Ashley Ahlbrand is the Educational Technology at Librarian Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. Her expert teaching and training skills offer readers insights into the role of Google as well as integrative browser add-ons like Lexis Views in preparing students to effectively and comprehensively complete research assignments.
Sabrina I. Pacifici’s comprehensive current awareness guide focuses on leveraging a selected but wide range of reliable, topical, predominantly free websites and resources. The goal is to support an effective research process to search, discover, access, monitor, analyze and review current and historical data, news, reports, statistics and profiles on companies, markets, countries, people and issues, from a national and a global perspective. Sabrina’s guide is a “best of the Web” resource that encompasses search engines, portals, government sponsored open source databases, alerts, data archives, publisher specific services and applications. All of her recommendations are accompanied by links to trusted content targeted sources that are produced by top media and publishing companies, business, government, academe, IGOs and NGOs.
Many librarians have a set of research guides that they are responsible for keeping up to date, but finding time to devote to this important task can be extremely difficult. As libraries migrate to LibGuides 2.0, many are using this opportunity to study their users’ preferences, implement new policies, and completely refresh their research guide collection. If your library is going through this process, or you are simply planning on using the (relatively) calm summer months to update your research guides, here are ten best practice tips to keep in mind – by Kara Dunn, D`Angelo Law Library.
Googles powerful Nexus 10 Android tablet as a library patrons delight: The hardware and the apps that shine on it
David H. Rothman reviews the Android Nexus 10, which he considers a standout from among the well known group of available e-book readers. David documents key reasons to choose this e-reading machine, including the 10-inch screen, which can easily display 500 or 600 words of text. He also highlights a wide range of essential apps available for researchers, librarians, knowledge managers and of course, book lovers.
The event happens every four years in the U.S., but it consumes us for over 10 months, and takes perhaps 10 minutes to complete. The event is the U.S. Presidential Election. The action is voting. There are so many different points of view and so much news about the candidates and issues that is is often difficult to locate unbiased information and sort through the facts in the media. Barbara Fullerton highlights several sites to help voters review the issues and check the facts during this critical political process.
LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips – We’re All Journalists Now: The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Law in the Internet Age
Heather A. Phillips highlights attorney John Gant’s contention that one’s title, income, and employer are at best side issues in determining who is a journalist in the day-to-day realities of issuing press passes as well as in larger policies such as the extension of shield laws.
Jason Eiseman’s guide demonstrates how adding RSS to your technological arsenal can enhance the current awareness services you provide, as well as your ability to effectively manage organization-wide information.
The Government Domain
Government Documents and the News
By Peggy Garvin
Donna Cavallini and Sabrina I. Pacifici’s guide has again been completely revised and updated to include new recommendations ranging from free websites, news alerts, RSS and blogs to fee- based subscriptions and licensed enterprise applications.
Barbara Fullerton and Sabrina I. Pacifici‘s recommendations focus on subject area and issue-centric sites to facilitate obtaining search results that are better targeted to the scope of your requests. Whether you are looking for government data, blogs, RSS feeds, video, podcasts, news or scientific papers, this guide will serve you well.