Library News

Marcus Walker Named KLA Scholarship Recipient

Originally published in the November 2012 issue of IN-FO-CUS, the Kentucky Library Association's monthly newsletter.
Submitted by Judith Gibbons, Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students Chair


The 2012 recipient of the Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students is Marcus Walker. Marcus is a Circulation and Technical Services Assistant at the University of Louisville Law Library. He is using the $1,000 grant to continue studies at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science.

Walker received glowing recommendations from his UofL colleagues. Virginia Mattingly noted that "Marcus is an incredibly thoughtful person who takes great pride in his work...He is passionate about pursuing a career in librarianship."

Robin Harris stated, "Librarianship needs dedicated diligent people like Marcus to fill its ranks in the coming years - bright, young and well-read, with excellent computer skills and a wide knowledge of many facets of library work."

In reviewing the applications, committee member Mark Adler commented, "…his recommendations speak highly of his intellect as well as his interpersonal skills, both of which will be called upon on a daily basis no matter what type of library he works in and in what capacity.” Marcus Walker was the unanimous choice of the committee as the 2012 scholarship recipient.

The Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students was created in 2007 for the purpose of increasing the number of minorities pursuing careers in the library profession in Kentucky. The scholarship is for minority candidates who show excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in librarianship. The parameters of the application were recently changed to give the recipient more choices in pursuing higher education. The scholarship will now be granted to a Kentucky student entering or continuing their library education in an American Library Association (ALA) or National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited library school.

 

Congratulations Marcus!

Law Library Acquires "Other People’s Money"

In commemoration of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Louis D. Brandeis, law librarian Kurt Metzmeier, has donated a rare first edition copy of Brandeis’ famous 1914 best-seller Other People’s Money to the law library. While the law library has other copies of this work, including one once owned by Brandeis himself, the donated version is particularly rare because it still has the original dust-jacket.

“In years of book collecting,” Metzmeier notes, “I have only seen one copy of this work that still had its simple utilitarian dust-jacket—and this is it.”

Dust jackets in this era were often discarded so they always add to the monetary value of a rare book, but their greatest value is the historical feeling of seeing them as they first appeared in book stores.

“I was especially excited to pursue and purchase this book and I think our visitors will also enjoy seeing it.”

Everyone deserves a birthday present, even Louis Brandeis.

Law Library Improvements

Recent improvements to the law library include the installation of new carpet tiles in the Reading Room and rubber tiles in the stairwell.

New computers and a CanoScan LiDE210 have been installed in the Reading Room as well. The scanner is a free and easy to use alternative to the Xerox copy machines. Scanned images and documents can be stored on a USB thumb drive or attached to email messages.

More photos have been posted on the Law Library's Facebook page.

Virginia Mattingly: 2012 Outstanding Chapter Member SLA

Congratulations to Virginia Mattingly, Cybrarian and Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography, who is the recipient of the Special Libraries Association's "2012 Outstanding Chapter Member" for the Kentucky Chapter. Her achievement was acknowledged at the SLA's Fall Business Meeting, Awards & Program on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Jonathan at Gratz Park restaurant in Lexington, Ky.

New Carpet Installation

On Monday, November 5, contractors will begin re-carpeting the reading room, the stairs, and part of the new addition on the main floor of the library.  Work will continue on Tuesday the 6th, when the law school is closed for election day, and is scheduled to conclude on Wednesday the 7th.  The library will remain open on Monday and Wednesday, but traffic may be directed into the library through alternative entrances.

Reading Room Carpet

Guidebooks For Surviving Law School

New Books The newest exhibit in the law library features a collection of books to assist you during your first year of law school.

Each copy currently on display is available for check out. Similar items can be found by browsing the contents of the bookshelves labeled KF 281-283 in the treatise section on the library's lower level.

Library Hours: Fall Semester

Beginning Monday, August 20, the law library will return to its normal schedule. It is generally open from 8AM to 11PM Monday through Thursday, 8AM to 6PM Friday, 9AM to 6PM Saturday, and 1PM to 11PM Sunday.

UofL Law Professors Publish Kentucky Legal Research

UofL Law Library professors William A. Hilyerd, Kurt X. Metzmeier and David J. Ensign proudly announce the forthcoming release of their new book,  Kentucky Legal Research.
book cover
From the publisher: Kentucky Legal Research has been written to help beginning legal researchers develop an understanding of basic skills and techniques for finding Kentucky and federal law, and to provide experienced researchers with a convenient, comprehensive reference guide to Kentucky legal resources.

Kentucky Legal Research can be used as a textbook for teaching both first-year and advanced legal research courses, and in paralegal instruction. It is written in clear language with a process-oriented approach designed to make complex procedures accessible to readers. The first chapter discusses the research process and the rudiments of legal analysis. Following chapters discuss the state constitution, researching judicial opinions in law reporters, statutory research, finding the legislative history of statutes, and administrative law. The book concludes with chapters on court rules, updating with citators, secondary sources, and online legal research. There is an appendix that briefly discusses legal citation under Kentucky rules and customs, the Bluebook, and the ALWD manual.

For more information, or to order the book,
please visit the Carolina Academic Press.

Books For Your New Career and Beyond

New Books The newest exhibit in the law library features a collection of books to assist you with the beginning of your career as a legal professional.

Each copy currently on display is available for check out. Similar items can be found by browsing the contents of the bookshelves labeled KF 294 - KF 366 in the treatise section on the library's lower level.

 

Kentucky Women's Book Festival

The UofL Women's Center will present the sixth annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival, Saturday, May 19 (the 3rd Saturday in May) at  Ekstrom Library. This event brings together Kentucky women writers and their readers.

Law school alumnae Tori Murden McClure, '95, Spalding University President and author of A Pearl in the Storm, will deliver the Opening Session at 10 AM.

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall will present the luncheon keynote, “A Very Odd Way To Spend a Life”, and Kentucky's Poet Laureate, Maureen Morehead, will present the closing session.

Additional presenters include:

  • Sara Havens, author of The Bar Belle – "I Want to Write A Book: The Benefits and Challenges of Self-Publishing"
  • Nancy Jensen, author of The Sisters – “Researching the Ordinary in Extraordinary Ways”
  • Deanna O’Daniel – author of Kiss Your Elbow, a Kentucky memoir
  • Kiki Petrosino – Poet and Creative Writing scholar at UofL
  • Sharon Receveur – “Bookmaking, a Thoughtful Process”
  • Glynis Ridley – “The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Biography of the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe”
  • Julie Wade – “Shifting the Gaze: from the Retrospective Memoir to the Coming of Age Narrative”

This year, one lucky festival attendee will win a free Kindle!

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Virginia Mattingly immediately.