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October 19, 2012

Oregon Law Librarians Present at WestPac Conference

The Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (WestPac) is holding its annual conference this weekend in Salt Lake City. Librarians Jaye Barlous, Angus Nesbit, Ilona Tsutsui and Mary Ann Hyatt of the John E. Jaqua Law Library have the opportunity to present their experiences with the library’s renovation. Law Reference Librarians Kelly Reynolds and Stephanie Midkiff will also be attending the meeting.

Renovations to the Oregon law library were sparked by a desire to increase study space on the 3rd and 4th floors due to high frequency of usage and lack of space. The overall goal was to increase study areas while maintaining a quiet and comfortable environment. Other improvements included the addition of ancillary furniture, improvements to the library’s second floor entrance and lobby and supplemental electrical wiring. The project began in August 2011 and was completed the following year in August 2012.

Oregon Law’s librarians will be sharing their experiences managing this $250,000 project at the conference. The remodel was done through an independent, library-controlled process, and has successfully increased location options for students’ studying. Students, faculty and alumni are encouraged to stop by the Law Library to check out the new additions.

According to WestPac’s webpage, the organization held its first meeting on Oct. 27, 1967, and was incorporated as a non-profit in 1983. The goal of WestPac is to establish and promote law librarianship while creating a unity among members of the law library profession. The regions represented in WestPac’s Chapter include Alaska, California, Oregon, Hawaii, Idaho and other surrounding states on the west coast.

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