|Meet James Donovan -- Our New Reference/Public Services Librarian
The photo above is of our latest addition to the Reference staff. Beth Holmes,
Catalog Librarian, provides the following profile on James.
James Donovan grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but comes to us from
New Orleans where he has spent the last twenty years earning multiple degrees
and working in libraries. He recently completed his J.D. at Loyola University
of New Orleans and is now back to work in a law library. In fact James
says he has never really worked anywhere but libraries. He did a short
stint as an interpreter for the deaf, but this soon drove him back to libraries.
Here at UGA Law you will find him answering questions at the reference desk
and solving problems behind the circulation desk. As well as being
a member of the reference and collection development teams, James is responsible
for leadership of the Circulation department. He has lots of experience
in this capacity and with our new online circulation system.
So, what does James do when he’s not working at the Law Library?
Well, he has three cats which he rescued as kittens from inside the wall
at his apartment in New Orleans. Their Mom was a stray cat
who found her way into the building to give birth and the kittens must
have fallen down between the walls. They are now four years old and
are called One, Two and Three – for the order in which he pulled them out
of the wall (after punching a hole in it). As an anthropologist – James
has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University – he feels it is his duty
to stay abreast of popular culture. As a result he watches lots of
TV! He also enjoys writing and has recently published a book entitled
Anthropology and the Law (Berghahn Books, July 2003, ISBN: 157181423X). His partner Gary is still in Louisiana, but
is planning to join James in the Athens area.
So, stop by and meet James. He tells a great story and is a very
interesting person who has done lots of things -- including meeting
President Nixon; writing, arranging and recording an album of Catholic liturgical
folk music; winning a gold medal in Tae Kwan Do; and spending a life-changing
month camping alone in the Cherokee National Forest.
Prof.Ann Puckett, Director of the Law
staff of the Alexander Campbell King Law Library welcomes all new and returning
law students. We hope your use of the library is pleasant and successful.
It will be if you memorize the one cardinal rule of library use: if you don't
find what you want, JUST ASK! To make asking convenient, we built a
beautiful new Reference Desk near the entrance to the library where you can't
miss it. 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
We ask that you observe a few standards of conduct that will make using
the library more
pleasant for you and your classmates:
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 e-mail account, which every
law student is required to have. Ugamail is available on the World
Wide Web at www.ugamail.uga.edu Computing Services personnel maintain
e-mail discussion lists of the discrete groups within the law school to make
communication easy and fast. In addition, the law library publishes
Amicus Briefs, a newsletter available on the library's web page at www.lawsch.uga.edu
And finally, we will soon have a special gift for you: spectacular full color
bookmarks with all kinds of handy information about how to contact us.
When the bookmarks come in, they will be available at the Circulation Desk.
go outside the library to eat. Food residue attracts insects which
stay to eat the books. We permit drinks in containers with secure lids.
Please note: fast food type paper or Styrofoam drink containers are not permitted
because their lids are not secure.
- Please do not use tobacco in any form.
Smoking is prohibited in all UGA buildings. We also prohibit the use of
smokeless tobacco in the Law Library because, well, the spitting just makes
keep unnecessary noise to a minimum in study areas. We have designated
the first floor of the Annex for ultra quiet study where all talking is
banned; in other areas, if you find it necessary to talk to classmates,
professors, librarians, etc., in furtherance of educational purposes, do
re-shelve the books you use if you are certain you know where they go. Hiding
or hoarding library materials is unethical conduct and could lead to disciplinary
We wish you a happy and successful year. And remember the Law Library
motto: JUST ASK!
students: we moved lots of books over the summer. The paper copies of Shepard's
are gone. The shelves that housed the majority of Shepard's (the low shelves
at the east end of the main reading room) now hold Am Jur and CJS.
ALR, first and second series, now reside on the east wall with series three
through five. (We thought it would be radical to shelve all the ALRs
in one place.)
We have moved the two large, general forms sets (Am Jur Legal Forms, and
West's Legal Forms) from the balcony to the reference area behind the reference
Nearly everything listed in GAVEL with a location of Repository actually
lives at the Repository, now. You must request those items at the circulation
desk. We will make every effort to retrieve requested items within
Finally, even more than before–beware the basement! Almost nothing
in the basement is where it used to be. The final plan for the basement
puts the non law collection (everything with a call number that does not
begin with a K, except items with a JX or JZ call number) as the first
thing you see if you enter the basement on the east end (from the steps next
to the public computers). The south side of the basement (on your left) will
hold call numbers A - Z (excluding K's, JX and JZ) , followed by KB, KD,
and KE call numbers (canon law, law of the British Isles, and law of Canada).
Older and superseded items with KF call numbers (law of the U.S.) will begin
at the far end of the north side, followed by KFA - KFX (law of the individual
U.S. states and municipalities), and KU through KZ (law of Australia, New
Zealand, and other Pacific Islands, and International law). We are
still working on this arrangement of the basement. Most collections
housed in the basement are half in their new location and half where they
used to be. Right now, unfortunately, it's more confusing than ever.
Please, ask for help if you have any difficulty locating basement items.
|What Did You Read This Summer?
Here's a sampling of what members of the Law School community read over the summer:
Anne Burnett (Reference/Foreign & International Law Librarian)
Fforde, Lost in a Good Book
Dan Coenen (Professor)
second adventure of Thursday Next, a literary detective who travels inside
books in a 1980s alternative reality London (the first in the series is The Eyre Affair, where Thursday meets Jane and Rochester - read a review at http://www.salon.com/books/review/2002/01/24/fforde/).
Weidensaul, The Ghost with Trembling Wings: Science, Wishful Thinking, and the Search for Lost Species
engaging look at the scientists and dreamers who search for evidence of species
deemed extinct or nearly extinct (or even fictional).
Hamilton, Madison & Jay, The Federalist Papers (among other things)
Dorinda Dallmeyer (Associate Director, Rusk Center)
Camuto, Another Country: Journeying Toward the Cherokee Mountains
James Donovan (Reference/Public Services Librarian)
anyone who thinks they know the natural and cultural history of the Southern
Appalachians, this beautifully crafted book will be an eye-opener.
Camuto, Hunting from Home
personal view on what it means to be in nature, as a hunter of game as well
as a hunter of insights gained from looking anew at the natural world.
Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Anne Dupre (Professor)
Atwood, The Blind Assassin
Tom Eaton (Professor)
Lewis, What Went Wrong?
Marc Galvin (Director of Student Affairs & Registrar)
Russo, Straight Man
a humorous story about a dysfunctional English department in a hypothetical
public university. The personalities of the various people seem so familiar.
Barabasi, Linked: How Everything is Connected to
Everything Else and What it Means For Business, Science, and Everyday Life
Joan Logan (Law Library Bookkeeper)
Ridley, Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of
George, Murder Carries A Torch: A Southern Sisters Mystery
Sarajane Love (Professor)
It is really funny. I do recommend.
Patterson, Cat & Mouse
Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend
Nelda Parker (Office and Editorial Manager, Rusk Center)
Scott, The Jewel in the CrownJim Ponsoldt (Professor)
about India around 1942
McMurtry, The Last Picture Show
about small-town Texas
Goldman, Which Lie Did I Tell?
Jamie Baker Roskie (Managing Attorney, Land Use Clinic)
Roth, The Human Stain
film scripts for "Get Shorty" and "Chinatown"
Duany, et al, Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
David Shipley (Professor)
is one of the founders of New Urbanism. This book is a pithy and pointed
view of how post-WWII land use planning went wrong, and how we can fix it.
Hillenbrand, Seabiscuit: An American Legend
lived in Kentucky for five years and having enjoyed going to the beautiful
Keeneland Track in Lexington, I really liked this book.
Conroy, My Losing Season
About Pat Conroy's senior year at The Citadel when he was a starting guard on the basketball team.
Carol Watson (Reference/Computing Services Librarian)
Atwood, Oryx and Crake
Hillerman, The Wailing Wind
|Labor Day Hours
The Law Library's regular hours are:
Monday - Friday 7:30am - midnight
Saturday & Sunday 8:00am - midnight
On Labor Day (Monday, September 1) we will be open from 6:00pm - midnight.