Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
March 2003
In This Issue Ann Smith's daffodils


Ann Bennett Smith, 1970-2002

The flowers in the photograph above are the first blooms of some bulbs ordered last summer by our late colleague Ann Smith.  Ann's husband Jeff thought she'd like to see them here around the Law Library, and we hope so, too.

Reprinted below is a tribute to Ann written by her friend and office mate Jeff Satterfield, which recently appeared in the Fall, 2002 issue of the Georgia Law Advocate:

Ann Bennett Smith, a member of the Law Library staff for the past nine years, passed away of cancer on October 1, 2002. 

As Serials Associate she was responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of serial publications and supervised loose-leaf filing, government documents, and periodical binding.  Ann was a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Elementary Education.  Originally from Georgetown, Georgia, she lived in Nicholson with her husband, Jeff, and two cats she rescued, Morris and Bucky.  She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, sang solo, and assisted her husband in leading the Youth Group. 

Ann had a cheerful disposition and a wry sense of humor, even during her final illness.  She made the work environment at the Law Library a pleasant place for all her co-workers.   She provided quiet but valuable leadership and insight that improved the quality and performance of the Law Library.  In many ways, especially in her hard work and concern for those around her, she was the heart of her department.   Her passing leads a void that will be difficult to fill.


Moving Day is Near!

When you return from spring break, the Reading Room will  be completely refurnished, bringing to a close a two-year-long project to renovate this part of the Law Library and update our technological resources.  New furniture is arriving this week, and during the week of March 17 the old tables and chairs of the Reading Room will be swapped out in favor of new, well-lit library tables and chairs to match.

Selected for the Law Library by the Office of the University Architect, the furniture has already begun to arrive.   In addition to the Circulation Desk, Reference Desk and computer carrels already installed, manufacturer Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers of Auburn, Maine is in the process of delivering the reading room study tables and chairs, new stools for the public computer terminals and several occasional pieces.

To avoid disruption of studies the present study tables, here since the completion of the building in 1967, will remain in place until classes end prior to Spring Break.  During the week of the break University staff will remove the old furniture and install the new. 

When you return to school on the 24th, expect new study tables equipped with built-in lighting fixtures and wired to provide power for laptop computers. 


Spring Break Library Hours

Regular Hours

     Monday - Friday                               7:30 a.m. - Midnight 
     Saturday & Sunday                          8:00 a.m. - Midnight 

Spring Break Hours

      Thursday, March 13                         Regular Hours 
      Friday, March 14                              7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Saturday, March 15                         9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Sunday, March 16                            9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
      Monday-Friday, March 17 - 21       8:00 a.m. - 5:00p.m. 
      Saturday, March 22                         Regular Hours


Show Us Your Desktop!

The screen of any late-model laptop may be readily projected in any of ten classrooms, Classrooms ABCDEFHIJ or K.  No cabinet key is needed.  Any difficulty with this procedure most likely will evaporate after one's first successful connection. 

Five steps

1.   Find Laptop Cable in recessed area of cabinet and attach cable to only possible port on laptop. 

2.   Lower screen and turn on projector with Touch Screen unit atop the cabinet. 

3.   Touch "Laptop" along left side of Touch Screen unit. 

4.   At this point the laptop may project, but often the next step will be required.

5.   Touch Laptop at left of Touch Screen and follow instructions; note that hitting Fn-key along with proper, model-specific F-key three times moves projection through a series of three settings. 

Internet access from any laptop on Law School's wireless network will project as sharply and clearly as anything else on the screen. 

To operate the VCR, DVD, overhead projector, or Internet via the PC in the cabinet, you will need the cabinet key.  By about April 1st, cabinet keys will be available for personal library check out.  Before that date or for more information on the multimedia cabinet offerings, contact the Computing Services Help Desk at 542-0895 or by e-mail at <>.


The Clipboard People

During the last few weeks, you may have noticed several unfamiliar people with clipboards in the library stacks.  They are Barbara Godfrey, Kim Purcell, Jayme Rogers, Natalie Ross, Noel Spencer, Elaine Walden, and Phyllis Whitehead, and they will be with us through June.   These seven smiling troupers have the unenviable task of tracking down every item in the library, making sure that it is properly entered into GAVEL, and then barcoding and tagging it for inventory. 

They are helping us complete the process of enhancing the GAVEL database by creating records for each of the nearly 400,000 items in the library.  When we began this project last spring, the database contained only about 120,000 records, representing each title we own but not reflecting individual volumes of periodicals or other sets.  Already, you can see exactly which volumes of law reviews and current American law periodicals we own because this team has completed record creation work on both the main floor and the balcony.  Their work is making GAVEL a more useful tool for us all.


Hein Online

Hein Online is an ever-expanding, comprehensive, image-based collection of legal periodicals.  One of the best features is that Hein Online, being image-based, provides the exact page images of legal journals, meaning that you can view the page as it originally appeared in hardcopy (footnotes are where they belong!). 

Unlike other periodical databases that supply only post-1980 volumes, Hein Online provides each journal from its inception and continues to the most current volume allowed under contract between Hein and the journal.  Hein is exclusive distributor in both hardcopy and microforms of more than 700 legal periodicals and journals.

Hein Online offers a number of search and browse features that make it a very useful tool for the legal researcher.  Although searching and browsing within Hein Online is very simple, we've taken an extra step toward making Hein Online materials even more accessible to our law school community.  We've added direct links to Hein Online materials from GAVEL.  For example, if you search GAVEL for a law review title such as the Georgia Law Review, you will see an option on the screen to connect to the title via  Hein Online.  Clicking this link will allow you instant access to the full-text of the Georgia Law Review from 1922 - 2002!

Hein Online is available off-campus to Law School faculty, staff and students at the address  If you access Hein Online off campus, you will be prompted for your name and University ID number.