Summer Movie Night

While summer time is often thought of as a care free time full of soaking up the sun at the beach, we at the law school know it as a 24 hour study session for the Bar Exam. Any available moment is spent cramming as much info before maybe one of the most important exams in a young lawyers life. No pressure!

We are so glad The UGA Law Library has become a hub for those studying for the Bar Exam but we also believe summer calls for a break from study guides, even if just for a few hours. Along with anything you may need to prepare for the Bar Exam we also have a great DVD section full of movies, TV shows and documentaries to help you kick back and relax with a big tub of microwavable popcorn. With a vast variety to choose from below I have picked a few of my favorites to watch during the humid Georgia summer.


Cape Fear (1962)

Known for playing the most beloved fictional lawyer, Gregory Peck returns with another role in the same profession but with much scarier consequences. Don’t expect an uplifting tale here. Peck plays a lawyer stuck in a cat and mouse game with a convict (played by Robert Mitchum) who will stop at nothing to seek his revenge. Watch alone at your own peril.


The Apartment(1960)

This is Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine at their best. Lemmon plays an office plebe who hopes to move up the ranks by allowing his supervisors to use his apartment for their extramarital liaisons. I know, trust me it gets more interesting and hilarious. This is a rom-com that won’t make your eyes roll to the back of your head.


Erin Brockovich (2000)

I feel like EVERYONE has seen this movie so there’s no real need to explain it. And even after re-watching several times I still think this is a great “pick-me-up” movie. Nothing makes me feel better than watching Julia Roberts reign supreme.


The Godfather series

You think your family has problems? They have nothing on the Corleone family. Before Game of Thrones, before The Sopranos, there was The Godfather which took family drama and Italian pastries to a whole new level. Also nothing beats Marlon Brando choking down cotton balls while waxing poetic about the being “respected.” Don’t forget the cannoli.


These and many more are available at the UGA Law Library.

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Tight-knit Groups Generate Increasingly Creative Ideas: Team Building at the Law Library


Cyanotype by Circulation Assistant nina Guzman and Circulation Manager Marie Mize

Part of our library’s strategic plan is to foster collaborative and cooperative relationships. One way in which we strive to do this is through periodic “team building” activities. These small organized events aim to improve comradery among the staff and librarians by offering an outlet for occasional merriment and other social fun during the workday.

How it works: Teams were originally created alphabetically, with some effort taken after the fact to equalize the group membership so that teams were not made up of staff who are already familiar due to sharing departments or other duties together. It allows us all to get outside our own comfort box and work with other staff members. The teams are roughly made up of 6 to 7 staff. With our library staff numbers, that equates to 4 teams.


Cyanotype by Librarian Suzanne Graham

Each team is assigned a quarter of the year in which to plan and schedule their activity for the entire staff to partake in and enjoy. Teams are responsible for working together to determine the type of celebration, food (if any) to provide, and the location of the event (you can choose a field-trip type activity).

Ground Rules: To help teams, a set of short guidelines exists in our library’s intranet giving a modest budget for food or activity supplies, time limits and recommendations for best days and times to schedule their event. Teams can also find the list of team members with the guidelines. Since we began doing team-building activities it has been something I genuinely look forward to every few months. You can always count on some sort of refreshment from any given team.


April 2016 “Dig In” themed activity included Founder’s Memorial Garden tour, “dirt” ice cream sundaes, and packets of seeds.

Examples: The celebrations and activities have ranged from guided tours of the nearby UGA Founder’s Memorial Garden, celebrations for Mardi Gras and Earth Day, and most recently a workshop for creating our own cyanotypes. This particular activity included a short but very interesting presentation by Nina Guzman who explained the history of cyanotypes and how to create them. The team had prepped paper for everyone in advance and sealed them in manila envelopes. Although the weather did not coorperate that day and staff could not create their cyanotypes during the event, we were all excited to take our materials home and create a cyanotype with our family.

“It’s always nice to take a break from routine, do something different, and hang out with co-workers you don’t see as often. Also, I really enjoyed making the event flyer for the cyanotype activity.” – Leslie Grove, Web Developer

“I enjoy working on the activities with people who I don’t normally have an opportunity to collaborate with plus, I love cupcakes and any event that involves cupcakes. – Zanada Joyner, Law Librarian

“The team building events have introduced me to new ideas and experiences. I’ve even experienced virtual reality! I am looking forward to the next adventure.” – Marie Mize, Circulation Manager

Deb Baker VR

Law Library Administrator Deb Baker deep sea virtual reality thanks to Law Librarian Jason Tubinis and Help Desk Manager Brad Grove who brought their own technology in to share about it and let the rest of us experience it first hand.

I know I am personally looking forward to what the next team will come up with for their activity in the coming months!

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Library Projects are Underway; Annex is Your Respite

For those who have not stopped by the library in person in the past few weeks, the big projects we reported on in an earlier blog post are now in full swing. Here is a small photo update of the progress so far.


It is difficult to tell from the first two photos, but those huge picturesque windows of ours have just received a thorough cleaning and are crystal clear now! Also, take notice of the illuminated light canisters across the reading room ceiling.

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Most of the reading room tables are shoved closely together towards the front of the reading room for now, and the sections of shelves where many many withdrawals were taken from are all now removed making way for our new cafe-style seating.


We will keep you updated as the summer continues, but for now the best locations in the law library remain the annex which is still free from noise and construction materials.


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Law Librarians Head to Phoenix for CALIcon 2017!


caliorgEach year law librarians head to the Annual CALI Conference for law school computing to be involved in a national exchange of ideas, to network with leading academics, educators, institutional leaders, and technology professionals and to participate in discussions about the transformation of legal education through technology and innovation. In it’s 27th year, the conference takes place next week in Phoenix, Arizona with “The Changing Rhythm of Legal Education” as the theme. In just a few days our library will excitedly send off several members of our team to join in the conversations at CALI.

Law Librarians Jason Tubinis and Zanada Joyner will team up with I.T. Services Director Jim Henneberger to co-present “ Lawyer ≠ Luddite” along with Shannon Roddy and Khelani Clay of American University Washington College of Law for a weighty session on technological competency in the legal field with special focus on ABA model rule 1.1.

Outreach Services Librarian Endia Sowers Paige will be presenting “Social Media Jeopardy: Ethics Edition” discussing the advantages and pitfalls of social media for emerging and practicing attorney’s, and include audience participation on their own mobile devices.

Law Library Director Carol Watson will be co-presenting “Is it time to welcome our robot overlords?” with Georgia State University’s Kris Niedringhaus about artificial intelligence and it’s current and future roles in the legal industry including professional practice, IT management, research and instruction.

Archives Law Librarian Sharon Bradley will be co-presenting Decision Making Models in 2/2 Time – Two Speakers, Two Models  with University of Arkansas School of Law’s Professor Tim Tarvin. The two team up to discuss experiences in a clinical setting using decision trees as well as the use of mind maps in teaching legal research to bring a little zing to the classroom.

Visit the CALI conference website for a full list of this year’s speakers, and to get a taste of the types of presentations our librarians will be giving, watch the following playlist which includes some of their presentations from last year’s conference:


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Lights, Camera, Café?

IMG_8327The law library will see two major projects this summer. The first is a lighting replacement project in the reading room. Over the years the reading room has become dimmer and dimmer. And although our lovely floor to ceiling windows shed tons of natural light, it can be much darker on cloudy and rainy days. A large scale lighting replacement project will solve this problem.

In the early 90’s, 40 of the existing 160 incandescent fixture/lamps were swapped out with 400 watt metal halide fixtures/lamps and the remaining were abandoned in place. This was done as an upgrade to the lighting in the space. However, the characteristics of metal halide lamps are such that once they reach 70-80 % of their estimated life, the lighting quality deteriorates significantly in terms of both luminosity and uniformity of color and distribution. Currently only those 40 of our 160 canisters are functional.


The second project you may have already noticed as library staff and student workers removed and shifted large amounts of books to completely clear a selection of shelving on the main floor. If you visited the main floor between April and May you couldn’t help but wonder what all those book trucks and boxes were for, and where all those volumes were going. Some of the bound periodicals were placed in boxes and “weeded” out since they are available in full image via Hein Online. Those volumes were then taken to the Athens-Clarke County Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). The remaining volumes were then shifted to the shelves closer to the reading room tables to free up all shelving between the current water fountain and restrooms.


drawing of café-style seating

This summer the empty shelving will be removed completely and replaced by new ADA accessible restrooms, and ADA accessible water fountain, and café-style seating. The changes have a dual-purpose for both safety and improvement. The safety concerns arose from outdated switchgear equipment that was not up to code. The improved space will hopefully serve as a hub of group study for law students. The tables will be outfitted with power outlets as well as some large monitors.

During this construction the reading room will be noisier than usual, but it will remain accessible at all times. If construction becomes disruptive, the library staff encourage students and other visitors to take advantage of the law library annex which will remain noise-free throughout these two projects.

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Animal Law Resources with Wendy Moore

moorecrop050217Earlier this month the law library launched the pilot episode of a new podcast series, which will serve as an extension of the longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs. In this pilot episode, the theme of which centered around animals and the rights and laws related to them, law librarian Wendy Moore shared excellent recommendations of library and other resources on the subject. In addition to being head of acquisitions here at the library she is also faculty advisor for UGA’s Speak Out for Species student organization.

As a follow up to the animals episode, we wanted to further share Wendy’s comprehensive list of resources in full so you can easily click through to the various organizations, websites, books and documentaries mentioned in the podcast. Her comments about the documentaries The Paw Project and A Dog Named Gucci were especially moving, so as an added bonus we have embedded these two movie trailers below. You can be certain that future episodes of the podcast will bring Wendy back to share more of her expertise in recommending library resources, so stay tuned!

Organizations focused on Animal Law:

Resources about Animal Law:

Books to learn more about Animal Law:

Recent Documentary Films with an Animal Law focus

Companion animals:

Animals used as food:

Animals used as entertainment:

Wildlife/Conservation issues:

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Featured Acquisition: The Unbanking of America

51uol2khunl-_sy445_ql70_The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
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An urgent, absorbing exposé–why Americans are fleeing our broken banking system in growing numbers, and how alternatives are rushing in to do what banks once did. What do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high-net-worth entrepreneur, and a twenty-something graduate student have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream banking and credit system. Today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low- and middle-income customers while serving only the wealthiest Americans. Lisa Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the void. She works as a teller at RiteCheck, a check-cashing business in the South Bronx, and as a payday lender in Oakland. She looks closely at the workings of a tanda, an informal lending club. And she delivers engaging, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve.

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