Law School Library Changes

I have never had the opportunity to practice my craft in a law school library having only worked as a law librarian in private firms. By the time I meet law students, they have had the benefit of learning about legal research in the academic setting. Though legal research practice in a law firm setting may operate differently than in academia, the principles of legal research are the same. Law firm librarians enjoy the fruits of the labour that takes place in law school libraries.

Recent news from the U of A Law Library was unexpected.

We regret to announce that as a direct result of the budgetary situation facing the University of Alberta Libraries, the John A. Weir Memorial Law Library will be accessible via swipe card access only from May through August 2013.

Assistant Dean Melissa Hartley shared that while it was good for the public to see the repercussions of the provincial budget there is concern over the dramatic changes to University funding in Alberta.

To those who believe that all the information we need is available online, I say OPCA litigants likely agree with you. I also remind you that information is a commodity that is not often given away – even ‘free to use’ services are funded by someone.

External borrowers, including members of private law firms, will be able to request material through the library catalogue for pick up at an alternate campus library location. Reference services will be offered by e-mail, or in the Law Library by appointment, but otherwise will be physically re-located to the Rutherford Humanities and Social Sciences Library.

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