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Scholar Studies available for exam prep

From November 28 through December 17, unassigned Scholar Studies will be available for reservation in addition to our usual 21 group study rooms. Scholar Studies are smaller spaces that accommodate a limited number of students, 2 at maximum. These studies will require only one Law NetID and can be reserved up to 5 hours a day.  Starting November 21 there will be a link on the Group Study Room reservation page to reserve these study spaces.

Group study rooms

A reminder tGroupSR_Williams_122A-chat if you have a study group of 3 or more people, you can reserve a group study room for up to three hours. The booking system gives you details on the features and capacities of the various rooms in case you need extra amenities such as a white board or Apple TV interface. If you have not used the group study room reservation system before, you can find out how here.

Featured collection (election special): The Center for a New Democracy collection

The Center for a New Democracy, a project of the Tides Foundation, was established in 1991 to promote democratic reform through research, public education, litigation, and community organizing and training. A particular focus was on public financing of elections and fair voting reforms. The CND existed until 1996, and Donna Edwards served as its director from 1994-1996.

The collection (NEJL 064) was donated to the NEJL in 1996, and it includes case files and other materials related to state ballot initiatives in favor of campaign finance reform in the mid 1990s: Missouri Proposition A (Carver v. Nixon and Shrink v. Maupin); Minnesota (Day v. Holahan); California (Pro-Life Council PAC v. Jan Scully); Colorado (Colorado Right to LIfe Committee v. Victoria Buckley, Secretary of State); Montana (Right to Life Ass., et al. v. Robert Eddleman, County Attorney); Maine (Maine Right to Life Committee v. Federal Election Comm.); Oregon (Center to Protect Free Speech, Inc. v. Oregon); Washington, D.C. (National Black Police Assn. et.al. v. DC Board of Elections and Ethics).

In addition, the collection includes a range of reports, pamphlets, and articles (gray literature) on campaign finances in various states and in the U.S., including statewide surveys of “American Attitudes Toward Money in Politics” conducted by Bannon Research on behalf of the Center for a New Democracy in Massachusetts; Montana, Maine, Oregon, Colorado, and California.

Of particular local interest are the materials related to Initiative 41, a 1992 ballot initiative in Washington, D.C. that limited contributions to $100 for the election cycle for district-wide races and $50 per cycle for Ward races. The Center for a New Democracy and the DC community group DC ACORN, a principal supporter of the initiative, undertook a study to analyze the early impact of Initiative 41 on elections in the District. The collection also includes case files from National Black Police Association v. District of Columbia, 108 F.3d 346, 348-49 (D.C.Cir.1997). The case challenged the constitutionality of the new D.C. law as imposing “unprecedented limitations on the right of individuals and groups to contribute, and of political candidates to accept, contributions in support of campaigns for elected public office.”

A collection inventory exists, and the collection can be accessed at Georgetown Law Library’s Special Collections reading room.

Law Library Response to 2016 Student Survey

Each spring, the Law Library conducts a survey of our students.  In 2016, 245 students responded to our survey, and we published summary charts of the responses back in April. Now we’re publishing a survey response, to show examples of changes to library facilities, content and services guided by the useful student input.

Monthly Table DaysWe have published the 2016 Law Library Survey Response, where you can see highlights of new hydration stations, new shelf guides for locating materials within the stacks, as well as the introduction of the OneSearch tool for discovering articles, books, databases, and other resources from many places.

We appreciate student input. Throughout the year, you are encouraged to send comments and suggestions through our suggestion page, and please keep an eye out for our next annual survey in spring of 2017.

Banned Books Week

The end of September brings us Banned Books week, dedicated to celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of free speech.   To learn more about this topic, visit the American Library Association’s online resources on banned and challenged books.

The most frequently banned books are works of fiction. While the Georgetown University Law Center’s two library locations are mostly dedicated to nonfiction, we do have a small collection of popular reading materials, located on your right as you walk from the Reading Room to the Loewinger Lounge in the Williams Library. If you are in need of some pleasure reading, feel free to check it out.

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

The library will be holding two orientation training sessions for new faculty research assistants this spring.  In this training, RAs will learn about library services and policies and will gain an introduction to our databases and to best research practices.

The sessions will be:

  • Thursday, September 29th, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 5th, 3:30pm-4:30pm

All sessions will be held in the Computer Learning Center (CLC) in the Williams Law Library.

To attend this training, please RSVP here.  Any questions can be sent to Jeremy McCabe, Research Services Librarian, jjm323@law.georgetown.edu, 202-662-9145.

China’s Claim to South China Seas Rejected!

Today, the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s expansive claim to a large swath of the South China Sea.  The full text of the award can be found on the PCA website, although their servers have been having some difficulties keeping up with demand.  China has predictably rejected the finding with a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

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Did you know that “island” is defined by international law?  See Article 121 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law database is a good starting point when you are investigating a new topic!  Go ahead and take a look

So…what happened to the books?

Carpeting a library is a complicated process. You have to move the books out of the way in order to lay the carpet, then move them back again. But because the move is so temporary, it’s not a matter of taking the books off the shelf, boxing them up, and then putting them back on the shelves when the carpet is down.

In fact, the shelves need to move too.

So what does a library do? Hire a specialized moving company. Watch below as the team from our library movers transports a full row of shelves from where it had rested out of the way of the new carpet installation back into place in the stacks.

Why new carpet?

If you’re not in the habit of looking down, you may have wondered why we are installing new carpet in the stacks at the Williams Library. The images below show the dramatic change that the new carpeting makes in just one day (this is one small area of the library–carpet installation is ongoing through July 3, per this previous post).

If you need something that is in an area that is currently closed due to carpet installation, please visit the Circulation Desk for assistance.

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