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Grace E. Feldman

What does collaboration look like? To some,

Behind the scenes (or the shelves rather),

The collaborative efforts of the Law Library are

Recently, the Law Library joined its biggest

the thought of collaboration invokes visions

collaboration abounds as well. Collection

not confined within its walls; they stretch beyond

collaborative effort yet. The Law Library along

of a busy and noisy group—working together,

development librarians maintain close

the state of Washington to reinforce UW Law’s

with all the University of Washington Libraries

sharing ideas and tossing documents across

relationships with UW Law faculty to inform Law

national presence. Together with the Ohio

moved to connect with the world’s largest

tables strewn with coffee cups, pens, pencils,

Library decisions to purchase resources and

State University Moritz College of Law and the

shared catalog. Joining 36 other college and

iPads, laptops and notepads. Although the

subscribe to databases. Technical services staff

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, staff

university libraries in Oregon, Washington, and

Gallagher Law Library might seem like a hushed

acquire, catalog and prepare print materials for

of the Gallagher Law Library coedit the Legal

Idaho—known as the Orbis Cascade Alliance

place to a cursory visitor, it houses a busy, lively

patron use while also preserving the existing

Scholarship Blog (http://legalscholarshipblog.

(, the Law Library’s

and wonderfully collaborative group. At the heart

collection for future researchers. Technical

com). The blog facilitates the legal academy’s

participation in moving to a shared catalog

of the Law Library’s primary mission to support

services staff also focus on building and

development and dissemination of scholarship

unlocks countless opportunities for collaboration.

the curricular and research needs of UW Law is

maintaining electronic tools that help library

by alerting law professors (and aspiring law

This collaboration will translate to improved

a dedicated group of librarians and library staff

users locate resources. Circulation and resource

professors) to upcoming conferences and

resource sharing and will allow broader access

who share resources and expertise with students,

sharing staff manage and monitor materials,

calls for papers. The blog also informs readers

to materials for students, faculty, staff and other

staff, faculty and members of the Seattle

helping to connect visitors with resources both

about colloquia and workshops for papers

library visitors! You can try out the beta version

community and beyond.

in the library and in other libraries (via interlibrary

at law schools around the country each day.

of the new catalog at the Gallagher Law Library

loan). Reference librarians consult with UW

With over 500 followers on Twitter, the Legal

website (

Law faculty to provide research and reference

Scholarship Blog represents a valuable resource

services that informs their excellent scholarship.

to legal academics across the country. The

Reference librarians also meet with UW Law

Legal Scholarship Blog is just one of countless

students both in their classes and one-on-one, to

collaborations that the Law Library contributes to

provide individual research instruction for their

in support of UW Law.

around the Law Library, collaboration can be found everywhere: in the carefully selected materials waiting to be shelved at the Circulation Desk, in the visitors asking questions at the Reference Office, in the law students working together in the new Student Org Space on L2 and in the researchers using library-sponsored databases at the computer terminals.

papers and assignments. The guided instruction provides students with skills to find the best resources efficiently, allowing students more time to write and develop their projects. Working together means improving the quality of the work of UW Law students, faculty, staff and other Law Library visitors.

The Gallagher Law Library is proud that its collaboration provides useful resources available to all patrons, improves faculty and student scholarship, practical skills development for students and above all, service for the global common good! S P R I N G 2 014

collaborative environment for UW Law. Looking

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The Law Library takes pride in fostering a

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