|FOR LAW FACULTY
Research Assistant Support
BNA Electronic Highlights
Research Instruction and Tours
Accessing Materials & Library Use
Faculty Book Cart
Faculty Reading Room and Study Rooms
Special Collections/Rare Book Room
Please submit your requests to the reference department by calling 806-8208 or by sending an email with your request to email@example.com.
We try to respond to faculty requests quickly, and keep you apprised of the status of your request.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT SUPPORT
The reference librarians are happy to offer research advice and database guidance to faculty research assistants working on specific projects. To take advantage of this service, please refer your RA to a reference librarian to arrange a consultation.
Interlibrary loan services are provided to faculty year-round.
For more information, see Interlibrary or contact Felicia Ayanbiola at 806-8207.
The Howard University Libraries participate in the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee to OCLC, which gives faculty members borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of most major universities in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, and to obtain a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing card, please contact Felicia Ayanbiola at 806-8207.
The Law Library's reference librarians are developing a collection of research guides to provide helpful tips for finding and using resources in our print and online collections. We would be happy to create additional guides on topics of interest to you.
Please contact Scott Craft, 806-8031, with suggestions.
We can route current periodical issues to you. Please let us know if there are titles you would like to see by contacting Kwei Hung at 806-8051.
BNA ELECTRONIC HIGHLIGHTS
(Bureau of National Affairs)
The Law Library subscribes to most of the BNA web-based services. The highlights of a BNA publication summarize the latest developments in your area of interest, and each summary links directly to the text of the news article, analysis, law or regulation.
Faculty can sign up for e-mail delivery of BNA Highlights on our Databases & Websites page. For assistance, please contact Reference at 806-8208.
(Current Index to Legal Periodicals)
The Law Library subscribes to this index and table of contents service, published by the University of Washington Law Library. SmartCILP indexes over 500 legal publications within 100 subject headings.
Faculty have the option of creating a SmartCILP profile to search only the subject areas and/or journals of interest, and receiving a weekly e-mail report of the selected material. For assistance setting up your personalized clipping service, contact Reference at 806-8208.
The Law Library keeps one copy of all course texts used by each professor every semester. Course Reserve items are kept behind the Circulation Desk. They must be used within the library, and can be checked out by students for 3 hours. They are indexed in the library's catalog, DANIEL, and can be searched by course or professor's name.
To place materials on Course Reserve for your class, please give the items to Richard Akers, 806-8206.
For instructional purposes, the library houses a training/smart classroom (LL101), a teaching lab (LL313), and an ADA lab (LL213). These labs can be reserved by contacting Jerome Roberson at 806-8224.
Professors are encouraged to consider making past exams available for law students to study and review. For information, Past Exams or contact Richard Akers, at 806-8206.
(The West Education Network)
TWEN is Westlaw's web-based course software specifically designed for law schools. Professors use it to post syllabi, class materials and announcements. It can also be used for group e-mailing, forum discussions, and posting/submitting assignments.
The following publications will be useful in setting up and maintaining your TWEN sites:
Professor's Quick Guide to TWEN
Professor's Guide to TWEN, 2008-2009
If you have general questions regarding your Westlaw password or access to TWEN, please contact Erin Dallas at (901) 620-9713. For assistance creating or updating courses in TWEN, call 1-800-306-9378.
LexisNexis Web Courses, powered by Blackboard, are designed to assist Law School faculty in providing an online web location for course materials accessible to both instructors and students. Instructors can post announcements, assignments, schedules, required texts, documents, quizzes, surveys, and host online chat sessions through the use of the "Virtual Classroom" chat feature.
If you choose to set up a WebCourse, this guide may be useful:
Web Courses Guide for Faculty.
If you have questions regarding your LexisNexis password or access to Web Courses, please contact Robin Bohnenstengel, 443-798-0966, firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone Help Desk assistance is available at 1-800-455-3947.
As a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, the law school has access to a complete set of CALI exercises to supplement your classroom instruction. These are available at www.cali.org, and also can be added to your TWEN sites. Contact the Antonio Ellis at 806-8264 for the faculty authorization code to register and access CALI materials.
LEXISNEXIS AND WESTLAW PASSWORDS
Howard University School of Law faculty are provided access to LexisNexis and Westlaw under the Law Library's subscription to these services. All faculty are given passwords during faculty orientation. For questions or to arrange for a personalized training session, contact Antonio Ellis at 806-8264.
RESEARCH INSTRUCTION AND TOURS
At your request, the reference librarians can provide classroom presentations on research tools and techniques, focused library tours, or customized research guides for your students. Please contact Eileen Santos, 806-8301.
ACCESSING MATERIALS & LIBRARY USE
All transactions for borrowing and returning materials take place at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. To check out books, faculty must be registered in the Circulation system. Registration includes a signed acknowledgment of responsibility for all materials checked out in your name. In recognition of your research and class needs, circulation policies are liberal for faculty. You may keep materials as long as you require them, unless they are recalled. If an item is recalled, please return it promptly.
Research Assistants are permitted to sign out research materials in their professor's name. Materials to be returned to the Law Library may be left at the Circulation Desk, the drop box near the entrance on the parking lot side of the building, or on the book return cart in the mail room in Houston Hall.
The Law Library welcomes donations from faculty members. We have created a special collection in the main reading room for faculty donations. It's an excellent way to make more space in your office and still have access to all your books.
If you wish to donate material to the library collection, please contact Seth Kronemer at 806-8304 to arrange for pick up.
FACULTY BOOK CART
For your convenience, the library has placed a book return cart in the mail room. Please use this cart to return books that you have borrowed. Materials placed on the cart will be retrieved and returned to the library by a staff member.
FACULTY READING ROOM AND STUDY ROOMS
The Faculty Reading Room is located in Room 300. It can be reserved by contacting Jerome Roberson, 806-8224.
Five individual study rooms on the third floor (Rooms 301 to 305) have been designated for full-time faculty, to support your research, writing and publishing. The rooms are shared, with five faculty assigned per room. Each faculty member is given a key to one of the rooms.
No food is allowed in the library. Non-alcoholic drinks are allowed if they are in spill-resistant cups with lids that close, and water bottles are also permitted.
Smoking on library premises, including the fourth floor terrace, is strictly prohibited.
Since the Law Library is a research library, it is imperative that it be a place of quiet study and scholarship. Talking in the open areas of the library (the reading rooms, study carrels, Circulation area) should be kept to a minimum.
The Law Library regular schedule, as well as the exam and bar review schedules, are posted on our Hours page.
The library's catalog is named DANIEL, in honor of Allen Mercer Daniel, who joined the library staff in 1923 and rose to Law Librarian and Associate Professor of Law from 1940-1956. The catalog is web-based and can be searched from any place that you can access the internet. The collection can be searched by author, title, keyword, call number, government document (SUDOC) number, ISBN, ISSN, or Library of Congress subject heading. For assistance using DANIEL, please see our Daniel Online Resource Guide.
Photocopier in Room LL211 is specifically designated for Reference and Faculty use only. Faculty research assistants are permitted to use it when working on a project for their professor.
Library security officers are on duty twenty-four hours every day. The officers check identification for everyone who enters the library. They patrol the library, as well. To gain access to the library, Howard law students, faculty and staff must show the officer on duty their Capstone ID card. Students, faculty or staff who cannot present a Capstone ID upon entering the library must show another current photo ID and sign in at the security desk.
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS & RARE BOOKS
Books and papers identified as special or rare are placed in the Archives, located on the fourth floor of the library, for preservation and protection. The Archives reading room is locked at all times. Faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of our Archives collections when researching for publishing and scholarship. For assistance in using the Archives, contact Seth Kronemer at 806-8304.
updated: September 5, 2012