Collection Spotlight: Faculty Publications
This article is from the spring 2022 issue of Hearsay, the semi-annual newsletter of the Wheat Law Library.
Have you ever wondered what law faculty do when they’re not teaching? Play croquet? Assemble jigsaw puzzles? Binge British baking shows? One thing they’re certainly doing is writing, and from the looks of the faculty publications display, they’re writing quite a bit. The case that holds new faculty publications is updated periodically by Blake Wilson, assistant director for instructional and faculty services, who also puts together a list of materials in the case.
The list for the current display, as well as listings for previous displays, can be found by going to the About the Library section of the Wheat Law Library’s homepage and clicking on Law Faculty Publications Display. Visitors can also find KU Law faculty publications on KU ScholarWorks and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The display case for new faculty publications is located just inside the front doors of the library and celebrated its 15th anniversary in that location in fall 2021. KU Law alumnus Robert W. Loyd, L’62, who passed away last October, donated the display case.
After being rotated out of the new faculty publications case, a faculty member’s materials go one of two places. Items may go into the faculty publications space in the reference area of the library. Depending on the subject matter, materials may also be housed in the International and Comparative Law display located on the fourth floor in the International Corridor. While the shelving for faculty publications in the library’s reference area has been there for quite some time, the International and Comparative Law display is a fairly recent addition. It was established in April 2008. The cases currently housing that collection are even newer than that. The library purchased and installed new cases in January 2015.
The faculty publications areas are popular attractions. The collections located on the main floor of the library are often the first things visitors see when they come through the front doors. The new faculty publications case is even a stop on the tour given to prospective law students. Please stop by the Wheat Law Library and take a look at the displays that showcase all of the hard work that KU Law faculty have put into their publications.