Saturday, May 14, 2011

Free For All: Digital Images of Yale's Treasures

Yale University announced this week that it is making the digital images of millions of objects in its museum, library and archive collections--paintings, sculpture, rare artifacts and historical documents--freely available to the public online. Not only can anyone explore the digital images of these treasures from a new online collective catalog (currently holding over 250,000 images), but scholars, artists, and educators will have no concerns about licensing fees and restrictions on their use. The images are freely available, as the Yale announcement states, "for study, publication, teaching or inspiration." For an inspiring study break, spend a few minutes with this slide show highlighting some samples from the Yale collections.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, May 13, 2011

Looking ahead

We are now in the home stretch for the Spring semester and looking ahead to Summer.

Starting next Thursday, May 19th, the front door will be open, you can say hello to your favorite Circulation Assistants and you will find me napping in the sun at the following times:

Monday - Thursdays 8am - 8pm
Fridays 8am - 5pm
Saturdays and Sundays* 10am - 6pm

*For Commencement Sunday, May 22, the front doors will be open 10am - 8pm.

We will still have 24/7 access outside of those times, but modified for the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays, when the Library will be closed with no access. Watch this space for details.

Good luck with the rest of your exams. Congrats!!! to those who have finished.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Free Federal Court Decisions Coming

It was announced last week that the U.S. government will soon offer free access to federal court opinions on its site. In the long run, this could end up being extremely helpful for attorneys who can't afford access to premium research databases like Lexis and Westlaw. In the short run, just expect to find the most recent federal cases on fdsys.

Sites currently offering free access to federal cases include OpenJurist, Justia, the Public Library of Law, and FindLaw.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A Blog Worth Repeating: Study Guide Handout

"For a quick reference to study guides we have available in the library, check out our Study Guide handout . This handout is also available in print in the handout rack near the Reference desk."

The most recent edition of each study guide is located in the Library's Reserve collection. Anyone at the circulation desk will be happy to assist you.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat