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A   Tradition of Free Access for Every Citizen

Keeping the Codes

Stmnp the Libranan

Spotlight on Civil Staff

M   ofonusHolings

Court Corner

Libray R ales of Conduct
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Treasures on the New
Orleans Public Library
Third Floor

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  Law Library of Louisiana


     Friday and Saturday

   Telephone (504) 568-5705
      Fax (504) 568-5069

    Toll free (Louisiana only)


        At your service:

Carol Billings - Director
Catherine Lemann -Associate Dir.
Georga Chadwick- Librarian
Miriam Childs - Librarian
Marie Erickson - Librarian
Janice Shull - Librarian

Gregory Duhe - Library Associate
Ruth Mahoney - Library Associate
Jason Kruppa- Library Associate

by Carol Billings
Be it enacted by the Senate and
House  of Representatives of the
State of Louisiana in  General
Assembly  convened, That there
shall be  established a public
Library of the State of Louisi-
ana, which shall be placed in the
State House. Thus by means of
Act 329 of 1855, our library was
officially created--or recognized
to exist. Section 12 of the act
goes on: Be it further enacted,
&c., That every citizen of this
State shall have free access to
the Library, provided no book be
taken out of the  same, except
when for the use of either branch
of the Legislature. During the
past 148 years legislative action
relating to the library has fo-
cused not upon its clientele, but
rather upon where it fits into the
organizational structure of state
government.   Nevertheless, by
custom and  tradition the library
has continuously served not only
government  officials and staff,
but also the bar and the general

Today's librarians and associates
are committed to providing con-
venient access  to government

and  legal information in both
print and electronic formats for
every type of citizen. This in-
cludes the state's judges, judi-
cial staff, the legislative and
executive branches, attorneys in
large and small practices, stu-
dents, prisoners, scholars, and
regular citizens who  live in
cities, towns, and rural areas all
over  Louisiana  and  beyond.
Consequently, the library staff
in recent years has  expanded
and adapted its services, infor-
mation resources, and facilities
to meet the needs of our varied
clientele. We have also made a
special effort to inform both
current and  potential library
users about what  we  have to
offer via media  such  as De
Novo.   As an officially desig-
nated depository of both federal
and  state government   docu-
ments, we are legally obligated
to make  these publications ac-
cessible to all of the people
whose tax dollars pay for them.

One  of the most important of
these innovations is the pres-
ence of the catalog of our col-
lection on the Internet, accessi-
ble through the Supreme Court

website   at  www.lasc.org.
Nearby library users can easily
check  to see what  we  have
before coming in person, and
those living at a distance can
call via our free in-state 800
number  to order photocopies,
faxes, or interlibrary loan ma-
terials. Many of the attorneys
who  formerly visited the li-
bray   regularly to  conduct
research now  call to request
Lexis  or  Westlaw  searches
whose  results can be printed
and  faxed to them.   Conse-
quently, the non-lawyer gen-
eral public  has  become   a
greater proportion of our in-
person clientele. Our public
service librarians Marie Erick-
son and Catherine Lemann and
library associate Ruth  Ma-
honey are especially sensitive
to the  needs of  the typical
patron who   may  have  little
experience using legal infor-
mation. Even though Erickson
and Lemann  are both members
of  the Louisiana bar,  legal
ethics prevent them from giv-
ing legal advice to patrons.
continued on page 3

New Member of the Law Library Staff                             I                             I

On  April 7, the Law Library of
Louisiana  welcomed Miriam
Childs to its technical services
team.  Prior to joining the Law
Library staff, Miriam worked in
the Serials Department  at the
UNO   Library for three years.
She has a BA in History (1992)
and a  Masters of Library Sci-
ence  (1993)  from  LSU.  Her
specialty is serial publications
and here at the Law Library she
will also be  handling  serials
record problems   and bindery

preparation, as well as working
with Greg Duhe on preservation.

Originally a Baton Rouge native,
Miriam is married to an attorney and
moved to New Orleans in 1998. A
member  of Phi Beta Kappa since
1992, her interests include Louisiana
colonial history, music, reading
(mid-20th Century fiction) and late
60s classic rock (be sure to ask her
about Neil Young). Please say hello
to Miriam when you visit the Law

                                                                     Volume 2, Issue 1
                                                                           Spring  2003

DE Novo20

              The Newsletter of
   The Law Library of Louisiana

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