Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  
October 2004
In This Issue
On the first floor of the annex is a bronze statue of St. John the Baptist. It is believed he was a donation to the library from one of our vendors. No one seems to remember which company but obviously one with whom we spent a lot of money.  We generally keep him covered to protect his modesty and to bring a little whimsy into the library.

Meet the Circulation Staff

by James Donovan

Whenever you come to the Circulation Desk with a question or problem, chances are you'll get the solution from one of its two full-time employees, Myrtle Miller and Joe Johnson.

Myrtle joined the UGA Law Library in 1996 after ten years at the library of Middle Georgia College.  In addition to opening the library practically every morning, she manages the many wonderful student workers without which the Circulation Department could not function.  She can also be relied upon for minute-by-minute weather reporting, so anyone with questions on that subject now knows where to go!

The mother of three children (and grandmother to eleven!), she recently celebrated her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. After she retires in a few years--but not too soon, we hope--Myrtle will pursue her hobbies of reading and sewing.  

Joe is easy to spot: he is hardly ever without his baseball cap.  He comes to the Law Library with a diverse background in fund raising and real estate, as well as service in community organizations such as the Brain Injury Association of Georgia. He has staffed our circulation desk since 2001, and is well known for going the extra step for patrons.  The rare book collections and the law school's institutional history are but a few of Joe's interests that have proven useful in the performance of his diverse duties.

Myrtle and Joe are both friendly and approachable, so students should not hesitate to come to them with questions about books, fines, reserves, interlibrary loans, or any other library-related question.  If they don't know the answer, they will know where to send you!

As Reference/Public Services Librarian, James Donovan is the head of the Circulation department. Before joining us at UGA, James worked at the law library at Tulane in the Big Easy - New Orleans. Although he seems to be still adjusting to missing the annual Mardi Gras festivities, he has settled into the UGA community quite successfully.

James has a strong academic pedigree. He has five degrees, a B.A. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a Master in Library and Information Science and Master of Arts from Louisiana State University, a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University and a J.D. from Loyola University.

In our last newsletter we jokingly suggested that he could be easily bribed if you referred to him
as Dr. Donovan. We're happy to report that he's putting that Ph.D. to good use. Next semester
in addition to heading the Circulation department, he''ll be teaching Legal Anthropology. (Information about James submitted by Carol Watson).

Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving is almost here. Be sure to check our hours of operation when making your studying, travel and eating plans.

The Annual Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey
Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey
Photograph of President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turkey from members of the Poultry and Egg National Board and other representatives of the turkey industry,outside the White House.

New Computer Lab Login

To reserve our computer labs for student use, the Computer Services department is working on implementing a login system. The student only login program will also include an automatic logout after a period of inactivity. Watch your email for instructions and passwords. Please don't delete emails from Computer Services without reading them. The message regarding the lab logins will contain your initial password. 

Go to our Computing Services page for more information.

Featured Resource: BNA All

By Sharon Bradley

BNA All provides online access to the wealth of legal research products published by BNA, The Bureau of National Affairs. The Law Library subscribes to many of the BNA print publications. Some of the most popular titles are U.S. Law Week, Criminal Law Reporter, ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct, and Labor Relations Reporter. But we do not subscribe to all of the titles available through BNA All.

Most of the titles present recent highlights, either news or from the courts. Almost all allow searching by case name or date and there are searchable indexes as well.

Many of the BNA publications are what we in the library world call looseleaf services which means pages in a binder. The advantage of these kinds of publications is the ease and frequency of updating. To understand how a looseleaf service can help you with a research project view the BNA education series pamphlet Using Looseleaf Services (PDF, 4 pages).

BNA publications are well known for their coverage of current legal issues and cases. This makes them ideally suited for identifying paper topics. Another education series pamphlet Locating Paper Topics (PDF, 2 pages) can help.

Currently there are user guides or quick start cards for three topics

Employment & Labor Law Resources Topical User Guide (PDF, 36 pages)
Labor and Employment Law Library Quick Start Guide (PDF, 2 pages)

Intellectual Property Law Resources Topical User Guide (PDF, 36 pages)
Intellectual Property Law Library Quick Start Guide (PDF, 2 pages)

Benefits Law Resources Topical User Guide (PDF, 18 pages)
Benefits Practice Center Quick Start Card (PDF, 2 pages)