(or Welcome Back)
As the new semester settles in to a familiar routine,
the staff of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library
welcomes all new and returning law students. We
hope your time spent in the library is pleasant
and productive. The most important rule in the library:
if you can't find what you want, JUST ASK! We made
asking convenient. You can't miss our beautiful
Reference Desk near the entrance to the library.
It is staffed from 9-5 Monday, Wednesday and Friday;
from 9-7 Tuesday and Thursday; and from 2-6 Sunday.
You can call the reference librarian on duty if
you cannot come to the library in person (542-6591).
All the professionals on the staff have degrees
in law, library science, or both. We all know secrets
about this library and about legal research that
took years to learn -- and we don't charge a penny
extra for teaching you our secrets.
For the last several years, we have focused major
efforts on upgrading our physical plant by renovating
much of the library and repurposing several rooms
to bring them more in line with the needs of 21st
century law students. This past year, however, has
been dedicated to enhancing the law library’s
collection, particularly in the area of electronic
resources. The changes might not be as immediately
apparent as changes to the physical plant, but they
are no less important. We have added thousands of
new titles in collections such as the Making
of Modern Law. In addition, we have made finding
electronic resources much more transparent through
enhancements of our online catalog GAVEL.
The newly redesigned GAVEL home page conveniently
links to a number of our electronic databases. Searches
in GAVEL now provide access to the full text of
electronic journals. We are truly a library without
walls, in that students can access much of the library’s
accumulated knowledge without coming to the library,
but we take great pride in the fact that law students
in large numbers choose to study and work in the
library. Please let us know how we can continue
to improve your library experiences.
It’s a good idea to keep up with what’s
happening in the law library and the law school.
We try to make that painless and maybe even pleasant
for you. Most official communication will come to
you via your UGAMail
email account, which every law student is required
to have. The library uses the email system to send
courtesy notices as a due date approaches and when
an item is overdue. A new communication tool from
Computing Services is the Georgia
Law Forums. You can use the forums to discuss
serious political issues or sell surplus personal
Briefs, our monthly newsletter, announces policy
changes or new databases. We soon hope to launch
a news feed to provide even more timely information.
In sum, we wish you a happy and successful year.
And remember the Law Library motto: JUST ASK!
Staff Members Join the Circulation Department
For the first time in several years we have a fully
staffed Circulation Department. We will now be able
to have full-time staff on the weekend and in the
evenings. This means complete library services more
hours each week, like being able to pay a fine in
the evening or on weekends.
Rutland and Lauren Knowlton both began working
as full-time Circulation Assistants this past
is a native of Macon. He has a B.A. in German
from Mercer University and an M.A. in German
Linguistics from UGA. He pursued doctoral
studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and taught German
for eleven years. His current interests include
studying languages and issues of language
politics and identity. David's leisure time
is spent playing bluegrass and Greek rebetika
music with his partner Michael. Come in and
speak German to him and ask him what rebetika
music is? David works Tuesday to Saturday,
8am to 5pm.
Knowlton, David Rutland, Myrtle Miller
is an Air Force brat; she's lived in Louisiana,
Michigan, Nebraska, Maine, Illinois, and Missouri
but claims St. Louis as home. She has a B.S. in
Criminal Justice from Truman State University which
is located in northeast Missouri. Before deciding
libraries were her life (my phrase not hers) Lauren
apprehended shoplifters, canvassed for environmental
issues, performed data entry for the law school,
and worked as an assistant/lead teacher with 3-4
year olds at a child development center. Lauren
works Sunday, 8am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, noon
Service from Berkeley Electronic Press (BePress)
BePress' ExpressO service is now available
for UGA law students who wish to electronically
submit articles or notes to law reviews for possible
publication. ExpressO makes law review
submissions fast and easy. Have your manuscript
delivered to more than 400 law school reviews
for free, simply by uploading the electronic file
to the ExpressO web site.
40 law reviews still require hard copy submission
of manuscripts. Our ExpressO services
does not pay for hard copy submissions, but if
you are interested in submitting a manuscript
to one of the school's requiring hard copy submission,
you can include your credit card number and ExpressO
will photocopy, assemble and mail your manuscript
to the journals that you choose. The charge is
$6.50 per hard copy submission.
you'd like to take advantage of the ExpressO
service, simply register as a new user using your
UGAMail account at the ExpressO web site:
If you need additional information, feel free
to stop by the Reference Desk and ask questions.