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AALL Executive Board Election

Note to members of AALL: Polls are now open for the 2013 AALL Executive Board election.

PACER Survey Shows Rise in User Satisfaction

PACER has seen a sharp rise in overall user satisfaction since a comparable survey was conducted in 2009, with 90 percent of users saying they are satisfied or highly satisfied with the internet-based public case information system. That compares with 75 percent satisfaction with the overall user experience in the previous survey.

Full story: http://news.uscourts.gov/pacer-survey-shows-rise-user-satisfaction

Not familiar with PACER? Read about PACER here.

Dwight Opperman, key figure in Westlaw’s launch in 1970s, dies at age 89

Dwight Opperman, a Drake University law graduate who rose to the top job at West Publishing after starting work there as an editor and was a key figure in the company's development of the Westlaw online legal research site in the 1970s, died Thursday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 89 years old.

“He was instrumental in leading West from a book publisher and moving into electronic publishing,” former West executive Grant Nelson told the Star Tribune. “Dwight had the vision that there was something else on the horizon. He really felt in his core that West Publishing was providing a vital service to the courts, to the legal system and to the country, and he took great pride in that.”

Full piece at the ABA Journal

Justice Scalia Writes Guide for Interpreting the Law

 

Interview with Scalia on the PBS News Hour about his new book - Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts

LexisNexis Announces LexisNexis Digital Library

Agreement with OverDrive creates customized eBook lending and management service offering the largest collection of electronic books for legal professionals

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Old-School Prisoner Wants Books, Not Westlaw

Old-School Prisoner Wants Books, Not Westlaw
Since 1989 a prisoner has been serving time in an Ohio state prison for rape, kidnapping, felonious assault and aggravated assault convictions. Frustrated that the prison library replaced law books with computer access to Westlaw, her has sued the prison, requesting $80,000 in compensatory damages and up to $200,000 in punitive damages for the violation of his constitutional right to a law library.

SOPA shelved until consensus is found

Controversial online piracy bill shelved until 'consensus' is found
House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said early Saturday morning that Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) promised him the House will not vote on the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) unless there is consensus on the bill.

"While I remain concerned about Senate action on the Protect IP Act, I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House," Issa said in a statement. "Majority Leader Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote."

Everything Must Go From Law Libraries

Everything Must Go From Law Libraries

It's not fair to say that area law schools, libraries, historical preservation societies and other groups interested in North Carolina law and Guilford County history are circling like vultures around the remains of the law library at the Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro – which recently closed its doors due to funding cuts and other considerations. However, it is fair to say there's a great deal of interest among those groups as to who ends up with the library's contents.

New Mobile Application launched at the New York Law School

New York Law School's Mendik Library is proud to announce the release of Mendik Mobile, a smartphone app that gives library users mobile access to some of our key services. The app enables users to search the library catalog for books and course reserve materials. It provides channels for following the library’s blogs, and for contacting reference staff by phone, email or text. Users may review a list of books they’ve borrowed, and renew loans with just a click. Another channel links to the library’s popular DRAGNET feature, offering Google custom searching in free and reliable law-related Websites.

We created Mendik Mobile in conjunction with Boopsie, Inc., a major developer of library mobile applications. The app is a free download on all major smartphone platforms, including Apple, Android and Blackberry. Visit your app store, or point your smartphone’s browser to http://www.bit.ly/mendikmobile, and you will be automatically routed to the correct app store. We believe that we are the first law school in the nation to launch a fully featured library app for smartphones.

Bloomberg buys legal research company for $990 million

Bloomberg LP is buying legal tax and regulatory research company BNA for about $990 million in an all-cash deal.

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