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February Link Roundup

  Info from current WPLLA Vice President about the upcoming 02/18/2019 Brown Bag lunch, featuring info on Dorothy, “. . . an Artificial Intelligence searching platform which simplifies Patent searching.”


  Karen Shephard sent out a lovely, thoughtful email to the entire WPLLA distribution list, informing members that Rita Young recently published a thought-provoking article, AI & the Practice of Law at the Crossroads: Where Are We Going?, on Evolve the Law (ATL’s Legal Innovation Center). Let’s all raise our glass and cheer Rita’s interesting and timely publication!


12 Ways Marketing & Business Development Can Leverage Library & Knowledge Management Teams With an endorsement from WPLLA member Cindy Cicco (“. . . a great library marketing piece if you haven’t already seen it”), On Firmer Ground reposted an article detailing meaningful ways for firms (and their marketing/business development teams) to leverage the knowledge and skills of their library professionals. Suggestions include assistance with copyright compliance and client communication support.


Dark Law: Published Michigan Precedents on Protection Orders Missing from Westlaw The Volokh Conspiracy blog brings an important freedom of speech issue to our collective attention: Westlaw deliberately neglects posting precedential case law from Michigan pertaining to First Amendment issues and personal protection orders. For more information, including a detailed analysis of labyrinthine statutory interpretation, please read the post in full!


NEW DATABASE: GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions HeinOnline recently announced its first new database of 2019: GAO Reports and Comptroller General Decisions. Free for subscribers, it includes more than 47,000 titles and nearly two million pages of “. . . reports on audits, surveys, investigations, and evaluations of federal programs conducted by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO).” All published reports, testimonies, correspondence, and special publications are included (except for restricted or classified documents). Also, “GAO Comptroller General Decisions contain decisions and opinions issued by the Comptroller General in areas of federal law such as appropriations, bid protests, and federal agency rulemaking.”


SCOTUSblog is partnering with Casetext SCOTUSblog is “. . . partnering with Casetext to help [its] readers access the court opinions, statutes and other primary legal content” cited in SCOTUSblog posts. SCOTUSblog positively notes that CaseText makes “. . . many court opinions free to the public, aligning their business instead around developing new and groundbreaking technology to help lawyers provide faster, better service for clients.”



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January Link Roundup

A Comprehensive Guide to the Entertainment Industry Michael C. Donaldson gives an A+ in his review of Entertainment Law: Fundamentals and Practice, a 400-some-odd page textbook by Corey Field of “. . . the most common questions you might have regarding the entertainment industry.” Field distills a complex area of law into “. . . a comprehensive and practical guide.” Click through to read the entire glowing review, published in the 01/01/2019 edition of the LA Review of Books.


After heartbreak, Evansville’s public law library writing next chapter A short, heartwarming story of a community that came together to save a local law library after the sole law librarian passed away. Read this when you need a little something to cheer you up.


The Most Popular Dewey B Strategic Posts of 2018 The Top 20 blog posts on Dewey B Strategic from 2018 include headlines like “Surprise -Your Expert Witness Has a Rapsheet – New Survey Examines the Sorry State of Expert Research Workflow in Law Firms” and “The Law Librarians Revolt: AALL Accuses LexisNexis of Engaging in Unfair Business Practices – Possible Antitrust Violations.” The links from this post highlight some of the buzziest legal research news from the past year.


Law Library of Congress FY2018 Annual Report The Law Library of Congress FY2018 Annual Report is available for download at this link, and provides data on “. . . collections, resources, and expertise, and how [it] serve[s] and engage[s] with a wide range of users.”


15 Bad Work Habits I’m Ditching This Year (and You Should, Too!) Need a work-related New Year’s Resolution to accompany your personal one? Check out this article for suggestions of bad habits to break in 2019!


My Year of Citation Studies, Parts 1-4 The author of the linked article, My Year of Citation Studies, Parts 1-4, researched “. . . different tools for tracking citations—HeinOnline, Shepard’s, KeyCite, and Web of Science.”
New Online: Congressional Web Archive Adds Content A new update to the United States Congressional Web Archive “. . . includes content for the 113th and 114th Congresses” as well as newly added subject facets for the 105th and 106th Congresses.


New Out-of-Copyright Works and Where to Find Them beSpacific links to a Fortune magazine article, as well as five additional sites (like Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain and Google Books), listing works newly released from copyright or offering those works for download.


Weekly Legal Education Roundup: Best Legal Education Articles Of 2018 Scott Fruehwald’s annual list of Best Legal Education articles for the TaxProf Blog includes titles like Silencing Discipline in Legal Education and The Uneasy History of Experiential Education in U.S. Law Schools. Each article is linked – so if you need a few longer reads to check out over a lunch break or before you drift off to sleep, click through!


7 Free Web Annotation and Markup Tools You Should Know Linked by beSpacific to a Hongkiat blog post, these seven collaborative tools “. . . help you to comment, discuss and collaborate right on web pages or screenshots or PDFs.”


  WPLLA President Melanie Cline reminds members to submit a nomination for the AALL Emerging Leader Award by the February 1, 2019 deadline.


How to redact a PDF and protect your clients The failure to redact confidential documents can lead to embarrassing details made public (not to mention greater legal headaches in the long run). The ABA Journal details various methods to redact PDFs.


  WPLLA President Melanie Cline sent an email out to all members encouraging them to submit a nomination for the New Kid on the AALL Awards Block before the February 1, 2019 deadline.


  In a “Save the Date” sent by WPLLA Vice President Rita Young, a program on the new STACKS platform for EBSCO is slated for March 21, 2019.


  Information on additional upcoming programs from WPLLA Vice President Rita Young:
Meet Dorothy, a patent searching platform (February 19, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm);
EBSCO team and the new STACKS platform (March 21, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm);
Lexis Advance updates (April 2, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm); and
Gavelytics presentation (April 25, 2019 from 12:00-1:00pm).



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EVENT: STACKS platform for EBSCO

Our very own Krista Ford, along with

•       Kristin Delwo, President & CEO of Stacks

•       Leif Johnson, EBSCO Sales Executive

Will present and demonstrate the new STACKS platform for EBSCO. Krista designed her firm’s  library Knowledge Management tool in STACKS and I found it to be a very effective solution for aggregating the firm’s knowledge tools into a central platform.

WHERE: This to be hosted at Pepper Hamilton 501 Grant Street–the Union Trust Building– and EBSCO has graciously agreed to provide lunch.

(Present to the Guard on the main floor who will key you up to Pepper Hamilton’s offices)

WHEN: March 21, 2019 noon – 1:30

PLEASE RSVP with Cindy Cicco so our vendor knows how many lunches and also if you have any food restrictions.

Thanks for your interest and continued participation in this event!