Monthly Archives: August 2011

Congratulations to WorldCat on its 40th Anniversary!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with WorldCat (www.worldcat.org/), it is a global network of library content and services that uses the Web to let libraries become more connected and to share the resources that each individual library has available. It is built and maintained collectively by the participating libraries.  WorldCat is a multi-national library of information that has build collections from over 70,000 libraries in 112 countries.   

WorldCat has been a tremendous success over the intervening 40 years since its inception. It has become a primary tool for all libraries in determining the availability of resources. Since it’s founding, the users and participant librarians have cataloged more than 1.7 billion items. We congratulate all of the participating institutions and thank them for their contributions over the last 40 years.  To join WorldCat and continue this great tradition, go to http://www.oclc.org/worldcat/join/default.htm. [DEL]

Latest in Legal Technology

If you are interested in legal technology and the changes that are being made go to Legal Tech Directory. [http://www.legaltechdirectory.com] It is published by law.com and contains links, articles, and reviews of technology and products that cover the field.  This is an excellent place to keep informed on legal technology as it continues to transform law and legal information. [DEL]

The Old Bailey, London’s Central Criminal Court (1673-1913), Online

The Old Bailey Proceedings Online makes available a fully searchable, digitised collection of all surviving editions of the Old Bailey Proceedings from 1674 to 1913, and of the Ordinary of Newgate’s Accounts between 1676 and 1772. It allows access to over 197,000 trials and biographical details of approximately 2,500 men and women executed at Tyburn, free of charge for non-commercial use.

In addition to the text, accessible through both keyword and structured searching, this website provides digital images of all 190,000 original pages of the Proceedings, 4,000 pages of Ordinary’s Accounts, advice on methods of searching this resource, information on the historical and legal background to the Old Bailey court and its Proceedings, and descriptions of published and manuscript materials relating to the trials covered. Contemporary maps, and images have also been provided.

The Old Bailey, also known as Justice Hall, the Sessions House, and the Central Criminal Court, was named after the street in which it was located, just off Newgate Street and next to Newgate Prison, in the western part of the City of London.

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Gateway to Legal Information Institutes Around the World!

Calling all foreign law fans! The members of the Free Access to Law Movement (FALM), through their Legal Information Institutes, offer free public access to legal materials from countries around the world. The Movement seeks to ” promote and support free access to public legal information throughout the world.” Visit the FALM homepage and explore.

Thanks to Professor Graham Greenleaf of the University of New South Wales for getting the word out about this remarkable initiative.
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Your Comments Needed on the New Beta Site for the U.S. Code

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel is seeking comments on the new beta version of its website for the U.S. Code located at http://uscodebeta.house.gov.

The Office is looking for feedback from law librarians and members of the public about the site’s features, content, and ease of use. Please send your comments to uscode@mail.house.gov.

A few key features of the new website are:
A new search engine with advanced searching capabilities
An expanded Table of Contents
A Cite Checker for recent amendments
An improved results display
The ability to search previous versions of the Code

Click here for more details.

The new look is definitely better on the eyes. (TMC)