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Terry McCormack, Rock Solid

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Terry Rock Steady

Last Friday, at the University Libraries Staff Appreciation luncheon, our very own Terry McCormack received the 2015 Rock Solid Award. Also known as “the Harvey,” the Rock Solid Award recognizes the efforts and dedication of a Library staff member whose reliability, initiative, disposition and quality of work has contributed to the betterment of the workplace and to the University Libraries as a whole.

H. Austin Booth, the Vice Provost for University Libraries, who presented the award, summarized the feelings of many in the UB community when she said:

“This individual has been described by colleagues both inside the libraries and within the University as a hard worker and someone who can always find a way to make things happen, and happen smoothly; even last-minute, huge requests. This person is never too busy to offer a smile, is always willing to listen and help and always seems to be working to make everyone else’s day run a bit easier. This individual has a one-of-a-kind worth ethic, will come in on weekends or evenings if needed to support an event and is always available by phone or email. No matter how large or how small the job, this individual tackles it with enthusiasm and true concern for those who need help. As one colleague gratefully said, “Knowing that he heads the Law IT program helps me sleep at night!” He is the library’s “Switzerland” and the law school’s “MacGyver.””

So if you see Terry, be sure to give him a high five. He’s rock solid.

Top 10 Reasons to Love Your Law Library

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Like all good things, National Library Week 2015 is coming to an end. Alas. But before it’s gone, here’s a countdown of why you love us, you really love us.

10. Running low? We’ve got charging stations for your phones and chargers you can check out for laptops and phones.

9. You can work on your golf game on the putting green on the 7th Floor.

8. We’ve got locations! locations! locations! for studying. Like conference rooms? Got it. Want a carrel? Got that. Want a reading room just for law students? Done.

7. Need a break from studying? We’ve got all the legal movies you can stand, and many that you can’t stream on Netflix.

6. Got yourself a Vitamin D deficiency after this ridiculous winter? We just opened up the patio so you can catch some rays.

5. We’re hip. We’ve got the 411. We’re on Facebook and Twitter. Also you should totally like and/or follow us.

4. Have you ever had another opportunity to watch the Super Bowl while surrounded by tens of thousands of volumes of legal tomes?

3. At finals time we’ve got you covered with old exams and new study aids. We’ve got 2 copies of brand new study aids plus you can also find audio study aids in Koren.

2. Peanut Butter Jelly Time—it’s real and it’s spectacular.

1. Got a cite packet? Awesome. We’ve got reference librarians.

You Need to Change Your Westlaw Password

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Attention all SUNY Buffalo Law faculty, staff, and students:

Westlaw has announced that all academic users will need to reset their passwords or risk losing access during the spring semester. We were told that the password reset is for security reasons. We do not know what the deadline will be for making these changes, but if you update your password now you will not be prompted to do so later in the semester.

To change your password, login to your Westlaw account and click “Update” on the left-hand side of the homepage next to your name.

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Then click “Manage OnePass Profile” in the top right-hand corner of the popup window.

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Finally, enter your new password into the appropriate fields and click “Save.” Passwords must be between 8-16 characters and contain at least 3 of the required features (uppercase, lowercase, symbol, and number), so Buffalo#1 would work, for example.

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You should then receive an email confirming that your OnePass Profile has been updated.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact cgeorge3@buffalo.edu.

Figuring Out Ferguson Resource Guide

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Ferguson Guide

Last week the Buffalo Criminal Law Center, Buffalo Criminal Law Society, Black Law Students Association, and Latin American Law Students Association hosted the panel, “Figuring Out Ferguson: A Conversation on Race, Law Enforcement Authority, & Self Defense.” Professor Luis E. Chiesa chaired the panel and Professors Guyora Binder, Athena D. Mutua, and Anthony O’Rourke spoke. The Charles B. Sears Law Library created a resource guide for the books and video that were mentioned during the panel, as well as additional materials the speakers recommended for those interested in the topic.

Go to Figuring Out Ferguson Resources

Help Haven House!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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SUNY Buffalo Law Domestic Violence and International Women’s Rights Clinic is partnering with the Charles B. Sears Law Library to offer much needed supplies to Haven House, a local shelter for survivors of domestic violence.

What we need: Packages of new socks and underwear in all sizes (adult and children) for both men and women

Where can you donate: Donations can be dropped off at:

  • the Law Library (box is to the immediate right when you enter the Law Library)
  • the Clinic Office (room 507 O’Brian)

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Donations will be accepted until October 31.

We Missed You! (Really, We Did)

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Did you miss your favorite Law Library over the summer? Of course you did. While we’ve been pining away for your arrival on the first day of classes, we were also keeping busy. Here’s a quick recap of things that are new or have changed since you’ve been gone.

We have a new Student Services Team: Brian Detweiler and Peggy Lyons joined us over the summer break. Brian will be the Student Services Librarian and will develop and coordinate programs and services to enrich the law school experience. Peggy is staffing the Passport Services Office and will assist Brian with various projects.

We have a new scanner: Libraries across UB have gone green, replacing our photocopiers with scanners. The scanners will provide searchable-PDFs, Text-to-Voice, and other format options. They will also allow scans to be sent directly to the cloud, USB flash drives, or your email. If you have questions or a copy card with a balance still on it, please see a librarian.

We have amended Reference Hours: Reference librarians are still available Monday through Thursday, 9am–9pm; Friday and Saturday 9am–5pm; and by appointment. If you have reference questions on Sunday, please email asklaw@buffalo.edu.

Other than that, it’s business as usual here at the Charles B. Sears Law Library. Welcome back and here’s to another great year!

Scanning at the Law Library

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Change is coming to all University at Buffalo Libraries—including the Law Library

On Monday, August 4, all public photocopiers and James reader/encoders will disappear from all of our Libraries.  That same day, scanning will be our new and only way of doing business – it’s free and green! The scanners will provide searchable-PDFs, Text-to-Voice, and other format options. They will also allow scans to be sent directly to the cloud, USB flash drives, or your email.

If you have questions or a copy card with a remaining balance, please see a librarian. Non-UB affiliated patrons, please note that the copier card reader at the printer will be removed–please plan to make alternate arrangements for printing.

 

New Faces at the Law Library

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Brian and Peggy

Please join the Charles B. Sears Law Library staff as we welcome Brian Detweiler and Peggy Lyons as the Student Services Team.

Brian is the law library’s Student Services Librarian.  He holds a JD from Notre Dame Law School and an MLS from UB’s Library School. He has worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Rochester and, most recently, as the Faculty Services Librarian at St. Mary’s Law School in San Antonio, TX.  Brian will develop and coordinate programs and services to enrich the law school experience and transition into overseeing the Passport Office.

Peggy holds an MLS from UB and worked for UB’s Department of Visual Studies and, most recently, for the Department of Urology. Peggy will be staffing our Passport Services Office, will work on projects in partnership with the Student Services Librarian, and will work at the circulation desk.

Law Library Summer Hours and Study Carrels

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Law Library hours have shifted to accommodate bar study programs. We are open Monday through Thursday from noon until 9:00 and Friday from noon until 5:00 through July 27. From July 28 through August 24 we will be open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00. Reference hours are 1:00 – 5:00 and by appointment.

If you are interested in a study carrel for bar study, the policy for carrels at the Law Library is the same in the summer as it is for the academic year—first come, first serve for law students. There is also an option to apply for a carrel in Lockwood. Lockwood study carrels are appointed for the entire summer. The application is now open and will close on May 25.  Lockwood carrel assignments will be announced on May 27.

Reading Room PSA

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Over the next few weeks you may notice that there are fewer chairs in the 2nd and 3rd floor reading rooms in the Law Library. The chairs are being sent out for maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.