Saturday, June 12, 2010

Elena Kagan's Documents

Senate confirmation hearings for former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, U.S. Supreme Court nominee, are scheduled to begin June 28. While the media has featured and critiqued a small number of the documents released this month from Kagan's time working in the Clinton administration and as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the best way to discover and assess the nominee as attorney and thinker is to read some of her writings for yourself.

A clear explanation of the Kagan documents released so far from her Clinton years--with links to pages of topical documents in full text--is at the National Archives web site. In addition, CBS News has posted five of Kagan's law clerk memos, culled from the Thurgood Marshall papers at the Library of Congress. For her background and qualifications, check out Kagan's Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire here.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, June 11, 2010

Google Voice for Students

Do you have too many phone numbers? Google Voice has a nifty solution and is now available to anyone with a .edu email address without knowing anyone with an invite. Some of the cool features include getting voice mail sent to e-mail, sending free text messages, and reading voice-mail transcriptions.

How it works - You get a new phone number, and can forward all your other phones to the new one, and get all your messages in one place. And once you stop being amused by the way the transcription sometimes turns your friends' words into things they didn't really say, you might find it useful.

Check out Google's site and this Youtube clip and another for demos. To get an invite, just visit and enter an email address that that ends in .edu.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Unusual And Marvelous Maps

While we would not recommend them as current guides to Summer travel, these antique maps, which show sea serpents and other monsters devouring ships over huge expanses of the ocean, fascinatingly reflect to us how the world appeared to our forebears.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Your Brain on Computers

The New York Times recently published a series of articles (Your Brain on Computers) discussing the effect computers appear to have on our brains. The comments "highlights" are worth reading for the different perspectives.

It is food for thought. Technology is a wonderful tool, but it is worth a moment to think about how and why we use the technology that we do.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Legal Twitter

This is a list of the top 100 legal Twitter feeds, some of which are very useful and informative. Depending on your interests, you may choose to follow one or two of the people listed here on Twitter.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat