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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 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 — June 6, 2016


My Bookshelf, Myself

Leaders in different fields share the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island.

It is fairly uncommon to hear about a constructed language being taken to court over copyright claims, at least non-computer programming languages. This is why it was so surprising to hear that the Klingon language was one of the focuses of a case between CBS and Paramount, the owners of the Star Trek properties, and the makers of a fan film.

In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and books that reflect the GLBT experience.

Colleges Shouldn’t Have to Deal with Copyright Monitoring

Colleges have a big stake in the outcome of the lawsuit that three publishers, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications, brought against Georgia State University officials for copyright infringement. The lawsuit, now in its eighth year, challenged GSU’s policy that allowed faculty members to upload excerpts (mainly chapters) of in-copyright books for students to read and download from online course repositories.

Scholars Talk Writing: Jay Parini

‘You have to write a lot to get better at writing,’ so ‘don’t stop’

The Frivolity of Making

Makerspaces have been widely embraced in public libraries and K-12 schools, but do they belong in higher education? Are makerspaces a frivolous pursuit?

Uncovering Big Bias with Big Data

A while back, two of my colleagues were arguing about which is a bigger problem in the criminal justice system: bias against defendants of color or bias against poor defendants. My first inclination was to suggest we could settle the dispute if we had the right dataset. (I’m an attorney turned data scientist, so yes, that really was my first thought.) That being said, the right dataset magically appeared in a Tweet from Ben Schoenfeld.  What follows is the story of how I used those cases to discover what best predicts defendant outcomes: race or income.

Who’s Managing Big Law Alternative Staffing?

Altman Weil’s recently released 2016 Law Firms in Transition survey is good reading for all law firm management. For me, the questions it raises are the number of non-partner track lawyers and who’s managing Big Law alternative staffing?

Chemerinsky: These two decisions highlight how Scalia’s absence has affected the court

As the U.S. Supreme Court enters the last month of its term, the impact of having only eight justices already is clear. Some of the most high profile cases of the year are not being decided, or perhaps even worse, are being resolved on narrow grounds that create more confusion than clarity in the law.

Dear Sir/Madam: How Should You Handle Writing Salutations and Signatures?

I’m looking at a letter to the Department of Justice that relates to a highly sensitive antitrust matter. It’s written on behalf of a major corporation that seeks to merge with another major corporation—both within an industry vital to the nation’s national security. The author is a partner at a big law firm. It begins: “Dear Ann.”

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — May 30, 2016


How to Write a Powerful Email Subject Line That Gets Your Message Read

Words have power. No one knows that better than you, the attorney. You use the persuasive power of words to turn the tide in your favor, whether in an oral argument or carefully-written brief. You can apply the same “power words” premise to writing marketing copy, and no better “courtroom” for trialing the power of words exists than the email messages you send to clients and colleagues. And that holds especially true for email subject lines, the topic of this post.

Health Care Advance Directives: A Beginner’s Guide

Planning for end of life or critical care is not a favorite topic of conversation, but it is an important one. Having health care advance directives in place can help ensure your wishes are made clear to your loved ones and physicians when you are not in position to advocate for the type of care you wish to receive.

2016 Summer Reading Program Promo

If you saw the preview, or had to jump out of the way during filming, you have to check out our 2016 Summer Reading video featuring Phoenix Freerunning Academy and our very limber librarians. Jump into action on June 4 by grabbing a reading log at any of the Livonia Public Libraries!

23 LGBTQ Books with a POC Protagonist, Because It’s Time to Diversify Your Reading List

When you go to make your newest TBR book list, you probably look at recent bestsellers, upcoming buzz books, classics you’ve been ignoring, and new releases from your favorite authors. One place you probably haven’t been checking but should be is the library of LGBTQ books with POC protagonists, because no matter what your race, gender, or sexuality is, you need to be reading these essential and diverse stories.

Family of Librarian Killed in Emanuel AME Church Shooting Launches Literacy Effort

Growing up, when Cynthia Graham Hurd’s four brothers raced outside to play in their free time, she’d park herself on the front porch with a good book. On Thursday, almost a year after she was killed with eight others at Emanuel AME Church, those brothers announced the creation of a literacy foundation to honor the woman who grew up to spend 31 years as a librarian and branch manager in the Charleston County Public Library system.

6 Plugins to Keep Your WordPress Site On-Trend

There’s no need to talk up WordPress since everyone is aware of its vast potential. Instead, we’re going to talk about some of the plugins.

Remember When This Was Full-Time? Your Newest Coworkers Don’t.

If you’ve recently graduated from an MLIS program, what I’m about to say isn’t a shock: You are not full-time. If you are an established full-time librarian, you’ve probably noticed that more of your coworkers are part-time than in the past. These new librarians have their own class of titles that imply part-time. Instead of librarian I, they’re librarian on call, per diem, or the euphemistic library specialist.

Colleges Shouldn’t Have to Deal with Copyright Monitoring

Colleges have a big stake in the outcome of the lawsuit that three publishers, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications, brought against Georgia State University officials for copyright infringement. The lawsuit, now in its eighth year, challenged GSU’s policy that allowed faculty members to upload excerpts (mainly chapters) of in-copyright books for students to read and download from online course repositories.

Investigating the Relationship of Library Usage to Student Outcomes

This study connects library user surveys, a common library assessment technique, to institutional data to demonstrate the value an academic library brings to student learning and student outcomes.

Small Changes in Teaching: Space It Out

The essential ingredient of learning is time.

Way to Go Graduates, Here Are Keys to World

It is my pleasure to address the graduating class of 2016. No need to remove your ear buds. I get paid either way.

What Do the Authors of Sci-Hub’s Most Downloaded Articles Think about Sci-Hub?

Depending on whom you ask, Sci-Hub — the piracy network for academic journals — is either the Robin Hood of academic publishing or a parasite preying upon for-profit publishers.

Last Week Tonight with Josh Oliver: Dr. Oz and Nutritional Supplements

John Oliver outlines what, exactly is problematic about Dr. Oz and the nutrition supplement industry. Then he invites George R.R. Martin, Steve Buscemi, the Black and Gold Marching Elite, and some fake real housewives on the show to illustrate how to pander to an audience without hurting anyone.

American Library Association (ALA) Reference and User Services Association (RUSA): Best Free Reference Websites List

The  annual Best Free Reference Websites list was announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) Book and Media Awards Ceremony at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston on Sunday. The list made its first debut in the Fall 2015 issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), RUSA’s research journal. Each site is selected based on, but not limited to: quality, depth, usability, usefulness of content and authority of producer.  Succinct and insightful annotations were written by the selection committee and reflect all subject areas useful for ready reference and value in most libraries.

10 Things You Should Know about Work by the Time You’re Thirty

As you gain work experience, make sure you know how to handle these situations.

How To Make Life Spectacular: 4 Rituals Backed By Research

There’s no shortage of advice on how to live a great life. Research has answers… but, frankly, who can remember them all? What do you need to do to be happy? What attitude should you take toward life? How can you reduce stress and be gritty? What makes for a loving relationship?

Top Job Search Websites for Legal Jobs and Alternative Legal Careers

Online job listings are still one of the most useful tools in your job search — plus, they are so easy to use. Whether you want a traditional law job or an alternative career, here’s a list of some of the ones that are helpful, in my opinion, when you are trying to get your job search off the ground.

Law Firm Libraries Cannot Simply Be a Service … It Must Be a Strategic Partner

In the May 23rd American Lawyer article, “More Law Firms Outsource Their Law Libraries [pay wall],” is a wake-up call for some librarians, old news for many, a call to arms for others, and a confirmation of a shift in the profession for the rest. Outsourcing is a scary word, but one that cannot be ignored.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — February 8, 2016


What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

Over the past two years, we and our partners at the Open Syllabus Project (based at the American Assembly at Columbia) have collected more than a million syllabuses from university websites. We have also begun to extract some of their key components — their metadata — starting with their dates, their schools, their fields of study and the texts that they assign.

Are Paper Books Really Disappearing?

If the printed word becomes a thing of the past, it may affect how we think.

Beware of Copyright Creep!

I’m not talking about a spooky looking monster, dead set on ending the world as we know it, or a sticky ooze that slowly trickles over the planet because we destroyed the rainforest. Copyright creep is an expression that refers to the expansion of copyright law and policy, inching and slinking its way into aspects of life that surely James Madison did not anticipate.

The Right Technology

Searching for solutions that serve people.

What Part-Timers Wish Full-Timers Knew

While the pay gap and the prestige gap between full-time and part-time faculty are well-documented, there often exists a communication gap between the two populations as well. What if — instead of those quick passing hellos in the hallway — part-time faculty were instead given license to speak directly into the hearts and minds of their full-time counterparts? Just what is it that part-timers would most want full-timers to learn, to realize, and to understand?

DIY A2J 3: Talk to Your Community

Pretty much every organization that serves the public and sees itself as having a mandate to educate is starving for new content, and if not new content then new content providers. Libraries, drop-in and community centres and social service groups usually welcome anyone prepared to provide a seminar and, best of all, they’ll do the advertising for you.

You Can Now Wander the Guggenheim Right on Your Computer

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is as much a tribute to architecture as it is to art. The building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a wonder to wander through, with its soaring atrium and gleaming, spiraled ramps. It’s a museum best experienced in person, of course—but for those of who can’t make it in the flesh, good news: You can now visit through your computer.

Meet the Man Who Created Papyrus, The World’s (Other) Most Hated Font

You’ve probably never heard of Chris Costello, but there’s a good chance you hate him. Outside of Comic Sans creator Vincent Connare, Costello is perhaps the most vilified man in all font design. Costello, you see, is the father of Papyrus, a calligraphic typeface he first created in 1982.

Librarian, the Gathering: Designing and Publicizing a Personal Librarian Program

In December 2013, librarians at Alfred University, NY, began discussing the possibility of creating a Personal Librarian Program, inspired by the work of librarians at places like Drexel University and Yale University’s Medical Library. We have always encouraged students to seek out a librarian for research assistance; now we wanted to add a human touch, providing a name and face for students encountering the intimidating task of using a college library for the first time. The librarian trading card programs of other libraries—such as Penn State and the University of Rochester—gave us the idea of creating unique cards and personas for each librarian. We decided to take the trading card idea, give it a fantasy roleplaying spin, and use these new “Magic: The Gathering”–esque cards to help connect students to their librarians and publicize the program. With this, “Librarians, the Gathering” was born.

92 Percent of Students Prefer Paper Books Over E-Books: Survey

E-books may be convenient and cheap, but they aren’t displacing paper just yet, at least in the hearts and minds of college kids. That’s what Naomi Baron, linguistics professor at American University, found out as part of the research she conducted for her new book, “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.”

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