Features and Columns — September, 2014

Legislative Research Guide

Sabrina I. Pacifici's completely updated and revised guide provides links to Federal and State sponsored resources on legislation, legislative issues and government reports, and also includes a range of current, topical content on politics and campaigns published by the media, advocacy groups, NGOs and political parties. — Published February 12, 2007

January, 2007

A Cup of Creativi-tea: Start a Resolution

Terri Wilson offers quick suggestions, easily implemented, for making time to fulfill a resolution or two during the course of our increasingly demanding work week. — Published January 15, 2007

Burney's Gadgets for Legal Pros: Reviews: Doing Double Time With Dual Monitors and Video Chatting Via Your Laptop

Brett Burney reviews the Village Tronic VTBook PCMIA card that facilitates dual-monitor functionality with your laptop, as well as the ability to add an external projector for presentations. He also takes tests the Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks, for video chatting on your laptop. — Published January 15, 2007

Commentary: The Iraq Troop Surge

Beth Wellington puts the recently announced troop surge surge into context by reviewing the response of members of Congress, the public, columnists and think tanks. — Published January 15, 2007

CongressLine, by GalleryWatch.com: Authorization and Appropriation

Paul Jenks explains the process of key Congressional activitiy: before money can be spent, Congress must authorize the expenditure first, and then must appropriate the money to do so. — Published January 15, 2007

Deal or No Deal – Licensing & Acquiring Digital Resources: License Negotiations Reprise

Kara Phillips' chart documents practical references and resources for licensing negotiations that appear in the library literature covers: researching vendors, seeking input from patrons and usesrs, negotiating pricing, setting contract goals, and establishing effective communications strategies. — Published January 15, 2007

E-Discovery Update: E-Discovery New Year's Resolutions for 2007

In this month's column, Conrad J. Jacoby covers e-discovery and the way that it will impact the practice of law in 2007. He suggests three stratgegies for attorneys that will help them be more effective advocates and practitioners in the coming year. — Published January 15, 2007

Faulkner's Practical Web Strategies for Attorneys: How the Web Will Continue to Change How We Do Business in 2007

Frederick L. Faulkner IV discusses key technology applications and services that will drive continued growth and innovation in the legal arena, including the social web, the mobile web, and the convergence of web applications with desktop client applications. — Published January 15, 2007

The Blog - Another Tool in Your Arsenal

Janet Peros provides an overview of how law librarians have integrated blogs and RSS into current awarness services for practice groups and client related research. — Published January 15, 2007

The Government Domain: Testing the THOMAS Beta

Peggy Garvin runs the THOMAS beta test site through its paces, evaluating the new search engine and enhanced navigations features, accompanied by screen shots. — Published January 15, 2007

The Impact of Social Networking Tools and Guidelines to Use Them

LaJean Humphries identifies the wide range of social networking sites with which researchers should be knowlegeable, and addresses legal, privacy and ethical concerns associated with their use. She also provides a bibliography of books, articles and reports that focus on the impact of social networking applications. — Published January 15, 2007

The Tao of Law Librarianship: Becoming A Wiki Warrior

Connie Crosby recommends wikis for a group of people working toward a consensus, whether it be creating an final project plan or a proposed working list for a department, office or practice group program, or coming to jointly agreed-upon wording in a document. — Published January 15, 2007

December, 2006

After Hours: But Wait! There's More

Kathy Biehl offers last minute gift ideas from unusual food and travel sites. Enjoy. — Published December 17, 2006

Commentary: The Military Commissions Act and Habeas Corpus

Beth Wellington's commentary examines the contentious issues related to the administration's use of military commissions and the subsequent introduction of new legislation to "correct problems in the act" and "to restore fundamental protections." — Published December 17, 2006

CongressLine by GalleryWatch.com: Voting in Congress

Paul Jenks discusses sources of Congressional voting data and methods of analysis. — Published December 17, 2006

Criminal Justice Resources - Criminal Justice Blogs

Ken Strutin's guide includes blogs that provide news and analysis of current developments in criminal justice. The blogs are authored by lawyers, law professors, law librarians, public defenders, criminal justice professionals and observers and commentators on the justice system. — Published December 17, 2006

Deep Web Research 2007

Marcus P. Zillman's bibliographic guide highlights resources that focus on the history of deep web research, as well as dozens of topical sources that will contribute to your search and research efforts, through a range of respositories of valuable data, reports and scholarly literature. — Published December 17, 2006

E-Discovery Update - by Fios Inc.: Choosing An E-Discovery Vendor

Conrad J. Jacoby documents how a law firm or a client can efficiently and effectively choose an e-discovery vendor with the appropriate experience, training, and equipment that will work properly with each respective organization's digital materials. — Published December 17, 2006

Faulkner's Practical Web Strategies for Attorneys: Planning Your 2007 Web Strategy

Frederick L. Faulkner IV highlights and outlines the essential components of a strategic website plan that can be integrated into your overall firm or practice goals in the coming year. — Published December 17, 2006

FOIA Facts: Rapid Response Team for FOIA

Scott A. Hodes recommends that federal government FOIA offices implement a rapid response team to deal with FOIA requests that are likely to lead to litigation in the short run. — Published December 17, 2006

Librarianship - Promoting Public Service and Philanthropy

Kara Phillips shares examples of diverse personal volunteer efforts within the law library community, gleaned from an informal survey, that include service on the local, national and international level. — Published December 17, 2006

Reference from Coast to Coast: An Overview of Selected SEC Resources on the Web

Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen provide an overview of selected free and fee-based web resources, as well as pathfinders and guides authored by law librarians, that will faciliate the process of conducting effective SEC research. — Published December 17, 2006

The Government Domain: 2007 Calendars and Schedules

A wide range of online calendars from agencies and Congress offer valuable information to researchers that includes: release dates for topical reports, news, surveys, meeting and official travel schedules, historical commemorations, House and Senate bill histories, and links to speeches and testimony. Peggy Garvin includes numerous examples of e-gov sites with such services that should be on your radar. — Published December 17, 2006

The Tao of Law Librarianship: Reaching Across the Generations in the Profession

Connie Crosby addresses the evolving professional roles and expectations, goals and perspectives of librarians between Baby Boom and Generation X. — Published December 17, 2006

November, 2006

A Cup of Creativi-tea: Writer's Block

Terri Wilson suggests a number of creativity exercises that can be of assistance when writer's block sets in, and deadlines loom. — Published November 12, 2006

After Hours: New Products, More Gifts and Many Thanks

Delicious new pantry items, artisanal cheeses, tins of fresh cookies as last minute gifts, and a combination CD and cookbooklet from a multi-talented performer round out Kathy Biehl's column this month. — Published November 12, 2006

Burney's Gadgets for Legal Pros - Reviews: Dragon Speaking Naturally 9 and Adobe Acrobat 8

Brett Burney reviews the improvements in voice-recognition software and recommends that attorneys consider the software as a complementary application to their current choices. In addition, he offers an overview of the new features in the latest version of Acrobat. — Published November 12, 2006

October, 2006

After Hours 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

Kathy Biehl's column heralds the upcoming holiday season with recommendations for chocolates, stocking stuffers and office toys. — Published October 15, 2006