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A Law Librarian’s Journey from San Francisco to Kansas City, and What I Learned Along the Way

“In September of 2014, I received a rather unexpected call from our Chief Operating Officer.   He informed me that Littler was opening a new Global Services Center in Kansas City, Missouri that would house the firm’s administrative and operational departments, including our library.  Here is where my journey began.On-shoring administrative services centers to lower-cost locations within the United States has become an attractive option for law firms as many cities offer business-friendly tax structures, reasonable rent and a good workforce pool.” (via .thomsonreuters.com)

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Cuts Likely To Shutter Vt. Law Library

“A nearly $500,000 cut to the Vermont Department of Libraries will likely result in the closure of the state law library. Earlier this week, the House Appropriations Committee decided to go with the governor’s recommendation to reduce the budget. According to State Librarian Martha Reid, the department is working with a consultant to determine the best way to take the cut, but the brunt of the reduction will be on the state law library. “The law library as we know it, I think it’s pretty clear that it’s going to disappear,” State Librarian Martha Reid said Thursday.” (via Valley News)

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Sleds join case books at [Yale] Law Library

“This winter, students interested in frolicking in the snow can check out sleds and shovels from an unlikely source: the Law Library. The winter gear joins a long list of useful yet unconventional items in circulation at the Lillian Goldman Library, including blankets with sleeves and DVDs. The library boasts games, sporting gear, tech equipment and study tools. In the past, the library unofficially has also allowed undergraduates to check out items, provided that there are enough in circulation. Now, policy has changed so that Yale College students can check out anything from the Law Library, except for iPads and laptops. “We tried to think of what students lack when they’re away from home, what don’t they have in the dorm room or apartment,” said Julian Aiken, head of Access Services at the library. “The list of things we check out will only be limited by our own imagination or the ideas of students — if we can fit it in the library and check it out, we will.” (via Yale Daily News)

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So Little Paper to Chase in a Law Firm’s New Library

“The law firm Kaye Scholer left a lot behind when it moved this month from 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan, where it had been since 1957, into new quarters at 250 West 55th Street.It left behind offices that had served giants like Milton Handler, one of whose students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, called him a “colossus” in the realm of trade regulation; Stanley H. Fuld, a former chief judge of New York State’s highest court; and Abraham A. Ribicoff, who served Connecticut as governor and as a United States senator.It left behind the setting of the greatest drama in its 97-year history: In 1992, the partners agreed to pay a $41 million fine to settle a $275 million lawsuit by the federal government charging that the firm had improperly withheld damaging information about a failed savings association that was its client. The suit had threatened to bankrupt and ruin the firm. Kaye Scholer left something else behind: most of its law library. Shelves full of uniformly bound legal volumes — beloved of any photographer, videographer or cinematographer who needs a background that instantly proclaims “law office” — are headed to oblivion in the digital era. Kaye Scholer’s library just got there faster because of the exigencies of the move.” (via NYTimes.com)

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New York Is Shelving Its Prison Law Libraries

“Back in the 1990s, the Supreme Court said that while prisoners have the right to pursue a legal claim, they don’t have “an abstract, freestanding right to a law library.”For years after the ruling, even though it no longer had to, New York required its county jails to maintain a supply of legal reference materials, such as various chapters of New York State Consolidated Laws and case law digests.But as times of plenty have faded, New York has decided that the law library is an unaffordable luxury.  After finding that the mandate imposed a “significant cost upon each county,” New York’s prison commission is proposing to relax the regulation and allow prisons to shutter their libraries. (via WSJ)

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San Francisco Law Library suing over facility size

“Last week’s Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting was a doozy, and not just because each public speaker got two minutes to speak and Supervisor Mark Farrell spent three hours trying to get lawyers to stop talking after their time was up. The reason that 81 people showed up to speak — almost all of them lawyers who are solo practitioners or work for nonprofits — is because they want a larger public Law Library. And straight from the “completely predictable” file, the Law Library is suing to get a larger space.” (via San Francisco Examiner)

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Law library supporters lose space debate

“Dozens of lawyers made their case for more space at San Francisco’s Law Library Wednesday, but the verdict they got from a group of supervisors was not the decision they hoped for. The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance subcommittee approved a resolution stating that 20,000 square feet is enough space for the law library at a new location on 1200 Van Ness Ave., after hearing at least two hours of public comments from lawyers and library patrons supporting the library’s demands for 30,000 to 35,000 square feet of space that the site could provide.” (via SFGate.com)

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LA Law Library To Introduce Self-Service Research Model at County Courthouses

“In support of the pending reorganization and realignment of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, LA Law Library will be shifting its focus at some branch locations from a brick and mortar presence to one based on self-service, and expanding hours at other existing locations.  As a result of the reorganization of the courts, the spaces currently occupied by the Norwalk, Pomona and Santa Monica branches of the LA Law Library are needed to fulfill other functions.”

via Press Release

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S.F. Law Library needs a temporary space

“Former San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne has a wealth of resources at her fingertips as one of the city’s top lawyers. But when she needed to research the legislative history of a 40-year-old state law for a recent case, the San Francisco Law Library was the only local source. “It plays an important role,” she said. “There are many times when the ability to find documents that aren’t otherwise available is essential.” Every county in California has a law library, run independently from the regular public libraries. For small law firms, advocacy groups, public-interest lawyers, government agencies and citizens representing themselves, law libraries are vital, advocates say. The San Francisco Law Library offers free access to expensive online legal resources such as LexisNexis and Westlaw, along with more than 250,000 law books and free assistance from eight reference librarians.”

via SFGate

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Historic SF law library in jeopardy if city can’t find new site

“Robert L. Ferris, an estate-planning attorney, says the documents he has accessed through the San Francisco Law Library have helped him handle cases for nearly two decades. But he might be on his own next year when the War Memorial Veterans Building, which houses the historic library, closes for renovation in May. “The law library is a resource that I’ve relied on for years,” Ferris said. “The reason my office is located where it is is because the courts are close and the library is close.” City and county officials are required to provide space for the library and fund its operation, but a new location has not been secured.”

via California Watch

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