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Chat Reference Now Available

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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.

Reference Hours

Monday 9:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
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Recent SCOTUS Opinions

Supreme_Court_Front_DuskThis week the United States Supreme Court issued several important rulings on same-sex marriage, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and affirmative action.  To read about these decisions and their potential impact, visit some of the legal news sites linked below.

BNA United States Law Week
(For off-campus access need to implement the proxy instructions.)

Jurist.org

Law360
(For off-campus access need to implement the proxy instructions.)

Law.com
(Ask a reference librarian for log on credentials.)

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Exam Time Courtesy

quiet studyThe Library Staff wants to remind you to be considerate of your colleagues during the exam period. Please remember to hold quiet conversations in the vestibules and hallways, and to keep it to a minimum. Group study rooms are available for discussions.  You can reserve group study rooms using the library’s online reservation system.   Also, please do not bring food into the library. The smells are distracting to many students. Thank you and good luck on your finals.
*The image, which appears in this post, is courtesy of Binghamton University Libraries

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New Loan Rules and Circulation Procedures

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Recently, the Library changed its circulation rules for students and staff, and instituted a new recall procedure.  Students and staff are now able to charge out regularly circulating materials for the entire semester.  Items will be due at the end of the current semester.  Items will no longer have a 30 day due date. 

To accommodate another patron’s need for information, the library has instituted a new procedure for recalling items on loan.  If a title is checked out, another patron can ask that the title be recalled.  The library will email the user who has the title and explain that it is recalled.  Recalled items must be returned to the library within 14 days of the notice.  The recall notice will include the new due date.  Items not returned by the new due date will be considered overdue, and fines will be assessed.  When the book is returned, the library will notify the requesting patron by email and hold the book for 10 days.   Circulating materials not requested by another borrower may be renewed for another semester.  Requests to recall or renew a checked-out item can be made in person, at the circulation desk, or by emailing or calling the circulation desk ((718)780-7973; circdesk@brooklaw.edu). 

*These new rules and procedures do not apply to material on reserve in the library.

**The photograph, which appears in this post, is courtesy of Providence Public Library’s Flickr Stream.

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Seminar Paper Workshop Tomorrow, January 31, 2013

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If you are one of the many students who are writing a law note or seminar paper this semester, you may feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment.  Several questions maybe running through your head such as:  how do I identify a “good” topic; where do I begin researching; when should I stop researching; or how do I organize my paper. Well, there is no need to fear.  Tomorrow, January 31, 2013, Professor Elizabeth Fajans and Librarian Kathy Darvil will host a workshop on researching and writing your seminar paper.  The workshop will be held from 4 pm-6 pm in Room  605.

Listed below are several resources available from the BLS library that can help you research and write your law note or seminar paper. General Resources for Legal Research and Writing
•    ELIZABETH FAJANS & MARY FALK, SCHOLARLY WRITING FOR LAW STUDENTS: SEMINAR PAPERS, LAW REVIEW NOTES AND LAW REVIEW COMPETITION PAPERS (4th ed. 2011).
•    EUGENE VOLOKH, ACADEMIC LEGAL WRITING: LAW REVIEW ARTICLES, STUDENT NOTES, SEMINAR PAPERS, AND GETTING ON LAW REVIEW (4th ed. 2010).
•    JEAN DAVIS, PAPER TOPIC DEVELOPMENT: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/developing
•    JEAN DAVIS, PAPER TOPIC SELECTION: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/selecting
•    KATHLEEN DARVIL, SELECTING AND DEVELOPING YOUR SEMINAR PAPER TOPIC: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/seminarpaper
Legal Writing: Style & Grammer
•    BRYAN A. GARNER, LEGAL WRITING IN PLAIN ENGLISH: A TEXT WITH EXERCISES (2001).
•    BRYAN A. GARNER, THE ELEMENTS OF LEGAL STYLE (2nd ed. 2002).

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Hurricane Sandy and Library Fines

Because the Law School was closed for much of this week and mass transit remains disrupted, the Library will forgive all overdue fines accrued from October 28th-November 5th, 2012.   The Library will waive fees for material checked out prior to the hurricane’s arrival, not for material checked out from November 1st-5th.

We hope that all our students, faculty, and staff made it through the storm safely. If you should have any questions about this policy, please contact the Access Services Librarian, Kathleen Darvil at kathleen.darvil@brooklaw.edu

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Seminar Paper Workshop: September 13, 2012

If you are one of the many students who are writing a law note or seminar paper this semester, you may feel a bit overwhelmed at the moment.  Several questions maybe running through your head such as:  how do I identify a “good” topic; where do I begin researching; when should I stop researching; how do I organize my paper. Well, there is no need to fear.  On September 13, 2012, Professor  Elizabeth Fajans and Librarian Kathy Darvil will host a workshop on researching and writing your seminar paper.  The workshop will be held from 4 pm-6 pm in Room  501.

Listed below are several resources available from the BLS library that can help you research and write your law note or seminar paper.
General Resources for Legal Research and Writing
•    ELIZABETH FAJANS & MARY FALK, SCHOLARLY WRITING FOR LAW STUDENTS: SEMINAR PAPERS, LAW REVIEW NOTES AND LAW REVIEW COMPETITION PAPERS (4th ed. 2011).
•    EUGENE VOLOKH, ACADEMIC LEGAL WRITING: LAW REVIEW ARTICLES, STUDENT NOTES, SEMINAR PAPERS, AND GETTING ON LAW REVIEW (4th ed. 2010).
•    JEAN DAVIS, PAPER TOPIC DEVELOPMENT: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/developing
•    JEAN DAVIS, PAPER TOPIC SELECTION: INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/selecting
•    KATHLEEN DARVIL, SELECTING AND DEVELOPING YOUR SEMINAR PAPER TOPIC: A RESEARCH GUIDE (2012), http://guides.brooklaw.edu/seminarpaper
Legal Writing: Style & Grammer
•    BRYAN A. GARNER, LEGAL WRITING IN PLAIN ENGLISH: A TEXT WITH EXERCISES (2001).
•    BRYAN A. GARNER, THE ELEMENTS OF LEGAL STYLE (2nd ed. 2002).

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