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Court Libraries Adapt to Deep Cuts, Changing Technology

“Court libraries and librarians in all 12 regional circuits are playing a leading role in two of the federal Judiciary’s most critical management initiatives: reducing building space and containing personnel and other costs. Funding for library spaces, subscription and purchase budgets, and staff positions all have faced sharp cuts. The changes have been driven by new information technologies, which have reduced the need for books and enabled judges and law clerks to do more online research.” (via US Courts)

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Access to Nebraska Court Opinions Expands

“Free online access to the official published judicial opinions of the Nebraska Supreme Court and Nebraska Court of Appeals will be available to the public beginning January 1, 2016. Text-searchable opinions dating back to 1871 will be available for the Nebraska Supreme Court. The full collection of opinions of the Nebraska Court of Appeals, beginning with its establishment in 1992, will also be offered. Previously, appellate court opinions were printed or were available online through various for-profit subscription services.” (via Nebraska Judicial Branch)

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Massachusetts Bar Association Adds Fastcase Legal Research Benefit for Members

“The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) and Fastcase today announced the state bar will be providing its members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system, effective December 1, 2015. The MBA becomes the 28th state bar to provide access to Fastcase’s online legal research service and its award-winning research tools as a benefit to members at no additional charge.” (via FastCase)

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Law librarians archive New York State’s regulatory history

“Since her early days of working at the New York State Supreme Court Library in Buffalo, Jeannine Lee recognized the need for a better way to archive the Department of State’s “New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.” Lee, who retired last year as director of the law library, said it was cumbersome to maintain all the materials tied to the state’s regulatory history” (via Buffalo Law Journal)

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Why Digitizing Harvard’s Law Library May Not Improve Access to Justice

“Harvard Law School and Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics startup, have partnered in an effort to make the law school’s massive collection of U.S. law and cases publicly available for free on Ravel’s website. The project, known as “Free the Law,” made waves because Harvard’s collection is second only to the Library of Congress in its breadth. Since most of this material was either unavailable or only available through a paywall, Free the Law has tremendous potential. But whom will it help the most?” (via BNA)

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