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.


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



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.

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.

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 http://www.crikey.com.au/author/nichenet/ & http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0507/1224246059241.html & 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 http://borndigitalbook.com/)

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.

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.