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Technology in libraries improves access to the legal system

By Russ Van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast CONTACT 

Patrons of Maine’s public libraries will soon have a chance to hear from experts on a number of legal issues at no charge. Low income people may be able to confer one-on-one with those experts, again at no cost.

The reason is what’s becoming known as “Lawyers In Libraries.” It’s an outreach effort coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, or VLP. A grant allows VLP to arrange clinics by video conference; a lawyer speaks in real time at one location while people at libraries across the state watch and listen. After the lawyer’s presentation, viewers can ask general questions about the law, although the lawyer cannot serve as a questioner’s legal representative.

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Apartheid revisited, for a better future - BD live

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BD live Apartheid revisited, for a better future.

 

"Kennedy is an archivist and is careful to point out that she is not a historian. She says she was drawn to this work because she was "very interested in how we use information to support development and human rights. Without information, you can’t do anything. In the constitution it’s called a leveraging right."

SA’s new information legislation has thus been keeping the archive "very, very busy". The new Protection of Personal Information Act has caused a major headache for archivists, who are having to go through all the information they hold to ensure personal information is protected, even if the documents have been bequeathed.

The flip side is the "secrecy bill", which Kennedy sees as "the next big challenge" for the archive.

The exhibition is stark, even sparse, but deeply affecting. Kennedy says she and designer Vaughan Sadie struggled to create a display that would unsettle without preaching.

"How do you create an exhibition that unsettles people’s assumptions of the past without disempowering them? It’s so easy to present something singular that takes one side. We have tried to give no judgment. This is more about the complexity and it hopefully allows viewers to find their place in the history."

• Between Life and Death: Stories from John Vorster Square, Old Fort Ramparts, Constitution Hill, Kotze St, Braamfontein. Entrance is free, open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-3pm, www.saha.org.za"

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Library Boy: Future Trends in Law Libraries

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Michel-Adrien:

"At a session this morning at the annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) in Toronto, New York-based consultant Nigel Holloway outlined some of the results of a survey conducted earlier this year among CALL members."

 

"Some 140 law librarians responded, about one quarter of the CALL membership, with two fifths of respondents coming from law firms, a bit over one third from from courthouse libraries, and about one sixth from universities. More than 50% of respondents worked in small libraries (1-3 staff), more or less 20% in medium-sized libraries (4-9), and about one quarter in libraries with more than 10 staff members."

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"The survey is quite revealing about the trend toward digital content. Right now, some 45% of respondents state that more than 40% of their content is in digital format. 70% of respondents expect this to be the situation by 2014."

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Library manages digital archiving

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Digital archiving meets student life: how Stanford Libraries handles it. V pertinent to my @simmonsgslis practicum.

 

"In the face of challenges posed by an increase in social media, archivists at the Stanford University Libraries have adapted new technologies to digitally archive a traditionally community-driven database of Stanford documents.

Library Archivist Daniel Hartwig said that documents have been traditionally collected from Stanford staff or alumni who feel that they have something to contribute to the study of the history of Stanford. The catalog includes personal letters of former University President Donald Tresidder, lecture notes from students in the 1960s and materials from the controversial work of psychology professor Philip Zimbardo.

(OLLIE KHAKWANI/The Stanford Daily)

“We’re lucky in that our focus is limited to Stanford so we have a kind of built-in mechanism there for alumni to donate things,” Hartwig said.

However, now that correspondence and official documents are often in digital form, collecting materials for the archives has become more difficult."

 

 

 

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Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com

Judge Says Fair Use Protects Universities in Book-Scanning Project | Threat Level | Wired.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a copyright infringement lawsuit against universities that participated in a massive book-digitization project in conjunction with Google without permission from rights holders.

U.S. District Judge Harold Baer of New York dismissed an infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild and other writers’ guilds, saying the universities had a fair use defense. The guild accused the University of California, University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, Cornell University and University of Michigan of wanton copyright infringement for scanning and placing the books into the so-called HathiTrust Digital Library.

The trust consists of 10 million digital volumes, 73 percent of which are protected by copyright. The trust provides full-text searches only with a rights holder’s permission, and gives full-text access for readers with “certified print disabilities,” Baer said."

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Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web

Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @LIICornell: Law Librarian Blog: Now You See It, Now You Don't, Part I: Free Legal Research Services on the Web.

 

"In the early days of free caselaw research services, it seemed like new search services were popping up all over the web. But without strong financial support, many disappeared almost as quickly as they had appeared."

 

- Google Scholar for Legal Opinions and Journals http://scholar.google.co.za/

- Public Library of Law (supported by Fastcase) http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx ;
- the semi-"useful" FindACase (supported by VersusLaw). http://www.findacase.com/

 

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A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Alyson Shontell:

"Pinterest places all legal blame on its users and even makes them pay its fees if Pinterest gets sued."

 

"For more on Kirsten's findings, head over to her post at DDK Portraits >>

http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/


For more on Pinterest check out:


A Non-Geek's Guide To Pinterest

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-non-geeks-guide-to-pinterest-the-biggest-internet-hit-since-facebook-2012-2


22 Incredible Images That Show Why Pinterest Gets 1 Billion Monthly Pageviews

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pinterest-copyright-issues-lawyer-2012-2#ixzz1oJiYCY00

 

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Exclusive: Birmingham and Westminster councils to offer legal advice via webcam in libraries | LEGAL FUTURES

Exclusive: Birmingham and Westminster councils to offer legal advice via webcam in libraries | LEGAL FUTURES | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Birmingham and Westminster city councils are teaming up with legal video conferencing business Instant Law to provide library users with free access to online advice, Legal Futures can reveal."

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