Saturday, January 24, 2009

The New Congress in Profile

With so much media attention on the new President in the past week, it's easy to forget that we also have a Congress in transition. Membership of the 111th Congress: A Profile is a brief Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that provides a fascinating snapshot of the new House and Senate membership by selected category--age, gender, ethnicity, education, religion, prior occupation (from NFL football player to casino dealer), foreign birth and military service. Check it out.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, January 23, 2009

The new White House on the Web

As of shortly after noon on Tuesday, President Obama joined me in the virtual world and presented a totally new web site. On that site you can find the new executive orders issued , including the closure of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facilities. You will also find press briefings and the White House's very own blog. I'm so proud to share space with our new President. We can also look forward to President Obama's weekly Saturday morning video addresses. And, in case you get nostalgic, you can view a slideshow of all of the past presidents.

Check back in this space for more web developments from the new administration.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, January 22, 2009

How To Do Statistical Research

As a follow-up to last Thursday's post about the 2009 Statistical Abstract of the United States, here is an excellent tutorial from American University that teaches the concepts involved in basic statistical research.

Because even disciplines such as legal analysis increasingly require a quantitative approach, the tutorial linked above should be of value to those who wish to learn the fundamentals of statistical research. The tutorial covers such concepts as construct validity, informational availability, and data types.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States: Barack Obama

Did you miss the inauguration events? You can view here on CNN a number of videos, other news and additional inauguration activities.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, January 18, 2009


The National Law Journal reports that the bar examiners in up to 19 states are considering incrementally implementing a Uniform Bar Exam. In the story, the chairwoman of the New York State Board of Law Examiners says that New York would consider using such an exam, which could offer attorneys greater mobility. Of course, no one is talking about implementing a UBE for this summer's exam.

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