Joe Barker has updated his Best Search Tools Chart. This chart breaks down features of some of the top search engines, such as Google, AskJeeves, and Yahoo. He also breaks down the features of other online search tools such as Librarians Index to the Internet and Infomine.
The new and improved SCOTUSblog is now hosted at www.scotusblog.com. SCOTUS brings us news and information about the cases before the supreme court.
Westlaw has added a database 50 States Surveys (STSURVEYS) derived from Richard Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws.
The Boston Public Library currently has an exhibit called Riot and the Rule of Law: The Boston Massacre, John Adams and the Trial of 1770. Focusing on John Adams’ role in defending British troops, it contains original manuscripts, rare books, maps and political cartoons related to the Boston Massacre and Adams’ defense of British troops who were indicted and tried for murder.
The never-ending advancements in technology are impacting all aspects of law librarianship and law schools from staffing, to facilities, to faculty support, as well as classroom teaching. In the upcoming symposium, “The Future of Law Libraries,” these issues will be addressed by a panel of nine professionals in the fields of information technology and law librarianship. See our website for registration information and more details about the event: http://www.fcsl.edu/events/lawlibrarysymposium
Please note that the conference hotel, the Amelia Island Plantation, currently has no vacancies. However, Amelia Island is only 13 miles long and there are several hotels within a few miles of the Plantation. See the Chamber of Commerce for more details: http://www.aifby.com or http://hotels.accessamer.com/Amelia_Island/Hotels.html for a listing of area hotels.
We are accepting conference registrations until the end of February.
Florida Coastal School of Law
The Service Committee is putting together an opportunity to donate career clothing for women in need. There is an organization called Dress for Success, with an office located in Springfield, Mass. This organization provides “interview suits, confidence boosts and career development to more than 45,000 women in over 73 cities each year.” It is a “not-for-profit organization that helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a second suit when she gets the job. The Dress for Success Professional Women’s Group program then provides ongoing support to help the client build a successful career.”
“Women are referred to Dress for Success by a continually expanding array of not-for-profit and government agencies including homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, immigration services and job training programs.”
This organization is currently accepting gently used or new fall and winter clothing in all sizes and any off-season clothing in sizes 14 and up. All clothing should be clean and on hangers. They also will accept accessories, and new, unopened packages of pantyhose. They will only accept unworn or completely unblemished shoes.
While this organization has parameters on what they will accept, we are willing to take any gently used clothing and distribute to
local Goodwill Centers.
If anyone has extra wire hangers they would like to donate, that would be helpful for those who wish to donate clothes but use wooden or plastic hangers.
If anyone is interested in participating in this project, please bring clothing to the spring LLNE meeting on Friday, April 1, 2005 at Harvard. Barbara West and Pat Newcombe will accept the clothing at this meeting and distribute to the organizations.
Thanks for your help.
Co-chairs, LLNE Service Committee
Read about Smart Tools in the latest edition of West E-lert (Newsletter for Information Professionals).
Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science is offering a host of continuing education courses, including several online workshops. LLNE’s own Sharon Persons and Susan Vaughn (both co-editors of LLNE News) join Raquel Ortiz (President) in teaching Introduction to Legal Research on Saturday, June 25, 2005, 9:00am-5:00pm at Suffolk University Law School. Susan is also teaching Blogging and RSS – NOW! on Saturday, April 23, 2005, 1:30-5:00pm at the Simmons College campus. (Check out Susan’s article “RSS to the Information Overload” on page 19 of Volume 24, number 2 (2004) of LLNE News.)