September 10, 2005
Thomas To Get a Makeover
The Library of Congress is updating Thomas by adding the following new features:
- Improved visual appearance.
- Headers, footers and other links for easy navigation.
- A left-side menu for quick access to main content sections.
- Ability to browse legislation by sponsor.
- Links to Senate hearings for nominations.
- Links to legislative resources and learning activities.
- A new help section.
- Links to the full text of treaties.
The intent is to make the site more user-friendly to the general public but even information professionals will appreciate the ability to search across congressional sessions. Watch for changes to start appearing this month.
Mr. Roberts Meets the Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee is composed of 10 Republicans and eight Democrats. The Washington Post has published profiles of each member. Note the head shots, the photo editor had fun with this assignment.
LC Publishes Biography of Blind Activist Jacobus tenBroek
“Blind Justice: Jacobus tenBroek and the Vision of Equality,” the first full-length biography of the champion of equal opportunities for blind people and founder of the National Federation of the Blind, was recently published by the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and the Friends of Libraries for Blind and Physically Handicapped Individuals in North America. Details from the press release.
Print copies are available in both hardcover for $30 (stock number 030-000-00293-8) and paperback for $26 (030-000-00292-0) from the Government Printing Office (GPO). To order, visit www.gpoaccess.gov or call toll free (866) 512-1800.
September 9, 2005
Google Announces Plan To Destroy All Information It Can't Index
The Onion has the story.
4th Circuit Rules President Has the Power to Hold Detainees Associated With Al Qaida
The Chicago Tribune (and other news outlets) is reporting that the 4th Circuit has ruled unanimously that the President has the power to detain a U.S. citizen associated with Al Qaida. This is the case of Jose Padilla in which the District Court judge ordered the government to either charge him or release him. The Court of Appeals overturned that ruling.
Mark Giangrande, DePaul Law Library
Louisiana State Library Needs Computers
The State Library of Louisiana has sent out this call for computer equipment...
If you are interested and able to send computers, here is the request from the Louisiana State Librarian, Rebecca Hamilton.
"To all--we are in desperate need of computers/printers. We are being inundated with evacuees needing to file FEMA applications, unemployment, search for loved ones, etc. and are coming into our public libraries to use the computers. Our libraries have greatly extended their hours to accommodate the people but they need additional computers and printers. If you can please put the word out that if anyone wants to help immediately, this is our greatest need."
The specs for the computers:
* Pentium 3
* Windows 2000, prefer XP
* Laser printers if you can still get toner for them
Computers may be sent to:
State Library of Louisiana
701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, La. 70802-5232
If you are able to assist them by sending computers, please let Rebecca know via email: Rebecca Hamilton [firstname.lastname@example.org] just to help them plan. This will help her know what to expect and also help us to know (if necessary) when to stop sending them there. I am sure that we will hear from other states about similar needs.
The Geaux Library Project Seeks Volunteers
The Geaux Library Project will attempt to meet the information needs at hurricane evacuee shelters around Louisiana and beyond. Using computers and networking equipment donated to the Red Cross and others by large commercial and local IT companies, we will be setting up small computer labs at Red Cross shelters and staffing them with librarians and other trained volunteers.
Our pilot locations in Louisiana will include the Gonzales, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana (Lafayette) areas. We need your help!
Specifically, we have openings for the following volunteer positions:
-- You will do an initial needs assessment on the shelter(s) in your area. You will be provided with a questionnaire to determine the information necessary for the project. This will require you to visit the shelter physically and in put your findings into a web-based form.
-- You will be responsible for determining and assigning the necessary amount of volunteers for shelter(s) that they oversee. Communications will take place over the phone, online, and possibly in person. Coordinators may need to periodically visit the shelter site to determine adequacy of resources. Coordinators can also double as Geaux Librarians.
-- You will be asked to supervise a small network of computers and volunteers in a shelter. This may include: reference, referring in-depth questions to our searcher network, data entry, instruction on computer use to a population with very limited computer skills, coordinating computer usage times among patrons, opening and/or closing the computer area, basic technical support i.e. turning on computer and maintaining a printer and/or fax machine, other duties as they arise. Shifts are flexible.
-- You will need to be available to do anything the Geaux Librarians or Geaux Coordinators need you to do.
-- Hardware and network techs will be needed to troubleshoot any issues that may come up at the various sites, and setup new shelter computers. Some of the work may be done remotely depending on the issue.
-- You will drive equipment and supplies from a pickup point to the shelters. This can be a one time job or you can volunteer to do it more often. We will specify the locations as they come up.
We have an immediate need for a Geaux Courier to bring equipment from Lafayette to Gonzales or Baton Rouge!
Geaux Speed Searcher
-- You will be issued a login ID and password that will give you access to questions posted by onsite librarians. You may work on these answers and view other answers until a notice has been posted that no more are needed. This may be done anytime, anywhere, and our only request is, in accordance with the ALA Code of Ethics, to respect the confidentiality of these questions.
-- You will write content for the website as needed such as policies, volunteer position descriptions, link descriptions, etc.. Experience in writing clear, easy to read information in a must.
-- You will maintain the geauxlibrary.org website. You must have experience in using a variety of web programming languages and using database driven websites.
Everything is completely voluntary at this time, but the satisfaction you receive will be helping hurricane Katrina victims by doing what you know how to do better than anyone else!
For more information and further description of volunteer opportunities, please see our website at www.geauxlibrary.org . Go there to fill out the volunteer signup form to become part of this much needed project.
We are also accepting Donations through the website. Click on the For Donors section to see what items we need and how to donate.
We will be putting out instructions on how to start your own Geaux Library in your area soon, so keep watching the website for more information. The website is just now functional to get more volunteers and donations. We will add more information when we get some help.
Geaux Library Project (shelter) Organizers,
Becky Hebert and Addie Fletcher
5th Circuit Library Staff Update
From Sue Creech, 5th Circuit Austin Satellite Librarian:
Here is the latest news. All Fifth Circuit Library staff from New Orleans and Gulfport have checked in. We are happy to report that everyone survived this disaster. There are property loss and damages, to various degrees. We don't have all the facts, we wouldn't know until they have a chance to return to their homes.
Kay is currently driving back to her home in Mississippi. She will be traveling to the Baton Rouge Sat. Library sometime next week. Please continue to send email to Kay's personal email address: email@example.com
Technical Services, Procurement and Personnel departments, of the New Orleans Headquarters Library, will be relocated to the Baton Rouge Satellite Library, in the next few weeks. Phone number: 225-389-2990. (Currently, Baton Rouge can not make long distance calls, but can receive calls)
Reference questions should be directed to the Houston Satellite Library at 713-250-5696.
Will keep you posted on any changes.
September 8, 2005
Opening: Reference/Electronic and Digital Collections Librarian, Pepperdine Law Library
Pepperdine University School of Law is seeking a Reference/Electronic and Digital Collections Librarian who will be responsible for managing the library's electronic and digital resources and training members of the law school community in their use. For a complete position description, please see http://law.pepperdine.edu/library/jobs.
Search Engines Devoted to Blogs Reviewed by WSJ
If you are looking via search engine for blog content in real time, then you are likely going to be disappointed with Yahoo and Google. The nature of their databases is such that they are not refreshed fast enough to quickly pick up blog content. It can take several days or more for content (such as this post) to finally show up.
Where there's a need, there is a start-up willing to tackle the problem, or in this case, several. The Wall Street Journal is reporting on and reviewing several Internet resources that are filling the gap. There are five sites listed in the article. These are:
Random searches on these sites give results that have been posted with the last hour of the search. The article goes into detail about the utility and scope of each of these sites. I can see Google and Yahoo reacting to the competition, but they just aren't there yet.
The WSJ article is called New Search Engines Help Users Find Blogs
Mark Giangrande, De Paul Law Library
Opening: Temporary/Visiting Reference Librarian, Texas Wesleyan, Fort Worth, TX
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Library
Fort Worth, TX
The law library is inviting a Mississippi or Louisiana law librarian needing employment due to Katrina to fill a temporary/visiting reference librarian position for the remainder of the fall semester with the option to extend through the spring semester if the librarian so needs.
Requirements include a Masters in Library Science and a law degree or significant law library experience.
If interested, please contact:
Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library
Texas Wesleyan Law Library
1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Depository Library Council Releases Its Vision Discussion Paper
From the Depository Library Council:
The members of the Depository Library Council are pleased to announce that our vision discussion paper entitled "The Federal Government Information Environment of the 21st Century: Towards a Vision Statement and Plan of Action for Federal Depository Libraries.
Discussion Paper" is now posted on the GPO web site at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/dlc_vision_09_02_2005.pdf.
While this discussion paper may fall short of the comprehensive "vision" statement to which DLC initially aspired, it represents the necessary first step on the journey toward an agreed-upon vision statement and an accompanying action plan. Members of the Depository Library Council hope we have succeeded in our attempt to 1) define the current situation; 2) suggest new and reinvigorated roles for federal depository libraries; and 3) challenge others to do the same.
We welcome continued discussion of this paper on the DLC blog at http://dlcvisionoutline.blogspot.com. Additionally, we welcome discussion on govdoc-l, lawlib-l and other listservs to which this announcement is posted.
We look forward to our discussions at the fall DLC meeting. We very much hope that out of those discussions and other input we will be able to formulate a vision statement and plan of action that will ensure the continuing relevance of the FDLP to the public's ability to get and use federal government information.
Hurricane Katrina Relief Resources on LawHelp
Since courts and legal aid programs are a natural place for people to look for help with legal problems in the wake of disaster, Pro Bono Net has compiled a Hurricane Katrina Relief Resources page available on www.lawhelp.org. It includes state-specific legal hotlines and resources as well as general links and disaster relief information. The page as helpful legal resources become available.
Position Opening: Director of the Law Library, John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
Overview: The John Marshall Law School in Chicago seeks applications for the position of Director of the Louis L. Biro Law Library. John Marshall was founded in 1899. The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. The Louis L. Biro Law Library supports the research needs of the students, faculty, and alumni of The John Marshall Law School, as well as members of the Chicago Bar Association. The collection is housed on five floors and two mezzanine floors. Over 45,000 square feet of library space provides 624 seats, including 250 study carrels. The Library currently contains over 380,000 volumes, including the equivalent of 145,000 volumes in microform. It has a full-time staff of 16, including 8 professionals and 8 support staff. Each reference librarian holds both a law degree and a library science degree.
The Law School is located in Chicago’s Loop, close to the federal and state courthouses, museums, theaters, and public transportation.
Responsibilities: The Director’s principal responsibility is the full-time management of the law library. In particular, the Director oversees and is responsible for all aspects of library administration, including: hiring, training and supervising library staff; collection development; budgeting; technology development; and strategic planning. The Director also monitors the programs and services of the Library, and ensures that they are sufficient to meet the needs of students, faculty,and the bar. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the Library meets the accreditation standards of the American Bar Association and the membership requirements of the Association of American Law Schools. The Law School encourages participation in the American Association of Law Libraries and other law library organizations, and publication of library-related scholarship. In addition to the administrative appointment as Director, the successful candidate will also be appointed to the faculty. The faculty appointment may be either tenure-track or non-tenure-track, depending on the successful candidate’s interests, qualifications, and preferences.
Required: Applicants must have a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, an M.L.S. degree or its equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution, and significant administrative experience in an academic law library.
John Marshall is committed to the diversity of its faculty. We enthusiastically solicit applications from minorities and other individuals from historically underrepresented groups.
To Apply: To ask for information about the position, or to apply, please contact Professor Molly Lien, Chair of the Selections and Appointments Committee, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604. You may submit inquiries or applications electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com>. The Committee will begin the review process September 15th , 2005.
September 7, 2005
Opening: Access Librarian, Texas Tech Law
Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas has a position open for an Access Librarian. Follow this link for more information: Access Services Librarian: http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawWeb/library/about/JobOpening2.shtm
All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. This position will remain open until filled.
Williams and Ambrogi Launch Legal News Podcast
Congratulations and best of luck!
KISS Star Picks Up Gig as University Trustee
The Oregonian is reporting that Tommy Thayer of Kiss has been appointed to the board of trustess of Pacific University. The story proves once again that rock stars know everything. (Just ask Bono)
California Passes Bill to Legalize Same-sex Marriage
JURIST by way of AP is reporting that the California Assembly has narrowly passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. AB 849, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act was approved by the state Senate [JURIST report] last Thursday, and now goes to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill, if signed into law, would be the first state law to legalize same-sex marriage and not just civil unions; same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, but that was the result of a judicial decision.
Special Customer Support for CCH, Aspen, Loislaw Customers Affected by Hurricane Katrina
The Wolters Kluwer Legal group, including the Aspen Publishers, CCH, Loislaw, and KLI product families, are offering a range of support to customers in designated disaster areas who have experienced losses resulting from the hurricane. The company will work with you to help replace your libraries and provide special services until your business resumes.
Depending on customer need, Wolters Kluwer will:
- Provide immediate electronic access to subscription products as available at no cost while print or CD product is being replaced;
- Provide subscription print product replacement, as available;
- Re-route products to an interim address;
- Place a hold on subscriptions and standing order updates;
- Suspend cancellation of subscriptions for non-payments;
- Delay statement mailing and collection activity;
- Expedite shipments for urgent needs at no extra cost, and more.
For specific details on CCH support services, or if you are in need of special support relating to CCH products, please visit http://support.cch.com/, send email to http://support.cch.com/csinquiry/ or call 800-344-3734.
For specific details on Aspen support services, or if you are in need of special support relating to Aspen products, please visit http://www.aspenpublishers.com/ send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-234-1660 (within the U.S.) or +1-301-698-7100 (outside the U.S.) .
If you have been affected by Hurricane Katrina Wolters Kluwer will offer replacement books. Please place requests through your academic dean or registrar. Wolters Kluwer are coordinating with the schools. Schools should send their requests directly to email@example.com or call 800-950-5259 where they will be given the highest priority.
New Resources from the Library of Congress Law Library
The Library of Congress Law Library Reading Room is pleased to announce the following new resources:
- Administrative Law Guide
- Legal Subscription Databases
- Supreme Court Nominations
(an introductory page, featuring links to the next two pages)
- John G. Roberts Nomination Collection
- Supreme Court Nominations Documents
(includes PDF copies of floor debates, votes, hearing transcripts and Senate statements of the current Supreme Court Justices)