Veterans Day, November 11, 2017

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This year has seen a great deal of heated rhetoric, polarization, and all-around turmoil, in the United States and across the world. No matter your political affiliation, it is important to take a moment to remember that it is because of veterans that we are able to express our thoughts and emotions freely, have meaningful debates on vital issues, strive for positive change, and exercise our rights as Americans. In the words of our President, “Our veterans represent the very best of America. They have bravely answered the call to serve in the finest military force in the world, and they have earned the dignity that comes with wearing the uniform and defending our great flag. On Veterans Day, we honor all Americans who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, both in times of war and peace.”

In the words of Governor Malloy, “On this day we join all of the residents of our state in honoring the service and sacrifices that the men and women of our military have made to protect our freedom. America’s men and women in uniform – and their families – have made immeasurable sacrifices in the course of their service, and we are deeply grateful for their bravery and courage.” 

Implicit Bias and the Law

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You may have encountered the new Open Your Mind: Understanding Implicit Bias exhibit on your way into the library over the past few days.  The traveling exhibit, which was previously at the Storrs campus, arrived at the Law School on March 3, 2017, and will be staying in the Slate Foyer until the end of the month.  A reception and panel discussion about the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 5:00 to 6:30pm, in the lounge off of the Library’s Slate Foyer. 

The New WhiteHouse.gov

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Since 1994, every President of the United States has had a website located at WhiteHouse.gov providing information and resources for citizens.  On Friday, January 20, 2017, President Trump’s new White House website was launched.  Though still under development, the site contains preliminary information about the new administration’s policies in a few areas.  It appears that, for the moment, the new administration has retained former President Obama’s We the People site, where citizens can petition the White House and receive responses, if they gather enough signatures.

Staff Spotlight - Tanya Johnson

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Our second staff spotlight blog post features the library’s new reference librarian, Tanya Johnson. Tanya joined us in October 2016. She provides reference and research assistance as well as research instruction, develops research materials, and participates in collection development. She is also involved with interlibrary loan services. 

1.      How does your work fit into the core functions of the library/law school?

As I understand it, our mission at the library is to assist our patrons (primarily students and faculty, but also including the public) with research and educate them with regard to finding and using appropriate sources (without giving legal advice, of course).  As an educational and research institution, I think that providing reference services is a core function of the library and the law school.

Veterans Day, November 11, 2016

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This year has seen a lot of conflict, in the United States and across the world.  It is important to remember, particularly today, that it is because of veterans that we are able to live in freedom, have meaningful discussions to advance positive change, and exercise our rights as Americans. In the words of President Obama, “On Veterans Day, we salute the women and men who have proudly worn the uniform of the United States of America and the families who have served alongside them, and we affirm our sacred duty as citizens to express our enduring gratitude, both in words and in actions, for their service.”

In the words of Governor Malloy, “It takes a special kind of person to go to work every day prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect others - we must show these brave men and women how appreciative we are for their service.  We can never do enough to pay tribute to our veterans and the steadfastness with which they have performed their duties.  They represent the very best of this country, and we are grateful for their sacrifice and bravery.”