Friday, August 15, 2008

Now the Semester REALLY begins

O.K., new students, you have had your introduction and fun at orientation, now it is time to really start Law School. As of this Sunday, I go back to my regular prowling hours and the Library resumes its regular hours as well - which are listed below and, of course, on the Library's web site. Also, the Reference librarians resume their regular hours too (see link to the right).

REGULAR HOURS - Sunday, August 17 - Thursday, November 20
Sunday 10:00 A.M. - Midnight
Monday - Thursday 8:00 A.M. - Midnight
Friday 8:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Monday, September 1 (Labor Day) 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Legal News Sources

As many of you know, our Law Library home page offers a scrolling update at the bottom of the page that provides law-related news. Those who seek even more sources for news related to the law, however, should examine Professor Peter Suber’s Legal News Sources Web portal page. This page contains links to both general legal news sources and news sources in specialized areas of the law.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Library Walking Tours

As promised, I will let you know about Library events. As part of orientation, and to properly introduce you to the Law Library, we have 1/2 hour walking tours (schedule listed below). In these tours, you will get a sense of just how much we have to offer in the Library, some of our policies, and some tips for studying - the best place for quiet study, a great handout to help you with your Legal Writing assignment and other great tips.

If you prefer to take the tour at your own pace, try our new audio tour. You can download the mp3 files from the Library's web site onto your mp3 player. As always, let me know what you think.

Library Walking Tour schedule - meet at the front desk of the Library
Week of 8/11
Wed. 8/13 - 12:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:10pm, 8:30pm
Thurs. 8/14 - 12:10pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm
Fri. 8/15 - 3:10pm
Sat. 8/16 - 2:10pm

Week of 8/18
Mon. 8/18 - 11:10am, 12:10pm, 3:10pm, 5:10pm
Tues. 8/19 - 12:10pm, 2:10pm

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

WELCOME FIRST YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


By the end of today, you will have been introduced to me - Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat. It is my job to prowl the Library, virtually of course, and report back to you on Library events and workshops, great sites to visit in the Virtual world, and occasionally even great sites to visit in the so-called "bricks and mortar" world (occasionally referred to as the real world).

I also hope you will let me know what you think - what you like, as well as suggestions for improvements for the Library. Remember, if we don't know, we can't fix it. Just click on the comments link and let's get a virtual conversation started.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

We're not always serious

Law school is intense and time consuming, but we can still take time for fun. Thanks to Law Librarian blog for their you tube double feature: "I guess you didn't know we had a system for shelving books" and "They weren't meant to be or how discussing the Dewey Decimal System in the library leads to a break up."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wall Street Journal Law Blog

For current events in legal news, I like to read the Wall Street Journal Law Blog. The blog is updated frequently and keeps me up to date on recent court cases, new laws and political issues. Recent topics include pregnancy discrimination, counterfeit goods on ebay, and expert witnesses.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, August 10, 2008


MetaVid is a relatively new site that archives videos of federal legislative action. Its contents are only from about the last two years, and because it relies largely on user uploads, it does not contain videos of everything that happens in Congress. But because MetaVid gives you the ability to find information on and videos related to a bill simply by entering its name, number, or a legislator's name (among other search options), it may become a valuable resource and it is already a good option for anyone researching recent legislation.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat