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2006 Southwestern Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting




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"As the chair of the 2006 Local Arrangements Committee, and on behalf of the entire Southwestern Association of Law Libraries and the Tarlton Law Library, I thank you all for attending the 2006 SWALL annual meeting in Austin, April 6-8. The Program Committee put together an outstanding program.  We are currently adding presentation files and handouts to our website.  You can find them on our Presentation Files Page.  For those of you who will be returing to Austin, below are links to more information about all that Austin has to offer."

-- Kumar Percy, Local Arrangements Chair
Local Arrangements Members -- Roy M. Mersky, Tony Estrada, Ana Sifuentes-Martinez, and Deborah Melesk

Conference Hotel

The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries arranged for the meeting to be held in the historic Driskill Hotel.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos
Austin , Texas 78701
(800) 252-9367

The Driskill Hotel

The lobby of the Driskill Hotel

Getting to Austin

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport - Located eight miles southeast of downtown Austin. The airport's website includes flight information for arriving and departing flights, as well as a list of shuttle, taxi, and car rental services from the airport.

Capital Metro Airport Flyer - A convenient express bus between the airport and downtown Austin.

Greyhound bus lines

Amtrak-Texas Eagle

Getting around Austin

Capital Metro - Austin's city bus service includes a line of free downtown trolleys.

UT Shuttle services

Map of Austin

Map of Downtown Austin

Maps of the University of Texas

Texas Capitol
The Capitol building
Photo courtesy of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Tourist information

Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce

Austin District Guide - Including an excellent restaurant guide.

The Austin Chronicle - Austin's local events newspaper.

Local weather

Tours of Austin

Austin Duck Adventures: Land and Lake Tours of Austin

Texas Capitol and Governor's Mansion Tours

Lone Star Riverboat Tours and Cruises on Town Lake

Austin Overtures

Capital Cruises on Town Lake

Hit the Road Audio Tours

The University of Texas at Austin Campus Tours

Library-related attractions

Page from the Ransom Center's Gutenberg Bible

Page from the Ransom Center's
copy of the Gutenberg Bible


The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

The Ransom Center will be the location for the SWALL reception and main event on April 7.  Holding thirty million literary manuscripts, one million rare books, five million photographs and over 100,000 works of art, the Ransom Center is one of the world's finest cultural archives.

The Ransom Center is currently hosting two fascinating exhibits about the history of writing and photography. For more information about the Ransom Center 's many exhibits and events check the Center's events calendar.

Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library

An 1830 political caricature from the Hyder Collection
An 1830 political caricature
from the Hyder Collection

The Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas will host a reception on April 6 for SWALL members.  The Jamail Center is one of the nation's largest research Law Libraries, holding more than one million physical volumes and offering electronic access to millions more documents.

Of specific interest to librarians are the Library's holdings of Rare Books and Archives and Manuscripts. The two collections hold a wealth of historical information focused on U.S., British, Mexican, and Texas legal history. They also serve as an archive of the University's history and the legal scholars who have been part of the School of Law.

The Law Library houses the Hyder Collection, consisting of over four thousand print, paintings and objects of art, many of which concern the history of law and law-making.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum

Housed on the UT campus, the library holds forty million pages of historical documents which include the papers from the entire public career of Lyndon Baines Johnson and also from those of close associates. The museum provides a window to American history during President Johnson's life (1908 – 1973) as well as his presidency through its permanent historical and cultural exhibits.

Center for American History

Part of the University of Texas, the Center for American History is a research collection of American history, specializing in the history of Texas, the South, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountain states, the University of Texas, and Congress.

The Benson Latin American Collection

This library within the University of Texas is one of the premier collections of material from and about Latin America and the Spanish-speaking people of the United States.

Legislative Reference Library of Texas

On the second floor of the historic and renovated Texas Capitol, the library serves the information needs of the Texas Legislature.  The library is also the premier source for Texas legislative history.

The Texas State Law Library

Located near the Texas Supreme Court, the library serves the legal research needs of the Texas Supreme Court, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Attorney General, Texas state agencies and the citizens of Texas.

Travis County Law Library

Serving the legal research needs of Travis county's courts and citizens, the library offers legal research materials as well as on site reference attorneys who can assist citizens research their family law issues.

Texas State Capitol

The largest U.S. state capitol, it is an impressive example of late 19th century public architecture. The Capitol provides free tours.

Austin History Center

As the local history collection of the Austin Public Library, the Austin History Center provides the public with information about the history, current events, and activities of Austin and Travis County.

Texas State History Museum

The Texas State History Museum
Photo courtesy of the
Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

Located between the Capitol and the University, the museum tells the story of Texas in displays and with the aid of an IMAX theater.


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