Features and Columns — January, 2016

Documents, Leaks and the Boundaries of Expression: Government Whistleblowing in an Over-Classified Age

Susan Nevelow Mart's comprehensive guide documents what protections you have from retaliation if you blow the whistle on fraud, waste, deception, or other violations of the law will depend on who your employer is, what has been uncovered, and what kind of documents are involved. — Published July 27, 2007

Librarians as Change Agents: How You Can Help Influence Public Policy in the 110th Congress

Mary Alice Baish, Associate Washington Affairs Representative, American Association of Law Libraries, discusses how the leadership changes in both the House and the Senate provide opportunities for national library associations and allied organizations to make inroads on issues important to our communities. She offers a view from inside the beltway on the profession's legislative agenda. — Published July 27, 2007

Scanning and OCR with Acrobat 8

Rick Borstein explains and provides examples of the process by which a stack of paper can easily be turned into a searchable PDF with Adobe Acrobat 8.0 and optical character recognition - OCR. — Published July 27, 2007

Guide to Short Form Open Access Legal Publications

According to Ken Strutin, short form open access legal publications provide a forum for a wide range of scholarly and timely exchanges on new developments and issues. They embrace the best of print and online traditions by adhering to the publishing standards of law reviews while taking advantage of the public square of the Internet — Published July 27, 2007

Elder Resources on the Internet

Marcus P. Zillman's annotated guide is a selective listing of elder and senior resources and sites on the Internet. — Published July 27, 2007

Gay/Lesbian Law Pathfinder

Laws affecting gays and lesbians in the U.S. have changed slowly, and these laws cross disciplines, as in any Civil Rights movement. This guide by Mark Plotkin includes selected resources, by topic, that are available in print, on the Internet, and via online databases. — Published July 27, 2007

The Government Domain: 'Insanely Useful' Legislative Sites

Peggy Garvin looks at the expanding range of free legislative research resources available on the web, with a particular focus on sites whose stated goal is to enhance transparency and accountability, sponsored by the private, nonprofit, DC-based Sunlight Foundation. — Published July 27, 2007

Reference from Coast to Coast: Jury Instructions Update

Margi Heinen and Jan Bissett have revised and updated their guide to publicly available electronic versions of state jury instructions. — Published July 27, 2007

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews: Gadgets for Legal Pros A Keyboard to Show Off to your Friends and Safely Jogging with Music

Brett Burney recommends a slick new wireless keyboard with a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and glowy orange function buttons. For jogging safety with the added benefit of listening enjoyment, Brett says JogPhones are worth a look. — Published July 27, 2007

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: The Congressional College – Caucuses and Boards

Paul Jenks describes the many informal groups, clubs, commissions and boards that comprise the exclusive members-only world of the Hill. — Published July 27, 2007

FOIA Facts: Understanding FBI Records

Scott A. Hodes recommends that to secure a successful outcome it is important to make FOIA requests not only to FBI Headquarters, but to FBI Field Offices. — Published July 27, 2007

E-Discovery Update - Discovery of Ephemeral Digital Information

Conrad J. Jacoby evaluates the ramifications of the recent decision, Columbia Pictures Indus. v. Bunnell et al., and describes how digital information must henceforth be analyzed when creating an inventory of potentially relevant and discoverable information. — Published July 27, 2007

Commentary: The Showdown on Coal-to-Liquid Technology

Beth Wellington provides an overview of coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology and whether it is a viable new energy source. Beth documents the debate over this issue which includes voices from academia, trade associations, lobbyists and members of Congress, who have introduced a plethora of related legislation. — Published July 27, 2007

June, 2007

Shanghai Express: Donating and Shipping Law Books Overseas

Kara Phillips was recently a visiting scholar at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) Law School in China. This article describes the project she undertook to collect and ship 300 English-language law books to the SJTU Law Library, as well as her experience as a law librarian in China. — Published June 25, 2007

Better Connections with Clients

Wells H. Anderson provides practical examples of solutions to improve phone calls with clients using remote access and online meeting services, recommending what to look for and why these services are so effective. — Published June 25, 2007

60 Gadgets in 60 Minutes

Barbara Fullerton, Brian Neale and Holly Pinto's presentation includes gadgets to use on the job, while telecommuting, traveling, and for presentations and training. The gadget gurus also highlight the latest and greatest in digital video, cell phones, and a selection of practical and fun gizmos. — Published June 25, 2007

An Overview of Selected Legal Digital Libraries

George Butterfield and Kristyn Helge review ten major legal digital research portals, assessing, comparing and contrasting their major characteristics and providing guidance on using each one. — Published June 25, 2007

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com - Parties and Partisanship

Paul Jenks comments on the role of party organization, power and politics in Congress. — Published June 25, 2007

E-Discovery Update: Finding the Line Between E-Discovery Expert and Fact Witness Testimony

Conrad J. Jacoby discusses specifics of why counsel should carefully consider the type of electronic evidence they believe will be important to develop their case and whether expert testimony will be required to admit these materials into evidence. — Published June 25, 2007

The Tao of Law Librarianship - Keeping Up With Social Networking Tools

Connie Crosby gives us an insider's view on a collection of Web 2.0 tools that librarians are using to connect, communicate, and stay on top of new developments. — Published June 25, 2007

Commentary: Is a J.D. Necessary for Law Librarians?

George Butterfield examines this question within the context of policies that impact law librarians working in academic, government and law firm law libraries, as well as within the context of the respective responsibilities of these professionals. — Published June 25, 2007

Burney's Legal Tech Reviews - Gadgets for Legal Pros: Tom Bihn Brain Cell Laptop Accessories and Compact Power Strips for Travel

Brett Burney reviews a laptop sleeve that is stylishly smart and practical from top to bottom, and suggests a solution for gadget laden travelers who are constantly confronted with insufficient outlets in hotel rooms. — Published June 25, 2007

After Hours: Summer Snacks and Reading

Kathy Biehl touts the newest offerings from Newman's Own Organics, recommends a eclectic collection of essays on enjoying wine, and reminds us about the second annual New York City Canine Cruise. One of last year's participants, Kathy's nephdog, won the Milkbone "Make You and Your Dog Famous" Contest. — Published June 25, 2007

FOIA Facts: Two Steps Forward, (At Least) One Step Back

Scott A. Hodes highlights the status of FOIA legislation in Congress as well as recent White House imposed hurdles to public access to government documents. — Published June 25, 2007

Commentary on the Clean Water Protection Act

Beth Wellington explains why this legislation is supported by a range of public interest groups and individuals. — Published June 25, 2007

May, 2007

Finding Hidden Intelligence in SEC Filings

Barbara Fullerton and Catherine Whitney's guide includes a range of online sources and best practices that assist with the procees of researching SEC filings including: finding hidden intelligence in specific types of filings, searching SEC filings using free and fee services, evaluating SEC databases and applying effective advanced search techniques to maximize your work. — Published May 29, 2007

Criminal Justice Resources - Clemency Law

Ken Strutin's article surveys select online resources for seeking clemency as well as guides and research materials on the administration of this important form of relief. — Published May 29, 2007

Faulkner's Practical Web Strategies for Attorneys, Are You Ready for the Web-Based Office?

Frederick L. Faulkner IV recommends reliable, cost effective web tools and services to help solos and small firms manage a range of essential office, communication, information and IT challenges. — Published May 29, 2007

The Government Domain: State Government Fundamentals

This month Peggy Garvin turns the spotlight to the states with a guide to some of the most useful, free web reference sources covering the governments of the fifty states. These resources are not specific to a single state, but rather provide nationwide coverage of state information. They can help you find state personnel, news, legislation, laws, regulations, policy updates, and statistics. — Published May 29, 2007

European Union Law: An Integrated Guide to Electronic and Print Research

Marylin J. Raisch's updated, comprehensive resource provides a pathfinder to reliable, expert resources, both official and unofficial, as well as guide to research strategies. She also provides a context for categories of sources within this body of law and a template for research across all formats. Even with electronic access to the materials, researchers face large amounts of documentation and terminology that is unique and perhaps unfamiliar. — Published May 29, 2007