Special Titanic Edition of the Journal of Business Law

Yes, you are not mistaken: it looks like a respectable legal journal is falling a prey of the Titanic craze 🙂 But it is not as bad as it seems. This special issue is exploring a variety of legal aspects and consequences of the famous shipwreck: legal repercussions from its sinking; the rights of different parties over the Titanic, protective legislation, jurisdictional issues, and differences in states’ legislations on underwater cultural heritage.

New McGill Library fines and loans policies

As of June 4, McGill Student, Faculty and Staff loan periods will change. The Undergraduate loan period will be extended from two weeks to six weeks, Graduate students will be able to borrow items for four months (up from six weeks) and faculty/staff loan periods will increase from one term to one year.

Begining June 4, McGill Library is eliminating late fees for regular books, journals, and music scores for all McGill students.  Please do not forget, that fines for laptops, AV , reserve, and recalled materials/ books are still in force! 

HVAC system is being cleaned

Please be advised that Law Library’s HVAC system is being cleaned at the moment. Workers are moving from the top floors of the building to the ground level, cleaning one floor at the time. It is long-needed maintenance that can be noisy, so if you are looking for a quiet place to study, at present, upper floors can be a good choice.

Call #? Cutter? What does it mean?

A call number is a group of numbers and letters put together to tell you where you can find your book, DVD, map, or (sometimes) journal in the library. A call number is located at the bottom of the book spine. To find a call number for a book, you have to look it up in our online catalogue. Call numbers serve two purposes: first, they provide a unique location “address”, for every item within the library; second, they group items by subject, so that when you browse the shelves, you will find books on the same subject next to each other.

Call numbers are assigned not randomly but according to a classification system. In the Law Library, we have books in Library of Congress (LC) (at the 1 – 5 floors) or Cutter (in the basement) classification systems. It can be difficult to understand LC call numbers if you are not used to them, so you may wish to take a look at this small video that could help you to read a LC call number.

You may have noticed that in the Law Library, the majority of books have a call number that starts with K. This is due to the fact that letter K is assigned to “law” as a subject in the LC classification system. Any letters and numbers that you see after K denote a specific sub-subject, e.g. KE 470- 474 groups books on Law of Canada – Conflict of laws. You can consult this Tip-Sheet to see the break-down of the class K by topic.

About RSS feeds

Some of you have probably wondered how you can keep up with what is happening on the Web. If you are a person who prefers information and updates to be “pushed” to you rather than going and finding them yourself, RSS feeds are for you. RSS is the most common format of the feeds, which are the data format used for providing users with frequently updated content, such as blog entries or news headlines, in a standardised format. If you subscribe to the RSS feeds from a site or a blog, e.g. this blog, you will receive a notification in your ‘feed reader’ every time when this web resource is updated. You can see a yellow RSS icon at this bolg’s page under the picture of the Law Library. If you would like to know more about RSS feed and how to use them, take a look at this video, RSS in Plain English.