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Sabrina I. Pacifici - Editor, Publisher, Founder , Owner - LLRX.com® – the free web journal on law, technology and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Established in1996. See also the LLRX Twitter feed updated daily with unique resources to support effective, timely subject matter resource sharing. Sabrina I. Pacifici is also the solo Researcher/Author, beSpacific® - Accurate research and knowledge discovery of documents and resources focused on law, technology, government reports, civil liberties, justice and emerging technology issues - with a global perspective. Updated daily since 2002 with a searchable database of over 45,000 postings. See also the beSpacific Twitter feed. ABA Top 100 Law Blogs 2016-2017.

LLRX New Issue – April 2020

Articles and Columns for April 2020

  • Facts of LifeZena Applebaum’s insightful perspective on how Covid-19 has impacted the legal industry is based on the depth and breath of her experience and expertise. Applebaum shares four shifts in this sector that she hopes will become Business As Usual (BAU) at such time as we emerge from this most challenging of times for ourselves, our colleagues and our workplaces, the greater legal sector, the nation and the world.
  • Emergency SBA Relief Loans: Which Are Best For Your Law Firm?Nicole L. Black addresses the issue of how and when solo and small law firms can take advantage of newly enacted relief loans. Black identifies how to choose to apply for Paycheck Protection Plan loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance that make the most sense for your law firm, and options that will help you make the right choices for the future of your business.
  • The Future of PACER – Emily Donnellan updates readers on the lawsuit in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over what essentially boils down to the question: are PACER fees too high? Donnellan includes resources to track and monitor changes and issues related to Pacer in addition to user objections to fees.
  • Staying Together While Working Apart – There is a great deal that newly remote teams can learn from teams that have worked remotely for several years. Nancy Dixon’s recommendations on how to stay connected is a resource for managers, staff and teams, and focuses on social and professional aspects of maintaining effective and positive work product now and into the future.
  • 7 Tips for Using Zoom on an iPad or iPhone – You will want to widely share Brett Burney’s quick guide to using Zoom on your iPhone or iPad. In the past month most if not all of us have been on Zoom meetings that include a lot of background noise that results in one or more people chiming in with the mantra – “mute your phone please!” Brett also points us to the important Safe Driving Mode.
  • Securely Collaborate and Communicate Remotely: A How-To for Lawyers – Attorney and Legal Technology Evangelist Nicole L. Black delves into how collaborating effectively and confidentially has always been an important part of practicing law. The COIVD-19 pandemic has significantly increased the focus on identifying and implementing tools and techniques that enable secure communications and remote collaboration with team members and clients alike. Black recommends online portals as the perfect solution to this challenge.
  • What does ‘recovered from coronavirus’ mean? 4 questions answered about how some survive and what happens next – Just as the number of COVID-19 cases grows, so does another number: those who have recovered. In mid-March, the number of patients in the U.S. who had officially recovered from the virus was close to zero. That number is now in the tens of thousands and is climbing every day. But recovering from COVID-19 is more complicated than simply feeling better. Recovery involves biology, epidemiology and a little bit of bureaucracy as explained by Tom Duszynski, Director Epidemiology Education, IUPUI.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 25, 2020Four highlights from this week: New Government Technology Could Herald Our New Normal; Zoom adds data center routing, security updates; China is experiencing a gold rush for surgical masks — more than 38,000 companies registered in 2020 to make or trade face masks. But mask quality and scams are now issues; Chinese Agents Spread Messages That Sowed Virus Panic in U.S., Officials Say; and Hackers tempt federal workers with free fast food in COVID-19 scams.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 18, 2020Four highlights from this week: Half of Americans decided not to use something over privacy concerns in past year; How much access to data should be permitted during the COVID-19 pandemic?; Sharing Senior Photos On Social Media Enables Data Mining, Better Business Bureau Warns; and Apple, Google to harness phones for virus infection tracking.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 12, 2020Four highlights from this week: Discarded Gloves, Masks an Odd New Danger in Fight Against Coronavirus; Instacart Workers Getting Scammed Out of Tips by Customers; Zoom Videoconferencing App Hid Security Flaws, Says Shareholder in Class-Action Lawsuit; and Government secrecy is growing during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 4, 2020Four highlights from this week: How to Digitize Your Most Important Documents; How to stop trolls from taking over your Zoom call; American Bar Association has posted an ABA Legal Fact Check; and The Postal Service’s Surprising Role in Surviving Doomsday.

LLRX.com® – the free web journal on law, technology, knowledge discovery and research for Librarians, Lawyers, Researchers, Academics, and Journalists. Founded in 1996.

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – March 2020

Articles and Columns for March 2020 Financial Sources on the Internet 2020 – This is Marcus Zillman’s selective and wide ranging guide to mostly free financial, market, benchmarking, data and knowledge discovery resources on the internet. The guide is especially useful during this time of financial tumult, and will be updated in future as we …

Subjects: KM

LLRX Articles and Columns for February 2020

Articles and Columns for February 2020 If My AI Wrote this Post, Could I Own the Copyright? – Todd A Carpenter, Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), discusses the factors that have brought us to an inflection point with a new technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and associated questions about the boundaries of …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – January 2020

Articles and Columns for January 2020 Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated January 2020 – Sabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2006 and has updated regularly since that time. A wide range of free and low cost sites with expertly sourced content specific …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – December 2019

Articles and Columns for December 2019 Converging Paths: A Librarian’s Journey to Becoming a Privacy Professional – After receiving her MLIS Stephanie Davis worked in the field of knowledge management (KM) where she sourced, documented, categorized, and shared information about her consulting firm’s people and project experiences. Davis designed webpages, delivered training programs on information …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – November 2019

Articles and Columns for November 2019 2020 Guide to Web Data Extractors – This guide by Marcus P. Zillman is a comprehensive listing of web data extractors, screen, web scraping and crawling sources and sites for the Internet and the Deep Web. These sources are useful for professionals who focus on competitive intelligence, business intelligence and …

Subjects: KM

LLRX New Issue – October 2019

Articles and Columns for October 2019 Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to Know – Anna Irvin, Ph.D. and Janice E. Henderson, Esq. presented this comprehensive 64 page guide at the LLAGNY Education Committee Program on October 15, 2019. The guide is an multidisciplinary resource that includes: articles from law, business and finance journals, CLE programs/materials, …

Subjects: KM

Death of Colleague, Ken Strutin, Author of LLRX Criminal Justice Guides for 13 years

Kennard (Ken) R. Strutin, lawyer, law librarian, Director of Legal Information Services for the New York State Defenders Association, professor, author, teacher, colleague, friend and respected leader in the effort to illuminate the struggles of incarcerated persons and to champion justice for them, died on November 30, 2018 after a brief illness – he was …

Subjects: Big Data, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Ethics, Government Resources, Human Rights, Legal Education, Legal Ethics, Legal Research

Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated June 2017

Sabrina I. Pacifici has completely revised and updated her guide, which she first published in 2005 and has updated yearly since that time. A wide range of free sites with expertly sourced content specific to researchers focused on business, finance, government data, analysis and news from the US and around the world, are included in this article. The resources in this guide are the work of corporate, government, academic, advocacy and news sources and individuals or groups using Open Source applications. This guide is pertinent to professionals who are actively engaged in maintaining a balanced yet diverse group of reliable, actionable free and low cost sources for their daily research.

Subjects: Competitive Intelligence, Financial System, Government Resources, Internet Resources - Web Links, Legal Research, News Resources, Reference Resources, Search Engines

Introducing the Central Library of the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union and of the European Council

Carlo Marzocchi Head of Sector, Library & Information Service shared this announcement on the resources of Central Library Council of the European Union. The Council of the European Union is the European Union institution where the Member States’ ministers responsible for specific areas (e.g. finance, health, education) meet to discuss issues of common concern within their countries. The European Council consists of the Heads of State, or Government, of the Member States, together with the President of the Council and the President of the Commission. The European Council provides the Union with the necessary impetus for its development and defines its general political directions and priorities. It does not exercise legislative functions. The administrative support to both institutions is ensured by the General Secretariat of the Council or GSC. The Central Library holds over 100,000 monographs and EU publications. Newspapers and periodicals from EU Member States are available in the reading room. The Official Journal of the European Communities is available on paper, on microfiche (until 1997), on CD-ROM (from 1998 on) and via internet.

Subjects: Comparative/Foreign Law, Legal Research, Libraries & Librarians, Reference Services