July-August 2018

Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA) Enacted in Ohio

On June 29, 2018, Ohio joined the growing number of states enacting the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) when Governor Kasich signed SB139 into law. According to the Uniform Law Commission, UELMA “requires that official electronic legal material be: (1) authenticated, by providing a method to determine that it is unaltered; (2) preserved, either in electronic or print form; and (3) accessible, for use by the public on a permanent basis.” The goal is to provide online legal material with a high degree of trustworthiness and permanence. As stated in a supporting resolution submitted by the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, “permanent public access to official, authentic legal information is critical to the legal system of the United States.”

What’s New in the Law Library

The Moritz Law Library welcomed students back with a few changes in the library’s physical space:

  • Study Room 380D is now equipped with a wall-mounted monitor for easy projecting from a laptop, along with a collaboration table with a built-in electrical outlet;
  • A new scanner has been added in the Reserve Room, similar in functionality to the scanner near the Library Administration suite; and
  • Four easily adjustable standing desks, two on the main level and two on the third floor, now support student health and give study options.

Also, our new reference librarian, Emma MacGuidwin, began this summer and will provide research support to the College’s new Drug Enforcement and Policy Center. She’ll also staff the reference desk and is teaching a section of LAW I this fall. Emma has significant experience as a federal judicial clerk, a practicing attorney, an academic law librarian, and a law firm librarian. Please welcome Emma when you see her!

Research Consultations for Law Students

Moritz Law Library reference librarians are available for individual research consultations with Moritz students. Librarians can offer guidance in identifying useful print and online resources, navigating online databases, developing a sound research strategy, and more. This service may be particularly valuable if you have students writing lengthy seminar papers, doing in-depth research for an LP3 course, or otherwise fulfilling writing requirements. Please feel free to refer your students to the Research Consultation Request form so that we can assist them.

Vendor Rep Contact Information

We have a new customer service representative at Bloomberg Law. Her name is Gillian McTiernan. If you would like to contact her to schedule a presentation for one of your classes, she can be reached by email (gmctiernan@bloomberglaw.com) or phone (412.953.7447).

As a reminder, our other vendor reps are Samuel Berbano at Westlaw (samuel.berbano@thomsonreuters.com) and Nikki Harris at Lexis (nikki.harris@lexisnexis.com).

As always, please contact Paul Gatz (gatz.9@osu.edu) if you have any questions about your access to Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, or Lexis Advance. If you need any assistance with researching on, or otherwise using, any of these databases, please contact the reference desk (lawlibref@osu.edu) or your liaison librarian.

Westlaw Edge Rolls Out to Faculty on Nov. 1

Westlaw users may want to take note that on November 1st, the current Westlaw platform will be replaced by Westlaw Edge, which pairs artificial intelligence technology with West’s headnotes, annotations, and other editorial enhancements to provide a handful of new features and functions. The updates will include an expansion of West’s KeyCite citator to catch negative treatment that does not explicitly cite your case and a new tool that allows you to visually compare changes to a statutory section over time. Other new features will include enhanced searching capabilities and federal and state court litigation analytics. Westlaw Edge will replace the old platform entirely on November 1st. Your folders, history, and alerts will be automatically migrated to Westlaw Edge on that date. If you have any questions about the new platform or the transition, please contact your liaison librarian.

New Acquisitions at the Moritz Law Library

See the books below recently acquired by the Moritz Law Library. A complete list of materials acquired in the last month is also available.

IT Service Desk – Kiosk (3rd floor inside the mailroom)

Using the IT Service Desk check-in kiosk is a quick and easy way to request support. Initiating a request is a matter of using a touch screen to enter your lastname. # and the type of issue you are having:

  • Email
  • Wireless
  • Software Install
  • Password
  • Computer issues

After the request is submitted, your ticket number will be displayed and you will also receive an email. If your request is of an urgent nature, please call the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357.

For any A/V or classroom issues, please email MoritzAV@osu.edu.