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Archive for January, 2018


Fun Times at the Law Library Open House

Yesterday afternoon we held our spring semester open house at the law library. Representatives were on hand from the library along with the Cleveland Law Library, LexisNexis, Westlaw, Casetext, CSU Counseling, CSU Police, and safety services. Thanks to Lexis for the prizes of a Starbucks gift card and points; winners will be notified soon.

There were balloons left over, so we used them to decorate the 1st floor circulation desk and reference office.

Protection of Human Subjects “Common Rule” Revision Delayed

The revision of the U.S. Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects – the Common Rule – scheduled to become effective on 1/19/18, has been delayed by an interim final rule (see 83 Fed. Reg. 2885).  The effective date is now 7/19/18, but that date may be furthered delayed.  The Common Rule had been revised in a 2017 final rule, referred to as the “2018 Requirements” (see 82 Fed. Reg. 7149, 1/19/17, and 82 Fed. Reg. 43459, 9/18/17).  The Common Rule (see 45 C.F.R. 46) covers policy at 17 federal agencies, and those agencies “are in the process of developing a proposed rule to further delay implementation of the 2018 Requirements.”  Research and industry leaders believe the delay(s) will allow time for the DHHS Office for Human Research Protections to develop and provide guidance for implementation.

Librarian Focus: Amy Burchfield

Amy Burchfield is the Head of Research and Instructional Services at the C|M|Law Library. She’s been with the law library since July 2007. Prior to working at C|M|Law, Amy worked as a librarian at the Georgetown University Law Center and at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Amy has a J.D. from the Moritz College of Law, an M.A. in German translation, and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University.

In her day to day work, Amy oversees research, reference, and instructional services to faculty, students, and public patrons. She also participates in classroom research instruction. Amy has been active in the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL), where she has served on committees, presented at conferences, and written for the association newsletter.

Besides being a librarian, Amy has worked as a back-of-the-book indexer, an English teacher overseas, and a German instructor. Amy shares a cozy condo with her husband, two cats, a bearded dragon, and an axolotl named Steve.

Tuesday January 30th Law Library Open House

Join us for our spring Law library Open House next Tuesday January 30th from 3:30-6pm at the entrance to the law library.

Pizza, pop, chips and salsa provided.

There will be library staff on hand to talk about library services and offerings.  Vendors from Westlaw and Lexis will be on hand with giveaways.  Representatives from CSU services will also be participating.

The law library will raffle off a $25 Amazon gift card for participants in the Open House.

Free Online Sources: Ohio Laws and Rules

The Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Administrative Code are both available online for free, maintained by LAWriter. The Ohio Revised Code is updated within 24-48 hours after codification. Users can check the LAWriter homepage for the date of the most recent update to the Administrative Code.

To locate statutes and rules, users may browse the table of contents and click on the title, and then chapter of interest. Users may also navigate directly to a section or rule by entering the section or rule number in the “Go To” box. A keyword search may be conducted by entering terms and connectors in the Search box.

For more tips on researching Ohio laws and rules, visit our Ohio Primary Law Research Guide.