Friday, March 20, 2009

GRANTS FUND - Last call

Don't forget to make your contribution (as little as $10) to the Grants & Scholarship fund. You could win an iPod Shuffle. Check the spring edition of the newsletter for details. And thanks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Free legal resources

I suspect that we are all looking for valuable, reputable free legal resources - either for our patrons or for our own use. Have you been watching Carl Malamud ( and his work making public information (like case law) available to the PUBLIC? And trying to have PACER charges removed? (I read that the PACER office is running a $150 million SURPLUS thanks to all those eight cent charges!)

Here's another bit of news along those lines:

from MOTHER JONES - By slipping a simple, three-sentence provision into the gargantuan spending bill passed by the House of Representatives last week, a congressman from Silicon Valley is trying to nudge Congress into the 21st Century. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) placed a measure in the bill directing Congress and its affiliated organs—including the Library of Congress and the Government Printing Office—to make its data available to the public in raw form. This will enable members of the public and watchdog groups to craft websites and databases showcasing government data that are more user-friendly than the government's own."

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Murder and Mayhem!

For you history buffs and true crime enthusiasts, check out the New York State Historical Association's Murder Pamphlet Collection Exhibit on Tools of History, a collaborative digitization effort of South Central Regional Library Council.

Learn about the "complete history of the murder of Bertha May Johnson by her inhuman father" or read the execution sermon about John W. Webster, "a man of ungoverned passions".

Among the other collections on Tools of History are the Mark Twain archives from Elmira College and the Alfred University archive images.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

LexisNexis research grant

The AALL Research Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis®. A single grant of up to $1,425, or multiple grants totaling $1,425, may be awarded. The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research and scholarly agenda of the profession of law librarianship. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 27, 2009.

For more information, consult the Research and Publications Committee website at and the full announcement at