Working Hard To Serve You Better: Recent Initiatives of BLS Library

Jean Davis providing research instruction to participants in the Safe Harbor Project on Sept. 21, 2011.

The employees of Brooklyn Law School Library are committed to providing a high level of service to our community.  In addition to our librarian liaison program to faculty and to the staff of our school’s journals and moot teams, we are engaged in a number of initiatives:

1) Responding to a request made by the Technology Secretary of the SBA, there is now a printer and release station on the first floor of the library (location: alcove near the reference desk).

2) To aid clinic participants and faculty, I licensed PsycINFO database, and it will become available to patrons on October 1.  I believe that articles identified through this database will help clinic participants to better understand and represent clients who have experienced trauma.

3) A number of our librarians are currently evaluating the cost and content of databases to support the interdisciplinary research needs of our patrons.  As part of this project, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law Sara Gras is compiling a spreadsheet of  databases available through BLS Library that  pertain to medical topics.  She will compare this list to resources available at New York Academy of Medicine Library, which accommodates members of the public by appointment.  Then, our staff will evaluate whether there are key indexes (or other sources) that are not covered by either BLS Library or NYAML.  Ms. Gras also plans to create a publicly accessible web guide to assist students in next semester’s Bioethics class.

4) In conjunction with Professor Fajans, Reference/Access Services Librarian and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law Kathleen Darvil held a Seminar Paper Workshop on September 14, 2011.  The web guide and video of this Workshop are available at  I will partner with Professor Fajans to reprise this popular Workshop next semester.

5)  Over the past few weeks, I have made presentations to the following classes to highlight research sources: Consumer Law; Safe Harbor Clinic; and Investor Rights Clinic.

6)  To ensure that the library responds rapidly to the increased number of requests made through the new ILLiad electronic interlibrary loan system, three librarians have received supplemental training and are now actively supporting this initiative.

I want you to know that the BLS Library staff is working very hard for you.

Jean Davis, Interim Library Director & Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School