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2014 Law Library Student Survey - Comments

Law Library Response

During Spring 2014, the Law Library conducted our annual survey seeking student comments and suggestions.  540 students responded. In April, we published summary charts of responses. View past annual surveys here

Following are representative student comments and notes on changes we've made in response to feedback. Most work was done over the summer.

Furniture

4th Floor Seating in EBW LibraryComments from Students:

  • More couches/cozy nooks to study in would be so nice!
  • New desks/chairs that are more comfortable/modern would make studying feel less like a prison-type environment.

Reply by the Library:

We have added additional armchairs and sofas for comfortable seating on the 4th floor of the Williams Library, center section. Other comfortable seating areas in the Williams Library include the Loewinger lounge in the reading room, 5th floor atrium and 3rd floor student lounge in room 320A.

Scanners

Wolff Library ScannerComments from Students:

  • I think it would be great to make more scanners available.
  • It would be great to get a book scanner in Wolff.

Reply by the Library:

We added a book scanner in the Wolff Library and a second one in the Williams Library. Both new scanners allow you to save images to USB, email, Google Drive, DropBox and handheld devices. The scanner in the Wolff Library is on the library's lower level next to the circulation desk.  The one in the Williams Library on the 2nd floor just off the Oakley Reading Room, near a second face-up book scanner. 

Note that all of the library's copiers have a free scanning function enabled, which allows you to scan materials in several other locations.

Computers

Comments from Students:

  • Newer computers in Williams would be nice.
  • Computers need to be updated.

Reply by the Library:

Over the summer, the Law Center Information Systems Technology (IST) group updated all desktop computers in the public areas in Wolff and Williams. All total, just over 60 systems were replaced. 

Double-Sided Printing

Comments from Students:

  • There should be double-sided printing in Williams and in Hotung.

Reply by the Library:

Double-sided printing is an option to select on all public computers in the Williams and Wolff Libraries. Although our Pharos print system doesn't yet support duplex printing as a default, the Law Center IST staff are investigating a solution for this.

Apple Chargers

Comments from Students:

  • You could use a few more Apple chargers in EBW, because they're often checked out. 

Reply by the Library:

In both library locations, we have added additional Apple chargers as well as universal PC chargers to use with a variety of laptop models. We also have new portable battery packs that can charge two USB devices at once, including iPads.  Items are available at the circulation desk in either library location.

Group Study Rooms

Group Study Room Flat Screen DisplayComments from Students:

  • Updated study rooms in Williams would be great.

Reply by the Library:

Six group study rooms will be equipped with a flat screen display to allow students to display PowerPoint slides, collaborate on documents, share notes or conduct a Skype video conference. These rooms include connections for VGA and HDMI video as well as Apple's AirPlay technology.  The Collaborative Study Rooms in the Williams Library are completed, and the Wolff Library locations will be done next.  Book these and other study rooms online.

Here are the room numbers in each location:

Williams Law Library: Rooms 322A, 322B, 522A, 535
Wolff International and Comparative Law Library: Rooms 4010 and 4007

Library Website

Comments from Students:

  • Provide a better map of locations of call numbers.

Highlighting call number location on library mapReply by the Library:

We just released a new Map-It feature that should make it significantly easier to find books by call number directly from our catalog. Look for the Map It Beta link below the call number when you're viewing an item.

The gray button will show the precise location for the item. Click it to highlight the shelf on a map for that floor.

We're beta testing the Map It service, so there may be some kinks to work out. Let us know if you run into any problems or if you have any questions. 

Reference and Research Services

Comments from Students:

  • Librarians were very helpful in helping me find new resources or confirming that I had used everything at my disposal to find what I was looking for.
  • The librarians have always been available and ready to answer even the smallest questions, which makes the research process much smoother.
  • Was able to find key documents that were not available through standard research channels that greatly improved the depth of my analysis.

Reply by the Library:

Those of you who used our research consultation service gave it rave reviews, and said it helped to streamline your research and even improve your grades.  A research consultation is a one-on-one meeting with a librarian who prepares the answers to your questions in advance to ensure that your meeting time is as productive as possible. You can plan these for a mutually convenient time, even outside of regular business hours if your schedule requires it. We can help with everything from basic research skills to in-depth, multi-source complex projects for school or for work. 

For those of you who prefer to figure things out on your own, we have many sources to get you started.  Our research guides identify the major resources in topics as varied as Animal Law, International Trade Law, and War Crimes. We also have how-to guides on Research Strategies for Seminar Papers, Bar Exam Resources, and Legal Forms.  Our tutorials provide a quick, visual overview of topics and resources like treaty research and requesting books from the main campus library. 

Regardless of the scope of your research, we hope that you will begin by consulting the people, tools, and resources at the library.

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