Library Facts & Features…

In Read This on September 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Schmid Law Library Facts and Features by Brian Striman, Head of Technical Services

The Marvin & Virginia Schmid Law Library is a pretty complex enterprise. For example, we process hundreds of subscription updates and continuations each month. Materials received are handled by a staff of 3 whose goal is to sort, check-in, mark, label, and route materials by days end after receipt. In addition, many of the materials received each day are crucial to ensuring that when an attorney, student, faculty member or public patron uses library materials that they are up to date! You may often see Brian Hobbs, Schmid Law Library’s Circulation Supervisor, in his office or at the circ desk with a bunch of volumes on a cart and he’s taking pages out, and putting new pages in, because in addition to keeping the Circulation Desk staffed and operating, he’s also responsible for managing our loose-leaf subscriptions. Joyce Jensen, Cataloging Assistant, also does some filing in our tax library. Other library staff can often be seen in the stacks with handfuls of materials that are for updating bound volumes with pocket parts, or adding new volumes that come in as part of large set, or are adding softbound volumes that update the parent hard bound books.

Every law library has some kind of organizational scheme for its print collection. Many smaller law libraries, such as a county law library, may organize their materials by putting types of law resources in various nooks and crannies of their facility and arranging them by topic. However, the larger the collection, the greater the need to organize them in more logical, consistent manner, increases. Large law libraries organize their collections using various cataloging and classification schemes. A typical “smaller” law library would be most likely have around 5,000-80,000 books, and a medium size would be around 100,000-300,000, with a larger law library being 400,000-800,000 volumes (your Schmid Law Library has nearly 450,000), and then the big boys will be looking at collections of 1,000,000 and up (like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and the Library of Congress Law Library).


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