Faculty Newsletter Winter 2008

Dear Friends and Colleagues

We hope that you're having an enjoyable and productive semester. Please take a few minutes to look at this Law Library Newsletter, which has information about a series of Library-sponsored Faculty Scholarship Programs, and about other library services which may be new to you. We also formally  introduce you to Denise Sharif, our new Educational Technology Specialist, who began working here at BC on November 5th and Jason Liu, our very new Technology Consultant, who began work January 28th.

If you were unable to attend this year's AALS meeting in early January, you might like to view  the PowerPoint presentation titled "Educating Lawyers," linked below.

The latest exhibit in the Rare Book Room, "Recent Additions to the Collection" includes some special treasures - do stop by and see our new and magnificent first American edition of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England.

And finally, we look forward to seeing you at the Library's Faculty Scholarship programs. Please take a moment to add these events to your spring calendar.

Peace, Filippa

Filippa Marullo Anzalone

Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services,
Law School

Law Library Faculty Scholarship Programs

This spring the Library is sponsoring four Faculty Scholarship programs. The series opens with a live audio presentation offered in conjunction with Media Services and features Lolly Gasaway, Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, discussing fair use in higher education. Later in the semester Professor Joseph Liu will present a more in-depth view on fair use in a program with Legal Information Librarian Joan Shear.

The third program will be an introduction to BloombergLAW. BLAW is an electronic research service incorporating financial markets data and a growing law component. In the fourth and final program Legal information Librarians will conduct a showcase session on HeinOnline. HeinOnline has grown dramatically in its coverage and today includes law journals, regulatory materials, legal history sources and legislative history materials. We look forward to welcoming you to these sessions. For details click here.

Law Library Welcomes Two New Staff Members!!

Denise Sharif
Educational Technology Specialist

Jason Liu
Technology Consultant

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs

Would you like to assign students to read Thurgood Marshall's brief for the appellants in Brown v. Board of Education? This pdf format document, as well as records and briefs for thousands of other historic Supreme Court cases, is available in the Law Library's The Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs database. Identify the document you wish to assign and we can assist you in loading the text into your course website. The database can be accessed from the Law Library alphabetical list of databases or linked to directly here.

Videotaping Classes

Did you know that you may request to have a class taped and mounted on your course website? Just contact Media Technology Services to arrange a tape, which will be produced and delivered to the Law Library. Staff will then digitize the tape, mount the file on your website, and make it available through the Course Reserves module of the online catalog.

How Many E-mail Accounts Does One Person Need?

A rather shocking article in the Chronicle of Higher Education last fall had us concerned about our potential "unethical" misuse of university technology. The article, "The Ethics of Technology," from the October 19, 2007 issue, complained that, "Too many academics ignore the rules that come with their campus-provided computer and e-mail accounts." It went on to give examples of "abuses" ranging from engaging in day trading to carrying on lengthy private exchanges on the University e-mail system.

Our own University Policy on the Use of University Technology and Information Resources states that BC allows most personal use of university technological resources short of any revenue generating activity that benefits an individual employee, and that even that may be allowed by express written approval. But the article still convinced us that we should probably get personal e-mail accounts to supplement our BC e-mail, so we can keep work and play more separate.

Legal Education in the News

AALS January, 2008 Meeting
  • A podcast of the AALS plenary session, Rethinking Legal Education for the 21st Century, is available on the CALI website.
  • View the PowerPoint presentation by Judith Wegner (UNC-Chapel Hill) used to review Educating Lawyers (the Carnegie report which she co-authored) at the Dean's Section at the 2008 AALS annual meeting.
  • A Best Practices for Legal Education Blog has been created as a resource for information on current reforms in legal education and to provide a site for the exchange of ideas and concerns.


New Rare Book Room Exhibit

You are invited to visit the Law Library's Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room to view our latest exhibit: Recent Additions to the Collection. On view is a limited facsimile edition of the famous Domesday Book, originally compiled in 1086 A.D. as a comprehensive census of the lands and property of England. Also on display is a very early set of Massachusetts laws published in 1726, magnificent first American editions of Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England and Joseph Story's Commentaries on the Constitution, a selection of law books intended for students, a volume of Edward Coke's Reports summarized entirely in verse, a signed first edition of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, and a document appointing the famous lawyer Daniel Webster as a Justice of the Peace of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in 1830.

You may view the exhibit anytime the room is open: generally weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will remain on view through mid-June 2008. Click here to see highlights of the exhibit.

Online Scholarship and Download Statistics - An Explanation

Faculty scholarship is moving increasingly to the electronic model which creates the potential for a wider audience and more effective dissemination of research results. The speed and ease with which readers can locate these results, respond to the authors and build upon the findings in their own original research represents an ideal model and invigorates scholarly discourse. As this trend toward electronic publication accelerates, it is obvious that multiple paths of discovery are developing for this electronic content. Continue reading here. (This information was also distributed to faculty in a recent email.)

LibX Toolbar

LibX Library Toolbar is a Firefox plug-in that gives your web browser quick access to Boston College Libraries' electronic resources. With LibX installed in your Firefox browser, all the power of Quest Library Catalog, FindIt full-text finder, Google Scholar, and more are just a click or two away. Visit the Libraries' page on LibX at BC for more information and a download link.

Please call or write ATR if you require help with the installation (ATR x2-2604, atrinbox@bc.edu).

An Outlook Keyboard Shortcut You Should Use Every Day

You have just finished typing an e-mail. You look it over and make sure there are no errors and it is addressed to the right person. It's ready to go. So you grab your mouse and ........ Well, wait there's a better way. The mouse is great when you want to choose between several options. But when you consider how many e-mails you send each day, you can save a little time by using the keyboard shortcut for Send E-mail in Outlook. The next time you are ready to send an e-mail, try holding down the Control key while hitting Enter. Try this one a few times this week. (This one is on the drop-down menu and should be obvious, but few seem to use it.)

Non-Outlook users, look at your-drop down menu for Send to see if your shortcut is the same or not.

This tip is from Jim Calloway's Law Practice Tips Blog, where you can find more useful practice tips as well as web links.