Day archives: April 4th, 2008

Doing Legal Research in Canada

Ted Tjaden’s comprehensive guide provides information and links to print and online resources and is aimed primarily at researchers outside of Canada needing an overview of Canadian legal research.

Subjects: Features, International Legal Research

The Government Domain: Rich Resources from the Librarians of the Fed

Peggy Garvin explores the extensive web resources produced by the librarians of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and relevant to economists, researchers, and others all over the world.

Subjects: The Government Domain

Commentary: Waterboarding, Congress and the President

Beth Wellington explores the positions of the President, Congress and the Attorney General in respect to the controversy raging over the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique.

Subjects: Uncategorized

Criminal Law Resources: Fingerprint Evidence Challenges

Ken Strutin’s article includes selected resources published on the web concerning the reliability and admissibility of fingerprint evidence. Links to guides, standards and related materials are listed to provide some background on the processes and application of this identification technique.

Subjects: Criminal Law

Update to Choosing Law Librarianship: Thoughts for People Contemplating a Career Move

From the perspective of several decades in the profession, Mary Whisner provides advice and specific data on what new law librarians should know about salaries, career opportunities, job responsibilities and challenges.

Subjects: Features, Job Hunting, Law Librarians, Law Library Management, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians

The Personal Information Trainer

Stuart Basefsky documents how the Personal Information Trainer can become a unique employee benefit written into the employment contract of key individuals deemed to be essential to the success of a firm or institution. This concept is useful to human resource managers, libraries, and the institutions they serve. This article provides the fundamental concepts and constructs necessary to implement such a program with an emphasis on why and how this should be done.

Subjects: Communication Skills, Features, Law Firm Marketing, Law Librarians, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Library Marketing, Presentation Skills

FOIA Facts: Increasing the Quality of FOIA Releases

Scott A. Hodes contends that FOIA Office personnel are often inadequately trained and overworked, resulting in responses that reflect inconsistent quality and that are often not timely. His recommendations include thorough training programs and the creation of a specific FOIA job category.

Subjects: FOIA Facts

Reference from Coast to Coast: Making A Federal Case Out of It

This month Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen review the expanding world of federal case law sources available free on the web. They also highlight the new feature of searching slip opinions that is now available on a number of sites.

Subjects: Legal Research, Legal Technology, Reference from Coast to Coast, United States Law

The Social Networking Titans: Facebook and MySpace

With this article, librarians Deborah Ginsberg and Meg Kribble raise awareness about the different features provided by these services, and their respective impact on students, lawyers, public users, fellow professionals, and other patrons.

Subjects: Features, Legal Technology, Libraries & Librarians

Living With the Asus Eee PC

Conrad J. Jacoby who wrote this review about the Eee, on his Eee, details the strengths and weaknesses of this popular lightweight PC, including its range of software applications, overall functionality, networking and connectivity, and the rationale for keeping his laptop.

Subjects: Gadgets, Technology Trends