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Welcome to the William A. Wise Law Library. This week, the class of 2024 will be participating in orientation. And, some of our seasoned students will be preparing for the upcoming semester.
Over the summer, many of your fantastic law librarians wrote articles, chapters, and the like. These same law librarians are ready and eager to help each of you as y’all move through this school year. Below are links to the various publications:
- Lauren Seney: Preserving the Present When It's All Online, Technical Services Law Librarian 46, no.4 (June 2021): 20.
- Rachel Gordon & Jill Sturgeon, Access Services, in Introduction of L. Libr., Ch. 10 (Zanada Joyner & Cas Laskowski eds., 2021).
- RobertLinz, Colorado Chapter Update, in State Practice Materials: Annotated Bibliographies XX (forthcoming in Fall 2021).
- Aamir S. Abdullah, Kaylan Ellis & Heather J. E. Simmons, The Profession of Law Librarianship, in Introduction of L. Libr., Ch. 1 (Zanada Joyner & Cas Laskowski eds., 2021).
- Aamir S. Abdullah, A Novel Response, 50Colo. Law. 8, 6-7 (2021).
- Jack A. Najarian, Aamir S. Abdullah, Jeffery Aresty & Kaliya Young, SSI and Digital Guardianship, in Self-Sovereign Identity: Decentralized Digit. Identity and Verifiable Credentials, A.7, Ch. 31 (Drummond Reed & Alex Preukschat eds., 2021) (appears in the digital Livebook edition).
Beyond these great pieces of writings, many at the law library gave speeches and presentations on a wide array of topics. Feel free to inquire more about your welcoming law library by coming in and striking up a conversation in person, via chat, e-mail, or virtually by Zoom.
Good luck this year! We’re rooting for your success!
The Colorado House and Senate Journals offered through the William A. Wise Law Library have been updated through 2020!
The House and Senate Journals digital collection on the Law Library’s Digital Archive provides access to digital versions of the journals from the Colorado General Assembly spanning 1861 to 2020. Each document represents a single session of the House or Senate of the General Assembly, regardless of the original number of print volumes in which the session proceedings would have been published. The Law Library’s House and Senate Journals digital collection also includes indexes or other supporting documents.
This comprehensive collection provides electronic access to historical journals notfound elsewhere. The Colorado General Assembly offers the most recent House Journals and Senate Journals, and The Colorado General Assembly offers past House and Senate Journals from 1998 to 2015. While the Colorado General Assembly’s website has journals from 1998 to present, a researcher cannot search across all journals located on the Colorado General Assembly’s website. Fortunately, the Law Library journals are fully searchable from 1861 to 2020.
Interested in using the William A. Wise Law Library’s House and Senate Journals digital collection? Here are some tips for using the collection.
Use the advanced search, which is found on the home page as well as on the search results page.
o Use Search Term to keyword search the entire collection – or you can narrow down the keyword search with the various dropdown filters.
o Filter by House of Representatives, Senate, or Territorial Council by using the Chamber filter.
o Do you want to look at a particular assembly? Try the General Assembly No. (General Assembly Number)filter, and narrow it down by Session Type or Session No. (Session Number) if you need to.
If you have found a document you would like to save a link to, so you can return to it later, scroll down to find the Permanent URL.
You can also search within a document. A keyword search is found just above the journal. If you are searching for a specific bill, try these tips:
o Try searching for just the number. For example, if you’re looking for H.B. 1234, search “1234.
o If you are searching in a journal for a session 1990 or later, try using the last two digits of the year plus the bill number. For example, “99-1234.”
o Also, try searching for the full bill number. For example, “S.B. 1234” or “H.B. 00-1234.”
If the text of the journal page is difficult to read, you can also access the text of the page by selecting “TEXT” at the top of the journal. It will be next to the.
On April 12, 2021, HeinOnline announced that users of MyHein can sign in to their HeinOnline account using a Google account. In theory, this should allow users to instantly log-in to their MyHein account. Of course, this is based on the notion that the MyHein user has a Google account. Steps to implement this feature can be located within HeinOnline's blog post here.
Looking for a summer job on campus? Consider applying as a circulation desk worker at the William A. Wise Law Library ("Wise").
The job consists of welcoming patrons, verifying appointments, retrieving items, shelving books, conducting inventory, shifting materials, and performing other duties as assigned. Note that this summer, Wise is working on shifting physical materials into off-site storage. The position requires good customer service, sociability, and computer skills. Other required duties include: dusting, straightening, and cleaning of library stacks. Prospective applicants must be reliable and have effective communication skills. Students with work-study awards are preferred. Click here to access Google Form application.
The dates of employment are May 15 - August 14. Contact Baylee Suskin for more information.
Colorado Law's very own, Susan Nevelow Mart, Professor and Director of the William A. Wise Law Library, has just completed her most recent article: "Hunting and Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah"! The abstract of the article reads as follows:
Research in massive online legal research platforms requires entering a multi-faceted construct, where user-interface design and an array of algorithms guide the experience. What is it like for novice researchers to research real-world legal problems and attempt to come to a legal conclusion in these four platforms: Bloomberg Law, Fastcase, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw? Researchers struggled where they could not find relevant secondary sources. Researchers did not improve their time to complete their research in the second, third, or fourth platform once they had resolved the issue in the first platform. The implications for teaching legal research seem clear: instruction on meta-strategies for entering a research universe are a critical component of what law students and young lawyers need to learn. And legal research platforms need to keep improving user guidance through their research universes.
Susan Nevelow Mart, et al. Hunting and Gathering on the Legal Information Savannah, 113 L. LIB. J. __ (forthcoming 2021) (available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3812585).
If you would like to learn more about Professor Mart's writings and research, be sure to visit her faculty profile page. Professor Mart also teaches Research and Writing in the Regulatory State with Professor Gabrielle Stafford.
Today marks the first day of Library Week 2021! In celebration of Library Week 2021, and thanks to LexisNexis, the William A. Wise Law Library will be giving out three $25 Amazon gift cards to lucky students. (LexisNexis is sponsoring the Library Week prizes!) To enter, please fill out the "Library Week Prize Form." The "Library Week Prize Form" is located under the "Enter to Win $25" tab inside the 1L Exam Prep Kit.
The 1L Exam Prep Kit is designed to help 1Ls locate all of the resources they may need to help prepare for Spring exams. These resources are available in other location around the William A. Wise Law Library website, but the guide should provide easy access to all of those resources.
Alternatively, students can participate in the Library Week festivities by physically going to the William A. Wise Law Library. We are open to CU Law students, faculty, and staff! And, we offer plenty of safe, sanitized, and quiet study spaces. See this video to get reacquainted with your law library!: .
The library provides law students with access to three subscription-based digital libraries containing study aids: Wolters Kluwer ("WK"), West Academic libraries ("West Academic"), and Lexis Digital Library. For WK and West Academic, students can create their own account using the instructions found here. (Those instructions are also located on every page of this guide that contains one of these resources.) Lexis Digital Library does not require you to create an account, and items can be linked to directly from this guide.
All CU Law students, not just 1Ls, are eligable to enter to win the $25 dollar gift card. And, all of the law librarians at the William A. Wise Law Library hope each of you find the 1L Exam Prep Kit and the physical law library helpful. Good luck as y'all prep for exams!
Steve Elder - who wears many hats as the Wise Law Library's Library Technician, resident poet, and self-proclaimed Head of Tea Service - has published a poem titled "A Spate of Poets" in Boulder Weekly. Read the poem here.
Watch Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, interview Kermit the Frog on his induction to the 2020 National Recording Registry.
On the shooting of “The Rainbow Connection” video, which features Kermit playing a banjo and singing the beloved song in a swampy setting, Dr. Hayden asked: “Were Mosquitos a problem?” Kermit replied, with his usual froggy sangfroid, “Not at all, they were delicious.”
Click here to see the full interview and learn more about 2020’s National Recording Registry inductees. The year's inductees also include recordings from Janet Jackson, Thomas Edison, and Louis Armstrong.
According to the Tolkien Society, March 25th is the day that the Ring was destroyed. So, since 2003, the Tolkien Society and people around the globe have been celebrating the completion of Frodo's quest and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.Here at the William A. Wise Law Library, we're, well, a law library. So let's read about Tolkien, his works, and the law. Below is a selection of readings on just those topics:
- Colin P. Benton, J.R.R. Tolkien Goes to Law School: Exploring Property Law Jurisprudence Through the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy, 2 Tex. A&M J. Real Prop. L. 25 (2014). Available at: https://doi.org/10.37419/JPL.V2.I1.2
- "This Article offers J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic stories, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as useful for Law and Literature scholarship because they have a large audience of all ages, who have either read them in books or seen them as movies. Their widespread popularity makes these stories an effective way to introduce and inspire many to the property law jurisprudence that permeates the texts. While Tolkien’s literature has not been traditionally utilized for Law and Literature purposes, there are several issues of property law jurisprudence that can be elucidated through Tolkien’s writings.This Article begins by briefly assessing the debate regarding the efficacy of Law and Literature, proposes Tolkien’s literature as a legitimate means of stimulating an interest in property law jurisprudence, and concludes by exploring a variety of property law issues using Tolkien’s literature as the background material facts."
- Christopher Tolkien, Laws and Customs Among the Eldar, Morgoth's Ring (1993). Available at: http://faculty.smu.edu/bwheeler/tolkien/online_reader/T-LawsandCustoms.pdf.
- In this chapter from book twelve of Christopher Tolkien's 12-volume series, The History of Middle-earth, Christopher Tolkien discusses the customs and laws of the Eldar (elves), including marriage, divorce, naming, funerals, and rebirth.
- Castronova, Edward, The Renaissance of Natural Law: Tolkien, Fantasy, and Video Games (September 18, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2148505 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2148505.
- "I review the moral systems that designers create inside their video games. There’s much similarity across games, despite wide differences in narratives, backgrounds, target demographics, and mechanics. Using the terms of Dungeons & Dragons morality, most games have three moral factions: Lawful Good, Chaotic Good, and Chaotic Evil. Players usually get to choose between Lawful or Chaotic Good, while the AI plays Chaotic Evil. Now, why does this pattern appear so frequently? I’ll argue it has something to do with Natural Law. Natural Law derives moral judgment from the notion that any reasonably well‐formed human mind can discern what the purpose or end of an item is: What it’s for. It’s a common‐sense morality, which may or may not work well in advanced bioethics but suits the moral world of video games perfectly, where bad guys are really easy to identify but the players fight back and forth about whether to be a rule‐following hero of light or a renegade, rebellious, dark angel. That law/chaos tension is also an aspect of Natural Law. As for how Natural law got into games, the path seems to run through JRR Tolkien – devout Roman Catholic and therefore no stranger to the teachings of Aquinas. From Aquinas to Tolkien to D&D to modern video games, the LG/CG/CE triangle persists as a simple moral world, but one that, judging from player numbers, people very earnestly want to live in. Is this in itself a good thing? Since we’re talking Natural Law, let’s conclude by asking – what is the purpose of fantasy? Does this usage suit fantasy’s purpose?"
- Bruce E. Boyden, One Public Domain to Rule Them All, Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog (October 5, 2011). Available at: https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2011/10/one-public-domain-to-rule-....
- This blog post discusses the U.S. Supreme Court Case Golan vs. Holder (docket no. 10-545), and whether or not the United States can restore the copyright to the Lord of the Rings novels.
West Academic Study Aids is a resource available to students here at Colorado Law!
Simply activate your VPN and check this link: https://subscription.westacademic.com/. Additionally, West Academic Study Aids offers two incredible apps: West Academic Library and West Academic Audio. Both are available via the Google Play and Apple App Store.
The West Academic Study Aids continues to add resources to their extensive library. Recently added titles includes: 1) "Office Hours on Torts," 2) "Sum and Substance Audio Constitutional Law," 3) "Black Letter Outline on Evidence," 4) "Bridge to Practice on Criminal Procedure," and 5) "Exam Pro (Objective) with quizzing."
Students who need help signing up and navigating the resource should watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwZ_yVKQLFk&feature=youtu.be.