Category Archives: Law Librarians

New database trial: Archives Unbound: Holocaust Studies

The Library has received trial access to the database Archives Unbound: Holocaust Studies. Continue reading ».. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Courtroom Insight: Enhances Expert Witness Knowledge Management Platform

  Courtroom Insight was originally designed to as a Yelp-type directory to enable litigators to locate and share insights about expert witnesses. In a recent interview co-founder Mark Torchiana explained that since the launch in 2010 he has learned that lawyers do not want to share their comments about experts in a public forum. Courtroom Insights has evolved into the dominant internal expert witness knowledge management solution for law firms. That transitional pivot occurred when the  Scott Rechtschaffen, The Chief Knowledge Officer at the Littler firm contacted Torchiana and asked if the product could be used to manage internal information about arbitrators. After eight years the company has become totally focused on private installations in law firms and content has expanded to include profiles of experts, arbitrators and judges. According to Torchiana, the company is now focused on  enhancing the profiles with material from commercial legal publishers….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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New on LLRX – Can You Do That? Filing Amicus Curiae Briefs in Other Countries

Via LLRX – Can You Do That? Filing Amicus Curiae Briefs in Other Countries – Law Librarian Lora Johns shares her response to “I would like to see an amicus brief filed by Alliance Defending Freedom in Slovakia.” For all of us who did not consider that Americans might want to—or even could—file friend-of-the-court briefs in other countries’ courts, this excellent guide is for you... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Sometimes You're the Nut

The problem with being an omnipotent law Librarian is that after a while of hitting on all 16 cylinders, pulling answers out of the sky like they were cotton candy, you start to feel all powerful, thinking you know everything – until you skip a beat and you can't find anything.  Then you start to question the sanity of the universe.Such was my life the other day.  Seems this Guy came into my law library.  Seems Guy had just been in family court where his ex-wife had filed a motion to legally change his son's name to her new flame's name.  Judge told Guy she'd deny the motion if he could find something to prevent the change.  Guy was under the gun and came to me – the omnipotent Librarian – to help him in his hour of need.  I looked everywhere and couldn't find anything for him.  I mean, EVERYWHERE!  Guy flips out claiming that everyone told him that I was THE go to Librarian when you can't find something and….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Canadian Federation of Library Associations Statements on Copyright

The Canadian Federation of Library Associations has released three new statements relating to copyright policy:Fair Dealing: "Fair dealing is an important and vital user right that empowers library users to learn and explore new opportunities for personal fulfillment and intellectual or professional growth, supports scholars and scientists in research, and challenges students to think critically about the world. Fair dealing allows the limited copying of copyright-protected material (or portions thereof) without payment of fees, or seeking permission from the rights holder, for the purposes established in Sections 29, 29.1 and 29.2 of the Copyright Act of Canada. Recommendation: The Government of Canada should leave Sections 29, 29.1 and 29.2 of the Copyright Act unchanged to retain current allowable uses."Protecting Copyright Exceptions from Contract Override: "Libraries are unable to provide clear information to their patrons about permitted uses of digital….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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