UW-Madison SLIS Book Cart Drill Team Puts on Heck of a Show
According to Don Johnson, Head of Library Communications at UW-Madison:
The nine library school students and a UW-Madison staff member acting as choreographer organized a Book Cart Drill Team in just six weeks this summer. They competed against more than a dozen other teams, some of which have been performing for years. The choreography and gymnastic moves include break dancing, an Irish dance, and back flips in a precision four-minute drill with spinning book carts. The team is performing in an exclusive show for WKOW, and all are welcome.
With southern cities such as Charlotte, N.C., and Fort Worth, Texas, growing into the top 20, Milwaukee's population loss pushed it from the 19th largest U.S. city in 2003 to the 22nd in 2004, reflecting the oft-cited exodus of Northerners to the South.
According to the annual figures, which estimate population each July, Milwaukee's population in 2004 was 583,624, down nearly 3,600 residents from the same time in 2003.
Following a Supreme Court ruling last week that gave local governments power to seize private property, someone has suggested taking over Justice David Souter's New Hampshire farmhouse and turning it into a hotel. . .Source: University of Baltimore Law Library Weblog
[A] letter dubbing the project the "Lost Liberty Hotel" was posted on conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh's Web site. Clements said it would include a dining room called the "Just Desserts Cafe" an a museum focused on the "loss of freedom in
Although the primary intended audience is public librarians, the guide is useful for anyone wishing to learn more about basic materials used in federal and Wisconsin legal research.
On Thursday, July 14th, UW Milwaukee will be hosting a conference entitled Upgrading to ePractice.
Clueless about eDiscovery? This conference offers the most up-to-date, comprehensive technology resources. Document scanning, acquiring electronic data, testimony management and internet research are paired with common sense protocols for document productions and imaging. Federal Court representatives will provide vital information on successful electronic filings in the Eastern District. Hands on computer training will be focused using Summation and Microsoft products.
Source: LLAW Newsletter, Summer 2005
I'll be attending the meeting and plan to contribute to the blog between my presentations. I hope that we hear from many others as well. The more the merrier.
With the database, you can see the license number, location, profession, status of license, whether any disciplinary action has been taken, and more.
Additional information might also include officers & partners, employees/contractors, firearms permits, etc.
A former senior curator of the library, Michel Garel, has been accused of stealing at least 100 rare old books and manuscripts. Garel denies involvement and says that he had warned his bosses over many years that rare items were going missing. Interestingly, he noted that the basement of the library's old building, was connected by a labyrinth of underground passageways to nearby antiquarian bookshops.
Source: Library Associates LibBlog
TechnoLawyer Blog has posted Joe Hartley's controversial piece, A Contrarian View of Legal Blogs, in which he warns firms not to jump to quickly on the blog bandwagon.
Synopsis from TechnoLawyer:
Legal blogs have become the latest rage, but are they worth all the time and effort? In this article, Joe Hartley explores the role of blogs in a law firm's business plan -especially as compared to a traditional Web site. The results of his investigation, which consisted of a review of dozens of blogs and interviews with several legal bloggers, may surprise you.
But I wonder if many people know how to maximize their search results. Do you? For example, the next time you want to search a for a phrase in Google, put it in quotes. This can dramatically alter your results.
For more tips, check out Nancy Blachman's great list of advanced operators for Google. I learned a thing or two myself.
Source: inter alia
The study found that "in 2002, 75% of the first year class stated that they performed at least 80% of their research online; in 2003, this percentage grew to 83%; and by 2004, the number had increased to 93%."
Wow - I knew the online preference was high, but I didn't realize that it was that high! I have to admit, I prefer online sources also - BUT - I know that sometimes the better source exists in print. It's unfortunate that this realization seems to be escaping students. Just wait until they see their first Lexis / Westlaw bill.
Source: The E-LawLibrary Weblog
Rather than the usual textual listing, search results are displayed in a map containing nested circles and squares. Circles represent categories into which results are grouped. Categories may contain many levels of subcategories. Larger circles contain more subcategories and links than smaller ones. Click on a circle to zoom in on a subcategory.
Squares are web links that result from your query. For a summary of the contents of a link, hover over that square. The link itself appears on the right, along with a thumbnail image of the page.
Very neat, especially for visual learners. But I wish that they'd lighten up the page a little. The black background makes it hard to see.
Thanks to my UW-Madison Libraries colleague, John Wanserski, for the tip.
As I replied to him, librarians are keenly aware of the shortcomings of a Google-only strategy in the search for authoritative information. That's not to say that search engines aren't valuable tools - but they are just one of the many tools that the legal researcher has in her workshop.
Sure I can pound a nail with a wrench, but it will take me twice as long and will probably look awful. Give me a hammer I can hit the mark more quickly and with more precision. There is something to be said about using the right tool for the job.
The paper had posted on its Web site Friday an editorial urging a better-defined plan to withdraw troops from Iraq. Readers were invited to add their thoughts. Dozens did, with some adding hyperlinks and others adding opposing views.
But the number of “inappropriate” posts soon began to overwhelm the editors’ ability to monitor the site. On Sunday, editors decided to remove the feature.
The Wisconsin Briefs collection database is generated from scanned images created by the Wisconsin State Law Library. The UW Law Library has made these electronic documents freely available from our Web site.
For more information, see About Wisconsin Briefs.
We do note that there is no evidence in this case of a public records or internet search for Groce or the use of a skip-trace service to find him. In fact, we discovered, upon entering "Joe Groce Indiana" into the Google™ search engine, an address for Groce that differed from either address used in this case, as well as an apparent obituary for Groce's mother that listed numerous surviving relatives who might have known his whereabouts.
Munster v. Groce, --- N.E.2d ----, 2005 WL 1364662, at n. 3 (Ind.App., June 8, 2005).
Source: Search Engine Watch Blog
The University of North Texas Libraries recently announced the availability of a new online archive of Congressional Research Service Reports. The site provides integrated, searchable access to many of the full-text CRS reports that have been available on the Web since 1990. Thus far over 6500 reports have been captured, on topics ranging from Terrorism and Foreign Policy to Medicare and Social Security.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as the public policy research arm of Congress, and works exclusively for Members, their committees and staff. CRS does not provide direct public access to the numerous reports it produces each year, although some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, post a select group of the reports on their Web sites. In the past, citizens who wished to view these reports had to request them from their Member of Congress.
------------ Update 7/6/05: Thanks to Dale for his nice words about WisBlawg in an update to the article.
Properly developed blogs can be very effective. Unfortunately, the majority of law firm blogs are not properly planned and the result is often a significant waste of time, money and credibility. How can you determine whether you should develop a blog for your firm? We recommend taking these three important steps:
- Define your goals;
- Assess your ability to invest the necessary time;
- Consider other options.
The article also includes comments about TV has influenced Dane County juries.
... Among some prospective jurors, the popularity of TV shows that make heroes out of forensic scientists has produced a spinoff of its own: Authorities have dubbed it "the CSI effect."
The script for this phenomenon, written by prosecutors across the country and repeated by news media in recent months, is simple and compelling: Having watched hour after hour of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and other legal dramas, jurors nationwide are demanding forensic evidence and acquitting defendants when prosecutors don't deliver.
Blogs seem to be popping up everywhere. Still, Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) is not someone you'd normally associate with the latest trends in technology. The venerated missionary seems an unlikely blogger. But then, he was an unlikely explorer. On May 17, 1673, two weeks shy of his 36th birthday, Marquette set out with Louis Joliet, a 27-year-old philosophy student turned fur trader, on the epoch-making voyage that would make them both famous. Together they were the first Europeans to travel down the Mississippi River. . .
This summer we're delighted to convert his journal entries to electronic form and stream them out twice a week as a blog from Wisconsin Historical Diaries. In addition to Marquette's own words, running commentary will try to pinpoint the explorers' location, link to other contemporary accounts, explain archaic words and phrases, and offer insights that make reading the journal more fun.
As reported earlier, LDAP makes selected decisions of the Dane Co Circuit Court judges available to the public. Eleven judges are participating in the project by contributing their decisions. The decisions are available in binders at the Dane County Legal Resource Center but may eventually be made available online.
The project is a collaborative venture between Dane County Legal Resource Center and the Dane Co Bar Association with assistance by the Dane County Circuit Court, UW-Law School students, and the WI State Law Library.
Source: DCLRC Blawg
And what UW celebration would be complete without Bucky Badger and his ice cream cone manicure!
In our continuing series profiling databases available from Wisconsin's public libraries, let me direct your attention to D&B Million Dollar Database Premier.
This Dun & Bradstreet database contains company profiles of over a million U.S. leading public and private businesses which have $1 million or more in sales, 20 or more employees, or branches with 50 or more employees. Company information includes industry information with up to 24 individual 8-digit SICs, size criteria (employees and annual sales), type of ownership, principal executives and biographies.
D&B Million Dollar Database Premier is available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders. For other electronic resources available from the Milwaukee Public Library, see their list of Library Database for Remote Use.
From the Dane County Legal Resource Center Blawg:
The Divorce Court Assistance Project is now known as the Family Court Assistance Project. The change in name reflects an expansion in the assistance offered by the project. Staffed by UW-Law School students, under the supervision of clinical law faculty, FCAP will now offer assistance with a wider variety of family court forms and procedures, including help with temporary restraining orders and post-judgment motions (such as the Motion to Change Court-Ordered Child Support).
FCAP is offered Tuesday & Thursday 9-noon, Wednesday 11:30-3 in the Courthouse, as well as other hours at the Villager Mall (2300 Park St, Suite #3) or by appointment. Call 262-2301 for more information.
A couple of library systems in Wisconsin (Eastern Shores Library System in Sheboygan & LaCrosse Public Library) are already using a service called ELF which helps you manage your library loans and holds. With this free service, you can receive:
It seems that Innovative Interfaces, a very popular library automation, will also be integrating RSS delivery into their 2006 release.
Source: del.icio.us & LibrarianInBlack
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, "a nonprofit group of passionate people working to protect your digital rights," has compiled a very useful web site devoted to blogger's rights.
One of the highlights of the site is a Legal Guide for Bloggers containing a collection FAQs for bloggers which cover "everything from fair use to defamation law to workplace whistle-blowing."
The site also includes summaries of blogging related cases along with scanned court documents.
Erika Wittlieb, coordinator of the nationwide network of Foundation Center Cooperating Collections in New York, will talk about the Foundation Center, its resources and services, and how to effectively use the foundation grantmaker database, FC Search.
She will also show various ways this resource can be used to research prospective funders, analyze their tax returns (990-PFs), and find information on hot topics such as proposal writing.
Her presentation, which is open to the public at no charge, will be from 1-3 p.m. in room 126 of Memorial Library (west corridor), 728 State St.
For more information, see the Grants Information Collection site or contact Reference Librarian Elizabeth Breed, 262-6431.
Over a period of approximately 20 years, NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and be freely accessible via the Internet.Phase one of the project is expected to be launched September 2006.
Thanks to my colleague, Mary Jo Koranda, for the tip.
Simply enter in the URL you wish to check, and you will be presented with a list of dates for which an archive of the page is available. Take a look at the results for the UW Law Library home page. It's amazing how far Web design has come!
Select a state from the U.S. map to view the court structure in that state. From the chart, click on a blue court description to be directed to its web site or directory. Nifty!
It contains company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals from 1980 to the present.
Business and Company Resource Center is available for use within City of Milwaukee libraries and by remote access to City of Milwaukee library cardholders.
However, it must still get approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which it hopes to receive within a few months, before the new service can officially launch.
Source: Legal Technology Blog
From the article:
Source: Library Associates LibBlog
With an anonymous library card, the library is willing to loan materials to anyone because it knows it can't really lose anything. Since the library would never loan more than it could re-coup from a cash deposit, it would be able to loan controversial items without storing personally sen-sitive information. If the user doesn't return the material promptly, the fines would be deducted when it's finally checked in (or once the accrued fines reach the price of the material).
Anyone interested in blawgs as a phenomenon within the legal profession should read the results of the readership survey conducted by Bruce MacEwen for his blog, Adam Smith, Esq. The results are interesting for what they reveal about Bruce's readers, but even more so for the glimpse they offer into blawg readership in general. If a cardinal rule of writing is to know your audience, bloggers are often knocking about in the dark, uncertain who they face. Bruce's survey provides modest illumination.
Apparently, "advertisement" is defined as any communication that contains a lawyer's name "or other identifying information". All such communications are to be submitted to the Attorneys' Advertising Commission, along with a filing fee of $50.00. Each time the content is modified, another $50.00 fee is required.
According to Cowgill:
For more , see Robert Ambrogi's Law Sites
Needless to say, it would be practically impossible for a Kentucky lawyer to publish a law-related web log if he or she were required to pay a $50.00 "filing fee" each and every time the content of the blog is modified. Every blog post would cost the lawyer $50.00!
Larry E. Ribstein of University of Illinois College of Law has written a very interesting paper entitled, "Initial Reflections on the Law and Economics of Blogging" (April 2005, 19 pages) It is part of the University of Illinois Law and Economics Working Papers series.
If you are interested in the economic and legal implications of blogging, this is definitely worth a read.
Thanks to UW Prof. Mark Suchman for the link
Weblogs, or blogs, have proliferated and developed rapidly in recent years, and have attracted significant attention. Moreover, blogs have started to generate significant legal issues. Yet there is so far no coherent economic framework for addressing those issues. This article begins to develop such a framework. Building on blogs' technical features, it identifies the unique aspects of blogs that should have legal ramifications. It then briefly applies this framework to a variety of legal issues.
Table of Contents:
I. THE TECHNOLOGY OF BLOGGING II. THE ECONOMICS OF BLOGGING A. PRIVATE COSTS B. PRIVATE BENEFITS 1. Self-expression 2. Reputation and marketing 3. Blogging as for-profit ventures C. SOCIAL BENEFITS: BLOGGING AS DECENTRALIZED KNOWLEDGE D. SOCIAL COSTS 1. Low-quality information 2. Political and social discourse E. ALIGNING SOCIAL AND PRIVATE VALUE F. THE PUBLIC CHOICE OF BLOGGING III. SPECIFIC LEGAL ISSUES A. THE JOURNALISTS' PRIVILEGE B. APPLICATION OF THE ELECTION LAWS C. COPYRIGHT AND FAIR USE D. MEDIA OWNERSHIP RESTRICTIONS E. DEFAMATION LAW F. LICENSING LAWS G. VICARIOUS LIABILITY OF CO-BLOGGERS H. OTHER BUSINESS ORGANIZATION ISSUES IV. CONCLUSION
NAISCO, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, has created a brief on the The Privacy Implications of Instant and Text Messaging Technologies in State Government.
There is some interesting content here - and not just for state agencies. If you use IM or text message to share personal data, you should be aware of the privacy implications - security, archiving of data, etc. Sample state IM policies are provided.
This list is considerably shorter than my list of law library blogs - dubbed "The Shucha List" by Vancouver law Librarian Blogger Steve Matthews. Thanks to everyone that sent me updates, that list is now up to sixty-five! Go law library bloggers!
The author also discusses wikis a business application:
A wiki is a deceptively simple piece of software (little more than five lines of computer code) that you can download for free and use to make a website that can be edited by anyone you like. Need to solve a thorny business problem overnight and all members of your team are in different time zones? Start a wiki.Try it out at pbwiki, where you can make "a free, password protected wiki as easily as a peanut butter sandwich."
A quote from the article:
"The blogs give us what we call a handshake with consumers, a bond of loyalty and mutual trust that's different than the typical selling relationship, where it's all about price. . . With the blogs, we are giving a little bit more access to us as a people with a mission."
Check out the latest CS-SIS Connecting... (page 3) for a review of these devices.
Only professional blogs targeted toward the legal community appear on this list. This includes blogs affiliated with a law library, blogs written by individual law librarians, and blogs of law librarian associations. This list does not include personal blogs or blogs on librarianship.
Many thanks to those that responded to my request for this information on the Law-lib and Teknoids listservs. If you know of other law library blogs, please contact me.
I'm also working on compiling a list of law libraries using RSS feeds for things other than blogs.
Tests reveal that the DNA evidence used in the case does not match LaBatte's DNA.
Last week I mentioned Plogress as a tool for following the activities of our congresspersons. Now, with PubSub Government, you can also track what people are saying about them - as well as Supreme Court justices, cabinet members, & congressional committees.
For more information, see the press release.
Source: Library Stuff
From the article:
Girls' favorites: Teacher, 11%, lawyer, 9%, doctor, 8%, nurse, 6%, fashion designer, 5%, science/biology, 5%, writer, 4%, veterinarian, 4%, artist, 4%, medical field, 4%.
Boys' choices: Sports field, 8%, doctor, 7%, architecture, 6%, engineer, 6%, teacher, 6%, business, 5%, lawyer, 5%, military, 5%, science/biology, 5%, and computers, 4%.
Luckily, there are several free Web services that can shorten that URL for you. Just enter in your long URL, and you get back a much shorter one that will redirect you to the same place.
One of these, notlong.com has compiled a list of URL shortening services. The list includes a side by side feature comparison for each service. Some allow you to choose your new url and others provide statistics.
The June issue of WSLL At Your Service has been published. Features include:
* Tech Tip: Deciphering Text Messages
* Learn @ the Law Library: Upcoming Classes; Where to Find WI Jury Instructions
* This Just In... : New and Updated Library Materials
* Odds 'n' Endings: Grimm Bindery; Wis. Lawyer Index; June is Dairy Month; and more!
As always, your comments are welcome.
From the article:
Library officials say the added security is necessary to ensure people who are using the computers are who they say they are. Officials promise to protect the confidentiality of the fingerprint records.
But with Congress contemplating an expansion of the USA Patriot Act, which gives federal authorities access to confidential library records, and cameras watching the streets some Chicagoans drive or the sidewalks they stroll, privacy advocates are concerned about yet another erosion of personal liberty."We take people's fingerprints because we think they might be guilty of something, not because they want to use the library," said Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.