Friday, November 10, 2006


As many of you may have noticed, in response to the recent library survey, we were providing complimentary earplugs for those students who might want additional barriers between them and noise. The good news is that the experiment was a smashing success. Unfortunately, though, it was such a success that we have gone through over 600 sets of earplugs in a week's time. The library cannot continue to provide the earplugs at such a rapid use rate, but we will reintroduce them around exam time when we know that noise becomes particularly troublesome.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Fantasy Congress

Now that most of the results of the mid-term Congressional elections are in, you can "play politics" by picking your "dream-team" Congress from the newly elected Congress and watch how they perform. At Fantasy Congress, you get to draft your team of legislators and then earn points by tracking the progress of actual legislation. Your team members earn you points when bills they introduce progress through the steps of the legislative process. And, just as with other fantasy leagues, you can trade players (i.e. members of Congress). Even if you do not want to "play", check out the site to see how productive individual members of Congress have been.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Introductions To The Canadian and Mexican Legal Systems

Have you ever needed a concise, but sophisticated, introduction to the legal systems of our neighbors to the north and south, or are you simply curious about their similarities to and differences from our own? If so, then the following introductions to the legal systems of Canada and Mexico may be just what you seek. While they are part of an online guide to the environmental laws of these two countries, the introductions stand apart at the beginning of the guides, which is where the links offered here lead you.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

HeinOnline Adds Code of Federal Regulations

Now for some news totally unrelated to voting and elections...I’ve discovered a great new source for students trying to find federal agency regulations in PDF format. The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is now available on HeinOnline, one of the Law Library’s most popular research databases. CFR coverage on HeinOnline is from the first edition (1938) through the 1983 edition, containing about 1250 books of the historical CFR from this time period to browse and search. For access to the CFR from 1997 to the present (some titles from 1996) in PDF format, try GPO Access, the U.S. government internet site for documents.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

21st Century Library: Customizing Firefox - Next Week

Customizing Firefox: Why use Firefox, the Internet browser from Mozilla? There are many reasons, some of which are tabbed browsing, built in searching and enhanced security. However, one of its nicest features is that you can customize Firefox’s appearance and enhance its capabilities to suit your needs. This library workshop will cover how to get the most out of Firefox from using its built-in features to finding and installing the best enhancements.

When: Monday, Nov. 13 – 5:10 to 6 p.m.; and
Tuesday, Nov. 14 – 11:10 to 12 noon.

All 21st Century Library workshops are held in the lower level computer lab.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 06, 2006

Random Thoughts on Election Eve

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.
-Thomas Paine

Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
-Reinhold Niebuhr

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.
-William E Simon, former US Secretary of the Treasury

An election is a bet on the future, not a popularity test of the past.
-James Reston

It’s not the voting that’s democracy, it’s the counting
-Tom Stoppard

PLEASE get out & vote!!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Election day tomorrow

If you want more information on the 2006 elections, Yahoo news has made a site where they compiled all of this news. Full Coverage: Midterm Elections 2006 contains links to articles, a map in which you can click any state for full coverage of all elections within the state, videos, audios, directories and more.

This site will not only help you find any more information you might need in making your voting decisions but will also keep you informed of the candidates and issues everywhere else in the country.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat