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Law Library News & Announcements - 2015

Law library faculty present at Chicago conference

Professors Annie Mentkowski and Clanitra Stewart Nejdl co-presented a session entitled “Research Instruction: Innovating Your Legal Research Classes" on Friday December 11, 2015 at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s “Teaching Today’s Students with Today’s Tools for Tomorrow’s Practice.”

Law library faculty publish two articles

Professor Therese A. Clarke Arado and Professor Annie Mentkowski both had articles published in the December 2015 issue of MAALL Markings, the quarterly newsletter of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries:

  • Therese A. Clarke Arado, Associate Director for Administration and Public Services, The Inaugural AALL Business Skills Clinic,pp.6-7.
  • Annie Mentkowski, Head of Reference and Research Services, Musings of a Rookie MAALL Presenter, pp.8-9.

Congratulations to both!

"Mindfulness in Law Practice" book display

Stressed out about finals? Take a few minutes to browse through this month's book display on mindfulness, which will remain up through the end of the exam period. You can also visit our "virtual display" (and read more about the titles included) at

Reading Period, exam and holiday break hours posted

See our updated Hours page for details on the library's extended hours for Reading Period and final exams, and for our hours over the holiday break. 

Law library faculty present at MAALL conference

Law Library Director Heidi Kuehl and Professor Annie Mentkowski presented at the MAALL Annual Meeting (Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Meeting in Kansas City -   The titles and dates of the programs are as follows:

Heidi Kuehl:

  • Leading and Directing Law Libraries (October 23rd, 2015)

Annie Mentkowski:   

  • Everything’s Up to Date: Preparing Practice-Ready Students (October 22nd, 2015)
  • Learning Outcomes and Assessment Under New ABA Standards 302, 314, 315 (October 23rd, 2015)

Article by Professor Stewart Nejdl published in CALL Bulletin

Professor Stewart Nejdl's article, "AALL Annual Meeting and Conference 2015: A Newbie’s Journey," has been published in CALL Bull. (Fall 2015), at 15.

"First Monday in October" book display

In honor of the start of the U.S. Supreme Court's new session on Monday Oct. 5, visit the book display area to the right of the main entrance to view a selection of books from the library about the Supreme Court and its Justices. You can also visit our "virtual display" (and read more about the titles included) at

Professor Stewart Neidl publishes two articles

Professor Clanitra Stewart Nejdl had two articles published in the American Association of Law Libraries' Fall 2015 ALL-SIS Newsletter:

  • Program Report: Designers’ Workshop: Subject Guides That Create the Effect You Want, ALL-SIS Newsletter, Fall 2015, at 9.
  • Program Report: Transitioning to the Revised ABA Law School Accreditation Standards, ALL-SIS Newsletter, Fall 2015, at 25.


Law library faculty publish two articles

Law Library Director Professor Heidi Kuehl and Professor Clanitra Stewart Nejdl both had articles published in the September 2015 issue of MAALL Markings, the quarterly newsletter of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries:

  • Professor Kuehl: "Inside the Dag Hammarskjöld Library”
  • Professor Stewart Nejdl: "First Year Teaching: How I Got Here From There”

Congratulations to both!

Professor Stewart Nejdl Named Librarian of the Month

Clanitra Stewart NejdlProfessor Clanitra Stewart Nejdl was selected as the Member of the Month for September 2015 by the Black Caucus of the American Association of Law Libraries. She is currently featured on the homepage of the Caucus' website.

What's new this fall? Lots!

Over the summer the law library staff, assisted by NIU carpenters, painters, carpet-layers, janitorial staff and a host of others, have worked hard to give the library a fresh new look with improved floor plans, collection layouts, collaborative and quiet study areas, service points, and more. Changes include:

  • New carpet throughout the library
  • New tables & chairs that can be easily moved for collaborative work
  • New portable whiteboards
  • Enlarged study carrels in the South Wing
  • New informal seating areas near the entrance and in the North Wing
  • New artwork from the NIU Art Museum's collections
  • Combined Circulation & Reference desks for "one stop shopping" 
  • New Browseable Reserves collection: popular study aids and other materials are now out on open shelves instead of kept behind the Circulation Desk
  • The top 20 U.S. law reviews & practitioner journals are also out on open shelves for easier browsing
  • IICLEs, the Illinois Practice Series, and Nutshells have their own designated areas instead of being scattered throughout the collection
  • Foreign, international and comparative law materials are now all in the North Wing
  • Most large federal sets are now in the North Wing
  • The South Wing is now designated a Quiet Study area
  • And last but not least, a new (mobile-friendly!) website

Please stop by the library to check out all the changes, and take a peek at some photos from during and after the renovations.

Online catalog unavailable June 12-15 due to upgrade

The Voyager system, which includes NIU's online catalog and the I-Share shared catalog, will be shut down for a software upgrade from 5 p.m. Friday June 12 until approximately 8 a.m. Monday June 15. Users will not be able to search the catalog or place new requests or make renewals during this time.

New ABA Law Library Collection in HeinOnline

This collection digitizes ABA Law Library Collection Periodicals, along with 45 periodicals previously only available to ABA section members. It provides access to current volumes of included periodicals and covers all subject areas of American law. Access it from the library home page by clicking on the Hein Online link.

From the Law Library Director, Feb. 2, 2015

  • We are excited to share a new expansion of security as a safety measure in the law library during the evenings on Sunday through Thursday. During those evenings, we will have a security guard stationed at the entrance of the law library for two hours prior to closing (9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) who will be doing constant monitoring of the law library and law school building, as well as closing the classrooms and the law library near closing time. You should report any suspicious activities or security issues to him during the evening hours.
  • The law library has slightly revised hours and is now open at 7 a.m. for any early morning studying (Monday-Friday) and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Please take advantage of these new hours and consult the schedule for the complete spring hours.
  • Please enjoy the new books and periodicals display as you enter the law library. We offer comfortable seating near the books and journals, so you may peruse recent issues at your leisure.
  • Finally, we have a slightly renovated arrangement of seating and public terminals at the entrance of the law library for more open space. Happy reading!

As always, let me or any law librarian know if you have any questions throughout the spring term or concerns about law library services. We look forward to assisting all of you with your research endeavors.

~ Professor Kuehl


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