Monthly Archives: March 2010

Fun Friday: Dewey Decimal Rap


So I’m an LOC girl, and I know that law libraries don’t actually use the Dewey Decimal system to organize books. Which makes sense seeing as how they’d all fall under the same number set.

…but this is still hysterical. And really catchy.

Social Media Reading List

It feels very meta to talk about social media on a blog; I’m enjoying it.

Richard James from the State Library at Delaware took this list from Windmill Networking, and made a “Have-You-Read-It” Reading List through the library page, here.

Mainly, the thing that I find the most awesome about this is that the technology in library catalogs has advanced to the point where not only is a patron capable of finding a book, but they’re capable of sharing that experience with others.

Power stuff, my friends, powerful stuff.

ARL to Co-Sponsor Discussion and Webcast on Open Government

We’ve previously mentioned the Open Government movement– researchers and librarians pushing for free access to federal documents. On the 19th of March, the Association of Research Libraries will co-host an in-person conference and live webinar about the fight for Open Government, in conjunction with

Where: Center for American Progress in Washington DC.
When: Friday, March 19, 2010, noon–2:00 p.m. EDT
Program will also be available as a live webcast.

Press release here.

This Book is Overdue

There’s been a lot of press recently about “This Book is OverDue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All,” Marilyn Johnson’s new book about the importance of librarians in an information-overloaded world.

The first reviews of the title have come out, and now you can read an exerpt of the book on both NPR and the Harper Collins website.

You can also check out the New York Times review of the title here.


There’s a great review of on 3 Geeks and Law Blog site.

Mint is a free software run by the same people who run TurboTax. It links to your bank accounts, credit cards, etc. and helps you manage your budgets on a monthly and yearly basis.

While it’s intended for personal use, it would also make a great budgeting tool for libraries. You can see in one easy to navigate location how much you’ve spent with any one merchant, on any one type of expense, and monitor spending on all of the library’s accounts and cards. It provides charts, email notifications when you’re reaching an allocated budget, and projected savings/spending over a time period.

You can read the review on 3 Geeks and Law Blog here, or check out the website for yourself here.

Law Librarian Conversations Podcast

The Law Librarian Conversations Podcast Series is available on a brand new website. They’ve got some great stuff coming up this month:

There are already some interesting programs planned for March. On the first Friday of March, regular panelist on the podcast and Executive Director of LIPA, Margie Maes will discuss some news from the world of preservation. On March 19th Roberta Schaeffer, Law Librarian of Congress will join us to share with us her vision about our nation’s law library. Programs on digital privacy, open access and authentication are planned for the spring.

Take a minute to go and listen to a great conversation, here. Interview

Radio Berkman did an interview recently with Carl Malamud, who is working with the group to put the law and legal documents in the public domain. According to the blurb:

If you think this is a small issue – note that Americans spend some $10 billion a year just to access legal documents, everything from local building codes to Supreme Court records. The Executive Branch alone pays $50 million to access district court records. Some cash-strapped law schools ration students’ access to per-page charging services for legal records. And journalists, non-profits, and average citizens interested in legal research are feeling just as nickeled-and-dimed by fees.

You can download the podcast here.

Free E-Book Time

It’s that wonderful time of the month again– the time when University of Chicago posts a free e-book for download and enjoyment. This month’s offering:

Ted Cohen
Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters
112 pages, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 © 1999
E-book Free! See form below (about e-books)
ISBN: 9780226112329
Cloth $15.00
ISBN: 9780226112305 Published October 1999
Paper $11.00
ISBN: 9780226112312 Published May 2001

“A lucid and jargon-free study…replete with killer jokes.”—Kevin McCardle, The Herald (Glasgow)
“Tells us many remarkable things about intimacy, about explanation, understanding and belief, about Jews and, more or less inadvertently, about philosophers.”—Adam Phillips,London Review of Books

You can download the e-book here.