As 2013 comes to a close, here are some of the more important activities from the Law Library:
MPower Initiative – The Thurgood Marshall Law Library, the Health and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) and the College Park Libraries partnered to develop the MPower Virtual Research Library in support of collaborative work between researchers at both campuses. It is estimated that we achieved a cost savings of approximately $250,000 from database list pricing due to this collaborative effort.New resources that became available to the Law School community in 2013 through MPower include ProQuest Dissertations and Legislative Insight. In addition to adding databases through MPower funding, the Law Library was also began sharing a subscription to Ovid with HS/HSL to increase research opportunities, acquired HeinOnline's Bar Journal Collection, and purchased additional content from Web of Knowledge.
Remodeled Research Guides – The Library is using a new web 2.0 content management system to create research guides, called LibGuides. You may access the new guides from the Law Library's website under "Research Guides." This new system allows the librarians to create multimedia content, share knowledge and information, and promote library resources to the campus community. The new platform is so popular that it was used to create a research guide for MPower's Agriculture Law Education Initiative. In addition to implementing LibGuides, the Library also updated its very popular TMLL Guide to Legal Research.
Digital Commons Reaches the 1 Million Mark – DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law now holds 7,750 records, which have been downloaded over 1,097,136 times! Launched in 2006, the repository showcases the research and scholarship of UM Carey Law. Use is growing rapidly, with over 443,290 downloads in just the past year.
More Research Courses Added for Students - In addition teaching Introduction to Legal Research to first year students in the spring of 2013, the teaching librarians offered eleven different sections of Advanced Legal Research during the fall semester, including specialized courses in business law, environmental law, intellectual property, and health law. The librarians also created new online legal research presentations, hosted legal research workshops for students, and guest-lectured in law school classes.
Over the last year, the UM Carey School of Law YouTube channel received almost 7,000 views, with over 16,000 minutes watched, from people in 109 countries! While, the United States remains where an overwhelming majority of the views have come from, the rest of the top 10 is: Italy, U.K., Germany, Canada, France, India, Philippines, Australia and Belgium. Most of the views have been on a computer, followed by mobile phones, and then tablets.
The most viewed video is the “Ecosystems Services Workshop” presentation from the Global Environmental Law conference that the Law School hosted in 2012. That video has been watched in its entirety (over 1 ½ hours) from countries such as Iran, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Finland, South Africa, and Vietnam. In second place is a short video about the Law School's Law & Health Care Program, which has been watched almost 500 times from countries as far away as South Africa, Turkey, Columbia, and Costa Rica.
Surprisingly, while many of the views have come directly from the Law School's website, as well as through Facebook and Twitter shares, most of the views have come directly from YouTube searches and YouTube suggested "Related and Recommended" video content.
Implemented on our campus last year, UMVibe enables faculty and staff to share documents and work in teams on projects that require group authoring. Team members also are able to create and access a shared project calendar and conduct private online discussions, either in real time or asynchronously. All interactions take place in a secure environment where data is tracked and protected. Faculty members can invite students, as well as colleagues from other institutions to participate on their team.
The Journal of Business and Technology Law is currently migrating content from SharePoint to Vibe for collaborative research and writing articles. Since implemeting Vibe last year, the Journal estimates that it has saved $25,000 in printing and binding costs. Other groups using UMVibe include participants in the MPower program, who use Vibe for posting focus group sessions for professors, and the Law School's Instructional Technology group, who use Vibe as a shared knowledge base for completing various technology projects.
UM faculty and staff members automatically have accounts on UMVibe through their UMID and password, you may login here. The University maintains a support and training website, which allows users to learn about the application on their own schedule, but please feel free to contact Pamela Daniels if you are interested in using UMVibe.
The Law Library will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays for the rest of December and for the first weekend of January. The Library will be open Monday through Friday, December 16th to the 20th, and on Monday, December 23rd from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Library will be closed for the winter break on Tuesday, December 24th and will re-open on Thursday, January 2nd. On January 2nd and January 3rd, the Library will be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
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