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Summer Reading (and Videos) in Loewinger Lounge

Don’t forget that the library maintains a small fiction collection in the Loewinger Lounge of the Williams Reading Room that can be checked out. Summer is a perfect time to read for fun! Some recent acquisitions of fiction include:

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We’ve also got a small collection of legal movies and TV shows, such as The Good Wife, The West Wing, Legal Eagles and others!

Results of the 2016 Student Library Survey

We have concluded the 2016 Annual Student Survey for the Georgetown Law Library.
This year, 245 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:  Joshua D. Blume (JD ’19), Briana Rose Pigott (JD ’16), Christopher J. Balser (JD’18), and another law student (JD ’17). Each student received a $50 deposit to his or her GoCard account.

Thank you to all 245 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 2016 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 search for books. To facilitate searching in our stacks the library has recently installed new shelf guides in both the Williams and Wolff libraries. These guides protrude out from the end of the ranges to enable quick recognition of what is held in a particular shelving area. We hope that these guides will assist you in locating materials within the stacks.

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 – 2016

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 2016 Law Library Survey

For the Spring 2016 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 21st 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 released a new Map-It feature for the catalog, provided text transcripts to new video tutorials, purchased additional book scanners, replaced all desktop computers in the public areas in Wolff and Williams, opened a self-service café in the Williams Library, added adjustable standing desks in both libraries, and posted a prominent directory near the elevators as well as smaller signs on every entrance of the Williams Library.

You can review a summary of survey responses from 2007 to 2015 on our website.

Summer Reading & Movies

Now that the pace has slowed down a bit, is there time in your schedule for a novel or a movie? Check out our leisure reading section on the left hand side of the Reading Room Reserve section in the Williams Reading Room. Our movie DVD collection is on your right after you exit the Reading Room Reserve section. Here are some of the recent additions:

tomb     Was the Tomb Empty?  by Graeme Smith

                                                               Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy            home

god    God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison

                                                                                 House of Cards, First Season       cards

 

Come visit the library for your summer reading pleasure!

Summer Reference Changes at Williams and Wolff

Beginning May 8th, the reference department will be unveiling a new model for providing reference services during the summer months. We will be monitoring Live Chat and e-mail on a regular basis in our offices, so will be available immediately via those mediums from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. For an in-person encounter, we are asking patrons to use the phone on the Reference Desk in Williams to call the librarian on duty. Signs will be posted at the desk. At Wolff, just ask at the Circulation Desk and a reference librarian will be contacted immediately.

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We look forward to assisting all of our students, faculty and public patrons throughout the summer months and appreciate your feedback about our new model!

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:

2015-Survey-What-students-are-looking-for-when-visiting-the-library

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.

 

Who is that new member of Congress anyway?

The Government Publishing Office has released its New Member Pictorial Directory, so you can check out all of the new members of the 114th Congress. Each entry includes a picture, the member’s education and occupation.

We’ve also got a number of databases that you can use the follow the new Congress in January, including the Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Electronic Library and ProQuest Congressional.  Of course, Congress.gov and FDsys.gov are the two official government websites which post bills, public laws, hearings and reports from Congress too.

Feel free to ask a librarian if you need assistance with any legislative question.

Following the Ebola Crisis?

Writing a paper on the Ebola crisis for your seminar? Following what’s going on with this global health scare? The library has put together a new resource page for you to use as a starting point for your research. We highlight Congressional hearings on the topic, Presidential statements, national and international organizations monitoring the situation, as well as news organizations and other entities with a wealth of information.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask a reference librarian and we’ll be glad to help you!

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.