While we’re looking forward to the new classrooms and entrance that the law school’s construction project will bring, the project also will bring an end to the Edwin S. Dawson Rare Book Room at Cornell Law Library. To celebrate the life of a wonderful room, we’re having a farewell reception next Wednesday, October 24. Come see highlights from the collection, including the medals of Myron C. Taylor, the Scottsboro train, and some wonderful nineteenth-century trial pamphlets and other print special collections.
The Law Library will host an open house for 1L’s, LLMs and exchange students tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, from noon to 2:30pm. Join us to meet our staff, pick up some swag, and be introduced to a variety of helpful resources and services, including:
- Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg passwords
- Cool stuff to borrow
- After Hours Access
- Rare Book Room
- Interlibrary Loan & Borrow Direct
- Upper Level Research Courses
- Eating Area
- How to use our catalog
- Library website & subject-specific databases
- Where and how to check out course reserves
- And more!
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012, the Law Library will host Cornell Companions, a pet visitation program sponsored by the Cornell University veterinary community. From 11:00am to 1:00pm, six dogs and two llamas will be available to law students in the Law School Courtyard (or foyer in the event of rain). Interested students are invited to sign up for this event at the Circulation Desk in the Library. Up to 25 students may attend each twenty-minute session. The animals are vaccinated, free of parasites, trained in obedience, and screened for the proper temperament. Enjoy this opportunity to relax before finals in the therapeutic companionship of an affectionate pet! Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by emailing the Law Library at email@example.com
The Law Library invites you to look at our main display case inside the Reading Room. The case shows off, in photos, some of the many Rare Treasures of the Cornell Law Library. The display is presented in anticipation of three open houses at which you can view the actual materials. The Law Library will open the Dawson Rare Book Room at the East end of the Reading Room on February 10th, March 9th, and April 20th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Note that some of these materials may be accessed in digital form here.
The Law Library has rich collections of rare materials. The Trials Collection is one of the most popular. It contains pamphlets that report trials involving murder, domestic disputes, and love triangles! The most famous of these trials are those of Lizzie Borden and Edward Rulloff. The Donovan Nuremberg Trial transcripts have attracted scholars from the United States and Europe.
A collection unique to the Cornell Law Library is the Laws of Liberia. The library has had requests from law firms, the United Nations, and the Liberian government for this material. Another treasure is The Charter of the Province of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia printed and sold by Benjamin Franklin in 1742. Additional materials of importance in Anglo-American law include Coke’s Institutes and Blackstone’s Commentaries.
On display in the Rare Book Room is the Scottsboro Train Replica used as an exhibit in the historic 1930’s trial of the “Scottsboro Boys”. It, among other materials, was a gift of the defendants’ attorney, Cornell Law alum Samuel S. Leibowitz, ’15. You can see a portion of this famous model train, an eighteenth-century Blackstone, and a seventeenth-century Littleton in our display case. We invite you to join us at one of our open houses this spring to see more of our riches.
The Law library is hosting an open house for all students on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 11:00am-1:00pm, in the Gould Reading Room. Library resources and services will be featured at stations throughout the room, including:
• An introduction to “hidden” online databases;
• Information regarding personalized research consultations;
• An overview of upper level research classes;
• Our open access repository of Cornell student and faculty scholarship;
• Demonstrations of our library catalog and interlibrary loan services;
• A rare book display;
• And more.
Students who visit every station will receive a library pen and be entered in a grand prize drawing to win their choice of two round trip Campus-to-Campus bus tickets to New York City, or a limousine wine tour for 2-4 people. Other prize drawings will feature $25 gift certificates to local businesses including Gimme! Coffee, Cinemapolis, and Purity Ice Cream. Drawings will occur at 1pm; students need not be present to win.
A book sale will be held simultaneously with the open house. All books will be available for $1 at the East end of the Reading Room.
Join us for some quick, informative fun and snag a seasonal snack from Cornell Orchards!
Tuesday, April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, celebrated each year since 2000 and established by the World Intellectual Property Organization. The aim is to demonstrate how the IP system fosters not only music, arts and entertainment, but also all the products and technological innovations that help to shape our world. This day commemorates the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970.
For your IP research, you are invited to use these top-notch resources at Cornell Law Library:
- BNA Intellectual Property Law Resource Center
- IP Theory — a new peer-edited intellectual property law publication
- JIPITEC – open access journal on intellectual property, information technology, and e-commerce law
- Nimmer on Copyright – available on Lexis and on reserve in the law library (11 volumes)
- McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition – available on Westlaw and on reserve in the law library (7 volumes)
- Chisum on Patents – available on Lexis
March is Women’s History Month. An overview of the legal origin of this celebration is available from the Law Library of Congress. Here, copies of the 19th Amendment, relevant Congressional Resolutions and Presidential Proclamations, and some recent public laws, are available for viewing. The 2011 Presidential Proclamation is available from the White House here. Other good sources of information include the National Women’s History Project and www.womenshistorymonth.gov, where the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum “join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.”
Several databases are available through the Cornell University Library that focus on women’s issues (IP authentication required), including Genderwatch (“In-depth coverage of the subjects that are uniquely central to women’s lives, including family, childbirth, birth control, daycare, domestic abuse, work and the workplace, sexual harassment, aging, aging parents, body image, eating disorders and social and societal roles.”); Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts (“Indexes books and journal articles on education, employment, women in the family, medicine and health, gender role socialization, social policy, the social psychology of women, female culture, media treatment of women, biography, literary criticism and historical studies.”); and Women’s Studies International (“Provides citations and some abstracts to the core areas of Women’s studies.”)
Image from the Library of Congress’ Flickr stream.
The webinars on HeinOnline Searching have been rescheduled for this week on Thursday, March 3, at 10am & 2pm.
It’s not too late; you can still register for one of these sessions:
- Sign up for 10am at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/122053890
- Sign up for 2pm at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/619093115
For more information about the webinar, click here.
HeinOnline has earned its place as a comprehensive legal research tool. You probably use it for finding pdfs of journal articles when you have the citation. Over the last few years, it has developed its searching capabilities to be a first choice for searching journal articles. Hein is offering a 45-minute webinar on Thursday, February 24 at 10:00 am and at 2:00 pm on search techniques for HeinOnline. Sign up using the links below, and you can learn – right at your desktop — more strategies for improving your searches. To register for the 10:00 am session, click here. For the 2:00 pm session, click here.
There will be a Rare Book Open House for LLM students, JSD students, visiting Faculty and Scholars, and new Faculty. It will be held from 11:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 28th, 2010. Among the items which may be on exhibit are famous trials, the Psychological Profile of Hitler, Nuremberg Trial Transcripts, old state statutes of Hawaii, and Blackstone Commentaries along with the Code of Napoleon. Please come and see the treasures and have a bit to eat, too.