St. Mary's University School of Law Law Library Progress Report 2005 - 2012

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St. Mary's University School of Law Law Library Progress Report 2005 - 2012

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A summary of major activities and changes at the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library from 2005 to 2012.

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Progress Report: 2005-2012

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SARITA KENEDY EAST LAW LIBRARY AT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW

A PROGRESS REPORT: 2005-2012
Table of Contents
Message from the Director ........................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Collection Growth and Management ........................................................................................................................................................ 4 User Services and Support Program .......................................................................................................................................................... 6 Facility and Security Enhancement ............................................................................................................................................................ 9 Technology Enhancement........................................................................................................................................................................ 11 Administration, Budget, & Personnel ...................................................................................................................................................... 12 Looking Ahead: Challenges and Opportunities on the Horizon ............................................................................................................... 14 Appendices............................................................................................................................................................................................... 15 Quick Facts: Then and Now ................................................................................................................................................................ 15 List of the Library’s Publications .......................................................................................................................................................... 16 Moot Points – the library newsletter ............................................................................................................................................... 16 Student Services and Faculty Services Brochures ............................................................................................................................ 16 Library Display Information Pamphlets ............................................................................................................................................ 17 Librarian Compiled Handouts .......................................................................................................................................................... 17 Price Comparisons in Selective Titles .................................................................................................................................................. 18 Chronology of Major Events ................................................................................................................................................................ 19 Complete Listing of current Library Employees................................................................................................................................... 20 List of Library Directors........................................................................................................................................................................ 23 Photo Gallery ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 24

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

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aw libraries are facing constant, enormous changes in the era of digital information. The landscape of legal information is changing rapidly. The institutions in which law libraries operate are evolving in their missions, visions, goals, and objectives. Law libraries must evolve and keep up with institutional expectations to stay relevant and valuable. Over the last seven years, the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library has embraced changes in the law school environment and taken steps to proactively address the challenges and opportunities presented by the legal information industry. As a result, the Law Library has transformed itself into an engaged and vibrant institution with a range of programs and services to support the teaching, scholarship and service of the School of Law and the community at large. In this report we look at the current state of the Law Library, summarize some of the major undertakings and achievements between June 2005 and December 2012, and highlight the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

he collection of a modern law library is the foundation for information access and user services. The development and management of the collection is a fundamental function of the library. In this age of electronic information, our library’s collection consists of books, journals, microfiche, and, increasingly, computer databases and digital information. The collection development of the Library should be driven primarily by the needs of the Law School in terms of the curriculum, faculty teaching and research, and student engagement.

A small section of the library's collection.

COLLECTION GROWTH AND MANAGEMENT

The needs of the University and the local community at large should be taken into account as well. In the last seven years, the Library staff has worked diligently to acquire and develop the collection and significantly expanded the access to information by the Law School community. A sample of the major projects and activities undertaken and accomplished includes:

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Revising the collection development plan to achieve a better balance in the subjects and material formats. In 2009, the Library staff conducted a comprehensive review of the existing collection development policy, created in 1990, and made substantial and substantive revisions. The new collection development policy, which reflects the changing needs of the law school curriculum, faculty research, and the new landscape of the legal information market, strikes a better balance between subject areas of the law and the changing formats of information resources. Acquiring new databases and digital information. The general trend in legal information over the last decade has been and continues to be transitioning to digital data. The Library staff recognizes this significant development and has made consistent efforts to acquire digital information. In the last several years, the Library has subscribed to numerous databases, including: Intelliconnect, a comprehensive tax law research database by the CCH company; Congressional Index, a legislative history research database by Proquest; HeinOnline, a research database of law journals, statutes, cases, and other primary materials by H.S. Hein company; Index to Legal Periodicals and Books Full Text, an index to law journals and reviews by the W.H. Wilson company; ChinaLawInfo, a Chinese law database by ChinaLawInfo; and E-journal Locator, a serials management database. Creating special themed collections. Law students and other users have special needs for certain information types. In July 2009, the Library established a small Popular Readings collection consisting of dozens of books by or about prominent lawyers, judges, and trials. The

A staff member keeps up the library shelf.



same year, the Library set up a small collection of Popular Movies on DVD featuring a law theme, such as lawyers, law firms, prosecutors, crimes, and trials. The Popular Movies collection is in great demand with students and faculty. In November 2008, the Library launched a new collection of Self-Help Law Books, which consists of books written by lawyers to help pro se patrons engaged in legal research. These books cover a wide range of topics, such as wills and trusts, marriage, divorce and custody, business and financial planning, and intellectual property. They are popular with our community patrons. In 2012, the Library began a collection of fiction related to the law, which supplements our Popular Movies on DVD collection.  Evaluating and preserving the rare books. The rare law books are a special treasure of the Library, but little was known about them. In addition, the physical conditions of the Rare Book Room (excessive moisture levels, for example), were not appropriate for long-term preservation of these items. In 2007, the Library hired Mr. Mike Wilner of Yale University Law Library, a nationally known expert in law rare books and special collections, to give a complete evaluation of the collection. Mr.
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Wilner presented a written report on the status of the collection and made some valuable suggestions regarding preservation and use.  Weeding the collection and cancelling unused titles. The collection had not been weeded for years and was filled with cancelled titles and volumes. These items took up valuable shelving spaces. Over the past few years, the Library staff has thoroughly weeded the collection, discarding hundreds of outdated and duplicate books and items in order to make space for new acquisitions. Meanwhile, the staff, in consultation with the faculty, identified and cancelled titles that were little used and were costly to keep up. Examples of the cancelled items includes subscriptions to commercially published journals that were expensive and did not get much usage. Other cancellations included titles duplicated in print and digital formats, or titles with multiple print copies. (For example, at one time, there were eight print copies of Vernon’s Annotated Texas Statutes and four print copies of Southwestern Reporter in the collection,.) Providing easier access to the collection and information. Beginning in 2007 and over the next few years, the Library installed dozens of pull-out shelves in the reading rooms. With these installations, users can conduct research on a pull-out shelf without having to take a book off the shelf and walk away from the book stacks for quick checks. Building an institutional repository. Over the past 2-3 years, the library staff has been investigating the feasibility of an institutional repository that can store and provide access to our digital collections and other material. The platform for this new product has recently been selected, and certain content has been loaded.

This will be officially launched after further testing and necessary adjustments.

Circulation staff works the help desk.

USER SERVICES AND SUPPORT PROGRAM



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he value of a law library lies primarily in quality programs and the variety of user services provided. In the academic environment, this means the kind of services and support offered to students and faculty. Over the last few years, the Law Library staff has worked diligently to enhance the service program for its users. Progress has been made in the following areas: Increasing staff and strengthening coverage at the Circulation-Reference Desk. The Circulation-Reference Desk is a critical point of service in the Law Library. This is the place where students, faculty and others come to check out library items, get information, and ask for research assistance. In 2005, only one fulltime staff member, together with several workstudy students, staffed the Circulation-



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Reference Desk. The staff was so short that at times, the Director’s assistant had to pitch in to keep the Desk covered. Since 2005, three fulltime positions have been created to work the Circulation-Reference Desk. Additionally, a handful of law students were hired to replace the work-study undergraduate workers. The additions in staffing enables the Law Library to provide fuller coverage at the Desk and give better services to users.

satisfaction with the ILL service has risen significantly.  Reorganizing the microfiche collection. Nearly half of the collection of the Law Library exists in the format of microfiche. These items include federal and state codes, cases, law journals and newspapers, government publications, and classic treatises. While this collection is valuable for research, keeping it up takes much time and care. Back in 2005, the microfiche collection was severely disorganized and inaccessible due to the lack of staff, and the items received from previous years were not cataloged or even filed in the right cabinets. The library staff made a big push to eliminate the backlog in microfiche. The staff filed and cataloged thousands of microfiche that had been piled up. The staff also reorganized nearly the entire the collection, shifting as needed and relabeling numerous drawers of the cabinets. Moreover, a staff member created a master guide to the microfiche collection to help users easily locate items in this collection. Enhancing student services. Serving law students is one of the primary purposes of the Law Library. Much progress has been made in this area over the past seven years. One of the earlier initiatives was to refurnish the Popular Reading section in the reading room on the first floor. The broken shelving that held the popular magazines and newspapers was fixed and given fresh labels. Comfortable chairs were installed to make this seating area more attractive. Moreover, new subscriptions were added, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, New Yorker, and Texas Highways. Later on, the library staff added a new section of books that feature how to succeed in law school. A few
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Students have a conversation in the foyer of the library.





Improving the delivery of interlibrary loan service. The interlibrary loan service (ILL) allows the faculty and students of the Law School to borrow books and other items from libraries around the world and have them delivered to the Law Library. This service is, by nature, labor intensive and time-consuming. In 2005, the ILL service was slow and unresponsive due partially to the lack of staffing. The situation was frustrating to the faculty and students using the program. Then the ILL program was reorganized and staffed with a librarian who is knowledgeable and service-centered. Consequently, the level of

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years ago, the Library staff began to participate in the law school orientation for the incoming class - giving a presentation, preparing a packet for students, and conducting library tours. The staff also started offering workshops on research and strategies, together with individual research appointments. The Suggestion Box was set up at the Circulation-Reference Desk to collect and answer student comments. For the last seven years, the library staff has conducted nearly annual surveys to systematically solicit student opinions on library programs and services. The student survey results have been overwhelmingly positive, and library staff has taken student opinions seriously and adopted many of their suggestions. For example, the library installed both beverage and snack vending machines in the Student Lounge of the Library in response to student suggestions. Another example is that the library staff, heeding a student suggestion, relocated the copier from a larger room in the reading room on the first floor to a smaller conference room so that the larger room could be reconfigured into a large conference room for students. The library staff also replaced the chairs in the carrels and computer lab in order to make the seating more comfortable.



Expanding faculty services. Supporting faculty teaching and research is an essential function of the Library. Efforts have been made in this area over the past few years with much progress accomplished. A few examples of such accomplishments include: the stablishment of a new faculty library orientation program where the new faculty meets with the librarians for communications and exchanges; distribution of a monthly acquisitions list for the faculty’s current awareness; book delivery service for the faculty; in-class librarian presentations on research for interested faculty members; Library subscription to the SmartCILP service by the University of Washington Law School, allowing the faculty to receive weekly emails about new law review articles; comprehensive reevaluation of the Faculty Library, followed by additions, withdrawals, and rearrangement of the existing collection; establishment of the faculty publications exhibit to promote scholarship. More importantly, the library created and filled a new professional position – Faculty Services Librarian – whose job is to provide and coordinate research and Library services for the faculty and act as the primary point of contact for faculty research assistants. The Library conducts regular faculty surveys to solicit faculty inputs about the Library collection and services. While survey results have generally been favorable, the staff has acted upon faculty comments and suggestions that have improved the program. Providing services to the University and the larger community in San Antonio. Serving the University and the community at large is an integral part of the Library’s mission. Over the last seven years, the library staff has succeeded in serving this group of users. For example, the Library staff maintains a collection of practice-



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The faculty publications display in the foyer of the library.

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oriented materials in the Center for Legal and Social Justice (the Clinic Library). Once a week, a library staff member travels to the Clinic Library and updates the on-going subscription titles. In 2009, when the Law Clinic reorganized its spaces and file rooms, which made it necessary for the relocation of the Clinic Library, the Library staff rearranged the entire collection in the new location. On the community front, two years ago, the Library set up a self-help collection of law books focusing on self-representation in legal matters, including, but not limited to, immigration, citizenship, intellectual property, tax, wills, trusts, and setting up a business. The Self-Help Collection sits in a prominent location of the Library that is easily accessible to users and has proven to be popular and useful with pro se patrons.

FACILITY AND SECURITY ENHANCEMENT

due to design flaws, and this resulted in wet carpet spots in some areas of the library whenever it rained. Many of the windows on the second floor had cracks, allowing rainwater to seep in when the rains hit hard. Moreover, nearly half of the lights in the ceilings were burnt out and not working. Furthermore, a lot of the ceiling tiles had become so dirty that they turned black in discolor. Combined with the roof leaks, this prompted concerns (and subsequent testing) of mold forming in the ceilings. Besides the physical maintenance problems, there were security concerns about Library property and personal items. For instance, the Library security gate system had grown so old that it had topped working reliably. Meanwhile, some students lost personal books and even laptop computers to theft when their personal belongings were left unsupervised in the library for a short time. To address these problems, the Library staff worked diligently and has made steady progress in the last several years.  Repairing the roof and sealing the windows. Water leakage in the roof, along with water seepage from the windows, has been a constant problem until recent years. At times, several buckets had to be placed under the ceiling on the second floor just to collect raindrops from

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he Library facility was built in 1984. While the building has generally functioned well, over the last two decades, there have been periodic maintenance issues. For example, a few years ago, there were several leaky spots in the roof

Students studying in the library have various seating options.
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the roof when heavy rains occurred. The carpet would get wet and dirty in certain areas from the rains. Spotty repairs had previously been done to fix the leakage, without much success. In 2008, the Library had the University hire a contractor to re-seal the windows. The following year, the entire roof was reworked by a contractor. These major repairs seem to have fixed the leaks permanently.  Installing a security camera system. The security of personal property in the Library was extremely poor in 2005 and 2006. During that period, numerous students reported loss of books and laptop computers in the Library. After trying several unsuccessful measures, the library purchased and installed special cameras to monitor the entrances and exits to the building. Additionally, the Library bought small file cabinets with lockable drawers, which were outfitted under the carrels. The installation of the camera system, combined with the addition of file cabinets and beefed-up patrols by campus police, reduced theft to the minimum. Upon the sequent capture of a thief in the Library the security situation has greatly improved. Replacing the old gate system. It is necessary for a library to have a security gate to protect its materials from theft. By 2005, the Checkpoint gate system being used by the library was over twenty years old. As a result of age, this gate equipment did not work properly and required constant repairs. After careful investigation, the library purchased a new 3M gate system in 2007. The new equipment employs a modern technology called RFID tags and has proven to be effective in detecting unauthorized removal of library materials. The adoption of this equipment made it necessary to retag the entire collection, which was a huge project. With this

task now completed, the library staff will be able to do inventory controls and stacks maintenance more efficiently.  Establishing a quiet study lab. Historically, the Library had two computer labs, commonly known as the Lexis Lab and the Westlaw Lab. The labs were so named since the companies had donated computers to the law school to be used in the labs. Years later, when almost every law student owns a laptop computer that can access the Internet wirelessly, the need for having two stand-alone computer labs has diminished substantially. To better use the spaces, the Library staff combined the two named labs into one general lab, and set up the other space as a quiet study room. This new approach of having a single lab and a quiet study room has proven to be an effective use of the available space while satisfying a critical need of our students.



In the library's Alumni Room, librarian Mike Martinez gives a presentation on research.

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TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT

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odern law libraries operate in a constantly changing environment driven by information technology, innovations, and the Internet. Libraries, therefore, must keep up with technological developments and take advantage of innovations to deliver great services and value for the parent organizations and users. Over the past years, the Library has acted proactively to adopt information technology and to apply such to its services and operations. Redesigning the website. The website of a library is the public face of the physical library and serves important purposes. Potential law students, future employees, visitors and others interested in the Law School are more likely to turn to the website before stepping into the building. The website is also the gateway to the Library’s information and resources, such as the online catalog and subscription databases. The Library website launched years ago was primitive in design, poor in content, and difficult to navigate. Since 2005, the Library staff has undertaken major efforts to revamp the website. Many updates in content were made in 2005 and 2006. It then took several years to give the website a makeover, which re-launched in the fall of 2010. Although the retooled website represents a major step forward, we are continuously working to improve the functionality and add new content. Acquiring new copiers/printers for the Library staff. For years, the Library staff used Xerox copiers/printers for document management and copy operations. As time changed, new copiers with digital technology emerged. Meanwhile, there were growing technical problems with the Xerox machines,

and the company’s service was dissatisfactory. In 2009, after extensive investigations and negotiations with several potential providers, the Library selected the IKON Company as the new service provider. The new lease resulted in better machines and services with considerable savings over a 5-year term.  Introducing digital machines for students. The growing trend among law students is not to copy or print study or research material; instead, they prefer to scan notes and documents into digital formats for easy storage, retrieval, and sharing. In 2009, two new scanners were brought in and set up in the Library to allow students free document scanning. This has proven very useful and popular with students. In 2011, the Library, as part of a new University-wide technology initiative, migrated to new Molta digital machines that copy, print and scan. Adding presentation equipment in Room 106. This room in the Library has been regularly used as a classroom. However, there was formerly neither audio/visual equipment nor Internet outlet in the room, making it impossible to conduct multi-media presentations. In 2007, the Library worked with the IT department to outfit the room with an overhead projector, an Internet outlet, and a computer controlled podium. The new setup makes this classroom more usable for presentations and Internet access. Adding WIFI radio points. Steady and reliable Internet access is essential for today’s students and other library users. Although the wireless network was installed in the library years ago, access to the network was often unstable. In 2007, the Library staff coordinated with the University to build additional radio
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connection points inside the building. That change has made the wireless access more stable and reliable.

ADMINISTRATION, BUDGET, & PERSONNEL

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he administration of a modern law library consists primarily of planning, budgeting, setting policies and procedures, and managing personnel. The Library has, over the past seven years, focused its attention on and made much progress in the area of administration. Among our achievements are the following: Establishing and updating policies and procedures. Running a modern, professional library effectively requires consistency and uniformity in all standards and operations, which necessitates setting policies and procedures. Yet, there were very few written policies or procedures in place around 2005, except for the terribly outdated public services manual. Since then, the library has revised its policies and procedures for all aspects of operation and created new ones as needed. Examples include the new policies on how to handle emergencies from fire, inclement weather and power outage, the new policy on travel to conferences by the librarians, the policy on communications with the representatives of publishers and vendors, policy on pro-se patrons’ use of the library, and the policy on interlibrary loan service. Budget reviews and new procedures established. The Library is one of the major cost-centers of the Law School, and its expenditure accounts for approximately 10% of the entire budget of the organization. Using the financial resources wisely and responsibly is a

priority of the current Library administration. As soon as Director Robert Hu took office in 2005, the library staff began to review and streamline the existing practices in budgeting and spending. Consequently, some changes were implemented immediately. These changes included requiring prior authorization by the Director for all purchases with the Library funds and mandating all contracts with outside vendors to be authorized by the Director in advance. The Director now receives monthly budget updates from the Business Manager, which enables the administration to closely monitor expenditures and make necessary adjustments throughout the year.

Stacy Fowler and Elizabeth Cadena receive certificates of appreciation from director Bob Hu for their organization of the library's re-carpeting project, February 2012.





Saving money though cancellations and other avenues. Law libraries nowadays face the constant challenges of shrinking budgets, exploding information, and severe price inflation. Since 2005, the Library staff has proactively reviewed and cancelled numerous pricy journals and loose-leaf titles that were little used by faculty or students. This practice alone has saved the Library tens of thousands of

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dollars over the past seven years, while simultaneously alleviating ever-growing space constraints. The Library administration constantly seeks new ways to save money and keep the cost down for operations. For instance, in 2006, the Library made a switch to the YBP Company as the new acquisitions agent after discovering that YBP offered 18% discounts for each book order placed since we were a member of the Texas library consortium. This switch led to substantial savings over the last several years and will continue to save the Library money in the future. In 2008, the Library switched to Houchen Bindery as the new binder after the former binder, Library Bindery, had raised prices significantly over the previous years. This binder change has allowed the Library to save significantly on annual binding costs. In 2006, the administration negotiated a new lease agreement with IKON for two printers/copiers for staff use at a lower monthly payment, which led to savings of $1,267 per year.  Expanding the staff. The Library used to be severely understaffed. In 2005, the entire Library workforce consisted of ten and a half full-time equivalent employees, making it the smallest among all academic law libraries in the state. Since then, the Library, with the support of the law school administration, has created three additional librarian positions - Faculty Services Librarian, Technical Services Librarian, and Associate Director. In addition, the library has gained three paraprofessional positions, all in the circulation department. The growth in staffing brought us to a level appropriate for the size of our community and has allowed us to provide quality service to all patrons. Meanwhile, the Library has shifted the duties of certain employees to make more efficient use of existing personnel and better

serve the needs of the faculty and students. This included converting a traditional Reference Librarian position into that of an Electronic Services Librarian and making another Reference Librarian position into the Head of Student Services.  Conducting workshops and seminars. Preparing a skilled and service-orientated staff is essential to fulfilling the mission of the Library. In 2006, the library invited a representative from the Innovative Interfaces Inc. to give a 3-day training seminar on how to use the Library’s ILS (integrated library system). In 2007, the Library, in cooperation with the University’s Human Resources department, offered a training class on customer service and another workshop on how to deal with difficult customers. In May 2007, the Library held a Copyright Workshop presented by a nationally known expert on law library copyright issues.

Dean Charles E. Cantu, Elisa Chan (Councilwoman of the City of San Antonio), and Bob Hu pose for a picture before Chan's special presentation in the library, March 2011.



Completing a self-study for the ABA sabbatical site visit. In 2006, the Library staff, in anticipation of the upcoming ABA inspection
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of the law school, conducted a thorough selfstudy as part of the Law School self-study process. A written report of the Library’s selfstudy was submitted and incorporated into the Law School’s self-study report to the ABA. As it turned out, the Library was in full compliance with ABA standards for law libraries and had no major issues or concerns to remedy.

LOOKING AHEAD: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ON THE HORIZON

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 Crafting a Mission Statement and a longterm plan. Since 2010, the library has conducted an annual retreat. The purposes of the retreat are to involve the entire staff in a relaxed environment where they write a mission statement, develop long-range plans, and engage in community building. The annual retreats have been successful and resulted in the adoption of a mission statement and a long-term plan which will guide the library in future growth.

hat the Library staff has accomplished in the past seven years has laid a sound foundation for the future growth of the enterprise. In general, the Library will need to manage the challenges of constant budget restraints along with the ever growing expectations from the community that we serve. The directions the Library will take in the near future include: making more extensive use of the Web to deliver information and services; move the collection toward digital information while continuing to strengthen the print collection in treatises and scholarly monographs; improve the physical facilities, including construction of a formal student lounge and a staff lounge; train and nurture a skilled and service-orientated workforce that will provide superior services and manage all the changes successfully.

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3rd Annual Law Library Staff Retreat, Hilton Hill Country Hotel and Spa conference area, May 2012.

APPENDICES
QUICK FACTS: THEN AND NOW 1

Quantity of Matter

FY 2011-2012

FY 2005-2006

Hours open Visitors to the library (per day) Visits to the library website (per day)2 Database subscriptions Number of volumes (or equivalent) held Linear feet of shelving used Titles cataloged (per month) Inter-library loan transactions (per month) Circulation transactions (per month) Hours worked on faculty research support (per month) Number of seats available Regular, full-time employees Acquisitions expenditure ($) Total library expenditure (excluding salaries) ($)

108 504 227 143 419,9634 3,6451 182 47 740 24 513 16 994,076 1,107,865

104 N/A N/A 7 416,721 3,8160 N/A 33 315 N/A 390 10.5 1,016,955 1,101,463

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The data here is compiled from the Library’s ABA reports, 2007 self-study, and the library budgets.

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This is the daily average number based on Google Analytics for October 15-21, 2012, which shows a total of 1,588 times visited upon the website.
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Databases include: Access UN, CALI, CCH Intelliconnect, Proquest Congressional Index, Foreign Law Guide, Hein Online, Index to Legal Periodicals, InterAM, Law Info China, Law Journal Press, LexisNexis, LLMC Digital, Max Planck Enyclopedia, Westlaw.
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The data is from the period of 2008-09, the last time the library reported this element to the American Bar Association.

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LIST OF THE LIBRARY’S PUBLICATIONS MOOT POINTS – THE LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

The newsletter is compiled and edited by Liana Morales. The Library publishes them four times per year. Columns and reviews are written by the staff. There have been a few modifications to the newsletter format and style over time. The most recent editions of the newsletter feature interviews with the librarians and contain film and book reviews of items available in the collection. There are recurring sections for new faculty publications as well as library statistics for incoming materials and circulation. The newsletter also has features for students, such as bibliographies for 1Ls seeking guidance and ideas on where to dine on or near the campus. From 2005-2008, Moot Points was written and edited by Stacy Fowler. Ms. Morales became the writer and editor when she was hired as a library assistant in 2009. Issues of the newsletter since 2009 are available for viewing on the Internet.
The newsletter reboot issue, May 2009

STUDENT SERVICES AND FACULTY SERVICES BROCHURES

The services brochures for students and faculty offer information about who to contact for every type of library need. Each brochure contains contact information, location information and directions, hours of operation, and quick facts and library layout. General services listed in each brochure include audio/visual setup, material borrowing and interlibrary loan, database assistance, and training. Student service brochures are given to 1Ls to help get them familiar with how the library can help during law school. Student services include fax service, carrel reservations, book suggestions, and paper consultation. New faculty members receive a faculty services brochure to use for their reference on who to contact when they need particular services the library offers. Exclusive faculty services include bibliography requests or research guides, book deliveries, research assistance, and course reserve setup.
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LIBRARY DISPLAY INFORMATION PAMPHLETS

The display case in the library is used to emphasize materials within the library that may be of interest to students and faculty. Every three or four months, the display changes to a different theme. Past exhibits have included displays about Abraham Lincoln and his background in the law, Women and the law profession, restorative justice, popular culture and the law, the law in China, study tactics for law students and research help for new lawyers, and animal rights law. Pamphlets featuring a bibliography based on the theme usually accompany the displays as well.
LIBRARIAN COMPILED HANDOUTS

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Law Student FAQ Library Policies to Remember 1L Database Research Guide Selected Readings for 1Ls Student Study Aids 1L Electronic Resource Guide Faculty Guide to Databases Self-Help Bibliography Family Law and Divorce in Texas Texas Legal Materials Policy on Legal Advice Selected Material on Professional Responsibility

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PRICE COMPARISONS IN SELECTIVE TITLES 5

This table shows price changes for a selective number of items held in the Law Library. The price shown is either per volume (v), or supplement (s). Title American Law Reports, 6th ed. Price in 2012 $303 (v) [or $200 (s)] $362 $7,2886 [$307 (v)] $200 $224 $224 $369 $7,7007 [$150 (v)] $2349 $1990 $3792 $3527 $331 $3,924 $13,495 $40,397 $60,419 Price in 2005 $154 (v) [or $65 (s)] $187 $3885 [$182 (v)] $91 $85 $85 $131 $3721 [$68 (v)]; $1536 $1334 $3028 $725 $153 $1,903 $9,8008 $33,258 $44,631

American Jurisprudence, 2d ed. (per volume) Corpus Juris Secundum, 2d ed. (annual supplement)

Federal Practice Digest, 4 ed. (per volume) Federal Reporter, 3rd (per volume) Federal Supplement, 2nd (per volume) South Western Reporter, 3rd (per volume) Unites States Code Annotated (annual supplement)

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United States Code Service (annual supplement) U.S. Law Week (annual supplement) Texas Digest, 2d. (annual supplement) Texas Litigation Guide (annual supplement) Texas Jurisprudence, 3rd (per volume) Vernon’s Texas Codes Annotated (annual supplement) HeinOnline (annual subscription) LexisNexis (annual subscription) Westlaw (annual subscription)

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The information is based on two sources: the first is the Library’s payment history, and the second is the Legal information Buyer's Guide and Reference Manual 2012 (Kendall F. Svengalis, N. Stonington, Conn.: New England LawPress, 2012.)
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The amount is from 2011. The amount is from 2011. The amount is from 2006.

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CHRONOLOGY OF MAJOR EVENTS
July 2005 The Library hosts a reception for the Academic SIS of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in conjunction with the AALL convention in San Antonio; over 400 law librarians attended the reception at the law school. The Library website receives a makeover. The Library installs a security camera system. The Library puts on a Copyright Workshop presented by James Heller, Library Director and Professor of Law at College of William and Mary in Virginia. The Library hires a consultant to evaluate the rare book collection. The Library substantially revises and updates its collection development plan, partially in preparation for the ABA inspection. The ABA inspection team visits the Library during its inspection of the law school. The Library hosts the first Annual Texas Academic Law Library Directors’ meeting at the Library. All nine Texas library directors are in attendance. The Library holds its first staff retreat at the Greehey Athletic Center. The Mission Statement is drafted. The Library adopts the Mission statement. The Library holds its second staff retreat at the St. Anthony Hotel. Long-term plan progress review and training on organizational strengths development. The Library has a new carpet installed; a new fire alarm system is installed. The Library hosts a reception in the law school courtyard for attendees of the Southwest Association of Law Libraries (SWALL). The Library holds its third staff retreat at the Hilton-Hill Country Hotel. Review of progress in long-term plan and the Myers-Braggs personality test. The Library launches a faculty writings display in the foyer. The Library completes tagging the entire collection with RFID tags. The Library prepares to launch a digital collection.

December 2005 May 2006 May 1, 2006

May 22, 2007 Spring 2007

November 2007 November 14, 2008

May 21, 2010

September 8, 2010 July 8, 2011

December 2011 March 30, 2012

May 17, 2012

August 2012 November 2012 December 2012

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COMPLETE LISTING OF CURRENT LIBRARY EMPLOYEES
Elizabeth Cadena Executive Assistant Business Manager Employed since June 1, 1992 B.B.A., St. Mary’s University, 1992 M.P.A., St. Mary’s University, 1998 M.B.A., St. Mary’s University, 2003 Brian Detweiler Faculty Services Librarian Assistant Professor Employed since July 9, 2012 A.A. Monroe Comm. College, 2000 B.S. SUNY College at Brockport, 2003 J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 2009 M.L.S., University at Buffalo, 2012 Diploma in Accounting, Addis Ababa University, 1969 Diploma in Library Science, Addis Ababa University, 1971 B.A. in Management, Asmara University, 1990 Robert H. Hu Director Professor of Law Employed since June 1, 2005 LL.B., Beijing University (China), 1984 LL.M., 1988, M.S. (Library and Information Science), and Ph.D. (Education), 1996 – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Fantaye Hagos Processing Supervisor Employed since October 1, 1992

Charles Finger Associate Director Associate Professor Employed since September 1, 2009

Mario Leyva Evening Supervisor Employed since May 12, 2008 B.B.A., St. Mary’s University, 2007

B.A., State Univ. College of Arts and Sciences at Geneseo, New York, 1975 J.D., State Univ. of NY, Buffalo, 1978 M.L.S., State Univ. of NY, Buffalo, 1981 Stacy Fowler Technical Services Librarian Assistant Professor Employed since November 21, 2005 B.A., Univ. of Tex., San Antonio, 2003 M.L.S., Texas Women’s Univ., 2004 M.A., St. Mary’s University, 2009 Mike Martinez Jr. Head of Student Services Associate Professor Employed since March 3, 2003 B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1996 J.D., St. Mary’s Univ. School of Law, 2000 M.S.I.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2005

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Sarita Kenedy East Law Library Diana Mendoza Circulation Desk Assistant Employed since March 1, 2011 Employed since August 1, 1977 B.A., St. Edward’s University, 1972 J.D., St. Mary’s Univ. School of Law, 1975 M.S. L.S., Case Western Reserve Univ., 1976 Liana Morales Library Assistant Employed since April 1, 2009 B.A. University of Tex., El Paso, 2008 M.A. St. Mary’s University, 2012 M.L.S. Texas Woman’s Univ., 2013 Brandon Vasquez Circulation Supervisor Employed since March 17, 2002 B.B.A., St. Mary’s University, 2002 M.B.A., St. Mary’s University, 2006 Lee Unterborn Cataloguer and Reference Librarian Associate Professor

Diane Powell Circulation Desk Assistant Employed since November 1, 2010 B.S., Franciscan University, 1983 M.L.S. Texas Woman’s Univ., 2012

Pat Wall Filing Supervisor Employed since May 7, 2008 B.A., St. Mary’s University, 2005

Wilhelmina Randtke Electronic Services Librarian Assistant Professor Employed since May 1, 2012 B.S. University of Florida, 2003 J.D. Florida State University College of Law, 2008 M.L.I.S. Florida State University, 2011

Fang Wang Reference and Special Collections Librarian Employed since February 1, 2013 Bachelor of Mgmt in Library Science & B.A. Wuhan University, 2004 M.S.I.S. Florida State University, 2006

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STAFF MEMBERS NO LONGER EMPLOYED AT THE LIBRARY
Mike Forrest Reference Librarian/ Assistant Professor Employed from February 3, 2003 – May 31, 2008 Anna Gutierrez Serials and Bindery Specialist Employed from November 1, 2002 – September 30, 2005 Barbara McLaughlin Serials Supervisor Employed from October 1, 1990 – January 15, 2006 Paul Miller Electronic Services Librarian Employed from June 1, 2006 – July 18, 2008 Vicki Nieto Filing Supervisor Employed from January 23, 2006 – July 21, 2006 Manuel Olivarez Library Assistant for Mail Services Employed from June 11, 1999 – May 31, 2012 Sara Paz Evening Circulation Supervisor Employed from September 12, 2005 – April 3, 2008 Lucia Sobreviñas Library Assistant Employed from June 1, 2007 – June 2, 2008 Katy Stein Faculty Services Librarian/Assistant Professor Employed from January 20, 2009 – April 30, 2012 Garry Stillman Reference and Collection Development Librarian Employed from February 13, 1989 – May 31, 2012 Tim Wilson Electronic Services Librarian/Assistant Professor Employed from September 22, 2008 – December 31, 2011

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LIST OF LIBRARY DIRECTORS

(The information was provided on November 19, 2010 by Becky Adams, Coordinator to Dean Charles E. Cantu, unless noted otherwise)

Ed Johnson9 Francis Sawyer Henke10 Al J. Coco Paul Ferguson Robert L. Summers Bernard Reams Robert H. Hu

Circ. 1938 - 1947 1947 – 1962 1962 - 1966 1966 – May 1981 June 1981 – May 2000; June 2003 – May 2005 June 2000 – May 2003 June 1, 2005 - present

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This information is based on the book, St. Mary’s University School of Law: A Personal History, 1983, by Ernest A. Raba, on page [9].
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This information is based on the book, St. Mary’s University School of Law: A Personal History, 1983, by Ernest A. Raba, on page [9].

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PHOTO GALLERY

Law library staff circa 2010. Clockwise from top left: Mario Leyva, Pat Wall, Brandon Vasquez, Tim Wilson, Mike Martinez, Manuel Olivarez, Elizabeth Cadena, Liana Morales, Charles Finger, Stacy Fowler, Garry Stillman, Bob Hu, Lee Unterborn, Diana Mendoza, Fantaye Hagos, Katy Stein

Library staff at the 1st Annual Law Library Retreat, May 2010

Liana Morales, Elizabeth Cadena and Wilhelmina Randtke are recognized for their achievements by Director Bob Hu, Dec. 2012

Liana Morales, Charles Finger, and Mike Martinez enjoy refreshments on the patio, May 2010

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Circulation staff on law school orientation day, 2011. From left: Diana Mendoza, Brandon Vasquez, Mario Leyva, and Diane Powell

Attending law school orientation 2011. From left: Bob Hu, Katy Stein, Mike Martinez, Tim Wilson, Stacy Fowler, Charles Finger, and Garry Stillman

Library staff, Pat Wall and Fantaye Hagos, at work, Sept. 2011

Staff members pose for a picture with Santa at the University Christmas Party, Dec. 2012

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Garry Stillman and Manuel Olivarez at their retirement party, May 2012

The staff shows their Library shirts at the staff meeting, Dec. 2011

Library and law computer staff at the Library’s annual holiday luncheon, Dec. 2012

Library staff at the annual holiday luncheon at Pappadeaux, Dec. 2010

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Citation

St. Mary's University School of Law, Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, “St. Mary's University School of Law Law Library Progress Report 2005 - 2012,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed July 22, 2018, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMULaw_LawLibraryProgressRpt2005to2012.

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