Celebrate National Library Week – April 11-15

April 11, 2011

This year’s theme is “Create your own story @ Your Library”. Students can create their own story this week by winning the top raffle prize a Kindle! Win extra raffle tickets by stopping in the library to match your favorite professor to their favorite book. Create your own prize this Wednesday by spinning the infamous “Library Wheel of Prizes”!


Take the Government Printing Office User Survey

November 18, 2010

The Government Printing Office (GPO) is conducting a survey to find out how satisfied people are with the collections and services being offered to them through the Federal Depository Library Program, of which Drake Law Library is a part.

Please  take a few minutes to complete the 16-question survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HSLCRRB before February 28, 2011.

A Drake Law Library research guide on finding government documents can be found at http://drakelaw.libguides.com/govdocs

Drake Law Library is Now Mobile

October 20, 2010

We are happy to announce the launch of the Drake Law Library mobile Web site at http://www.law.drake.edu/library/m/.

Users will be able to link to the hours, directions, library contact information (phone, email, text messaging), databases with mobile interfaces, and more.

Currently iPhones, Android, Palm, and some Blackberry phones are supported.


IA Judicial Branch Budget Report

October 20, 2010

The Legislative Services Agency just released the Issue Review “FY 2011 Judicial Branch Budget Impact”  

Report available at http://www.legis.state.ia.us/lsadocs/IssReview/2010/IRJDA005.PDF .

This report “analyzes recent activity related to the Judicial Branch budget. The Judicial Branch budget is 3.0% of the total State General Fund budget and consists of 95.0% personnel costs and 5.0% nonpersonnel costs. As of August 31, 2010, 29 Clerks of Court offices are operating on a part-time basis with reduced public hours. The remaining 70 offices are closed for two hours a day, two days a week. From February 2009 through June 2010, there were 15 court closure days.”

New Database – Foreign Law Guide

June 7, 2010

The Foreign Law Guide provides an introduction to the legal system, current codes and laws for 170 countries and jurisdictions. It also identifies secondary sources and any available English translations. Conventions and Treaties information is also provided.

Foreign Law Guide

Temporary Catalog Downtime

May 28, 2010
The Drake Law Library catalog will be down for upgrades at the following times:

June 8 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

Please check http://drakelaw.libguides.com/FindingBooks for options for finding books during the downtime.


New at HeinOnline – World Constitutions

April 21, 2010

HeinOnline now includes the current constitution for  more than 190  countries as well as historical primary materials and constitutional analysis.

Some highlights:

  • The current constitution of every country in the world in its original language. Also included will be at least one English translation.
  • Links to scholarly articles that discuss the constitutional and political development of the country.
  • A bibliography of other select constitutional books about the constitutional development or the history of the government.
  • Check it out at HeinOnline

    National Library Week, April 12-16

    April 8, 2010

    Plan to stop by the Law Library during National Library Week.  There will be many activities to particpate in.

    • On Wednesday, April 14,  Spin the Wheel for Prizes returns.  Stop by the Cartwright Lobby between 9:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a chance to win gift certificates to amazon.com, Best Buy, Target, Pizza Hut and much more! 
    • Participate in the Book+ Swap during the week.  Bring your gently used books, DVDs and CDs to the library and swap them for something different to take home.
    • Complete the daily law-related quiz to earn an entry into a drawing for a fabulous prize.

    Many electronic databases are available at no charge this week.  See the posting at the Law Librarian Blog for complete details.

    LexisNexis Scheduled Maintenance Outage Night of March 13

    March 11, 2010

    LexisNexis will be unavailable to users from Saturday, March 13, 10:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) to Sunday, March 14, 5:00 a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT).

    On Display – 25 Greatest Legal Movies

    March 3, 2010

    Now through Friday, March 18, the Law Library will have a display of the 25 Greatest Legal Movies.  Together they have been nominated for 85 Oscars and won 31.  The Law Library has all 25 movies in our collection.

    The titles include: To Kill a Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men, Erin Brockovich, A Few Good Men, Chicago and My Cousin Vinny.

    Stop by the library and check ‘em out!