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In the Limelight: Our New Director – Knott a Stereotypical Librarian

August 15, 2012 Leave a comment

When you hear that the Professional Center Library has a new Director who is an avid gardener, specializing in roses and orchids, do you imagine a person who looks like this? If so, you are in for a surprise.  The PCL’s new director, officially the Associate Dean for Information Services and Technology, is Professor Christopher Knott.   Aside from the fact that it would not be a flattering look, his hair is too short for a bun and he looks more like someone who would tackle a quarterback than “shush” a patron.  Professor Knott comes to Wake Forest from the University of Maine where he has been since 2006, most recently in the position of Vice Dean and Professor of Law.  Prior to his time in Maine, Professor Knott has worked The Columbia University Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center.   Before his career in academia, Knott practiced law and specialized in corporate transactions and commercial ligation.  Currently his interests are more in the area of legal research and legal information, and he is the co-author of the text Where the Law Is: an Introduction to Advanced Legal Research, soon to appear in its 4th edition.

Professor Knott’s interest in gardening could be said to be an inheritance from his father.   As a boy in Iowa, Knott and his brother returned home from school one day to discover their backyard, which had always doubled as the neighborhood playing field, transformed into a giant rose garden.  Admittedly shocked at the time, Knott’s positive outlook eventually won out and he is now a dedicated gardener himself, with a particular interest in orchids and roses.  Knott is also dedicated to his wife Maggi, with whom he is raising (but hopefully not pruning) an energetic first grade son and an teenage daughter who is an aspiring actor.

Those wishing to stop by to talk roses, research, or to just say “hi,” can find his office behind the Reference Desk, room 2201C.

This is not Knott

This IS Knott

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Don’t let the Machines Win – (Part II) We took the stairs!

So, if you read Part I (Don’t let the Machines Win – Take the Stairs – April 25), you know that the staff of the Professional Center Library has been involved in a ‘competition’ or (as we called it) a Team Challenge.   The library staff was divided into two teams who were challenging each other to see who could take the most ‘steps’.  Ours was a two-fold purpose or goal of wellness and team building.

Six weeks ago, we all were given pedometers, and a spreadsheet on which we recorded daily the number of steps we had taken during that day.  We had a conversion chart, so that if any of us choose to participate in some other form of physical activity (besides walking) we could convert the time spent doing that activity into ‘steps’.  So if I went biking for 1 ½ hours, I was able to multiply the minutes I had spent cycling (90 minutes) by 116, which would give me an additional 10,440 steps! There are lots of other activities on the chart, like gardening,  roller skating, tennis, canoeing, chopping wood, or even waxing  the car.

So we’ve been in a friendly competition….of sorts.  Encouraging each other, but still trying to be the one who takes the most steps.

So how did we do?  Well, all together, both teams combined took a total of 6,058,088 steps.  This comes out to about 2297 miles, or the about distance to drive to Dallas, Texas, and back.  Or, a little more than the length of the entire Appalachian Trail, from Mt. Katahdin, Maine, to Springer Mountain, Georgia.

Well, we took a lot of steps, but how about our goals of wellness and team building? We had a number of staff members who had success stories to tell.  One told of having had 2 heart attacks 12 years ago and how the event had, until now, slowed her down.  Our Team Challenge encouraged her to start the No Boundaries training to begin preparing for a 5K.  Another told of making a lifestyle change of never sitting during commercials while watching television, choosing instead to run errands around the house, or simply run in place.  And another told of being motivated to start training for a Sprint Triathlon.  On the team building  goal, I think we had many opportunities to come together as teams to encourage one another and relate as team members.

So, are we there yet?  No, probably not.  But one step at a time towards our goal! We’ll keep stepping!

New Books

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

This semester the Professional Center Library has acquired many books on a wide array of legal topics and beyond, ranging from works on copyright law to a review of American colonial legislation. The Library’s newest books are regularly put on display in the rotunda, so check there often to find out what’s new and notable.

Following is a list of  just some of our new titles so far this semester.  All these books are located in the stacks on the library’s first and ground floors. Search the library catalog for more information on these titles or to look for other books or topics.

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Innocent spouse : a memoir / Carol Ross Joynt. CT275.J926 A3 2011
Rights displaced : forced returns of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians from Western Europe to Kosovo / [Wanda Troszczynska-van Genderen] DR2087.6.R43 T76 2010
Whites of their eyes : the Tea Party’s revolution and the battle over American history / Jill Lepore. E175.9 .L46 2010
Abraham Lincoln, Esq. : the legal career of America’s greatest president / edited by Roger Billings and Frank J. Williams. E457.2 .A1447 2010
End of straight supremacy : realizing gay liberation / Shannon Gilreath. HQ76.3.U6 G55 2012
Justice perverted : sex offender law, psychology, and public policy / Charles Patrick Ewing. HV6556 .E95 2011
Moving toward the future of policing / Gregory F. Treverton … [et al.]. HV7936.E7 M68 2011
Review of American colonial legislation by the King in council, by Elmer Beecher Russell. JK57.P7 R8 1915a
Why the law is so perverse / Leo Katz. K290 .K38 2011
Virtual justice : the new laws of online worlds / Greg Lastowka. K564.C6 L374 2010
Life before birth : the moral and legal status of embryos and fetuses / Bonnie Steinbock. K642 .S74 2011
Intellectual property and competition law : new frontiers / edited by Steven Anderman, Ariel Ezrachi. K1401 .I55273 2011
Justifying intellectual property / Robert P. Merges. K1401 .M475 2011
Moral rights : principles, practice and new technology / Mira T. Sundara Rajan. K1430 .S864 2011
Access to medicine in the global economy : international agreements on patents and related rights / Cynthia M. Ho. K1519.D78 H6 2011
Right to life and the value of life : orientations in law, politics and ethics / edited by Jon Yorke. K3252 .R54 2010
Climate change law and policy : EU and US approaches / Cinnamon Pin¿¿on Carlarne. K3585.5 .C37 2010
Religion, race, rights : landmarks in the history of modern Anglo-American law / Eve Darian-Smith. KD671 .D37 2010
Canadian tort law / Allen M. Linden and Bruce Feldthusen. KE1232.A7 L56 2011
Breaking the devil’s pact : the battle to free the Teamsters from the mob / James B. Jacobs and Kerry T. Cooperman. KF228.U5 J327 2011
Effective legal writing : for law students and lawyers / by Gertrude Block. KF250 .B56 1999
Legal writing and other lawyering skills / by Nancy L. Schultz, Louis J. Sirico, Jr. KF250 .S38 2004
Best practices report on the use of adjunct faculty / American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. KF272 .A44 2011
Careers in animal law : welfare, protection, and advocacy / Yolanda Eisenstein. KF299.A55 E37 2011
Moving diversity forward : how to go from well-meaning to well-doing / [Verna A. Myers]. KF300 .M94 2011
Mastering professional responsibility / Grace M. Giesel. KF306 .G547 2009
Lawyer’s guide to increasing revenue / Arthur G. Greene. KF316.5 .G74 2011
Associate as rainmaker : building your business brain / David King Keller. KF316.5 .K45 2011
Woman lawyer : the trials of Clara Foltz / Barbara Babcock. KF368.F585 B33 2011
Autobiography of an execution / David R. Dow. KF373.D635 A3 2010
Mastering elder law / Ralph C. Brashier. KF390.A4 B73 2010
Law is a white dog : how legal rituals make and unmake persons / Colin Dayan. KF465 .D39 2011
Children’s rights under the law / Samuel M. Davis. KF479 .D385 2011
Inside the castle : law and the family in 20th century America / Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman. KF505 .G765 2011
Premarital agreements : drafting and negotiation / Linda J. Ravdin. KF529 .R38 2011
Military divorce handbook : a practical guide to representing military personnel and their families / Mark E. Sullivan. KF535 .S85 2011
Adoption law handbook : practice, resources, and forms for family law professionals / Jennifer Fairfax. KF545 .F35 2011
Insider trading / William K.S. Wang, Marc I. Steinberg. KF1073.I5 W362 2010
Ducktown smoke : the fight over one of the South’s greatest environmental disasters / Duncan Maysilles. KF1298 .M39 2011
For whom the whistle blows : advancing corporate compliance and integrity efforts in the era of Dodd-Frank / Michael D. Greenberg [rapporteur]. KF1422.A75 F67 2011
Fundamentals of securities regulation / Louis Loss, Joel Seligman, Troy Paredes. KF1439 .L68 2011
Small business start-up kit / by Peri H. Pakroo ; edited by Marcia Stewart. KF1659 .P35 2010
Intellectual property law answer book, 2011-12 / Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP ; [Keith R. Hummel … et al., authors]. KF2979 .I59 2011
Clean tech intellectual property : eco-marks, green patents and green innovation / Eric L. Lane. KF2979 .L359 2011
Infringement nation : copyright 2.0 and you / John Tehranian. KF2994 .T44 2011
American Bar Association’s legal guide to video game development / edited by Ross Dannenberg. KF3024.C6 A94 2011
Creative license : the law and culture of digital sampling / Kembrew McLeod and Peter DiCola ; with Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thomson. KF3035 .M38 2011
Impact of Health Care Reform on employers : an immediate look at how health care legislation will affect employers nationwide. KF3605.A328201 A2 2011
Congress shall make no law : the First Amendment, unprotected expression, and the Supreme Court / David M. O’Brien ; [foreword by Ronald K.L. Collins]. KF4772 .O27 2010
Immigration law sourcebook : a compendium immigration-related laws and policy documents. KF4819.85 .I4674 2011
Money, politics, and the Constitution : beyond Citizens United / Monica Youn, editor. KF4920 .M67 2011
Terror in the balance : security, liberty, and the courts / Eric A. Posner, Adrian Vermeule. KF5060 .P67 2007
Scorpions : the battles and triumphs of FDR’s great Supreme Court justices / Noah Feldman. KF8744 .F45 2010
Mastering the craft of trial advocacy : empowering the jury / Michael E. Tigar & Jane B. Tigar. KF8915 .T54 2006b
Forensic accounting deskbook : a practical guide to financial investigation and analysis for family lawyers / Miles Mason. KF8968.15 .M37 2011
States of passion : law, identity, and the social construction of desire / Yvonne Zylan. KF9325 .Z85 2011
United States and torture : interrogation, incarceration, and abuse / edited by Marjorie Cohn. KF9430 .U55 2011
Law of counterrorism / Lynne Zusman, editor. KF9430 .Z87 2011
Case weights for federal defender organizations / Nicholas M. Pace … [et al.]. KF9646 .C37 2011
Federal criminal discovery / Robert M. Cary, Craig D. Singer, Simon A. Latcovich. KF9650 .C37 2011
Medical liability in Europe A comparison of selected jurisdictions. KJC1674 .M43 2011
Judicial creativity at the international criminal tribunals / edited by Shane Darcy and Joseph Powderly. KZ7230 .J83 2010
Aggression and International Criminal Law / [edited by] Donja de Ruiter. KZ7284 .A34 2011
What are stem cells? : definitions at the intersection of science and politics / John Lynch. QH588.S83 L96 2011
Bioethics, public moral argument, and social responsibility / edited by Nancy M.P. King and Michael J. Hyde. R725.5 .B523 2012

Where the Law Librarians Are.

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

While I doubt that it will ever become a hit movie, it could be a question that some of you might ask next week.  The answer is that many of our librarians will be in Philadelphia, at the annual Meeting and Conference of the American Association of Law Libraries.  You may comfort yourself with the knowledge that we will not be lounging on beaches, but instead will be attending meetings, programs, workshops, and roundtables in order to learn more about, technology useful to libraries, teaching,  social media, researching  specialized legal topic such as SEC and European Union law, and legal and library trends.  Those wanting to follow the PCL law librarians on Twitter can do so at #pclaall.  For those real fans of all things law library,  AALL has its own conference hashtag –  #aall11.

The meeting officially begins with an opening reception on the evening of  Saturday the 23rd but a number of pre-meeting workshops are offered for all or part of Saturday.   Attendees are not limited to both public a private academic law libraries but will include law firm  librarians, as well as law librarians  from county and court law libraries.  There are special meetings for each type of library as well as for different library specialties such as computers services, patron services teaching and cataloging.  There are also groups and activities for new librarians, middles managers and directors as well as for many special interests.  The meeting concludes for most with a Tuesday evening reception, although there will be some additional meetings and vendor activities on Wednesday, when most tired librarians will be heading home.

Not lounging on the beach.

Attending meetings & programs.

For anyone flying to conferences, or who are just taking that end of summer vacation, make sure you know what is and is not legal to do on a plane.  If you were planning on playfully pelting you flight attendant with the tiny bags of free (at least for now) peanuts and pretzels, be warned; that is “interference with a flight crew,” and your sky-high high jinks could result in your being “greeted” by the FBI upon landing.  For other rules of the sky that your flight attendant may not have delivered along with the oxygen mask instructions, visit law.com’s funny yet informative blog series “Things You Can’t Do On A Plane.”