O'Quinn Law Library Newsletter August 2006
In this Issue: 1 Welcome | 2 Reference Desk | 3 Quotes & Puzzles | 4 Library Faculty and Staff

Welcome to the Library by Professor Simons, Director of the Law Library

Welcome to the O'Quinn Law Library at the University of Houston. Those of you who are just beginning law school will find the Library to be a rich source of the resources you need for your studies, a friendly guide to the strange new world of legal research, and a comfortable setting in which to concentrate on your work, catch up on your newspaper reading, or access the web through our wireless network.

This has been a busy summer. We have been working to make the library more attractive and user-friendly. We are replacing almost all of the old tables in the library with tables specifically suited for working both with electronic media on your laptops and with books. The wiring is being rerouted to the tables, so you will no longer have to wrestle with power strips and step over outstretched cables. Also, the old CLIC lab has been converted to the Federal collection room, housing the core U.S. Federal materials, as the library accommodates the 65,000 volumes purchased to replace the collections lost to Tropical Storm Allison. For those students in the library without their laptops, the library continues to supply PCs in the main library area. A new, somewhat smaller CLIC lab, is now located in a portion of the old wireless lab, across from the Finnell rooms.

As the year progresses, watch for announcements of frequent tutorials on special research strategies and our wealth of resources. Most of all, whenever you have a question about a knotty research problem, need help in locating that hard to find item, or have a suggestion for us, just ask our expert lawyer librarians. We've spent a busy summer preparing the Library for your busy year, and we urge you to make the most of our resources and our services. Have a great year!

Meet Our New Librarian: Christopher C. Dykes

Chris Dykes is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee and recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Master of Science degree in Information Science. While working on his masters degree, he held a position as a part-time reference staffer at the University of Tennessee Law Library. He provided reference services to patrons, including attorneys, law students, faculty, and the public and assisted with accessing legal materials. He has also worked as a Circulation Assistant and as an Acquisitions/Serials Assistant in the Law Library.

In addition to his juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, he has a Master of Laws in Taxation from Villanova University, completed in May 2003.