Constitution Day is Coming — September 17

To commemorate the importance of the U.S. Constitution, P.L. 108-447 added “Constitution Day” to the law and mandated ” the civil and educational authorities of States, counties, cities, and towns are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”

Learn more about the history of Constitution Day by reviewing our Research Guide and checking out the display in the Robert Oakley Reading Room.

 

You can also download an interactive Constitution app from the National Constitution Center.

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Georgetown University’s Scholarly Communication Committee Fall Symposium

Op-Eds, Media Interviews, and Social Media:
Faculty Scholarship in the Public Square
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 Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – noon
Place: Murray Room, Lauinger Library, Georgetown University

The Georgetown University Scholarly Communication Committee presents the fall Scholarly Communication Symposium:

Panelists:

Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University
Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University
Autumn Brewington, Former Op-Ed Editor at the Washington Post, and former Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank
Danielle Knight, Producer, “1A”, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio and NPR

Moderator:

Sanford Ungar, Director, The Free Speech Project, Georgetown University

Program Description

In addition to traditional scholarship, Georgetown University faculty communicate through a wide variety popular channels, including op-eds, television and radio interviews, magazine articles, and social media. In this symposium, we will explore how faculty bring their research and scholarship to the attention of the public and work toward informing and influencing public discourse and policymaking.

The symposium will address the following issues:

  • What are the benefits of bringing research and scholarship into a public forum for the public, the university, and the individual?
  • How do faculty translate their expert knowledge and complex research into formats that can reach a broad audience?
  • What are the characteristics of effective op-eds, television or radio interviews, and social media postings?
  • How can faculty get started in communicating through the media?
  • Given the value of contributing to public discourse, what incentives and support do we have to encourage faculty to participate in public discourse?

Please RSVP for this exciting event here.

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Faculty Research Assistant Training

Library Training for Faculty Research Assistants

The library will be holding two training sessions for new faculty research assistants this fall.  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 training sessions will be:

  • Wednesday, September 27, 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Thursday, October 5, 3:00pm-4:00pm

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

To attend this training, please RSVP here for September 27 or October 5. For questions, please contact Andrea Muto, Research Services Librarian, amm574@georgetown.edu or 202-661-6598.

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Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940

Primary source material of the LGBTQ community is now available to all Georgetown students and faculty through a new database, Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940. 

The material comes from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the Gay Activists Alliance, the International AIDS/HIV Crisis and more. Newspapers, government reports, and letters are just some of the resources available in this database.

For more information, consult our Gender and the Law Research Guide or ask a reference librarian.

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Changes in the Library

Welcome back!  The library is here to serve your research needs and to provide you with a place to study.  We are undergoing some changes which may create a few inconveniences this semester, but we look forward to serving you in an improved space when all the work is complete.  While spaces for relocating library staff are being built, some study rooms have been taken offline, but these – and some new ones on the 5th floor — will be freed up as soon as staff are able to move.

The services and collections of the John Wolff Comparative and International Library have been reintegrated into the Edward Bennett Williams Library so that all of our collections are now under one roof.  Wolff will no longer be a location for checking out books or retrieving requested books.  All of that will now take place at the Williams Circulation Desk. All reference desk services have also moved over to the Williams Library, and we now offer a single desk for domestic and international reference questions.  However, the contact information for reaching the foreign and international librarians remains active, so if you  call 202-662-4195  or email lawintlref@georgetown.edu for assistance on foreign, comparative, or international law research, you will continue to receive responses.

For all other library services, come to the Circulation Desk at Williams or call 202-662-9131 or email lawcirc@georgetown.edu. You can also request Reference services by emailing the reference  desk at lawlibref@georgetown.edu, call 202-662-9140, or Chat With A Librarian.

By the end of this week, the third floor of Hotung will offer 24/7 study space where the Wolff shelves have been removed.  That space also includes printing facilities. Study rooms in this area will open up later this semester, once staff have been able to move.

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Welcome to the Georgetown Law Library!

 

All incoming students were sent registration information for Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law to their unique @georgetown.edu email from the library.  If you can’t find the email, check your SPAM folder or the “Promotions” tab.  Be sure to register before classes begin!

If you haven’t already, sign up for a library tour here.  They’re available throughout Orientation Week.

Information to help you navigate your first week at Georgetown is available in our New Students Guide.  It includes links to your first-week reading assignments, course reserves, library locations to know, library policies, course management systems information, and more!

Don’t hesitate to stop by any of the library service desks with questions, and we’ll be happy to help.  You can find library hours listed online.  Our reference team is available by chat, email, phone, and in-person.

We look forward to getting to know you over the coming year!

 

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Farewell to the Dengrove Courtroom Sketches

A sketch depicting a scene from the Son of Sam trial

Son of Sam Trial

Students returning to campus this fall may wonder what happened to the intriguing courtroom sketches that were on display in the Georgetown Law Library. Their creator, Ida Libby Dengrove, drew some of the most memorable trials of the late twentieth century.

The Dengrove exhibit was provided on loan from the University of Virginia Law Library, and its time with us has come to an end. However, you can still view the collection on the UVA Law Library website and learn more about the events the sketches depict.

Now on display in the the Williams third floor atrium are landscape photos taken by library staff. We hope you enjoy them, and please let us know if you have any feedback of suggestions for future exhibits.

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Interview Week Resources

Congratulations to all participating in Interview Week. The library offers a number of resources to help you prepare for your interviews – books with sample interview questions, databases with profiles of legal employers and much more. Check out our Job Searching Research Guide to access this material and feel free to consult a reference librarian for guidance on how best to research potential employers.

Good luck with your job search!

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Bloomberg Businessweek now available

The library now subscribes to Bloomberg Businessweek.  You will need to sign in with your NetID and password to obtain the secure access information to use this resource. Bloomberg Businessweek provides the latest news on the markets, politics and technology. This resource and others are featured in our News Research Guide. Feel free to ask a reference librarian if you have any questions about researching the news.

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