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Accessible Work Station | CALI | Computer-Assisted Legal Research | Exam Files | Copyright | Users' Agreement | Printing, Copying & Scanning


Accessible Work Station

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library offers an accessible work station for students and faculty who require machine-assisted support. The accessible work station is located on level 2 of the library.

Features include:

  • An expanded 20-inch wide, touch screen monitor to support stylus users or individuals with limited mobility.
  • An enhanced mouse and oversized keyboard for users with limited mobility.
  • An easily adjustable keyboard support for users with limited mobility.
  • A Braille keyboard for the visually challenged researcher.
  • An attached flat bed scanner to convert documents to readable text for the visually challenged researcher.
  • The latest version of voice activated software and screen reader software for the visually challenged researcher.

Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction


The law school is a member of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction which distributes CALI programs on various topics. The CALI library of exercises is a collection of more than 270 computer-based lessons covering more than 30 legal education subject areas such as civil procedure, torts, contracts, property, and criminal law. The exercises are designed to augment traditional law school instruction. They can be used as supplemental materials or integrated with other course materials. Students may download CALI exercises from http://www.cali.org and run the programs on their home PC.

Computer-Assisted Legal Research


Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law are available for use by law students.  The School of Law receives access to these databases under special educational contracts that stipulate that the services may be used only for course-related work by currently enrolled students of the School of Law.  First-year law students will be given individual passwords to access these databases at the beginning of the fall semester and will be trained during their legal research class in the spring semester. Other law students who wish to make arrangements for an advanced or a refresher session should check with a research librarian.    

Students who wish to print a document from Westlaw or Bloomberg Law from the library will have to pay the per page fee from the GoPrint system.  Lexis provides a dedicated printer on level 3 of the Library in the Imaging Room for free printing of documents from its database. Students are responsible for retrieving their printouts promptly. Printing should be kept to a minimum.

Exam Files


The library maintains a file of previous course exams to which faculty members may choose to contribute. Exams on File are available to UM Law students, faculty and staff only.

Copyright


To guarantee continued access to commercial software programs, reproduction of university-owned or licensed software is strictly forbidden. Under federal copyright laws, unauthorized reproduction of software can be subject to substantial civil penalties, as well as criminal action resulting in fines and imprisonment. Installation of software not owned by or licensed to University of Maryland, Baltimore is both a violation of the users' agreement and a violation of federal copyright law. A user making or using unauthorized copies of computer software or documentation may be subject to:

  1. Loss of University of Maryland, Baltimore computing privileges
  2. Appropriate federal penalties
  3. Other discipline, as appropriate.

Library Computing Users' Agreement


All students are required to read and comply with applicable Law School and University of Maryland, Baltimore Technology Policies.

Printing, Copying & Scanning


All library computers print to the GoPrint Pay-Per-Print system. Printing costs $.10 per page.  Students may configure their Windows or Mac laptop to print to GoPrint.  

There are photocopiers in the Imaging Room on level 2 of the library. Photocopies cost $.12 per page.

University of Maryland, Baltimore students, faculty, and staff may use their campus IDs (OneCard) to pay for printing and copying. Visitors may purchase a OneCard for one dollar from the UMB1One machine in the imaging room on level 2 of the library. All users may add value to OneCards using the UMB1One machine with cash or credit cards. Students, faculty, and staff may also add value online.

In case of printer or copier malfunction, do not try again. The user services desk staff can make printouts or copies to replace failed jobs, but cannot offer refunds. Refunds are not available for value remaining on debit cards after use.

The Law Library has a computer with flatbed scanner that is reserved for UMB faculty, students and staff and is meant for small scanning projects (1 - 2 pages). It is not recommended for copying books.

For larger scanning and printing projects, the Law Library recommends the PromptPrint Copy Center. Located on campus, the Copy Center provides scanning, faxing, copying services, B&W and color printing, single- or double-sided printing, collation, finishing, stapling and binding. They also offer poster and banner production, including poster-size photo enlargements and large-format presentation materials.


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