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December Link Roundup

5 Ways to Pursue a Passion Project While Working a Full-time Job  Multi-hyphenate writer/artist/musician Danielle Sinay discusses ways to “find time for hobbies.”
 Debra Pfeifer sent a second announcement re: the WPLLA Holiday Party, sponsored by Lexis Nexis:
The Capital Grille
301 Fifth Avenue
December 11th, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm  
 Ann Unger asked about document/article delivery retrieval services, including those that are no longer active. Responses included:
Retrieve-It (aka “Magic” Steve Wasserman)
Reprints Desk
Wisconsin TechSearch  
GPO Completes Digitization of 1,300 Congressional HearingsAn email forwarded by Joel Fishman states that the “U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958 and made them available on govinfo.” Please be aware: links contained in the article are behind a paywall.  
The Constitution Annotated—Impeachment ClausesLinked from In Custodia Legis, beSpacific provides information in essays “pertaining to impeachment” and other resources. There are multiple links in the post – follow all for details!  
Writing Means RewritingA thoughtful essay from Professor William S. McFeely from The American Scholar, explaining how multiple drafts are integral to good writing.  
WPLLA: Google Drive DocBetty Ward provided a link to “The Tort Talk 2019 Civil Litigation Update;” a downloadable .pdf is included.  
How to Find Out When a Webpage Was PublishedA post from Make Tech Easier lists helpful tips for how to identify when a webpage was first published.  
An Impeachment Counterfactual: Could the Senate hold a trial even if the House does not transmit the Articles of Impeachment?  A detailed post (by a law professor!) explaining the intricate details and rules surrounding a presidential impeachment process.
The best free software for your PCA massive slide deck with information on “. . . Solid security tools, productivity software, and other programs.”  


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November Link Roundup

It’s not too late to apply for the AALL Leadership Academy – March 27-28, 2020WPLLA Member Krista Ford send a link to AALL’s 2020 Leadership Academy. This year’s theme is “Become an Effective Leader.” Hosted at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, IL from March 27-28, participants will be treated to “. . . interactive discussions to explore core behaviors of exemplary leaders, ways to practice those key skills more frequently, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities along with opportunities to network with your colleagues.” Open to all current AALL members, this program will “. . . expand your personal leadership style” whole giving you the opportunity to network with other law librarians from across the U.S.  
How To Find A Mentor And Make It WorkNPR provides some helpful hints for identifying a meaningful and long-term mentor/mentee relationship (given that finding a successful partnership is often an informal process).  
Blockchain: What Information Professionals Need to KnowbeSpacific links to an article from LLRX. It offers a “. . . comprehensive 64 page guide” for information professionals eager to learn more about blockchain and cybersecurity laws.  
GPO Completes Digitization of 1,300 Congressional HearingsThe Federal Depository Library Program announced that the “. . . U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) has digitized more than 1,300 historical Congressional Hearings dating back to 1958 and made them available on govinfo.” Spearheaded by the Kansas State University Libraries (a Federal Depository Library), this effort digitized “. . . nearly 15,000 Congressional Hearings.” To view, click here.  
 WPLLA Vice-President announced the November 2019 monthly WPLLA meeting: Tuesday, November 19 from 12:00-1:00pm and hosted by Melanie Cline of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. The November meeting will discuss Information Privacy, including the California Consumer Privacy Act, as well as vendor privacy policies. If you’re reading this after the event concluded, please reach out to an attendee for more information!  
Senate Hearing on Modernizing Library of CongressOriginally reported by C-SPAN, Carla Hayden (the head of the Library of Congress) “. . . testified before the Senate Rules and Administration Committee on modernizing the library.” Click the link to watch the video!  
Law Review Articles Have Too Many FootnotesIf you need a good chuckle, read this short-but-sweet post gently mocking the overuse of lengthy, unnecessary footnotes in legal journal articles.  
 WPLLA Member Betty Ward notified the group that the Jenkins Law Library has again posted the Unofficial Purdon’s Westlaw site. It had been removed earlier this year due to funding issues. The Unofficial Purdon’s may also be reposted to the Pennsylvania General Assembly site and the Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau site. 
Member Joel Fishman then followed with the additional note:
Please note that Westlaw has made an error under its Legal Notice. Smith’s Laws of Pennsylvania is NOT the official version of the early statutes from 1700 to 1810 in first five volumes. The official statutes is The Statutes at Large of PA (18 vols.) covering from 1682 to 1809, unannotated, but full text of public and private laws approved by legislature in late 19th century. All volumes available at [www.palrb.us]. Smith’s Laws is annotated, but only public laws. Act numbers are slightly off by five or six numbers. Smith’s Laws excellent source for some of its annotations up to 150 pages long (real property note in vol.2 p.109–1784 land office act).”  
Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Web Browser’s Password ManagerHow-To Geek recommends several different password management tools (including “. . . 1Password, LastPass, or Bitwarden”). But not your internet browser’s tool – read more to find out why.  
The Impeachment Process in the House of RepresentativesLinked information from the Congressional Research Service regarding the impeachment process in the U.S. House of Representatives – inquiring minds want to know!  
 Debra Pfeifer announces the time and location for the WPLLA Holiday Party, sponsored by Lexis Nexis:
The Capital Grille
301 Fifth Avenue
December 11th, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm  


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WPLLA Holiday Luncheon – December 11th at The Capital Grille

Please join us for the WPLLA Holiday Party, Wednesday, December 11th

Thank you to Lexis Nexis for hosting our holiday luncheon!

The Capital Grille

301 Fifth Avenue

December 11th, 2019 – noon until 1 pm eastern, but come early (11:30) for more festivity!

We’ll have:

  • A fantastic, festive lunch
  • Law Librarian insights
  • Legal Tech updates and sneak peeks on what’s coming next year
  • Prizes!

Come chat with our Lexis hostess team:

  • Breigh Marley
  • Gayle Lynn-Nelson
  • Brittany Miller
  • Danielle Bennett

Please RSVP to Debra Pfeifer, we hope to see you there!


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October Link Roundup

Libraries as Student Success Hubs A link to an Inside Higher Education article identifying the library as the top destination for university students seeking a wide variety of services.  
Unhappy at Work? Persuade Your Boss to Redefine Your Job. Learn strategies that can help you make a “. . . compelling case for change” – perhaps just the jump start you need to feel more satisfied with your job.  
Caselaw Access Project Detailed information linked by beSpacific to define and explain the Caselaw Access Project. In short, it’s a coordinated effort between Ravel Law and the Harvard Law School Library to digitize and make “. . . all U.S. case law freely available online.”  
Impeachment Investigations: Law and Process beSpacific provides the nitty-gritty details about the mechanics of impeachment, via a CRS report.  
How to search within multiple PDF files at once TechBits provides the tricks and tips for searching multiple PDF files at once; read through for a step-by-step primer.  
Here’s how you make your Google Docs secure Many of us use Google Docs or Drive as our primary (or personal) cloud-based service. The Next Web explains how to make it more secure.  
  A reminder email from Linda Tashbook regarding the monthly WPLLA meeting on Monday, 10/28. This month, Pepper Hamilton has graciously offered to host and Lexis will provide a catered lunch.  
News from the Law Library of Congress Chatbot A brief article from In Custodia Legis discusses the Law Library of Congress Chatbot. Talk to it through Facebook Messenger, and watch it answer your questions in real time. Recent revisions have “. . . substantially improved” the user experience!  
  WPLLA President Rita Young asked reviewed an issue on a Council Chair discussion board and asked: “Should we as a chapter sign on to the amicus brief for the above-captioned case? (ASSUMING it is not too late).” The docket to the case can be found here. Oral argument is Dec. 2, 2019. Please contact Rita or reply to the distribution list with your thoughts.  
  WPLLA Member Linda Tashbook sent an alumni survey for graduates of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science. If you hold a degree from this institution, please take the survey here.  
BYU Law creates language database to help interpret Constitution The Daily Universe and beSpacific discuss BYU Law’s Constitutional language and terminology database: Corpus of Founding Era American English (“COFEA”). It helps individuals understand how a certain word or phrase was used in context after computer programs analyzed hundreds of millions of pieces of text from the era.  
A Checklist and Process to Create Daily Success at Work Government Executive contemplates fifteen different checklist questions and/or tasks to help guide you through a calming, genuine, productive workday.  
Is There a Better Way to Have an Argument? Published by Greater Good Magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, Caroline Hopper and Laura Tavares identify “. . . five principles for more constructive and respectful disagreements.” They include “pay attention to context” and “be open to transformation.” Each one is a thoughtful proposal much-needed in our current climate.  
  WPLLA Member Linda Tashbook sent a brief email urging members to attend the October meeting at Pepper Hamilton. By the time you read this on the website, the date will have come and gone. But if you’d like info on Lexis Advance, please reach out to the distribution list and someone will happily fill you in! Brittany Miller, the new Pittsburgh Lexis rep, also attended.  
Congressional Access to Information in an Impeachment Investigation In a CRS Report posted by the Library of Congress, and picked up by beSpacific, experts review congressional committee investigations during an impeachment proceeding.  


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September Link Roundup

U.S. Government Information: Weekly Roundup Editors of this particular LibGuide anticipate weekly updates on the activities of the U.S. federal government, particularly reports and activities. There will be “. . . links to important, news-worthy, or interesting material published during the previous week.”  
The Constitution Annotated Is Now Easier to Search and Browse The latest version of The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (AKA the Constitution Annotated) is available as of September 17, 2019. Created by the Congressional Research Service for the U.S. Senate, the document makes the Constitution “. . . available to all Americans, regardless of their background in law.”  
The Law Prof Twittersphere 2019 In an artful infographic developed by Ryan Whalen for his eponymous website, the connections between law professors’ Twitter accounts is now available in visual format. Whalen identified several data sets, including: law profs by total followers, number of other law profs following, and schools based on the number of law prof follower sums.  
Research Tools: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Officially Launches New IP Portal Taken from a WIPO press release: “WIPO has launched its new IP Portal, a one-stop shop to the Organization’s full range of online intellectual property (IP) services. For users of WIPO’s IP services for patents, trademarks and industrial designs, the IP Portal will provide greater consistency in how they interact with WIPO, while maintaining the underlying business processes.”  
GPO Produces US Code with new XML based publishing technology The U.S. Government Publishing Office will publish the 2018 edition of the U.S. Code through XPub, “. . . the agency’s new digital technology for XML-based publishing.” XPub allows for new functionality, including the ability to “[a]ccept content in any form, including XML sources, as well as digital file formats and hard copy manuscript pages” and “[p]roduce PDF files and digital products that are Section 508-compliant, meaning they are accessible to people with disabilities.”  
How an Impeachment Process Inquiry Works beSpacific provided links with historical, political, policy, and legal information on impeachment process inquiries.