Next Week’s Readings

May 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

These are the readings for next week. Everybody will present on Wednesday:

Week 3: Legal Information – Research and Management

 Monday, May 31: No class

 Wednesday, June 2: Managing Legal Information

  1.  Sunstein, Cass. Infotopia. How Many Minds Produce Knowledge. Oxford UP (2006), Ch. 5 “Many Working Minds: Wikis, Open Source Software, and Blogs” (to be distributed)
  2. Plotin, Stephanie L. “Legal Scholarship, Electronic Publishing, and Open Access…”. 101 Law Libr. J. 31 (2009)
  3. Riley, Duncan. Memo to journos: why you can’t trust Wikipedia #569 & & Cohen, Noam, “Wikipedia: Exploring Fact City” (The New York Times: March 9, 2009)
  4. Pettinato, Tammy R. Legal Information, the Informed Citizen and the FDLP: The Role of Academic Law Librarians in Promoting Democracy, 99 Law Libr. J. 695 (2007).
  5. Palfrey, John. Born Digital. Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives  (all 3 excerpts from

Updated Reading List for Weeks 1 & 2

May 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684 | 1 Comment

Monday, May 17: A Few Words on Law Librarianship

  1. Mersky, Roy. History of Law Libraries , in Law librarianship in the twenty-first century (Roy Balleste, et al. eds)
  2. Berring, Robert. A Brief History of Law Librarianship, in Law librarianship…
  3. Donovan, James M. Skating on Thin Intermediation: Can Libraries Survive? In 27 Legal Reference Quarterly Services, 95-116 (2008).
  4. Danner, Richard. Skating with Donovan: Thoughts on Librarianship As a Profession. In 27 Legal Reference Quarterly Services, 117-136 (2008). 
  5. Donovan, James M. A Library Romantic’s Reply to Richard Danner In 27 Legal Reference Quarterly Services, 255-262 (2008).
  6. Sears, Dennis. Vision: The Essence of Professionalism and key to the Future of Law Librarianship as a Profession. 98 Law Libr. J. 81 (2006).

 Wednesday, May 19: What Is a Law Librarian?

  1.  Sellers, C. L. “Carnegie Report Reveals New Challenges Fresh Possibilities for Law Librarians.” Spectrum v. 13 no. 4 (February 2009) p. 20-3.
  2. Belniak, Theodora. “The Law Librarian of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: A Figuration in Flux” 101 Law Libr. J. 427 (2009).
  3. Brooks, Serena. Educating Aspiring Law Librarians: A Student’s Perspective. 97 Law Libr. J.517 (2005).
  4. Heller, Heidi. “The Twenty-First Century Law Library: A Law Firm Librarian’s Thoughts.” 101 Law Libr. J. 517 (2009).

 Week 2: How Many Jobs Are in a Law Library?

Monday, May 24: No Class

 Wednesday, May 26:

  1. James Heller. Technical Services. In Law librarianship …
  2. Bryan, Jennifer. The Evolution of Government Documents. in Law Libraries in Law librarianship
  3. Mackoff, Barbara. “Define Leader: The Definition and Development of Law Librarians as Leaders.” 101 Law Libr. J. 471 (2009).
  4. Anne Klinefelter. Collection Development, Licensing, and Acquisitions. In Law librarianship …
  5. Smith-Butler, Lisa. Public Services. In Law librarianship …
  6. Gruben, Karl. Administration. in Law librarianship in the twenty-first century (Roy Balleste, et al. eds)

Four Readings for Monday, May 17 – no longer available

May 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684 | Leave a comment

1. Monday you should receive your Westlaw and Lexis passwords and be able to download most of our readings from these mega databases. Until then, here is another reading. Also, remember to check the Pratt collection for some of our readings!


2. As you are waiting to receive the textbook, here is the Bob Berring reading.

3-4. Here are Donovan’s readings: the one Danner responded to, and Donavan’s answer to Danner’s.  I think this conversation, though limited to the academic environment, brings up a very important issue about our professional identity as law librarians.

Last year I obtained the author’s permission to use the articles in my class. At the end of the week I will take them down.

Syllabus 684

May 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dear Students:

I am not sure if all the readings will make it in the final version of the syllabus, but this draft should give you an idea of what I intend to cover in this class. Once we meet and I see where you are in your library studies I may change it so I best serve your needs.

You will need to purchase one book, so please do so ASAP.

Also, you will need to do some reading for our first meeting, so do please let me know your choice so I can email them to you. For class you will need to write a short one-page paper and make a brief presentation of the reading.

Let’s have a great summer semester.

Reposting a Postcard Campaign to Save New York City Libraries

May 11, 2010 at 12:04 am | Posted in Ideas, law librarianship | Leave a comment

Reposting from Criminal Law Library Blog


Posted On: May 7, 2010 by David Badertscher

Postcard Campaign to Save New York City Libraries

The following is being posted as an urgent message at the request of a law librarian colleague :

As I am sure you know this year is on track to produce a budget disaster for libraries in New York City. The cuts currently proposed will result in massive layoffs and cuts in public service. A small group of library workers and concerned citizens has started a postcard campaign to highlight support for public libraries and ask the City Council to restore as much funding to library budgets as possible.

The idea is that we are going back to an old fashioned postcard writing campaign. Individuals are encouraged to write postcards in support of libraries and mail them to the offices of City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. His office will collect the postcards and present them to the City Council, en masse as a sort of Miracle on 34th Street statement. Any postcards will do. We suggest being creative, but inexpensive postcards, ten for a dollar in Time Square, work great too.

This effort was started by the group Urban Librarians Unite and is now being endorsed and supported by Queens Library Guild Local 1321, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), and Desk Set. It is not a part of the formal campaigns by the city public libraries, and it is our intention to augment, not compete, with those official efforts. We are asking you to pass the word to your members, encourage them to solicit postcards, and promote the campaign. As we move forward we hope to organize events including a possible read-in to support New York City libraries.

The deadline for sending postcards to Council Member Van Bramer is Tuesday, June 15. But, of course, there is no time like the present for information profession and librarian colleagues to support one another.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope that you will ally yourself with us as we fight for every dime we can get for public libraries in the city.


Christian Zabriske
Urban Librarians Unite

LIS 626 Final Pathfinders

May 4, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 626 | Leave a comment

Dear Students:

Congratulate yourself on some truly excellent legal research work, such as

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