More on the Topic of Professional Organizations

June 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684 | Leave a comment

Here is a very interesting blog entry on what can go wrong with a too diverse organization whose leadership is not sufficiently diverse.

On a different note, here is something that speaks about the need for a strong professional organization:

  • email from Mary Alice Baish, AALL Director of Government Relations

Today I was informed about a package of amendments to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 offered last Thursday by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). One of his amendments would drastically cut funding to executive branch agencies for publishing and printing government documents because, according to Coburn, “Nobody reads these. They are all available online.”

 The Coburn amendment reducing executive branch publishing would have a negative impact on the cost effective printing and binding services procured competitively by the Government Printing Office from thousands of small business printers throughout the country. It would also impact the distribution of important print titles through the Federal Depository Library Program.  

 Please read our Action Alert for more information and then call your Senators as soon as possible through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. Urge them to vote NO on Coburn Amendment No. 4331 related to executive branch printing and publishing.

 Time is of the essence because the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010 may be voted on as early as tomorrow.

 Thank you,

Mary Alice Baish, AALL Director of Government Relations



Today’s Class

June 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Posted in law librarianship | Leave a comment

As I mentioned earlier to you, we will have a librarian visiting us today. Mikhail Koulikov is Reference/research Librarian at the New York Law Institute.

He began his career in law librarianship in 2009, after graduating from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has recently published an article in the Law Library Journal on how law journals are covered in non-legal databases. (Use this opportunity and ask him about how you can get your first article published!)  

Mikhail has done the readings and will be joining our lively class discussion.

The e-version of the book review I handed out last week

June 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684 | Leave a comment

Here is the scan.

Reading for Monday, June 21

June 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Posted in law librarianship, PRATT SILS 684 | Leave a comment

Here are the excerpts from The Spirit of Law Librarianship: A Reader. Thank you Ann for reminding me to post them.

Additional Optional Reading for Wednesday, June 16

June 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Posted in Ideas, law librarianship, PRATT SILS 684 | 1 Comment

James Donovan has recently published this great piece on collection development. I would love one of you to present its summary. If there are no takers, which I understand, don’t worry, I will lead the discussion.

Interesting Conference Open to the Public Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

June 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Are new rights the right answer? A discussion on the proliferation of individual rights brought about by social changes and new technology Sponsored by Crossroads Cultural Center and World Youth Alliance Speakers: Dr. Marta CARTABIA—Professor of Constitutional Law, State University of Milan, Italy Dr. David KRETZMER—Professor of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Columbia University, Faculty House Presidential Room 1, Third Floor 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY (enter campus at 116th St. between Amsterdam and Morningside) The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

Copyright Readings – Monday June 7th

June 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684 | 5 Comments

Here is the excerpt from Crew’s excellent book on what librarians should know about copyright. Our guest will promptly arrive at 6 and leave at 7:30.  Because we will stay longer tonight (6/2), we will have a shorter day on the 7th.

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