Author Archives: Kathy Darvil

TechCo Lab: The BLS Library’s Technology and Collaboration Space

With the summer quickly approaching, some of you may be thinking about your summer internships or associateships.  Your summer positions will require you to practice and hone your lawyering skills, such as interviewing clients or preparing for trial or a negotiation.   If you are looking for a space to practice these skills, look no further than Library room 111.  Room 111, otherwise known as the TechCo (Technology Collaboration) Lab, is designed specifically for these types of simulations.  In the Tech CoLab, students can connect a laptop to a projector system with a wall-mounted screen, allowing them to work together on online projects, Skype with people in other locations, and record their own presentations for later review.  The lab is located on the first floor of the library by the copiers and scanners.

If you are interested in using the lab, you should email carol.ragab@brooklaw.edu.  At the time of your reservation, ask someone at the circulation or reference desk for access to the room.   (It needs to be unlocked for use.) An instruction sheet for using the equipment is available in the room.

The Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act: The Debate Rages On

With the debate over the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act raging, you might be interested in researching the act.  The library has 36 titles that are tagged with the subject, United States and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Listed below are a few of those titles.

Purva H. Rawal, The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts (2016).

This is the first reference book to provide a detailed assessment of the Affordable Care Act, explaining the realities and myths surrounding one of the most divisive political struggles in recent U.S. history.  This is an e-book.  If you are off campus, you will need to implement the proxy instructions in a web browser.

Steven Brill, America’s bitter pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix our Broken Healthcare System (2015).

This book details how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the titanic fight to pass a 961-page law aimed at fixing America’s largest, most dysfunctional industry.

Josh Blackman, Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power (2016).

Six years after its enactment, this book provides the definitive account of the battle to stop Obamacare from being ‘woven into the fabric of America’. Unraveled is essential reading to understand the future of the Affordable Care Act in America’s gridlocked government in 2016, and beyond. This is an e-book.  If you are off campus, you will need to implement the proxy instructions in a web browser.

Josh Blackman, Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (2013).

This inside story of the legal challenge to Obamacare from a conservative constitutional lawyer involved in the movement is a mixture of legal, political, and media intrigue capped by a truly consequential Supreme Court decision.

Seminar Paper Workshop

Last week Prof. Fajans and Librarian Kathy Darvil ran their semi-annual workshop on how to research and write a seminar paper.  Topics covered Image result for image writing a paperincluded sources for selecting your topic, sources for researching your topic, and how to effectively organize and write your paper.  If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can access an online research guide which contains a recording of the workshop, links to and descriptions of all the research sources discussed, and the writing and research presentations.  The online guide is available at guides.brooklaw.edu/seminarpaper.  From the guide’s landing page, you will be able to access a recording of the presentation, Professor Fajans’ slideshow on how to write your seminar paper, and Kathy Darvil’s online presentation on how to research your seminar paper.  If you should need further help selecting or researching your topic, please stop by the reference desk for assistance.

Update: World Share Interlibrary Loan Prime

The Library is implementing a new system to manage interlibrary loans called World Share Interlibrary Loan Prime.  The system will streamline interlibrary loan service. Interlibrary loan (ILL) is the service that gives you access to the resources of other libraries. You can use ILL to borrow books, and to obtain PDFs of articles and book chapters that the library does not own. The new system contains functionality that will speed the fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests.  Patrons will use their BLS username and password to sign on and make requests. The system will go live on January 23, 2017.

Current ILLiad Users:

There is a new user interface for creating and managing requests.  You will notice a few difference from ILLiad, the previous system.  The new service displays all of your requests on a single page, links to articles, and details about the status of your request and item due dates.  You can also submit new requests from this interface.  The emails and notifications that you receive will look a little different as well.  For those who have outstanding requests in ILLiad, those requests will transfer over to the new system.

We hope that these changes enhance your library experience and streamline how you manage your requests! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Interlibrary Loan Team at ill@brooklaw.edu.

Virtual Reference: We are there, even when we are not

Just because you don’t see a librarian sitting at the reference desk, does not mean we are not there to help. The library has many virtual reference tools to help you with your research. For example, you can always email the library at askthelibrary@brooklaw.edu. You can also look through our extensive FAQ list to see if your question has previously been answered. You can find our FAQs at askthelibrary.brooklaw.edu. You can also browse through our research guides to see if we have created one to address the issue you are researching. You can access a list of the library’s research guides at guides.brooklaw.edu.

If we are not sitting at the reference desk, but you see the chachatwithalibrariant symbol on BLSConnect or the Library’s webpage, click on it to contact a reference librarian for help. You can also text us at 718-734-2432. And of course, often times, we are only a phone call away at 718-780-7567. If a librarian is not available to help at that time, one will get back to you as soon as she is available.  Reference librarians generally answer reference questions, Monday – Thursday from 9 am-8 pm and on Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm.

What’s Hot on the Shelves?

If you are someone who likes to stay up on the latest and greatest, you might be interested in monitoring the Library’s New Book List.  Each month the library publishes a list with its most recent acquisitions.  To access the list, go to the SARA catalog and select the New Book List new-book-list-imageTab.  These titles are not yet on the shelf.  If you would like to check one out, you can stop by the reference desk or email Spencer Province (spencer.province@brooklaw.edu).  He will place it on the circulation hold desk for you to check out.

A few of the latest titles for the month of November include:

Denise A. Hannigan, “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People”: And Other Myths About Guns and Gun Control” (2016).

Jill Norgen, Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would be President (2016).

Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy (2016).

Jordan Fisher Smith, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature (2016).

Laura Weinrib, The Taming of Free Speech: America’s Civil Liberties Compromise (2016).

Seminar Paper Workshop: Resources and Recording

Last week Prof. Fajans and Librarian Kathy Darvil ran their semi-annual workshop on how to research and write a seminar paper.  Topics covered Image result for image writing a paperincluded sources for selecting your topic, sources for researching your topic, and how to effectively organize and write your paper.  If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can access an online research guide which contains a recording of the workshop, links to and descriptions of all the research sources discussed, and the writing and research presentations.  The online guide is available at guides.brooklaw.edu/seminarpaper.  From the guide’s landing page, you will be able to access a recording of the presentation, Professor Fajans’ slideshow on how to write your seminar paper, and Kathy Darvil’s online presentation on how to research your seminar paper.  If you should need further help selecting or researching your topic, please stop by the reference desk for assistance.

Voting Rights Resources

With the fractured Fifth Circuit ruling today that Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act and the Presidential election quickly approaching, you may be interested in learning more about the law on voting rights.  To research the issue, you can search the SARA catalog or WorldCat for the subject, Voting—United States or Suffrage—United States.  The Brooklyn Law School Library has over 100 different titles on the topic.  Some of the more recent acquisitions are listed below. vote-1278871_960_720

Brooklyn Law School’s Scholarship & Special Collections

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BrooklynWorks is the online repository of Brooklyn Law School, providing open access to scholarship produced by the law school and to other collections of law school materials. The repository is a service of the Brooklyn Law School Library. Current collections focus on faculty scholarship, the law school’s journals and library special collections.

Within the law Journals collection, you can browse or search issues of the Brooklyn Law Review, the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, the Journal of Law & Policy, and the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial, & Commercial Law.  Within the faculty scholarship collection, you can browse or search Brooklyn Law School’s faculty publications going back to 2010.

Within the Special Collections, you can browse the papers of David Trager from the 1986-1989 New York City Charter Revision Commissions.  Included in this historic collection are various drafts of the New York City Charter, meeting minutes and letters to the members of the commission.  The digitized documents were selected from materials he donated to the Brooklyn Law School Archives. To access the entire collection, you can contact the reference desk (refdesk@brooklaw.edu) and make an appointment to visit the archives.

Stay In the Know

While working at your summer job or internship, it is important to stay up to date on legal developments and current events.  One way to do this is to monitor legal news.  The library subscribes to several legal news providers.  Listed below are a few along with descriptions on how to access the sites.2009_reading_newspaper_NYC_4328271821

Legal News Providers

Law360:  Very current coverage of law.  Browse news by practice area or jurisdiction. Need to implement proxy instructions for off-campus access.

Law.com: Covers both national and regional legal news.  Publications include the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, and the New Jersey Law Journal.  Law.com also publishes topic specific news, such as corporate and security news, labor and employment news, and intellectual property news. Need username and password to access some articles.  Contact refdesk@brooklaw.edu for credentials.

New York Law Journal:  Covers New York legal developments.  It is the go to source for attorneys practicing in New York.  Browse news by practice area.  Also publishes decisions from New York State and Federal Courts. Need username and password to access some articles.  Contact refdesk@brooklaw.edu for credentials.

Jurist Law:  Free source supported by the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.  Very current, real time coverage or U.S. and World Legal News.

BNA Law Reports:  Available via Bloomberg Law.  BNA publishes law reports on over a 100 different legal topics.  To access BNA Law Reports, sign on to Bloomberg Law and select BNA Law Reports from the “Getting Started” menu on the home page.

LXBN.com: Free legal blog aggregator that culls and vets legal blogs.  View blogs by practice area.  LXBN also publishes its own content.