Apply for the D’Angelo Law Library Student Advisory Board

Students in Reading Room

Do you want to help shape the D’Angelo Law Library experience for you and your fellow students? If you do, consider applying for the D’Angelo Law Library Student Advisory Board. We’re looking for Law School students from all class years (including incoming 1L and LLM students) and who participate in a range of student organizations and extracurricular activities. Even if you don’t think you use the library very much, we want to hear from you, too!

The Board was started in 2012, and the students’ feedback has led to several improvements in Library services. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Board’s webpage. The librarians look forward to receiving more valuable feedback from this year’s Board on a variety of topics, from library hours to legal research instruction in the Bigelow program to promotion of Library services like UBorrow and Scan & Deliver. The Board will meet approximately two times per quarter, with the meeting dates and times set once Board members are selected.

To apply, fill out the brief online application by Monday, October 13. For questions or additional information, please contact Todd Ito at tito@uchicago.edu.

Student Advisory Board Application: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/using/dllboardapp.html

New online resource: LexisLibrary

We now have access to LexisLibrary, the UK version of LexisNexis. LexisLibrary has English and British case law, both modern cases and historical cases from the English Reports, Full Reprint and the All England Reports Reprint. Cases include PDF images and noting up information–citing cases and whether the case is still good law. There is up-to-date UK legislation with annotations from Halsbury’s Statutes. Commentary includes Halsbury’s Laws of England, the Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopedia, and treatises and handbooks published by Butterworths and Tolley. There is Canadian and Australian case law, along with the Law Reports of the Commonwealth . Search LexisLibrary using the provided search templates and the same terms and connectors you use with Lexis.com or LexisNexis Academic.  

The D’Angelo Law Library welcomes new students

The D’Angelo Law Library welcomes the JD class of 2017 and the LLM class of 2015. The D’Angelo Law librarians will introduce new JD and LLM students to the Library’s resources and services during tours and presentations during orientation. We hope you will take advantage of our vast resources and knowledgeable staff. There is a great deal of new information to process, so please remember that if you ever have any questions about the Library, please ask us

We’ve gathered what we think is the most important information in the Library Guide for Law Students and in the D’Angelo Law Library organization site on Chalk, the University’s course management system, but we also wanted to highlight our Top 5 services and resources here:

1. Reference Librarians are Here to Help

Our reference staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and accessible by email, chat, phone, and in person. Each Bigelow section also has a Reference Librarian assigned to teach legal research sessions over the course of the year. You can consider that librarian as your point of contact in the library, although all of our librarians are available to help you. We are available seven days a week through email, chat, phone, text and in person at the Reference Desk. See our Hours page for the exact hours.

2. The Law Library Website is the Place to Find Information and Help

The Library website can direct you to services and tools to help you find what you need to study law and conduct legal research. Use our website to get research help, find databases, learn library policies, and keep up with the latest library and legal research news.

3. Access Information Using our Primary Discovery Tools

Library Catalog: We recently launched a new Library Catalog. You can search here for books, electronic materials, and more. The University of Chicago Library has over 7 million books and access to hundreds of thousands of electronic resources, so if you are looking for something, you should start with the catalog, and chances are we have what you are looking for. 

Databases: The Library offers access to hundreds of databases covering various subjects. To locate a database to use for your research, use Database Finder, a tool that enables you to search for a particular database by name or browse by subject to identify relevant databases. The Law Library also provides a list of the main databases used for legal research

Access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw is restricted to Law School students, and each law student will be supplied with an individual password. You will get this password during your library orientation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to Ask a Law Librarian.

Research Guides: The reference librarians have created research guides on a variety of legal topics. These guides give you starting points for doing research in particular areas of law.

4. Our On Demand Services

Scan & Deliver is an electronic document delivery service that enables members of the University of Chicago community to obtain scanned portions of books or journal articles from the Library’s collections. Requests should be made online, directly from the Library Catalog. Requested documents will be scanned and delivered within four business days. We will scan chapters from books or single articles from journals, provided that the chapter(s) or article does not exceed 20% of the entire book or journal issue. 

We also offer a paging service for Law School students. We will retrieve uncharged Library books located in the stacks of other libraries on campus. This service is currently available to Law School students, faculty, and staff only. Materials will generally be collected within two business days and placed on hold at the Circulation Desk or delivered to the appropriate carrel. You will receive an email when your item is available for pick-up.

While searching the Libary Catalog, you may also occasionally come across items with the location Mansueto or one of the two D’Angelo Law Library annexes. You can request materials from these storage collections to be delivered to the Law Library. It generally takes less than 24 hours, and you will receive an email when your item is available for pick up at the Law Library circulation desk.

5. Getting Books From Other Institutions

Use Borrow Direct, UBorrow, and Interlibrary Loan if you need material that is not available here on campus.

Borrow Direct is a service that can be used to borrow books directly from libraries at the Ivy League universities plus MIT. Most books borrowed through Borrow Direct are available for pickup at the Law Library within four business days. Please note that Borrow Direct will not be available until October 2014.

UBorrow is a similar service that can be used to borrow books directly from libraries at the Big 10 universities plus University of Chicago. Most books borrowed through UBorrow are available for pickup at the Law Library within four business days.

If the book you want is not available from Borrow Direct or UBorrow, or if you need it for an extended period of time, you should use Interlibrary Loan. Requests may be submitted online. 

If the material you are looking for is not available from any of these services, Ask a Law Librarian, and we’ll be happy to help you locate the material.

University of Chicago students in other schools and programs are welcome at the D’Angelo Law Library. If you are interested in an introductory D’Angelo tour or a research consultation with a law reference librarian, please use the Ask a Law Librarian service to schedule a time with one of us. 

Summer quarter loans to UChicago students and staff will be automatically extended to January 9

Items checked out by currently registered University of Chicago students and staff for summer quarter and due October 3 will be automatically renewed by the Library for autumn quarter. As of September 21, all such items will have a new due date of January 9, 2015. No action by UChicago students and staff is necessary.

The automatic renewal is designed to ease the transition to the new Library Catalog and management system. The ability to view a list of checked out items and to renew materials online is currently unavailable to Library users through the My Account function in the new Catalog.

Library staff members are happy to generate a list of your checked-out items and to answer other questions about your account upon request. For assistance, please complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk.

For the latest information about the implementation of the Library Catalog, visit the Library News site or Ask a Librarian.

 

Alert Library improving Catalog and checkout response times

Update 9/22/14: Catalog response times have been improved. The Library continues to work on improving checkout response times.
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Library staff members are actively working to improve system response times as full implementation of the new Library Catalog and management system continues. The Library apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates your patience as we work to bring our new systems up to full speed.

Known issues

We expect to resolve these issues in the coming weeks:

Using the Catalog

  • Library Catalog information may be slow to appear.
  • Error messages are sometimes generated during Catalog searches. In such cases, please try your search again in 5 minutes.
  • Account information is currently unavailable through the new Catalog. Library staff members are happy to generate a list of your checked-out items and to answer other questions about your account upon request. For assistance, please complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk.

Borrowing

  • Checkout processing may be slow.
  • Borrow Direct is currently unavailable. Please use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan instead.

Quarter loans automatically renewed for autumn

To ease the transition, summer quarter loans to University of Chicago students and staff are being automatically renewed for the autumn quarter on September 21. These books will be due on January 9, 2015.

If you have any questions about the new Catalog, please contact us by email, phone, chat, or in person through our Ask a Librarian service.

Microsoft Office training for Law students, Oct. 5

The Office of the Dean of Students and the D’Angelo Law Library are sponsoring Microsoft Office Training for Law School students on Sunday, October 5. This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in the past. It is meant to address what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the youngest person on the team, yet are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. It’s really hard to teach yourself Power Point at 3 in the morning when the partner wants slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night. This program will give you the basic Microsoft Office skills you will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

The program will be held Sunday, October 5 with Word training from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the program; you can attend the morning, afternoon, or both. Lunch will be provided. You must bring your own laptop; the program will be applicable for both Mac and PC users. Students must register in advance for this  program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/microsoftofficetrainingRSVP. Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D’Angelo Law Library.

This program qualifies for up to 60 Keystone Professionalism and Leadership points in the Practical Skills category.

New Lexis Advance interface released Sept. 8

The newly redesigned Lexis Advance interface will be released on Monday, September 8. When you sign in to Lexis Advance with your ID and password, you’ll see a more streamlined interface and enhancements to Alerts, Tables of Contents, Browsing, Filters, and more. A video tour of the new Lexis Advance is available, as well as a Before and After Guide highlighting changes in the new interface.

As was the case last year, Lexis.com access will remain available through Lexis Advance within the Lexis Advance Research menu. LexisNexis will also continue to provide free printing for Lexis Advance in the Third Floor Computer Lab.

If you have any questions about the new Lexis Advance interface, please Ask a Law Librarian or contact our LexisNexis Account Executive, Carter Mills at carter.mills@lexisnexis.com.

New Chinese legal research guides!

Over the summer, several guides to researching Chinese law were published.  The Chinese and American Forum on Law Libraries and Legal Information (CAFLL) compiled a list of links to about 30 web-based Chinese Legal Research Guides (PDF) in July 2014.  A new book by Paul Kossof on Chinese Legal Research (International Legal Research Series, Carolina Academic Press, 2014) is forthcoming in D’Angelo Law Library collection.  And the Law Library of Congress posted the following by Laney Zhang this August:

A Guide to Chinese Legal Research and Global Legal Collection Highlights: Official Publication of Chinese Law

“If you got a chance to read my previous posts on Chinese legal research, Who Makes What? and Administrative Regulations and Departmental Rules, you know that under China’s Law on Legislation, the National People’s Congress (NPC) and its standing committee make laws; the State Council makes administrative regulations; and the ministries and commissions under the State Council make departmental (administrative) rules….”

Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act signed into law in Illinois

August 27 UPDATE: Governor Quinn signed UELMA into law yesterday, as Public Act 98-1097. This makes Illinois the 11th state to enact UELMA.

May 30 UPDATE: The Senate unanimously voted to approve the House floor amendment, so SB 1941 has now passed both houses and will be sent to the Governor.

On Friday, May 16, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) unanimously passed the Illinois House of Representatives. The bill (SB 1941), which was unanimously passed by the Senate in March, provides a technology-neutral approach to ensuring that online Illinois state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in unaltered form. Currently, many Illinois legal materials, including the state code, are neither official, nor authenticated. Indeed, the version of the Illinois Compiled Statutes published on the Illinois General Assembly website bears the disclaimer: “The provisions have NOT been edited for publication, and are NOT in any sense the ‘official’ text of the Illinois Compiled Statutes as enacted into law. The accuracy of any specific provision originating from this site cannot be assured, and you are urged to consult the official documents or contact legal counsel of your choice. This site should not be cited as an official or authoritative source.” (emphasis in original). If passed, UELMA will require that Illinois primary legal materials are deemed official and that mechanisms are put in place to ensure that they have not been tampered with or altered accidentally.

A technical amendment to the bill was made in the House, so it will be returned to the Senate for concurrence with the House amendment. The hope is that the bill will be approved by the Senate before they adjourn within the next two weeks. Once the bill is signed by the Governor, Illinois will become the tenth state to pass UELMA, joining California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, and Oregon. The bill’s progress can be tracked via the Illinois General Assembly website, and more information about UELMA is available on the American Association of Law Libraries Government Relations website and on the Uniform Law Commission website.

D’Angelo Law Library closed Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the D’Angelo Law Library will close at 2 pm on Friday, August 29, and will be closed on Monday, September 1. The John Crerar Library will be open limited hours on Monday, but the Eckhart, Mansueto, Regenstein, and SSA libraries will all also be closed.

For a full list of library hours, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Feature Story UChicago launches Kuali OLE and new Catalog

Academic librarians develop open-source software to meet faculty and student needs

The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce its launch of the Kuali Open Library Environment (OLE) and a new Catalog based on VuFind.

An open-source, community-based library management system, Kuali OLE was created by a partnership of some of the nation’s leading university libraries, including the University of Chicago Library. Kuali OLE, which provides the Library’s technical infrastructure, is intentionally designed to function with a wide range of user interfaces chosen by various individual libraries, including Chicago’s new Catalog.

“We are especially pleased that by implementing Kuali OLE and VuFind we will be providing both a business system and a patron access module that are open source—planned, designed, governed and owned by the library community,” said James Mouw, Associate University Librarian for Collections Services at University of Chicago and Treasurer of the Kuali OLE Board. “Community ownership of key library systems affords us the ability to manage, develop, and enhance our infrastructure as new technologies emerge and the needs of our scholarly community evolve. The ability to move quickly and effectively, working in partnership with other academic research institutions with similar needs is something we have not had with commercial systems.”

Kuali OLE

Kuali OLE was founded by a partnership of research libraries that now includes University of Chicago, Indiana University (lead), SOAS—University of London, Lehigh University, Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. The partners pooled resources and expertise beginning in 2008 with several grants from the Mellon Foundation to develop this next-generation library system. Chicago and Lehigh University are the initial implementers. Other partners plan to adopt the new system in summer 2015.

Kuali OLE partners

Kuali OLE partners

UChicago Library staff members have played an integral role in the development of Kuali OLE since the design phase in 2008 and continue to do so by developing specifications, participating in software development, undertaking migration planning, providing subject specialist expertise, and testing new development. They hold several key leadership positions on the Kuali OLE team, and dozens more are participating in working groups supporting development activities. Development continues with the next Kuali OLE release due in summer 2015.

New University of Chicago Library Catalog

UChicago Library staff members have tailored VuFind, a library catalog originally developed at Villanova University, to meet the needs of local users. Design goals for the Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool meets the needs of researchers. Initial designs were refined throughout the first half of 2014, following the public beta testing of the Catalog by users beginning on February 14, 2014.

Alumna tries out the new Library Catalog

Sylva Osbourne, AB’14, tries out the new Library Catalog. (Photo by Lloyd DeGrane)

“Participating in the VuFind open-source project has allowed the Library to take advantage of commonly requested features already developed by the VuFind community while giving us the latitude to create functionality unique to UChicago needs,” said Elisabeth Long, Associate University Librarian for Digital Services.  “The level of engagement by our faculty and students in helping us design this new Catalog has been especially gratifying.”

The new Catalog features a simple, clean visual design while retaining all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the pre-existing UChicago systems. It also adds new features requested during interviews, including display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

“The successful, coordinated launch of these two new Library systems, designed to improve discovery and management of growing collections, could not have been accomplished without the creativity and talent of University of Chicago Library staff,” said Alice Schreyer, Interim Library Director and Associate University Librarian for Area Studies and Special Collections at the University of Chicago. “We are proud to collaborate with our colleagues to develop these new systems that will benefit researchers from around the world.”

Alert New Catalog launched, most Library services restored

The University of Chicago Library has launched its new Library Catalog, and most Library services that were temporarily interrupted during the transition period are now restored.  Borrow Direct is not yet available. As of today, Lens and the previous Catalog are retired.

We are aware that some system functions may be working slowly. This will be addressed in the coming days.

For information about how to use the new Catalog, visit the Catalog Help page or contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

If you have saved records using My Discoveries in Lens and wish to retain them, there is still time to place a request to have these migrated to the new Library Catalog.

We encourage you to report any difficulties you encounter in using the new Catalog, so that Library staff can quickly diagnose and resolve them.

 

Researching legal employers

We want to welcome students back to the Law School after what we hope have been productive and enjoyable summers. To help students prepare for their on campus interviews, we’ve put together an online guide for Researching Legal Employers. This guide is intended to supplement the many helpful resources provided by the Law School’s Office of Career Services. One resource to highlight is ALM Legal Intelligence, which includes access to full-text ALM Survey & Ranking reports, including the AmLaw 100 and the ALM Midlevel and Summer Associate Surveys. To access a report, just click on its name. ALM Legal Intelligence also provides the ability to search law firm data and access ready-made Law Firm Reports for 300+ world wide firms. In the Attorney Search tab, you can look for individual attorney profiles by name, firm/organization name, law school, area of practice, job title, and geographic area.whose resources are detailed below.

Also, in addition to providing an array of primary and secondary legal sources, Bloomberg LawLexisNexis, and Westlaw are excellent tools for researching legal employers. They link attorney and judge profiles with briefs and other case filings, various news sources, and other related resources that should prove helpful in researching potential employers. 

If you want any help in using these resources, please feel free to stop by the reference desk while you’re in the Law School or contact us through Ask a Law Librarian.

Robert Maynard Hutchins Papers available for research

A youthful Robert M. Hutchins in 1929

A youthful Robert M. Hutchins in 1929

The Robert Maynard Hutchins Papers are now available for research.

This collection is distinct from the Office of the President, Hutchins Administration Records, and includes material pertaining to Hutchins’ research, writing, and speaking; material relevant to his professional activities; correspondence; subject files; personal ephemera; honors and awards; annotated books; and photographs and audio recordings. The  bulk of the material dates between 1921 and 1977.

The correspondence series represents the largest portion of the collection. Hutchins corresponded with an impressive number of 20th-century luminaries including Saul Alinsky, Steve Allen, Pearl S. Buck, Albert Einstein, T. S. Eliot, Hubert Humphrey, Oscar Hammerstein II, Aldous and Laura Huxley, Charles and Anne Lindbergh, Benjamin E. Mays, Thurgood Marshall, Edward R. Murrow, Paul Newman, the Rockefeller family, Earl Warren, Frank Lloyd Wright, William O. Douglas, Adlai Stevenson, Thornton Wilder, and many more.

New printing service coming to libraries and residence halls in August

07/31/14 update: The transition to the new printing service has been rescheduled to begin the week of August 11. See below for further information.

In early August, a new printing service will be rolled out to campus libraries and residence halls. The service will introduce upgraded equipment for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, as well as a new and improved software interface for web-based printing.  Microform scanners will also be upgraded as part of the new service, and an overhead scanner for bound materials will be added at the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Starting Friday, August 1, users will no longer be able to use the current web printing service or to add value to their cards using the current web revalue service.  Printing from library computers and from personal computers with print drivers installed will continue to work throughout the transition.  Current copy card machines will still allow users to add value to their current cards using cash only.  The Library encourages users to avoid adding value to current cards or purchasing new copy cards until after the new printing service is in place.

Starting the week of August 11, the new equipment will be installed and the new web service will be launched at printing.uchicago.edu.  There may be brief periods in the week of August 11 when printing services are unavailable at a specific location while the old equipment is removed and the new equipment installed.

The cost of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing using the multifunction devices will remain the same as the 2013-14 prices for these services. Scanning at microform scanners and the new overhead scanner will cost the same as scanning at the multifunction devices: 2 cents per page.

Users who currently have an outstanding balance on their UChicago Card or recently issued library card will have the balance transferred to the new system automatically.  Users with older library cards or copy cards will need to ask for assistance in manually transferring any outstanding balance on their old card to a new card.

We appreciate your patience as the work to move to the new system is completed.  For more information about the upcoming changes, see printing.uchicago.edu.

Lyonette Louis-Jacques receives award for her outstanding service to AALL’s Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section

This past weekend many of D’Angelo’s librarians were away at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. A great conference made even better by a (surprise!) award to our own Lyonette Louis-Jacques. The Foreign, Comparative & International Law Special Interest Section honored Lyo for her outstanding leadership and service to the Section. Here is a picture of Lyo holding her 2014 Dan Wade Outstanding Service Award. Can’t think of a more deserving winner!

Lyonette Louis-Jacques and the 2014 Dan Wade Outstanding Service Award

Alert Library service interruptions begin July 15

7/24/2014 update: The implementation has been rescheduled to begin on August 1. See below for new service change dates.

The University of Chicago Library will begin implementing its new Library Catalog and new library management system, Kuali OLE, on August 1 at 5 p.m. In mid-August when implementation is complete, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired.

Accessing library services during the transition

From July 15 to mid-August, UChicago patrons will be able to search the current Library Catalog and Lens, check out materials, and place Scan & Deliver and online purchase requests, but some services will be interrupted, delayed, or delivered in different ways:

From July 15 to mid-August

  • Borrow Direct is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are not available locally.
  • Recall of materials from other borrowers is unavailable. UChicago patrons may use UBorrow or Interlibrary Loan to request books that are checked out during this period.

From August 1 to mid-August

  • Checkouts, returns, and other circulation information will not be updated in the Catalog and Lens during this period. If you discover that an item is not on the shelf, you may place an Interlibrary Loan request. For information about equipment circulated from the TECHB@R in Regenstein, please contact the TECHB@R staff in person.
  • You will not be able to view your current checkouts or renew your materials online using My Account. Users needing assistance with circulation matters may complete this circulation web form or visit a Library circulation desk in person.
  • Online requesting of items from the Mansueto Library will be unavailable through direct links from the Catalog and Lens. To request items from Mansueto, complete this circulation web form, select “Mansueto Library” in the “Library or Collection” field, and provide the call numbers of the needed items. You may also request assistance from Mansueto circulation staff in person.

When implementation is complete and normal services are restored, we will post a follow-up announcement. At that time, the current Catalog and Lens will be retired. Please visit our News site for directions on how to transfer records from My Lists in the Catalog and My Discoveries in Lens in July.

We apologize for the inconveniences that Library users will experience during the transition period but look forward to the enhanced features that will be available in the new Catalog. To preview the new Catalog, visit the Catalog beta site.

For the latest information about the implementation and launch of the new Catalog and Kuali OLE, visit our Library News site. If you have any questions about the implementation, please contact us through our Ask a Librarian service.

Alert Act now to transfer My Lists and My Discoveries from the current Catalog and Lens

The new Library Catalog, currently in beta testing, is scheduled to go into production in early August. At that point, the current Library Catalog and Lens will be retired. We encourage you to act now if you want to save lists stored using My Lists in the Catalog or My Discoveries in Lens.

From the current Catalog

Unfortunately, we cannot offer an automated migration of records stored in the existing Catalog using My Lists. If these saved records are important to you, we suggest that you copy and paste them into a document or transfer each saved record into a citation manager, such as Zotero or EndNote. Contact us via Ask a Librarian for more information about using citation management tools.

From Lens

Library staff will be happy to migrate your records and lists stored in Lens’s My Discoveries to the new Library Catalog upon request. You may place requests for migration as of today. We will be able to continue offering this service through September, after which this data will be lost.

Features of the new Catalog

New Catalog Beta homepage

Beta version of new Library Catalog homepage

The design goals for the new Library Catalog were drawn from an extensive series of interviews with UChicago faculty and students, conducted to ensure that the new tool will meet the needs of researchers. The new Catalog design retains all of the functionality that patrons identified as valuable in the existing systems and adds new features requested during interviews.

Library users will observe several notable improvements in the new Library Catalog:

  • The visual design is simple and clean.
  • The search results page displays the current availability of items.
  • Ebooks and ejournals are easier to access.
  • Search options from the soon-to-be-retired Library Catalog and Lens are available in a single Catalog.

Coming soon to the new Catalog

In the months following the launch of the Catalog, we will be adding additional features:

  • greater flexibility in emailing and texting catalog records,
  • improved print layouts,
  • an improved mobile experience, and
  • expanded Library content, including archival finding aids, and some digital collections.

More information about the transition to the new Library Catalog and our new Library management system, Kuali OLE, will be posted to the Library News site and emailed to the University of Chicago community later this month.

Law Library July 4 holiday hours

In observance of the University holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Friday, July 4. In addition, the Law School, including the D’Angelo Law Library, will be closing at 2 pm on Thursday, July 3. Regular summer hours will resume on Monday, July 7.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

D’Angelo Law Library Summer Hours

Beginning June 16, 2014, D’Angelo Law Library is on summer hours.  The Circulation Desk and Reserve Room are open open 8-5 Monday through Fridays; the Reference Desk is open 9-5 Monday through Friday.  Saturday and Sunday we are closed.  Happy summer to everyone!

Memorial Day hours: D’Angelo Law Library will be open

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, the D’Angelo Law Library will be open from 10 am – 6 pm, although access for non-law students will be limited, as this falls during the Law School reading and exam periods. Law School users will be able to access the library and check out materials, but the reference desk will be closed. D’Angelo will also have extended hours on Friday, May 23 and Friday, May 30; the Library will close at 9 pm instead of 6 pm. Mansueto and Regenstein Libraries will be open during their regular building hours on Memorial Day and the All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.

Limited access to D’Angelo Law Library during reading and exam periods

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from Thursday, May 22 through Friday, June 6 during the Law School reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. In addition, all non-law students who are taking Law School classes will have access to our library.

Consult the D’Angelo Law Library webpage on access for additional information.

Upcoming Summer Success programs

The D’Angelo Law Library is sponsoring two upcoming programs to help prepare students for their summer internships.

Ensuring Summer Success, Tuesday, May 6, 12:25 - 1:30 pm in Room V

Join the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Career Services, and the D’Angelo Law Library for a program designed to get you ready to succeed this summer. Our panelists will include a partner from Sidley, an associate from Pattishall McAuliffe, an administrative assistant from Jenner, and a reference librarian from DLA Piper. The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; juggling multiple projects, summer associate activities and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer associate pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment. This program was very highly rated in previous years by students who had attended the program in preparation for their summer positions. Lunch is provided. Keystone points: 10.

Prepare to Practice Boot Camp, Friday, May 9, 3:30 – 5:30 pm in Room IV

Join the D’Angelo Law Library and representatives from Lexis and Westlaw for a boot camp to help you be an efficient and effective legal researcher this summer. We will cover a variety of legal research tools, strategies, and best practices to give you the legal research skills that law firms are looking for from new associates. RSVP (to tito@uchicago.edu) is encouraged, but not required. Keystone points: 25.

LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law access over the summer

Please read below for details on accessing Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law over the summer.

Westlaw/WestlawNext

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: At the end of June, academic passwords for returning students will default to 40 hours for the month of July, even if a student does nothing to extend.

Westlaw does allow returning students to extend their current access in specific instances, which you can do by going to http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/SummerExtension.aspx. Allowable usages for extending include:

  • Summer law school classes and study abroad programs
  • Law review or law journal work, including write-on competitions
  • Research assistant work
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship pro bono work required for graduation

Graduating 3Ls: Graduating students will have access to WestlawNext through June 30, 2014. After that, their access to WestlawNext will be limited to 1 hour per month for 18 months.

For help or more information, contact the Law School’s Westlaw Account Manager Dennis Elverman at dennis.elverman@thomsonreuters.com.

LexisNexis

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Returning students will have full access to Lexis Advance during the summer without special registration.

Graduating 3Ls: Graduates have full Lexis Advance access through July 31, 2014. For help or more information, contact our LexisNexis Account Executive, Nikki Harris at nikki.harris@lexisnexis.com.

Bloomberg Law

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Bloomberg Law provides unlimited and unrestricted access over the summer. There is no need to register, as your student account will remain active and available all summer.

Graduating 3Ls: Students graduating this spring have unlimited and unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.

For help or more information, contact our Bloomberg Law Relationship Manager, Valerie Carullo at vcarullo@bna.com.

Introducing Thomas Drueke, Faculty Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian

The D’Angelo Law Library welcomes Thomas Drueke, our new Faculty Services and Scholarly Communications Librarian. Many of you will recognize Thomas – he has spent the last three and a half years working the Circulation Desk nights and weekends while finishing his Masters of Library and Information Science at UIUC. Thomas also has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. in history and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. While assisting the faculty with resources for their teaching and research is a major focus of his position, Thomas will also sit on the Reference Desk and participate in the Library’s programs for law students. Say hi and welcome when you see him at the Reference Desk!