Friday, February 13, 2009

Presidents' Day

In honor of Presidents' Day and President Lincoln - this year being President Lincoln's 200th - I will be prowling the Library from 10am-6pm (which coincidentally, is when the Library will be open). For those interested in the Lincoln bicentennial, check out the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Military Personnel Statistics

Those who are interested in finding the latest numbers for American military personnel on active duty, whether by rank or by region, will find the Department of Defense page for Military Personnel Statistics to be helpful. Just click "personnel" after following the previous link. Historical reports from 1994 through 2001 are available, as well.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Stay Up-to-Date with TicTOCs

If you are having difficulty staying up-to-date with content from your favorite scholarly journals, try ticTOCs. TicTOCs, a table-of-contents aggregator, is a free service which provides the most recent table of contents for more than 11,000 scholarly journals. You can view the table of contents, link to the full text of articles, or save your selections for future access.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Forms from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts

Finding appropriate legal forms is sometimes difficult, so it is a great help that the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has prepared and made available some basic forms for use by practitioners. The forms can be found here. Note that there is a link to Bankruptcy forms on this page. Collier's on Bankruptcy does have forms, but it is good to have an alternative source.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, February 09, 2009

Kindle 2

Amazon unveiled the Kindle 2 today--a "new and improved" version of its e-reader. The event took place at the Morgan Library and included a guest appearance and reading by Stephen King. I understand from several news sources (for example, here and here) that it was a well attended event.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, February 08, 2009

The Lighthouse in the Bronx

You know when you asked a librarian to help you find law review articles, and they sent you to some database that's not Lexis or Westlaw? That database was probably the Index to Legal Periodicals. It's owned by H.W. Wilson, which has had offices in the Bronx since 1917. Those offices are topped by a lighthouse, which is not there to direct trucks on the Major Deegan, but was originally put there as an advertisement for Wilson--which is still great at helping guide people through the vast sea of periodicals.

The NY Times' City Room blog had an anecdote last week about visiting Wilson's offices and trying to get into the lighthouse.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat