October 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Posted in PRATT SILS 684 | Leave a comment


PUTTING KNOWLEDGE TO WORK AND LETTING INFORMATION PLAY is an e-book produced for the 10th anniversary of the research center at Virginia Tech, the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture.


Available at:



The e-book is free in cost, free to copy, free to distribute. The volume confronts many of the issues in contemporary academia as it meets the internet and computing in all of its sphere with many specific contributions on academic publishing, e-research, the history of the center, and related topics.



October 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Posted in law librarianship | Leave a comment


Have you been thinking of writing an article of interest to law librarians?  Need a push to get started?  Well, here it is.

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories:

Open Division:  for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience;

New Members Division:  for recent graduates and AALL members who have become law librarians since July 1, 2006.

Student Division:  Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To be eligible in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school, or in a library school, information management, or an equivalent program, either in the Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 semester.

The winner in each division receives $750 generously donated by LexisNexis plus the opportunity to present the winning paper at a program during the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver!  Winning papers are also considered for publication in the Association’s prestigious Law Library Journal.

Application form and details, including a list of past winners, can be found at the Call for Papers web site http://www.aallnet.org/about/award_call_for_papers.asp.

Selected winning papers from earlier competitions can also be found at http://works.bepress.com/aallcallforpapers. This list can give you an idea of the range of topics that law librarians have chosen.

Articles in the Open and New Members Division must be submitted by March 1, 2011.

Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by April 15, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee:

Chair, David Hollander, dholland@princeton.edu

Vice-Chair, Jennifer Lentz, lentz@law.ucla.edu

Connie Lenz, lenzx009@umn.edu

Mark Podvia, mwp3@psu.edu

Webinar of Potential Interest

October 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Ideas, law librarianship | Leave a comment

Email from Jon:


The Legal Division is pleased to co-sponsor this event with SLA’s Philadelphia Chapter.  This event is FREE for all participants.  For those of you outside the Philadelphia area, please join us in cyberspace via webinar.  If you are local, the event will be held on the campus of Drexel University.  The registration link and details are below.


** Direct all questions, comments, or concerns to SLA Philadelphia Chapter Chair-Elect Robert Guerrero at Guerrero@RLF.com **

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Special Libraries Association concludes its 2010 Program Series on Thursday, November 4th, 2010.  Click HERE to register


TOPIC: “The FDsys” : the new GPO Access

PRESENTER: Ashley Dahlen  – Outreach Librarian at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2010 — 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

(Registration starts at 5:30 pm)

LOCATION: The Mary Hagerty Learning Lab (Room L33/34) at the Hagerty Library at Drexel University

•Address:   33rd & Market Sts.  Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
•Parking:   Metered on-street parking available, hourly-pay parking at 34th & Chestnut garage

GPO Access will be going away soon as the U.S. Government Printing Office rolls out the Federal Digital System (FDsys), an advanced digital system that will enable GPO to manage Government information from all three branches of the U.S. Government. Learn about the new system and its features, what content is available through it, and search strategies. Not only is FDsys a powerful tool for the public to access online, authoritative Federal information, but it also serves as a preservation repository for the content and a content management system for Federal agencies.

COST:   FREE for all participants


Pizza and beverages will be provided to all attendees

**** The SLA Philadelphia Chapter will be accepting book donations for our ANNUAL BOOK DRIVE at this event ****

This year’s recipient is:  Out of School Time (OST) Programs—Reaches over 2,200 youth every year in grades K-8.  OST programs are located across the City and serve children in schools and at CSS’ Family Service Centers.  OST Programs enrich the lives of children through literacy and are in the process of creating extensive libraries.

SPONSORS: This session is being co-sponsored by the SLA Legal Division and the DUSLA student chapter at Drexel University.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Tuesday, November 2nd at 5pm

Click HERE to register

Robert L. Guerrero
Library Manager

Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.

One Rodney Square

920 North King Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone: 302-651-7775

Fax: 302-498-7775

Email: Guerrero@RLF.com


Bloomberglaw Pricing (Wall Street Journal article: July 7, 2010)

October 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories | 1 Comment
A flat fee of $450 per attorney per month appears to be the ace in the hole for upstart Bloomberg Law as it takes on established giants LexisNexis and Westlaw in the electronic research market.
Just as Bloomberg built a $6 billion-a-year business by taking a mystifying bundle of financial data and making it indispensable to Wall Street professionals, Bloomberg Law intends to do the same for lawyers now serviced by LexisNexis and Westlaw in the $8 billion-a-year electronic legal research business.
After an early test-marketing effort failed to win fans among law students, the company scrapped the amber-print-on-black-background design familiar to the financial industry readers of Bloomberg news columns and went back to the drawing board.
Although the still-significant $450 subscription fee will likely discourage the student market, corporate law firms rather than all practitioners may find two aspects of the Bloomberg Law service particularly appealing.
First the certainty of the pricing–both Lexis and Westlaw charge based on usage–may offer Bloomberg an edge over its well-entrenched competitors. But another advantage may prove even more valuable to law firms. The speed with which Bloomberg Law updates its docket service is particularly attractive says Lillian Arcuri, Director of Library Services at Chadbourne & Parke.

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