National Library Week, April 12-18, 2015

National Library Week

This week, Seattle University Law Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country to highlight the value of libraries and library personnel and to promote library use and support.

National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 6.07.39 PMThis week, Seattle University Law Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week.  First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country to highlight the value of libraries and library personnel and to promote library use and support.

Rapping librarian?!

This week we’ve seen parodies of Maroon 5’s “Payphone”, UW librarians take on Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, an epic quest to return overdue library books à la Lord of the Rings, and even a library parody of the Old Spice commercials. But have you ever seen a librarian rap? YouTube user BradyBoy31 takes suggestions for his “Unexpected Rapstars” series, and in this video he gives us a glimpse at the Rapping Librarian. Awesome!

Study Like a Scholar, Scholar

Old Spice stumbled onto pop-culture gold when it first debuted it’s now famous “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” commercials featuring Isaiah Mustafa back in 2010. There have been countless parodies since, from The Muppets to Skyrim, and libraries have definitely jumped on the viral bandwagon, too. Check out this parody from Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library!

Lord of the Libraries

The journey to return overdue library books! A fate many have endured, some with success, others less so. But at least your journey never required a group of nine people setting out on a mythical quest! Before winning an Emmy for his work on the TV show “Heros”, special effects artist Chris Martin produced an eighteen minute informational short for his alma mater, the University of Kansas, entitled “Lord of the Libraries.” Check it out!

UW Librarians Go “Gaga”!

Many librarians love pop-culture and there have been no shortage of librarians jumping on viral video bandwagons to recreate our favorite songs and memes in library settings. From the Harlem Shake to Old Spice, librarians love the opportunity to have fun and be silly! Check out this classic video from our colleagues over at the University of Washington parodying Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.”

National Library Week Read Posters Go Digital (April 2013)

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The highlight of the National Library Week festivities is the Library’s annual display of celebrity “Read” posters featuring law school faculty and books that hold special significance to them. This year, the entire exhibit is available online.

Law student parodies Maroon 5’s “Payphone” with “Law School”

As a 2L at West Virginia University College of Law, Andy Loud understands the drudgery of law school. So he channeled his frustrations into a parody of Maroon 5’s hit “Payphone”, simply entitled “Law School.” The video has had over 155,000 hits, features many scenes in the law library, and we think this is one of the best legal pop-culture parodies yet!

Children and Libraries Exhibit (April 2013)

Children and Libraries Exhibit

For those who have early memories of visits to the library, it may come as a surprise to learn that allowing children in libraries is a relatively recent historical development. This exhibit celebrates the libraries and librarians who fought to open libraries to children. View the materials on display to explore the many ways librarians sought to create welcoming spaces containing age-appropriate materials available to children. This exhibit was created by Donna Turner, library Collection Maintenance/Preservation Specialist, for National Library Week and Children’s Book Week. (2nd floor)

Happy National Library Week!

Happy National Library Week! To celebrate American libraries, we’ve put together a collection of library-centric videos from YouTube we love. We included just a selection of videos featuring libraries from across the country: from our neighbor’s at the University of Washington going “Gaga” to the epic quest to return an overdue book at the University of Kansas, we hope you enjoy these clips, and thank you for supporting your local libraries!

Many law libraries hold a diverse collection beyond just statutes and treatises. In these two videos, take a glimpse of the types of rare books owned by the Yale Law Library!

“One of the nation’s premier collections of rare law books is housed in the Paskus-Danziger Rare Book Room. The collection is particularly strong in Anglo-American common law materials, including case reports, digests, statutes, trials, treatises, and popular works on the law. Other strengths include Roman and canon law, international law (especially the works of Hugo Grotius and Samuel Pufendorf), and early law books from most European countries.” (Source)