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Law School Library Student Orientation: Quizzes, Demonstrations, Historical Records and a Bobblehead

The Harvard Law School Library hosted the “Love Your Library Fest.”

Meg Kribble, Kyle Courtney and Martha Minow.

September 24, 2013—On September 20, the Harvard Law School Library hosted its ninth annual “Love Your Library Fest,” in which law students were introduced to the library by visiting various stations, including Historical & Special Collections, legal vendors and the reference desk—which offered a no-brainer “quiz” about commonly used library services.

“We hold our orientation to the library a few weeks into the semester so that students can learn the services we provide in a relaxed and informal way,” said Meg Kribble, research librarian and outreach coordinator at the Law School Library. “The day isn’t about teaching research techniques; it’s more about showing the students that we’re approachable, knowledgeable and willing to help.” Other Law Library staff involved in organizing the event were Mindy Kent, manager of research services; Carli Spina, emerging technologies and research librarian; Lori Schulsinger, collection development coordinator; Terri Saint-Amour, librarian for foreign, comparative and international law; and Gail Harris, staff assistant.

Kribble also mentioned that showing off some of the items in their Historical & Special Collections—ranging from a Magna Carta to a Supreme Court Justice bobblehead doll—helps make students aware of the variety of items available in the library’s collection. There was also a station at which visitors made suggestions on how to use vacant areas of the microform room and a station on the “Free the Law” project, which aims to make case reports free and publically available.

Sarah Camby and Zach Jones, third-year law students, attended the Love Your Library Fest all three years. “Of course there’s the candy and tickets as incentive, but it also gives you a chance to see parts of the library you’d never normally go to,” Camby said. For instance, she said it was her first time visiting the microform room.

As added incentive to attend, students who visited two or more stations received movie tickets, and students were awarded one raffle ticket per station visited. Prizes were a Kindle Fire for JD students and a digital camera for LLM and SJD students.

“Besides introducing students to the library, this event also brings staff together in a way that doesn’t normally happen,” Kribble said. “We get to interact with staff from across departments on something different than our usual work, which helps develop a positive work environment in the library.”

Brian Sutton, access services specialist, and Kyle Courtney, manager of scholarly research and faculty support, dressed as justices for the occasion—complete with wigs and an enormous gavel. “This is a fun event, and this year’s been especially successful,” Courtney said. “It’s a creative way to bring students to the library and show them the resources we have.”