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 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!

Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act passes IL House

UPDATE: On May 30, 2014, 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.

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!

Black history at the United Nations revisited in the Library on April 29

Several years ago, Professor Susan Gzesh discovered a rare legal document in the Regenstein Library bookstacks. For her Practice of Human Rights course, she had read Carol Anderson’s book, Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Ms. Anderson’s book mentioned that African-Americans had petitioned the United Nations for redress against U.S. human rights violations. Being a lawyer, she wanted to review the text of that petition. It was not online. Someone suggested the DuBois papers at UMass Amherst for the full petition, but her class was beginning in a few days.

"Eyes Off the Prize" book

“Eyes Off the Prize” book

It then occurred to Ms. Gzesh to look in the library catalog. The Library owned a copy! She found the petition in the Regenstein stacks. It was a snowy day with puddles all around. Afraid of damaging her valuable find, she placed the petition in a plastic sandwich bag when she got it safely home.

The petition turned out to be the following: 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. An Appeal to the World! A Statement on the Denial of Human Rights to Minorities in the Case of Citizens of Negro Descent in the United States of America and an Appeal to the United Nations for Redress (New York: NAACP, 1947) (prepared under the editorial supervision of W.E. Burghardt Du Bois, with contributions by Earl B. Dickerson, Milton R. Konvitz, William R. (Robert) Ming, Jr., Leslie S. Perry, and Rayford W. Logan). Regenstein, Bookstacks. JK1924.N3

There are only 55 libraries that own print copies of this 94-page document.

Table of contents from "An Appeal to the World! A Statement on the Denial of Human Rights to Minorities in the Case of Citizens of Negro Descent in the United States of America and an Appeal to the United Nations for Redress"

Table of contents from NAACP’s “An Appeal to the World!”

When Ms. Gzesh later told me about her find, I was thrilled to discover that Dr. W.E. B. DuBois had enlisted two esteemed graduates of the University of Chicago Law School (Earl B. Dickerson, J.D. ’20, and William R. Ming, Jr., J.D. ’33.) to help draft the NAACP petition. This story appears in my 2012 “Black History at the United Nations” blog post along with a bibliography of related works. After checking with the University legal department to ensure there were no copyright issues, the Human Rights Program posted each chapter of the petition online:

Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson

In 2014, over a decade since Eyes Off the Prize was published, the book has been very influential among human rights activists and advocates. The history it tells of the post-World War II activism of DuBois, Dickerson, Ming, Paul Robeson, and others has had a particular impact on African-Americans involved in NGO human rights networks.

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, this story will come full circle. The author of Eyes Off the Prize, Carol Anderson, will be speaking in Regenstein Library, Room 122, from 4:30-6 p.m. on “When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-Civil Rights in America” as part of the “Hard Times: Black Appeals, Local and Global” lecture series, sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for the Study of Race Politics and Culture. In honor of this occasion, the print copy of the 1947 NAACP petition will be transferred from the Regenstein bookstacks to the Library’s Special Collections, where it will be preserved to be discovered by future generations of human rights researchers.

D’Angelo Law Library spring interim hours, March 15 – March 25

Beginning Saturday, March 15, the D’Angelo Law Library will have reduced building hours for the spring interim. Normal hours resume Wednesday, March 26.

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation

Saturday, March 15 & Sunday, March 16:  Closed
Monday, March 17 – Friday, March 21: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 22 & Sunday, March 23:  Closed
Monday, March 24 – Tuesday, March 25: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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

Practical Law now integrated into WestlawNext

Screenshot of WestlawNext

The resource Practical Law (formerly known as Practical Law Company) is now integrated into the WestlawNext platform for all academic users. Practical Law focuses on transactional law and provides model documents (with legal drafting and negotiating tips), step-by-step checklists, timelines, handy overviews of transactional practice areas, and legal updates on the latest market developments. 60 AmLaw 100 firms and over 500 companies currently subscribe to Practical Law.

In the beginning of Spring Quarter, our Westlaw representative will be at the Law School to provide training on Practical Law for Law School students. Be on the look out for an announcement.

Law360 now available in Lexis Advance

Screenshot of Lexis Advance

The popular legal news service Law360 is now available to faculty and students in Lexis Advance.* Law360 publishes breaking news and analysis with a focus on major litigation across more than 35 practice areas. This content is read by well over 100,000 law firm and business professionals, including litigators, corporate counsel, and transactional attorneys. Law360 content is available in the Legal News section and also searchable as a source within Lexis Advance. The quickest way to get to the Law360 content is using the newly added “word wheel,” which allows you to search for the name of a specific source (e.g., a treatise or law journal) in the main search box. No more having to click “Browse Sources” if you want to search a particular source!

Other recent enhancements to Lexis Advance include Citing Decisions Grid, a visual tool available in the Shepard’s report, which allows users to evaluate precedential value and spot splits of authority, and Lexis Practice Advisor, a new transactional law research tool accessible within the red Research tab. Lexis Advance has also made a number of changes to its search experience, including refining its search algorithm and doing away with the persistent filters that carried over from earlier sessions. Visit the Lexis Advance Product page to learn about all the new enhancements (scroll down and click New Enhancements tab). 

*Unfortunately, the links to Law360 from the Top News wheel that appears when you first log into Lexis Advance do not work. This content is available in the Legal News section of Lexis Advance, but not on the separate Law360 platform. We agree it’s confusing. 

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

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from March 8 – March 15 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.

Lyonette Louis-Jacques: AALL Diversity Committee Librarian of the Month

From the American Association of Law Libraries website: “In celebration of Black History Month, the AALL Diversity Committee wants to highlight two African American law librarians for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to service in law librarianship.”  Our own Lyonette Louis-Jacques is one of February 2014′s two honorees. Congratulations, Lyo!  

Wright Fellowship for promising new academic law librarians

The D’Angelo Law Library at the University of Chicago is accepting applications through March 14 for the inaugural 2014 Judith M. Wright Fellowship.  Established on the occasion of Ms. Wright’s retirement as the director of the D’Angelo Law Library in 2013, the Fellowship recognizes her 40 years of service to the University of Chicago Law School and her legacy as a mentor to generations of law librarians.

Judith Wright

Judith Wright

The Wright Fellowship will develop promising new professionals in academic law librarianship by supporting a career training program at the D’Angelo Law Library. It provides a stipend to a law school or library science student or recent graduate selected for training at the D’Angelo Law Library for a Fellowship each year. In 2014, the Wright Fellowship provides a $4,000 stipend for a minimum of six consecutive weeks of full-time work to occur between May 15 and September 15, 2014.

The Fellowship is intended to give candidates interested in law librarianship as a career an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in an academic law library setting. Fellows will work in the D’Angelo Law Library under the guidance and supervision of the Law Library Director and other librarians and will learn about the overall functions, policies, and practices of the D’Angelo Law Library in both technical services and user services departments.

The primary focus of the Fellow’s work will be determined by the interests and prior experience of the Fellow and the needs of the D’Angelo Law Library. In addition to participating in the daily work of a premier academic law library, Fellows will undertake and complete a project based in the needs and capabilities of the D’Angelo Law Library.

The project for Summer 2014 will be one of the following:

  1. Update research guides:  The D’Angelo Law Library reference staff maintains a wide range of electronic research guides on various legal topics, using the LibGuides electronic platform. (See D’Angelo Law Library Research Guides). Currency and relevance are essential if the guides are to be of maximum use to our patrons. The 2014 Fellow will update a number of these LibGuides, both as to appropriate content and currency. The number and topic of the guides to be updated will be determined by the Fellow and the Fellowship Coordinator during the first week of the Fellowship. To undertake this project, the Fellow must have completed or be in the process of completing his/her J.D. degree, in addition to the other qualifications required by the Fellowship description.
  2. Add citations to scholarly repository: The D’Angelo Law Library maintains a scholarship repository called Chicago Unbound, built on the BePress Digital Commons platform. Chicago Unbound contains the scholarship of current University of Chicago Law School faculty. Citations for the scholarship of historical Law School faculty have been added to the database underlying Chicago Unbound; these citations need to be reviewed for accuracy and completeness prior to being uploaded to Chicago Unbound. The Fellow will complete this review for certain historical faculty of the Law School, the names and number of those faculty members to be agreed upon by the Fellow and the Fellowship Coordinator during the first week of the Fellowship.
  3. Digitize alumni magazine articles and add them to scholarly repository: The University of Chicago Law School Record has been published since 1951. The publication has been digitized from the Spring 2008 issue forward. The D’Angelo Law Library would like to digitize the articles from all previous issues of the Record and make them available through Chicago Unbound, the Law School’s scholarship repository. The Fellow would undertake identifying the issues, scanning the article portions of the issues, creating an index, and adding them to the database underlying Chicago Unbound, so that they will appear in the repository.

For detailed information on eligibility, requirements, and how to apply, visit the Library website.

Cholera in Haiti: The United Nations, public health, and the law

Cholera in Haiti

Cholera in Haiti

Since October 2010 when UN peacekeepers contaminated Haiti’s principal river with cholera-infected human waste, the disease has killed over 8,300 and sickened more than 650,000.”

On February 26, 2014, at noon, there will be a panel discussion at the Biological Sciences Learning Center on “Cholera in Haiti: Intersection of Public Health and Global Humanitarian Intervention.”  Then at 4:30, in Room III, of the Law School, a panel including Brian Citro of the International Human Rights Clinic, Brian Concannon of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and Dr. Paul Pierre of Partners in Health (PIH), will discuss “Law in a Time of Cholera: The Failure of the United Nations in Haiti.” 

Background documents, including the IJDH claims against the UN (November 3, 2011 Petition for Relief filed with the Bureaux des Avocats Internationaux (BAI)) and October 9, 2013 lawsuit filed against the UN (Georges et al v. United Nations et al., Docket # 1:13-cv-07146-JPO, SDNY), are available at the “Cholera Litigation” section of the Institute’s website. Both panels are sponsored by the University of Chicago Human Rights Program’s Health and Human Rights Initiative, with the support of the Richard and Ann Pozen Fund.

The Library Catalog Beta is here

There’s a new entry on the Law Library webpage under Catalogs: Library Catalog Beta.

The platforms underlying the current Library Catalog and Lens are losing vendor support over the summer. In response, the Library has developed a new Library Catalog interface, launched in beta today. The new interface offers improved searching capabilities, developed in response to input from students and faculty over the past two years. For more information about the searching options available in the new Library Catalog, view this short video tutorial. Please try out the new Catalog and use the Leave Feedback link to tell us what you think. 

More information can be found on the Library News site.

Feature Story Beta test the new Library Catalog

The Library strongly encourages members of the University of Chicago community to participate in a beta test of the new Library Catalog at catalog.lib.uchicago.edu. The end of vendor support for the current Library Catalog and Lens, both slated for this summer, requires the implementation of a new catalog.

New Catalog Beta homepage

The 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.

Notable features in the beta release

The new UChicago Library Catalog features a simple, clean visual design and a variety of search options:

  • searches can be limited by format, language, and other criteria;
  • “Begins With” browsing allows quick retrieval of known titles or authors;
  • materials can be viewed in call number order;
  • “power searching” options such as Boolean operators and nested search terms allow for precise recall of catalog records.

New features in this Catalog requested by users include display of the current availability of items on the search results page, as well as easier access to ebooks and ejournals.

Still in development

This beta version of the Catalog is not complete.  Features still under development include

  • My Account features, such as emailing, saving, and exporting records;
  • optimization of the Catalog for use on mobile devices;
  • inclusion of expanded Library content, such as the Library website, archival finding aids, and digital collections.

This functionality will be added over the coming months. The beta period will also give the Library the opportunity to identify and fix data and display problems before the Catalog goes into full production later this year.

Exporting user data

Unfortunately, lists created by users of the current Catalog and MyDiscoveries records saved by users of Lens cannot be migrated to the new Library Catalog.  The Library will soon post instructions on how users can export these records, and users will have at least until the end of June to do so.

Share your comments

To begin beta testing the new Catalog, simply go to catalog.lib.uchicago.edu and begin a search, or click the Help button on any Catalog page for more information.  Please share your comments with us on the feedback form, also available from the Catalog header. We are particularly interested in your feedback regarding visual design and layout, organization of results and records, ease and effectiveness of search construction, and the quality and ranking of results.

The new University of Chicago Library Catalog is a customized version of the VuFind software platform, an open-source search tool originally developed at Villanova University. Research libraries and collections currently using VuFind include the University of Michigan Library, the HathiTrust, and the National Libraries of Australia, Finland, and Ireland.

Lawyers (and law students) in love…in our DVD collection

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air, and in the D’Angelo Law Library DVD collection.  Below is a list of movies featuring lawyers, law school graduates, law students, judges falling in (and out) of love. Or there’s a love story. You can find these DVDs in our Reserve Room and check them out the circulation desk. See also the Law Library of Congress list of recommended movies on “Love and the Law“. And Regenstein’s Video/DVD collection.  They have the first season of Ally McBeal. Enjoy!

My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny

 

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde

 

Legally Blonde 2

Legally Blonde 2

 

Adam's Rib

Adam’s Rib

 

Intolerable Cruelty

Intolerable Cruelty

 

 

Laws of Attraction

Laws of Attraction

 

 

Bringing Down the House

Bringing Down the House

 

Trial and Error

Trial and Error

 

Body Heat

Body Heat

    

 

 

 

 

 

A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda

 

  

 

Cimarron

Cimarron

 

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas

 

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

 

 

 

 

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

 

The Advocate

The Advocate

 

The Groom Wore Spurs

The Groom Wore Spurs

 

I Am Sam

I Am Sam

 

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

 

The Bostonians

The Bostonians

 

El secreto de sus ojos = The Secret in Their Eyes

El secreto de sus ojos = The Secret in Their Eyes

 

Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal

 

Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks Notice

Feature Story UChicago law faculty scholarship united online

Law librarians, communicators collaborate to build ‘Chicago Unbound’

A new online repository for scholarship by University of Chicago Law School faculty—Chicago Unbound—was officially launched in January.  Developed by D’Angelo Law Library and the Law School’s Communications Department, Chicago Unbound unites the rich record of scholarship produced at the Law School in one online platform, making it accessible to a world audience. 

Chicago Unbound homepageAt launch, Chicago Unbound contains publications of current Law School faculty, selected past Law School faculty, the Public Law and Legal Theory working papers series, the Coase-Sandor Working Papers Series in Law and Economics, Occasional Papers, and the Law School Fulton and Crosskey Lecture series.  Full-text is provided when possible. For books and book sections, a link to the University of Chicago Library Catalog provides access to the content.  Chicago Unbound now contains more than 5000 citations to published scholarship and 2700 full text PDFs.  As the database develops, publications of all previous Chicago Law School faculty, for the period they flourished here, will be added, as well as other Law School publications. 

Chicago Unbound offers several options for searching for content, including browsing by author and keyword searching across the entire repository.  Users can limit a keyword search by field (author, title or document type) and by date range.  Results can be sorted by relevance or by publication date.  For example, using the searching tool to select articles with “antitrust” in the title published after 2010 produces five results: three from The Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics and two journal articles. All five have PDF files available for download.  

Chicago Unbound showcases the scholarship of the Law School faculty through use of bepress’s Digital Commons platform, widely used by law schools to enhance discovery and access to scholarship through standard online search tools. Digital Commons configures and optimizes its sites to enable “crawling” by web search engines.  Being a part of the Digital Commons Network of legal scholarship ensures that when searches are made for legal scholarship on a particular issue, Chicago Law faculty’s scholarship will be among the results. 

Chicago Unbound has already reached a substantial audience.  Since its inception, readers have downloaded more than 40,000 full-text articles, including more than 15,000 in December 2013, an impressive achievement for a product still in development.  Bepress provides usage information on a monthly basis, demonstrating to faculty the impact of the scholarship they produce. 

Chicago Unbound was conceived and undertaken in the beginning of 2013 under the leadership of Judith M. Wright, who directed the D’Angelo Law Library for 33 years prior to her retirement in June.  The Law School Communications Department, represented by Aaron Rester and Marsha Nagorsky, collaborated with D’Angelo Law Library staff on site design.  Led by Benjamin Murphy, Head of Access Services, Library staff created a database to undergird Chicago Unbound.  This underlying database, christened the “mothership,” holds all of the publication information, including PDF files of articles and papers. It can be used for multiple purposes, including population of faculty web pages, bibliography requests, and permanent archiving.  The mothership also gives the Library and Law School the flexibility to consider alternative platforms and other uses for the data in the future. 

Maintenance and improvement of the mothership and Chicago Unbound is a priority for the D’Angelo Law Library for the future.  Library staff are reviewing scholarship data of Law School historical faculty, and preparing to post Tables of Contents for the Journal of Law & Economics and the Journal of Legal Studies, both edited by Law faculty through the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics. 

The collaborative nature of the Chicago Unbound project has been especially satisfying for D’Angelo Law Library staff.  Spearheaded by current Law Library Director Sheri Lewis, and coordinated by Margaret Schilt, Associate Law Librarian for User Services, Benjamin Murphy, Head of Access Services, Todd Ito, Coordinator of Instruction and Outreach, and Thomas Drueke, Public Services Assistant, all D’Angelo Law Library staff members have contributed to the success of Chicago Unbound.  Working closely with Law School staff to gather, promote, and facilitate discovery of the groundbreaking work done by Chicago law faculty creates closer ties within the Law School and fulfills the University of Chicago Library’s mission to build collections and create tools to support research, teaching and writing and to collaborate with other members of the University to enrich the research and learning community. 

We encourage all of the University community to visit Chicago Unbound at chicagounbound.uchicago.edu.

Books featured in Crime in Law and Literature conference

conference posterOn February 7-8, 2014, the University of Chicago Law School is hosting a conference on Crime in Law and Literature featuring legal and literature scholars from the University of Chicago and across the country, as well as a plenary talk by Scott Turow. The full conference schedule is available on the Law School website. We’ve put together an online guide to the books that will be discussed at the conference, along with where you can find them here in the University of Chicago Library.

The conference itself is free and open to the public. No response is required, but seating is limited. See the Law School website for more information.

How to locate Chinese legislation in English translation

Chinese HorseHappy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse!  In celebration, here’s a quick guide to help with researching Chinese statutes and regulations in English translation. Major sources to check include Peking University’s LawInfoChina/ChinaLawInfo (北大法律信息网) database, Westlaw China, the National People’s Congress’ Database of Laws and Regulations, Laws of the People’s Republic of China (AsianLII), and  the Supreme People’s Court’s “Laws & Regulations” page. The NPC database contains laws in these categories: 

 

Translations of recent Chinese laws or proposed legislation will sometimes be posted on the CHINALAW email discussion group or on the China Law Prof blog.  Older laws in translation are sometimes separately-published, or selectively printed in journals such as China Law and Practice.  Search the Library Catalog, Lens, or WorldCat to locate them. If you are looking for Chinese laws on specialized topics such as intellectual property, trade, and investment, check the website of the related government agency or international organization. For additional information, check the Law Library of Congress’ China: Translation of National Legislation into English (March 2012, PDF). 

Print sources of English translations of Chinese legislation owned by Chicago-area libraries include:

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Happy researching!  And, if you need additional assistance, Ask-A-Law-Librarian!

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