Friday, June 28, 2013

The Changing Library Catalog

Students at computers
Credit: Microsoft Clip Art
If you have used the Law Library's catalog this week, you have noticed something is different.

We have joined the UW Libraries and more than 30 other college and university libraries in moving to a new system.

As with any new computer system, this one is experiencing some "technical difficulties" and some of its best features will phased in over time.

Please consult with a reference librarian whenever you have a problem with the catalog or need to know where to find library materials. When the Reference Office is closed, submit your question via the Ask Us link on the library website.

For more information, visit the UW Libraries page on the new search system.

Renovation Noise

After a successful month of book and shelving moves, the L2 Renovation Project is underway!

Earlier this week the construction curtain was put in place on the south side of the lower floor. The curtain is designed to seal off the construction area and to minimize dust in the library and ventilation systems.

Please note that there are multiple fans running continuously behind the curtain to create negative pressure. The negative pressure helps control dust and debris.

The next step is for the carpet in the construction area to be removed. Removal begins today. This work will be noisy. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you use the Reference Area seating or the study carrels on L1.

Please note that the construction team will be working during the week (Monday through Friday) from 6:00am to 2:30 or 3:00pm. Whenever possible, louder jobs will take place before the Library opens at 8:00am

We appreciate your patience during this process.

Federal Laws Relating to Cybersecurity: New CRS Report

The Congressional Research Service has released a new report, Federal Laws Relating to Cybersecurity: Overview and Discussion of Proposed Revisions.

The report (62 pages) reviews relevant provisions and possible updates for 31 statutes, including The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (HSA) and The Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). Table 2 (p. 52) identifies more than 40 laws enacted between 1878 and 2009 that have relevant cybersecurity provisions.

From the Introduction:

For more than a decade, various experts have expressed concerns about information-system security—often referred to as cybersecurity—in the United States and abroad. The frequency, impact, and sophistication of attacks on those systems have added urgency to the concerns. Consensus has also been growing that the current legislative framework for cybersecurity might need to be revised to address needs for improved cybersecurity, especially given the continuing evolution of the technology and threat environments. This report, with contributions from several CRS staff (see Acknowledgments), discusses that framework and proposals to amend more than 30 acts of Congress that are part of or relevant to it.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

No More Westlaw Printing

As of June 30, 2013, Westlaw will be discontinuing its free printing services in all law schools around the country. Our Westlaw representative will remove the printers from the building on that day or shortly thereafter.

From then on, your only Westlaw printing option is to use an attached printer. We have two printers in the library that are connected to the Dawg Prints system. They are both on L1: one is next to the law student lounge and the other is in the Reference Area. There is another printer for law students in room 222 (the computer lab). You can either purchase a copy card or add money to your Husky Card in order to print pages for $.12 per page.

To download the drivers for these printers and install them on your computer, go to the Dawg Prints Printer Locations page and download the drivers for "Gates Law School" Xerox Phaser 5550DT. You'll need to select the correct driver for the room in which you'd like to print.