Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
April 2007 no. 2
In This Issue


Eighteenth Century
Collections Online

Eighteen Century Collections Online
by Carol Watson

The Law Library is very excited to announce the recent acquisition of the full contents of Thomson Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online. The Eighteenth Century Collections Online includes the full text of more than 150,000 treatises and is the most ambitious single digitization project ever undertaken. It delivers every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in Great Britain during the eighteenth century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.

The eighteenth century brought the written word to the masses. With the expiration of strict printing controls and the Industrial Revolution, a large portion of the population -- previously unexposed to writings -- was exposed to a diverse collection of printed material. With a newfound passion for literacy, and an eager audience, texts explored new themes and ideas ranging from social and economic analysis and criticisms, to theories on man and society. Thomson Gale's Eighteenth Century Collections Online digitally captures this influential period and provides new research opportunities in ways previously unavailable.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online includes a variety of materials -- from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements -- and works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century.

The collection is divided into seven subject areas:

History and Geography

Ancient and contemporary history, accounts of voyages and discoveries, historical biographies and memoirs, genealogical collections, gazetteers.  It should also be noted that this collection presents a comprehensive picture of the American Revolution from the British perspective.

Social Science and Fine Arts
Social science materials include subjects such as manufacturers and merchants, artisans and skilled workers, and international business, banking, taxation, and lotteries. Topics also include current events, social reform, business/economics/finance,  political science (parliamentary papers, political satire, political essays, speech/addresses, handbills, parish registers, poll books, and more).    Fine arts materials include treatises on music, painting, theater, and architecture.

Medicine, Science and Technology
Topics include many branches of science and include such diverse subjects as agriculture, military technology, and natural philosophy.

Literature and Language
Includes works from celebrated eighteenth-century essayists, novelists, poets, and playwrights.

Philosophy and Religion
Materials range from sermons, Bibles, and prayer books to moral and ethical debates and prescriptions for proper conduct.


Treatises trace the development of law in the British Empire between 1701 and 1800.

General Reference
Ephemeral material on the whole of life in the eighteenth century. Topics include almanacs, catalogues, and more.

The full text of treatises included in the Eighteenth Century Collections Online are searchable and  accessible from the Law Library’s Research Resources page:

Summer Renovation Projects in the Law Library
by Professor Ann Puckett, Director of the Law Library

Dean White has funded two important renovation projects in the Law Library this summer. The first, a cosmetic upgrade in the reading room and balcony, will complete the renovation begun in 2003 by replacing old wall covering and paint, as well as adding Moser end panels on the main floor and a wall shelving unit in the reserve area. 

The second project is even more exciting. The Annex furniture will be replaced by Moser tables, chairs, and carrels like those in the main part of the law library. There will be power and task lighting at every seat.

We are as yet unsure exactly when the projects will begin, although it will certainly be after graduation this spring. 

It has long been a part of the law library’s strategic plan (available at to improve physical surroundings in the library to make them more functional, comfortable, and beautiful for you, our users. The recent survey of library users confirmed that you share this goal. We are pleased to be able to take one more step toward its accomplishment, and we are grateful to Dean White for making this possible.

Welcome to Tara Adams
by Anne Burnett

The Law Library is delighted to welcome Tara Adams, who replaces the recently-retired Joyce Moss as Administrative Associate. Tara has worked at UGA for six years, most recently at Physical Plant. 
Tara Adams Tara will receive her B.A. in Business Administration from Piedmont College in a few short weeks. She grew up in Madison County, and she and her husband Vince share their home with a cat (Kitty-Kitty) and miniature schnauzer (Rocket).

Please stop by and say hello to Tara who is located in the Administrative Offices of the Law Library on the second floor of the Annex.

Farewell to Beth Holmes
by Sharon Bradley

There are a lot of unsung heroes in the library world; staff members who greatly contribute to the efficient functioning of the library. One of those people is Beth Holmes, Cataloging Services Librarian. Beth and her staff are largely responsible for the functionality and usefulness of GAVEL, our online catalog. Patrons can determine if the library owns a particular book, whether we have a specific journal, and which of those items might also be available electronically.

Unfortunately, Beth is leaving UGA after six and half years of service. “My husband Jim found the job of his dreams. He is now a Professor of Strategy and Policy at the Naval War College.” Beth and her daughter Emma will be following Jim to Newport, Rhode Island at the end of May.

When Beth arrived the cataloging staff were still using typewriters to produce labels for the books and check-out cards for the pockets in the back of the book. Georgia was one of the last law school libraries to synchronize the circulation system and the online catalog to allow electronic check-out. Beth supervised the massive barcode project in which every book had to be matched with a machine readable barcode.

Beth isn’t leaving the profession. After a summer settling in to her new home, she plans to 
Beth Holmespursue projects consulting with libraries that need organizing and cataloging work on their backlogs or special collections. She’ll also maintain her skills by writing a regular column in a professional newsletter. “I’m sad to leave Georgia but excited about the opportunity to pursue some other interests and spend more time with my daughter. She seems to need a little firmer hand in getting her homework done.”The library faculty and staff will miss Beth’s contributions to the operation of the library. Her professionalism and expertise served us well.

Peaches 'n Cream: The Best of Georgia Electronic Resources
Friday, April 20, 2007
12:30 - 1:00 pm
Classroom C

Prepare for your summer associate job or your upcoming permanent position by familiarizing yourself with Georgia internet legal resources.

We'll provide the pizza! You bring your beverage.

                             Lunch & Learn with the Law Library


Library Hours

REGULAR hours for the library are:

Monday - Thursday   7:30am - 2:00am
Friday  7:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 2:00am

Beginning April 20,  our extended hours are:

Monday - Friday 7:30am - 2:00am
Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 2:00am

On the last day of exams (Wednesday, May 16) the Law Library's hours are 7:30am - 9:00pm

Summer hours begin Thursday, May 17:

Monday - Thursday  8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday  8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday  9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday  1:00pm - 9:00pm

On Memorial Day, the Law Library will be open from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Library's hours for the Spring semester can be viewed at
Congratulations to Stellar Student Workers Pam Brannon and Ginnie Garcia!

Both of these outstanding student workers were part of a select group of 103 student workers (from over 500 nominations) honored at a reception April 10 sponsored by UGA's Career Center.

A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful student workers!

Second Annual Candy Bar Social!

As classes near their end and students gear up for final exams, the Law Library hopes that all students will take a short break and stop by the entrance to Law Library for some candy along with well wishes from Law Library staff. We'll be sponsoring our Second Annual Candy Bar Social from 2:00pm - 4:30pm on Monday, April 23, right outside the entrance to the Law Library.

Where's the Puzzle?

Regular Amicus Briefs readers will note the absence of our popular monthly feature: James Donovan's tricky crossword puzzle. Never fear: we'll include more than one puzzle in our upcoming special Stress Busters edition of the newsletter, scheduled for publication right about the time you'll be looking for any excuse to avoid thinking about exams.