Monday, September 26, 2011

New LLAGNY-PLI Research Briefing, October 6th, 2011

The next LLAGNY-PLI Research Briefing: Technology Licensing Basics: How to Research, Draft and Monitor a Technology License Agreement will be held on October 6th from 1-2 p.m. [EST]. For details, please see the flyer posted on LLAGNY’s website. To sign up for the program, go to: The LLAGNY-PLI Research Briefings are free to all librarians. The program’s format is audio with web display. If you haven’t already participated, you will need to register with PLI to sign up for the program. In addition, this program will be archived at a later date and made available to view/listen for up to one year.

Technology Licensing Basics: How to Research, Draft and Monitor a Technology License Agreement
Date: October 6, 2011
Time: 1-2 p.m. [EST] / 12-1 p.m. [CST] / 10-11 a.m. [PST]
• Hope Porter, Head Librarian at Merchant & Gould
• Frank X. Curci, Esq., Shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

The one-hour session will:
  • Highlight some of the major competing interests of licensors compared to licensees
  • Identify some of the key legal research tools available to technology licensing attorneys
  • Demonstrate the resources a law librarian can access to assist in drafting and monitoring a technology license agreement

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kindle Connects to Library E-Books

2011 ENY/ACRL Fall Brown Bag Lunches: OPEN ACCESS WEEK

Open Access Week Brown Bag Discussion
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 11:30 - 1:00
Moon Library, Room 110
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Join Panelists Michael Poulin (Colgate), Yuan Li (Syracuse University), Steve Weiter (ESF) and others as we discuss Discovery of Open Access Materials, SHERPA/Romeo Standards, Costs of Publication and other related topics of interest.

Contact: Stephen Weiter,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

ebooks and libraries - UNYSLA Fall Conference

Registration is now open for the UNYSLA Fall Conference, “eBooks and Libraries: Success All Around"

Date: Friday, 14 October 2011
Location: Inn Complete, Syracuse, NY
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Discover the opportunities and challenges ebooks present to all types of libraries. Presenters from academic, public, medical libraries as well as an attorney will share their insight on staff training, technological challenges, collection development and digital copyright issues as they relate to ebooks.

More info:

Friday, September 16, 2011

Position Announcement: Cornell Law Library

Research Services Librarian at Cornell Law Library

Cornell University is located in scenic Ithaca on a hill above Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The town and University offer a unique cosmopolitan and international atmosphere in a beautiful natural setting of waterfalls, gorges, and lakes. The Law School has approximately 620 J.D. students, 75 LL.M. students, 25 J.S.D. students, and 52 fulltime faculty, and is the home of the Legal Information Institute. The Law Library houses over 700,000 volumes and disseminates extensive legal information through its web site. The Library promotes a challenging environment which supports the use of new technologies with a tradition of excellent services. Professionals and support staff work closely with the Law School and the University Library. The Law Library is part of the Cornell University Library system, and advancement is through the CUL promotion process.

Responsibilities: The Research Services Librarian provides extensive reference and research service to the law school and university communities in Anglo-American, international, and foreign law. Service to faculty is a priority, with an active liaison program. The Research Services Librarian is an instructor in a variety of courses and workshops, including the first year lawyering course and various research courses for upper level credit. This position also carries the title of Lecturer in Law. The Research Services Librarian works with technology for research and teaching; creates and selects the content for research web pages and guides; is responsible for content development of the Library’s web site with other professionals; and prepares bibliographies, library exhibits, and other current awareness services. In addition to regularly scheduled reference shifts during the week, there are periodic Saturday reference hours. The Law Library promotes an environment where creativity and innovation are highly valued. The Research Services Librarian participates in library planning committees and task forces; engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities; and is expected to be professionally active, representing the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.

Requirements: M.L.I.S. or equivalent graduate degree; J.D. from ABA accredited school; strong service orientation; knowledge of legal research strategies; proficiency in online searching; demonstrable teaching skills; experience with current information technologies and use of social media in an academic environment; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment which emphasizes customer service and delivery of exemplary library reference and research services.

Preferred Qualifications: A minimum of two to three years professional academic law library or related experience; teaching experience; ability to assist faculty and students with technology. Working or reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages is highly desirable.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package including 22 vacation days, 11 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding available.

To apply, please visit Cornell University’s job opportunities and application web site at and see job number 15888. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The posting will close on October 14, 2011. Please include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references. Salary is competitive. Position is available immediately.

For more information, contact Pat Court, Associate Law Librarian, 607.255.5853,

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Access to Justice Workshop (SENYLRC)

SENYLRC is again offering this 2-hour free program for all librarians and library staff who work with the public. The program will be presented by Alice M. Chapman-Minutello, Director of Statewide Access to Justice and Zoya Golban, Principal Law Librarian, 9th Judicial District, Westchester Supreme Court, who are collaborating with SENYLRC in this effort despite drastic cutbacks in the NYS Court System. Anyone providing reference help can benefit from attending this workshop.


SENYLRC is sponsoring two sessions of the 2-hour Access to Justice Workshop to be held on September 27, 2011 at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley. Each session is complete. You only need to attend one session, either morning or afternoon.

There is no charge to attend this program.

DATE:             September 27, 2011
LOCATION:   Finkelstein Memorial Library Fielding Room, 3rd floor
                          24 Chestnut Street (at Route 59) Spring Valley, NY 10977-5594
TIME:              10:30 am - 12:30 pm Registration begins at 10:15 am
                          1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Registration begins at 1:15 pm

This program is targeted to librarians and library staff who work with the public.

Librarians play an essential role in promoting and ensuring the public's access to justice as they are often the first contact the public turns to for legal information and an explanation of how the court system works.

This workshop will enhance librarians' knowledge about the court system and allow them to guide their patrons more effectively.

The workshop will open with an overview of the New York State Courts "Access to Justice Program", which ensures access to justice in civil and criminal matters for New Yorkers of all incomes, backgrounds and special needs, through resources such as self-help services, pro bono programs, community outreach, and technological tools. The balance of the workshop will focus on how to locate content and tools on the UCS Public Website and CourtHelp. In addition to hands-on website navigation, participants will have the opportunity to test, complete, and comment on our statewide Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Form Programs.

Zoya Golban, Law Librarian from the Ninth Judicial District (including Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties) will give a brief overview of the New York State law libraries including their services and access to the public.

Alice M. Chapman-Minutello was appointed Special Assistant to the Honorable Fern Fisher, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for New York City Courts and Director of Statewide Access To Justice in 2009. Prior to this appointment, she was Director of Diversity for the New York State Unified Court System for more than 15 years, where she had the responsibility for the development and implementation of the court system's diversity program, policies and initiatives. Presently, Ms. Chapman-Minutello has responsibility for the development of Access To Justice Outreach and Community Relations Programs for all judicial districts outside of New York City.

Zoya Golban is a principal law librarian for the 9th Judicial District, NY State Unified Court System. Zoya has worked in various types of libraries abroad and in the States for over 20 years. She received her MLS from Indiana University (Indianapolis) in 2000 and has worked in private and public law libraries since then. Before assuming her current position at the Westchester Supreme Court Library last January, Zoya had managed a county law library in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also has a background in journalism and co-founded and edited several newspapers in her home country, Moldova. Zoya is a member of American Association of Law Librarians and Special Libraries Association, and volunteered for Indiana chapters of both organizations by developing programs and hosting international library/judiciary exchanges.

Each class size at is limited to 22 people. There will be hands-on computer time. Two people will share a laptop computer. BYOL! You are welcome to Bring Your Own Laptop.

Please call Southeastern (845) 883-9065 if you have questions about the program.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

40 Years After The Attica Uprising: Looking Back, Moving Forward

40 Years After The Attica Uprising:
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Presentations. Discussion. Community Forum. Keynote.
September 11 - 13, 2011

Revisit Attica's Prisoner Rebellion in order to
Understand the crisis of incarceration forty years later, and chart pathways to
Reform the prison system going forward.

Attica 40

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011  Movie “Ghosts of Attica”
5:30-7:30 pm, Burchfield Theater, Buffalo State College

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011  Conference, Community Forum
8:30 am-4:00 pm, Allen Hall Amphitheater, UB South Campus
Conference Panels:
Looking Back: The Attica Uprising and Aftermath
Prisons, Empowerment, and Resistance
                Attica, Prisons, and the Media

6:00-8:00 pm, Bethesda World Harvest International Church, 1365 Main St., Buffalo,
in partnership with People are Prisoners Too, Inc.
Community Forum: Mass Incarceration: Impact on the Community

Tuesday, Sept 13, 2011  Conference, Keynote
9:00 am-3:00 pm, Student Union Theater, UB North Campus
Conference Panels:
Prison Violence in Feminist Perspective: Gender, Sexuality, and Race
Past Demands, Current Concerns: How Far Have We Come?
Looking Forward: Prison Reform in an Era of Mass Incarceration and Fiscal Crisis

3:30-4:30 pm, 106 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus
Keynote Address: Commissioner Brian Fischer, NYS Department of Corrections & Community Supervision

Free Admission, with RSVP / Free Parking
Conference website with full program and RSVP:

This conference is sponsored by Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy,  University at Buffalo Law School, Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, and Criminal Justice Department, Buffalo State College.  Cosponsors include UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy Initiative, UB Gender Institute, and UB Humanities Institute.

[reblogged from press release]