate: Monday, March 15 at 11:45 - 1:00, discussion led by Professor Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services and Wednesday, March 17 at 11:45 - 1:00 with discussion led by Tracey West, Assistant Dean for Students, Diversity and Academic Services. Thanks to donations from Wilmer Hale, the library was able to buy many copies of the book. Lunch will be provided at the discussion sessions on both days. The discussion groups will meet in the Law Library Conference Room, Room 279.

Sign up for either group by emailing Jackie Vincent at jacqueline.vincent@bc.edu , calling Jackie at x2-4475, or signing up at the Law Library's Information Desk before March 10th.

Knowledge Mosaic - New Databases in Communications, Energy and Securities

BC Law Library now subscribes to Knowledge Mosaic, a vendor offering specialized databases in the areas of communications law, energy law and securities practice. In addition to offering comprehensive coverage of these topics, Knowledge Mosaic also offer the opportunity to subscribe to Highlights or periodic e-mail updates with breaking news in each field; users set up separate alert requests for this service. Communications Mosaic, Energy Mosaic and Securities Mosaic are all accessible from the Law Library's A-Z list of databases.

BloombergLaw and Career Services Program on March 17

Save the date: BloombergLaw presentation on March 17 at 12:00 in EW100. Co-sponsored by BC Law Library and Career Services (no registration required).

Bloomberg Law is an innovative new research tool that combines the power of Bloomberg's world-class financial resources with legal resources. The Boston College Law Library has partnered with Bloomberg to provide free access to Bloomberg Law for our law students. Bloomberg offers unique incentives to students: They are authorized to use free Bloomberg access at a law firm job and retain free access rights for up to 6 months following graduation. This is a very valuable service for new graduates performing community legal services, internships, etc.

Rare Book Room Exhibit: Recent Additions to the Collection

Click on image to see a larger view New Exhibit in the Rare Book Room

Please visit our newest exhibit in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room. Books and Their Covers: Decorative Bindings, Beautiful Books showcases many of the most attractive items in our collection. The Rare Book Room is generally open Monday - Friday 9 to 5 (closed for classes and special events). The exhibit will be on view through May 2010. More information here.

Click on image to see a larger view.

Educational Technology Program for Faculty and RA's

Please join us on Monday, March 22nd @ 12:15 in EW200 for an Educational Technology presentation on the following technology tools: iClickers, Blackboard Vista and TWEN. Click here for flyer.

Learn about Zotero, a new Research Tool

Zotero is a research tool built as a Firefox extension, so it works seamlessly in your browser. Use it to organize, gather, share, and annotate your findings on the web, and to add and search files from other sources. Zotero offers Word plugins, citation options, and a group option that lets you collaborate with other Zotero users.

At the law school, the Law Review is looking at Zotero as a possible aid in citation management and resource sharing. Go here for a BCLAW guide to Zotero. Zotero is constantly changing and becoming more robust; it may be a power tool for your research needs. Faculty interested in Zotero should contact Chester Kozikowski.