Building Project Update -Law Library Collection
The Law School building project presented an important opportunity to move forward with efforts to "cull" our law library collection, as explained in Law Library Director Rhonda Schwartz's communication to the UND campus:
Law Library Project: A Collection in Transition
Director, Thormodsgard Law Library
As the law library continues its transition from a largely print-based collection to a collection increasing its electronic resource offerings, the law library has been withdrawing numerous print reporters. The cases in these reporters are accessible to all from many online sources. Other selected reporters remain, including, for example, the United States Reports, the North Western Reporter (with ND cases), and the Federal Reporter. The law library has also been removing journals that were previously canceled but still remained on the shelves. These journals are online and are accessible to all via the law library's campus-wide subscription to HeinOnline.
The removal of selected materials from the law library collection is part of, and is indeed in preparation for, the upcoming law school building and renovation project. A great deal of the law library space is being repurposed for other critical law school needs, hence the flurry of withdrawal activity. The next phase of the project will no doubt move more slowly as we begin to look at individual monographs and treatises. Materials selected for withdrawal from the law library may include, for example, materials that have been superseded and have been updated with later editions.
North Dakota-specific legal materials are, of course, of particular interest to the law library. Duplicate copies of North Dakota primary and secondary legal materials will be retained for our own archival purposes. Additional copies beyond what we retain in the law library will be offered to campus libraries and to the ND Supreme Court Library, the ND State Library, and the ND State Historical Society. These libraries may accept or decline our offer of the materials as their own missions and physical facilities permit.
To further assure campus access to materials, the law library will be subscribing to "Westlaw for the Public" which will be available on a public access computer terminal located in the law library. This service will include and expand upon our present "Westlaw Key Cite" service which provides a method of updating case materials.
Through this whole process, the librarians and directors from all three campus libraries have been in contact with each other; we have a close and collegial relationship and work together to assure campus-wide access to our collections whenever possible. Our mutual goal is to partner with our students and faculty, providing them with the best services and collections possible.