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June Link Roundup

The benefits of 21st-century word processing tools for lawyers As author Nicole Black emphatically states, “[l]awyers create documents—a lot of them.” Read through this post for a curated list of updated, contemporary word processing software.  
  Rita Young forwarded an invite from Thomson Reuters: for those attending AALL, check out the Customer Appreciation Event on Monday, July 15th from 7:00-9:30pm at the Library of Congress. Click here to register.  
Congress.gov New, Tip and Top for May 2019, Part 2 A full list of enhancements to Congress.gov is available through links on this beSpacific blog post.  
Why Word’s Word Count is unreliable In a video post to the Legal Office Guru, the author discusses ways to better understand and utilize Microsoft Word’s Word Count feature.  
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Law Journal Library Now Holds More Than 2,700 Journals!   HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library now “. . . contains more than 2,700 journals, 64,000 volumes, and 36 million pages.” Impressive!  
NEW EDITION: BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY   The 11th edition of Black’s Law Dictionary is out and available for purchase!
Law Students Press SCOTUS to Make Legal Tools Free Nationwide As Marcia Coyle details in her article for The National Law Journal “[m]ore than 100 law students, along with nearly 100 solo and small-firm practitioners and legal educators” have sent petitions and signatures to SCOTUS in an effort to “. . . to eliminate copyright protection for state annotated codes of law and certain other state and local legal materials.”  
The Beginner’s Guide to Google Docs A How-to-Geek article cross-posted to beSpacific provides some tips, tricks, and details on how to start rocking and rolling with Google Docs.  
  In an email forwarded by WPLLA member Amy Lovell, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association will host its annual meeting on Sunday, 10/06/2019 in Durham, NC. Keynote speakers include Dr. William Bynum (Assistant Professor in Community and Family Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine) with a discussion on “. . . recovering from mistakes and dealing with shame” and Sara Garrington (Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager) with a talk on “. . . resiliency and recovery following disasters.”  
6 Windows Apps That Automatically Organize Files for You   This articles reviews different file organizer apps and extensions (for multiple file types); helpful for users of Windows 10.
Law Libraries Embracing AI Abstract of a forthcoming paper to be published by the University of Utah College of Law regarding artificial intelligence and law libraries.  
  Joel Fishman forwarded an email informing members that “Creative Commons Officially Launches a Search Engine That Indexes 300+ Million Public Domain Images.”  
Justices to Decide if States Can Copyright Laws Linked from Courthouse News Service by beSpacific, the U.S. Supreme Court will determine whether states have the right to copyright their own annotated codes, “. . . after an appeals court panel ruled Georgia could not.”