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New Arrival! New Book!


North Carolina Local Government Contracting: Quick Reference and Related Statutes

A quick reference for the contracting, bidding, and property disposal requirements applicable to North Carolina local governments, this publication provides general guidance to public officials and others interested in the public contracting process. Selected North Carolina General Statutes governing contracting and bidding are also included. The table of contents can be found at http://sogpubs.unc.edu/electronicversions/pdfs/nclgcontractingtoc.pdf.

Written by Norma R. Houston and published by the UNC School of Government, this 2014 guide has been added to the Charlotte School of Law Library collection. After being on display, the book can be found in the Reference Carolinas section of the library.

We would especially like to thank Charlotte School of Law alumnus, Emery Ashley for donating this very practical resource to our collection!  Be sure to check it out!

~Betty Thomas~

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Dean Smith: Our Loss.


Grit, tenacity, perseverance. We talk with our students at Charlotte School of Law about these qualities a lot. Dean Smith personified these characteristics and others. For more than 40 years, he coached. He led the Carolina Tar Heels’ men’s basketball team to become a winningest coach with a record 879-254. That’s 1,133 games!  In addition, the Tar Heels won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships, 11 Final Four tournaments, an Olympic Gold medal and NCAA Championships in 1982 and 1993.

Integrity and humility. Despite this record, he was a humble man who made his players point to the passer when they scored and never took the credit when his teams won. I graduated from Chapel Hill in the era of Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchak, Walter Davis, and the “Four Corners” offense. He stood out from other coaches at that time in making sure academics were a priority. In the end, 96% of his athletes graduated.

Kindness. A good friend of mine tells a story of Dean Smith’s “family.” Her father-in-law helped coach under Dean Smith for a year, many years ago. Years later Dean Smith would recognize my friend’s husband in a restaurant and greet him by name. He knew their children and followed their achievements.  They were not the only ones.

Courage. Dean Smith stood for what he thought was right, even when it was not socially acceptable. He gave an opportunity to Willie Cooper, the first black student to play varsity basketball at an ACC school. He recruited Carolina’s first black scholarship athlete, Charlie Scott.  He spoke out against social issues that he felt were wrong.  Charlotte Law Professor Cindy Adcock has eloquently written about Dean Smith’s actions relating to the death penalty in her blog: Struggling to Breathe.

He was the epitome of a good man.

Sadly he is gone. He died earlier this month at the age of 83.

~Betty Thomas~

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Congratulations to Associate Dean Katie Brown and Reference Librarian Betty Thomas

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Katie Brown, Associate Dean for Library Services

Katie Brown, Associate Dean for Library Services

Katie Brown, Associate Dean for Library Services was recently appointed to the Chair of the Business Skills Education Task Force of The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).  The purpose of the task force is to provide business skills education for law librarians aspiring to assume director-level positions or increased leadership roles, providing them with the knowledge to allow them to be business-savvy and possess a strong mastery of an array of business concepts.  The outcomes of the task force consist of developing curriculum and faculty for a stand-alone business skills education course and creating an overall timeline for implementation of the business skills education course.

AALL was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.

On behalf of CharlotteLaw, congratulations Katie!

Betty Thomas, Reference Librarian

Betty Thomas, Reference Librarian

CharlotteLaw also congratulates our own Betty Thomas, Reference Librarian, on her election to a two-year post as  Secretary of the Metrolina Library Association.

Metrolina Library Association is made up of librarians and paraprofessionals from public, academic, school and special libraries, and of other individuals interested in libraries.  The Association encourages awareness and cooperation, provides opportunities for social interaction among Charlotte area library professionals, offers continuing education opportunities, and encourages cooperation, networking, and resource sharing among Charlotte area libraries. The MLA has been serving library professionals since 1969.

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How to Find and Use the Library’s Catalog

A recent student survey showed that many students do not know where to find the library’s catalog or how to use it. This blog post is a guide for using ENCORE, the name of the library’s catalog.

How to Find the Catalog

There are several ways to access the catalog.

1. The primary method for student access is to use the Bookmarks on the left side of the page when you log into OrgSync at orgsync.charlottelaw.edu.

catalog12. Another way, appropriate for external patrons such as our library members, is to use the new CSL website. Search for Charlotte School of Law or go to http://www.charlottelaw.edu/.  The library is located under the Academics drop down at the top of the page. There is a button for the catalog under the Search the Collection section.

How to Use the Catalog
Charlotte School of Law’s online catalog called ENCORE has features that would be helpful for anyone doing research. Although the catalog has a Google-like search box, it also has an Advanced Search option.


ENCORE supports a basic Boolean search. Searches can be done by Keyword, Title, Author, or Subject. Search limits include Format (Kit, Graphics, Audio CD or Cassette, DVD, EBook, Electronic, Maps, Microform, Printed Material, and Video Tape), Language (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish), and Publication years. Below is a screen shot of the Advanced Search page.

Some search tips:

  • An asterisk (*) can be used for right-hand truncation and as a wildcard within a search string. A question mark (?) can be used as a wildcard character, replacing a single letter within a word.
  • Use “and” or “or” or “not” to specify multiple words in any field, any order.
  • Keyword search results are grouped by relevance, bringing the top three most relevant titles to the top of the list. Then ENCORE brings up the top three most relevant articles.
  • If after looking at the results you are interested in a particular format, the different types are listed in the column on the left. The catalog also indicates how many of that type of format are in the catalog. For example, a search on Animal Law shows there are 14 Printed Materials (most often these are books).


Electronic items can be opened on your computer. The entry for each Printed Material gives information on its availability, location in the library, and call number. For example, Careers in Animal Law is available, located in the Treatises section of the library at KF299.A55 E37 2011.

Because of partnerships between ENCORE and databases like HeinOnline, the search results include articles. HeinOnline is a legal database that contains the full text, PDF of legal documents from most major law reviews and journals. The top three most relevant articles come in this section. Clicking on the PDF button will get to the article.

Advanced features of ENCORE include a “My Research” account which can hold results. The discovery features include Did you mean? A Related Searches (Additional Suggestions) section appears at the bottom left of the search results to help with further searching.

Finally, there are links to other library services such as a form for suggesting purchases, new purchases, and a way to email comments.

If you have any questions about ENCORE, please contact any of the Reference Librarians at libreference@charlottelaw.edu or call 704-971-8573. We are always happy to help.

If you’d like to download a print copy of this post, click here: How to Find and Use the Library.

~Betty Thomas~

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Congratulations To Aaron Greene and Erica Winter Tyler!



Aaron Greene and Erica Winter Tyler

For Completing Their

Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS)


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

 Aaron and Erica are Circulation Assistants in the Charlotte School of Law Library. On December 11, 2014 they graduated from the MLIS program at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Kim Allman (Access Services Manager) and Jane Fraytet (Reference Librarian) were also in attendance.

Aaron and Family

Aaron and Family

Erica, Donte, Kim and Jane

Erica, Donte, Kim and Jane

Be sure to stop by the Circulation Desk and congratulate our scholars!!!

~Betty Thomas~

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