Library Hours Changed for Weekend!

by Library 30. September 2011 14:53

The Law Library at 4041 will open from 9-5 on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2! 

A huge thanks goes to Aja Howse and Sarah Hicks for making this possible!



New: Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC) Online Research Tool

by Library 14. September 2011 06:57
WASHINGTON, DC, September 8, 2011 – The War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Programat American University Washington College of Law announce the launch of the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC).

The GJC is an online research tool that allows judges, lawyers, and researchers to search the jurisprudence of eleven international/ized criminal courts and tribunals for documents containing information regarding the prosecution of crimes involving sexual and gender-based violence.

Reviewers have analyzed and catalogued more than 17,000 documents from the War Crimes Research Office’s Jurisprudence Collections, noting, for example, when evidence of sexual or gender-based violence appears in the record, when sexual or gender-based violence charges are brought, dropped, or dismissed, or when a defendant is tried for a crime of sexual or gender-based violence. The GJC features keyword and targeted search fields, which eliminate the need to sift through irrelevant documents when conducting research on the rapidly developing jurisprudence in these bodies.

American University Washington College of Law, with support from the Open Society Institute’s International Women’s Program,created this database in response to requests by experts in the fields of gender and international criminal law, who noted that researching the treatment of sexual and gender-based violence by the international tribunals which have emerged since the 1990s was unduly difficult because of the absence of a central database of materials related to the investigation and prosecution of such cases. Judge Patricia Whalen of the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has called the creation of the GJC “a great accomplishment,” while former Legal Advisor on Gender Issues at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Patricia Viseur Sellers has noted that the GJC promises to be “a fabulous tool” that she “can’t wait to use and see used by others.”

In the future, the GJC will feature digests of key documents, which will highlight the facts, allegations, and other factors affecting the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence. The project website will in the future also feature space for expert commentaries and discussion.

Is the Machine Using Us or Are We Using It?

by Library 1. July 2011 07:46

Check out this Kansas State University Digital Ethnography YouTube video, The Machine is Us/ing Us. Professor Michael Wesch created this interesting video about Web 2.0.



Academic Success Collection circulation statistics

by Library 15. June 2011 17:22

The library is reviewing the usage of the Academic Success Collection to determine needs for next academic year.

Here are a few facts regarding the Academic Success book (& flashcard) collection:

The top three 1L titles with the highest average checkouts are:

1. Contracts (CrunchTime Series) by Steven Emanuel with an average of 89 checkouts per copy
2. Questions & Answers: Civil Procedure by William Dorsaneo and Elizabeth Thornburg with an average of 85 checkouts per copy
3. Questions & Answers: Property by John Copeland Nagle with an average of 81 checkouts per copy

The 3 items that have circulated the most times are:

1. Copy 5 of Contracts: Examples & Explanations by Brian Blum with 159 checkouts
2. Copy 5 of Questions & Answers: Constitutional Law by Paul McGreal and Linda Eads with 154 checkouts
3. Copy 5 of Questions & Answers: Contracts by Keith Rowley with 152 checkouts

Of all of our Academic Success series, the one with the most checkouts in total is Questions & Answers (Lexis) with 5,084 total checkouts for all titles and copies within the series.

Academic Success Collection Circulation Summary

# of 1L volumes that have circulated 100 times or more: 21
# of 1L volumes that have circulated 75-99 times: 14
# of 1L volumes that have circulated 50-74 times: 22
# of 1L volumes that have circulated 25-49 times: 79
# of 1L volumes that have circulated 1-24 times: 301
# of 1L volumes that have not circulated: 57

# of 2-3L volumes that have circulated 100 times or more: 1 (Q&A)
# of 2-3L volumes that have circulated 75-99 times: 8
# of 2-3L volumes that have circulated 50-74 times: 16
# of 2-3L volumes that have circulated 25-49 times: 81
# of 2-3L volumes that have circulated 1-24 times: 609
# of 2-3L volumes that have not circulated: 224

Note: These numbers do not include CDs.


Social Media Discrimination?

by Library 3. May 2011 15:16

We all know to be careful about what we post on Facebook. Are employers checking your Facebook site prior to making hiring decisions? Is it legal? A recent article in Fastcase discusses this issue. Find out if your home state has a "Lifestyle Discrimination" statute.

What is Fastcase? Fastcase is a legal research database that the Arizona State Bar Association (and 17 other state bar associations) makes available to its members as a free benefit. The PSL Law Library also has a subscription and offers training workshops from time to time.


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