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

October 18, 2010

Leading Executives in the Legal Research Industry Join Bloomberg Law

Leading Executives in the Legal Research Industry Join Bloomberg Law

Lou Andreozzi and Larry D. Thompson to Lead Expansion of Bloomberg’s Web-Based Legal Platform

New York, October 18, 2010 – Bloomberg today announced that Lou Andreozzi has joined the Company as chairman of Bloomberg Law and Larry D. Thompson, PhD, has joined as chief operating officer. Andreozzi and Thompson will play key leadership roles in the growth of Bloomberg Law, the innovative real-time legal research system from the world leader in data and information services.

In his new role, Andreozzi will provide strategic leadership for Bloomberg Law aimed at driving the platform’s expansion in the legal research industry. He is widely recognized as a leader in the field of legal research, most recently serving as CEO of IQNavigator, Inc., and is a former CEO of LexisNexis North American Legal Markets.

Thompson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of Bloomberg Law including go-to-market, sales, content, data and relationships. He most recently was Senior Partner with The Sterling Group 925 LLC, and formerly served as Senior Vice President at LexisNexis.

“Lou Andreozzi and Larry Thompson are among the top executives in the field of legal research and together they bring extraordinary strategic expertise and deep market knowledge to Bloomberg Law,” said Beth Mazzeo, head of Data Products for Bloomberg. “With the recent completion of our successful pilot phase, we are excited to move forward with Lou and Larry at the helm. It is a pleasure to welcome them to Bloomberg Law.”

“Bloomberg Law is breaking new ground in the world of legal research by bringing to lawyers, through the Web, the same innovative technology and analytics that set Bloomberg apart in the financial world,” said Andreozzi. “I am delighted to be part of the team that will take Bloomberg Law to the next level.”

“Bloomberg Law is a formidable product, and I am confident it will change the legal research playing field with its expertise in data, technology and its extraordinary financial news and business analysis,” said Thompson. “Bloomberg Law has the flexibility of a stand-alone product with access to Bloomberg’s world-class resources and delivered to the legal profession in an intuitive interface.”

Constantin Cotzias, who oversaw the successful launch of Bloomberg Law, is returning to London to be part of the senior leadership team in Bloomberg Europe, where he will head Government and Regulatory Affairs and government business development and strategy in Europe. Cotzias played a critical role in shaping Bloomberg Law’s development and the introduction of the platform to over 90 percent of the top 100 U.S. law firms.

In the newly created role, Cotzias will take advantage of Bloomberg’s presence in Europe to expand Bloomberg's Government Affairs division. He will help coordinate the Company’s government affairs efforts around the globe, and will help broaden Bloomberg's product offerings for government. Cotzias' team will monitor government initiatives and public policy development globally, assisting the business team and Bloomberg customers in assessing impact.

Andreozzi spent over 10 years at LexisNexis. As CEO of North American Legal Markets, his portfolio included some of the most prominent legal products and brands including the Lexis online service, Shepard’s, Matthew Bender, Martindale-Hubbell and Prior to becoming CEO, Andreozzi was General Counsel of LexisNexis.

Most recently, Andreozzi has been serving as president and chief executive officer of IQNavigator, Inc., a leading provider of services spend management software and managed services, and will continue to play a leadership role in the company. He also served as CEO of Inference Data, a leading software-as-a-service provider of solutions for legal data analysis and review. He has been a strategic advisor for ValueAct Capital, The Carlyle Group and Bain Capital on large media and technology deals. Andreozzi is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his JD from the Seton Hall School of Law.

Thompson has more than 25 years of experience as an executive in the legal publishing field, 12 of them with LexisNexis where he rose to the position of Senior Vice President, Business Development, Strategy & Marketing and Global Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to that, Thompson was Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill. Most recently, Thompson was Senior Partner with The Sterling Group 925 LLC, a boutique consulting firm that works within legal and professional markets assisting with strategy, sales, marketing, and business development efforts. He received a PhD in Mass Media and an MA in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a BA from Montana State University
For additional information see: Bloomberg Law Gets LexisNexis Experience by Monica Bay on LTN Law Technology News..October 18, 2010.

September 22, 2010

Using Google Scholar Library Links to Locate Journal Articles Online

Theodore Pollack, Senior Law Librarian at our public access law library writes: "Here is an interesting feature for Google Scholar regarding attempting to locate journal articles that are not easily available in Westlaw, Lexis, or HeinOnline. If you set the preferences in Google Scholar to libraries that you have access to, Scholar is supposed to inform if the article is available online thorough a digital subscription."

September 22, 2010

U.S. National Archives Puts 3,000 Historic Documents Online*

The National Archives has created a new online public website that features more than 3,000 historic documents, photos and videos available for download, along with applications for teachers to create and share history lessons about the items, officials announced.

The new website,, offers historic items such as a short newsreel of American war planes attacking Japan in 1944, photos of President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration and a court document on the conviction of activist Susan B. Anthony for voting before it was legal for women to vote....

Click here to see complete article.

*Source: Liebowicz, Alice. "National Aarchives Puts 3,000 Historic Documents Online. Federal Computer Week. Sept 21, 2010.

September 10, 2010

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports*

A selected list of CRS Reports posted between August 11, 2010 and September 10, 2010. Although almost all of the CRS Reports in the following list relate in some way to crime and criminal justice, a few addressing other topics where readers have expressed an interest have also been included.:

Deprivation of Honest Services as a Basis for Federal Mail and Wire Fraud Convictions
Report No. R40852
Subjects: Criminal Justice
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (7/28/2010; Posted: 8/11/2010)

United States v. Comstock: Supreme Court Review of Civil Commitment Under the Adam Walsh Act
Report No. R40958
Subjects: Criminal Justice; Law
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (7/26/2010; Posted: 8/11/2010)

Coast Guard Deepwater Acquisition Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress
Report No. RL33753
Subjects: Drug Abuse; Immigration; Defense Policy
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (7/29/2010; Posted: 8/13/2010)

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Application to the Internet
Report No. R40462
Subjects: Disabled Persons; Telecommunications
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/5/2010; Posted: 8/18/2010)

Garcia v. Vilsack: A Policy and Legal Analysis of a USDA Discrimination Case
Report No. R40988
Subjects: Agriculture; Civil Rights and Liberties; Minorities; Women's Issues
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/2/2010; Posted: 8/18/2010)

Federal Civil and Criminal Penalties Possibly Applicable to Parties Responsible for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Report No. R41370
Subjects: Civil Rights and Liberties; Criminal Justice; Environmental Protection; Law
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/16/2010; Posted: 8/23/2010)

Federal Cocaine Sentencing Disparity: Sentencing Guidelines, Jurisprudence, and Legislation
Report No. RL33318
Subjects: Criminal Justice; Drug Abuse
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/5/2010; Posted: 8/23/2010)

Border Security: The Role of the U.S. Border Patrol
Report No. RL32562
Subjects: Terrorism; Immigration
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/11/2010; Posted: 9/1/2010)

Gun Control Legislation
Report No. RL32842
Subjects: Criminal Justice
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/11/2010; Posted: 9/1/2010)

Navy Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism Operations: Background and Issues for Congress
Report No. RS22373
Subjects: Terrorism; Defense Policy
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/17/2010; Posted: 9/2/2010)

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues
Report No. RL31994
Subjects: Families; Law; Minorities
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/18/2010; Posted: 9/8/2010)

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies: FY2011 Appropriations
Report No. R41161
Subjects: Budget; Criminal Justice; Science Policy; Trade
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/24/2010; Posted: 9/8/2010)

Medicare Payment Policies
Report No. RL30526
Subjects: Health Policy
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/18/2010; Posted: 9/8/2010)

Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed, 1789-August 2010
Report No. RL31171
Subjects: Law
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/20/2010; Posted: 9/8/2010)

Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 - 2010: Actions by the Senate, the Judiciary Committee, and the President
Report No. RL33225
Subjects: Congress; Law; Presidents
CRS Reports, 111th Congress (8/23/2010; Posted: 9/10/2010)
* SOURCE: Congressional Quarterly:CQ Roll Call Group Service. Sservice. For additional information see:

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 7, 2010

Federal Conspiracy Law: A Sketch

CRS Report No. R41222; 4/30/2010; Posted 5/7/2010
Author(s): Charles Doyle, Senior Specialist in American Public Law
Subject(s): Criminal Justice; Law
No. of Pages: 9

Zacarias Moussaoui, members of the Colombian drug cartels, members of organized crime, and
some of the former Enron executives have at least one thing in common: they all have federal
conspiracy convictions. The essence of conspiracy is an agreement of two or more persons to
engage in some form of prohibited misconduct. The crime is complete upon agreement, although some statutes require prosecutors to show that at least one of the conspirators has taken some concrete step or committed some overt act in furtherance of the scheme. There are dozens of federal conspiracy statutes. One, 18 U.S.C. 371, outlaws conspiracy to commit some other federal crime. The others outlaw conspiracy to engage in various specific forms of proscribed conduct.General Section 371 conspiracies are punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years; drug trafficking, terrorist, and racketeering conspiracies all carry the same penalties as their underlying substantive offenses, and thus are punished more severely than are Section 371 conspiracies. All are subject to fines of not more than $250,000 (not more than $500,000 for organizations), most may serve as the basis for a restitution order, and some for a forfeiture order.

The law makes several exceptions for conspiracy because of its unusual nature. Because many
united in crime pose a greater danger than the isolated offender, conspirators may be punished for the conspiracy, any completed substantive offense which is the object of the plot, and any
foreseeable other offenses which one of the conspirators commits in furtherance of the scheme.
Since conspiracy is an omnipresent crime, it may be prosecuted wherever an overt act is
committed in its furtherance. Because conspiracy is a continuing crime, its statute of limitations
does not begin to run until the last overt committed for its benefit. Since conspiracy is a separate crime, it may be prosecuted following conviction for the underlying substantive offense, without offending constitutional double jeopardy principles; because conspiracy is a continuing offense, it may be punished when it straddles enactment of the prohibiting statute, without offending constitutional ex post facto principles. Accused conspirators are likely to be tried together, and the statements of one may often be admitted in evidence against all.

In some respects, conspiracy is similar to attempt, to solicitation, and to aiding and abetting.
Unlike aiding and abetting, however, it does not require commission of the underlying offense.
Unlike attempt and solicitation, conspiracy does not merge with the substantive offense; a
conspirator may be punished for both.

This is an abridged version of a longer report, CRS Report R41223, Federal Conspiracy Law: A
Brief Overview, by Charles Doyle.

April 13, 2010

Forthcoming Books About Cybercrime: To June 2010

Title: Principles of Cybercrime

Author: Clough, Jonathan Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN or UPC: 0-521-89925-7 (Active Record)
Format: Trade Cloth Date: May 2010 Price: $125.00 Market: United States
Availability: Available for Order
LC Class #: K5215 Dewey#: 345/.0268 ISBN 13: 978-0-521-89925-3

"We live in a digital age. The proliferation of digital technology, and the convergence of computing and communication devices, has transformed the way in which we socialise and do business. While overwhelmingly positive, there has also been a dark side to these developments. Proving the maxim that crime follows opportunity, virtually every advance has been accompanied by a corresponding niche to be exploited for criminal purposes; so-called 'cybercrimes'. Whether it be fraud, child pornography, stalking, criminal copyright infringement or attacks on computers themselves, criminals will find ways to exploit new technology. The challenge for all countries is to ensure their criminal laws keep pace. The challenge is a global one, and much can be learned from the experience of other jurisdictions. Focusing on Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal principles that apply to the prosecution of cybercrimes."

Title: The Global Cybercrime Industry: Economic, Institutional and Strategic Perspectives

Author: Kshetri, Nir Publisher: Springer ISBN or UPC: 3-642-11521-7 (Active Record)
Format: Trade Cloth Date: May 2010 Price: $99.00 Market: United States
Availability: Available for Order
LC Class #: HV6773 Dewey#: 364.168 ISBN 13: 978-3-642-11521-9

" This book is about the global cybercrime industry, which according to some estimates, is a US$1 trillion industry and is growing rapidly. It examines economic and institutional processes in the cybercrime industry, provides insights into the entrepreneurial aspect of firms engaged in cyber-criminal activities, takes a close look at cybercrime business models, explains the global variation in the pattern of cybercrimes and seeks to understand threats and countermeasures taken by key actors in this industry. This book? distinguishing features include the newness, importance, controversiality and complexity of the topic; cross-disciplinary focus, orientation and scope; theory-based but practical and accessible to the wider audience; and illustration of various qualitative and quantitative aspects of the global cybercrime industry."

Title: Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

Author: Riley, Richard et al. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated ISBN or UPC: 0-470-43774-X (Active Record)
Format: Trade Cloth Date: Apr 2010 Price: $128.95 Market: United States
Availability: Available for Order
LC Class #: KF8968.15 Dewey#: 363.25/963 ISBN 13: 978-0-470-43774-2

"The demand for entry-level accountants to have a strong understanding of forensic accounting has dramatically increased. This new book arms them with the information they'll need. It presents comprehensive coverage of fraud detection and deterrence, incorporating the most current information in the field. It focuses on asset misappropriation, corruption, and false statements. In addition, discussions are included on fraud and forensic accounting in a digital environment as well as litigation advisory engagements that address damage claims, employment issues, valuations, and more. This approach arms accountants with the tools to successfully engage in forensic accounting."

From Books In Print Professional. Search run April 13, 2010

April 8, 2010

Legal Treatises on the Law of Evidence 1880 - 1900

A select bibliography.

In response to a recent request I compiled a short, selected list of treatises published between the years 1880 and 1990. It is being reproduced here for the benefit of those readerw who might also be interested. This list is selective and thereroe not intended to be exhaustive. Even among the authors listed, many produced an number of additional titlies related to the law of evidence.:

Selected treatises on the law of evidence - United States published in the late 1800's

Prepared by. David G. Badertscher, Principal Law Librarian, NY Supreme Court Criminal Term Library, First Judicial District.

This is a selected list. Many of the authors listed below were quite prolific and produced several editions of their publications.

Abbot, Austin. Trial Evidence. The Rules of evidence applicable on the Trial of Civil Actions ..At Common Law in Equity and Under the Rules of Procedure. New York, Baker, Vorhis and Co. 1880. KF8935.A72.

Best, William Mawdesley. The Priciples of the Law of Evidence, with Elementary Rules for Conducting the Examination and Cross-Examination of Witnesses (American Edition), Boston. Soule and Hughes, 1883.

Bradner, George William. Rules of Evidence as Prescribed by the Common Law, For the Trial of Actions and Proceedings, Chicago, Callaghan and Company. 1898, 12-7543; 2001271.

Gates, Jasper Calvin. Cases on the Law of Evidendce. St. Paul, MN. West Publishing Co. 1897.

Greenleaf, Simon and Simon Greenleaf Crosswell. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence., 14th Ed. Revised. “With large additions”. Boston. Little Brown 1883.

Jones, Burr W. And William Carey Jones. The Law of Evidence in Civil Cases, 4th Edition Revised. San Francisco. Bancroft-Whitney Company 1896.

Reynolds, William. The Theory of the Law of Evidence as Established in the United States.and the Conduct of the Examination of Witnesses. Chicago, Callaghan and Company. 1883.

Rice, Frank Sumner. The General Principles of the Law of Evidence in their Application to the Trial of Criminal Cases at Common Law and Under the Criminal Codes of the Several States. Rochester, NY, The Lawyers’ Co-Operative Publishing Company, 1893.

Underhill, Harry Clay. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence With a Discussion of the Principles and Rules Which Govern its Presentation, Reception and Exclusion, and the Examination of Witnesses in Court. Chicago, T. H. Flood and Company 1894.

Underhill, Harry Clay. A Treatise on the Law of Criminal Evidence, Including the Rules Regulating the Proper Presentation of Evidence and its Relevancy; The Mode of Proof in Particular Classes of Crimes, and the Competency and Examination of Witnesses With Full References and Decisions. Indianapolis and Kansas City. The Bowen Merill Company, 1896.

April 6, 2010

How to Link to a Google Scholar Case

In a post on the Social Media Student Blog Josh Cameron writes:

It’s no secret that Google Scholar now includes court opinions and legal journals. The legal journal articles are just search results that will redirect you to the hosting site. However, a large number of the court opinions are hosted right in Google Scholar. The only problem is that linking to these opinions is not the clearest thing in the world.

When you do visit this blog don't forget the comments, they are interesting as well.

March 18, 2010

Judicial Conference of the United States Announces Upcoming Changes to PACER

Thanks to Carole Levitt, President of Internet for Lawyers, for alerting us to the "key steps to improve public access to feferal courts by increasing the availability of court openions and expanding the services and reducing the costs for many users of the Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER) system".

Below is Carole's e-mail with a link to an Interner for Lawyers newsitem on the topic.The newsitem in turn contains links to both the March `16, 2010 Judicial Conference Press Release and to The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet."

March 18, 2010

In a March 16, 2010 press release, the Judicial Conference of the United States announced "key steps to improve public access to federal courts by increasing the availability of court opinions and expanding the services and reducing the costs for many users of the Public Access to Electronic Court Records (PACER) system.

Buried in the press release is news that a "new version of the [US Party/Case Index] search tool, which includes additional search capabilities and result formats, has been developed and will be deployed under the new name PACER Case Locator this month."

There is no indication if this new PACER Case Locator will encompass all courts with a unified search, or continue "as is" with the holes in coverage of the existing US Party/Case Index.

For more details see:

February 4, 2010

Abstract: The New Platforms of Westlaw LexisNexis and Booomberg Law

Prepared by Michael Chernicoff

Despite coming out with new platforms of their own, the perceived‐legal research monopoly of “Wexis” – WestLaw and LexisNexis – is facing pressure from a newly rejuvenated Bloomberg platform. Benefits of the updated Westlaw platform includes the use of a powerful natural language search in the newly‐named WestlawNext, and in the case of Lexis Nexis an intuitive display of results in their product, NewLexis.

The potential release of BloombergLaw marks the company’s expansion of their research product onto personal computers. Historically, the Bloomberg legal research product, B‐Law, was restricted to the Bloomberg Terminal. Currently still running in the Beta version in universities and select New York City law firms, advantages of BloombergLaw include its dockets search and collaboration features, citation analysis, and strength‐of‐authority indicators.

Some expect law firms to see the benefit, with increased competition expected to bring down prices for online legal services.

Point of disclosure. The New York Supreme Court Criminal Term Library has participated as one of the pilot test sites for the Beta version of BloombergLaw.

January 29, 2010

OCLC Announces QuestionPoint and Text A Librarian Collaboration

OCLC's QuestionPoint and Mosio's Text a Librarian announce virtual reference collaboration
Project to offer text messaging reference options to QuestionPoint users. Here is the Press Release :

DUBLIN, Ohio, January 15, 2010-OCLC and Mosio are working together to enable seamless integration of Mosio's Text a Librarian text messaging reference software with OCLC's QuestionPoint reference management service to provide a comprehensive virtual reference solution for libraries.

OCLC and Mosio are exploring solutions to the demands of a mobile world and the need for libraries to be able to communicate with their patrons online and on-the-go.
"Library reference services need to be accessible where and when users need them, in the form they want," said Jay Jordan, OCLC President and CEO. "Users are increasingly relying on mobile technologies, and QuestionPoint is committed to providing libraries with the tools they need. Text a Librarian is a leader in texting services for libraries in the U.S. Working together, we believe we can deliver an efficient and cost-effective solution for libraries."

QuestionPoint's reference management suite that includes email, online chat and chat widgets combined with Mosio's Web-based Text a Librarian service for text messaging would offer patrons more virtual reference options and provide libraries increased efficiencies in managing patron inquiries in a single place.

"Mobile reference services are an exciting opportunity for libraries," said Noel Chandler, Mosio CEO and Co-Founder. "This collaboration combines our expertise in mobile reference technology with OCLC's experience as the leader in virtual reference management software to provide libraries a full digital reference services package."

The integration of Text a Librarian with QuestionPoint services will begin with libraries based in the United States.

For more information, visit or

About OCLC
Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 112 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world's largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at For more information, visit

About Mosio's Text a Librarian
Text a Librarian is a mobile reference service technology developed specifically for libraries. Built on Mosio's award-winning mobile questions and answers platform, Text a Librarian enables libraries to reach more patrons on the go through their mobile phones. For more information regarding Text a Librarian, please visit

January 28, 2010

D-Lib Magazine

January - February 2010 Issue:

The January/February 2010 issue of D-Lib Magazine ( is now available.

This issue contains eight articles, two conference reports, the 'In Brief' column, excerpts from recent press releases, and news of upcoming conferences and other items of interest in 'Clips and Pointers'. This month, D-Lib features The Swingle Plant Anatomy Reference Collection, a historical collection of plant anatomical microscope slides, courtesy of University of Miami Libraries.

The Articles are:

Digital Object Repository Server: A Component of the Digital Object Architecture by Sean Reilly and Robert Tupelo-Schneck, Corporation for National Research Initiatives

Technologies Employed to Control Access to or Use of Digital Cultural Collections: Controlled Online Collections by Kristin R. Eschenfelder, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Grace Agnew, Rutgers University

The Use of Metadata for Educational Resources in Digital Repositories: Practices and Perspectives by Dimitrios A. Koutsomitropoulos, Andreas D. Alexopoulos, Georgia D. Solomou, and Theodore S. Papatheodorou, University of Patras

RDA Vocabularies: Process, Outcome, Use by Diane Hillmann, Information Institute of Syracuse, Metadata Management Associates; Karen Coyle,; Jon Phipps, JES & Co., Metadata Management Associates; Gordon Dunsire, University of Strathclyde

D-Lib Magazine: Its First 13 Years by Taemin Kim Park, Indiana University Libraries

Tagging Full Text Searchable Articles: An Overview of Social Tagging Activity in Historic Australian Newspapers August 2008 - August 2009 by Rose Holley, Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (ANDP), National Library of Australia

FERPA and Student Work: Considerations for Electronic Theses and Dissertations by Marisa Ramirez, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo and Gail McMillan, Virginia Tech

The Virtual Journals of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics by Richard H. Cyburt, Sam M. Austin, Timothy C. Beers, Alfredo Estrade, Ryan M. Ferguson, Alexander Sakharuk, Hendrik Schatz, Karl Smith, and Scott Warren, Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA)

The Conference and Workshop Reports are:

e-Science for Musicology Workshop Report by Richard Lewis, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Cloud Computing, Big Data, and Open Access at EDUCAUSE 2009 by Carol Minton Morris, DuraSpace and Cornell University

D-Lib Magazine has mirror sites at the following locations:

UKOLN, University of Bath, Bath, England

The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

State Library of Lower Saxony and the University Library of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany

Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan

BN - National Library of Portugal, Portugal

January 28, 2010

Free Publications Added to Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series

Posted on behalf of the Court History and Public Education division of the Indiana Supreme Court. Please contact Ms. Sarah Hachey with your requests.

The Indiana Supreme Court is pleased to announce the addition of two new
FREE* publications to the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series.

The Indiana Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851 - In his 1931
master™s thesis, author and noted Indiana historian Donald F. Carmony (1910-
2005) described and interpreted the events leading to the adoption of
Indiana™s second state constitution. The publication includes Carmony™s
original text, primary source materials identified by Carmony and an index and
updated bibliography created by the editors.

Justice Shall Be Administered Freely - This book is a collection of
State of the Judiciary addresses delivered by Chief Justice Norman F.
Arterburn & Chief Justice Richard M. Givan, 1973-1987.

*Free copies of all Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series books are
available for libraries, teachers, and all other educational organizations.

Previously published titles in the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series:

Isaac Blackford: The Indiana Blackstone - a biography about one of
the leading figures in Indiana™s early judiciary. Blackford served on the Indiana
Supreme Court from 1816-1853.

In Memoriam: Glimpses from Indiana's Legal Past - a volume that
memorializes the deeds and accomplishments of men who sat on the Indiana
Supreme Court and other important Hoosiers including President Abraham
Lincoln and Vice President Thomas Hendricks.

Justice Shall Be Administered Freely - a collection of State of the
Judiciary addresses delivered by Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, 1988-2004.

If you would like a free copy of one of our new publications, please send
requests, including email contact and delivery address, to

Indicate exactly which titles you would like to receive.

We do not charge for these books, but we do request that you please check
your shelves before requesting copies of our older publications to avoid

Please feel free to forward this message to your colleagues, school librarians,
and local libraries.

Thank you,

Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Asst. to the Chief Justice for Court History and Public Education

Kim L. Schwant
Reference/Catalog Librarian
Indiana Supreme Court Library
200 W. Washington St., Rm. 316
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 232-2557

January 8, 2010

New York: Governors' Programs 2009

During every session of the New York Legislature the current governor and his staff prepare bills addressing his or her objectives to be introduced directly in the legislature by the Governor. While it is assumed that legislatures in other states have similar mechanisms, this posting is only concernd with Governor's programs in the State of New York.

When first introduced, these program bills are only sponsored by the Governor but once they have been introduced, members of the legislature can and often do add their names as sponsors. It is my understanding that once such a bill is introduced the process by which it works its way through the legislature is similar to other legislation except that if such a bill is amended while under consideration, it is then sent back to the Governor's office for review, further modification etc.

In conversations I have had with people in the Governor's office it was emphasized that Governor's Programs should not be considered identical with other legislation introduced directly by individuall or groups of legislators and that Budget programs are separate from the Governor's Program being discussed here. During those conversations the following book was recemmended as an excellent source for further information on this topic:

Author: Robert B Ward
Title: New York State Government.
Publisher: Albany, N,Y. : Rockefeller Institute Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format: Book : English : 2nd ed., [25th anniversary ed.]

To see the list of Governor Paterson's Programs for 2009, you can go to the Governor's website at:

David Badertscher

January 8, 2010

ABA Journal Law Journal Weekly Newsletter

Top Ten Stories for Week Ending December 18, 2009:

Trademark Law
The North Face Sues The South Butt for Trademark Infringement
Dec 15, 2009, 06:46 am CST

Cravath's $80K Deferral Offer Not Enticing Enough for Some Yale Law Grads
Dec 15, 2009, 07:40 am CST

Judge Orders Lawyers to Stop Using Capitalization 'With Abandon'
Dec 14, 2009, 09:31 am CST

Law in Popular Culture
Unable to Find Legal Job, Blogger Posts Bah Humbug Tale on YouTube
Dec 14, 2009, 01:43 pm CST

Criminal Justice
Police Theorize Howrey Associate Was Willing Participant in Murder-Suicide
Dec 17, 2009, 09:18 am CST

Legal Ethics
Oops. Accidental Posting of Exam a 'Teachable Moment,' Law Prof Says
Dec 14, 2009, 06:51 pm CST

Insurance Law
Billionaire Stanford & His Lawyers Held in Contempt Over Legal Fees Suit
Dec 16, 2009, 04:51 pm CST

Solos/Small Firms
New Solos Get Cheap Rents and Good Deals, But Will Clients Come?
Dec 15, 2009, 10:04 am CST

Awkward or Not, Go to the Holiday Party, Recruiter Advises Laid-Off Associates
Dec 16, 2009, 05:24 pm CST

Constitutional Law
Paper: War Over $340M Court Tower Threatens Rule of Law in Ariz. County
Dec 16, 2009, 06:51 pm CST

January 7, 2010

After Being Pronounced Dead Kirkus Reviews Appears to be Back With Us

David Badertscher

Although not primarily a reviewer of legal materials, Kirkus Reviews is one of the most outstanding and respected review magazines devoted to book media. It was founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus (1893-1981) a former head of the children's book department of Harper & Bros. with the idea of holding book reviewing to a very high standard, being selective in both the books reviewed and the people assgned to review them. The first year they received about 20 advance galley proofs.

By all accounts Kirus has managed to maintain these high standards throughout the years, becomeing one of the true standard bearers for the authoritative reviewing of all types of titles including those related to law. According to their website, Kirkus currently reviews about 5,000 titles per year "with the idea of of providing Kirkus regulars (librarians, newspaper editors, agents, film producers, booksellers, and those throughout the book world in general) with professional, informative, and impartial descriptive evaluations of forthcoming titles, and to do so on a timely basis."

This is a tall order whch even under the best conditions would be difficult to duplicate under present conditions. It was therefore distressing to hear last month that Kirkus Reviews would be shut down and cease publication..

Hopefully miracles do happen because I was informed today that a business deal is currently being worked out with a new buyer and that Kirkus will not suspend publication as announced earlier. This is great news for all who love and respect books. The world will remin a much better place if Kirkus and other organizations like it can be resurrected and continue setting high standards for all of us.

January 6, 2010

User Driven Enhancements to THOMAS Launched on its Fifteenth Birthday

THOMAS was launched on January 5, 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public. Since that time THOMAS has expanded the scope of its offerings to include many features and content including those listed below.:

Bills, Resolutions
Activity in Congress
Congressional Record
Schedules, Calendars
Committee Information
Presidential Nominations

Now, fifteen years later in response to user feedback and in celebration of its fifteenth
anniversary, THOMAS has been updated for the second session of the 111th

As reported by Emily Carr of the Public Services Division at the Law Library of Congress, the new items include a bookmarking and sharing toolbar, top five bills of the week, a new RSS feed, highlighting how to contact Members of Congress, a tip of the week, enhanced visibility of bill PDFs, and an increased timeout interval.

The bookmarking and sharing toolbar, found near the top of most THOMAS pages, allows users to save or share a permanent link via bookmarks,email, or social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. The toolbar also includes quick links to subscribe to THOMAS RSS feeds and to print.

The five most-searched-for bills from the past week will be listed in the center box on the right side of the homepage. Hovering the mouse over the bill number will display the title of the bill.

The new Bills Presented to the President RSS feed and email update lists bills that have passed both the House and Senate and have been sent to the White House for the President's signature.

It's now easier to contact your Members of Congress. A link to this page of tips about how to contact your Representative or Senator is included on the homepage.

Each week, a new tip about using THOMAS will be displayed on the right-hand side of the THOMAS homepage, below the “Top Five” list.

Based on user feedback, links to the bill PDF are more visible and accessible. Clicking on a PDF link will bring you to the Government Printing Office (GPO) PDF for a specific version of a bill.

Search results within THOMAS are displayed on temporary pages. The timeout interval has been increased from 5 minutes to 20 minutes..

THOMAS can be accessed at

December 9, 2009

Journal: Criminology

The Journal:

Criminology is a journal, published quarterly, devoted to crime and deviant behavior. Disciplines covered include sociology, psychology, design, systems analysis, and decision theory. Major emphasis is placed on empirical research and scientific methodology. The journal's content also includes articles which review the literature or deal with theoretical issues stated in the literature as well as suggestions for the types of investigation which might be carried out in the future. It is published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. on behalf of the American Society of Criminology.

Contents of Current Issue:

Online ISSN: 1745-9125 Print ISSN: 0011-1384
Volume47, Issue4,2009.

© 2009 American Society of Criminology



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