Faculty Newsletter for August, 2019

Document Delivery

Aug 30, 2019

The Law Library’s Faculty Services Research Assistants, Anthony Dopp and Sally Story, are available to assist with your document delivery needs, including retrieving books from the law library and other campus libraries. Simply email your request to lawlib-doc@uiowa.edu. Please copy amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu if your request is time sensitive.   

If you have any questions regarding the services provided by the Faculty Services Research Assistants, please contact Amy Koopmann at amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu.

Course Reserve

Aug 30, 2019

As the fall semester is upon us, please feel free to request that items be placed on Course Reserve. Requests may be sent to Eric Earhart at eric-earhart@uiowa.edu

For more information on Course Reserve, please visit our Reserve Materials page.

Research Assistant Library Training

Aug 30, 2019

On Friday, September 6 at 12:40 p.m., the library is offering a training in Room 285 for faculty members’ new research assistants. The training will cover the basics of library use as a research assistant, including checking out materials and printing on behalf of faculty members, as well as introduce resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis that may be of use to research assistants.

If you have questions about this training, please contact Ellen Jones at ellen-jones@uiowa.edu.

Research Assistant Proxy Cards

Aug 30, 2019

If you would like your research assistants to check out books on your behalf, please complete a proxy authorization form, available at the Circulation Desk. Using their proxy cards, your RAs may check out books for you from any of the libraries on campus. The faculty member is ultimately responsible for any books checked out using the proxy card.

Research Assistant Printing, Photocopying, and Scanning

Aug 30, 2019

Printing accounts are administered through Information Technology Services (ITS). Instructions for research assistant printing are available here. If your RAs are not finding the “Law RAs” shared account when printing, please contact the Financial Aid office at law-financialaid@uiowa.edu.

The Law Library still administers photocopy accounts. If you wish to set up a photocopy account for your research assistants, please contact Kevin Burford at kevin-burford@uiowa.edu.

The Law Library also has scanners available for student use on the first, second, and third floors. The first- and third-floor scanners are flatbed scanners attached to computers. The second-floor scanner is a larger, stand-alone scanner, which includes the ability to email scans or save them to a USB flash drive.  


Aug 30, 2019

Open Research and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a non-profit effort to address author name ambiguity by creating a central registry containing unique identifiers for authors. ORCID provides authors with a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes each author from other authors with similar names and supports automated linkages between an individual author’s identity and his or her work.

Authors may register for an ORCID identifier here. For assistance, please contact Amy Koopmann at amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu


Aug 30, 2019

Perma.cc seeks to address the issues of link and reference rot by archiving online content and providing you with a permalink to that content.

The University of Iowa Law Library is a Perma.cc registrar, which provides faculty members with the ability to archive as many links as they need for their research and writing.

If you are interested in using Perma.cc, please contact Amy Koopmann at amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu so she can assist you in setting up an account. For more information, see Perma.cc’s Guide for Faculty.

New Law Library Staff Members

Aug 30, 2019

The Law Library recently welcomed two new staff members, Jill Evans Elkind and Erica Melchin.

Jill Evans Elkind joins the Law Library as the Evening and Weekend Reference Librarian for the 2019-2020 academic year. Jill is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and has a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Iowa. Jill has experience both as a public defender and as an adjunct professor of philosophy.

Erica Melchin joins the Law Library as a Circulation Library Assistant. Erica is a graduate of Columbia College, Missouri. Erica joins the Law Library with significant library circulation experience, as well as customer service experience.

New Law Library Acquisitions

Aug 30, 2019

In April, May, June, and July, the Law Library acquired over 9,967 new books, journals, and other items. Among them were 200 new monographs from a wide range of university presses, including:

  • Amsterdam University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Cornell University Press
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Fordham University Press
  • Harvard University Press/Belknap Press
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Kent State University Press
  • Louisiana State University Press
  • McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • Manchester University Press
  • New York University Press
  • Northwestern University Press
  • Ohio University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • Rutgers University Press
  • Stanford University Press
  • State University of New York Press
  • Temple University Press
  • University of Alberta Press
  • University of British Columbia Press
  • University of California Press
  • University of Chicago Press
  • University of Massachusetts Press
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of North Carolina Press
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • University of Pennsylvania Press
  • University of South Carolina Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • University of Toronto Press
  • University of Virginia Press
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • University Press of Kansas
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • Yale University Press