Looking Back on 2023-24

With exams in the rearview mirror and the quiet of summer upon us, it’s the perfect time to look back on highlights of the 2023-24 academic year!

First, a summary “by the numbers”: Between August and May, we answered around 2,000 reference questions, checked out more than 10,000 items to students and faculty, and taught four sections of Advanced Legal Research. We also completed a major shelf-reading project, checking the online catalog against more than 250,000 physical items on our shelves. Our most popular initiative may have been the installation of 16 docking stations throughout the library.

A photograph of a computer screen set up so that students can plug in their laptops.
One of the new Law Library docking stations.

On the outreach front, we launched several new programs to help connect students with our space and services. These included soliciting feedback from our inaugural student advisory committee, serving coffee and donuts in myLab, and staffing a pop-up “Tips & Tricks” table in the main hallway of the law school.

As always, the United Way Day of Caring was a high point of our year. We spent Day of Caring 2023 in beautiful Nelson County supporting the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Library staff members planted trees, spruced up the grounds, and created a “Rock Hall of Fame” to illustrate the history of RVCC.

Earlier this month, Arthur donned his construction hat in anticipation of summer maintenance work (which will include, by popular request, the installation of a second water bottle filling station). It promises to be an exciting summer, and we look forward to seeing our returning students in the fall!

The Arthur bust sports a construction hat and a t-shirt that says "Virginia School of Law" in rainbow-colored letters.

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Kate Boudouris

Kate Boudouris

Kate is the Research, Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Arthur J. Morris Law Library.

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