Monthly Archives: March 2010

Circuit Riders in Florence

Another Friday on the road and you could have knocked me over with a feather when we drove up to the Florence County Library Headquarters. Thanks to the generosity of the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation, Florence is sporting a gorgeous new library that will soon include a law collection from the courthouse law library. We were impressed with the number of computers available for public use upstairs. We’re told they still have a waiting list some days. Thanks Florence for recognizing the need and doing your part to narrow the digital divide.

We conducted our Legal Research for Non-Law Librarians workshop in their well-equipped computer lab upstairs. In attendance were librarians from Florence County Library System and Francis Marion University. We checked out the legal materials before we left. For you serious legal researchers, they also have Public Access Westlaw.

Thanks Florence for your generosity. I really wanted to stay a while and hang out with Mark on the bench, before going back inside to read a good book.

Next stop–USC Aiken, Gregg-Graniteville Library on April 16th. (Post-TC)

International Law Digest Available Online

The Department of State announced today that many of the volumes of the Digest of United States Practice in International Law are now online. The State department website has volumes covering 1989 -1990; 1991 to 1999; and individual volumes from 2000 to 2008. All of these volumes can be found at http://www.state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm  

 The official press release available at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/03/139179.htm  states that,  “By making the Digest available electronically for the first time, the Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser hopes to make this valuable publication, and the historical record of U.S. practice of international law it presents, more readily accessible. “ It also contains additional details on the collection.   The State department’s website http://www.state.gov/s/l/c8183.htm  provides a good background on the volumes and their use.  Look it over if you are interested in International Law or need them for reference  for you faculty.

(Post-DEL)

A Conversation with Roberta Shaffer, Law Librarian of Congress

Today at 3pm Eastern time on The Law Librarian on blogtalkradio, the Law Librarian of Congress, Roberta Shaffer, will share some exciting new initiatives at the law library, including  the One World Law Library digital depository (OWLL) and her vision for the future of the Law Library of Congress and legal information and libraries generally. Panelists will be Richard Leiter, Mary Alice Baisch, Keith Ann Stiverson, Roger Skallbeck, and  Marcia Dority Baker. To register, go to the CALI Webinars page. If you miss it live, it will be recorded as a podcast and posted on the blogtalkradio website.  (Post-TC)

Tomorrow: 5th Annual Sunshine Week Webcast

The Building Governmental Transparency webcast event is scheduled for 2pm tomorrow. Listen to experts from inside and outside government discuss the Obama administration’s Open Government Directive, Memorandum on Freedom of Information Act, Attorney General Guidelines, and Data.gov. To read more and to access the url to view the webcast live from your personal computer, visit OpenTheGovernment.org. (Post-TC)

An Improved PACER?

This week, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved steps to improve public access to federal courts by “increasing the availability of court opinions and expanding the services and reducing the costs for many users of the Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER) system.” Of note is a plan to make bankruptcy and federal district court opinioins availabel on GPO’s FDSys. The press release is available on the USCourts website. (Post-TC)

SC.GOV Gets a New Look

I noticed recently that SC.GOV has a new look, and if you link to any of its pages, a slightly differenct url.

Of interest this Sunshine Week are  the Spending Transparency and Campaign Finance links located below the scrolling pictures at the top.   At the bottom of SC.GOV’s new home page is a Local Information box citizens may use to contact local officials. To the right is a How do I… box, which connects you to a page to find your legislator. In the middle, for you social media folk, there is a Connect with us. box . Happy Twittering.  (Post-TC)

Circuit Riders: From the Upstate to the Pee Dee

Friday we took our Legal Research for Non-Law Librarians workshop to the Headquarters Library for  Spartanburg County Public Libraries in downtown Spartanburg. The library building was as inviting as the attendees from both the Spartanburg County Public Libraries system and the University of  South Carolina Upstate.

Also part of the Spartanburg County public library system is the H. Carlisle Bean Law Library, located nearby at the Courthouse. Thanks Spartanburg for being such great hosts and for your input on the legal research needs of both public library patrons and university student researchers.

Next stop- Florence County Public Library System on March 26th. (Post-TC)

Climate change bibliographies

Librarians love bibliographies, but others can find them useful as well.  If you are doing research, a good bibliography on your topic can save lots of time by identifying sources that should be consulted.  Often, there will be sources listed that you would not have found on your own or would not have considered using.  Several good bibliographies on climate change were highlighted in a recent RIPS blog post.

Lang, Isa, Wrestling With An Elephant: A Selected Bibliography and Resource Guide on Global Climate Change, 100 Law Lib. J. 675 (2008).  This bibliography covers books, articles, websites, major legislation, and agency activity on climate change, with a state by state analysis of responses to climate change.

Columbia Law School’s Legal Bibliography on Climate Change: http://www.law.columbia.edu/centers/climatechange/resources/bibliography.  This recently updated bibliography covers scholarly articles in many areas of the law.

GlobaLex Climate Change Bibliography: http://www.nyulawglobal.org/Globalex/Climate_Change_Bibliography.htm.  This bibliography covers articles in six different areas: Economics, International/Comparative, Jurisdictional issues, Law/Policy, Popular press, and Science.

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Indian Law – Tribal Court Decisions

For those of you interested in Indian Law. Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian from University of Washington Law Library, who is constantly providing excellent resource lists, has  put together a  list of Tribal Court decisions websites.  She has also included a list of print reporters for these decisions. This is an excellent resource, available at http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/tribct.html

Thanks,  Mary !  (Post-Del)