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 ...
Legal Research: Rated M for Mature
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...
Visuwords™ Online Graphical Dictionary →
baralgin: 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... →
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...
Providing Non-Traditional Library Services in a... →
Getting to know Steve Matthews, the founder of Stem Legal. I was especially interested in Steve’s take on the potential interplay between the law library and the IT department… Law librarians need to be involved in [IT] projects much much earlier. That means: being a bit of a visionary, and seeing what the firm is not doing; maintaining dialogue and ongoing discussion – especially...
All Over But The Pomp & Circumstance
I just handed in my Information Policy, Regulation & Law paper…which means I have finished all of the requirements in satisfaction of the Master of Information (Library and Information Science, Collaborative Program in Rare Books and Print Culture) degree. YAY!
Make sure you know how much time you can spend on something, and how much...– 10 Things Your Law Firm Boss Wants You To Know, but Isn’t Going to Tell You | The Girl’s Guide to Law School
From the Dictionary of International Business...
Poison Pill: Technique used by companies facing a hostile takeover bid to make their stock as unattractive as possible to the aggressor.
Porcupine Provision: Provision written into a company's articles of association, or into a corporate charter or bylaw, designed to act as a deterrent to hostile takeovers.
Shark Repellent: Informal term for defensive tactics resorted to in the event of a takeover bid.
Causal Links, Vol. 5
The Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale has a comprehensive country-by-country guide to researching foreign law that includes links to WorldLII, online research guides, and other online databases. [Guide to Foreign Law Research] The Library of Congress offers detailed guides for researching laws from fourteen international jurisdictions: Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, Egypt, Eritrea, France,...
Research Freedom →
Jason Potter, a legal research and writing professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, is curating and blogging/tweeting about free legal research tools at researchfreedom.com and @researchfreedom. I’m really jazzed about this project. On the surface, the delivery is so simple and straightforward—but the implications for access to justice? To help legal professionals and law...
Tips to Get the Most out of Your Next Conference... →
This post from Allison C. Shields is full of useful tips—on everything from networking to live tweeting—just in time for the spring conference season. I’m attending (and, with any luck, volunteering at) my first CALL conference in May—so excited. I have one additional tip, based on my recent symposium experience. If you can, take five minutes after each presentation just to reflect and make...
My First Symposium™
I gave my first professional presentation at an e-reading symposium this past weekend. It was a terrifically informative day; the talks were on such diverse subjects as serendipity, close vs. distant reading, fan fiction, read-along records, commuter reading, and locative reading. The keynote by Bonnie Mak was a fantastic romp through book history as she sought the “e” in e-reading. ...