|A Quarterly publication of the South Florida Association of Law
Spring 2001 SFALL
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We have scheduled the next SFALL luncheon for March 22, 2001. We will
meet at Greenberg Traurig in Miami. At this luncheon, the British Library team
will be presenting topics covering English legal
resources, foreign patent resources, and The British Library's
collections. This will give you the opportunity to take advantage of free
access to one of The British Library's leading web services. The British Library
has the best collection of accessible information in the world. It is used
everyday by librarians, researchers, and business professionals in business and
industry. The product is known as inside
inside web provides access to the entire
British Library database of 250,000 indexed journal titles. 20,000 of the most
current journals are further indexed at article title level and 100,000
conference proceedings at paper level. With daily updates, inside
web provides a comprehensive,
multi-disciplinary source for the information manager.
inside web combines current awareness and
alerting tools with the significant document delivery services of The British
Please plan to attend.
Please read the full invitation to this
SFALL event here.
April 18 - 21, 2001
In April 2001, SEAALL and SWALL members will gather in Atlanta, GA for a
joint annual meeting, Southeast Meets Southwest: Librarians’ Odyssey.
Pre-program offerings include a Lexis Mini-TRIALL and an Institute, led by Tory
Trotta, devoted to integrating and managing print and electronic collections.
Program topics include Working Relationships Between Library and Technology
Professionals, Managing People, Nuts and Bolts of Delegation, Grantsmanship, and
Public Records. For more details, check out SEAALL’s Internet site at http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/seaall/2001.shtml.
Guide to United Nations Information In the NSU Law Library
Rhonda Gold, Reference Librarian/International & U.N.
Nova Southeastern University
Nova Southeastern University Law Library and Technology Center has been a
depository library for official documents of the United Nations since 1977 and
is the only United Nations depository in South Florida. As a full United Nations
depository, NSU Law receives Official Records of the main organs of the United
Nations, selected periodicals and the United Nations Treaty Series. The
depository program does not include materials from the specialized agencies
within the United Nations system (e.g. FAO, WTO, ILO, WHO, UNICEF and UNESCO).
United Nations materials are located on the northwest side of the first floor of
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GET ON BOARD - LEGALENGINE.COM
Carol Yecies, Information Services Manager/Collection
Nova Southeastern University
When our law students aren't busy studying, winning
Moot Court championships, or doing wonderful pro bono/volunteer work, they fill
their "empty" hours with other experiences, such as building an
incredible Internet site. Two of our students, Hugh Hedley, a May 2000 graduate,
and Barry Goodman, a December 2000 graduate, have created LegalEngine.com,
an Internet metasite and search engine.
is a huge, icon-driven metasite of the best legal research, law related sites,
and search engines on the Internet. The focus is on law, law-related topics,
education, and reference at the college level and above. It was built to serve
multiple markets, including lawyers, college and law students, professors and
the general public.
Since it appeared, LegalEngine.com has
been garnering awards. It was named by PhillyLawyer.com
as the "site of the week" (March 26, 2000), selected by USA
Today as a "Hot Site" (April 11, 2000),
recognized by the Scout Report, a
weekly current awareness publication that highlights new and newly discovered
Internet resources (March 31, 2000), and demonstrated at CALI (June 2000).
The home page of LegalEngine.com
is uniquely designed with point and click icon graphics. These icons are
navigational tools, relying on pictorial suggestions, using American symbols
mostly relating to the law or history, such as the scales of justice, Statue of
Liberty, Congress, and various maps to link to the major categories of
information. Many of these icons are also used to lead to detailed sub-sites or
clickable maps that make all federal, state, city and county, international, and uniforms laws easy to locate quickly.
Another key feature of the home page is a left side
pull-down menu. The topics in this menu act either as a support system for the
icon groupings and/or a separate information source. Topics range from a general
education section to a reference section, including the Blue Book
online. There are also specialty sub-sites such as those for cyberlaw,
environmental law, and intellectual property law.
Resources aimed at students include links to CALI
exercises, outline banks, other law schools, famous cases, and audio and video
of key cases with the transcripts and briefs. Students and practitioners will
find useful links to state and federal statutes, court rules, and cases.
Specialized materials include, but are certainly not limited to, international
law, the U.S. Patent Database, the UCC online, online legal forms, and available
U.S. law school online libraries and catalogues. LegalEngine.com
has an online law journal called LegalEngine Journal which includes a
section for students' submissions for publication in a student online journal.
The site also has the capability to publish all online law journals in any
language and hyperlinked pathfinders, including multi-media, audio, and/or video
along with text.
Not content to rest on their laurels, Barry and Hugh
continue to work on the site, adding links and material. They are planning to
expand the sub-section areas to include Scientific Evidence and Real Estate
platforms. So don't be left at the station; hop on board LegalEngine.com
and ride on into this electronic ecosystem!
Information for the Newsletter
Sfall Newsletter is the official publication of the South Florida Law
Librarians Association. It is published quarterly and distributed free to all
Sfall members. Editorial comments or submissions should be sent to:
Lisa Smith-Butler, Associate Law Library Director
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center
Law Library & Technology Center
3305 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314