Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cyber Crime Resources

Anyone interested in internet law, including computer crime, should be aware of several online resources for collecting, compiling, and utilizing information on cyber crime complaints. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI the National White Collar Crime Center, has logged over two million consumer complaints of internet fraud, scams, identity theft, and other crimes on its web site since it began operations in 2000. In the past decade, it has referred over 750,000 of these complaints to law enforcement agencies around the world. The IC3 also uses the complaints to track emerging trends in cyber crime and to educate the public through its consumer education website, A good starting place for understanding the parameters and consumer impact of internet crime is the 2009 Internet Crime Report, a statistical overview of the current shape of cyber crime based on complaints received and processed last year by the IC3.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, November 19, 2010

Planning for Turkey day

As you might imagine, we felines (even the virtual ones) are quite fond of the day you humans set aside to eat birds. (We just wonder why it is only once per year). Although we cats tend to be more spontaneous in our bird eating, we can respect your need to plan and to take time off to celebrate.

So, for your planning convenience, here are the Library and Reference librarian hours. As always, you can also find this information on the Library's web site .

PLEASE NOTE: the Library closes completely at 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, Nov. 24 and will reopen for regular 24/7 access at 12:01 Saturday a.m.

Circulation Desk Hours
Sun. (Nov. 21) 10am - Midnight
Mon.-Tues. (Nov. 22-23) 8am - Midnight
Wed. (Nov. 24) 8am - 8pm
Thurs.-Fri. (Nov. 25-26) LIBRARY CLOSED
Sat. (Nov. 27) 10am-8pm
Sun. (Nov. 28) 10am - Midnight

Reference Desk Hours
Sun. (Nov. 21) No Reference
Mon. (Nov. 22) 9am - 9pm
Wed.-Tues. (Nov. 23-24) 9am - 5pm
Thurs.-Fri. (Nov. 25-26) LIBRARY CLOSED
Sat. (Nov. 27) No Reference
Sun. (Nov. 28) Noon - 8pm

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Facebook Can Legally Terminate Users' Accounts

Are you curious as to the circumstances under which your Facebook or other online social networking account might be legally terminated? This article should help to satisfy that curiosity.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bill Jackets Online

An update to this post from two years ago: bill jackets through 2008 are now available online. (Bill jackets contain the most important legislative history documents for New York statutes.)

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Federal Trade Commission Business Center

The Federal Trade Commission has a new Business Center at The Business Center provides legal resources for particular industries and "plain-language guidance about advertising, credit, telemarketing, privacy, and other topics."
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 15, 2010

From the NYT: Nazis were given "safe haven" in U.S.

The New York Times reports today that they obtained the full text of a DOJ report detailing Nazis admitted into the U.S. The report is an important and fascinating historical work that shows government complicity in hiding Nazis as well as those who worked to identify and bring them to justice.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat