Tag Archives: Law Librarians

County law librarian a solo practitioner

Arizona Daily Sun – “A cream-colored book on a shelf in the Coconino County Law Library in the courthouse is so wide it has clear tape holding it together. Dated 1912, it contains the session laws for the state of Arizona in the first legislative session after it left territorial status and became a state on Feb. 14, 1912. “That one is our first set of laws,” explained Gretchen Hornberger, who has been the sole librarian at the library for 10 years. “Probably most are adopted from territorial law. I guess they had a lot to do that year.”

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Searching the web? Consider the source – federal government websites worth visiting

Bev Butula – “Individuals consider several factors when selecting websites for research. Those factors could include currency of the data, whether clear bias exists, if the site is user friendly, and the authority or source of the information. From this list, I consider authority the most important. Is the data from a trustworthy source? Is the author an expert on the topic? To ensure good authority, I often start my search with government websites. Here are a few of my favorites.”

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On Firmer Ground

On Firmer Ground – “A collaborative effort of the Legal Division of the Special Libraries Association, the Private Law LIbraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries, the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (l’Association Canadienne des Bibliothèques de Droit) and the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.”

I’m excited about this new blog.  

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So You Want to Be a Law Librarian

Hee Hee!

Morris Cohen

NYTimes – “MORRIS, the name of the online catalog of the Yale Law School Library, is not an acronym. It’s a tribute to Morris Cohen, the school’s longtime librarian and law professor, who died in December at 83 and was one of America’s great scholarly librarians.”

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Thomson Reuters cutting 60 jobs in Eagan

TwinCities.com – “Thomson Reuters, the New York-based publishers of Westlaw and other legal information services, will lay off 60 workers at its campus in Eagan. The company is restructuring and creating jobs while eliminating others in Eagan, which is home to its legal division, Thomson Reuters spokesman John Shaughnessy said today. "Once the entire process is complete, we expect to have around 60 fewer employees on the Eagan campus," he said. The company did not say when the layoffs would take effect.”

They also cut many librarian relations positions this week.

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Superheroes in Court at Yale Exhibition

NYTimes.com – “You might think that a rare books librarian at a prestigious institution would be displaying something like Magna Carta. Or maybe the original publication of the opinion in Hawkins v. McGee, the 1929 contracts case filed by a surgery patient whose botched skin graft left him with a hairy hand. (The case is often taught in contracts classes and was made famous in “The Paper Chase.”) And of course the collection does have its medieval tomes and papers of esteemed jurists — it is, after all, considered to be one of the finest collections of rare law books in the world. But the library also has its playful side, and has archived, for example, an assortment of bobblehead dolls representing members of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

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Edgar Bellefontaine; librarian preserved Boston legal history

Boston Globe – “When more than 360,000 legal documents dating from 1692 to 1830 were discovered in the basement of Suffolk County Court in Pemberton Square 35 years ago, their categorization and preservation were entrusted to Edgar J. Bellefontaine.”

More here

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Law Library Fellow Brings New Blood to Brooklyn Court

Brooklyn Eagle – “The historic Brooklyn Supreme Court Law Library is flourishing, thanks to a fellowship program that’s bringing new blood to the stacks. The staff of the Law Library recently welcomed their first Nathan R. Sobel Kings County Supreme Court Law Library Fellow, Bacilio Mendez, an enthusiastic grad student from Pratt.”

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Law librarian makes a legal fashion statement in Fayette

Pittsburgh Tribune – “Kathy Kelly, an Erie law librarian, has developed a recycling method so unique, she’s seeking a patent. Kelly makes purses and laptop computer cases from the covers of outdated law books and other volumes.”

So cool!

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