New things seem to keep happening here at the Law Library.  First, we now have a Popular DVD Collection.  It focuses on law, lawyers, public policy and government in feature films.  While we currently have about 50 DVDs, we expect the size of the collection to increase.  You can browse our collection in the soft seating area of the Reading Room or online at http://guides.library.cornell.edu/popular_law_dvds.  DVDs can be checked out for seven days.

We also have a new self-serve online room reservation system for the Law School community.  Easy access is available via your computer, phone, or tablet at http://lawschool.cornell.libcal.com/booking/rooms.  Reservations may be made for the squash court and study rooms 471 and 473, for a maximum of two hours at a time.

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Cornell Law Library has a position available for a librarian.

Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.  The town and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 620 J.D. students, 75 LL.M. students, 25 J.S.D. students, and 52 full-time faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute.  The Law Library houses over 700,000 volumes and disseminates extensive legal information through its web site. The Library promotes a challenging environment which supports the use of new technologies with a tradition of excellent services.  Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library (CUL) system, and advancement is through the CUL promotion process.

Benefits:  Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options).  Professional travel funding available.

Position: Cornell Law Library seeks an energetic and creative librarian for a new Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian position. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Research and Instruction, the Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian is responsible for building productive relationships with faculty and students by developing and implementing the outreach activities of the Law Library.

Duties include:

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement new and innovative library programs and services for faculty, students, and other groups in the law school and university community.
  • Facilitate the growth of the library’s scholarly services, which include an active faculty liaison component and a faculty scholarship repository.
  • Work collaboratively with library staff to develop and coordinate library marketing and outreach efforts such as open houses, orientation and alumni events, exhibits, brochures, reports, other print-based and web based social media.
  • Develop and conduct surveys to assess information technology, research, instruction, and other library services and programs geared towards faculty and students.
  • Provide extensive reference and research service to the Law School and university communities in Anglo-American, international, and foreign law.
  • Develop and organize library workshops and sessions in real and virtual environments.
  • Teach in the first year lawyering course and various research courses for upper level credit.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills are required, as well as a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial environment.

The Outreach and Scholarly Services Librarian participates in library planning committees and task forces and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities, and is expected to be professionally active.

Salary is competitive. Position is available July 1, 2013; however, the start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, and the posting will close on April 1, 2013.

Requirements:  J.D. from ABA accredited school and M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program; strong service orientation; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

Preferred:  A minimum of two years professional academic law library or related experience; demonstrated experience coordinating and managing projects; teaching experience; knowledge of and interest in new and emerging technologies; demonstrated experience with assessment methodologies and conducting analysis.

Application:  To apply for this position go to: http://www.ohr.cornell.edu/jobs/, search under the job category of Librarians, select job posting 19644 and follow the instructions for online submission. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references.

For more information, contact Thomas Mills, Associate Director for Collections and Administration, 607.255.5859, twm26@cornell.edu

 

With These HandsIn 1950, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) sponsored a documentary, With These Hands, to celebrate its first fifty years.  While previous labor films had not been successful, With These Hands used Hollywood professionals—the director was Jack Arnold, who would go on to direct 1950s cult classics such as Creature from the Black Lagoon and television episodes of popular shows—and was much more popular with audiences.  Ultimately, it was nominated for the Best Documentary Oscar in 1951.

Tonight, the Catherwood Library and the Kheel Center, part of the Cornell ILR School, are sponsoring the first public showing of With These Hands in almost fifty years.  The film will screen at 5:00 pm in 105 Ives Hall.

For more information about the film and its history, see the Kheel Center’s February 22 announcement, with a bibliography of archival materials in Kheel Center collections, written and compiled by Katie Dowgiewicz, ILGWU Project Archivist.

 

Carissa-Vogel_2We are pleased to introduce you to Carissa Vogel!  Carissa is our new Assistant Director for Research and Instruction and a Lecturer in Law.  She spent several years in practice in California before deciding to become an academic law librarian. She holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington, a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.A. from the University of California – Berkeley. Carissa taught first-year legal research courses, legal research for LL.M.students, sections of Advanced Legal Research, and Prepare to Practice sessions on Intellectual Property legal research in her previous position at Columbia Law School. She has been published in several library publications and is an active member of AALL, the American Association of Law Libraries.

Welcome, Carissa!

We’ve just acquired a new book that should be of interest to many of our students.  In Chambers: A Guide for Judicial Clerks and Externs by Jennifer L. Sheppard, Associate Professor of Law, Mercer University, is now available on reserve in the Law Library Reading Room (ask at the circulation desk during normal library hours). 

Professor Sheppard offers guidance on everything from attire to court organization and process to drafting an opinion. A sample bench memorandum is included, as are chapters on standards of review and drafting jury instructions.

Students looking ahead to obtaining a clerkship will also find the book useful, as it includes a chapter explaining the application process as well as sample resumes and cover letters.

While this book may be used only in the Reading Room, other books on this topic are available for checkout. Search our library catalog for the subject heading “law clerks United States”.  We also have Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, edited by Sylvan A. Sobel, available online through HeinOnline.

Cornell law students interested in speaking with a reference librarian about legal research for an upcoming externship or clerkship may request a research consultation at the circulation desk.

Don’t forget: our book sale is happening now through Friday in the Law Library Reading Room.  Books are available for purchase 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  All books are $1, cash only please.  Additional books will be added throughout the week.

We have two new Hein databases available for use by all Cornell faculty, students, and staff.

This database includes reports, decisions, and records of several of the most important federal agencies, including the  Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Complete collections of case reports from these and other agencies are included.  The documents are images of the originals.

This database includes the entirety of Cheryl Nyberg and Carol Boast Robertson’s Subject Compilations Bibliography Series, previously available at Cornell Law Library in print only.  Users can now search the full text and link directly to articles in HeinOnline and many freely available web resources.  The database also includes many other multistate surveys of law.

If you have any questions about using these databases, please contact Cornell Law Library Reference.  For information about other new databases at Cornell Law Library, see Update on law library databases.

We have a new exhibit in the Reading Room about the Second Amendment, with books and articles about the interpretation and history of gun control in the United States.  If you’re in the area, stop by and see it!

Monday is the federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  His birthday was this past Tuesday, January 15.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dr. King, you’re in luck!  Eric Kofi Acree, the Director of Cornell University’s John Henrik Clarke Africana Library, has created a research guide.  For more information about the Law Library’s holdings about Martin Luther King, Jr., search the library catalog or contact Cornell Law Library Reference for assistance.

To get you started on your research, here is a video clip from an interview with Dr. King:

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Happy new year — welcome to 2013!

We’ve made a few changes in the law library’s database offerings:

  • We now subscribe to Oxford Bibliographies: International Law.  This database includes 48 articles guiding researchers to the best scholarship available in international law.  Examples of topics include Genocide, International Criminal Law, and International Organizations.  This database is available for use both on and off campus for the entire Cornell community.
  • While we’ve subscribed to PKULaw for quite some time, until now it has been available only at the law school.  We’re pleased to announce that it is now available for use by the entire Cornell community, both on and off campus, in its English and Chinese versions.  PKULaw is a comprehensive and authoritative database of Chinese legal information, which contains all the laws, regulations, and cases in Chinese since 1949. It also includes all issues of 35 domestic law journals, with over 100,000 full-text articles in Chinese.  (Note that not all Chinese-language materials are available in the English database.)
  • We have expanded our holdings in Oxford Reports in International Law to include decisions not only on International Law in Domestic Courts but also International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law.  This database is available only using law school computers.
  • We no longer have a separate subscription to Getting the Deal Through.  The resources in that database are now available via Bloomberg Law.  Members of the law school community who would like a Bloomberg Law password should contact Cornell Law Library Reference.
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