Category Archives: Patron Services

Study Aids as Library Collection

by Tig Wartluft With Spring around the corner — Punxsutawney Phil, what are you saying?! — ok, fine, let’s try this again. With Spring Semester in full gear, my focus moves from teaching the 1L research course in the Fall, to … Continue reading

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Is Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and BloombergLaw Feasible?

by Dean Duane Strojny Let’s face it. The cost of the current big three legal research databases is staggering. Over the years, both Lexis and Westlaw tend to have multi-year price increases followed by multi-year price holds. This lulls directors … Continue reading

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The S in RIPS and the Value of Libraries

by Paul Gatz In 1976, a Québécois librarian named André Cossette published a thin volume on the philosophy of librarianship, which, many years later, was translated to English by Rory Litwin and published under the title of Humanism and Libraries: An … Continue reading

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The Law Library & The Bar Exam

by Dean Duane Strojny Because of another blog posting forwarded to me recently, I am moved to discuss the bar exam and the role libraries could, should, and must play in the preparation of it. This is a critical time for … Continue reading

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Intersection Between Culture & Emotion

by Margaret Ambrose As part of a professional development speaker series, the Cornell Law Library recently hosted Eugenia Charles-Newton, who delivered an excellent presentation on emotional intelligence and cultural competence. One of the many highlights of the presentation was Eugenia’s personal narrative … Continue reading

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Does the U.S.C.A. “spark joy”?

by Erik Y. Adams Like many people, I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s charming book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Coincidentally, we’re going through another round of downsizing our print collection at my library. We’ve used all the usual metrics for deciding … Continue reading

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“Can I check out the Ping-Pong paddles?” Unique yet popular items that patrons crave

by Kris Turner Obviously, the most common requests in law libraries revolve around serious research. Be it books, databases, microfilm, or whatever format, law libraries are saturated with critical tools for study. But law students often require a break in their … Continue reading

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