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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 Ann Unger asked about document/article delivery retrieval services, including those that are no longer active.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