Saturday, March 13, 2010

Health Care Conference in Spotlight

"New Directions in American Health Care: Innovations from Home and Abroad," co-sponsored by the Law School, was a major campus conference of the past week. Conference participants included Professors Janet Dolgin (Conference Co-Director), Akilah Folami, Alan Jakimo, Ashira Ostrow, Vern Walker, and Joel Weintraub. The Conference poster session featured posters illustrating student research papers written for Professor Jakimo's course, "The Law of Drug Discovery, Development, and Commercialization."

Among the Conference panelists was a speaker from the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that produces policy research and data with an aim of promoting a high performing health care system in the United States. Two great resources for comparative health care statistics are the Commonwealth Fund's "Mirror Mirror on the Wall: An International Update on the Comparative Performance of American Health Care," and for the states, "Aiming Higher: Results from a State Score Card on Health System Performance, 2009."

Have you visited the Library's current lobby display that highlights the Conference keynote speakers and their works, related library resources, and participating Law School faculty? If not, it will be on view until the end of March.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, March 12, 2010

What Employers Want You to Know

Get the inside scoop - from Aurelia Sanchez of Rivkin Radler and Jim Murphy of Bloomberg - on what research skills and knowledge employers want you to have.

Jim and Aurelia will be here for our librarians' panel on Cost Efficient Research and other Law Practice Survival Tips this Monday, March 15 , 12:10 - 1:30pm in Room 242. No need to sign up, come even if you can only stay for part. And don't forget . . . there will be pizza!

This is our feature workshop in the Library's Top 10 Research Skills series. A full schedule is on the Library’s LexLounge group page in the Discussion Forums.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Obligatory Canine Microchipping?

I figured that that slightly surreal headline might catch your attention. According to this story, it appears that British dog owners may soon be legally obligated to equip their pets with subcutaneous microchips to aid in the pets’ identification.

The story continues, “Postmen are delighted, but civil libertarians grumble that Britain's sprawling surveillance state now wants to track the nation's estimated 8 million dogs”.

Did anyone notice that cats are not mentioned anywhere in the article?

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Hein Online: U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, & Appeals

Hein Online: U.S. Federal Agency Library is a complete collection of some of the United States' most important government institutions. This case law, also know as decision law, is the body of reported opinions that are published by each agency and thereby become precedent and the basis for future decisions.

We do have most of the older material available in print or microfiche, and more current materials is usually available on an agency's website. This Hein Library offers the advantages of all Hein databases and depth and breadth of coverage. If you are engaged in regulatory research and need to find agency decisions be sure to check here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, March 08, 2010

International Labour Organization (ILO): NATLEX

NATLEX is a database of national labor, social security and related human rights legislation maintained by the ILO's International Labour Standards Department.

Records in NATLEX provide abstracts of legislation and relevant citation information, and they are indexed by keywords and by subject classifications. Each record in NATLEX appears in only one of the three ILO official languages (English/French/Spanish). Where possible, the full text of the law or a relevant electronic source is linked to the record.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat