Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association

A chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.


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AALL Emerging Leader Nominations

AALL is now accepting nominations for the Emerging Leader Award. This award recognizes newer members who have made significant contributions to the profession and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing excellence.

Selection criteria include:
· The nominee must be a member in good standing of AALL
· The nominee must be in his/her first 10 years of law library experience
· The nominee must not have previously received an Emerging Leader Award
· The nominee must have made a significant contribution to the Association and/or the profession.
· The nominee must have shown outstanding promise for continuing service and leadership. Specific examples of his/her continuing activities must be provided.

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

The nomination deadline is February 1. Letters of recommendation can take some time to gather and holidays are approaching, so we encourage you to begin the process as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline.

More details on the award, including a link to the Nomination Form, can be found here: Emerging Leader Award


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July Link Roundup

Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too In an interview with Madhava Enros, the senior director of Firefox UX, and Peter Dolanjski, a product manager for Firefox, the two explain how Mozilla’s browser builds privacy into its architecture.

 

Bringing Harassment Out of the History Books Anne Ford, in a long form article posted on the American Libraries Magazine website, “address[es] the troubling aspects of Melvil Dewey’s legacy.” Ford’s research highlights troubling aspects of Dewey’s career and personality, calling it “tainted” by sexism and racism.

 

5 Tools to Help You Search the Archived Internet As Adam Rowe of Tech.Co noted, “keeping the internet a stable and reliable network isn’t all about data security – it’s also about data preservation.” This article reviews five websites, apps, and tools to help “preserve, protect, or search through your online footprint.”

 

What got breached this week? The List Keeps On Growing A beSpacific post links to a weekly cybersecurity column detailing corporate, social media, government, academic, e-commerce, and health care breaches.

 

Casetext Survey Finds ‘Shocking’ Level of Missing Relevant Cases in US Courts Artificial Lawyer (an AI and Legal Automation news and opinion blog), in conjunction with Casetext, found that ” that 83% of US judges and their clerks find that lawyers’ briefs are missing relevant cases that could impact the trial ‘at least some of the time’.” Click through the link to learn more statistics and info.

 

Librarians: Embrace the Career Revolution! Following the recent British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (“BIALL”) Conference, attendees have decided to continue discussing its theme: “Designing our Future.” Because people should now plan for “plan for five careers in a lifetime,” this post discusses changes to the law librarian profession and things you can do to keep succeeding (or pivot).

 

Best web browsers 2018: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera go head-to-head PCWorld reviewed various web browsers to make sure you’re using “the best tool for the job,” Read this post to find out if you should be using Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.

 

Breaking News: Practicing Law Institute and Fastcase Alliance Adds Case Law Links to PLI Plus Platform Starting in July 2018, the PLI Plus platform user will have access to all United States federal and state case law citations; they will be linked to Fastcase documents as the result of a new alliance between the Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and Fastcase.

 

 


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Library Postcards Collection @ the ALA Archives

The Sjoerd Koopman Library Postcard Collection at the University of Illinois’ ALA Archives Collection includes pictorial and photographic postcards of libraries throughout the United States and Europe. Subjects include public libraries, private libraries, academic libraries, library interiors, reading rooms, and bookmobiles. Carnegie Library Postcard

Currently, the collection contains 30 Pennsylvania libraries.

Check out our Carnegie Library circa 1910. Too bad they missed the ‘h’ in Pittsburgh!

Thanks to Sjoerd Koopman for letting us know about this fantastic collection!

 


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Save the Date: 40th Anniversary Banquet 5/10/18

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COME CELEBRATE WITH US!

40th Anniversary – Western Pennsylvania Law Libraries Association

What: WPLLA history, member reminiscences, trivia contest, and music by Anthony Cicco

When: Thursday May 10th – 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm

Where: University Club Gold Room, 123 University Place (Oakland)

How much: $20 (includes Taste of Tuscany Dinner Buffet) – payment accepted at the door

Please RSVP to: Melanie Cline

 

 

 

 

 


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Roundtable on Technology – Thursday 3/22/18

Please join us for a roundtable where we will discuss technology for libraries and law firms.

Are there resources that you love and want to talk about?  Are there products you have just started using or want to try and want advice from others?  Are there technologies you wish existed?

Email MelaniedotCline at bipc to RSVP.

Let Melanie know if you have specific questions you would like to see addressed or if you would like to speak about your favorite technology.

Where: K&L Gates, 210 Sixth Avenue
When: Thursday March 22nd from 12-1 pm – BRING YOUR LUNCH!