Helping Alumni Among MLIC's Collection of Services

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Since opening on January 17, 2000, the Mabee Legal Information Center (MLIC) at The University of Tulsa College of Law has been one of the law school's crown jewels.

Located on the west end of John Rogers Hall, the MLIC provides students and alumni a fully dedicated facility to meet their research and studying needs. For faculty, the facility is a haven for study and research in a comfortable atmosphere.

The library is staffed by nine librarians - eight have library degrees and six have law degrees. Combined, they represent 173 years of library experience. All of these dedicated individuals are available to help students and alumni with their research projects.

The library itself contains more than 400,000 volumes located on more than four miles of shelving, plus a full range of electronic research sources for use by library patrons.

For an alumnus to access the library, one only needs to register at the MLIC check-in desk and receive a Library Associates card. The library is open 113 hours a week, providing convenient access for research. The librarians offer reference services Monday-Thursday until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday afternoons. The reference services may be accessed at the MLIC reference desk by phone or e-mail as well as personal visits. Reference librarians are available to assist in the use of research resources.

Alumni also have access to two computer labs. Alumni are advised to bring their Associates card because the login number to use the computers is the number on the card. Check at the circulation desk for tips in getting started. Online products can be accessed through the newly designed MLIC Web site which yields 42 sources along with other electronic sites available through the online catalog.

Patrons in the library may conduct free Westlaw searches within the MLIC. Use of the Alumni Suite is available and contains a large conference room and welcoming foyer that may be used by alumni by special arrangement with Heather Rahhal, the associate director of Law Alumni Relations.

Access to the TU College of Law history in the John F. Hicks Archives is also available. Professor Hicks' donation to this archive formed the nucleus of a collection which is being updated and includes donations from the John Rogers Estate as well.

Several additional services are available for a modest fee of $60 per year. This membership allows a patron to check out materials designated for circulation outside the facility.

Although the facility's resources are vast, there may be books that one needs that are not available in the MLIC. An additional benefit associated with the check-out fee is automatic access to the Inter-Library Loan System. Under this system, if the material needed is not within the library, the staff will borrow the book or document from another library for the requestor's use. The MLIC offers a document delivery service for an additional fee if exact citations can be provided. Documents can also be faxed, mailed or occasionally e-mailed to the requestor as part of this document delivery service. During regular business hours, the service is completed within 24 hours.

Under the vision and guidance of Richard Ducey, director, and Louise Lindsey, associate director, the MLIC continues to grow and prosper. The MLIC has been lauded by The Princeton Review's Best 159 Law Schools and The National Jurist, among many others.

For more information, contact Professor Ducey at (918) 631-2458, or visit the MLIC online.

Jimmy Hart