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March Link Roundup

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Hein Has Acquired the Current Index to Legal Periodicals!HeinOnline “. . . acquired the rights to the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library’s Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP).”  
Why law librarians are so important in a data-driven worldFemi Cadmus at OUPBlog pens a contemplative post about the “. . . dynamic role of law librarians,” especially given the ways innovation and entrepreneurship have permeated the field.  
 Debra Pfeifer emailed an announcement for the March 2020 Monthly Meeting on March 26 at noon at Buchanan Ingersoll.  
Citation Data Gets RicherAs reported by the Free Law Project, “. . . CourtListener is now calculating and making available a much richer metric of inter-opinion connectedness” (AKA citation data). It now includes a metric for “. . . citation depth to indicate how many times every opinion cites another.”  
8 great free web tools you didn’t know you neededEight helpful sites that can help you organize, streamline, and send! (For what it’s worth, this author uses #8 on the list, Hemingway, all the time. Eliminate passive voice!)  
ABA TECHSHOW 2017: 60 tips in 60 minutesSixty slides for technology-oriented “lifehacks” – info everyone should know, especially librarians interested in efficiency!  
About this CollectionThe Library of Congress provides an online, “. . . historical collections of the Code of Federal Regulations dating from 1938 – 1995.”  
 An announcement from WPLLA Member Linda Tashbook:
The Barco Law Library at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law will be closed from Friday March 13 through Monday March 16.
From Tuesday March 17 through Friday March 20, we will be open from 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. for Pitt faculty, staff, and students only.
The Barco Law Library will not be available for in-person service to the public until further notice.  
 An announcement from WPLLA Member Lori Hagen informed those on the email list that certain CLEs were cancelled at the request of the instructors. Updates to the Allegheny County Law Library’s hours, CLEs, available services are posted to acllib.org.  
 An announcement from WPLLA VP Debra Pfeifer:
In light of the uncertainty and the rapidly evolving situation around the COVID-19 virus we are canceling the Thursday, March 26th meeting but hope to reschedule for April. Thank you for all the RSVPs and interest in the topic.  Our speaker has indicated that she is would like to present when the meeting is rescheduled.  
Fastcase and American Bar Association Announce Library of Leading Section Titles Now AvailableA PR announcement from fastcase proudly states that “. . . select titles from the ABA’s leading sections are now available in the Fastcase legal research platform.” These 87 titles are available by à la carte annual subscriptions, and updates will be free and unlimited as they become available.  
 A proud announcement from longtime WPLLA Member (and prolific author) Joel Fishman:
HeinOnline presents a new volume in Legal Research Guides
Judicial Ethics and Discipline: A Legal Research Guide
Legal Research Guides Series, Volume 80
By: Joel Fishman
Check out the Table of Contents or buy a copy!
CONGRATULATIONS, JOEL!  
Coronavirus: How to protect your mental healthThe unrelenting COVID-19 news is “. . . taking its toll on people’s mental health, particularly those already living with conditions like anxiety and OCD.” Actions like curating the type and amount of news you consume, or forging human connections where and when you can, are helpful. Please, read this article for more.  
The History of the URLPosted to beSpacific from Cloudflare Blog, colorful details on the history of the URL! (The title really does say it all!)  
CRS – National Emergency PowersLinking from EveryCRSReport, beSpacific offers information on the Executive Branch’s authority under emergency circumstances.  
Free Webinar Thursday: Business Sources from the Federal GovernmentA consultant from Georgetown University presents info on why “. . . Government Information is sometimes better than commercially-available business information.”  
USA: UCLA Law librarian crafts extensive guide on coronavirus and the lawA special thank you to Lynn McClelland of the UCLA School of Law, for so quickly and thoroughly putting together a catalogue of “. . . state and federal statutes, rules and orders related to COVID-19 for students, attorneys and academics.” See also Legal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  
Hospital Liability for Ventilator ShortagesPosted by The Volokh Conspiracy on Reason.com, author Michael Abramowicz asks, “If a hospital runs out of ventilators to treat its patients, will it be liable when patients die as a result?” The answer, like most legal questions, is more nuanced than you think.  
Update: Webinar on the 19th AmendmentAn invitation to join Colorado Law remotely on Friday, 04/03 from 8:30am-5:00pm MT, for the 28th Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Conference, “Women’s Enfranchisement: Beyond the 19th Amendment.” If by the time you’re reading this it’s too late to register, click the link for more info or to check out future events.  
Law Journal Library Reaches 2,800 Journals! (and 10 Other Things You Might Not Know)Congratulations to the Law Library Journal, which will turn 20 years old this May 2020! “At its launch, the resource contained just 25 law journals and approximately 250,000 pages.” It recently added ten new journals for a whopping total of “. . . 2,800 journals spanning more than 38 million pages and more than 100 topics.” Wow! Click the link for more tidbits!  

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