Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association

A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.


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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.