"What's the proper (i.e. Bluebook) way to
cite [insert your least favorite legal source]?" "I need a paper copy
of the New York Times from 18 years ago to verify a quote." "Can you
interlibrary this unpublished book for me that my author cited?"
How many times have you heard these questions at the reference desk? Providing
services to a school's law review students, whether for their own articles or
for their cite-checking activities, can be one of the more frustrating aspects
of an academic librarian's work. The moment you get one group of students trained
in the appropriate research skills, they make room for a new group of neophytes.
Last year's new program (your own personal stroke of genius) that solved all
your service problems has now been rejected by the new editors who think they
have a better system. And now you hear that the school has decided to start
yet another journal.
A new ALL-SIS task force has been appointed to examine the services provided
by libraries and librarians to the student-edited journals in their respective
law schools. The project arises from often-expressed concerns by librarians
about problems in providing services to the journals. The committee's goal is
to investigate what types of services are being provided as well as what difficulties
arise in providing these services. From this information, we hope to be able
to develop and propose suggested levels of services that libraries may wish
to adopt, facilitate the sharing of information about services, and, if possible,
identify potential means to help solve some of our common problems.
Of course, we need to hear from as many of you as possible in order to insure
that we have correctly identified all the issues as well as the creative services
some of you may have already devised. Please help us by completing a survey.
Responses may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by regular mail to Paul George, Harvard Law School Library, Areeda 526, Cambridge,
Members of the Library Support for Law Journals Task Force include Paul George,
Harvard Law School; James Duggan, Southern Illinois University Law School; Will
Haines, Emory University School of Law; Kathleen McLeod, Fordham Law School;
Miriam Murphy, Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis; Lisa Peters,
Case Western Reserve University Law School; Merle Slyhoff, University of Pennsylvania
Law School; and Duane Strojny, Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Please let us hear
from you. (And don't be surprised if one of us calls you to help you complete
the survey!) We will report our findings in a later issue of the ALL-SIS newsletter
as well as at the SIS meeting at the AALL annual conference. Thank-you.