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Meeting Calendar

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The Board of Trustees of the LA Law Library meets monthly. Board Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month unless otherwise indicated. Special meetings are established as necessary to complete Board business.

2015 BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING SCHEDULE

Wednesday

January 21, 20151

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

February 25, 2015   (Canceled)

12:15 p.m.

Friday

February 27, 20152

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

March 25, 2015

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

April 22, 2015

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

May 27, 2015

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

June 24, 2015

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

July 22, 2015

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

August 26, 2015 (Canceled)

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

September 16, 20151

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

October 28, 2015

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

November 18, 20151

12:15 p.m.

Wednesday

December 16, 20151

12:15 p.m.

1 Meeting held on third Wednesday to avoid conflicts.
2 Indicates a Special Meeting.

 

ADDRESSING THE BOARD

If you would like to request to address the Board of Trustees, please use the following link to download the form, fill it out and return it to the library: Request to Address the Board of the LA Law Library

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Holiday Schedule

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2015

DATE

MAIN
LIBRARY

BRANCHES

New Year's Day

Thursday, January 1, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Martin Luther King Jr.'s
Birthday

Monday, January 19, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Lincoln's Birthday

Thursday, February 12, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

President's Day

Monday, February 16, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Cesar Chavez Day

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Independence Day

Friday, July 3 thru
Saturday, July 4, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Labor Day

Monday, September 7, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Columbus Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Veteran's Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 26, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Day After Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25, 2015

CLOSED

CLOSED

New Year's Day (2016)

Friday, January 1, 2016

CLOSED

CLOSED

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Mission / Vision

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MISSION:

LA Law Library proactively supports people's needs in a dynamic global environment, acting as the curator and cultivator of a superior collection of legal resources, a gateway to legal information and a navigator facilitating access to the legal system.

VISION:

LA Law Library is a vibrant community education center in Los Angeles County and a leader in providing public access to legal knowledge, putting national and international sources of law into the hands of those seeking legal information.

Please Note:

On July 23rd, 2013 The LA Law Library Board of Trustees adopted a new three year strategic plan in support of our mission and vision. Please click here to view our new strategic plan.

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Governance

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The LA Law Library operates under the California Business and Professions Code, Section 6300 et seq. as independent public agency.

A seven-member Board of Trustees set policy and appoint the Executive Director. The Board consists of five Superior Court judges appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County and two attorneys appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

The Law Library derives its income primarily from a portion of the filing fee charges paid by parties to civil litigation in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County.

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Staff Directory

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The LA Law Library is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees who set policy and appoint the Executive Director. The library staff, which comprises over 40 full-time and 20 part-time staff members at the main library and 2 branch locations, is led by the following team:

Executive Leadership

 
Sandra J. Levin
Executive Director
 
213-785-2529
Jaye Steinbrick
Senior Director & Chief Technology Officer
 
213-785-2529

Branch & Remote Locations

 
Linda J. Heichman
Senior Librarian, Programs & Partnerships
 
213-785-2562

Circulation

 
Austin Stoub
Senior Librarian, Reference & Research
 
213-785-2534

Collection Management Services

 
Meiling Li
Director, Collection Management Services
 
213-785-2554

Communications

 
Leigh A. Saldana
Communications Coordinator
 
213-785-2523

Finance

 
Marcelino Juarez
Finance Manager
 
213-785-2525

Global Law Collection

 
Neel Agrawal
Librarian, Global Law
 
213-785-2536

Human Resources

 
Yrma Ayala
Executive Assistant
 
213-785-2511

Programs & Partnerships

 
Malinda Muller
Director, Programs & Partnerships
 
213-785-2560

Reference & Research

213-785-2513
Ralph Stahlberg
Director, Reference & Research
 
213-785-2535

Serials & Acquisitions

 
Shohreh Saljooghi
Senior Librarian, Serials & Acquisitions
 
213-785-2590

Website - LALawLibrary.org

 
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Meet The Librarians

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The Reference Librarians at LA Law Library are always available to assist in your legal research!

In addition to an extensive collection of materials available in print or legal databases, LA Law Library also features a staff of knowledgeable and helpful Reference Librarians. All of the Reference Librarians have a Masters in Library Science and an area of specialization. Whether by phone, email, IM chat or in person, the LA Law Library Reference Librarians are here to simplify your legal research!

Visit the Reference Desk for recommendations on how to begin your legal research, assistance with legal resources, or help creating a keyword search in one of the databases available at LA Law Library.

 

Director of Research and Reference Services

Ralph Stahlberg - Collection Development for California Materials
     Classes Taught: Introduction to Lexis Advance, Basic WestlawNext

 

Reference Librarians

Neel Agrawal - Foreign, Comparative and International Law.  
     Classes Taught: Global Legal Research, Introduction to WestlawNext

Channa Cajero - Collection Development Coordinator & Federal and Multi-State Collection Development.
      Classes Taught: Legal Research on the Internet

Esther Eastman - Government Documents.
      Classes Taught: Introduction to PACER, Introduction to Government Documents

Christine Langteau - Paralegal Programs and Prisoner Services.
     Classes Taught: Lawsuit Basics, Paralegal Lit, Introduction to Print Resources

Ryan Metheny - Members Program & Educational Partnerships.
     Classes Taught: Efficient Legal Research for Practitioners, Drafting & Responding to Complaints,
                                      Enforcement of Judgments

Katie O'Laughlin - Members Reference Services & Branch Portals
     Classes Taught: Basic Lexis Advance, Introduction to WestlawNext, and Introduction to Citators

Austin Stoub - Non-California State Collection Development, Circulation Services.
     Classes Taught: Locating Legal Documents, Introduction to Electronic Legal Research

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Rules of Conduct

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Rules of Conduct Brochure

As a public library, the LA Law Library is available to anyone.

Rules of Conduct, adopted by the Board of Trustees, govern the use of the main library and all branch locations.

The Library has established Borrowing Rules that identify the various borrower classes, loan periods and renewal and hold options. The rules also include required annual borrowing fees, a one-time security deposit, and information on overdue fines and lost book charges.

RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS

Users shall respect the rights of other library users and library staff.  The Library shall not be used in lieu of an office for the practice of law or any other professional or business activity.  Soliciting, harassing, offending, intimidating or disturbing library patrons or staff is strictly prohibited.
[California Penal Code 602.1 (b)] 

THEFT, ABUSE AND VANDALISM

The theft, abuse, vandalism, mutilation, marring, marking, defacing, or otherwise damaging of the books, building, equipment, furniture, or other objects in the Law Library is prohibited.
[California Penal Code 490.5 & 594; Education Code 19910 & 19911]

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Users should limit their carry-in items to those materials necessary to accomplish their legal research.  For safety and security, the library reserves the right to limit users to one bag and one purse or a briefcase.

Briefcases, backpacks, packages, and outer garments may be subject to inspection at any time.

  • With the exception of wheelchairs, large objects such as carts, luggage, bicycles or parcels that collectively exceed 26” x 19” x 9” are not permitted in the library.
  • Walkways and aisles shall be kept clear and unobstructed by personal items.
  • The Law Library is not responsible for, nor shall it have any liability for, the personal items that users bring into the library.
  • Security personnel will remove unattended items.
PERSONAL CONDUCT IN THE LAW LIBRARY

In consideration of others, quiet is expected throughout the Library.  Users may engage in quiet conversation as long as other users are not disturbed.  Pagers, cell phones and PDAs should be turned to vibrate.  Photocopiers / scanners or other equipment should be used as quietly as possible.

Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes must be worn in the library.

Animals, other than service animals assisting persons with disabilities, are not permitted in the library.

Children must be under the control and supervision of a responsible adult at all times.

Beverages in covered, spill-proof containers are allowed. The eating of food and the chewing of gum are prohibited.

The following are not permitted in the LA Law Library:

  • Smoking, including smoking within 20’ of any entrance to the Law Library
    [California Government Code 7597]
  • Weapons
  • Loitering, sleeping, lying on the Law Library floor or furniture.
  • Bathing, shaving, and washing clothes in the library restrooms are not permitted.

Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not permitted in the library.

Persons whose parcels or bodily hygiene or odor is so offensive as to constitute a nuisance or disrupt others’ work shall be required to leave the library.

USE OF LIBRARY MATERIALS

Users shall not conceal or hide library materials for their exclusive use.  Pocket parts or loose-leaf pages may not be removed from books except for photocopy purposes.  When copying is complete, the pages used shall be returned promptly to their correct location in the book.

No materials shall be removed from the library unless they have been properly checked out.  Failure to return materials when due may result in payment of fines, replacement costs and administrative costs and / or loss of Law Library privileges.

Users should not reshelve their used materials.  Materials left unattended for long periods of time, will be reshelved by Law Library staff.  Users wishing to keep pulled materials for later use, should place a reserve sign on the items, including a date and time when the user will return to the item(s).

USE OF LIBRARY AND PERSONAL COMPUTERS

Law Library computers are reserved for legal research and access to the online catalog.  Email use is not permitted, except to e-mail work product to a user’s home, office, or client.

Computer use is limited to a one-hour session.  If no users are waiting, a second one-hour session may be requested. Users may only access computers assigned in their name.

Accessing the library computer system, programs or data without authorization is prohibited.  Peripheral devices (printers, CD-ROM drives, jump drives, cameras, keyboards, scanners, etc.) may not be attached without prior authorization.

Users may use laptop or notebook computers in the library, provided their use does not disturb other users. Personal electronic devices including but not limited to copiers, scanners, cameras, audio and/or video recorders and VOIP telephones may not be used without prior authorization.

Users may not use electrical outlets designated for Library equipment.  Electrical outlets may be used for laptop and cell phones as long as no hazard or obstacle is posed by their use.

UNAUTHORIZED AREAS

Opening emergency exits (except in emergency situations), entering unauthorized or off-limit areas of the library, remaining in the library after closing or during emergency drills or evacuations is prohibited and may result in immediate suspension of library privileges.

FAILURE TO COMPLY

Failure to comply with library rules, the directives of library staff, or to cooperate with the staff in their enforcement of these rules may result in the loss or suspension of library privileges, including but not limited to temporary or permanent removal from the library premises.

Updated July 2015

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Hours / Location

LA Law Library
301 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-785-2529
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Hours:
Mon – Fri: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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