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11/18/2014 1:46:38 PM

I Won!!! Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Posted on behalf of Michael Timpani, MLS

I won the National Library Week National Contest put on by Lexis/Nexis. I chose, out of all the Presidential libraries and museums in the country, to visit California and see the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.

The Ronald Reagan

Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Drive

Simi Valley, California 93065

Main Phone:  800-410-8354 or 805-577-4000

Fax: 805-577-4074

Email:  reagan.library@nara.gov


The Center has 2 areas, the library and the museum.

The Library

When I signed in at the desk, I asked if I could chat with a librarian that works at the Reagan library. So eventually, Ray Wilson came up from the basement and introduced himself as an archivist and took me down so I could see the library. We chatted with each other comparing work notes about how different and how similar are jobs are.

Ray mentioned that they try to put everything a person could ask for on the Reagan website.  http://www.reagan.utexas.edu. He quoted to me that 90% of the requests are told they would have to come here and do their research and about 10% they send out in PDF’s or material to the public. He noted that there is not a lot of time during the day or employees to take care of all the e-mailed questions, the questions are mostly referred to the website to answer.

The Museum

The rest of the center is the museum. It is what you would expect from something like a Smithsonian Museum exhibits and wings. The Center covered all the aspects of Reagan’s life from his childhood, to his movie career, to his political life, how he met Nancy etc. There was a section dedicated to the day he was shot, with a looped film reel showing the incident and another film showing a recreation of his recovery in a DC hospital. Nancy Reagan had a section devoted to her and her fashion and dresses.

Museum Exhibits

Also the Center had a hangar/eating area, which reproduced Air Force One 1, life size with the jet sectioned out so you could walk through it and see what it really was like to be on Air Force One.

There was a also a section about bringing the Berlin wall down, the history of the Secret Service and also a car exhibit of famous cars of Hollywood.

Famous Hollywood Cars Exhibit

I was impressed and surprised with all the extra exhibits and things there at the center, so if you are ever in California in Simi Valley around the town of West Lake Village, go and visit the Reagan Center.


Michael Timpani, MLS

Research and Information Resources Specialist

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP


Posted By Tracy Woodard at 11/18/2014 1:46:38 PM  0 Comments
11/17/2014 5:39:51 PM

Does your law library own the ten best legal movies of all time?

As we all know, law libraries aren’t just about books. We like to share our materials in all shapes, sizes, and formats. DVDs, eBooks, Websites, traditional print materials, etc. Today’s post focuses on a format , and resource, that law libraries of all types should be aware of—the top 10 legal movies of all time*—on DVD!

Here they are, in a countdown from #10 to #1.

10. My Cousin Vinny (1992)

9. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

8. Philadelphia (1993)

7. Erin Brockovich (2000)

6. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

5. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

4. The Verdict (1982)

3. 12 Angry Men (1957)

2. A Few Good Men (1992)

And, drumroll please. The #1 legal movie of all time:

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Also interesting, the legal movie which garnered the most money was The Firm (1993) at $270,248.367.

*This list courtesy of abovethelaw.com.

The State Law Library of Montana possesses all of these top ten legal movies and they circulate regularly. Next up for the State Law Library—a legal film series “Reel Justice” in which local criminal and film college professors discuss the merits of each individual legal film to an eager group of pre-law undergrads and local attorneys.

BONUS: I saw this recently in the Summer 2014 WestPac News and had to try it out. Catalog Card Generator is a free Web application that lets you create a digital picture of your own customized catalog card. You just fill in the form and “make it.” We’ve used our library card as a handout for new employees to the Montana Judicial Branch. Love it!

Lisa Mecklenberg Jackson

State Law Librarian and Director, State Law Library of Montana

Montana Supreme Court, Helena, MT


Posted By Lisa Mecklenberg Jackson at 11/17/2014 5:39:51 PM  0 Comments
11/14/2014 4:52:39 PM



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