Useful Research Tool- Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-law Librarians

December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Ideas, law librarianship, legal research strategy | Leave a comment

The Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) Public Access to Legal Information (PALI) Committee has just posted the updated edition of Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-law Librarians, available at

You can view individual chapters or the entire publication in one large PDF. Also, feel free to link to it as well.


November 30

November 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Posted in law librarianship, PRATT SILS 617, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Powerpoint presentation.

Revised Syllabus

October 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Posted in law librarianship, PRATT SILS 617 | Leave a comment

This is the revised syllabus, mirroring the changed due dates.

International Law Class

April 22, 2011 at 12:37 am | Posted in law librarianship, PRATT SILS 626, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is the in-class presentation, and the preliminary and in-class exercises.


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

Selected winning papers from earlier competitions can also be found at 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,

Vice-Chair, Jennifer Lentz,

Connie Lenz,

Mark Podvia,

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 **

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



Syllabus 617-Fall, 2010

August 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Posted in law librarianship, PRATT SILS 617, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Dear Students:

This is the promised syllabus.

Great Resource

August 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Posted in law librarianship, legal digital repositories, legal research strategy | Leave a comment

From the introductory email from

Sarah Glassmeyer
Valparaiso University School of Law Library:

This website is sponsored by the Legal Information Institute and Justia and graciously hosted by CALI.  It’s meant to provide alternative resources to the Wexis offerings in a fun way that law students would respond to.  There’s also a librarian section (  that will provide teaching and instructional resources for all librarians that train or instruct law students or lawyers.

Included on the librarian page is a brief (less than 30 seconds to take) survey on how, when and if you teach free law resources.  Please take a moment and fill that out.  It will help us figure out what resources we should be providing.

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.

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.

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