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, BorrowDirect restored

10/23/14 update: BorrowDirect is 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.   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 weeks.

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.


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.


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.