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Extended Library Hours and Access Restrictions During Exams

Georgetown Law Library’s reading and exam period is in effect from Monday April 20th through the last day of exams on May 13th.

During the reading and exam period, the Williams Library and Wolff International Library will remain open 24 hours.

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For the benefit of Georgetown students studying for exams, only Georgetown University students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the Friends of the Library program and public patron card holders will be admitted through the end of exams. Students from other law schools will not be admitted during this time.

Details about Circulation Desk and Reference Desk availability can be found on our Library Hours Calendar.

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Results of the 2015 Student Library Survey

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:

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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:

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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:

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We will publish a summary response at a later date.  Students and others are encouraged to give us feedback at any time.

 

Law Library Student Survey – 2015

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:

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You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2014 on our website.

 

Law Genius – Crowd Commentary on Cases and Codes

If you’ve ever wanted a commentary on texts as diverse as Marbury v. Madison, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or the iTunes terms of service, then there’s a perfect site for you:  Law Genius. Specifically, this is the Law branch of Genius.com.  This is a crowd-sourced annotation platform where anybody can add commentary, analysis and images to texts as diverse as music lyrics, cases and contracts.   They even offer selected essays such as Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, Verse 2: A Close Reading With Fourth Amendment Guidance for Cops and PerpsGeniusLogo

Started as Rap Genius, it now includes thirteen categories, including five musical genres.  Last month, they added the Law School Genius page, grouping cases into broad topics billed as ‘casebooks.’  Currently there are far more cases without annotations than with them, but this may change if crowds convene to comment.

If you’re looking for more traditional commentary and explanations of the law, look no further than our Treatise Finder collection. For this, Georgetown Law librarians selected and organized leading study aids and treatises in more than fifty subject areas.

If you prefer narrative case descriptions with historical context, consider books in the Law Stories series. Each title contains a set of essays on leading cases in subject areas ranging from evidence to environmental law.

LawStories-coversWhether or not Law Genius takes off, the broader site is a great place to explore the back story to lyrics from BeckBeyoncé or Garth Brooks.

 

New Scanners and Soft Seating: Selected Summer Projects

Wolff Library Scanner

Over the summer, we worked on several projects for the benefit of our new and returning law students.  In brief, we added more seats, more scanners, updated technology, and revised and improved research services.

Each Spring, we conduct a law library student survey, which is useful for helping identify areas to improve and services and resources to continue to support.  Shortly after the survey completed, we published this summary of responses.

View our 2014 Law Library Student Survey Comments for a an overview of projects completed this summer in response to student survey input.  The page includes representative student comments and a brief summary of our response and actions.  For technology updates, we partnered with the Law Center’s Information Systems and Technology group.

Questions and suggestions are welcome year-round, so drop us a note to send us feedback.

2014 Law Library Student Survey – Preliminary Results

We have concluded the 2014 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library. This year, 540 students responded. Thank you.  We appreciate all feedback.

Here’s a quick overview chart showing the representation of student responses:

2014 Survey response distribution

Distribution of student responses in 2014 survey

All students who completed the survey were eligible for a prize drawing.  Congratulations to our four student winners: John Oxenreiter (L ‘15), Santana Monda (LLM  ‘14), Meghan Levine (L ’16) and another law student (L ‘16).  Each of these four people will receive a $50 GoCard deposit.

Thank you to all 540 students for providing feedback in this year’s survey. We’ve begun reviewing responses, and we’ll continue to use this input to influence services and other developments over the coming weeks and months.  You can view 2014 quantitative charts and a response summary on our website.  For starters, here’s an overview of reasons people visit either library location at Georgetown Law Library:

2014 chart showing reasons students visit the library

Why Visit the Georgetown Law LIbrary? 2014 responses

The library will publish a narrative response at a later date.

2014 Law Library Student Survey – Runs through March 24

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 2014 Law Library Survey [Georgetown login required]

For the Spring 2014 Georgetown Law Library Survey, we’re awarding four prizes of $50 to be added to your Georgetown GoCard. 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 24th 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 the Williams hydration station, purchased new chairs for the Wolff study rooms, and added more book scanning options in both locations.

You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2013 on our website.

In 2013, 595 students responded from the following groups:

2013 response summary chart

2013 Student Library Survey Response Summary

Spring Break Hours: March 7 to 16

During the period from March 7th to the 16th, the Georgetown Law Library will operate on a slightly reduced schedule for the Law Center’s Spring Break.

Following are hours for each library location, including building and circulation service hours.  Note that there is no reference service on either weekend.

All hours for the rest of the school year are listed on our website hours calendar.

Dates – Spring Break WILLIAMS Library
Circulation Hours
WILLIAMS Library
Building Hours
Friday March 7 8 am to 9:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Saturday March 8 9 am to 4:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Sunday March 9 Noon to 7:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Monday March 10 8 am to 9:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Tuesday March 11 8 am to 9:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Wednesday March 12 8 am to 9:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Thursday March 13 8 am to 9:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Friday March 14 8 am to 9:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Saturday March 15 9 am to 4:45 pm 7 am to 2 am
Sunday March 16

Resume normal hours

10 am to 11:45 PM 7 am to 2:00 am

WILLIAMS Reference hours are 9 am to 5 pm,   Monday through Friday. No weekend service on either weekend.

WILLIAMS Special Collections hours remains at 9 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday

DATE- Spring Break 2014 WOLFF Library
Hours
Friday March 7 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday March 8 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday March 9 Noon  to 8 pm
Monday March 10 8 am to 10 pm
Tuesday March 11 8 am to 10 pm
Wednesday March 12 8 am to 10 pm
Thursday March 13 8 am to 10 pm
Friday March 14 8 am to 10 pm
Saturday March 15 9 am to 5 pm
Sunday March 16

Resume normal hours

10 am to Midnight

WOLFF Reference hours remains 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Wolff Circulation Desk closes 15 minutes before library closing time.

Keeping Up With Legal News: Law-Related Podcasts

A great way to keep up with news on the go is to subscribe to podcasts you can listen to during your commute, at the gym or walking across town.  Whether you’re studying the law or practicing it, there are great law-related podcasts from established and emerging providers. Here are three tips for podcasts that offer law-themed content on a regular basis.

This Week in Law

 

 

Each Friday afternoon on This Week in Law, well-known legal bloggers Denise Howell and Evan Brown provide a summary and discussion of the latest developments in the law.  Topics focus on Internet privacy, technology law, social media lawsuits, intellectual property disputes and a host of related topics.  Regular guests provide additional insights and lively discussion.  There’s even an active chat room if you tune in during the live broadcast. Check out the rest of the TWiT network for many other tech-focused shows.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast

The Legal Talk Network hosts more than a dozen law-related podcasts, covering technology, eDiscovery, subject-specific news and materials for paralegals and medical professionals.  One of the network’s longest-running series is the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast.  In this, show hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams cover a broad range of topics, often touching on technology issues, ranging from drones to bitcoin to Google Books.

Fastcase Presents: The Law ReviewAn brand new legal podcast series comes as a daily news update called The Law Review.  Launched early in 2014, this is hosted by Josh Auriemma, creator of the Legal Geekery blog and podcast, who now works for the show’s host, Fastcase.  A typical episode features a selection of the latest latest legal developments and as much commentary as Josh and his invited guests can cover in around ten minutes.

 

 

Holiday Break Hours: December 21st to January 10th

Over the December break, the Georgetown Law Library will be open fewer hours, and we’ll be completely closed from December 24th through January 1st.  Following is a summary of hours for the library from December 21st through January 10th.

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Circulation and Building Access
(Wolff and EBW Library Locations)
:
December 21st  7am to  7pm
December 22nd Noon to 8pm
December 23rd 9am to 5pm
December 24th through January 1st  CLOSED
January 2nd through January 10th  7am to 10pm
January 11th resume normal hours   7am to 2am

Reference Services:
December 21st: Noon to 6pm (Williams)
December 22nd through January 1st: CLOSED
January 2nd and January 3rd: 9am – 5m (Williams); 11am-5pm (Wolff)
January 4th and January 5th: Reference Services Closed.
January 6th to January 10th: 9am – 5m (Williams); 11am-5pm (Wolff)
January 11th: Normal hours resume.

 

 

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