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Ruth Lilly Law Library Newsletter



Welcome to the Ruth Lilly Law Library. We hope you will find the library to be a comfortable setting for your legal research and study. We strive to provide you with excellent library support and services, and we are always happy to help you with your research needs.

For detailed information about hours, policies, materials, electronic databases, and more, please see the law library website. To help us better meet your needs, we welcome your comments and suggestions. If you have any problems with library services or have suggestions for improvement, please feel free to come see me in my office in the library or contact me by phone at 274-3411 or via email at

We wish you a happy and successful year.

Judith Anspach
Director and Professor of Law

Law Library Mobile Access

You may have noticed an addition to the law library's home page this summer -- the law library now has a mobile access site. There's no need to download an app; just bookmark on the browser of your mobile device.  Also, clicking on the red cellphone symbol in the lower left corner of the home page will link you directly to the site.

On the mobile site, you will find the following options:

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Key features include the ability to initiate chats with a librarian, access to mobile versions of select subscription databases, the latest library news, and much more. Also, you can tap on any name in the staff directory to speed dial.

Mobile access will make it easier for students and faculty to use library resources and services. Please check with a reference librarian if you have questions or need assistance.


Within the next several days, the law library will be introducing an improved online research/reference service called QuestionPoint. This service lets students and faculty ask questions via email, chat, or instant messaging from anywhere, eliminating the need to come to the library's reference desk in person.

For a quick question, you can use the Ask a Research Librarian Qwidget, as shown on the right. You will be able to access this service from the library home page or the mobile site.

The full QuestionPoint service allows you to "co-browse" with a research librarian or leave an email message. The portal for this feature is shown below. Stay tuned for the rollout of QuestionPoint.




Indiana Lawyer Online

The law library recently added an online subscription to the Indiana Lawyer newspaper. We also subscribe to the print publication which is kept in the library research commons area on the browsing rack with the other newspapers.

The Indiana Lawyer online edition is a digital replica of the print edition with added features such as comprehensive view, search, save, and email. It also offers an RSS feed and access via Facebook. You can find Indiana Lawyer on the law library's Research Tools page.

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New Databases from HeinOnline

Several new databases have recently been added to the law library's Hei Online collection.

  • The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals is a subject index covering selected international and comparative law periodicals and essay collections. This resource is a must-have for anyone doing comprehensive international law research.

  • Congress & the Courts is a compiled history of the United States legislative and judicial branches from 1787-2010. Users can explore topics such as Courts of Appeals, Creation and Growth of the Federal Judiciary, Federal Courts, Judges and Judicial Conduct, Proposed Reforms and Emerging Issues, and the Supreme Court.

  • The Moot Court Group database includes documents from every National Moot Court Competition from 1950 through 2012. The collection provides digital access to records, briefs, and organizational materials.

  • State Attorney General Reports and Opinions includes Attorney General Opinions from all 50 states plus Guam and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Attorney General opinions from 1781-1982, and the opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Justice Department from 1977-2000.

  • The History of Supreme Court Nominations database includes articles, congressional hearings, and other documents related to Supreme Court nominees beginning with Justice John Jay. The collection includes all existing Senate documents from 1916 to date. The full text of the Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee is included. This database has the unique feature of allowing the researcher to "Browse by Justice."

The HeinOnline database collection is available on the law library's Research Tools page.

Ed Finn, Educational Technology Specialist, Joins Law Library Staff

The law library is pleased to welcome Ed Finn to the position of Educational Technology Specialist. Ed is working with the librarians and other faculty to enhance course materials. He brings a wealth of educational technology expertise to the law library, having taught such courses as customer service, management/labor relations, and occupational safety management at the university level. Ed has been an adjunct faculty member for IUPUI and Ivy Tech. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Librarian and Staff News


Catherine Lemmer, Head of Information Services, and Susan deMaine, Research and Instruction Librarian, co-presented "Send Your Faculty to Summer School: Designing an iPad App Education Program to Support Faculty Research and Scholarly Communication," at the Indiana University Librarians' Day on June 8, 2012, in Indianapolis. Professors Lemmer and deMaine have been invited to present a similar program at the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries conference in October in St. Louis, MO.

Catherine Lemmer also presented "Posting on Facebook Doesn't Mean I Want You to Know!: Exploring privacy and confidentiality issues in the library context," at the 2012 Indiana Library Federation District 2 Conference on May 4, 2012, in Kokomo, IN.


Susan deMaine was selected as a member of the inaugural class of the Indiana Library Leadership Academy, a program designed to develop the next generation of leaders in Indiana's libraries. During the first year, the participants attend workshops and retreats and produce a capstone project. In years 2 and 3, participants engage in activities that promote outstanding librarianship in Indiana.

Judith Anspach, Professor of Law and Director, Miriam Murphy, Associate Director, Catherine Lemmer, and Susan deMaine attended the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting, July 21-24, in Boston, MA.


Following a national search, Catherine Lemmer has been selected as the new editorial director of AALL Spectrum. The magazine is published nine times a year and distributed to all members of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Catherine Lemmer received a grant from the Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund to attend the Harvard University Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Susan deMaine received grants from the Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund and the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries to attend the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting.

Ryan Schwier, Circulation Senior Assistant, is the inaugural recipient of the Dan & Marilyn Quayle Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2011 by the Acair Foundation which was founded by Dan and Marilyn Quayle, both 1974 graduates of the law school. The scholarship is awarded to a first-year law student with preference given to a student enrolled in the evening division who, through an essay, portrays an understanding of the importance of limited government and personal responsibility. Ryan is joining this year's 1L class and will be attending in the evening program.


Kiyoshi Otsu, Automated Services and Media Librarian, retired on August 8. He was on the library faculty for 28 years. Prior to joining the law library, he worked as a research associate and cataloger at the University of Illinois. Before coming to the U.S. from his native Japan, Kiyoshi studied for five years in France where he participated in language and culture classes and taught library science at Tenri University in Japan. During his tenure at IU, Kiyoshi also taught Japanese for the IUPUI Foreign Language Department.

Library Hours: Fall 2012

Monday - Thursday

8 a.m. - Midnight


8 a.m. - 11 p.m.


9 a.m. - 9 p.m.


10 a.m. - Midnight


Monday, September 3 (Labor Day)


Fall Recess (Saturday, October 6 - Saturday, October 13)

Saturday, October 6

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 7

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Monday - Friday, October 8 - 12

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 13

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, October 14

Resume Regular Hours

Thanksgiving Recess (Tuesday, November 20 - Friday, November 23)

Tuesday, November 20 - Wednesday November 21

8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23


Saturday, November 24

Resume Regular Hours

Final Exam Hours (Monday, November 26 - Monday, December 17)

Monday - Friday

7 a.m. - 2 a.m.


8 a.m. - 2 a.m.


9 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Monday, December 17

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Winter Break (Tuesday, December 18 - Saturday, January 5)

Tuesday, December 18 - Friday, December 21

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, December 22 - Sunday, December 23

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, December 24 - Tuesday, December 25


Wednesday, December 26 - Friday, December 28

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, December 29 - Sunday, December 30

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, December 31 - Tuesday, January 1


Wednesday, January 2 - Friday, January 4

8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, January 5

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday, January 6

Resume Regular Hours

Ruth Lilly Law Library
Lawrence W. Inlow Hall
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3325
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Circulation Desk - (317) 274-4028
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