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New Display Cases

October 13, 2015

Thanks to a generous donation from Robert Emery (class of ’80), the Jacob Burns Law Library has installed two new display cases that will be used to showcase its amazing collection of rare and historic materials.  One case has been placed in the Rare Book Reading Room, while the other has been installed near the library entrance next to the Circulation Desk.  The latter, constructed in Germany by a leading maker of display cases for libraries and museums, is particularly impressive.  The first display placed in the larger case is a collection of memorabilia celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Law School.  The case in the Rare Book Reading Room is being used to display a unique collection of materials from the Praslin murder-suicide case that shocked France in 1847.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 7, 2015
Nat Cyber Sec Month 2015

Stop.  Think.  Connect.  Do your part to keep the Internet safer for everyone.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, sponsored by  “Take security precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.”  Find resources and learn tips on how to be safer on the Internet.

Banned Books Week, September 27 – October 3

September 28, 2015
Banned Books 2015

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read.  Sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Publishers Association, the Freedom to Read Foundation and others, Banned Books Week highlights the importance of intellectual freedom and open access to information.

Check out the list of most frequently banned books for school and public libraries.  It may surprise you!

Take Time to Escape

September 4, 2015

Law school involves a lot or reading. Cases, journal articles, treatises, hornbooks, nutshells, your outline.  You have papers to write, articles to edit, sources to find, and research to conduct.  Some of the reading is interesting.  Some of it – not so much.  It’s law school and kind of what you expected.  But remember those pre-law school days, when you took the time to read things that interested you.  Mysteries, drama, romance, thrillers, or that latest graphic novel – that moment of escape into another world.  You want to do that again but don’t see how you are going to have the time to go to the public library and pick up that book.

We have an easy option available for you.  That option is interlibrary loan.   Use it to request anything you want. If there is a library out there in the world willing to lend it, we will find that library.  Search GW Worldcat Discovery for the item.  Once you have found it, click on the “request through interlibrary loan” button.    Then sit back and leave the work to us.   All you have to do is come to the library and pick up the item when we contact you.  Then go sit someplace comfortable and have you moment of escape.

Our Burns Law Library Welcome guide and our guide Services @ the Jacob Burns Law Library have more information about our services for GW Law students.

National Book Festival, Saturday Sept. 5

September 2, 2015
2015 Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival takes place on Saturday, September 5, 10 am – 10pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  This year marks the 15th year for the Festival.

Meet authors, have copies signed and visit displays by the Library of Congress (including one from the Law Library of Congress).  There’s even an app for the Festival!

World Intellectual Property Day

April 22, 2015
World IP Day 2015

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, marking the date when the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention came into force in 1970. World Intellectual Property Day was established in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a self-funding agency of the United Nations whose “mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.” World IP Day offers an opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to celebrate innovation and creativity and how IP fosters and encourages them.

The theme for this year, as announced by WIPO, is “Get up, Stand up. For music,” based on the popular reggae song written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh that has become an anthem for human rights.

Learn more about World IP Day:

WIPO’s World IP Day site includes links to a global map of World IP Day activities and to a message about World IP Day from WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

The United States Copyright Office is partnering with the Copyright Alliance to host a program in recognition of World IP Day on Tuesday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the Montpelier Room (6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress). “The presenters will discuss a number of interesting music issues, including how musicians and composers are creating in the modern age, the Copyright Office’s recent music licensing study, and novel issues that arise in the registration process for sound recordings and compositions.”

Enjoy World IP Day, and stand up for your music!

Emancipation Day

April 14, 2015

April 16 marks the passage of the District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862.  The Act ended slavery in the District, freed those held as slaves, compensated those who had legally owned the freed slaves and offered money to newly freed slaves to emigrate.  The Act ended what abolitionists called the “national shame of slavery” in the nation’s capital.

The Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves held in Confederate states, was not effective until January 1, 1863.  Slavery was finally abolished with the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865.

Emancipation Day is celebrated in the District every April 16 with a parade and other events.


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