Beauty is in the Eye of the Book-Holder

I know it is not just me who is absolutely fascinated by architecture and design. Some of the most beautiful buildings in the world? In my totally unbiased opinion, that would be libraries! Many of our oldest and most beloved libraries are dedicated to law. To brighten up your Monday, here is a compilation of what I feel are the most beautiful law libraries in the world.

Law Library at the University of Zurich (Zurich, Germany)

Executive Office of the President Law Library (Washington, D.C.)

Law Library at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) — This library was a contender to be the shooting location for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies… easy to believe!

 

Law Library of Munich (Munich, Germany)

Law Library of Iowa’s State Capitol Building (Des Moines, Iowa) — I spy Reporters!

And without further ado… the most beautiful library in the world…

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Euliano Law Library at Barry University School of Law!

Ours!

We may not have marble columns, winding staircases, or chandeliers… so what makes the Euliano Law Library so great? The people, of course!

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Louis Rosen manning the Reference Desk!

As Timothy Healy, former President of the New York Public Library, has said, “The most important asset of any library goes home at night — the library staff.” All of the librarians and staff are incredibly helpful and encouraging. Barbara works tirelessly to ensure our materials match our patron’s needs, Betty is eager to help students get materials from universities all over, and Louis would answer Reference emails in his sleep if it were possible… and that’s just a sampling of the fabulous library staff! We all truly want our students to succeed. The warmth of the Barry community is what transforms our library. Much as I may have a fondness for the look of buildings, there is much more room in my heart for the people who fill them.

Have a great week and do not hesitate to stop by!

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Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend, everyone!

Just so you all know, the Barry Law Library will be open for its regular weekend hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 30th, and 10:00 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, August 31st.

We’re actually open with limited hours on Labor Day, even though there are no classes.  If anyone wants to get ahead on their studying, stop in from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 1st.  I imagine it will be a quiet day, but we’ll be open and you’ll be welcome.

I won’t be on campus, but if anyone has any reference questions or needs help with anything, you can e-mail LawReferenceLibrarians @ barry.edu, and Diana Botluk and I will both get it.  2Ls, 3Ls, and professors know that I check my e-mail late at night, on weekends and holidays, and I’ll get back to you at my earliest opportunity.

Beyond that, have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, folks.  Stay safe, and make sure you do a little something fun for yourselves, even if you have to study.

You’ve Got Mail: Mail Procedures and Policies

Happy first day of classes! Welcome to all incoming students, as well as new faculty and staff. We hope you feel welcome here at Barry. Should you need any assistance, the library staff are happy to help!

For those of you who are new to Barry, you may not know that the campus mail is processed through the library. The mail is handled by myself, Brittany O’Neill, and our Technical Services Coordinator, Terry Rogers.

Brittany O’Neill, Technical Services & Mail Assistant

Terry Rogers, Technical Services Coordinator

 

Say hello to the faces of the mailroom!

Here is a rundown of our current mail procedures and policies for our new students, faculty, and staff (and a refresher course for the rest of the Barry community):

General
The Technical Services department meters all outgoing official Law School mail, as well as receiving and distributing incoming USPS mail. We also receive the campus’ UPS deliveries. You won’t see your neighborhood delivery person here: we are all employees of Barry University, not UPS or USPS.

Location and Hours
The campus mailroom is located in the Technical Services department on the first floor of the library (we are behind the mystery door between Circulation and IT). The department is open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The Faculty Administrative Assistants collect mail from collection points across campus and deliver it to us no later than 10:00 AM in order to ensure timely delivery. We have this early deadline because the mail carrier and UPS driver have no set delivery times. The drivers may arrive as early as 10:00 am and as late as 5:00 pm. Anything dropped off after the USPS/UPS delivery people arrive will be held until the next business day. Should you need to drop off non-confidential mail after we close, it can be brought to the Circulation Desk during library operating hours for the next business day’s delivery. We try to deliver mail and packages to the Faculty Building within the hour following their arrival.

Outgoing USPS Mail
The deadline for outgoing mail and packages to reach collection points is 9:30 AM in order for Administrative Assistants to make their 10:00 AM deadline. Any outgoing mail delivered to us after the incoming mail has arrived will be held until the following business day. Technical Services does not seal or address mail, so all mail must be properly sealed and addressed before the staff will handle it. Any special forms (return receipt, certified mail, etc.) should also be filled out prior to us applying postage. Items in need of correction cannot be retrieved once they have been processed for delivery.

Any mail without postage must be for official Law School business. Please include the department and/or a staff/faculty name above the return address on the envelope/package. Otherwise, it will be held until the sender is identified. Please also use your department’s preprinted envelopes only. We use that information to determine which department’s account to charge, so use the correct envelope! The Law School does not pay for the postage of personal mail under any circumstances. However, you may purchase personal postage at the Circulation Desk during our operating hours.

Outgoing UPS Packages
Technical Services only handles UPS packages that are official University business, but you may call in a package pickup yourself and leave it in our department for UPS to pick up during our normal hours. All outgoing UPS packages must be sealed and adressed with a prepaid UPS label. We are not responsbile for tracking down packages and will not hold the driver.

Incoming USPS and UPS Shipments
We are happy to make timely delivery of items that we receive, but there are a few exceptions to our deliveries: incoming bulk shipments of packages, packages weighing over 30 pounds, and packages too large for the mail cart. We will contact recipients to arrange for these items to be picked up by the recipient or by the Facilities department. We do much more than mail in the Technical Services department, so we do not have room to store packages. Please make sure your mail is addressed to your name or department so we can deliver it to you (just a phone number doesn’t count)!

What We Don’t Handle
We do not handle FedEx shipments. Those are handled by the Registrar’s office. Call Melva Priest (ext. 5600) for more information regarding FedEx services. We also do not accept freight shipments.

I hope this information has been helpful for you. Should you have further questions, feel free to contact myself (ext. 5716) or Terry Rogers (ext. 5717) and we will gladly impart information to you!

Meet the “new” Moot Courtroom

moot court 7 (after)

The Moot Courtroom (adjacent to the café) has just received a facelift! Tons of hard work and planning went into making the welcomed updates a reality. Kudos to our finance/accounting, facilities, IT and admin teams (and anyone else I missed) that worked so hard to make this a reality. Renovations have been underway for several weeks on this bustling campus space and it is exciting to see the plans in action! I am happy to report that most renovations are already complete.

moot court 3 (before)

One of the most exciting enhancements has been the new seating. As you can see from the pictures, the new seats really help to spruce up the space with a much more modern flair. I had a chance to try them out, and I think you will agree, they are a big improvement (pretty comfy, too)!

moot court 5 (after)

Aside from the new seating, there is new paint, A/V equipment, carpeting and more. Word on campus is that all renovations will be complete by the start of the fall semester. As you can see from the pics – it is already looking pretty spiffy.

moot court 4 (after)

As you may very well know, this campus space is the largest student learning space on campus with a capacity of up to 160 people –no wonder it is a hub for so many campus functions! Everything from new student mass and orientations to oral arguments, swearing in ceremonies and workshops take place in this room. It also serves at times as a classroom, and, of course, for mock trials. It really is an integral part of the campus.

moot court 6 (after)

So when you have a chance, check out the new enhancements! We think you will be pretty impressed.

One of My Favorite Quotes

I have read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy more times than I can count and every time I do I find something new that stands out to me about it. For this blog post I give you one of my favorite quotes from the trilogy.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” 

There is something about this quote that always makes me happy as I love new adventures and traveling.