January 19, 2011
CJ Roberts Highlights Contributions of Senior Judges in 2010 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary
Calling attention to the persistent problem of judicial vacancies due in no small part to partisan politics in the Congress, the Chief Justice wrote:
There is no better example of [selfless commitment to public service] than the work of our retired senior judges. Although they are under no obligation to do so, many of them continue to carry substantial caseloads. They do this for no extra compensation. We would be in dire straits without their service, and the country as a whole owes them a special debt of gratitude.
With greater infrequency, law libraries will be hesitating to go down the route of online-only formats. The cost savings to the vendor and the law library buyer is too great. According to Linda Mercer, one academic library evaluated the cost effectiveness of its journals and discovered the print title cost was $150 versus the e-journal’s $66. [SEE Linda Mercer. Measuring the Use and Value of Electronic Journals and Books. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 25, Winter 2000.] Frequency of use and fill rates are other ways to measure and evaluate print and electronic sources. Based on my own observations, law students have largely abandoned the stacks of the law library in favor of Westlaw and Lexis. This does not necessarily mean the fill rates of electronic sources are better, only that law students perceive them to be. Comparing the objective and perceived fill rates of print and electronic resources would make an interesting investigation.
Posted by: CL | Jan 26, 2011 5:51:21 PM