Reminder: UGA Inclement Weather Policy

As it was snowing earlier today on UGA’s campus (however briefly), it never hurts to refresh yourself with UGA’s inclement weather operations policy periodically. You never know when the weather could take a turn for extreme temperatures or other irregular conditions:

t-32481-008During periods of inclement winter weather, UGA follows a set procedure for announcing operational changes. By policy, the university makes one of three announcements:
  1.  UGA is open and operating on a regular schedule
  2.  UGA is closed
  3.  UGA will delay opening until a specific time
An all-campus email through ArchNews is the primary means to distribute such announcements. The announcement also is posted to the UGA home page (
Announcements will also be posted to Twitter (@universityofga and @UGAEVENTS) and Facebook ( and
Up-to-date information is also provided to Athens radio stations.  Atlanta TV and radio stations that have requested to receive UGA weather announcements also are notified.
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Thanksgiving Library Hours & Stress Busters

By Marie Mize

The library will observe special holiday hours during Thanksgiving break:

Wednesday November 22nd 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Thursday November 23rd Closed
Friday November 24th 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday November 25th 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday November 26th 8:00 am to 2:00 am

wordsearchAs we gear up for reading days and final exams, the library will offer the following events to help alleviate stress, including:

  • Coloring
  • Puzzles
  • Bowling in the Basement
  • Golf
  • Word Search
  • Seated Massage
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Study Guides Available at the Law Library

By Wendy Moore

caliorgThe Law Library provides online access to Nutshells and Hornbooks through the West Academic Study Aids Subscription. You can get online interactive tutorials in CALI Lessons. There are also current study guides available in print on Course Reserve. These include titles from the popular “Examples & Explanations” series, as well as the “Understanding” series, the “Acing” series, and Nutshells. Search for the term “study guides” under the Course Reserve Course Name to see the full selection of subjects available.

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Spotlight on the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations


By Anne Burnett

Researchers searching in GAVEL for materials on international law and international relations will likely discover items with a location of “Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations.” This special collection, housed in the Dean Rusk International Law Center, includes the extensive library that Professor Louis B. Sohn built through years of working with the United Nations and the United States government as well as decades of teaching at Harvard Law School, the University of Georgia School of Law, and George Washington University School of Law.

As a young legal scholar, Louis Sohn left Poland two weeks before the invasion by Hitler’s Germany. He stayed in his first position, as a Harvard law professor, until 1981 at which time he came to the University of Georgia School of Law at the invitation of former Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

Professor Sohn also served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference of 1945, at which the United Nations Charter was signed. During the Conference he helped draft the statute establishing the International Court of Justice. From 1974 to 1982 he was involved in the conference which drafted the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.



Photo of Louis B. Sohn © Paige Otwell.

During his lengthy and distinguished career, Professor Sohn built his collection around situations he perceived as impacting international relations, including books on history, philosophy, religion, demographics, customs, economics, geography, language and, of course, law. Because of this extraordinary effort, a researcher using these materials can assemble a full, three-dimensional picture of the conditions that prevailed as the situation developed.


The Alexander Campbell King Law Library has long been proud of our connection to Professor Sohn and of the collection he donated to the library. We continue to add new titles to this collection, and we encourage researchers to use these important resources.

If you would like to check out materials from the Sohn Library, or just want to visit the collection, head on over to the Dean Rusk International Law Center in Rusk Hall, where Center staff will assist you. You may return any Sohn Library items you check out to either the Center or the Law Library.


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Book Repair Clinic is Open for Business


By Nina Guzman

You finally did it! This semester you set a goal, you studied early in the morning and late into the night and have lived to do the whole thing over for another semester. While your grades reflected this commitment, your textbooks have suffered from overuse. But fear not overachiever. From November 13-16 the Book Repair Clinic is back in session to return your textbooks to their former functioning glory. The process is simple. Just drop your books off at the Circulation Desk then give our wonderful Book Repair elves 24 hours to work their magic. We will email you when your book is ready for pick up. If this sounds too good to be true, it should also be mentioned that this is completely free!

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Ethics in Dispute Resolution Resources

By Wendy Moore

This Thursday, November 9th the law school is hosting Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr. who will speak on the “Ethics in Dispute Resolution” in the Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom. Birch served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1990 to 2010. The talk will include a Q&A session and a reception following the lecture. This lecture is a part of UGA’s Ethics Awareness Week, an institutional observance to promote an ethical culture on campus and raise awareness about ethics resources available at UGA.

The law library has many resources on both ethics and on dispute resolution. Here are four highlights from the collection related to the topic of Judge Birch’s lecture:

The Practice skills toolkit: tips on ADR, discovery & ethics

KF9084 .P73 2013

Location: Career & Professional Resources collection



A theory of mediators’ ethics: foundations, rationale, and application

K123 .S535 2016

Location: Balcony



Dispute resolution ethics: a comprehensive guide

KF9084.A75 D578 2002

Location: Balcony



Dispute resolution: examples & explanations

KF9084 .M655 2014

Location: Balcony

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Law Librarians Head to the 36th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries in Atlanta, Georgia!

iall-captureThe 36th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) will be held this week in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme is Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Other Critical Issues in U.S. Law. IALL is a worldwide, cooperative non-profit organization of librarians, libraries, and other persons and institutions concerned with the acquisition, dissemination and use of legal information from sources other than their own jurisdictions. The organization has been around since 1959 and has members from more than 50 countries.

Our Library Director, Carol Watson, will be presenting at the IALL conference this year, along with  Kristina L. Niedringhaus, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, and Caroline Osborne, Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services and Professor of Legal Research at Washington & Lee University School of Law.  Their presentation is called Information Literacy in a False/Fake News World. See the program description below for more information and if you are attending the conference this week, be sure to check out their session!

Information Literacy in a False/Fake News World

What is fake news?  How did it arise?  Why is it so hard to detect?  Carol Watson, Kristina Niedringhaus, and Caroline Osborne will explore these questions and more in this Information Literacy Panel.  Carol Watson will begin by providing an overview of the rise and proliferation of fake news including.  She will examine the background, definition, and types of fake news through highlights of historical instances as well as those from the 21st century.  Next, Kristina Niedringhaus will discuss why recognizing fake news matters.  What are the potential impacts of fake news and why is it important for students and the public to be able to identify fake news?  She will also address the intersection of fake news and information literacy theory.  Caroline Osbourne will then discuss current education and programming designed to create information literate consumers.  She will focus on key elements of programming for the detection of fake news.  In addition, she will review the hallmarks of successful programming efforts to combat the misdirection of fake news with questions such as what are the most effective tools to employ when evaluating a source.

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