The Mystery Behind Mastery Mondays

Want to increase your research skills but don’t have a lot of free time? The Oklahoma City University Law Library will be launching a new series of quick tutorials starting on Monday, February 16th! We call them Mastery Mondays, and they’re designed to give quick instruction for busy people.  Each session will only take 15 minutes, so it will be easy to fit into almost anyone’s schedule.

Each week will feature a new topic.  Our first Mastery Monday subject is Finding Library Materials: Using the Catalog and Interlibrary Loan.  Access Services Librarian Susan Urban will be at the law library reference collaboration table at 9:30 AM, 12 PM, and 3 PM and will guide everyone on quick tips for searching the catalog and requesting books from other libraries. It will also be a great opportunity for everyone to see how the collaboration tables work!

Future Mastery Monday topics include:

February 23rd: Sharing and Saving Work with Database Folders

March 2nd: Finding Legislative Histories on ProQuest Congressional

March 9th: BNA Reporters

March 23rd: Keeping up with Regulations on FedReg.gov

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend! If anyone has a suggestion for a topic for any future Mastery Mondays, please see one of the librarians!

 

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Adventures of a Traveling Law Librarian: Chicago!

I recently had the pleasure of spending part of the Thanksgiving break in the Windy City.  Denielle Chaney, Oklahoma City University School of Law Class of 2010, was there with her husband to celebrate their anniversary.  We got together for some deep dish pizza and talked about our law school days.

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I was also fortunate enough to have a tour of the Pritzker Legal Research Center, the law library of the Northwestern University School of Law.  The law library has a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, though it rained during my visit.  Students were busy preparing for finals there as well, so my tour was brief and quiet.  The Pritzker Legal Research Center has a rare book collection of over 2,500 volumes and several unique collections including the selected papers of former Supreme Court justice Arthur J. Goldberg.  The Pritzker Legal Research Center lists its traditional areas of strength as U.S. constitutional law, the legal profession, legal ethics, and criminology.  For more information about the law library, click here.

 

 

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Adventures of a Traveling Law Librarian: Philadelphia!

I recently visited Philadelphia on vacation.  Philly is one of my favorite places to visit, since I love history, I love food, and I love law libraries.  On this trip, I visited the Drexel University School of Law Legal Research Center.  Drexel’s law school is relatively new, as the first class entered in the Fall of 2006.  I was interested in seeing how the library developed.  Steve Thorpe, Director of Access Services, was kind enough to give me a tour.  Drexel has a new facility with a lot of open space and a much larger print collection than I expected.  Their law library is not open to the general public, so I was lucky enough to have arranged the tour ahead of time.  Pictured below are the Drexel University School of Law (the library is on the third floor) and the feared Drexel Dragon.

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But this vacation wasn’t just about law libraries.  I went on the Ghosts of Philadelphia tour on my second night there for some cheesy fun.  Pictured below is our tour guide, dressed in colonial garb and telling some awesome stories as we walked around Old City and Society Hill.

 

 

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I was there the week of the 4th of July, so the lines were a little too long for Independence Hall that week, but I was able to snap a picture of where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

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It was a busy 9 days of reconnecting with friends, touring Valley Forge, walking all over Philadelphia, and eating some of the world’s most amazing food.

 

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Look for more pictures of my trip on the Law Library’s Pinterest account!

Timothy Gatton, Head of Reference Services

J. William Conger Symposium on Tuesday, March 4th!

The Law Library will be holding the J. William Conger Symposium on Tuesday, March 4th at 1 PM in the Native American Wing on the first floor of the Law Library.  This year’s topic is “New Approaches to the Practice of Law.”  Panelists will include Jim Calloway, the Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Management Assistance Program, and Elizabeth Lauderback, Oklahoma City University School of Law Class of 2012 and associate with the law firm of Dunlap Codding.  Click here for more information.

The Law Library has created a LibGuide for the event, with information on the panelists, resources, and more information about Professor J. William Conger.

A display has been set up across from the Circulation Desk to promote this outstanding event.  Additionally, all students in attendance will receive one point toward the Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills.  We hope you will join us for this enlightening look at the changing face of the practice of law!

More Cyber Attacks on Retailers

This holiday season, retailers Target and Neiman Marcus announced that their networks were breached.  On Friday, Target said the data breach was far bigger than initially believed.  Target disclosed on December 19th that 40 million payment card numbers had been stolen in a cyber attack.  Now, an investigation has found that the hackers stole the personal information of at least 70 million customers.   Additionally, similar security breaches occurred at three yet-to-be named retailers.  Click here for more information.

In Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security has information on Cyber Security and Cyber Terrorism.  Click here to learn more about its resources.

 

Olinka Hrdy Display in Reference Wing

Olinka Hrdy, widely considered to be Oklahoma’s first modern artist, created  two beautiful murals in Oklahoma City University School of Law’s future home at the old Central High School building downtown.  The murals are incredibly rare and only one other Hrdy mural is known to be in existence.  The Oklahoma City University School of Law is in the process of preserving and restoring these masterpieces.  For find out more about the restoration and for links to more information on Olinka Hrdy, click here.

The Law Library has a display in the Reference Wing devoted to this outstanding Oklahoma artist.  Stop by and learn more!

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Satanic Monument at the Oklahoma Statehouse?

In 2009, Oklahoma legislators approved a privately funded Ten Commandments monument to be installed on the Capitol grounds.  H.B. 1330 states that “[t]he placement of this monument shall not be construed to mean that the State of Oklahoma favors any particular religion or denomination thereof over others, but rather will be placed on the Capitol grounds where there are numerous other monuments.”  Oklahoma’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to have the monument removed and legal experts cautioned that the monument might not pass constitutional muster.

The Satanic Temple has notified the Capitol Preservation Commission that it would like to donate a monument to the Capitol Grounds as well.  Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, said in his letter to Oklahoma officials that one possible design includes an interactive display for children.   See the article from NewsOK here.

Interested in Separation of Church and State issues?  Check out the Law Library catalog for some of our resources!

Study Break Resources at the Law Library

Finals are almost here, and the Law Library has many resources to help with prepping for those final exams.  However, the Law Library also has books, DVDs, and other resources to help you relax when finals are over (or when you need a break).  Our popular DVD collection is located in the Reference Wing and our Popular Reading section is in the 3rd floor lobby.

We have a display across from the Circulation Desk that showcases some of our many offerings, including some Sudoku puzzles.  Stop by and check them out when you need a little break!

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Adventures of a Traveling Law Librarian: Rome!

I was on vacation in Rome last week and I typically try to visit a law library every time I am in another city.  However, there was so much to see and do in Rome that I was unable to schedule time to visit any law libraries.   In addition to seeing the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain, I was able to attend the general audience of Pope Francis on Wednesday, November 13th.  Clint Lloyd, Oklahoma City University School of Law, Class of 2009, was in Rome on business for his firm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and joined me for dinner that evening.

If you’re interested in Roman Law, the University of Glasgow School of Law publishes a peer-reviewed journal called Roman Legal Tradition.  The Law Library also has materials on Roman Law, like this treatise comparing Roman Law to the Common Law.  Want to learn more?  Check our catalog or ask a Reference Librarian for more information!

Timothy Gatton, Reference Librarian for Public, Clinical, and Student Services

Last Brown Bag of the Semester: Cool Tools Cafe!

On Tuesday, November 5th at Noon, we will be holding our final Brown Bag session  of the semester:  Cool Tools Café!  This session will last 50 minutes.  Just bring your lunch and learn about some of the law librarians’ favorite technology tools.  Technology in the legal field is constantly evolving.  This would be a great chance to learn what’s new and what can help you as a legal professional!

All currently enrolled Oklahoma City University law students are eligible to participate.  Students may sign up for training sessions through TWEN. This session is worth one point toward the Award and is open to all students. To sign up for training sessions:

  1. Sign in to Westlaw at http://lawschool.westlaw.com.
  2. Select the TWEN link on the top of the page
  3. Select “Add A Course”
  4. From the list select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  5. Click the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page.
  6. You will be redirected to your course list
  7. Again, select the course “Award of Accomplishment in Legal Research Skills”
  8. Select the “Sign-up sheets” link on the left hand column
  9. Choose the course you would like to attend
  10. Choose the time and select “Sign Up”