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University of Connecticut Law Library Facade Flaws

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. artsep26,0,5248816.story?track=rss"

Legalese more like machine code than text

Joe Hodnicki writes "Legalese is a massively structured dialect. Symbols appear in very distinct patterns that are more reminiscent of machine code than text. More at Law Library Blog"

Free Database of U.S. Court Decisions

Joe Hodnicki writes " 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 -

David writes "New Research Blog — "Guy Montag" —

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 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 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 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 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.


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