August 12, 2012

State Advocacy Strategies: The New York Story

Included below are my introductory remarks delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries on July 23, 2012 as part Program E-1 State Advocacy Strategies: Learning to Connect, Grow and Survive. The material below includes only my introductory remarks and a series of slides (see link below) not included as AALL handouts. See added explanation below.

David Badertscher

My role is to discuss briefly library advocacy and strategies with a primary focus on those trial court libraries included within the New York State Unified Court System which have been formally designated as Public Access Law Libraries. When first approached about making this presentation I contacted some colleagues still working in the System for their recommendations as to how I should best proceed. All agreed that in view of the complexity of the New York Court structure I should first provide some historical context to help clarify issues mentioned in the ensuing discussion. I do this by first presenting a quick overview using a historic timeline related primarily to court libraries before continuing with a discussion of advocacy issues and ending with some general observations all incorporated into a series of power point slides prepared specifically for this purpose.

Since these slides were not included in my electronic handouts sent to American Association of Law Libraries and are therefore not otherwise accessible as part of my formal presentation I am posting them here after consultation with AALL personnel at the Annual Meeting. For my complete presentation, including commentaries you will neet to contact the American Association of Law 312-939-4764 or

Links to Slides:

NY Slide Presentation as PDF

NY Slide Presentation as Powerpoint

February 1, 2011

AALL: Network Neutrality Update - January 2011

David Badertscher

Network Neutrality (Net neutrality) is a principle that expresses the concept that all Internet traffic must be treated equally regardless of possible economic and other incentives to do otherwise. The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) strongly supports Net neutrality and is a member of Save the Internet Coalition and the Open Internet, both working to bring together individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, and bloggers who strongly support this priciple.

As part of its leadership role in raising and clarifying issues related to Network Neutrality, AALL prepared a Newwork Neutrality Issue Brief, published in December 2008. Since that time there has been sufficient debate, discussion, rule changes (both actual and proposed), and litigation surrounding this issue to make it necessary for AALL to update its 2008 Network Neutrality Issue Brief, resulting the 2011 AALL Network Neturalty Issue Brief linked to below.

The updated AALL Network Neutrality Issue Brief (January 2011), was prepared by Ryan Saltz, AALL Government Relations Committee (2008-2010) and Ryan Harrington, Reference Library at Yale Law School under the auspices of the Government Relations Office and the Government Relations Committee, both of AALL. This update contains important current information and commentary on Network Neutrality and is recommended reading by all who have any involvement, no matter how minor, in internet related issues.

AALL Network Neutrality Issue Brief 2011 Update

For more information on the background of Network Neutrality see the posting "Network Neutrality: Some Background and Perspectives", posted August 20, 2010 on this blog.

December 14, 2010

Library Announcement: Online Access to Temporary Comission on Revision of New York Penal Law and Criminal Code (1961-1970) Papers Held by Library

David Badertscher

The New York Supreme Court Criminal Term Library (New York County) is pleased to announce a major enhancement regarding access to those Temporary Commission on Revision of New York Penal Law and Criminal Code (1961-1970) papers held by the New York Supreme Court Criminal Term Library (New York County). During the past year we in the library have been working with professional interns, archivists, and especially Philip Yow and his web design team at the State of New York Unified Court System to find ways to preserving these materials, many of which were beginning to deteriorate significantly. After confronting various obstacles, technical and otherwise, we settled on digitizing the material as a number of separate and searchable pdf files and then placing all of them on the library website with an overlay of google searchability. Although this may not be perfect it does make the documents accessible on the web in a cost effective manner.

A word of further explanation. these papers primarily consisting of documents submitted to and documents produced by the Temporary Commission on Revision of Penal Laws and Criminal Code (1961-1970) were collected by our former Administrative Judge Peter Mcquillan who served on the staff of the Commission. Justice Mcquillan left the Papers in my custody when he retired and we first put up an index to the papers on the web and now the full text of these materials. In addition we have included The Proposed New York Criminal Procedure Law of 1969 because in addition to the text of the proposed law, it includes valuable additional materials related to the work of the Commission and derivation tables for use in comparing the current Code with the earlier Code. Special permission was obtained from Thomson Reuters before publishing the latter segment.

To see the new site of the library website from which this material can be searched online, go to: and scroll down if necessary to the search box under the first entry under this Section: Penal Law Records Search.

In order to resolve various format and other issues alluded to earlier, most searches will need to consist of two parts. Entering a search term or terms in the search box provided at this location will bring up various pdf documents where the terms entered are mentioned. Some of these pdf documents are very large. To determine exactly where in these pdf documents the terms are referenced you will need to enter your search a second time in the pdf search box at the upper right side of the document. This search should identify and highlight exactly where in the document the search terms you entered are highlighted.

Finally, for those people who need additional information about documents included in this collection prior to searching, we have preserved the original index or finding aid which is located at

September 7, 2010

LEH Copyright, New Media Law, and E-Commerce Newsletter

Volume 14, No. 4. September 1, 2010
ISSN 1489-954X

Published and Distributed by the Office of Lesley Ellen Harris. 2010 is the 15TH year of publication of the LEH Newsletter. All back issues are archived at
1. Studies, Legislation and Conventions
Canadian Copyright Reform Bill
U.S. Exemptions from Prohibition against Circumvention of Technological Measures

2. Legal Cases:
Google/YouTube Win Viacom Legal Suit
Teaching Materials Subject to a Tariff in Canada
Disney Sues “Mookwalks”

3. Of Interest:
Oxford Dictionary in Electronic Form Only?

4. Seminars and Publications:
The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter
Special Issue on Copyright Jobs
Fall 2010 Online Courses
Webinar on Licensing Tips


CANADIAN COPYRIGHT REFORM BILL – The Canadian Government introduced Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, on June 2, 2010. Discussions on this bill will take place in the Fall, 2010. Further information at

U.S. EXEMPTIONS FROM PROHIBITION AGAINST CIRCUMVENTION OF TECHNOLOGICAL MEASURES – On July 27, 2010, the Librarian of Congress announced six classes of works that are now exempt from the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that control access to copyright-protected works. Details at


GOOGLE/YOUTUBE WIN VIACOM LEGAL SUIT – On June 23, 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Stanton ruled in favor of Google that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) protects Google-owned YouTube from copyright infringement. Stanton wrote that “mere knowledge of prevalence of [infringing] activity in general is not enough.” The DMCA grants a “safe harbor” to service providers who are not aware of specific copyright infringements and who fix copyright infringements when they learn about them.

TEACHING MATERIALS SUBJECT TO A TARIFF IN CANADA - On July 26, 2010, the Federal Court of Appeal (in Canada) confirmed a Copyright Board of Canada decision after a six-year legal battle. This decision gives Canadian creators and educational publishers the right to receive reasonable compensation for the reproduction of copyright-protected teaching materials that are used in the classroom. See

DISNEY SUES “MOONWALKS” – On August 26, 2010, The Walt Disney Co., Sanrio Co., and DC Comics initiated an action in a federal court in Chicago against a company that supplies inflatable enclosures for children-related events. Chicago Moonwalks is accused of deliberately infringing trademarks and copyrights including Snow White, Cinderella and Ariel, Hello Kitty and Batman. The plaintiffs are seeking destruction of all allegedly infringing products and promotional material, monetary damages of $200,000 for each trademark infringed, $150,000 for each copyright infringed, additional damages as high as $2 million, and three times the profits from each act of infringement, attorney fees and litigation costs.


OXFORD DICTIONARY IN ELECTRONIC FORM ONLY? – The first edition of the full multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary (“OED”) was published in 1928 and the second edition in 1989. Eighty lexicographers are now preparing the third edition of the OED which will likely be ready in a decade. OED publisher has not yet made a decision as to whether the third edition will be available in printed form, and the decision will be made closer to the time of publication. OED Online is updated every three months with revised and new entries.


THE COPYRIGHT & NEW MEDIA LAW NEWSLETTER SPECIAL ISSUE ON COPYRIGHT JOBS – The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, Volume 2010, Issue 2, is now available in print and PDF. This special issue summarizes interviews with various non-lawyers who work on copyright and licensing issues including librarians, educators, and an employee of Creative Commons and Copyright Clearance Center. This unique publication provides plain English copyright compliance and licensing information aimed at a diverse audience including librarians, educators, government employees, publishers, digital content creators and distributors, and lawyers. The PDF version of this issue only of the Newsletter is available under a Creative Commons license at

FALL ONLINE COURSES – September 27, 2010 is the start date for two online courses. Managing Copyright Issues is a 16 e-lesson course with interaction through a discussion blog. Developing A Copyright Policy is an assignment-based course in which participants draft a copyright compliance policy/guidelines. Register at If you are interested in a series of mini online copyright courses on digital copyright issues including Web 2.0, e-publishing, online courses, permissions and licensing e-content, email

WEBINAR ON LICENSING TIPS – September 16, 2010 is a free webinar for SLA members as part of the quarterly Ask the Copyright Experts: Licensing Tips – 10 Ways to your Comfort Zone When Licensing E-Content. Lesley Ellen Harris will present, followed by a panel with Fred Haber, Copyright Clearance Center, Keith Kupferschmid, Software and Information Industry Association, and Adam Ayer, LicenseLogic. Register at

This newsletter is prepared by Copyright Lawyer Lesley Ellen Harris. Lesley is the author of the books Canadian Copyright Law, 3rd ed. (McGraw-Hill), Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill), Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, 2nd ed. (ALA Editions), and A Canadian Museum’s Guide to Developing a Licensing Strategy (Canadian Heritage Information Network). Lesley edits the print newsletter, The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter. Lesley may be reached at

If you are looking for further topical and practical information about copyright law, obtain a sample copy of the print newsletter, The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, from

September 2, 2010

Digitizing the World's Laws: Authentication and Preservation

BY: Claire M Germain, Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Professor of Law Cornell University and Director, Dual Degree Programs, Paris & Berlin

Publishers Note:

Claire Germain is interested in all aspects of legal information, from rare books to digital libraries, and often writes on these topics, most recently "Digitizing the World's Laws: Authentication and Preservation." the topic of this posting. For several years she has been actively advocating for effective measures to bring about authentication and improved preservation of digital law locally, nationally, internationally, and globally.

In the United States we especially appreciate her efforts as AALL President in 2006 when she commissioned an AALL Fifty State Survey, which revealed that a significant number of the state online legal resources were deemed official, but none were authenticated by standard methods. As I write this in 2010, work continues on efforts to adopt the findings and recommendations of this Survey in all fifty states. With her paper "Digitizing the World's Laws: Authentication and Preservation", Claire Germain continues her tradition of advocacy from a global perspective.

David Badertscher

Rather than provide a lengthly discussion we have chosen to highlight the paper by presenting the following excerpts.and let you click here and enjoy reading the entire paper.

Many countries now provide online access to statutes, codes, regulations, court decisions, and
international agreements. Digital law issues that have emerged include authentication of official
legal information and preservation for long term access, particularly for born digital legal
information which has no paper equivalent. This article is part of a chapter forthcoming in
“International Legal Information Management Handbook” (Ashgate 2010).

Official and Authentic Digital Legal Sources
The terms “official” and “authentic” are sometimes used interchangeably but mean
different things. An online official legal resource is one that possesses the same status as
a print official legal resource. In the United States, for instance, the definition of an
official version of court opinions, statutes, session laws, or regulatory materials is one
“that has been governmentally mandated or approved by statute or rule. It might be
produced by the government, but does not have to be.” (American Association of Law
Libraries 2007) This definition is firmly rooted in the print world. Courts and public
officials turn to official legal resources for authoritative and reliable statements of the
law and require citation to such sources in the documents that come before them. By
itself, an online official legal resource offers no such automatic assurance.

Authenticity refers to the quality and credibility of the document. It means that the
text is provided by competent authority and that it has not undergone any alteration in
the chain of custody.2 An online authentic legal resource is one for which a government
entity has verified the content by to be complete and unaltered from the version approved
or published by the content originator. Typically an authentic text will bear a certificate
or mark certifying that the text is authenticated. The standard methods of authentication
include encryption, especially digital signatures and public key infrastructure (PKI), or
similar technologies.3 Authentication of digital law varies by country; some provide
authentication through a digital signature or PKI infrastructure, others through secure
servers and certificates (Hietanen 2007).

Authenticity matters because in an environment where online sources are replacing
official print versions of legal information, citizens need to be able to trust digital
versions of the law, in the same way that they have trusted print. Because the digital
medium is vulnerable to errors in management and control, corruption, and tampering, it
is of utmost importance to make digital legal information not only official but authentic.
What is at stake is the transmission of official documents, "the word of the law," to
future generations (Germain 1999).

As legal information systems mature worldwide, authenticity is seen as an essential
issue by some who want to guarantee the integrity of official information. There is a
great role for librarians as the research experts in providing access to legal information
and as custodians of information for the long term, in any format, print or digital. The
successful advocacy efforts of the American Association of Law Libraries in the USA
show that librarians can influence information policy decisions for the benefit of all
citizens. There is a great interest in bringing this advocacy to the international level to
develop international standards, possibly within the International Federation of Library
Associations, a major stakeholder for information policy.

August 17, 2010

Book Review: Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion

SUBTITLE: Liberal Champion
AUTHORS: Seth Stern & Stephen Wermiel
PUBLICATION DATE: October 4, 2010
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
PAGE COUNT: 688 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-547-14625-7 (Paper)
PRICE: $35.00

Stern, a reporter for CQ, and Wermiel, a law professor and former WSJ reporter, team up to chronicle the career of US Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, who served on the High Bench during a tumultuous period from 1956 to 1990. Working from a repository of newly-released documents, as well as interviews with friends, family, colleagues, and Justice Brennan himself, the authors show how Brennan staked a liberal claim with the progressive side of the Warren Court during the mid-Twentieth Century, often invoking civil rights and privacy protections for minorities, women, and the working class. Especially revealing and insightful are the authors’ revelations about the inner workings of the Supreme Court, how the Justices arrive at their decisions, and the infrequent, yet riveting, confrontations between Brennan and his conservative counterparts. The book is a historian’s guide to the tactics and strategies behind many of the legal battles of the era over the extent of Constitutional rights and the legal struggles over such contentious issues as desegregation, affirmative action, school prayer, the death penalty, and abortion. Aimed at a scholarly audience; highly recommended for academic and law libraries, as well as larger public libraries.

Philip Y. Blue, New York State Supreme Court Criminal Branch Law Library, First Judicial District, New York, New York

August 13, 2010

Skyriver and Innovative Interfaces v. OCLC

On JUly 28, 2010, Skyriver Technology Solutions, LLC and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. filed a complaint against Online Computer Library Center, Inc.(OCLC) in the District Court Northern District of California alleging federal and state antitrust violations and unfair competition. More specifically the complaint states that OCLC " unlawfully monopolizing the bibliographic data, cataloging services, and interlibrary lending markets and is attempting to monopolize the market for integrated library systems by anticompetitive and exclusionary agreements, policies and practices."

OCLC has responded though a Statement from Larry Alford, the Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees and Jay Jordan OCLC President. The Statement reads in part:

"We at OCLC believe the lawsuit is without merit, and we will vigorously defend the policies and practices of the cooperative
"OCLC's General Counsel, working with trial counsel, will respond to this regrettable action by SkyRiver and Innovative Interfaces following procedures and timetables dictated by the court. This process will likely take months or even years, not days..".

We are not particularly surprised by this action because in our view it is a manifestation of growing concerns and tensions resulting from the increasing commercialization of many organizations serving libraries and other sectors of the information community. Those interested in this issue should also read, or perhaps re-read, Joni Cassidy's posting on this blog: Skyriver: Could It be a Contender?

Here are some other documents and postings we recommend to those interested in following this action. :

Complaint: Docket No 10-cv-03305-BZ

Link to Statement from OCLC Board of Trustees and President about Skyriver, Innovative Interfaces Complaint..

Library Journal article discussing the founding of SkyRiver as a competitor of OCLC and its potential impat on tehnical Service

"SkyRiver Tech and Innovative Interfaces Seeks Access to "OCLC's Unlawfully Acquired Database" in Unfair Competition Complaint" August 10 posting on Law Librarian Blog.

July 22, 2010

Gloria Dinerman

Like others who have expressed their condolances, I felt both saddness and a sense of loss upon hearing that Gloria Dinerman, a prominent Information Sepecialist and business person, had passed away in New Providence, NJ on Sunday July 17, 2010. As mentioned in the obituary below, Gloria will be remembered by all of us for her "....unique style, sharp wit, and cultural savvy". I also remember her as a person of humanity and caring who was always ready to lend assistance when needed.

David Badertscher

Below is an obituary from the Home News Tribune July 21, 2010. followed by links to two articles by Gloria.:


Gloria Cohan Dinerman passed away in New Providence , NJ on Sunday July 17, 2010, after a long battle with pulmonary hypertension. Gloria was born in Brooklyn , NY and raised in Mt. Vernon , NY by her beloved mother Betty Weinberg Green. Determined and active in sports and the arts, she graduated Davis High School and attended Pembroke at Brown University , majoring in English. She met her husband Max there and they married in 1948. Before the marriage ended they had three sons, Douglas, Peter and Robert. Gloria pursued several careers while raising three small children by herself including administrative work at First National Bank, managing an urban renewal project, managing stock broker training for LF Rothschild's, and providing financial advice to municipalities for the State of NJ . She was a resident of Colonia , NJ until a few months ago. She always valued books and libraries. As a young mother Gloria became active in the Woodbridge library system. She earned a Masters in Library Science and started her own library services company, The Library Co-op, which she owned until 2008. She became active in several library related organizations including the Special Library Association from which she received a special Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Gloria got the most out of life and used her abundant energy for playing tennis, traveling and supporting those things she loved; her family and friends, children, dogs, the Yankees, and the NY Giants. Family and friends will remember her unique style, sharp wit, and cultural savvy.
She is predeceased by her eldest son, Douglas, and is survived by her son, Robert, daughter-in-law Linda and their three children Kathryn, Gregory, and David of New Providence, NJ; her son Peter, daughter-in-law, Mary and their son Bryan of Lafayette, CA.

Gloria, always a forward-thinking woman, donated her body to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School . Donations in her name may be sent on-line or by mail to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday July 24th 11:00am at The New Providence Presbyterian Church 1307 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 (908) 665-0050. Reception to follow.

Published in Home News Tribune on July 21, 2010


Dinerman, Gloria. "If you Don't Know, Ask:The Art and Craft of Survey Development and Analysis", in Information Outlook, Volume 6. No. 7. July 2002.

Dinerman, Gloria. "Managing an Information Business", in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science LIb-Pub, 2d Edition, Miriam A. Drake, ed., CRC Press, 2003,

July 19, 2010

Chambers of the Sea: Who Needs Law Libraries? It's All Free on the Internet

Many thanks to Jonathan Stock, recently retired as Supervising Law Librarian at the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at Stamford, for writing this fine, thought provoking article. It has been published in the July 2010 issue of AALL Spectrum and we have linked to the Spectrum article with Jonathan's permission.

Jonathan's article is truly an allegory which can be considered from many perspectives, not the least of which are Jonathan's impressions of recent efforts to help save many of the court law libraries in Connecticut from possible oblivion.

Before linking to the actual article, I would like to share a bit of our e-mail exchange after his article first appeared in AALL Spectrum

DAVID BADERTSCHER: Thank you for sending the article. I had not yet seen it in final form. Like much great fiction, your article is not really fiction in the most fundamental sense. This is fine allegorical writing. Keep this up and we will all be calling you the John Bunyon of the library world!

FROM JONATHAN'S RESPONSE: ... It did end up being a bit like John Bunyan, with modern updates and annotations from Kurt Vonnegut and Joe Heller. T.S. Eliot luanches, but Yeats gets a walk-on too. So does Neville Chamberlain: a people far away of whom we know nothing. It all started one weary night a few months ago as the stupidity of it all soaked in. The first thing that came to mind was from Catch-22. It was the place where the bad guys (maybe Captain Black) consign Yossarian to a shrink. They may put him up on pentathol before starting their question. The first one is:
"Where were you born, Yossarian?'
"In a State of Innocence."

Now, please go to Chambers of the Sea: Who Needs Law Libraries? It's All Free on the IInternet and enjoy Jonathan Stock's article for yourselves.

David Badertscher

June 17, 2010

AALL Award Winners 2010

Catherine Lemann, President of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has announced the winners of the 2010 AALL awards that will be presented at the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. These awards provide recognition to achievements of law librarians based on services to the library profession and contributions to legal literature and materials. AALL is to be commended for this Awards Program. We offer our congratulations to all the winners.

Here is a list of the AALL Awards and nmes of the recipients::

The Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award

Marie E. Whited, Law Library of Congress

The Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award

Kent C. Olson, University of Virginia Law Library, Principles of Legal Research

AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award

James M. Donovan, University of Georgia School of Law Library, "Back Away from the Survey Monkey! Optimize Research Results with an Honest Assessment of Methodology," AALL Spectrum, November 2009

Law Library Journal Article of the Year

Stephanie L. Plotin, UCLA Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, "Legal Scholarship, Electronic Publishing, and Open Access: Transformation or Steadfast Stagnation," 101 Law Library Journal 31 (2009)

Law Library Publications Award

Nonprint Division: Rutgers University Law School Library, Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards Program

Open Division:

Carol A. Parker, University of New Mexico School of Law, "The Need for More Uniform and Consistently Rigorous Standards for Assessing Law Librarian Performance in Tenure and Continuous Appointment Policies"

New Member Division:

Daniel J. Baker, O'Quinn Law Library, University of Houston Law Center, "Citations to Wikipedia in Law Reviews"

Student Division:

Benjamin J. Keele, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, "What if Law Journal Citations Included Digital Object Identifiers?: A Snapshot of Major Law Journals"

Deborah E. Shrager, The Catholic University of America, School of Library and Information Science, "Moving Past Web 2.0h! An Exploratory Study of Academic Law Libraries"

Minority Leadership Development Award

Sean H. Crane, University of Arizona, Cracchiolo Law Library

AALL Public Access to Government Information Award

Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York

Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award

Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries County Law Library Special Interest Group

Chapter Professional Development Award

One-Time Program: Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL), Clearing the Economic Fog: Understanding the Issues and Moving Forward in the Economic Crisis, 2009 Spring Institute

Excellence in Marketing Awards

Best Brochure: Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library - Biennial Report 2007-2009

Best Campaign: Riverside County Law Library, Legal Research 102

Best Newsletter: K&L Gates Library & Research Services, ASKtheLibrary: News from K&L Gates Library & Research Services

Best PR Toolkit: Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries, Food for Fines offered by the Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries

Best Use of Technology: Ross-Blakley Law Library, Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Ross-Blakley Law Library Indian Law Portal

Best New Product Award

Fastcase, Inc., Fastcase Legal Research iPhone App

Emerging Leader Award

Sarah K.C. Mauldin, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Innovations in Technology Award

Trudi Busch, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and Jennifer Doyle, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, BuildingBridges With Technology: VLC Wiki (Volunteer Librarians Coalition Wiki - Supporting the Volunteer Lawyers Network)

Volunteer Service Award

Kathleen Kelly, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

Brian D. Striman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Schmid Law Library

June 8, 2010

Cataloging and Acquisitions: Library of Congress Offers Examples for Resource Description and Access (RDA) - Compared to AACR2

According to George Prager, Head of Cataloging at the NYU Law Library, the examples offered by the Library of Congress illustrate differences between Anglo American Cataloging Rules Second Edition (AACR2 )and Resource Description and Access (RDA). Some examples have only a few fields; others are more complete. Some are made-up examples. Some examples illustrate more than one category but only appear in one category. RDA citations and other comments accompany some examples.

To see the various categories of examples offered, with commentary, go to:

June 7, 2010

Resources for Librarians Participating Online: Videos, Tip Sheets, Guidelines, Articles, and More

Jaclyn McKewan, Virtual Services and Training Librarian at the Western New York Library Resources Council in Buffalo writes:"People not picking up instant messages is continuing to be a problem, so I created a 7-minute Camtasia video that shows people what to do when they get that message on the screen saying "New IM has arrived." It covers receiving the message, sending, and a bit of info on transferring patrons. I originally created it for our Ask Us 24/7 librarians, but figured that everyone else may find it useful as well"

Actually Jaclyn is being very modest regarding her efforts. As important as the Instant Messaging component is it is only a small part of this fine resource that she has created. Areas covered include receiving and sending instant messages (IM), finding articles online, finding books online, reference sources, and search techniques. It is a multi-featured resource, useful to all librarians (both experienced and inexperienced) involved in any type of virtual reference and research. After reviewing her material I contacted Jaclyn and am posting it here with her permission.

David Badertscher

May 18, 2010

Nylink To Close Its Operations In A Year

Many of us just learned the sad news that Nylink, which has served New York State Libraries for 37 years, is phasing out its operations and will be closing in one year. We understand that Nylink will be closing its operations primarily due to a steep decline in its revenue stream which has seriously degrated Nylink's ability to remain fully self supporting and continue delivering an acceptable level of service to its members beyond this period. Throughout the years many of us have come to rely on Nylink for its sustained high level of dedicated, personalized service. Nylink will be missed. We wish the employees a good 12 months and every success in the future

David Badertscher

For additional details see:

Letter to Nylink members from Executive Director W. David Penniman May 17, 2010

May 17, 2010 Press Release Announcing Nylink Closure in One Year.

FAQ Regarding Nylink Phasing Out Operations

May 12, 2010

Harvard Law School Library Joins the Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive

Sarah J. Rhodes, Digital Collections Librarian at the Georgetown University Law Center writes: "The Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive, now in its third year, is pleased to welcome a new law library partner. See the announcement below."


Cambridge, Mass. (May 9, 2010)--As the first annual National Preservation Week begins, the Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive is pleased to announce that its digital preservation efforts are expanding with the addition of a new partner library, the Harvard Law
School Library.

By joining the project, the Harvard Law School Library is taking part in
the first collaborative digital preservation program of its kind in the law library community. Libraries participating in the project share costs, resources, and expertise to preserve important Web-published, born-digital legal materials within a shared digital archive.

"We are thrilled to become part of this project addressing the crucially important issue of preserving born-digital materials," said John Palfrey, Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. "We feel fortunate to be participating in such a very relevant,
collaborative project, harnessing the economies of scale and benefitting from the training and expertise of our new partners who have already been working in this area."

The Harvard Law School Library is currently prioritizing content for preservation and will be developing its digital archive collections in the coming months.

The Chesapeake Project was launched by the Georgetown, Maryland State, and Virginia State Law Libraries in 2007 as a collaborative digital archive. Today, as the project expands with a new partner library, it is also working with the Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA)
in the formation of the new Legal Information Archive, a collaborative digital preservation program for the law library community modeled after the Chesapeake Project.

For more information, visit the Chesapeake Project at or the LIPA Web site at Additional information about the first annual National Preservation Week is available at

May 7, 2010

Postcard Campaign to Save New York City Libraries

The following is being posted as an urgent message at the request of a law librarian colleague :

As I am sure you know this year is on track to produce a budget disaster for libraries in New York City. The cuts currently proposed will result in massive layoffs and cuts in public service. A small group of library workers and concerned citizens has started a postcard campaign to highlight support for public libraries and ask the City Council to restore as much funding to library budgets as possible.

The idea is that we are going back to an old fashioned postcard writing campaign. Individuals are encouraged to write postcards in support of libraries and mail them to the offices of City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. His office will collect the postcards and present them to the City Council, en masse as a sort of Miracle on 34th Street statement. Any postcards will do. We suggest being creative, but inexpensive postcards, ten for a dollar in Time Square, work great too.

This effort was started by the group Urban Librarians Unite and is now being endorsed and supported by Queens Library Guild Local 1321, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), and Desk Set. It is not a part of the formal campaigns by the city public libraries, and it is our intention to augment, not compete, with those official efforts. We are asking you to pass the word to your members, encourage them to solicit postcards, and promote the campaign. As we move forward we hope to organize events including a possible read-in to support New York City libraries.

The deadline for sending postcards to Council Member Van Bramer is Tuesday, June 15. But, of course, there is no time like the present for information profession and librarian colleagues to support one another.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope that you will ally yourself with us as we fight for every dime we can get for public libraries in the city.


Christian Zabriske
Urban Librarians Unite

May 7, 2010

Some Good News About Law Libraries in Connecticut

Jonathan Stock who along with others has been working tirelessly to save six threatened law libraries in Connecticut from closure due to financial constraints. Here is Jonathan's latest report, received as an e-mail on May 6, 2010.:

The Connecticut General Assembly closed down last night. We now know that the bill, its substance merged with the 2011 Budget, passed. You will find herein as an attachment [ see download link below] the latest bulletin from the Judicial Office of External Affairs. We have saved at least three of the six threatened law libraries: Bridgeport, Litchfield, and Hartford. Depending on the Branch's negotiations with the Department of Public Works, we may also get back the Willimantic Law Library as well as the Willimantic Courthouse.

The good news Jonathan writes about would not have occurred without his continuing, tireless efforts along with those of many other people and organizations such as the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), Southern New England Law libraries Association (SNELLA).
You may also want to review other postings on this blog regarding efforts to save law libraries in Connecticut:

Separation of Powers Regarding Judicial Funding in the State of Connecticut

Help Save Connecticut Courthouse Libraries By Spreading the Word

Click on the below link to download the document referenced in Jonathan Stock's e-mail:

Connecticut Judicial Branch - External Affairs Division - 2010 Legislative Session Update Number 5 May 5, 2010

David Badertscher

April 12, 2010

U.S. Department of Transportation Partners With Cornell University in Pilot Project Regulation Room for eRulemaking

"On January 21st, 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government in which he described how: 'public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge.'

To support the President's open government initiative, DOT has partnered with the Cornell eRulemaking Initiative (CeRI) in a pilot project, Regulation Room, to discover the best ways of using Web 2.0 and social networking technologies to: (1) alert the public, including those who sometimes may not be aware of rulemaking proposals, such as individuals, public interest groups, small businesses, and local government entities that rulemaking is occurring in areas of interest to them; (2) increase public understanding of each proposed rule and the rulemaking process; and (3) help the public formulate more effective individual and collaborative input to DOT. Over the course of several rulemaking initiatives, CeRI will use different Web technologies and approaches to enhance public understanding and participation, work with DOT to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques, and report their findings and conclusions on the most effective use of social networking technologies in this area...."

Quote from U.S. Department of Transportation Website.

Elaborating on this initiative, Barbara Brandon reports in an e-mail that:

"Last fall Cornell’s e-Rulemaking Initiative ran a test of how to increase rulemaking participation on a closed rule. They have just started a new test on an active proposal on how to prevent distracted driving by truck drivers who are texting while operating a vehicle. See and

This joint effort by DOT in conjunction with Cornell is also part of that agency’s efforts to comply with the Obama Administration’s Transparency Initiative. I think it is important for librarians to give this a look and see what they think of this particular effort. Expanding rulemaking participation beyond the closed circle of Washington beltway interest groups is a key benefit that the Internet can offer to good governance"

April 12, 2010

New Website: Alabama Supreme Court and State Law Library

The Alabama Supreme Court and State Law Library is pleased to announce the launch of its new website. Please check us out at As part of our redesign, we are proud to present the full text of the Alabama Rules of Court—Civil, Criminal, Small Claims, Juvenile, Appellate, and Judicial Administration and the accompanying forms.

March 10, 2010

What New Information or Data Would You Like Federal Agencies to Publish Online?

Mary Alice Baish, Director of Government Relations and Emily Feldman, Advocacy Communications Assistant (both of the American Association of Law Libraries, AALL), have been doing a tremendous job serving as advocates for high quality and highly accessible legal information on the web in a format that can be authenticated.

The following is an e-mail from Emily which mentions the work of the White House open government working group and includes a request for suggestions regarding specific types of information and datasets you would like to see agencies publish. Although Emily's e-mail is directed primarily to law librarians I am posting it here because of the value of this initiative to the entire legal community.

FROM: Emily Feldman
March 10, 2010

The White House’s open government working group has held several meetings with stakeholders, including AALL, to develop criteria to measure agency open government plans, which must be published by April 7. At a meeting last Friday, I was pleased to learn that the working group adopted Mary Alice’s suggestion that Executive Branch agencies be evaluated based in part on whether they commit in their plans to publish new information (e.g., reports and publications) on their Web sites, in addition to new high-value datasets in XML on

We’re looking for specific types of information and datasets that you’d like to see agencies publish. The working group is also very interested in any cross-agency datasets you’d like to see added to (e.g., crime data from DOJ/DHS, health data from EPA/HHS).

Some of the suggestions we’ve received so far include:

· All historic content that agencies have digitized (presuming that agencies followed the Paperwork Reduction Act and didn’t make exclusive deals)

· All the legislative histories that have been digitized by the Department of Justice Library

· Dataset on "charges of discrimination" filed from the EEOC

Are there other information holdings or datasets that you’d like to see added? Please email me the title and name of the publishing agency by COB next Wednesday, March 17.



Emily Feldman
Advocacy Communications Assistant
American Association of Law Libraries
25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001


Fax: 202-737-0480

103nd Annual Meeting & Conference / Denver, CO. / July 10-13, 2010

March 8, 2010

Consultant: Oregon County Law Libraries Planning Grant RFP

Oregon County Law Libraries Planning Grant, Request for Proposals

"Summary: The Oregon Council of County Law Libraries (OCCLL), representing 36 county law libraries throughout the state, received a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the LSTA, administered by the Oregon State Library. The OCCLL has administrative responsibility for implementing the grant project. The grant project team seeks the services of a professional library consultant who will guide the OCCLL through the planning process. The general duty of the consultant is to facilitate the accomplishment of project goals and activities".

Oregon Law Libraries RFP Rev4_1

For more information, contact:

Laura J. Orr

Law Librarian

Washington County Law Library

111 NE Lincoln St

Hillsboro, OR 97124

Phone: 503-846-8880

Oregon Legal Research Blog: