Summer Learnin’

School may be out, but the learning never stops! Here are a few general library things I’m excited to brush up on this summer, while the job search kicks into high gear:

  • Languages (French; Italian; Irish)
  • HTML, CSS, XML (upcoming workshop from Ladies Learning Code)
  • MS Office (I use Office for Mac every day, but should revisit Windows)
  • Presentation tools (Prezi; SlideShare)
  • LibGuides
  • Sirsi Workflows
  • Sharepoint

Tumblibrarians: are there other tools I should be learning and/or brushing up on this summer?

  • Business/Competitive Intelligence Databases (thanks, J.)

Legal Research: Rated M for Mature

Legal Apps

The Law Librarians of Puget Sound have put together a list of nine essential apps for legal practitioners.  I like this list because it sticks to the essentials: four productivity apps and five legal research apps.  

Most of these would be useful for Canadian legal research, apart from Fastcase and LawStack. I haven’t been able to find all-in-one Canadian alternatives to those products—seems like this area is ripe for innovation.  Is this something CanLII might be able to take the lead on?

Visuwords™ Online Graphical Dictionary


Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.

If an Employer Asks You to Use Your Westlaw or Lexis Student Passwords...

You’re a recent law grad and a new hire at a small firm. A partner asks you to use your Westlaw or Lexis student account to get your research done for free. What do you do?  What do you do?

In this post, Jason Potter offers two irrefutable reasons for avoiding any sort of unauthorized use (i.e., it’s unethical and Westlaw/Lexis will recover from you).  He also gives students a great solution: offer to leverage all available free legal research tools to get the job done.