What do librarians do when library patrons, parents, board members, or others challenge the presence of a book in the library?
If a book at a public library is claimed to be age-inappropriate, is it moved out of the children’s or teens’ section?
What factors typically figure into the library’s response?
Case Study: A “Filthy” Oatmeal.com Comic Strip Book
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has posted a case study on their blog.
A book of Oatmeal.com comic strips was shipped to a public library in Maine, apparently after a teenage library patron forgot the book at summer camp. It is unknown who found, packaged, and mailed the book—maybe another camper and/or a counselor. The book was taped shut, and an anonymous message was written on the tape, labeling the book “filthy” and “not suited for children.”
The librarian who received the book in the mail shares her library’s policy on complaints about books, as well as the steps she took to respond to this particular complaint. Read the full story.
Supporting Freedom during Banned Books Week
At your law library’s Circulation Desk this week (September 23-29), we offer stress-relieving coloring pages with a Banned Books theme. You can also borrow colored pencils.
Our neighbor, the South Carolina State Library, has a display this week (September 23-29) of books that were argued to deserve restricted access or removal from libraries. Just across Senate Street, you can tour the Banned Books Week display, and learn about everything else the State Library offers, including a free notary and help with researching grants.
The law library’s annual LibraryFest, an open house orientation, took place on Wednesday, September 19 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm. This year, LibraryFest had a Harry Potter theme.
Tour of Great Hall, Chamber of Secrets, Etc.
Which Hogwarts House is Your Librarian in?
Obviously each member of law library administration, faculty, and staff contains all the qualities of bravery, loyalty, wisdom, and ambition. And as Dumbledore said, “It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 333 (1998). Nonetheless, all must be sorted by the Sorting Hat, and all took a very official and scientifically valid personality quiz to determine the following results.
Team Gryffindor (brave)
Team Hufflepuff (loyal)
Team Ravenclaw (wise)
A $500 prize is available in an essay competition open to current law students.
Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives.
The winner and the runner-upwill have the opportunity to publish their essays in the scholarly journal Unbound: A Review of Legal History and Rare Books. Past issues of this journal are available on HeinOnline.
Essay Competition Details:
Please see the flyer below for more information, and see the website of the Legal History and Rare Books Section of the American Association of Law Libraries for full details and an application.
How to access Unbound: A Review of Legal History and Rare Books on HeinOnline:
LibraryFest 2017 is now in the books. Enjoy the photos we’ve posted to Facebook and Instagram. A time-lapse video is below, along with the full text of our librarian superhero descriptions from our librarian superhero poster.
One hour of LibraryFest, condensed into one minute:
Master of the Universe
Mission:to guard cosmic knowledge from the forces of evil
leaping across tall book stacks in a single bound;
navigating rotating wormholes to travel to far-flung galaxies
Sidekick: Slam, bodyguard of the Master
Arch Nemesis: Lord Voldemort
Agent Scholarly Research, akaFacilities Fighter
Mission: to provide the utmost in research services to our law faculty—and to defend the law library’s carpet against stains.
We in the law library urge everyone to track the weather carefully and be safe.
Whenever law library hours change due to weather, or for any other reason, we will immediately update our calendar as soon as we learn of the decision.
Due to the anticipated impact of Hurricane Irma on member libraries around the state, PASCAL Delivers requesting was suspended at noon on Friday and will remain suspended at least thru Monday. PASCAL Delivers will also suspend courier service on Monday for the entire state due to the anticipated impact of the hurricane.
On August 21, spectators from all across the United States witnessed the awe-inspiring sight of a total solar eclipse. For those in the “path of totality” day became night, late August heat gave way to cool breezes, and the amazing sight of the eclipse created a memory not soon to be forgotten:
And while the eclipse may be over, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep exploring the extraterrestrial. You can read about the legal implications of satellites, cyber warfare, ownership of asteroids and more in The Little Book of Space Law, available in the Library!
Who: The library invites all law school faculty, staff, and students (especially 1Ls) What: Library Fest 2016 When: Monday, September 12; drop in 12 noon to 2 pm Where: first floor of Coleman Karesh Law Library Why: to learn more about library and IT resources; to get to know each other; to take a short break on a Monday
Cake and Highlighters
Cake is for everyone!
Highlighters are for everyone!
Meet Vendors and Student Reps
Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw account managers and/or student representatives will be in the library. See what they have to offer.
Prize Carts and 1L Carrel Lottery
If you pick up a self-guided library tour card as you enter the library and get it signed at all 4 stations in any order (Bookeye Scanner, IT, Legal History Room, and LRAW/study aids), then:
you get to pick a prize from the prize carts while supplies last, and
you may enter the 1L carrel lottery (if you’re a 1L).
Prize carts contain t-shirts, tote bags, collapsible water bottles, notebooks, sticky notes, pens, desk toys, and more.
Check out the map of stations and prize carts:
Pokémon Lure Modules
For every 10 people who sign in as attending Library Fest, the library will place 1 Pokémon lure module near the law school, not during class, on a date and time to be announced later via the library’s social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), for up to 20 lures / 200 attendees.