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July 12, 2007

Tarlton Law Library Receives National Honor

For the second year in a row, the Tarlton Library has received a Law Library Publication Award from the American Association of Law Libraries. This year’s award, which will be officially announced at the Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans on July 15, 2007, is in the non-print division. The award recognizes Tarlton’s online current literature awareness services, including its copyright, capital punishment, and domestic violence resources. Each of these digital resources provides up-to-date information about newly published literature, and expands the availability and awareness of the journals, newsletters, and other periodicals received by the Library. Tarlton staff members select articles daily from U.S. legal journals and non-U.S. legal journals published in English; basic bibliographic information, a topic statement, and an image of the first page of each article is input into the database. The topic statements and the first-page images provide readers with a more complete idea of the scope of each article and the biographical background of the authors. Each of the three services is RSS-enabled to allow users to receive automatic notices of new publications. The Library recently expanded these services by developing the actual innocence current awareness database, which provides an up-to-date, searchable listing of articles, reports, proposed and enacted legislation, and other materials published in the area of actual innocence.

These resources allow users to receive notice of newly published materials immediately after publication. Scholars and the public alike benefit from increased access to current information. Tarlton’s expanding services increase the usefulness and relevance of the library’s collections and enable it to serve new constituencies.

Tarlton’s current awareness literature services can be accessed through the virtual library at http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/vlibrary/

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or kfortune@law.utexas.edu.