September 2011 Book Displays

by Lidia Koelbel 6. September 2011 21:19

The Law Library has taken down the popular Feminism Book Display that was up for most of the summer.  In its place we now have the Animal Law Display.  Check out an image of the display below:

Generally, the Library has three displays at any given time.  The second display is the Banned Books Display.

 

Lastly, the Library has a display entitled New Arrivals.  This display features the artwork for the newest arrivals.  Actual books are found in the general collection.  You can find the call number for the book you are interested in reading by searching the Library catalog on the PhoenixLaw website.  Use the catalog enough times and you will become an expert at deciphering the set up of the Library of Congress Cataloguing system.

New Arrivals Display

by PSL Law Library 28. February 2011 14:24

 

Have you ever wondered what new books are in the library?  Well now you can find out by checking the “New Arrivals” display.  The display is located between the circulation desk and the Academic Success collection.  It contains the book jackets to the most of books that have arrived recently.  Once you locate a title that interests you head over to the catalog to get the location and call number.  From there you can grab the book and make a quick trip to the circulation desk to check it out.  Happy Reading!

 

Holiday Light Displays

by PSL Law Library 20. December 2010 10:15

 

 

Picture Source: www.morguefile.com

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the light displays in the front yards of many homes.  I took a trip to Walt Disney World a couple of years ago and was impressed with the Osborne Family Spectacle of lights.  These lights lit up an entire area of one of the parks.  The lights were beautiful and danced to the holiday tunes that played in the background.  From my trip I learned that the lights were formerly displayed in Little Rock Arkansas as part of the Osborne Family’s holiday display.  The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that the lights were a nuisance and the family could no longer have their display. The next year the Walt Disney Company stepped in and bought the lights and they continue to be on display to this day. 

I began to wonder about how many other cases were affected by the ruling in the Osborne case.  Specifically large light displays being considered a nuisance and not being allowed.  I decided to conduct a search on LexisNexis to find out.  I began by searching for the case.  From the search tab I selected, States Legal – U.S. view more.   I clicked on Arkansas and then AR Federal & State Cases, Combined.  I chose a Terms & Connectors search and entered the following search terms, Osborne & “Christmas Lights.”  The second case in my results list was Osborne v. Power.  After a brief glance I realized this was the case.  I scanned the headnotes and discovered the HN4 was the headnote I was interested in.  My final action was to Shepardize the case and find out how many other cases cited HN4.  I was surprised by the answer.  You may be too but to find out you’ll have to Shepardize the case on your own.

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

SB 1070: In the News and in Your Library

by Patrick Lopez 3. November 2010 10:28

 

Oral arguments were heard earlier this week by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the stay placed upon Arizona's controversial Immigration law SB 1070. Arizona's governor, Jan Brewer, took time away from campaigning on the eve of election day to attend the court proceedings.

The parties in this case are U.S. government and the State of Arizona. The case first appeared before the Federal District Court for the State of Arizona where a partial stay was granted on some of the most controversial portions of the law. The State of Arizona appealed this stay which brought the case to the Ninth Circuit court. The U.S. government argued that SB 1070 was pre-empted by federal statutes. The State of Arizona argued that the provisions in question were consistent with congressional objectives, and not pre-empted by federal law.

  View a full video of the oral arguments here.

We also invite members of the Phoenixlaw community to stop by our latest library display focusing on SB 1070 and surrounding immigration issues.  The display features the briefs filed in this case, a full transcript of the proceedings, books and magazine articles dealing with immigration law, and immigration law treatises selected from the library’s collection.   We also included a few position statements from organizations representing differing views on the matter.  Stop by and become informed about this controversial issue that has brought national attention to Arizona. Several states appear poised to enact similar laws of their own and are closely following this case.

Banned Books Week 2010

by Patrick Lopez 30. September 2010 09:14

The week of September 25th through October 2nd 2010 is banned books week.  Banned books week was first celebrated in 1982 in response to an increasing number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries.  Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Association of College Stores. Banned Books Week is also endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.

According to www.bannedbooks.org, the 10 most challenged books of 2009 were: 
    
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
   Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, drugs,
   and unsuited to age group

And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
    Reasons: homosexuality

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
   Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually
   explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: racism, offensive language, unsuited to age group
  
Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer
 Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
   Reasons: sexaully explicit, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
                     
My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
   Reasons: sexism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group, drugs, suicide, violence

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn  Mackler
   Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
   Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
   Reasons: nudity, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Phoenix School of Law Library is supporting Banned Books week by presenting a special Banned Books Display (see pictures below) featuring a selection of Books that have recently been challenged or banned.  The display features several of the titles above plus many others with brief explanations of where and when these books were challenged.  Join the celebration of our freedom to read by visiting our display, or finding out about banned books activities at other libraries and bookstores.  To find out more about Banned Books Week go to www.bannedbooks.org,

 

 

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