Posted On: July 30, 2008

Senator Ted Stevens Indictment July 29, 2008

To see the" federal grand jury indictment of Alaskan Republican Senator Ted Stevens, charging him with concealing valuable gifts from an oil service company and its CEO on his congressional financial disclosure forms", click here.
From: Findlaw: Featured Documents, July 29, 2008.

Posted On: July 30, 2008

2008 ABA Annual Convention: Some Programs Hosted by the Judicial Division

.:: During the 2008 ABA Annual Meeting, the Judicial Division will be hosting several interesting educational programs for the judges, lawyers, and law students, including the following:

: ** National Conference of State Trial Judges 50th Anniversary Program

** A Swift Round-trip on Erie Railroad: State Law in Federal Courts; Federal Law in State Courts

** When Judges Speak: The Ethics of Judicial Outreach and Communication

** Military Litigants & Witness in Civilian Courts: Challenges for the Bench, Bar, and Deployed Military Member

** What the Presidential Candidates Should be Saying about Federal Judicial Selection

** Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the USA

** How Judges Think: Rule of Law, or Rule of Man?

Posted On: July 29, 2008

Annual Reports of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, State of New York

The following are links to State of New York Annual Reports of the Chief Administrator of the Courts, beginning with the Report for 2004. The most recent report available at this initial posting is for 2006. It is our intention to post subsequent reports as they become available.

The annual reports of the Chief Administrator of the New York Unified Court System, which are submitted to the Governor and the Legislature in accordance with Section 212 of the Judiciary Law, reflect the activities of the Unified Court System (UCS) of the State of New York for the year reported.

Included in these reports are significant statistical data, an outline of court structure, highlights of the court system's initiatives--borth administrative and programmatic--and a summary of the legislative agenda of UCS for the year reported.

27th Annual Report 2004

28th Annual Report 2005

29th Annual Report 2006

Posted On: July 29, 2008

New York City Mayor's Office: Upcoming Public Broadband Advisory Committee Meeting

From: Internet Society, New York. Announcement July 28, 2008.

On Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00am there will be a briefing from the Mayor’s Office and iamond Consultants for the Broadband Advisory Committee regarding the Bloomberg administration’s plans for bridging the digital divide in New York City.

The Broadband Advisory Committee was established in 2005 with the passage of Introduction 25-A creating a joint public broadband commission to advise the Mayor and the City Council of New York on how the resources of City government can be used to stimulate the private market so that residents and businesses of New York City have more options in terms of high-speed internet access. The goal of the committee is to educate the general public about broadband and the newest communication technologies, and to give New York City residents the opportunity to comment on how the digital divide in New York City can be closed. To support these efforts the Broadband Advisory Committee has held public Broadband Hearings in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. The Committee will hold its fifth and final hearing in
Staten Island this fall.

Diamond Consultants was hired by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to determine the breadth of the digital divide in New York City and develop programs and initiatives to provide greater digital inclusion for all residents. Chris O’Brien, a Partner in Diamond’s
Public Sector practice, will be detailing Diamond’s findings and its recommendations for the City’s next steps.

The meeting will take place in the Committee of the Whole Room, City Hall, New York, NY on Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00 am. This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend. For further information please contact Kunal Malhotra, Director of Legislation & Budget, 212-788-6975 or

Posted On: July 28, 2008

Governor David Paterson To Address New Yorkers Tomorrow on the State's Poor Fiscal Condition

From: NY1: Top Stories July 28, 2008.

July 28, 2008

"Governor David Paterson confirmed this morning that he will deliver a special address to New Yorkers tomorrow evening on the state's poor financial condition.

At the press conference, he will break the news that services will be cut and the state workforce must be reduced.

The governor will order state agencies to reduce budgets beyond the 3.3-percent cuts ordered earlier this year.

"One thing about panic, at least the situation is being addressed," said the governor today. "We don't have to panic, because there are ways we can respond. But, we're going to have to respond immediately."

Paterson has reportedly been meeting with financial experts and former state officials from the administrations of Governors Mario Cuomo and Hugh Carey.

Paterson could call the state Legislature back in session to propose revising the budget."

Posted On: July 28, 2008

U.S. Department of Justice - Allegations of Politicized Hiring

An Investigation of aAllegation of Politicized Hiring by Monica Gooding and Other Staff in the Office of the U.S. Attorney General, July 28, 2008.

To see entire Report in pdf format click here.

Posted On: July 25, 2008

Recent ABA Publication Announcements

Electronic Evidence: Law and Practice, Second Edition
Paul R. Rice

Available in August 2008

"Electronic Evidence: Law and Practice explores the range of problems encountered with electronic communications from discovery to trial, and offers practical solutions to both existing and potential problems. It examines (1) the new discovery rules and how they relate to past practices, and (2) fundamental evidentiary issues governing the admissibility of electronic evidence. Particular emphasis is given to the unique problems evolving around the way in which parties are asserting the attorney-client privilege and judges are applying it to e-mail communications."

"Author Paul Rice offers a unique perspective on the attorney-client privilege issues of electronic evidence. He has 40 years of teaching experience, served as a special master for over 30 years, ruled on hundreds of thousands of privilege claims, and written the leading treatises on the subject of the attorney-client privilege for both state and federal courts."

Product Details:
Regular Price: $120.00 Section Member Price: $95.00

©August 2008
510 pages, Paper
Product Code:
Expert analysis and guidance on electronic evidence issues

State Antitrust Enforcement Handbook, Second Edition

"State antitrust law and state attorneys general have become increasingly prominent parts of the antitrust landscape. State Antitrust Enforcement Handbook, Second Edition focuses on how state attorneys general exercise their rights to investigate antitrust concerns and to secure remedies for antitrust violations."

Product Code: 5030516
Regular Price: $169.00
Section Member Price: $139.00 ©2008 6 x 9 - Paperback
400 pages

Mergers and Acquisitions: Understanding the Antitrust Issues, Third Edition

"Since the publication of the first edition of Mergers and Acquisitions, the federal agencies and state attorneys general have continued an active merger agenda and have refined merger analyses through settlements, liquidated cases, and speeches. This third edition has been completely updated to capture the most important developments in this area."

Product Code: 5030518
Regular Price: $199.00
AT Section Member Price: $169.00

Data Security Handbook

"The purpose of the Data Security Handbook is to provide legal practitioners and information technology specialists with a concise, practical guide that summarizes common information security vulnerabilities and how to manage them; legal and industry information security safeguard requirements and recommended practices; the legal obligations that apply when an organization has incurred a data breach; factors that contribute to a compliant information security program; and potential legal theories in actions involving the alleged misuse or compromise of personal information."

Product Code: 5030517
Regular Price: $144.00
Section Member Price: $124.00 ©2008 6 x 9 - Paperback
160 pages, Paper

Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2008 Edition
Centennial Edition

"The 2008 Edition of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct will provide you with an up-to-date resource for information on lawyer ethics. The Rules, with some variations, have been adopted in 48 jurisdictions. Federal, state, and local courts in all jurisdictions, even those that have not formally adopted the Rules, look to the Rules for guidance in resolving lawyer malpractice cases, disciplinary actions, disqualification issues, sanctions questions, and much more. In this volume, the black-letter Rules of Professional Conduct are followed by numbered Comments that explain each Rule's purpose and provide suggestions for its practical application. The Rules will help you identify proper conduct in a variety of given situations, review those instances where discretionary action is possible, and define the nature of the relationship between you and your clients, your colleagues, and the courts."

Centennial edition
On August 27, 1908, at a meeting in Seattle, Washington, the American Bar Association adopted the Canons of Professional Ethics, the first set of model standards of ethical conduct for lawyers nationwide. In August 2008 the ABA marks a century of worldwide leadership in developing standards of professional conduct for the legal profession."

Product Details:
Regular Price: $19.95
Section Member Price: $14.95

6 x 9 - Paper
188 pages
Product Code:

VIRTUAL LAW: Navigating the Legal Landscape of Virtual Worlds
By Benjamin Tyson Duranske


"This book is an introduction to the emerging and fascinating world of virtual law. It examines current cases and legislation impacting virtual world providers and users, and makes predictions about the future application of current law. It addresses the application of intellectual property law (copyright, trademark, and patent), criminal law, property law, contract law, securities law, tax law, and civil procedure. The author provides clear and practical advice on how to create a virtual world presence for your practice or for your clients with virtual world connections. The book also includes extensive appendices listing in-world and web-based resources for practitioners and legal scholars."

"If you are one of the many who have read about and heard about virtual worlds but do not really understand what a virtual world is, or even how to use appropriate terminology when discussing them, then this is the book for you."

Product Details:
6 X 9, 430 Pages, Paperback
Product Code: 5450052

Regular Price: $49.95

Posted On: July 25, 2008

ABA Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories of the Week ,July 25, 2008.

Law Practice Management
'Cravath Model' that Created Have and Have-Not Law Grads Could Implode
Jul 22, 2008, 09:00 am CDT

Law Firms
Firm Unveils Comical 'Lawyer Job Interview Translator'
Jul 22, 2008, 01:02 pm CDT

Labor & Employment
Big UK Firm Bans BlackBerrys for Attorneys on Vacation
Jul 22, 2008, 07:21 pm CDT

In-House Counsel
Bonuses for Top-Paid GCs Jumped 17%, to an Average of $1.1M
Jul 23, 2008, 06:01 am CDT

Tort Law
Lawyer Chases Down Columnist Novak After Accident
Jul 23, 2008, 02:03 pm CDT

Covington Partner Reveals Resignation After Revealing Press Conference
Jul 21, 2008, 06:12 am CDT

Tort Law
Plaintiffs Lawyers Have New Target: Radon-Emitting Granite Countertops
Jul 24, 2008, 06:13 am CDT

Family Law
Judge Blasts Actress for 'Callous' YouTube Video, Upholds Prenup
Jul 22, 2008, 07:48 am CDT

Law Firms
Backup Elder Care Is Latest Benefit Offered by Big Law Firms
Jul 23, 2008, 06:23 am CDT

Family Law
New Zealand Judge Renames Girl, Says 'Talula Does the Hula' Was Poor Choice
Jul 24, 2008, 09:51 am CDT

Posted On: July 24, 2008

Selections from American Libraries Direct

The eNewsletter of the American Library Association (ALA): July 23, 2008.

Child Online Protection Act gets third strike

"After a decade of federal litigation and two decisions that were returned to lower courts from the Supreme Court for further review, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals July 22 unanimously declared unconstitutional for the third time the Child Online Protection Act of 1998 on First and Fifth Amendment grounds. 'The government has no more right to censor the internet than it does books and magazines,' Chris Hansen, ACLU senior staff attorney, remarked after the ruling was handed down...."

ACLU challenges expanded FISA powers

"President George Bush signed into law July 10 the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, a bill expanding legal authority for wiretaps by spy agencies that has been hotly debated since the February expiration of the Protect America Act. Within hours of the bill’s signing, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York challenging its constitutionality on First and Fourth Amendment grounds...."

New ALA award for best book in library literature

"From 2009 through 2013, the Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature will consist of $5,000 and a commemorative plaque. It will be given to an author or coauthors whose work exemplifies excellence in library and information studies. The award was established at the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California...."

World’s oldest Bible goes online

"More than 1,600 years after it was written in Greek, one of the oldest copies of the Bible will become globally accessible online for the first time on July 24. High-resolution images from the Codex Sinaiticus, which contains the oldest complete New Testament, as well as notes on the work made over centuries, will appear on the Codex Sinaiticus Project website as a first step towards publishing the entire manuscript by next July...."

Facebook gets a facelift

"Facebook rolled out a major redesign of its social networking site late July 20 featuring a cleaner interface that links feed technology with user forums. Company officials said the updated site will give users more control and ownership over their profiles. The new version, now in limited use, will be rolled out gradually to Facebook’s 80 million users. The new look is all about the Wall, the blank space on a profile page that users can fill in with stories, photos, links, and the ever-popular Status Updates...."
New York Times, July 21; TechNewsWorld, July 22

WebAnywhere overcomes visual impairments

"Blind persons generally use computers with the help of screen-reader software, but those products can cost more than $1,000, so they’re not exactly common on public computers at libraries. WebAnywhere, developed by a computer science graduate student at the University of Washington, is an internet application that can make web surfing accessible on most any computer...."
Associated Press, July 16

Online journal access reduces citation breadth (subscription required)

"Scholarly access to more and more journal articles online may have the effect of slowing the steady increase in the number of citations of discrete articles, according to a study published July 18 in Science. University of Chicago sociologist James A. Evans found that as more articles appear online, scholars’ citations tend toward more recent and less diverse articles....
Chronicle of Higher Education, July 18"

Difficulties in determining copyright status

"Peter Hirtle discusses the impact that the 1996 copyright restoration of foreign works has had on U.S. copyright status investigations, and supplies some new steps that users must follow in order to investigate the copyright status of any work. He argues that copyright restoration has made it almost impossible to determine with certainty whether a book published in the United States after 1922 and before 1964 is in the public domain. Digital libraries wanting to offer books from this period do so at some risk...."

To see the complete issue in html format, click here.
D-Lib Magazine 14, no. 7/8 (July/Aug.)

Posted On: July 24, 2008

Moving Library from County Courthouse to Another Building


"My library's board just learned of a plan to move our library from our wonderful space in the county courthouse, to some undecided space in another building (yet to be considered). We barely managed to stall a vote on the decision yesterday, and have just till Monday for the next meeting and vote. The County wants to convert our space to a jury room."

"I wonder how those of you who moved from the courthouse have fared? I would appreciate any letters/messages expressing your experiences, thoughts, or ideas of help. We're rallying as much help from all sources as possible"


"We moved from the county courthouse to a renovated building, a joint venture with the county of ..., across the street. It was a carefully planned project and not forced by the county to move. We are very happy to move into the new facility."

"Your situation is different from ours. You have to tell the county why you should stay at where you are. It's politics which you need to present your case and lobby with the decision makers. It sounds like the court wants the space and has asked the county to pursue on their behalf. Good luck on pursuing your case."

"I'm not the best to speak about this (bc I wasn't here at the time), but the ... County Public Law Library happily moved out of the ... Superior courthouse approximately 5 years ago. We love the 'new' law library space in a renovated building about 2 blocks away from the courthouse.

There is much more space for patrons, the collection, patron computers and staff; we have a great Training Center where we offer classes of all kinds to attorneys and self-represented litigants; and so on. The best thing is that we can now offer our patrons extended evening and Saturday hours (including offering classes on evenings and Saturdays).

It has been a real win-win situation. I am aware of the former space that the law library occupied in the courthouse basement, and it was insufficient for our needs & dark (we now have windows - yay). But the court has utilized this space for their needs, and they are very tight for space.

I don't know what your situation is, and it can be ideal to be inside the courthouse for many reasons. That said, being outside may also offer opportunities for good growth and change.

But I agree with ...: you need to enlist the aid of some stake holders to lobby the powers that be, if you truly feel that this is a mistake. Who can help you with this effort? Do you have patrons that could speak on your behalf and clearly articulate why it is important to them for the law library to remain in the courthouse? Do you have local politicians who could speak up on your behalf? What about your Board? What about the general public library (eg, is it beneficial from their perspective to have you in the courthouse - or - will they speak up on your behalf)?

If you cannot change their minds (from moving you out of the courthouse), then use your stake holders to assist you in obtaining the right space in the right building that is close to the courthouse.

List the pros & cons of moving and good luck with your efforts."

"It may just simply be that the Court is not aware of how much use your library gets; and not just by those who have business with the Court. It also sounds like you have a small library - this could be a chance to LOBBY for a convenient location that has more space."

Posted On: July 24, 2008

The 25 Most Modern Libraries in the World

BY Christina Laun

From the Introduction:

"Libraries aren’t just musty places to store books with librarians shushing anyone who makes a peep. They’ve become much more than that and the modern library is often home to sleek architecture and the latest technology. These 25 libraries, in no particular order, demonstrate how libraries have become part of the cutting edge of information management, design and Web technology, and all of them can help you get some ideas on how to bring your library into the future."

To see the entire article click here.
Thanks to Theodore Pollack, Senior Law Librarian, New York County Public Access Law Library for submitting this article for posting.

Posted On: July 18, 2008

Seven Myths About the Specific Nature and Effect of Miranda Warnings

In their article in Criminal Justice ( "Miranda Rights...And Wrongs",23 Crininal Justice 5-9 Summer 2008) Richard Rogers, Danies W. Shuman and Eric Drogin discuss seven myths upon which they believe"..the interpretation and application of Miranda" still rest. Here in abbreviated form are the seven myths they discuss:

Myth #1: Everyone Already Knows the Miranda Warnings

"...The criminal justice system needs to accept the falsity of the notion that ' everyone already knows Miranda' in order to begin dertermining what to communicate, how to communicate, and what to access on an individual basis".

Myth #2 Miranda Warinings Are the Same Wherever You Go.

"Not only do warnings vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, they also vary within jurisdictions as well. For example, Allegheny Counnty, Pennsylvania, has four difference Miranda warnings, corresponding to arresrts involving the police department, the sheriff's department, the university, and the railroad station..."

Myth #3 "Smart Enough to Do the Crime" Means Smart Enough to Understand Miranda warnings.

"This myth of 'sufficient intelligence' falters on its basic premise, since many crimes require virtually no intelligence to commit. Indeed, some offenders display such minimal acumen and capacity for foresight that their immediate apprehansion is virtually assured."

Myth #4 Oral and Written Miranda Warnings Have the Same Effect.

" Recent research has established that orally presented warnings produce major deficits in Miranda comprehension.... Using a suspect's understanding of less that 50 percent of Miranda components as the benchmark for 'failed comprehension', [a] study revealed startling differences for recently arrested detainees: Those receiving oral warnings 'failed' three times as often as those receiving written warnings at an accessible reading level".

Myth #5 While Miranda Warnings are Easy to Understand, Juvenile Warnings Are Very Easy to Understand.

"Miranda applies to juvenile suspects every bit as much as to adults.... .One eveluation of 122 juvenile Miranda warnings from across the United States found--most unexpectedly--that juvenile Miranda warnings tend to be more than 50 words longer than those general warnings intended for all age groups....The range was estraordinary: 52 to 526 words for the warning itself, and 64 to 1,020 words for the total Miranda material. Additionally, the reading levels for the juvenile Miranda warnings were actually slightly higher that warnings intended for general use..."

Myth #6 Miranda Warnings Delivered in Spanish Are the Same as Those Delivered in English.

"The quality of Spanish Miranda translations is highly variable. Errors range from awkward usage to mistranslations, the most striking examples of which involve the inclusion of nonexistent 'Spanish' words. In some instances, the meaning of the currently employed
English warnings is substantively misconstrued, while in others the attempt is unsuccessful because it fails to convey a specific Miranda entitlement."

Myth #7 Suspects Understand that Heeding Miranda Warnings Isn't Harmful.

"This myth rests upon two erroneous assumptions about the right to exercise one's Miranda rights. The first boils down to a belief that there are only tow alternatives: ' dammed if I do' and ' dammed if I don't' This plays out as:

1. If I talk, anything I say can and will be used as evidence against me; however,
2. If I remain silent, my lack of cooperation can and will be used as evidence against me.

Posted On: July 17, 2008

Some Recent Announcements of ABA Publications

The following are from recent announcements received by the New York Supreme Court Criminal Term Library of American Bar Association Publications :

Advising the Small Business: Forms and Advice for the Legal Practitioner

By Jean L. Batman

"This book will help you identify issues that small businesses often encounter and answer pertinent questions you may face as a small business representative, including: what should you know about advising the small business; does your client have an idea that is patentable; does your client need a business plan or executive summary; what is the basic structure of a limited liability company; is your client ready to talk to venture capitalists; and much more. The book includes a searchable CD-ROM with dozens of sample forms, agreements, and checklists as supplements to chapters that you can use as quick refererence or to customize for your practice."

Product Details:
Regular Price: $79.95
Section Member Price: $69.95 ©2007
7 x 10 paperback
775 pages

Being Prepared: A Lawyer's Guide for Dealing with Disability and Unexpected Events

By Lloyd D. Cohen and Debra Hart Cohen
Coming soon...pre-order your copy today

"If you haven’t starting thinking about, or formulating, an action plan to properly protect your law firm, your clients, and your family in the event of temporary disability, incapacity, or other unexpected event, this essential workbook will jump start the process! It is a “how to” workbook designed to lead you through a series of active and immediate steps aimed at establishing your protection plan."

"BONUS: This book includes a CD-ROM, which contains a wealth of material with easy-to-use checklists, questionnaires, forms, sample agreements, blog site, and website links to state-specific resources. It provides an effective way to communicate vital information to family, friends, colleges and clients. "

Product Details:
Regular Price: $104.95
Section Member Price: $89.95 ©2008
8 1/2 x 10 - paperbound
Product Code: 5150423

Franchise Desk Book: Selected State Laws, Commentary and Annotations, Second Edition

W. Michael Garner, Editor
"Franchise Desk Book is your primary reference to the text of generally applicable franchise registration, disclosure and relationship statutes and accompanying regulations. You'll benefit from the expert commentary on franchise statutes and cases that provide you with a look "behind the scenes" with respect to the covered state's laws. In addition, this manual includes annotations of reported and unreported cases that are arranged and keyed to topics that franchise lawyers need and can understand, such as franchise fees, exemptions from registration and more."

Product Code: 5620123
Regular Price: $350.00
Forum Member Price: $295.00 ©2008
7 x10 - Loose-leafe w/binder
2 volumes, 1,800 pages

Loan Loss Coverage Under Financial Institution Bonds

Edited By Gilbert J. Schroeder and John J. Tomaine

"Written by experienced fidelity insurance specialists, this book provides in-depth analysis of the relevant insuring agreements, riders and exclusions, as well as detailed analysis regarding specific types of loan loss claims, issues related to the investigation of loan loss claims and related ethical issues, loss calculation and accounting issues, the use of experts, and much, much more."

Witness Preparation for Deposition and Witness Preparation for Trial

By Jan M. Spaeth Ph.D.

" 'These DVDs provide real assistance to counsel in guiding witnesses through what can be a scary prospect. Not preachy or intimidating, these videos set just the right tone in providing guidance while inspiring confidence. After watching one of these programs, a witness should be much better prepared.' "
--Philip R. Higdon, Esq., Perkins, Coie, Brown & Bain, P.A.

"Now, one of the nation's leading authorities on jury research and witness preparation, nationally-recognized litigation consultant Jan Mills Spaeth, Ph.D., has created two essential witness preparation DVDs to make sure you bring out the best qualities in your witnesses during their depositions and testimony."

"This 2-DVD set contains one DVD focused exclusively on preparing the witness for a deposition, and another for preparing witnesses for trial. Both feature sample questions, positive and negative responses-some filmed in an actual courtroom setting, and stress the essentials for a credible, convincing testimony. Each DVD is accompanied by a witness take-away booklet which covers all the points on the DVD, and stresses again the basics of testifying."

Posted On: July 17, 2008

Selections from American Libraries Direct

The e-Newsletter of the American Library Association - July 16, 2008:

Colorado book thief sentenced

"Thomas Pilaar, 34, who pleaded guilty in May to stealing thousands of items from Denver Public Library and the systems in nearby Aurora, Arapahoe County, and Douglas County, was sentenced July 8 to 10 years in prison and $53,549 in restitution. Pilaar took about 1,400 books and DVDs by checking them out on his own and other people’s library cards..."

Highsmith purchased by W. W. Grainger

"Library supply company Highsmith, headquartered in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, has been purchased by Lab Safety Supply, a direct-marketing subsidiary of Chicago-based facilities maintenance supplier W. W. Grainger. Terms of the acquisition, announced in the business press July 10, were not disclosed. The company is an ALA Library Champion and funds two ALA awards—PLA’s Highsmith Library Innovation Award, and AASL’s Highsmith Research Grant...."

Digital copyright slider

"The Office for Information Technology Policy is now offering a digital copyright slider to go alongside its physical one. Thanks to Michael Brewer, OITP Copyright Advisory Committee member and designer of both tools. Simply align the arrows by date of publication to determine a work’s copyright status and term...".
District Dispatch, July 16.

Libraries and e-government services

"ALA Council passed a resolution at Annual Conference urging Congress to reemphasize its commitment to support the role of libraries in delivering e-government services. The Public Library Funding and Technology Access study (PDF file) found that, every day, 74% of public library staff assisted federal, state, and local governments in achieving their missions...."

Featured review: Reference

Smith, Bonnie G. (editor). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Feb. 2008. 2,752 p. Oxford, hardcover (978-0-19-514890-9).

"Aiming to survey “women’s history in all parts of the world and at all times in the past,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History contains nearly 1,250 entries and subentries covering not only individual women but a very wide range of other topics, from Brazil to Buddhism, Feminism to Footbinding, and Welfare state to Witchcraft. Biographical coverage is 'representative rather than exhaustive.' The biographical entries are among the shortest—generally less than a page in length—and, with a few exceptions, cover women who are deceased. Under Polygamy in the index, readers will find references to the practice in ancient China and Egypt, in Iraq, in Russia, and among the Aztecs, to name just a few. This global perspective, bolstered by the fact that the 900 or so contributors represent “some fifty countries around the world,” is one of the set’s most important contributions...."

Five things you should read about copyright

"The ACRL Instruction Section’s Research and Scholarship Committee has launched a “5 Things” series of publications that focus on topics of importance to instruction librarians. The first is “5 Things You Should Read about Copyright and Sharing Instructional Materials” (PDF file), which offers material that helps articulate why sharing is important and gives concrete examples of successful sharing projects..."

.Google and Viacom agree to preserve user privacy

"The Google-Viacom showdown over the handover of YouTube user data appears to be over. The two sides agreed to changes in a previous ruling that would have required Google to hand over user ID’s, IP addresses, and a list of all viewed YouTube videos to Viacom in connection with their ongoing copyright infringement litigation. The new order, filed July 14, states that Google will substitute user ID’s and IP addresses for anonymous but unique identifiers.."
TechCrunch, July 14

Book collector claims innocence in Durham Shakespeare theft

"A British man arrested over the theft of a First Folio edition of Shakespeare insisted July 13 he was the owner of a different book. Raymond Scott, 51, walked into Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., two weeks ago with what experts say is a book stolen from Durham University Library in England in December 1998. But Scott claims the book seized by police in Sunderland was a different copy of the folio that he came across in Cuba through a friend of his 21-year-old fiancée..."
Newcastle (U.K.) Journal, July 14

Bush Library suspends foreign donations

"Faced with a report that a rogue lobbyist urged an exiled Central Asian leader to support the George W. Bush Presidential Library to curry favor in Washington, library officials promised that no foreign money will be accepted until President Bush leaves office. The Houston-based lobbyist Stephen Payne resigned July 15 from a Homeland Security advisory committee studying border policy after he offered access to senior administration officials to two men posing as agents of Kyrgyzstan’s former president if they donated to the Bush Library.."..
Dallas Morning News, July 17

Socially awkward? Hit the books

"A group of Toronto researchers have compiled a body of evidence showing that bookworms have exceptionally strong people skills. Their years of research—summed up in an article by Keith Oatley in the June 28 issue of New Scientist—has shown that readers of narrative fiction scored higher on tests of empathy and social acumen than those who read nonfiction texts. And follow-up research showed that reading fiction may help fine-tune these skills: People assigned to read a New Yorker short story did better on social reasoning tests than those who read an essay from the same magazine...."
Toronto Globe and Mail, July 10

LC releases report on copyright and digital preservation

"The Library of Congress has released an International Study on the Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation (PDF file), a joint effort of the LC National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the Joint Information Systems Committee, the Open Access to Knowledge Law Project, and the SURFfoundation. One of its recommendations: 'Allow preservation institutions to proactively preserve at-risk copyrighted materials before they deteriorate, are damaged, or are lost, and before any software or hardware required to access and use the material becomes obsolete.' "...
Library of Congress, July 14

To see entire eNewsletter, click here

Posted On: July 8, 2008

Selections from the American Libraries Direct E-Newsletter July 2, 2008

"OCLC has announced a new OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship program designed to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring library professionals from historically underrepresented groups. The 12-month program offers the selected Fellow two 90-day assignments within specific divisions of OCLC, and one six-month assignment with a specific operating unit within the OCLC organization. Applications will be accepted between July 15 and August 29.."

.Georgia State: Online course reserves are fair use

I"n a closely watched copyright-infringement lawsuit, Georgia State University fired back at its accusers, three academic publishers who say the institution invites students to illegally download and print readings from thousands of works. The university asserts that its online distribution of course material is permitted under copyright law’s fair-use exemption. Georgia State made its case in papers filed June 24 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta..."

.Judge throws out Indiana harmful-to-minors law

"A federal court struck down a law July 1 that would have required sellers of sexually explicit materials to register with the state, marking a victory for retailers and First Amendment advocates. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled that House Enrolled Act 1042, passed by the Indiana General Assembly earlier this year, burdens First Amendment rights and is unconstitutionally vague and overly broad. The law would have taken effect July 1...."
Indianapolis Star, July 1
Chronicle of Higher Education, June 27.

Flash files are now searchable

"For most people on the Web, if Google or Yahoo cannot find something, it doesn’t exist. That has been one of the biggest drawbacks to creating a website or application that displays itself as a Flash (SWF) file. Search engines could see the file, but they could not see what was in it. Until now. Adobe has teamed up with Google and Yahoo to devise a way for the search engines to read Flash files and index all of the information they contain...."
Washington Post, July 1

Readex to create world newspaper archive

"Digital publisher Readex and the Center for Research Libraries in Chicago announced June 26 that they will create the world’s largest, fully searchable digital archive of international newspapers. The resource will first offer Latin American newspapers published between 1805 and 1922 in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and other countries. Further series will focus on historical newspapers published in Africa and South Asia...."

New jobs: Subject experts need not apply

"Todd Gilman writes: 'Many recent job postings for humanities librarians, reference librarians, or those specializing in research education do not list subject expertise as a requirement. In place of subject expertise, those job postings require relevant library experience (variously defined) and, more often than not, technology skills, neither of which, to my mind, makes up for a lack of advanced education in a particular discipline. In a number of recent hires, Ph.D.’s and M.A.’s have been passed over in favor of candidates straight out of library school whose only previous degree was a bachelor’s.'..".
Chronicle of Higher Education, July 1
Readex, June 26

All a Twitter: Want to try microblogging?

"Ellyssa Kroski writes: 'While sitting before a presentation at a recent library conference, I was able to broadcast my whereabouts, my mood, and my desire to connect with friends for dinner to over 150 conference attendees simultaneously, using my mobile phone. I managed this feat of hyperconnectivity through a service called Twitter, which enables social butterflies like myself to instantly publish brief messages to a network of contacts.'..."
School Library Journal, July 1

Book drive for Iraq

"Christopher Hitchens writes: 'In the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah, the American University of Iraq has just opened its doors, and it is appealing for people to donate books. The U.S. Congress has pledged more than $10 million to the project, as has the Kurdish Regional Government. Thomas Cushman, professor of sociology at Wellesley College, tells me that the American University attaches special importance to the establishment of a library in English.'..."
Slate, June 30

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