“Budget-minded lawyers who think they can hire law students for their free access to Lexis and Westlaw should think again, according to a Utah ethics opinion.

A lawyer who uses law students to access free online research violates ethical rules, according to the Nov. 15 opinion by the Utah State Bar Ethics Opinion Advisory Committee. The Legal Skills Prof Blog has the story.

According to the opinion, numerous students have reported that their employment is conditioned on providing free research for their employers. Such research amounts to theft of services because students have signed user agreements restricting free research to educational and nonprofit purposes, the opinion says.”

(via Library Stuff)

The Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) provides an annual scholarship to library school students interested in careers in law librarianship, and the deadline for applying is October 14th, 2013.  The application is available online on the SEAALL website at:


Gorilla Sighting in Harvard Law Library

Southern California Association of Law Libraries Student Scholarships 2012

The Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) Library School Liaison Committee is now accepting applications for this year’s student scholarships. Applicants must live in Southern California and be a currently enrolled graduate student in either the UCLA Department of Information Studies or a distance/online library school program.

The purpose of the SCALL Scholarship is to reward current library school students living in Southern California who hold promise of future involvement in the law library profession. Each scholarship awarded varies in an amount up to $1,000. Applications and supporting materials (including two letters of recommendation) must be received by Monday February 27, 2012.  For further information, please see the application form posted on the SCALL website at

Cheryl Kelly Fischer

SCALL Library School Liaison Committee Chair

Reference Librarian and Lecturer in Law

UCLA Law Library

Valentine’s Day Special! What does love have to do with government documents? Come find out on Friday! Other topics explored throughout the day include 30 years of library literacy services, digitizing gold rush era documents, the life of Bernard Witkin, the pre-eminent authority on California law, and 100 years of topographic mapping of California.

It’s all free. 9:30 - 3:45 at 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento.


A couple of weeks ago some SU Librarians had a meeting at the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore School of Law, which opened April 30, 2013. It is a 12-story, 190,000-square-foot space that is one of the first law schools in the country to have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification. These are some behind-the-scenes pictures of their visit!

More information available via The New Angelos Law Center - University of Baltimore webpage. Also, there’s an interesting article published in the May 2013 edition of the Spectrum, an American Association of Law Libraries publication, titled “Going Green and Repurposing Space.”

“Everyone knows that Google is changing the way college kids write their term papers. What’s less obvious is that it’s also changing the way that judges write their opinions – even America’s most august judges, those on the Supreme Court. In an absolutely fascinating article in the Virginia Law Review, ’Confronting Supreme Court Fact Finding,’ Allison Orr Larsen, a law professor at William & Mary, shows just how prevalent online research is at the Supreme Court. ‘In-house research,’ she argues, much of it done online, is changing the way America’s highest court works. At first blush, it seems like a good thing for judges to search out the facts on their own. But the change, Larsen argues, is not for the better.”

(via Library Stuff)

Next week we're learning HTML

Gotta say, I’m pretty excited, because this is the extent of my HTML skills right now:

Look! A table! Oooo…

Anyway, this is just one of many skills I’m hoping to gain. Being able to crack the spiny chestnut of IT is ridiculously valuable these days and grad school is the best chance I have to do it. Plus, my internship supervisors seem really excited to have someone who’s “tech-savvy” and I don’t want to let them down.

On a totally opposite note, we toured the law library in 605 and I was surprised at how invested they are in print resources. Apparently this applies to other law libraries as well. As someone who’s mildly interested in the field, I have mixed feelings about this. The book-lover in me is excited to find a group of librarians still holding onto them, but the practical part of me wonders how wise that is. I suppose if law publishers suddenly stopped making print books, they’d have to update or go under.

Still, my gut reaction upon seeing their huge basement collection was “READ ALL THE THINGS!!”

Kane law library seeks fee increase as use, costs grow

The Kane County Law Library and Self-Help Legal Center wants to increase the fee that supports it, due to increased use and skyrocketing costs of materials.

The county board’s judicial and public safety committee Friday recommended the increase, from $13 to $19, to the board’s finance committee.

The fee is tacked on to filings for new civil cases. It’s been the same since 2004.

The fee pays for salaries, materials, maintenance, capital improvements, utilities and other costs of the library, which is at the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles. No general fund money is spent on the library. It does charge for some services.

Director Halle Cox said even though civil filings have decreased since the foreclosure-related high in 2010, use and costs have increased.

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It used to be that most libraries maintained collections on a “just in case” basis, and, since information was so difficult to acquire, it made sense to operate that way. In times of tighter budgets, higher real estate costs, and easier access to information online, there is more pressure on libraries to maintain only those resources which are regularly used. These forces affect all libraries, but those with primarily practice based collections are particularly so: this includes libraries in law firms, law societies, and many government departments. This is represented by a switch to a “just in time” model of collection development: where materials are obtained as they are needed. However, things can only be obtained in time if they are held somewhere, and usually that means somewhere local…

I am no longer being the bigger person. I am not letting someone shit on me without a response. “Being the bigger person” is a bullshit idea anyway, as far as I’m concerned. This has to fucking stop.


By asking her to take my artwork off her auction page, I was exercising my right as an artist - first, to know where my art went, and second, to actually exercise my right to be paid for my art.

I am not thankful for ‘exposure.’ I am not ‘lucky’ that ‘someone is selling my art.’ Art is my career. It’s what I went to school for. I want to be paid for it.

I want you all to know that this is the last straw. This is why I am taking all my artwork off the internet, and will no longer be selling commissions for the foreseeable future.

Because I suddenly had 25 new page views on my inactive FB art page as of this morning, I have strong suspicions that the auction was reposted. If you see it, please know that it was posted without my permission.

If you care at all about this issue, you will reblog the hell out of this post.