Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Audiobooks Online

I love listening to classic literature in audiobook format, especially in the summer! So I was excited when I found LibriVox -- a web site that provides audiobooks free for download. Libravox describes its mission as "acoustical liberation of books in the public domain".

Volunteer readers record themselves reading public domain books and then release the audio files onto the Libravox web site. As a result of their efforts, Libravox offers a large collection of audio files for free.

I, for one, will be downloading Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat!

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

2007 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

2007 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provides data on foreign nationals who, during a fiscal year, were granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., admitted as immigrants or became legal permanent residents), were admitted into the United States on a temporary basis (e.g., tourists, students, or workers), applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration law enforcement actions, including alien apprehensions, removals, and prosecutions.

In addition to the Yearbook, the Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Flow Reports and Annual Reports provide text, tables, and charts on legal permanent residents, refugees and asylees, nonimmigrant admissions, naturalizations, and enforcement actions. The Annual Flow Reports and Annual Reports have replaced the text chapters in the earlier editions of the Yearbook."

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Complaints About Lawyers' Writing

This National Law Journal article surveys typical problems with lawyers' writing, noting that these problems are not all new, but that technology may be both helping and hurting. It also charts the pedigree of distraction from legal writing as being crossword puzzle > computer solitaire > basically anything on the internet.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat