In the recent student survey, we received several requests for services or resources that we already offer, and we are pleased to highlight them here. If you have additional questions about any of these, please contact any of our service desks.
- Mac computers are available at both locations (3rd floor of Williams, and the ICLC in Wolff).
- Mango Languages is available for language support. Just sign up and get a jump start on learning a new language!
- A hot water dispenser can be found in the Canteen (Williams 1st floor).
- Hydration stations can be found in both locations (Williams Reading Room, 3rd Floor Wolff). We are looking to add others.
- Leisure reading and DVD collections can be found in the Williams Reading room near the Loewinger Lounge.
- Bookstands, dry erase markers, and remote controls for the study room equipment are all available for checkout from our circulation desks.
[CAUTION: mild spoiler alert!!] Last week, April 8-11, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) held its 109th Annual Meeting here in D.C. at the nearby Hyatt Hotel. If you want to match up your love of the HBO series with your commitment to international humanitarian law (IHL) then you might want to follow @HumanityinWar to see the results of a challenge quiz announced at a terrific panel entitled #int_law@social_media that took place on the morning of Friday, April 10th. The American Red Cross, a branch of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), ran a “Tweet-a-thon” during Sunday night’s season 5 premiere asking ASIL viewers to send tweets assessing violations of the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) depicted during the episode, #GoTIHL . (Well, when are they not violating the laws of war?)
To brush up on the Geneva Conventions and its commentary, visit the ICRC website as well to bolster your argument that indeed, the burning at the stake of Mance Rayder (leader of the Wildlings) while he is a prisoner of war under Stannis Baratheon is a violation of article 13, Geneva Convention (III) relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 12 August 1949, Humane treatment of prisoners. But what about Jon Snow’s merciful arrow from afar, ending Mance’s suffering? Add the video “web casebook” tour linked at ICRC’s website to your media archive and get started on that one.
We have concluded the 2015 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 387 students responded. Thank you. We appreciate all feedback.
Here’s a quick overview of the representation of student responses:
All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing. Congratulations to our four student winners: A law student (L ’16), Margot B. (L ’17), Christopher W. (L ’16), and another law student (L ’17). Each student received a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account.
Thank you to all 387 students for participating in this year’s survey. We’ve already started reviewing responses, and we’ll use this input to inform decisions about services and resources. You can view 2015 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website. For starters, here’s a view of the top items students are seeking on the library website:
The second-most frequent reason listed is to book study rooms. We recently announced a revision to the group study room reservation system, which we hope is easier to use.
Here’s an overview of the reasons students visit each of our two library locations:
We will publish a summary response at a later date. Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.
The library is pleased to announce an upgrade to our group study room reservation system. Starting Monday March 23, for members of the Law Center community to reserve a room for Monday, March 30 or later, please go to:
The new system has some great features:
It’s got a totally new interface for comparing, selecting, and reserving rooms.
Room information is enhanced and easier to access.
It’s a lot more usable on smartphones and other mobile devices.
One important limitation is that the new system will not automatically notify everyone in your group. So if you make a reservation, please remember to forward the confirmation e-mail.
For reservation dates prior to March 30, please continue to use the old system.
We hope you like this upgrade. Please fill out our suggestion form if you have any feedback.
Check out this two-minute video to quickly learn how to use the new reservation system.
Check out the new DVDs available to all members of the Georgetown Law community! We’ve recently added many new titles to our collection, including House of Cards, The Good Wife, The Butler, Gone Girl and much more!
All DVDs are located on the left side of the Williams Reading Room behind the Reading Room Reserve by the photocopier. The movies can be checked out for three days by taking them to the circulation desk. Just show your ID and they’re yours for three nights. Take a study break and watch a movie this weekend!
“Green Screen” by Sam Greenhalgh – Creative Commons License
A recent study found that 79 percent of students view educational video on their own time to assist in their learning. Do you know that Georgetown Law Librarians create our own tutorials to help you learn valuable research skills?
Visit our tutorials page to see what we have to offer on topics ranging from basic Bluebook citation form to conducting complicated legislative history research. And if you need a tutorial on a subject we do not cover, please contact Jill Smith to suggest a new title.
To all current Law Students:
The Law Library is conducting a survey of all Georgetown law students. Please take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback on the law library’s collections, services and any related matters. We promise to read every comment submitted, and we’ll do what we can to act on and respond to your feedback.
Take the 2015 Law Library Survey
For the Spring 2015 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we will award four prizes of $50 to be added to the winners’ Georgetown GoCards. After completing the survey, you’ll have a chance to enter your email address to be entered for the drawing. We will keep the survey open through Monday, March 23rd and plan to announce student winners soon after this.
It should only take a few minutes to complete the voluntary survey. Based on feedback in prior years, we revised the past exam archive, added additional armchairs and sofas on the 4th floor of the Williams Library, released a new Map-It feature for the catalog, added a flat screen display in severstudy room, purchased additional book scanners, and replaced all desktop computers in the public areas in Wolff and Williams.
In 2104, 540 students replied, with representation from each class as shown here:
You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2014 on our website.
Bloomberg Law offers members of the Georgetown Law community access to most of the court documents available on PACER. If you’re looking for a docket, complaint or other court document, you might want to try Bloomberg Law.
The library has put together a tutorial to demonstrate how to quickly search for these documents on Bloomberg Law, but feel free to ask a reference librarian if you have any further questions!