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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — January 2, 2017


Tunisians Are Being Encouraged to Read by Turning Taxis into Libraries

Most of the yellow cabs racing through Tunis are decorated with air fresheners, glittery pendulums, and framed baby pictures. Sometimes you’ll find a complimentary box of tissues. But taxi driver Ahmed Mzoughi, 49, has taken a more cerebral approach to his vehicle’s decor. Scattered on the seats and lining the dashboard are slim volumes of poetry, fat novels, and psychology books. Stuck on a side door is a decal that says, “Attention: This Taxi Contains a Book.”

What does diversity mean in the age of a Donald Trump presidency? Even as the U.S. and the globe become increasingly diverse, the president-elect’s cabinet appointments have so far been strong on billionaires and white men and weak on women and blacks.

On the Differences between Cats and Dogs

A letter to my writing students on why they have more freedom to create than they seem to think

The Teen-Agers Suing Over Climate Change

In the spring of 2010, Julia Olson, an environmental attorney based in Oregon, was introduced to Alec Loorz, a teen-ager from Ventura, California, and the founder of an advocacy group called Kids vs. Global Warming. At the time, Olson, who ran the nonprofit Our Children’s Trust, was preparing to sue the federal government over its insufficient action on climate change, and she hoped to coördinate youth demonstrations and other events with the filing of the lawsuit.

 Interactive Constitution

On this site, constitutional experts interact with each other to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today. For each provision of the Constitution, scholars of different perspectives discuss what they agree upon, and what they disagree about. These experts were selected with the guidance of leaders of two prominent constitutional law organizations—The American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society. This project is sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

10 Steps to Writing a Great Law School Final Paper

The final paper has become a common law school evaluation method. Here are 10 steps to writing a great law school paper.

Useful Law Apps for Students

The study of law is not easy as from the beginning of the first year of law, you are expected to absorb mountain of information every single day and this means late night study sessions and virtuosic organization skills. There are some students who are fine with the hard copies of dictionaries, legislation as well as personal organizers, but the convenience of law apps are unbeatable.

Using Microsoft Word Styles

Let’s face it: legal writing is already hard work. So who has time to tinker with stuff like fonts in the name of enhancing legal document readability? With the Microsoft Word Styles feature, consistent formatting becomes a whole lot easier and faster, and can help enforce standards in your firm’s outgoing documents.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — December 26, 2016


How Libraries Are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library’s structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake country. As the conversation about building a new library ramped up, Steve King, a longtime resident and small business economy researcher, wasn’t so sure a brick-and-mortar library was even needed — not with the Internet seemingly taking its place. The way he saw it, you could find much of the same information online as you could at the library — anytime, without even leaving the house.

2016 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to all the library supporters who sent in nominations. More than 1100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. 2016 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education.

The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women

The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally. The march will be held in Atlanta on January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm beginning at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and ending at the Georgia State Capitol.

Law School Administrators Would Like al-Qaeda to Go After U.S. News & World Report. This Is Why.

Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder’s new book, “Engines of Anxiety,” explains how law schools try to game the U.S. News & World Report’s academic rankings to attract students. I interviewed them by email to understand why these rankings are so important, and what law schools do to try to improve their rating.

How the Conservative Religious Coalition Won the 2016 Election — Part I: Education

This is the first part in a three-part series on the 2016 election. The series will cover education, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights.

Bookish Board Games Gifts for the Friend Who Already Has All the Books

Buying gifts for avid readers can be difficult. You want, of course, to buy them a book, but how do you know they don’t have it already? Do you know them well enough to know the book’s in their wheelhouse? And what if there’s some esoteric reason why they prefer the paperback over the hardback, a used copy over a new copy?

Georgetown Law to Launch Institute for Technology Law and Policy

Law schools are pushing to meet newer legal industry needs, and Georgetown Law is looking to help students shape the conversation.

How Data and Information Literacy Could End Fake News

At its core, the rise of “fake news” is first and foremost a sign that we have failed as a society to teach our citizens how to think critically about data and information. Take that email from a Nigerian prince offering to transfer you ten million dollars if you’ll just send him $10,000 to cover the wire costs. Enough people get that email each day and wire those ten thousand dollars that this scam continues in 2016. The Internet has globalized the art of the scam and the reach of misinformation, allowing a single tweet to go viral across the planet, sowing chaos in countries on the other side of the world from the person sending it.

Facebook, Google and now Verizon Are Accelerating Their Tracking Efforts Despite Consumers’ Privacy Concerns

They’re all pursuing the holy grail for digital advertising — syncing up personal information with browsing history and app usage.

The Industrial (Legal) Revolution

The United States has a well-documented access to justice crisis. According to the American Bar Foundation, 80% of people with legal problems are not addressing them with the help of a lawyer. In many cases, people do not recognize that their problems are legal problems. For others, the cost of legal services is too high, or the uncertainty of billable-hour costs make legal services impractical.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — December 19, 2016


8 Over-the-Top Christmas Light Displays You Need to See This Year

We all know about McAdenville, and it’s great and you should definitely go if you’ve never been. But if you’re looking for something a little smaller and a little less crowded, load up the car and head out to one of these 8 spectacular home Christmas light displays.

Review of Boston University Law School/AALL’s National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

I asked Katie Brown, Law Library Director of the Charlotte School of Law, and fellow geek, to write a review of last week’s NCCSLM meeting in Boston. Please welcome guest blogger Katie Brown.

LJ’s Best Books of 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.

Giving Back to Afghanistan through Books

Growing up in Afghanistan, Sajia Darwish found few places where she felt safe. But there was one refuge: books. In her school in Kabul, a couple of shelves in a closet held a meager supply. There were no books geared to children, but Darwish made do. At age 11, she found a Farsi translation of Dale Carnegie’s “Secrets of Success.”

The Librarian on the Teaching Team

Teaching is changing. What was once a solo pursuit has increasingly become a team sport. I’m not talking about co-faculty taught courses. Rather, the team that I’m thinking about includes a mix of faculty and non-faculty educators. I’m here to make the case that a librarian is a key member of a course development and teaching team.

Service of Process Via Facebook Fails without Proof of Active Use

While courts around the country are increasingly allowing for process service through electronic means like social media accounts, a Brooklyn judge denied a woman’s request to serve her husband with a divorce summons via Facebook finding she failed to prove he is an active user.

For Want of an Oxford Comma

The minor yet highly controversial issue of the Oxford Comma (or serial comma) arises solely in one very restricted context: what is known in classical grammar as a monosyndetic multiple coordination, where there is just a single coordinator (a word like and or or) before the last of three or more coordinated items.

Maine State Library Study Finds that Librarian Is One of the Most Trusted Professions

A recent survey by the Maine State Library shows that librarians are the second most trusted professionals out of the 22 professions studied. The purpose of this research was to determine the perceived trustworthiness of librarians compared to other professions and to assess perceptions of librarians across demographic groups.

Build Your Own Festive Balloon Archway

I’ve traveled around the world creating art with a very unusual medium. I fold air in specially prepared latex containers. That’s right: balloons. At Airigami, we don’t deal with tiny balloon doggies, or even a few balloons forming hats, but massive artistic installations involving up to 100,000 balloons.

Citi Report Claims Growth Will Remain Slow in 2017

The legal industry can expect to see low single-digit growth in revenue and profitability next year, just as it did in 2016, according to a report by Citi Private Bank’s law firm group and Hildebrandt Consulting. Volatility in the market and stagnant demand for law firm services will help top firms continue to pull away from the rest of the pack.
Using Microsoft Word’s Table of Authorities

If you regularly have to produce appellate briefs in Microsoft Word, you already know that one of the most painful tasks occurs at the end: compiling the Table of Authorities. (And if you don’t do appellate briefs in Microsoft Word very often, compiling your first TOA will come as a rude shock.)

How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity

Want to challenge assumptions? Follow the lead of Microsoft, MIT, and others, and ask more questions, writes author Warren Berger.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — December 12, 2016


How Do You Design the Library of the Future?

ARE you sitting comfortably? Here is the Story of the Decline of the Academic Library.

Learning How to Be Together

We will all take different lessons from the unprecedented and tumultuous election of Donald J. Trump. Here is one: The past 18 months have shown us that we have forgotten, or perhaps never really knew, how to see one another. On both sides of this hard-fought battle, many people see that their needs, wants, and ideas — their lives — are not being accounted for, are not being considered by those in authority. Simply put, that they do not matter to those in power.

Stop the Spread of Fake News

Mark Zuckerburg might think that fake news on Facebook didn’t sway the election, but Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci (and many others) aren’t buying it. In a piece for the New York Times (where she is a regular contributor and a must-read), Tufekci writes…

Locating Real Estate Forms: A Beginner’s Guide

We frequently receive requests for assistance with real estate law, particularly in finding real estate forms.  The legal requirements for such forms and agreements can be extensive, and as such, researchers can turn to treatises, legal encyclopedias, and legal form books to better understand how such documents are drafted.  This Beginner’s Guide will provide a list of some general resources which contain real estate forms.

Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing

Some ideas for teaching your graduate students how to avoid feeling as if they don’t belong in academe.

Colson Whitehead, Rep. John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners

At a gala ceremony in New York City, the 67th National Book Awards gathered many of literature’s leading lights in celebration of just a few authors: Colson Whitehead, who won in the fiction category; Ibram X. Kendi, in nonfiction; Daniel Borzutzky, in poetry; and Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell in young people’s literature.

Diversity – On Campus & In the Library: Diversity Book Awards

A guide to ethnic and diversity related resources in and around the UT community for students, staff, faculty and librarians.

Bookmobiles have been a part of library service for decades, but they’re typically bus-sized vehicles that require large parking lots or streets in order to make a visit. Library book bikes have become a hot new thing in cities but are range-limited by the pedal power of staff. To improve outreach, the Grandview Heights Public Library (GHPL), OH, envisioned something in between the two for its midsized suburban town: a fully electric low-speed vehicle (the base model is similar in size to a standard golf cart) that can go where full-sized vehicles can’t.

Undergraduates’ Use of Google vs. Library Resources: A Four-Year Cohort Study

This longitudinal study at a large public university surveyed students of the 2008 freshmen cohort over four years about their use of websites and library resources for their research papers. The three goals of the study were to track changes in reported research behavior over time, to see if students’ reported source choices were associated with librarian instruction and/or if they were associated with instructors’ source requirements. The study found that, as students matured, they used library resources more frequently. Librarian instruction and faculty source requirements both were associated with increased use of library resources.

Va. School System Pulls ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘To Kill and Mockingbird’

Two classic American novels have been temporarily pulled from bookshelves in Accomack County Public Schools.

Fake or Real? How to Self-Check the News and Get the Facts

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be “self-investigating” a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant. So, yes, fake news is a big problem.

A Beginner’s Guide tot Beefing Up Your Privacy and Security Online

Want to protect your security and privacy? Here are some places to start.

Obscure Legal Change Expands Government Hacking Powers

A revision to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure allows law enforcement to hack suspects’ computers regardless of jurisdiction. Civil liberties groups worry the change will harm individuals’ privacy rights.

‘Paranoid’ Announced as the Cambridge Dictionary Word of the Year

The Cambridge Dictionary team have chosen paranoid as their Word of the Year for 2016. Researchers examined the data from the hundreds of millions of searches on to see which words sparked the most interest in 2016, and found that paranoid stood out as the clear frontrunner.

Defusing the Student Loan Forgiveness Tax Bomb

For those who are struggling to repay their federal student loans, there are alternative repayment plans available. The programs are known as Income Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE). These plans lower borrowers’ monthly student loan payments based on a percentage of their monthly income. If they stay on these plans for twenty to twenty-five years, then any balances remaining are forgiven.

Hotels for Book Lovers

It is a spectator sport to look at someone else’s books, if not an act of voyeurism or armchair psychology,” wrote Henry Petroski in “The Book on the Bookshelf.” Yet when the books don’t belong to an individual, but rather to a hotel or a bar, it is not armchair psychology — it is an invitation to a chance encounter. Which book might catch your eye from the shelves at the Wine Library at the B2 Boutique Hotel & Spa in Zurich, where guests can browse some 33,000 books with a glass of white in hand? What books might be in your room in the Library Hotel in New York where each floor celebrates one of the 10 categories of the Dewey Decimal System and a reading room is open 24 hours? Which volume will be brought to your table at the Gryphon, a cafe in Savannah, Ga., where diners receive their bill tucked inside the pages of a book? Might any of these books change your trip, your mind, your life?

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