2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

Library and Academic Technologies 95 Duke Law provides library and technological support for research and learning using an innovative approach that integrates the programs of the law library and the academic technologies department. The stated mission of Duke Law School Information Services focuses on providing an information environment to prepare Duke Law students for responsible and productive lives in the legal profession. J. Michael Goodson Law Library Law is a research-oriented profession and the published sources of law are the basic working materials for both the practicing attorney and the legal scholar. Recognizing its place at the center of the Duke Law School community, the Goodson Law Library was fully renovated in 2008. The project expanded the strengths of the library in providing a mix of spaces for study, research, and reflection encouraging both collaborative work and individual quiet study, and integrating technology and library services. At Duke, law students have ready access to rich collections of print and electronic information sources and the support of highly trained librarians to help them develop research skills to last throughout their professional careers. The library offers more than 500 seats in individual study carrels, at tables, and in reservable study rooms, as well as soft seating. More information about the library can be found at http://law.duke.edu/lib . Keep up with current news and announcements by following the Goodson Blogson at http://dukelawref.blogspot.com/ . Services The success of a law school library depends as much on the quality of the services it provides as on the strengths of its collections. At Duke, a unified service desk provides law students streamlined, one-stop assistance with circulation, reference, computing, or other technology tasks from a highly knowledgeable and skilled staff. The library staff includes eleven librarians with graduate degrees, seven of whom also hold additional degrees in law. Law-trained staff members serve as instructors in the first-year research and writing program and regularly offer seminars in topics of advanced legal research. An Empirical Research Analyst assists faculty members with statistical projects, and is available for consultation with students and journal editors. The Digital Initiatives Librarian provides support applications and offers programming for faculty scholarship, teaching, and learning. Collections The Goodson Law Library serves as a resource for legal materials for both the law school and the university community. The law library Relies increasingly on electronic sources of legal information while continuing to develop and maintain in-house collections of print resources to support research and scholarship at all levels and time periods. it is an outstanding research collection of legal literature that includes the primary sources of law from courts, legislatures, and administrative agencies, along with treatises, journals, and other materials that explain, analyze, and provide commentary on all legal topics. The collection is especially strong for areas of concentration in the law school curriculum, including business and finance law, constitutional and public law, environmental law, intellectual property and international law. Reflecting Duke’s emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and learning, our collections provide access to a broad range of resources on laws intersections with other disciplines. comparative and international perspectives enhance nearly every area of legal study, and the library maintains strong foreign and international law collections to support research in these areas. The international law collection is strong in primary source and treatise material on both private and public international law topics, and is supplemented by collections held at the Duke University library. Together, the Duke University libraries make up one of the major research collections in the country. Law students can use digital resources, and easily borrow materials from other libraries in the Duke system and libraries at other local universities. Cooperative programs with other libraries, both on and off campus, ensure that needed materials are available for Duke Law community. Academic Technologies The Academic Technologies department was founded on the principle of convergence—the convergence of technologies that create, store, manipulate, and present digital data of all kinds, from plain text emails to rich multimedia. Academic Technologies provides desktop, laptop, and mobile device support, and collaborates with Duke’s other IT organizations, especially the Office of Information Technology, to assure a full range of IT services is available to the school. On behalf of the law school we maintain computers and printers in the library dedicated to student use. We are responsible for the web presence of the law school and for audio-visual technologies in all classrooms. The department provides training and support directly to faculty and students who wish to use technology in all aspects of the educational experience. Services are outlined at http://law.duke.edu/actech/ . Library and Academic Technologies