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We've just launched a survey, Rate Your Legal Resources Vendors: BNA, LexisNexis, West and Wolters Kluwer, on Law Librarian Blog at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog/2009/09/rate-your-legal-resources-vendor...
Hope you have a moment to contribute to it. -- Joe Hodnicki
We're going to be talking to a group of firm librarians about what resources are being used in law firms today.
"Doing more with less" has long been a theme, goal, and -- at times -- mandate for law firm librarians, but now it's "do much more with far less." Money is part of the story, with the average library budget down slightly, according to our fourteenth annual survey of law firm library directors, from $5.9 million in 2008 to $5.8 million in 2009. But far more telling is the number of firms that said their budgets had gone under the knife. Last year only 9 percent of respondents said their budgets had shrunk. This year it was a whopping 46 percent. Staff reductions have also become the norm, with 57 percent of firms paring their library payroll, up from 18 percent in 2008.
The future of Michigan’s State Law Library has become uncertain in light of a July 13, 2009 executive order issued by the state’s governor. Executive Order 2009-36, which takes effect October 1, 2009 absent legislative action, provides for the elimination of the law library’s “circulation and document delivery” services. Details and prospects for the future of the state law library and an analysis of the executive order on Law Librarian Blog
Joe Custer is a winner of the AALL LexisNexis Call for Papers award for "The Truthiness of Thinkable Thoughts Versus the Facts of Empirical Research". His paper is available on SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1354111
Posted to a law librarian listserv:
We crafted a very short petition directed at the Administrative Office of the US Courts to improve PACER.
The petition is online here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/improve-PACER.
We ask the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to improve PACER by enhancing the authenticity, usability and availability of the system.
We the undersigned, urge the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) to make the following changes to the PACER system:
For verification and reliability, the AO should digitally sign every document put into PACER using readily available technology.
PACER needs to be much more readily accessible if it is to be usable for research, education, and the practice of law. Improved accessibility includes both lowering the costs for using PACER and enhancing the web interfaces.
Depository libraries should also have free access to PACER.
Please sign the petition, comment on the ideas and share the petition with your friends and colleagues!
NPR has learned that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire at the end of the current court term.
The vacancy will give President Obama his first chance to name a member of the high court and begin to shape its future direction.
Law.com offers an interview with entrepreneur and librarian Susan Davis, who has just started a statewide business called Law Library On Call LLC.
Davis began her legal career as an attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She moved to Connecticut and was a full-time mom for years before earning a library degree from Southern Connecticut State University. In her last semester, she took a job in the library at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, and worked in the firm's Hartford offices until being laid off earlier this year.
Davis has bounced back with her New Haven, Conn.-based startup business, which offers the skills of a full-time law librarian on an a la carte basis.
An ugly dispute has erupted between West Publishing and two law professors who claim they were falsely identified as the authors of an annual supplement to a treatise on Pennsylvania criminal law even though they had nothing to do with writing it.
In a federal lawsuit, professors David Rudovsky of the University of Pennsylvania and Leonard Sosnov of Widener Law School claim that the December 2008 supplement, or "pocket part," to their book, "Pennsylvania Criminal Procedure -- Law, Commentary and Forms," was so poorly researched that it will harm their reputations if allowed to remain on library shelves.