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We are quickly moving toward the end of the fall 2009 semester. For me and my colleagues in the Kresge Law Library, the end of this semester will mean that we are only one semester away from the completion of the renovation of the “old” law school. As the 2010 spring semester ends, we will be starting to move all of our print volumes and microforms into Biolchini Hall. This edition of the Law Library News contains some photographs of the construction site. The Reading Room ceiling has been finished, and I think the final renovated space will be spectacular. We will also be able to provide a significant number of group study rooms along with carrels, tables, and comfortable seating for all of our students beginning in the summer. I want to thank our students for their understanding during the transition phase of this project.

One of the main challenges facing us in the Kresge Law Library is finding the proper balance between electronic access to information and the purchase of traditional print materials. During the transition period, most of our periodicals and reporters have been in “deep storage.” Those volumes are stored in a warehouse on Sample Street and are not accessible. Most of that material is available through electronic access, and we have been monitoring interlibrary loan requests for the titles that are not accessible through one of our databases. We are carefully analyzing the results of our experience over the 18-month transition period, and we expect to share our results with the larger law library community next year.

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