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Joe Hodnicki writes "AltLaw.org is a joint project of Columbia Law School's Program on Law and Technology, and the Silicon Flatirons Program at the University of Colorado Law School. Details at At The Law Professors Blog"

Creating an Unencumbered Public Repository of All Federal and State Case Law and Codes

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."

New Resarch Blog - GuyMontag.org

David writes "New Research Blog — "Guy Montag" — http://guymontag.org/

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."

Survey Says Law Librarians Like Their Jobs but Are Displeased With Vendors

This article in Law.com reports that law librarians like their jobs, but are unhappy with the tools they have to use and the vendors who furnish them.

Today's law library is tightly integrated with the rest of the firm. It's vital not only for finding case law but for finding new business, too. LawFirmInc.'s sixth annual survey of law firm librarians at Am Law 200 firms reveals that they are continuing to move beyond "traditional" library work, like legal research, and into marketing and competitive intelligence, computer training and even knowledge management projects. (Ninety-five firms participated in the survey.)

Print vs. Electronic Research Skills

Genie Tyburski writes "Is print losing ground to electronic formats for the publication of research materials for lawyers? If so, will those who conduct research primarily through books soon become inefficient, costly and possibly, negligent researchers? This article examines the relevancy of both book and electronic research skills in today's environment."

Law Librarian Receives France's Highest Honor

Joe Hodnicki writes "Claire Germain, Edward Cornell Law Librarian and a Cornell Law School professor of law, was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur medal, France's highest honor. See http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blo g/2007/07/cornell-law-l-2.html"

Spotlight on Law Librarians

Joe Hodnicki writes "Meet Julie M. Jones, a member of the Cornell Law Library public services staff at http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blo g/2007/07/spotlight-on-la.html"

Library Law: Library Dress Codes: Keeping Up Appearances

Gerard E. Dempsey and Janet N. Petsche Say the past few years have witnessed an increasing number of "employment discrimination" cases that formerly might have been viewed as extreme instances of individuals seeking to impose their personal choices on their employers, but that now are characterized as violating the employee's "protected" characteristics. This article will look at three areas: "tattoos," "body piercing," and general physical appearance.

What Have You Stopped Doing?

Joe Hodnicki writes "On the Law Library Directors listserv, Carl Yirka posed the question, "What have you stopped doing?" Academic law librarians didn't need an explanation as to "in what context." Read more about it at Law Professors Blog"

KeyCite Error with Code of Federal Regulation

Joe Hodnicki writes "Potentially systemic error: a proposed rule does not become a final rule, KeyCite begins to tag it as a "Former Proposed Regulation", even if it is still pending! Scary. See Here's More"

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