With the launch of the Fall 2013 Semester, the librarians at the Brooklyn Law School Library are pleased to announce that its two blogs, the BLS Library Blog and the Brooklaw Library Weblog, have merged into one combined blog. The newly merged blog will use the name BLS Library Blog. Its new home is http://www.blslibrary.com. To continue reading blog posts by the librarians at the Brooklyn Law School, readers need to update their bookmark to the new URL.
All of the older posts from the two former sites, along with reader comments and resources remain available at the new site. We look forward to seeing you again at http://www.blslibrary.com.
The blog, Government Information, which Brooklyn Law School Library Government Documents Librarian Rosemary Campagna writes retains is about Politics, Legislation and Documents in the News. Its URL is http://governmentinfo.wordpress.com/.
Virtually every library database available to you on campus can also be accessed from home, most without a password (with the exception of BloombergLaw, Westlaw, and Lexis – they always require passwords). However, in order to access databases such as HeinOnline, Academic Search Premier, and other useful resources without coming all the way to school, you must first implement the Proxy Server Instructions so that you are communicating with these websites via the BLS server. Instructions for the browsers that work best with these databases can be found on the law school’s website. Please note that once you set up the Proxy Server, you will be required to enter your BLS Username and Password each time you attempt to access the web on the selected browser. Therefore, you may want to use a browser different from the one you normally use for web browsing.
If you have any difficulty setting up your browser using these instructions, feel free to stop by the Reference Desk and a librarian will be happy to assist you.
The Library recently installed a second mobile charging station. This charging station is in Library room 104M, which is our lounge for students. It is to the left as you enter the room and is a gift from Westlaw. The first charging station is on the ground floor and was described in the Library blog of July 3, 2013.
These charging stations are for cell phones and tablets only. When using either charging station, remember to sit nearby while your device charges. The Library is not responsible for unattended devices.
This week Brooklyn Law School’s Library instituted a new chat reference service. The service is accessible through the Library’s
BLSConnect page, and is available for Brooklyn Law School’s students, faculty, and staff.
Librarians are available to chat during regularly scheduled reference hours. Reference librarians attempt to respond to instant message questions as quickly as possible. If you do not get a response back, please leave your email address or phone number, and someone will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
The service is best suited for short, fact-based questions and general questions on finding the relevant resources for a given topic. If you have a more detailed question, we may encourage you to arrange a meeting with a reference librarian, or to stop by the reference desk during our normal reference hours.
Now that the NYS Bar Exam is over the library will be scaling back its hours till the beginning of the Fall school semester.
The BLS Library hours through Sunday, August 11th will be as follows –
Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 10:00pm
Sundays – 10:00am – 10:00pm
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
The library recently acquired a new legal research database: Legal Source. This database may be accessed from the library homepage in the alphabetical list of databases or here.
Legal Source is a single resource for the extensive content previously found in the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books from the H. W. Wilson Company as well content from EBSCO Information Services, a provider of research databases and e-journals.
Legal Source includes over 1,200 full-text journals and over 2.5 million records. Included is the Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective covering 1908-1981 and the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books with full-text available for over 400 periodicals as far back at 1994.
An incident occurred in the library this past Saturday involving one our study rooms. A student was studying in a room on the second mezzanine and left to have lunch. When she returned to the study room, she found a note.
The note contained expletives and accused her of being a “(study)room stealing slime”. I am in possession of said note.
Now, I myself, find it hard to believe that someone apparently studying for the bar, would handle a situation like this, in such a childish and immature manner. Having said that, I realize that it’s hot, it’s humid and nerves are on edge. However, there is no need for name calling and F word usage.
So please, everyone, remember to be polite and courteous to your fellow students. I am sure if the student who was using the study room had been informed that said room had been reserved by another student in a polite way, the first student would have moved and found another study area.
Please play nicely!