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Fastcase recently launched what it claims to be the largest free law library. Granted, that library is online, but that's nothing to take away from the fact that it boasts a collection of 1.8 million pages of federal cases, all in the public domain. The collection also contains all US Appeals Courts decisions dating back to 1950.
The free part involves signing up for a 24 hour subscription or paying US$95 for a one month access.
Now It's Legal: Several years ago, the law library at Maynard Cooper & Gale PC occupied portions of two floors.
These days, John Bolus, an attorney with the firm, said only about 800 square feet on one floor is needed for the firm's library. Like many things once indispensable before technology made them obsolete, the Internet has also had an impact on the libraries in some of Birmingham's largest law firms. "Everything is done electronically now, as far as legal research," Bolus said.
George Mason law prof and editor of Green Bag, Ross Davies is going to lead a team of researchers who will exam the puffery published in law school websites. In what is proposed to be a regular, perhaps annual report, The Deadwood Report, this effort will attempt to reality check the claims and actual work performed by law school faculty members. Details at Law Librarian Blog
The Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC) has transitioned its website to a new server and nearly all parts of its very useful Legislative Source Book have been assigned new URLs. Visit Law Librarian Blog for page links to their resources, research guides and directories.
Mindy's latest book, Sorcery and the Single Girl, features Jane Madison, a special librarian who also is a witch. See Spotlight on Law Librarians: Mindy K. Maddrey.
Anonymous Patron writes "While the University of Connecticut's Law Library was built just 11 years ago at a cost of $24 million, it will now cost $19 million to repair. Leaks and flaws in the granite facade of the five story building were discovered in 2002. Then the repairs were estimated to cost up to $7 million to correct the dangerous situation. The Hartford Courant has more on the story. http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-trustees0926. artsep26,0,5248816.story?track=rss"
From Tim O'Reilly: "Carl Malamud has this funny idea that public domain information ought to be... well, public. He has a history of creating public access databases on the net when the provider of the data has failed to do so or has licensed its data only to a private company that provides it only for pay. His technique is to build a high-profile demonstration project with the intent of getting the actual holder of the public domain information (usually a government agency) to take over the job." Read about Malamud's latest project, "creating unencumbered public repository of all federal and state case law and codes," in O'Reilly's blog entry, "Carl Malamud Takes on WestLaw," or John Markoff's New York Times article, "A Quest to Get More Court Rulings Online, and Free."
As a law librarian I have growing concern over our idealistic rush to implement Web 2.0 in libraries as well as the Google-ization of legal research. This blog explores the ramifications for research and historical memory when we embrace electronic data at the expense of print. David, the editor of GuyMontag.org is the Boston librarian for an international law firm.
Guy Montag is the central character in Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451. He is a California fireman who begins to question why he burns books for a living. Montag eventually rejects his authoritarian culture to join a community of individuals who memorize entire books so they will endure until society once again is willing to read."