May 24, 2008
The Sunlight Foundation's Fortune 535
For eleven years, lawmakers’ personal financial data has been public information. Now, for the first time ever, that information has been compiled and visualized on a website where you can find out just how much your member of Congress is worth. Fortune 535 has been created by the Sunlight Foundation.
The Fortune 535 site profiles every Senator and Representative in Congress showing how their average net worth has changed since entering Congress (or from 1995, the first year the data is readily available) and how their wealth relates to that of an average American family. It also lists the wealthiest lawmakers, those whose wealth has changed the most over the covered time period, those who began their careers with no net worth and those whose net worth was less than $0 in 2006.
Top 10 Wealthiest Lawmakers (in millions)
- Jane Harman: $409
- Darrell Issa: $337
- John Kerry: $267
- Vernon Buchanan: $191
- Herb Kohl: $171
- Edward Kennedy: $101
- Jay Rockefeller: $91
- Robin Hayes: $82
- Dianne Feinstein: $79
- Frank Lautenberg: $79
Early Adopters Still Spend More Time With Microsoft Apps
"When early adopters sit at their computers, what applications and websites do they use the most? The answer: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office, and MSN Messenger—just like most everyone else. At least according to data from RescueTime, the productivity app that monitors the amount of time a user spends on every application on his desktop. The Y Combinator-funded startup has given us an exclusive look at the usage data they’ve compiled from over 30,000 users (most of whom are early adopters). This data represents real-life usage on a huge scale, totaling 475,190 man-hours.
Gmail, Facebook, and Skype make strong showings, but still lag behind Microsoft’s desktop apps. Microsoft Websites, however, are nowhere to be seen. All of this suggests that among early adopters, desktop apps still rule, but Webtop apps are gaining ground in terms of what they use every day. After Outlook and Word, Gmail is the third most-used application, Facebook is No. 6, Google search is No. 10, iTunes is No. 11, and Skype is No. 16." [RJ]
May 23, 2008
Friday Fun: Dog Lawyer Ad
When the plaintiffs' bar runs out of human clients... [JH]
AALL's Day in the Life Photo Contest Winners Announced
The description for the winner of the Best Picture Overall (left) is "Vicenc Feliu gets caught in the act of taking a photo for the 'A Day In The Life' contest." Check out all of this year's winning photos by the following categories:
- Best Picture Overall
- Librarians as Information Evaluators and Managers
- Librarians as Expert Researchers
- Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
- Librarians as Trailblazers in New Technology
- The Artistry of Librarianship
Congratulations to all! [JH]
Reducing e-Discovery Processing Costs
Tim O'Connor, director of the Legal Electronic Document Institute, outlines a new approach to processing electronic files as documents, not as pages, for reducing costs in e-discovery processing in Defining Documents, Law Technology News, May 2008. See also What is Web 2.0?, Dan Regard and Tom Matzen's primer on Web 2.0 in the same issue. [JH]
Loyola Law School Launches First Monday Podcasts
Loyola Law School in Los Angeles has launched First Monday Podcasts, a program of free monthly podcasts on legal topics for the general public hosted on iTunes U. (iTunes U Path: Loyola Marymount University > Law School) [RJ]
2008 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
New report from the U.S. Department of State: "The 2008 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) is an annual report by the Department of State to Congress prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act. It describes the efforts of key countries to attack all aspects of the international drug trade in Calendar Year 2007. Volume I covers drug and chemical control activities. Volume II covers money laundering and financial crimes." [RJ]
Professional Reading: Using the Law Review Article Type Indicator to Make Publishing Decisions
Does Yale Law Journal review "all manuscripts anonymously, without regard to the author's name, institutional affiliation, prior publications, or pending publication offers" as claimed? Apparently not according to Jack Chin's post on PrawfsBlawg, at least not after the initial screening. Of course, Yale is not alone. Eric Chiappinelli (Seattle) suggests a tool for screening articles in Definite Articles: Using the Law Review Article Type Indicator® to Make Law Review Publishing Decisions (SSRN). Here's the abstract:
Each year close to two thousand law review articles are circulated among about two hundred student-edited law journals. As a result, law reviews around the country spend upwards of three thousand hours a year screening potential articles for publication. This process is exhausting for both authors and editors alike. The core problem in the law review article selection process is the information asymmetry between authors and law reviews. This article presents a tool, the Law Review Article Type Indicator (LRATI) that aims to reduce the information disparity, in turn making the article selection process less time consuming, more fruitful, and generally more pleasant for law review editors and authors. To achieve this end, the LRATI employs four bipolar scales that systematically evaluate both the author and the submission in an effort to ensure that law reviews only publish author's who are "stars" or "keepers", or at the very least "fillers" while eliminating with ease any and all "losers." This article argues that if law reviews implement the LRATI, the selection of law review articles will be quicker, more accurate, and will take place with less rancor and fewer interpersonal conflicts than ever before.
Opening: Reference Librarian, University of Washington School of Law Library
The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law, seeks an enthusiastic, self-directed, and flexible reference librarian.
DEADLINE: Review will begin June 5, 2008 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure consideration of your application, please submit it by 5 p.m. PDT June 2, 2008.
Supporting the work of the University of Washington School of Law, one of the top ten public law schools in the country, the Gallagher Law Library is an active and responsive force in the life of the law school. The law library serves 61 full time and 56 part time faculty, 550 JD students, 125 LL.M. and Ph.D. students, and visiting scholars as well as other members of the university community, the bar, and the general public. The law library also manages an internship program for library science students preparing for professional careers in law librarianship. The Gallagher Law Library has a strong tradition of service to all users. The law school’s graduate programs include Asian Law, Tax, and Intellectual Property Law. The law school hosts three journals: the Washington Law Review, the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, and the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce + Technology (e-journal). The School of Law is in a building that opened in 2003; the library is spacious and attractive. The collection includes over 625,000 volumes, and the library is a selective federal depository.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Reference Librarian, 1 FTE
Will join a department of reference librarians who provide high quality, wide-ranging services to all library users.
Core duties include front-line reference (about 12 hours per week), research projects for faculty, instructional presentations to law school classes and other groups, and the preparation of materials that enhance access to legal information.
Each reference librarian in the department also has some administrative duties – for instance, serving as liaison to online vendors, managing the library’s website, or coordinating teaching and training. It is likely that the new hire will be the liaison to online vendors. All reference librarians report to and are evaluated by the Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services, Penny Hazelton. The department works on a consensus model and is coordinated on a day-to-day basis by the Assistant Librarian for Reference Services, Ann Hemmens.
We look forward to hiring someone who is a self-starter, has a sense of humor, and enjoys collaborating on a wide variety of projects. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute ideas to improve services in a fluid print and online environment.
Librarians are encouraged to be professionally active.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
1. Provides reference service to library patrons, including members of the law school and university communities, the bar, and the public; uses online and print sources to answer general and legal reference questions
2. Prepares materials for and gives research presentations in law school courses
3. Conducts research for faculty and staff
4. Provides instruction and training to a wide variety of audiences including members of the law school community, professional colleagues, university students, and public librarians
5. Continually improves reference and research skills for high-quality service
6. Works some evening or weekend hours
7. Handles administrative projects and other duties as assigned
• MLIS (or equivalent degree) from an ALA-accredited institution
• Excellent legal research skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong commitment to service
• Ability to work in a consensus-driven department as well as independently
• Law library experience
• Teaching experience
The University of Washington's Gallagher Law Library is centrally located in Seattle, a beautiful, vibrant city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.
Librarians are academic personnel and are eligible to participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan (UWRP) with investments available through TIAA-CREF, The Vanguard Group, SAFECO Mutual Funds and/or Fidelity Investments. Employee contributions are matched dollar for dollar by the University and immediately vested. In addition to retirement, the UW offers a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental, life and long term disability insurance programs. Librarians also receive 24 vacation days, 12 sick days and 11 paid holidays each year. There is no state or local income tax.
AVAILABLE: July 2008
APPLY TO: Penny A. Hazelton Fax: 206-685-2165
Associate Dean for Library http://lib.law.washington.edu/
and Computing Services
University of Washington
Gallagher Law Library
Seattle, WA 98195-3025
Applicants should submit a letter of application, a resume, and the names and contact information for three references in paper or via fax to be received no later than Monday, June 2, 2008, 5:00pm Pacific Time.
The University of Washington, an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, is building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.
May 22, 2008
Opening: Director of Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is currently considering applicants for the position of Director of Library and Archives. The Director of Library and Archives reports to the Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs and is responsible managing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Archives and Library, which will contain specialized research material relating to the history, music, and business of Rock and Roll. Details.
OK, so it's not a law library gig. [JH]
Professional Reading: An Empirical Investigation of Justice Scalia's Ordinary Meaning Method of Statutory Interpretation
Miranda O. McGown (San Diego) has depostied Do as I Do, Not as I Say: An Empirical Investigation of Justice Scalia's Ordinary Meaning Method of Statutory Interpretation in SSRN. Here's the abstract for this very interesting article.
Justice Scalia is one of the only American judges to have formulated a complete methodology of statutory interpretation. He contends that the rule of law requires "statutory construction to begin with the language employed by Congress and the assumption that the ordinary meaning of that language accurately expresses the legislative purpose." This article presents the results of a study that examined how Justice Scalia's practice of interpreting statutes compares with his theory. Based on a random sample of Justice Scalia's statutory interpretation dissents, this study uncovered the following. First, Justice Scalia entirely suspends textualism in about a quarter of the cases in the study's sample, because he is interpreting a statute that he believes grants the courts common law authority. Second, when Justice Scalia engages in textual analysis, more often than not his presumption that the ordinary meaning of words governs statutory meaning is overcome. He also consults an eclectic set of extrinsic materials - the same broad set of materials that other justices use, with the singular exception of legislative history. Third, purpose analysis lies at the core of Justice Scalia's method, and he considers a statute's purpose about as often as the Court as a whole does. Because Justice Scalia refuses to consult legislative materials, however, his purpose analysis frequently stems from the least formal source of all - his own sense of a statute's purpose or of absurd or anomalous results. This article concludes by observing that compared to ipse dixit purposivism, the evils of legislative history are grossly overstated.
Hat tip to Statutory Construction Blog. [JH]
Thomson Reuters' World IP Today: Technology Innovations and Patent Activity in 2007
Thomson Reuters has launched a new series of reports under the title, World IP Today. Here's the first two reports:
Global Technology Innovations in 2007 (pdf). Key Study Findings:
- Four areas of technology are truly exemplary in protecting high volumes of inventions: consumer electronics, computing, telecommunications and entertainment and business services technology.
- Protection for computing inventions in the three largest markets, Japan, the U.S. and Europe, has been more prevalent than in other technology sectors.
- Innovation within the computing industry is far more evenly distributed between countries than with other technologies.
- Of the top ten patent assignees based on innovations filed in the United States, Europe and Japan during 2007, most are from Japan.
- When we delve deeper into the technology produced by the top ten patentees, we find some interesting changes in the volumes between 2001 and 2007. Specifically, there has been a significant drop in innovation within the industrial and audio/visual and data recording sectors, as well as a dramatic fall in the semiconductors field which decreased by 26% between 2001 and 2007.
Global Patent Activity in 2007 (pdf). Key Study Findings:
- Global patent activity has grown by 21% between 2003 and 2006, with 2007 shaping up as another year of growth for patents.
- Japan is still the world’s leading filer of patents, but continues to decline slowly. Its lead over the U.S. and China is eroding as their patenting activity increases.
- Academic innovations are at their highest ratio in China and Russia where they represent nearly 25% of total patenting activity.
- South Korea safeguards more inventions worldwide than ever before, while the U.S. has greatly decreased the number of patents it files across the key patent regions.
New Titles for Information Professionals
A sampling of recent publications. Details below the fold. [JH]
- Building Web-Scale Libraries: Libraries, Networks and Services, by Lorcan Dempsey and Brian Lavoie
- Blended Learning: Tools for Teaching and Training by Barbara Allen
- Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist; Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL by Dean Allemang and James Hendler
- Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management by William Jones
- Knowledge Management and Reducing Risk by Joseph M. Firestone
- Making Knowledge Work- The Arrival of Web 2.0 (2d ed.) by Jon Husband and Jim Bair
- Video Over IP: IPTV, Internet Video, H.264, P2P, Web TV, and Streaming: A Complete Guide to Understanding the Technology (2d ed.) by Wes Simpson (forthcoming August 2008)
Building Web-Scale Libraries: Libraries, Networks and Services
By Lorcan Dempsey and Brian Lavoie
List Price: $115.00
Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008
Book Description: Libraries are entering a second phase of their networked life. In the first they thought about how to connect their services to the network. However, now that the network has reconfigured behaviours and structures in significant ways, a new set of issues needs to be addressed. In this second phase, libraries need to create value in an environment where major web presences have changed how people search for information, where the conduct of learning and scholarship is changing, and where scale and network effects are increasingly important. Combining published blog entries and new material this collection explores these issues and considers some library responses.
Blended Learning: Tools for Teaching and Training
By Barbara Allen
List Price: $115.00
Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008
Book Description: Blended Learning integrates traditional and distance learning methods into a blended approach, the ideal for today's modern learning environment. With this book, you'll learn how to combine the best of traditional and new approaches to learning, gaining the benefits of both and none of the disadvantages. This practical guide to designing and delivering training that meets the needs of every group, no matter the size, is filled with library-based examples, checklists, and case studies. Topics include:
- Virtual communication tools
- Models of teaching and learning
- Individual and group learning activities
- Development of online communities
Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist
Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL
By Dean Allemang and James Hendler
Paperback, 352 pages,
Publication date: April 2008
Imprint: MORGAN KAUFFMAN
Description: The promise of the Semantic Web to provide a universal medium to exchange data information and knowledge has been well publicized. There are many sources too for basic information on the extensions to the WWW that permit content to be expressed in natural language yet used by software agents to easily find, share and integrate information. Until now individuals engaged in creating ontologies-- formal descriptions of the concepts, terms, and relationships within a given knowledge domain-- have had no sources beyond the technical standards documents. Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist transforms this information into the practical knowledge that programmers and subject domain experts need. Authors Allemang and Hendler begin with solutions to the basic problems, but don?t stop there: they demonstrate how to develop your own solutions to problems of increasing complexity and ensure that your skills will keep pace with the continued evolution of the Semantic Web.
Paperback, 448 pages
Publication date: November 2007
Imprint: MORGAN KAUFFMAN
Description: We need information to make good decisions, to get things done, to learn, and to gain better mastery of the world around us. But we do not always have good control of our information - not even in the "home waters" of an office or on the hard drive of a computer. Instead, information may be controlling us - keeping us from doing the things we need to do, getting us to waste money and precious time. The growth of available information, plus the technologies for its creation, storage, retrieval, distribution and use, is astonishing and sometimes bewildering. Can there be a similar growth in our understanding for how best to manage information and informational tools? This book provides a comprehensive overview of personal information management (PIM) as both a study and a practice of the activities people do and need to be doing so that information can work for them in their daily lives. Introductory chapters of Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management provide an overview of PIM and a sense for its many facets. The next chapters look more closely at the essential challenges of PIM, including finding, keeping, organizing, maintaining, managing privacy, and managing information flow. The book also contains chapters on search, email, mobile PIM, web-based support, and other technologies relevant to PIM.
Knowledge Management and Reducing Risk
By Joseph M. Firestone
Year published: 2008
Publisher: Ark Group
Description: The need for an effective risk management strategy has never been clearer. As Enron, Arthur Anderson and Merrill Lynch have fallen the professional and public worlds have woken to the real danger of unchecked risk. This crucial new report from the Ark Group focuses in on the root cause of bad management, the faults in the decision making process, and shows you the techniques and tools you need to correct them. Communicating in a clear and entertaining style Joseph Firestone leads you step by step through the process of using knowledge management (KM) to risk-proof your organisation.
Knowledge Management and Reducing Risk covers the crucial issues in Risk Management:
- Capturing knowledge to pinpoint your business’ areas of risk;
- Identifying differing types of risk and reacting accordingly;
- Adapting your decision making models to minimise risk and maximise opportunity;
- Weighting risk to provide a ‘fair comparison’ analysis;
- Developing a risk savvy culture through knowledge sharing;
- Measuring the success of the decision making process;
- Maintaining an atmosphere of open debate to ensure continued success.
Making Knowledge Work- The Arrival of Web 2.0 (2d ed.)
By Jon Husband and Jim Bair
Year published: 2008
Publisher: Ark Group
Description: Making Knowledge Work is a unique, uncompromising examination of the practical considerations that influence the success of knowledge management (KM) in a corporate context. From exploring the various definitions of KM to understanding the arguments against KM programmes, Making Knowledge Work equips you with the knowledge and theories to effectively champion and implement KM at your organisation. Whether you are introducing KM to your organisation for the first time, or understand the huge potential and growing importance of Enterprise 2.0 to your existing KM strategies, this report is essential research in helping you realise the massive benefits while avoiding expensive pitfalls.
Since the first Making Knowledge Work report was published in 2004, there has been an enormous amount of implementation of KM-oriented technology, both with respect to systems architecture and the integration of KM-oriented capabilities like enterprise search, taxonomy, document management and more… The 2nd edition of this report takes into account all these advances and most specifically, the massive impact of Web 2.0 on information management, collaboration and organisational culture.
Making Knowledge Work considers these important developments while specifically guiding you through:
- Overcoming cultural issues;
- Securing senior management support;
- Selecting the most appropriate KM tools and technologies;
- Maximising the return on your investment.
Paperback, ISBN-13: 978-0-240-81084-3, 464 pages,
Publication date: August 2008
Imprint: FOCAL PRESS
Description: Video Over IP gives you everything you need to know to choose from among the many ways of transferring your video over a network. The information is presented in an easy to read format, with comparison charts provided to help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of different technologies for a variety of practical applications. This new edition is expanded to fully cover HD and wireless technologies and new case studies. Whether your background is video, networking, broadcast, or telecommunications, you will benefit from the breadth of coverage that this book provides. Real-life application examples give readers successful examples of a variety of Video over IP networks that are up and running today.
Commercial Law Bibliography
Michael Hillinger's Commercial Law Bibliography has been published in the DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal. [Westlaw] [JH]
Opening: Project Software Manager/Database Administrator, Florida Bar Foundation
Overview: The Florida Bar Foundation is purchasing new integrated database software for its grantmaking, development, finance, and administrative activities. The various software modules are fully operational, although modifications are required to meet the specific needs of the Foundation. The Project Manager will have overall responsibility for identifying and documenting the required modifications, preparation of memoranda of understanding with the software vendors describing the modifications, timelines and performance requirements, implementation of the modified software, including data conversion and testing, and the design, writing and testing of custom reports using a standard report generator.
The Project Manager will be an independent contractor. The project is expected to require at least six months to complete and could extend for several additional months. The Project Manager will report to the executive director in consultation with Foundation department heads and staff development directors.
• Tests software and hardware to evaluate ease of use and whether product will aid user in performing work.
• Confers with identified Foundation staff to analyze current operational procedures, identify problems, and learn specific input and output requirements such as forms of data input, how data is to be summarized, and formatted for reports.
• Writes detailed description of user needs, program functions, and recommendations for software modifications.
• Prepares workflow charts and diagrams to specify in detail operations to be performed by software programs and operations to be performed by personnel in system.
• Works with computer software vendors and Foundation IT staff in resolution of computer problems related to the new software.
• Prepares time and cost estimates for completing projects.
• Directs and coordinates work of others to develop, test, install, and modify programs.
• Provides assistance to IT Department staff on high level problem resolution.
• Conducts walkthroughs of systems in development with identified Foundation staff on a regular basis.
• Conducts user roundtables or training on special topics once or twice a year.
• Bachelor's Degree with 3 - 4 classes in Computer Science or Business Systems, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• 2 - 3 years of related experience performing application development and support in a service environment, preferably with a charitable organization.
• Experience with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, MS Office Suite 2003 and 2007, including MS Outlook/Exchange.
• Excellent planning, organization and writing skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills, including conflict management and group presentation.
• Demonstrated ability to work with minimal direction.
• Demonstrated ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions from complex manuals and technical materials.
• Previous experience handing application development in Windows SQL Server database environment.
• Project management skills (group organization, communication, material preparation, cost benefit and financial analysis).
• Demonstrated ability to conceptualize and prepare administrative control systems for system applications.
Submit cover letter, resume and salary history to:
PO Box 1553
Orlando, FL 32802-1553
May 21, 2008
AALL Announces Recipients of Marian Gould Gallagher and Joseph L. Andrews Awards
From the announcements:
The 2008 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award will honor the outstanding career of Robert (Bob) L. Oakley. His service to AALL and the profession is well known. Besides chairing numerous committees, Oakley served on the Executive Board and was elected as AALL president in 2000-2001. He was instrumental in establishing AALL’s government relations program. For 18 years Oakley served as Washington affairs representative, AALL’s advocate on Capitol Hill.
AALL presents the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award to Edward Grosek for his work, The Secret Treaties of History. As the title states, the book indexes treaties that nations entered into secretly. Some treaties trace back as early as 499 A.D. The result of the longtime effort of Grosek, this work includes 110 nations involved in secret treaties. The book annotates 973 secret treaties and includes an annotated bibliography, as well as an important country index. It is a unique resource that researchers in a variety of disciplines—from history to law to political science—can use. Grosek is currently associate professor at Northern Illinois University and is in charge of the United Nations collection at the Founders Memorial Library. He has published a number of articles on government information.
Congratulations! And congratulations also to the recipients of this year's AALL Research Grants
The AALL Research Committee selected the following grants for funding in 2008 by the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis:
Jill Duffy, research librarian at the U.S. Supreme Court Library, and Elizabeth Lambert, pro se staff attorney at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, are awarded $2,383 for their project, "Dissents from the Bench: A Compilation of Oral Dissents Issued by the U.S. Supreme Court Justices."
Karen E. Kalnins, reference librarian at Oklahoma City University Law Library, is awarded $700 for her project, "Oral Histories of Oklahoma Judges and Attorneys."
Just Released, Solove's Understanding Privacy, a Must-Read
|About the Author|
When research privacy issues, Daniel Solove's publications are the works I turn to first. His monographs include The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet (Yale University Press 2007), The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age (NYU Press 2004), Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing Co. 2006) (with Marc Rotenberg & Paul M. Schwartz), a casebook now in its second edition, and Privacy, Information, and Technology (with Marc Rotenberg & Paul M. Schwartz) (Aspen 2006), a book designed for use in cyberlaw, law and technology, privacy law, and information law courses and seminars.
Solove has written more than 25 articles and essays including Data Mining and the Security-Liberty Debate, 74 U. Chicago Law Review 343 (2008) and A Taxonomy of Privacy, 154 U. Pennsylvania Law Review 477 (2006), winner of the 2006 Privacy Enhancing Technologies Award. He blogs at Concurring Opinions, a blog covering issues of law, culture, and current events. [JH]
Daniel Solove has had the patience and insight to lay privacy bare. This is the most thorough and persuasive conceptualization of privacy written to date. Solove's taxonomy of privacy will become the standard tool for analyzing privacy problems. -- Peter P. Swire, C. William O'Neill Professor of Law and Judicial Administration, Ohio State University
by Daniel J. Solove
List Price: $45.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press (May 21, 2008)
Book Description: Privacy is one of the most important concepts of our time, yet it is also one of the most elusive. As rapidly changing technology makes information increasingly available, scholars, activists, and policymakers have struggled to define privacy, with many conceding that the task is virtually impossible.
In this concise and lucid book, Daniel J. Solove offers a comprehensive overview of the difficulties involved in discussions of privacy and ultimately provides a provocative resolution. He argues that no single definition can be workable, but rather that there are multiple forms of privacy, related to one another by family resemblances. His theory bridges cultural differences and addresses historical changes in views on privacy. Drawing on a broad array of interdisciplinary sources, Solove sets forth a framework for understanding privacy that provides clear, practical guidance for engaging with relevant issues.
Understanding Privacy will be an essential introduction to long-standing debates and an invaluable resource for crafting laws and policies about surveillance, data mining, identity theft, state involvement in reproductive and marital decisions, and other pressing contemporary matters concerning privacy.
About the Author: Daniel J. Solove is Associate Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School [web profile].
Libraries and the Mega-Internet Sites
Produced by Primary Research Group, Libraries & the Mega-Internet Sites presents data from more than 120 academic, special and public libraries about how they use and relate to the mega-internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook, MySpace, eBay, Amazon, and others.
In many ways the mega-sites have transformed library management, fostering change in information literacy education, library marketing and public relations, cataloging, digitization, collection management and other aspects of librarianship. Library patrons often learn their initial information searching skills from the internet sites, as well as their formative information gathering experiences, creating a set of experiences and expectations that they bring to the library.
This report provides hard data on exactly how libraries are dealing with the emerging internet giants, how they are adopting, negotiating, repelling, embracing and in every way developing strategies to provide the best possible information services to their clientele.
Study of Experts and Novices Reading the Law
Leah Christensen's (University of St. Thomas School of Law) The Paradox of Legal Expertise: A Study of Experts and Novices Reading the Law has been published in the Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (2008 BYU Educ. & L.J. 53) [Westlaw]. The article describes a study that examined how ten legal experts (eight lawyers and two judges) and ten novices (law students in the top 50% of their class) read a judicial opinion and suggests advice for improving the reading skills of law students. [JH]
2007 Report Card on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis
"This publication serves to gather and present in a quick-glance format helpful data for reviewing the condition of education among the states.
The “snapshot” pages reveal states’ “inputs” and “outputs,” as well as demographic information. Policymakers and parents will be able to easily reference per-pupil spending, for example, as well as class size and achievement scores. By compiling this data from its sources, the Report Card aims to contribute to a well-informed community of parents and leaders.
The Report Card also reviews the data across states to identify any promising relationships among “inputs” and “outputs” in an effort to help answer the question: What works?" [RJ]