Library Services & Information
For Law School Staff Members
- Reference Services
Drop by our Reference Office or contact the librarian on duty during Reference Office hours:
Phone: 625-4309 || Email: email@example.com || Chat Reference Service.
Staff requests on behalf of our faculty members are given the highest priority by the reference staff. We try to respond to these requests immediately. If lengthy research is required, the staff and/or faculty member will be contacted promptly with an estimate on the amount of time this research will take.
The Law Library's reference librarians are available to assist you with your research needs. Feel free to contact any of these librarians directly by telephone or email if you would like the assistance of a specific person.
- Bloomberg Law, Lexis & Westlaw Access
University of Minnesota Law School faculty and staff are provided access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westlaw under Law Library's academic subscription to these services. To obtain access credentials contact the Reference Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-625-4309.
- Research Tutorials
The reference librarians are available to provide personalized instruction on the use of databases and other resources. We can also arrange for a trainer from LexisNexis or Westlaw to meet with you. Feel free to request introductory overviews, refresher training, or more specialized training tailored to your immediate needs. This instruction can be arranged in your office at your convenience. To request this service, please contact Suzanne Thorpe.
Creating Course Web Sites, e.g. TWEN
Many law school faculty members use The West Education Network (TWEN) to create web sites for their courses. For assistance in creating a TWEN site for your course contact Mike Hannon (email@example.com). Lexis also offers a similar electronic courseware product, Lexis Web Courses. Additional course web site options (Moodle & Web Vista) are available from the University of Minnesota. Contact Law School Web Services for information on law school templates for use with Moodle.
Placing Materials on Reserve
Information and instructions for placing materials (digital or hardcopy) such as books, articles, other readings, sample exams, and model answers on course reserve are available here.
As a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, the law school offers a complete set of the CALI exercises to supplement classroom instruction. Further information on the exercises is available at the CALI Web site. Contact the library Reference Office (612-625-4309) for the faculty authorization code needed to register and access CALI materials from the CALI Web site.
- ASAP Retrieval Service (For items held in the law library and other libraries on-campus)
The Law Library offers faculty members an expedited document retrieval service called ASAP. The ASAP staff will retrieve materials requested on behalf of our faculty members from the Law Library and other libraries on campus and deliver them to the faculty member's office (usually the same day requested). To request materials for a faculty member, please contact David Zopfi-Jordan at 625-1513 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Interlibrary Loan (For items not held at a library on-campus)
When an item requested on behalf of a faculty member is not available on campus, the faculty member and/of staff member is notified by the ASAP or reference staff. The library will then attempt to obtain the item from another library. You can request materials from other libraries by contacting David Zopfi-Jordan, email: email@example.com or phone: 625-1513. It may take a few weeks for materials requested on interlibrary loan to arrive, so if the item(s) are needed immediately, please let us know and we will try to obtain them on a RUSH basis.
- Routing Service
The Law Library will route current issues of periodicals and other serials to a faculty member's office. Faculty members can have their names added to the routing list for a specific title, by contacting David Zopfi-Jordan at 625-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Library Purchase Requests
If you would like to recommend materials for the Law Library to acquire and add to the collection, contact Connie Lenz, Associate Director for Collection Development at 625-4301 or email@example.com.
- Faculty Publications Display Case & the Faculty Archive Collection
The Law Library maintains a collection of faculty writings, located in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center. Recent faculty publications are displayed in the main lobby of the Law School. Faculty members are encouraged to donate copies of their publications for cataloging and preservation by the library. Please contact Connie Lenz, 5-4301, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on donating items for the display cases and the faculty archive.
The Law Library welcomes donations from faculty members. To donate materials on behalf of a faculty member, please contact the ASAP staff at 5-9534 or email@example.com to arrange for pick up. We will supply a letter of acknowledgment for donated materials.