Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association

A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.


Leave a comment

April Link Roundup

All Microsoft’s PowerToys for Windows 10, ExplainedPowerToys is an “. . . open-source project [that] adds many powerful features to Windows.” This How-To Geek post explains how to download PowerToys from GitHub and then try out the different features and settings you find interesting. Best of all, it’s free and open-source!  
The Law Library of Congress and GPO Collaborate on Cataloging Historical Legal ReportsThe Federal Depository Library Program (“FDLP”) proudly announces a new “. . . multi-year project to catalog thousands of digitized and born-digital historical legal reports.” Per the announcement, “[t]he Law Library of Congress is digitizing the reports, and GPO’s Library Technical Services (LTS) is cataloging the reports that will be made available online.” The selected reports focus on foreign, comparative, and international law issues.  
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.  
 WPLLA President Rita Young sent an encouraging email about applying for a grant to attend the Summit (Transformation 2020: Instrumental Tools for the Future) and/or the Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL). Although the deadline was 04/30, Rita graduated from the CONELL program and thought highly of it. Maybe something to think about for 2021?  
 Another grant opportunity for WPLLA Members! From President Rita Young:
This year for AALL we are eligible for one member to have a complimentary registration
The grant offers one Annual Meeting complimentary registration for the person the Chapter selects (this does not include housing, travel, or any related expenses).
If you are interested in being awarded this grant, please write a one-page letter of interest and reason for being chosen to the WPLLA Board (c/o Rita Young, rita.young@klgates.com)
On or before May 25, 2020 at 5 pm. The announcement of the winner will be made at our virtual closing banquet.
Best wishes to all who are interested.  
 Immediate Past President Melanie Cline invited all WPLLA members to vote for the openings in the 2020-2021 Board (Vice President / President Elect; Secretary; Board Member). Deadline May 1.  
How To Manage Your Career Through The Coronavirus Crisis: 6 Ways To Thrive When Nothing Is CertainIn an article for Forbes, author Tracy Bower suggests that, even in the face of all the current uncertainty and adversity, this might be an excellent time to “. . . build your career or find new opportunities.” Try finding ways to innovate and remaining flexible.  
Libraries Brace for Budget CutsBecause library budgets were deeply strained by the 2008 recession, it’s likely to happen again during this economic crisis (even if they never recovered to pre-2008 levels). This article suggests areas where libraries might be forced to cut back.  
 A reminder from Melanie Cline to vote in the WPLLA election. Open positions for the 2020-2021 Board include Vice President / President Elect; Secretary; and Board Member. Deadline May 1.  
How to Use Your iPhone as a Webcam: A Step-by-Step GuideClick through this beSpacific post to learn how to use specific apps to hack your iPhone as a webcam.  
Working from home and need a scanner? There’s a free one built into your iPhone.  Well, what do you know? When Apple released iOS 11 in 2017, it included a scanner in the Notes app!
Microsoft Word now flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debateAnd so, it has been decreed! Two spaces are now flagged as an error on Microsoft Word. (Two space aficionados can ignore the suggestion or turn it off permanently.)  
 Simple and succinct from Joel Fishman: “Supreme Court rules against GA!”
Chief Justice Roberts writes, “The Copyright Act grants potent, decades-long monopoly
protection for ‘original works of authorship.’ 17 U. S. C. §102(a). The question in this case is whether that protection extends to the annotations contained in Georgia’s official annotated code. We hold that it does not.”
(Please see Joel’s email for the full Opinion.)  
 President Rita Young announced in an email:
As you may be aware, AALL has cancelled the in-person conference in July.
Also please see the attached about the AALL Grant status.
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Note: the AALL Grant status updates include info that WPLLA’s VIP guests can be comped to the virtual program.