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Extended library hours for Reading/Exam period

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This Friday, December 2nd, marks the last day of regular classes this semester and so begins the Reading/Exam period, with extended Law Library hours.  We’ll be open the following schedule:

Reading/Exam Period
Friday 12/2: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/3: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12/4: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 12/5-12/8: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 12/9: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/10: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12/11: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 12/12-12/15: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 12/16: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is published at http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/ with a calendar at http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/calendar.asp. Hours for other University Libraries are published at http://library.buffalo.edu/hours.

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A German Shepherd dog burns the midnight oil in William Brenner’s photograph https://www.flickr.com/photos/will_brenner/2007180466, Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Holiday hours this week

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The Law Library will be following a different schedule this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday and Fall Recess.  We’re open regular hours (7:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.) on Monday and Tuesday, and then will follow this schedule:

Fall Recess – November 23 – November 26
Wednesday 11/23 –  open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.;
Thursday 11/24 (Thanksgiving) – Closed;
Friday-Saturday 11/25-11/26 – Closed;
Sunday 11/27 – open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

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Turkey photo from National Wild Turkey Federation / Natural Resources Conservation Service. New York

Do You Need Help Doing Research for Seminar Papers and Other Course Projects? The Experts are Here to Help!!!!

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Our Expert Reference Librarians Are Here to Help Six Days a Week!

Don’t forget that the Law Library reference librarians are available to show you how to do research for seminar and other research papers, Law Review case notes, and research projects for faculty or law firm employers. We will help you discover the treasure trove of information in our vast array of commercial databases, treatises and other secondary sources (in print or e-books), and free internet resources. Also, we will assist you with designing a research strategy and teach you some of our specialized research techniques.

Our reference desk hours are: (hours vary during vacations, intersession, and summer)
Monday – Thursday 10 am to 6 pm
Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 9 am to 3 pm

Also, you can call the reference desk (716-645-2047) to get help or set up an appointment or email us at asklaw@buffalo.edu

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Passport Office Closed Until Monday 11/21

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The Law Library’s Passport Office is closed this week and will reopen on Monday, November 21st at 9:00 AM.

  • If you need a passport-sized photo while our office is closed, please visit CVS in the Commons.
  • For passport assistance while our office is closed, the Amherst Post Office, located at 5500 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14226 can process your application. Thier hours are Mon. – Fri. from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. No appointment is necessary, but they ask that you call first. Their phone number is (716) 831-8651.
  • Should you require a new passport or renewal to travel within the next 2-3 weeks, please call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment with the Buffalo Passport Agency at 111 Genesee St., Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14203.
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AALL Elects Beth Adelman to Executive Board

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES ELECTS NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Buffalo, New York-Based Board Member’s Term Will Begin in July 2017

adelmanCHICAGO, November 11, 2016—The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) membership has elected Beth Adelman, director, Charles B. Sears Law Library, vice dean for legal information services, University at Buffalo School of Law, and associate university librarian for legal information services, University at Buffalo Libraries in Buffalo, New York, as a member of its Executive Board. Adelman will serve from July 2017 to July 2020.

Adelman, who is currently chair of AALL’s Annual Meeting Program Committee, has been an AALL member since 2001. She is a past chair/current member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (SIS); past chair of the Conference of Newer Law Librarians Committee; belongs to the Technical Services SIS; and has also been a member of the Law Student Research Competency Standards Task Force and the Citation Formats Committee.

“For 15 years, I’ve thrived as a member of AALL and have benefitted from all it has to offer,” Adelman said. “AALL is my professional network and my main educational vehicle. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to serve this organization as an Executive Board member.”

Adelman received her master of library science from the University at Buffalo’s School of Information and Library Studies in Buffalo, New York. She holds a juris doctor from Albany Law School in Albany, New York, and a bachelor of arts from the University at Buffalo.

Adelman previously was the Charles B. Sears Law Library’s associate director and head of collection management and head of public services, instructor of law, and reference librarian at the Georgia State University College of Law Library in Atlanta. She also worked as a research librarian and cataloger at international law firm King & Spalding LLP before working as a part-time reference services librarian at the SUNY Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, New York, and as a part-time data archivist/librarian at the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis at the University at Albany. She received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship in
2011.

In addition to Adelman, AALL’s membership elected a new vice president/president-elect, Femi Cadmus, Edward Cornell law librarian, associate dean for library services, and professor of practice at Cornell University Law Library in Ithaca, New York. Cadmus will serve from July 2017 to July 2018. Luis Acosta, chief, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Division II, Global Legal Research Center, Law Library of Congress in Washington, DC, was elected board secretary, and Jean P. O’Grady, senior director of information, research, and knowledge services at DLA Piper
in Washington, DC, was also chosen as a board member. Acosta and O’Grady will serve terms from July 2017 to July 2020.

For more information on AALL leadership, please visit bit.ly/AALLExecutiveBoard.

About AALL
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is the only national association dedicated to the legal information profession and its professionals. Founded in 1906 on the belief that people—lawyers, judges, students, and the public—need timely access to relevant legal information to make sound legal arguments and wise legal decisions, its nearly 4,500 members are problem solvers of the highest order. AALL fosters the profession by offering its members knowledge, leadership, and community that make the whole legal system stronger. For more information, visit www.aallnet.org.

(Press release from AALL http://aallnet.org/hc/NewsCallout/AALL-Elects-Beth-Adelman-to-Executive-Board.pdf)

Candidate Information: National & Local Elections

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The League of Women Voters (LWV) has an interactive website called Vote411.org with information on candidates for national and local elections. Using their online voters’ guide, you can create a personalized sample ballot based on your residential address that includes all of the races for your district. Then view the candidate’s responses to questions posed by LWV in a  side-by-side comparison format. In addition, you can find the address of your voting location. http://www.vote411.org/

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016!

 

 

 

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Reference Hours Change for Friday, 11/4/2016

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There will be a change in reference hours for Friday, 11/4/2016 ONLY. Reference service will end at 3 pm on Friday, 11/4/2016 and will resume on Saturday 11/5/2016 at 9 am.

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Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture available for viewing

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Video of the Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture, “Editing the Environment: Emerging Issues in Genetics and the Law,” is now available at https://youtu.be/1VlkX1t2kog

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This year’s lecture featured Kevin M. Esvelt (MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Lori B. Andrews (Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology), and Sheila Jasanoff (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University). Irus Braverman (University at Buffalo School of Law) was the facilitator.

Going to NYLA? Come learn about the NYCRR Digital Archive!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

If you have ever struggled with long and sometimes frustrating searches through the voluminous set of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR) as you looked for earlier versions of a New York State agency rule, come to the Government Information Roundtable (GIRT) program on Thursday, November 3 from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. at this year’s NYLA Annual Conference to learn how you can find the answer right at your fingertips through the new free online NYCRR Digital Archive.

The NYCRR Digital Archive contains replaced pages (takeouts) from the looseleaf NYCRR from its inception in 1945 through 2001. About 1 million pages have been scanned and converted to PDF in this collaborative project by the Charles B. Sears Law Library (University at Buffalo), Appellate Division 4th Department Library (Rochester), and the New York State Supreme Court Library (Buffalo).

Hear four speakers (Beth Adelman, Director of the Charles B. Sears Law Library, University at Buffalo; Jeannine Lee, retired Director of the New York State Supreme Court Law Library; Betsy Vipperman, Director of the Appellate Division, 4th Department Law Library; and Andrew Kloc, Senior Law Librarian, Appellate Division 4th Department Law Library) talk about how this award-winning document can help anyone (even those whose libraries retain the superseded NYCRR pages) find superseded NYS regulations and their histories.

This program is cosponored by NYLA/ASLS and NYLA/SMART. Look for the room number in the final program when you pick up your packets at the NYLA Annual Conference registration desk.

We hope to see you there!

Posted by Mary Redmond
Special Liaison for the New York State Library
NYLA/GIRT

(Reprinted from NYLINE with the author’s permission.)

Passport Day on South Campus

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UB faculty, staff and students on the South Campus who need to obtain or renew a passport may do so on Wednesday, November 2, at Passport Day on the South Campus.

The service is by appointment-only at the Health Sciences Library.

Travelers wishing to obtain a new passport must provide an original birth certificate and two forms of photo ID. Those who are renewing a passport need only bring their passport.

The cost is $110 for a passport book or $30 for a passport card.

There is an additional $35 charge to cover the cost of the photo to be taken on site and the mailing for those applying for a new passport.

For those renewing a passport, there is an additional $10 charge to cover photo costs.

All fees must be paid by check or money order; neither cash nor credit or debit cards will be accepted.

Call 645-2204 for more information or to make an appointment.

Passport services also are available most weekdays at the Charles B. Sears Law Library in the School of Law in O’Brian Hall, North Campus. Visit the website for hours and information.

(via UBNow)