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This blog provides a space for conversations about articles and ideas found in AALL Spectrum, the monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries. The previous blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
6/20/2012 2:53:50 PM

Legal History & Rare Books SIS Newsletter Highlights

The current LHRB newsletter has several interesting articles.   Mark Podvia has written about Frederick Douglas' three visits to Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  There is also a profile of 2012 AALL Hall of Fame Inductee Erwin C. Surrency.  LHRB members offer reviews of Natural Law and the Laws of Nature in Early Modern Europe: Jurisprudence, Theology, Moral and Natural Philosophy (Ashgate 2008), Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press 2008), and The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I (Liberty Fund 2009).

Posted By Sara Sampson at 6/20/2012 2:53:50 PM  0 Comments
6/20/2012 12:11:40 PM

Highlights from the HALL Newsletter, June/July 2012 and the Southeastern Law Librarian, Spring 2012

The June/July issue of the HALL Newsletter the publication of the Houston Area Law Librarians, has recently been published. In addition to notices relating to new officers, the newsletter has a small feature on the resources and services at the Montgomery County Law Library.

The Spring 2012 issue of the Southeastern Law Librarian, the publication of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Libraries, has also recently been published. One notable article examines the Legal Issue Trail feature of Lexis Advance, a tool for finding cases that cite a specific passage from a precedential opinion. The author tested the tool by looking closely at the legal issue trail of a quote by Judge Posner. For this particular example, the tool did not appear to give relevant results that could have been found through other techniques, and some of the results were irrelevant. Librarians should test out new databases and tools and report their results to vendors and librarians so that vendors can improve their products and librarians can deepen their understanding of the research tools we use.


Another interesting article discussed the importance of government documents education for law librarians. Indeed, much of the materials law librarians work with are created by governmental entities. These documents can be found in both official and unofficial sources and with a wide variety of research features. Law librarians can draw on their government information knowledge to assist students and public patrons with making sense of these sometimes unfamiliar sources.

Posted By Benjamin Keele at 6/20/2012 12:11:40 PM  0 Comments
6/19/2012 8:05:35 AM

Grant Opportunity - Civil War 150: Exploring the War and its Meaning through the words of Those who Lived it

Below is a press release that presents an outreach opportunity.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with The Library of America, is now accepting applications from libraries and National Park historic sites for grants to develop public programming around the free traveling panel exhibition Civil War 150.
 
Fifty sites selected by competitive application to host the Civil War 150 exhibition will each be awarded a grant of $1,000 to plan accompanying public programming. Additional grants in the amount of $500 will be awarded to 150 libraries throughout the country to provide the public programming component of this project. All those who submit an application for the $1,000 grant will automatically be considered the $500 grant opportunity. The exhibition is available for three-week periods from October 2012 to March 2015. Hosting sites will also receive supporting interpretive and contextual materials, including Civil War 150 readers (discussion guides) and access to a multimedia website with robust digital resources. Public, academic, and special libraries as well as National Park historic sites are invited to submit applications for the public programming grants and exhibition.
 
The exhibition is part of Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, a major three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is centered on the four-volume Library of America series The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It and includes a collection of readers (discussion guides) drawn from the series. Each reader presents a theme with selections drawn from The Civil War volumes, such as “Expectation of War,” “The War at Home,” “From Slavery to Freedom,” and “Civil War Writing as Literature.”
 
Libraries that wish to apply for a grant should go to http://www.gilderlehrman.org/civilwar150grant to download an application form or contact Susan Saidenberg at saidenberg@gilderlehrman.org.
About The Library of America
The Library of America is an award-winning nonprofit publisher dedicated to preserving America’s best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. www.loa.org <http://www.loa.org>
  

-Mark

Posted By Mark Estes at 6/19/2012 8:05:35 AM  0 Comments