Amicus Briefs - News from the Alexander Campbell King Law Library  

October 2005




In This Issue


Yeah Student Workers

Despite the abilities and experience possessed by its staff, the Law Library would soon be lost without the boundless energy and able assistance from our student assistants.

Library patrons probably see them most often at the Circulation desk. Each assistant has been trained by the Circulation Manager Myrtle Miller to help patrons with a large number of non-reference questions. Each afternoon, and all weekend, at least one student is available to assist users with routine circulation transactions and directional assistance. Late at night and on holidays they are the public face of the Law Library as the only employees on site.

Expanded exam hours are possible only through the cooperation of students willing to work until after one o'clock in the morning!

Technical Services also depends upon the meticulous labors of students, from updating looseleaf services to ironing on call number labels and programming book security tags. ALL student workers in Tech Services are able to speak a second language, making it an especially fun place to work.

Practically every person in the law school has had need of the students at the Computer Lab Help Desk, and what a mess the library would be without our student shelvers!

Although the Law Library shows its appreciation for its student assistants every spring at a celebratory pizza party, it is never too soon to let them know that you recognize their contributions!



Yellow Book Leadership Library

By Maureen Cahill

One of the many new electronic databases added to the Law Library collection in the last few months is Yellow Book Leadership Library. The Legal Career Services Office was instrumental in bringing this resource to the attention of the library’s Collection Development Team.

Some of you are familiar with the paper version of Judicial Yellow Book which provides information on Federal and State Courts and Judicial organizations, including contact information for all staff and biographical summaries about each judge. The complete Leadership Library on the Internet includes Judicial Yellow Book as well as thirteen similar collections covering institutions such as Congress, Federal, State and Municipal Governments, and sectors of the economy such as News Media, Associations, Law Firms, and Nonprofits. Each of the collections lists hundreds of organizations, shows their leadership structures, and provides contact information for the individuals in leadership positions. The combined directories enable subscribers to reach over 400,000 individuals at 40,000 U.S. government, business, professional, and nonprofit organizations.

Information in the database is updated on a daily basis. Users may browse through each directory, using a table of contents that expands or contracts to show hierarchy. In addition, there is a keyword search function labeled “LLOI Search” which will locate all instances of any word or phrase from anywhere within the directories. The Advanced Search function allows searching within one, selected, or all directories by specific criteria such as job title, job function, geographical location, or type of appointment.

The Leadership Library will fuel job searches, give you the name of a person to whom you can direct a question or complaint in virtually any government office, or help you track down a lead when you’re researching a paper.

GAVEL In Your Pocket

by Carol Watson

Leave the slips of paper with call numbers jotted down behind! Instead take your PDA or cellphone into the library stacks.

Cellphone or PDAs with wireless browsers now have access to GAVEL via a system called AirPac. With AirPAC, your handheld device becomes a searching tool with which you can issue GAVEL searches from anywhere.

You can now walk through the library stacks with GAVEL in the palm of your hands. You can enter a search into GAVEL and retrieve pertinent information (e.g., location, call number, and real time data about status and availability). GAVEL’s AirPAC is accessible anywhere a wireless network is available. You can request a hold on library materials from within a classroom, check due dates and renew items during a long commute, or search the catalog while running errands.

In order to use this service you must have a cellphone or PDA configured for wireless browser access and you must have access to a wireless service. To use GAVEL AirPAC, point your Internet-enabled cell phone or PDA to

Constitutions of the World

by Anne Burnett

If you are searching for an English translation of a constitution, you're in luck! The Law Library provides access to Oceana's Constitutions of the Countries of the World, which is an online database containing the full text, in English, of the constitutions for 192 countries. For each constitution, the database provides Introductory and Comparative Notes which analyze recent amendments and highlight relevant historical, economic and political information.

The database provides for keyword searching of the full text or for searching by country. A useful country thesaurus aids the researcher who is unsure of a jurisdiction's current or former name. The search options also allow for searching an assortment of country groupings centered on geographic location, political affiliation or economic connections. Searches can also be limited by date range and type of document. Researchers can retrieve historical versions of constitutions along with current versions incorporating recent amendments.

Members of the UGA Law School community can access Constitutions of the Countries of the World on the law school campus without a password. Off-campus access requires a UGA i.d. The database is linked from the Law Library's Research Resources page.

Spelling Bee-ers Do Well

by Carol Watson

Can you spell epithalamion?

That's the word that stumped the Law Library Spelling Bee team who participated in the recent spelling bee fund raiser on September 25 for the Athens-Clarke Literacy Council. Congratulations to our team members - Anne Burnett, Kathy Caveney and Lauren Knowlton. Our team put forth a valiant effort and represented the School of Law well.

They made it to Round 13 (and there were only 14 rounds before a winner was declared!). Out of 11 teams, they were the 7th to be eliminated. The Literacy Council raised more than $5,700 so we can be proud of our efforts and the support we were able to offer. Congratulations to our colleagues at the Main Library who took home the trophy.

Want to try your hand at spelling? Some of the sample words from the spelling bee included: inveigle, suffrutescent, chautoyant, helminthiasis, absorbefacient and obeisance. Whew!