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2017 Law Library Student Survey - Comments

Law Library Response

During Spring 2017, the Law Library conducted our annual survey seeking student comments and suggestions.  276 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.

Hydration Stations

Comments from Students:

  • More water filter stations. To my knowledge, there is only 1 in both Williams - reading room - and Wolff - the 3rd floor. It would be helpful to have them on every floor.
  • More filtered water stations at Williams Library. There's currently only one in the Reading Room.
  • More water bottle fill stations would be hugely helpful.
Hydration Stations

Reply by the Library:

Hydration stations currently can be found in the Reading Room and on both the east and west sides of Williams’ fifth floor. Additional hydration stations will be installed this fall on the first, third and fourth floors. They will have both the bottle filling and regular drinking fountain features.

New Copiers, Scanners and Color Printer

Comments from Students:

  • More/improved scanners.
  • The over-head scanner is a god-send.
  • We should definitely have color printing available.
  • Would like more printers - especially working printers. I have had to go to each floor before just to find a printer that is working.

Reply by the Library:

KIC Scanner

We added a new face-up Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) scanner and a color copier/printer in the 2nd floor Loewinger Lounge. The scanner allows you to save images to a USB drive, an email account and handheld devices (tablet/smartphone)

New Printers

New Xerox printers have replaced the HP printers at these locations:

  • 2nd Floor - Loewinger Lounge
  • 3rd Floor - Computer Lab
  • 4th Floor - West side outside room 422B
  • 5th Floor - West side outside room 522B

These units can copy, print, scan and fax documents.

White Sound Machines in Study Rooms

Comments from Students:

  • Sound proof group study rooms somewhere would be awesome to be able to work on things like moot court and mock trial without worrying about being a disruption while still having space to work.
  • Study rooms are not quiet enough, they need white noise machines in them so that others studying near the rooms cannot hear everything that is said.

Reply by the Library:

White Sound Machines

While we cannot soundproof the study rooms, we have several white sound machines in some of them. The library is evaluating several models for use in group study rooms. For each machine, we have a feedback form for students to provide information on effectiveness.  If these devices are successful, we will look to place them in all study rooms in the future.

New Research Guide on Civil Rights

Comments from Students:

  • I had a research consultation and it really helped define the scope of the research I needed to do. The librarian had clearly put in a lot of time and effort ahead of our meeting to make sure she had pulled as many useful sources for me as possible and knew my topic well - I got far more out of the meeting than I expected to going in!
  • I have found it sufficiently easy to make use of the many self-directed services (e.g., online research guides for particular subject matters, or just searching/browsing the catalog), so I simply haven't had the need.

Reply by the Library:

The Law Library provides online research guides, treatise finder lists, and on-demand research tutorials, all created specifically for Georgetown Law students by our librarians.  Students may also schedule an individual research consultation with a reference librarian for assistance with papers or other research projects.

New Research Guide on Civil Rights

This year, in honor of MLK Day, the Reference Department presented a new research guide available to the public. A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States covers various movements from the civil rights movement of the 1960s, to the suffragettes of the 1800s, immigrants in internment camps, the riots at the Stonewall Inn, to the fight for equal education for children with disabilities, among others. The guide offers available library resources for each topic, notable Supreme Court cases, and at its conclusion, a list of current organizations dedicated to protecting civil rights that one can get involved with, either via donating or through volunteer work.

The research guide received the Law Library Publications Award at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting Conference.

It is our hope that this guide will be useful to those who seek it out. We will continue to update it and welcome feedback on what we can add that would be useful to recipients. Please email with any suggestions you have for improvement to the guide.

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