Friday, January 12, 2007

Long Weekend Library Hours

The schedule for the Library for this holiday weekend is:

Saturday, Jan. 13
10am - 6pm

Sunday, Jan. 14
12pm - 8pm

Monday, Jan. 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, Jan. 16, we resume our regular schedule.
Sunday 10am - midnight
Monday - Thursday 8am - midnight
Friday 8am - 9pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 11, 2007

It's That Time Of Year

Recent unseasonably warm weather in the Northeast aside, the cold and influenza season is still very much upon us. Have a look at the Department of Health and Human Service's Web site for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is not merely a site for following trends in pandemics. The site offers practical advice for good health during the cold weather months, and more, as well.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

European Union--New Year, New Members

On January 1, 2007, the European Union added two new countries--Bulgaria and Romania--becoming a 27-member partnership with 490 million EU citizens extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. For international law courses and research in your future, it's good to know that basic information, official web sites (in English), and up-to-date research guidance on both countries are readily available online. EUROPA, the portal site of the European Union, has added Bulgaria and Romania pages with useful links to official government sites. Authoritative legal research guides for Bulgaria and Romania are available from GlobaLex, an electronic publication of the Hauser Global Law School Program at New York University School of Law.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Is attorney X licensed to practice in state Y?

It is sometimes necessary to determine whether a lawyer is licensed to practice in New York or elsewhere. Today there are 41 lawyer licensing databases that provide this information. A guide - A Compilation of State Lawyer Licensing Databases by Trevor Rosen and Andrew Zimmerman - was recently published on the web. A google search of the attorney's name won't give you this information. These are part of the deep web wherein you need to go to the website to access the information in the database. Handy to have the compilation.

Please be aware that if you don't find the attorney's name in the database, a call to the state office should be made to confirm status of license. Some states permit attorneys to opt out of the online database listing for privacy.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, January 08, 2007

YouTube and copyright

With new technology constantly changing and advancing, new issues keep arising in the area of copyright law. One issue coming to the forefront recently is that of the posting of videos on the website YouTube. After Google purchased YouTube, the chances of website liability lawsuits and settlements have greatly increased. The Christian Science Monitor ran a recent article on the topic titled "The YouTube world opens an untamed frontier for copyright law" written by Daniel B. Wood. This is a good introductory article to the topic.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Placeblogger for local news & MORE recently launched a searchable index of local blogs (A.K.A. placeblogs). These blogs are not merely local news sites. They are sites that seek to provide the texture of the culture and life of their local communities. Bookmark this site to check out localities before you travel or consider an out of area job offer!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat