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Prior Issues: August '99, May '99
October SFALL Luncheon Meeting
Internet Subscriptions: What It Means for Collection Development.
||Tica Stanton, Collection Development Librarian at University
of Miami Law Library; Linda Fowlie, Director of Library Services at Akerman Senterfitt
& Eidson, P.A., and Bryan Miller, Regional Manager for Lexis Publishing.
||Thursday, October 28th
||Gunster Yoakley Valdes-Fauli & Stewart, P.A., One
Biscayne Tower, Suite 3400, 2 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
||Monica Wilson at 305-577-2954 by October 22nd
St. Thomas University
As the new academic year begins for law school librarians, and law firm
librarians have completed their summer associate programs, we at SFALL are gearing up for
an exciting year of activities.
On the agenda is a slate of programs and speakers which we hope will be of
interest to all our SFALL members. There is no better way to increase our professional
status and visibility in our respective organizations than to improve our skills through
continuing education. Our first program of the season, "Internet Subscriptions:
What It Means for Collection Development," will focus on the issues and concerns
in subscribing to electronic products from the perspectives of law firm libraries, law
school libraries and the publishing industry. Plans are also underway to provide all of
you with the opportunity to develop your web page skills at the "Web Page Design
Class" in the spring - stay tuned!
SFALL is also actively working on increasing its public presence by turning its
web site into a legal resource not only for SFALL members but for the legal community at
large. Any input or contributions you can make to this web project will be greatly
As part of this expanded outreach effort, SFALL will also be sponsoring a series
of legal research seminars aimed at the paralegal community. The first in the series, "Legal
Research on the Internet" is being coordinated by Terry Seale, Monica
Wilson, and Clare Membiela to be held sometime in the spring.
This newsletter contains a special bonus - a colorful bookmark to promote our
organization and to thank each of you for your participation in SFALL. And, to
recognize those individuals who make significant contributions to SFALL each year,
we will be presenting special achievement awards at our annual luncheon in June.
Hope to see all of you at our October program!
SFALL Board Meeting Minutes
August 12, 1999, 12:00 p.m.
Janet Reinke, Secretary
Board Members Present:
Denise Gibson, Terry Seale, Diane Altimari, Mary Barmmer, Janet Reinke
Denise Gibson asked for input from the Board on presenting
Achievement Awards to SFALL members who have been especially proactive in providing
services to SFALL. Denise mentioned that the AALL Executive Board is offering to provide a
letter of recognition for those Chapter volunteers whom we recommend - this letter would
be addressed to the volunteers employer. Board members agreed that this was a
worthwhile idea. Other ideas included providing a form of recognition in AALL Spectrum or
AALLNET publications, and providing members with plaques or other types of awards. Terry
Seale suggested Post-It notes, stating the distinction received. These could be seen in
the library and people would note the librarians achievement in the Post-It.
Issues regarding the lack of volunteerism were discussed. Denise mentioned that
most Chapters raised this issue at AALL because they are encountering the same problem,
especially during the last several years. The Chapter needs to ensure that members will be
provided with professional networking, that they will learn new skills, and that they will
have the opportunity for professional growth.
Website Management/Promotional Literature
Promoting SFALL through our website was next on the agenda. Denise distributed a
draft of SFALL bookmarks with its website URL and Chapter information as one method to
promote SFALL to the community at large and to potential new members. The SFALL sunshine
logo created by Alfred Holmes should be incorporated on all
correspondence (letterhead), flyers, etc. Metatags can be added to improve the
retrievability of our site, and Terry suggested that SFALLs educational programs for
library assistants and paralegals can also be posted to our site.
Other matters discussed: to ensure that the library newsletter in print and the
one on the web are consistent in design; to continue publishing the newsletter in print
and on the web until all members have joined our listserv and a group e-mail has been
formed; to provide useful content which would lead to increased traffic to our site.
(Terry suggested Amazon.com as a useful site; civil interest rates, etc); and whether
advertising on the web site is viable, and whether it would take away sponsors from the
Consensus from Board Members that SFALL needs an invoice for membership dues,
especially as this is a standard practice with AALL Chapters. Other issues raised were
whether to enforce the Bylaws September deadline; whether to use a postcard for
dues; and whether to have a form on the website. Diane Altimari will be
Denise announced that AALL has created a new program for Chapters - they will
send a program speaker to a chapter upon request. Denise has forwarded this information to
Monica Wilson, Chair of the Program Committee. Some Chapters offer annual retreats for
their members - possibly an idea for SFALL as well. Mary Barmmer suggested a theme or
purpose for the retreat.
Terry is looking into how SFALL can provide a series of legal research lesson
for paralegals in the Spring, modeled after the Atlanta Law Libraries Association Chapter.
Denise mentioned that we need several volunteers or an education subcommittee to really
help get this off the ground.
An accurate membership directory is imperative, especially if we are to create a
group e-mail list. Board members discussed ways to correct this problem.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m.
Links for Lawyers
Nova Southeastern University
As the Internet continues to grow and expand, there are more links of interest
and use to law students, lawyers, and law professors. One of the best known sites for law
professors is JURIST: The Law Professors Network @ http://www.jurist.law.pitt.edu. This site
provides worldwide legal news for lawyers, law professors, and law students. In addition
to JURIST USA hosted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, JURIST
has now established links with the international community. JURIST UK is hosted by
the Cambridge University Faculty of Law, while JURIST Canada is hosted by the
University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and JURIST Australia is hosted by the
Australian National University Faculty of Law.
JURIST provides the full text of articles containing the most recent U.S.
and world legal news. Additionally, there are hyper-text links to the full text of
decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal. There are also links to
decisions from the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Justice, and the
European Court of Human Rights. JURIST also provides discussion lists, articles,
book reviews, subject guides, course page lessons on the web, and law reviews online.
Several technology sites for lawyers also exist. Legal Technology Online
@ http://www.digital-lawyer.com/ assists
lawyers with information about technology. At this site, lawyers can obtain the tools to
design an Intranet, learn of CLE training sessions, discover a directory of technology
consultants by either specialty or region, and review legal software developed for and by
attorneys for the legal profession. The TechnoLawyer Community @ http://www.technolawyer.com/ provides opportunities
for lawyers to publish articles at its site while Law Lists Info @ http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/~llou/lawlists/info.html
provides an alphabetical list of legal electronic mailing lists to which law professors
and lawyers can subscribe.
Information about legal publishers providing CLE programs and materials is
available as well. PLI, ALI-ABA, and American Lawyer have Internet sites
with information about their products and services. PLI can be accessed @ http://www.pli.edu/; this site has links to PLI
programs, publications and web programs. ALI-ABA is available @ http://www.ali-aba.org/ and provides information about ALI-ABA
courses, publications, satellite broadcasts, and video and audio tapes. American Lawyer
is available at http://www.american-lawyer.com/
and provides information about its publications. It does not provide the full text of its
Lastly, information about professional legal organizations is available. Hieros
Gamos @ http://www.hg.org/ labels itself the
"comprehensive law and government portal." It provides links to international
legal organizations as well as guides to international law on a variety of topics. To
access U.S. legal organizations, visit the ABA @ http://www.abanet.org/
or AALS @ http://www.aals.org/. The Florida
Bar can be accessed @ http://www.flabar.org/ while
the Broward County Bar Association is available @ http://www.browardbar.org/. Clearly, the Internet
provides a wealth of information for the legal field.
Government Documents Are in A Class All By Themselves
Nova Southeastern University
Believe it or not, the Superintendent of Documents classification system is
designed to assist you in your research. William Leander Post, a Librarian in the
Government Printing Office, first described this system in 1903. He gave credit for the
system to Miss Adelaide R. Hasse. Miss Hasse used government organization authorship to
assign classification numbers to the Department of Agriculture publications in the Los
Angeles Public Library.
Since 1903, government has changed, departments have come and gone, but the
government document system of classification still applies very logically. The
Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification system groups together publications by
the same government author, known in cataloging terms as the corporate author. This
uniquely identifies, logically relates and physically arranges each publication so that
all publications of a single agency or department may be found together. Thus "A"
is for the Department of Agriculture and "JU" for the Judiciary. "X"
and "Y" are reserved for Congress, and "Z" has yet to be
Let us look at the Justice Department:
- J is the Justice Department
- J 1.14 is the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- J 16 is the Prisons Bureau
- J 21 is the Immigration and Naturalization Service
- J 23 is the Community Relations Service
- J 24 is the Drug Enforcement Administration
- J 25 is the Marshals Service
- J 26 is the Justice Assistance Bureau
- J 27 is the United States Parole Commission
- J 28 is the National Institute of Justice
- J 29 is the Justice Statistics Bureau
- J 31 is the Executive Office for the United States Attorneys
- J 32 is the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Office
- J 33 is the Office of Attorney Personnel Management
- J 34 is the Office for Victims of Crime
- J 35 is the Violence Against Women Office
The numeric after the alpha designation is a number assigned when the
sub-division came on board with the parent department. So at the moment the Violence
Against Women Office is the last Justice Department sub-division.
Then a period (. ) is introduced. Depending upon publications from the
major division, the following numbers represent the same types of publications even though
they are from different departments, i.e., (Letter) (Number) .1 is an Annual
Thus the Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States has a very
clear cut number and is instantly recognized for what it is because you now know the first
letter is the department, and the first number is an annual report:
Now I have to introduce you to a new element, the colon ( : ). Series
information, or volume numbering, or individual author numbers follow colons.
Years will look like this: J 1.1:1998. This is the annual report for 1998
from the Justice Department. For serial publications such as the "FBI Law Enforcement
Bulletin" the SuDoc number is:
J 1.14/8:22/11 which means it is the bulletin, vol. 22 no. 11. Another
type of serial publication would be J 26.15:G 23 which is from the Justice
Assistance Bureau, a Research Series and this one has the subject Guns and is the 23rd in
the G series. Once you know what you are looking at, the SuDoc classification system
appears very basic.
Agencies established by Acts of Congress, not specifically designated in the
Executive Branch of the Government nor acting as independent agencies, are all grouped
under the class Y 3.
To further distinguish the agency C.A. Cutters Two-Figure Author
Table is used to designate the first main word of the agency name, followed by a
colon. Thus for Consumer Product Safety Commission Y 3.C 76/3. In the case of
agency with the same initial names more slashes ( / ) and numbers are required for
"Federal Council on Aging" (Y 3.F 31/15:) and "Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation" (Y 3.F 31/8:).
Working committees such as Appropriations, Judiciary, etc., are grouped under Y
4. An author designation based on the name of the committee follows the period and is
followed by the colon. Thus the House Committee on Judiciary is Y 4.J 89/1: while
the Senate Committee is Y 4.J 89/2:
Serially numbered hearings and committee prints are numbered by the congress
following the colon. Thus the House Judiciary Committee Serial 13, 103rd Congress would be
Y 4.J 89/1:103/13.
All congressional bills, documents, and reports are on fiche in the area outside
room L109. Guides are in notebooks on top of the fiche cabinets.
PR represents the president, followed by the number corresponding to the
ordinal number of succession to the presidency, i.e. PR 42 equals Bill Clinton. Beginning
with the Kennedy administration the permanent class number PREX is assigned to the
Executive Office of the President. Prior to this, each election caused changes in class
The Federal Depository Library Program has been served well with this
classification system. For more detailed instruction consult: GPO Classification
Manual: A Practical Guide to the Superintendent of Documents Classification System (GP
3.29:P 88) and the Federal Depository Library Manual (GP 3.29:d
News Sources & Magazines on the Internet
Nova Southeastern University
This article will focus on general non-legal information-- specifically
newspapers and magazines. Some of these sources will resemble their print counterparts
while others will function more like Internet search engines.
Before taking a more detailed look at the URLs, a few words of caution.
Many of the links are maintained by private individuals who may or may not update their
sources; you may encounter error messages indicating that your chosen site cannot be
found. Expect to encounter advertising as well and be prepared to wade through a plethora
of colorful graphics and verbiage before reaching the heart of your information source.
Also check headlines, load, and update dates to determine the currency of your
The most difficult part of the search for news and magazines on the Internet is
the number of sources. A person could spend hours simply surfing through the lists of
links to news and information sources. Most of the major search engines such as
Webcrawler, Lycos, Metacrawler, etc., list at least one link to news and magazine sources
on their home page; from there, it is simply a matter of clicking through layers of pages.
Therefore it is a good idea to bookmark your favorite news/information pages as you find
them rather than trying to recreate your original search pattern. Remember: not all web
sites are created equal. Some are heavy on content while others are concerned primarily
with advertising. Some are more browsable in a "page flipping" manner while
others seem to be more like the front end of a search engine.
My two favorite starting points are the search engines Metacrawler (www.metacrawler.com), and Lycos (www.lycos.com).
From the Metacrawler home page, click on News, which is under search
channels; from there, try some of the selections under LookSmart Suggests. When
using Lycos, click on News and make your selections from there. As with
Metacrawler, you will have to click through several levels as you refine your specific
search. While this may initially seem cumbersome, this search will familiarize you with
the wide selection of databases available. Bookmarking favorite sites will make future
forays into this sea of information more efficient.
Here are a few URLs for specific magazines; three are online versions of
print publications, and the others are online products with no print version. Check out The
New Republic at www.thenewrepublic.com/,
the National Review at www.nationalreview.com/,
and The Economist at www.economist.com/.
These sites are all online versions of established print news magazines. Strictly online
sources include www.fool.com/, a source of investment
news and analysis, www.salonmagazine.com/, a
network of content sites, and www.aint-it-cool-news.com/,
an entertainment information source.
On the newspaper side, we have www.csmonitor.com/
for the Christian Science Monitor, www.nytimes.com/
for the New York Times, www.washingtonpost.com/
for the Washington Post, www.iht.com/ for the International
Herald Tribune, www.villagevoice.com/ for
the Village Voice, and www.thecrimson.com/
for Harvards student newspaper. Not all of the online newspapers are free; some,
such as the online Wall Street Journal, do have a subscription fee although there
may be a free trial period.
A final word of caution: delving into this sea of information via online
magazines and newspapers is wonderfully seductive and you will find your online time just
flies - so do be sure to come up for air from time to time, and touch base with your time
priorities. Have fun!!
Billie Jo Kaufmans article, Wired,
will appear in the AALL publication, Spectrum. Lisa Smith-Butlers
article, "Cost Effective Legal Research" will be published this winter in Legal
Reference Services Quarterly.
Satellite transmission of PLIs program, Managing the Law Library:
Current Issues and Developments, on Thursday, October 21st at St. Thomas
University School of Law.
Information for the Newsletter
If you are interested in writing an article or have information for the SFALL
Newsletter, contact Lisa Smith-Butler at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard
Broad Law Center. She can be reached at (954) 262-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributions are desired and welcomed!!