Day archives: January 19th, 2008

Social Networks for Law Librarians and Law Libraries, or How We Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Friending

Debbie Ginsberg and Meg Kribble discuss how social networks create links between people, forming connections based on interests, expertise, past employment or education, and friendships. They specifically focus on how law librarians can use social networks such as LinkedIn, Ning, Facebook, and even MySpace to promote useful websites and legal resources as well their own expertise and interests.

Subjects: Features

Reference from Coast to Coast: Learning to Love Those 50 State Surveys

This month Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen focus on sources of multi-state legal research. They advise that before you begin your research, identify the area, such as statutes, case law or regulations, to facilitate a more efficient and effective result.

Subjects: Reference from Coast to Coast

Reviewing the XO $100 Laptop

Conrad J. Jacoby provides a comprehensive review of this retro PCs composition, features and functionality as well as an user’s perspective on its performance and value to its target audience, children between the ages of six and twelve.

Subjects: Features, Gadgets

FOIA Facts: The Impact of the OPEN Government Act of 2007

Now that Congress has passed and the President has signed the FOIA Amendments known as the OPEN Government Act of 2007, many wonder what the new law does and doesn’t do for FOIA requesters. Scott A. Hodes reviews the major provisions of the new law and how it will or won’t affect FOIA requesters.

Subjects: FOIA Facts, Freedom of Information, Government Resources, Legal Research

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips – John Marshall and the Heroic Age of the Supreme Court

Heather A. Phillips’ evaluation of R. Kent Newmyer’s book is that it paints a compelling and nuanced portrait of Justice John Marshall, not so much as a man, but as a thinker.

Subjects: Court Resources, Legal Research, LLRX Book Review