Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Birthday to the Supreme Court Library at Binghamton

2009 is the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court Library at Binghamton!

There will be a short program at 9:30 on Thursday, May 21, in the main courtroom of the Broome County Courthouse followed by light refreshments in the library.

All ALLUNY members are invited to stop by and join the celebration.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Accessing your online accounts after death?

We all take email for granted now. But what happens when we die? How do our loved ones or executors access our online accounts to halt banking transactions, take down Facebook pictures, etc.? Check out this timely article from NPR's All Things Considered (Monday, May 11, 2009) and a related spot from the All Tech Considered blog that offer some suggestions.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Heading into conference season, here's good advice

The Special Libraries Association blog has a good piece on "tips for making the most out of an SLA conference". Most of the tips go beyond SLA -- they're useful in whatever professional development conference you attend. Among the tips that I thought were most relevant (and most needed (IMHO)
-- Have at least two sessions chosen for every time slot. That way, if you get to one and the room is overflowing or the topic isn't what you thought it would be, you can make the most of your time by heading to your second choice.
-- Try to attend a few sessions outside of your area or specialty.
-- Bring 50-60 business cards. Be ready to distribute them to people who ask or who want to trade.
-- At sessions, sit in the front so a speaker notices you. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions and be noticed. Network.
--When you attend a session, don’t sit with friends. Sit down and meet someone new on either side of you, since you never know where this will lead.

The tips were written by Special Libraries Association board members Ann Sweeney and Ruth Wolfish. Great job, Ann and Ruth!

From - Librarian of Fortune http://www.librarianoffortune.com/librarian_of_fortune/2009/05/making-the-most-out-of-a-professional-conference.html

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New York Court of Appeals Arguments

Commencing May 5th, the New York Court of Appeals will broadcast oral arguments live via the web. The link is available on the Court's website: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/ctapps/. Scroll down to "Court Calendar and Case Summaries" and the link will be found to the right. The case summaries themselves are very useful - they are synopses of the facts and issues in each case.

At some later date, an archive of argued cases will be available on the website. Until then, the best source remains the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.

Much thanks to Frances Murray for sharing this news!