Saturday, June 11, 2011

Constitution by Crowd

Well, not exactly. But Iceland is bringing the general population (and followers around the globe) into the process of creating a new national constitution this summer, using the new social media. Iceland is soliciting citizen suggestions on the Constitutional Council website, where the most recent draft is posted in Icelandic, along with an English translation by Google Translate. A JURIST post has more on the process, which also involves Twitter and Facebook pages and a YouTube channel (in Icelandic), not only to facilitate comments but also to post interviews with delegates and live broadcasts of Council meetings. It's all part of the Council's stated intention to "open communication with the Icelandic nation" and give "the people an opportunity to participate in the formation of a new Constitution of the Republic of Iceland." A 21st century version of the constitutional convention has arrived.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, June 10, 2011

Effective Procrastination

It's summer. Let's face it, especially with a fur coat (yes, I know it's virtual), it's been too hot to do anything. So, I have found the ultimate procrastination tool. And the best part is, I even get work done (eventually).

Try Read It Later . It is a browser extension (supports Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari and others) that lets you create a list of web sites that you can read later. So, when I see a reference to a really interesting article just before heading down to the beach, I add it to my Read It Later list. Then, when I am ready, I click on the reading list icon in my favorite browser.

I can sync between my desktop and laptop, as well as my iPhone or Android phone. All I need to do is create a free account.

Is that cool, or what?

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, June 09, 2011

HeinOnline from off campus

Right now, if you try to get to HeinOnline from the link on our homepage while you are off campus, you will be prompted for a HeinOnline ID and password. You can get this login information from the reference desk, but you can also get to HeinOnline without needing that ID and password by clicking on a link to a specific database within Hein from our online resources list.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Stealth Overruling and Shepardizing

An article in the May ABA Journal explains how the Supreme Court has recently taken to hollowing out precedents it wishes to overrule, rather than explicitly overruling them. This can create problems for attorneys doing legal research, because these drastically-changed, hollowed out opinions do not say "overruled" when you try to validate them in KeyCite and Shepard's. This is just one reason why, when you intend to use any case that has been treated negatively (i.e. cases that have yellow, orange, and red KeyCite and Shepard's symbols), you need to do a brief review of that negative treatment and its effect.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, June 06, 2011

Explore Long Island

After Memorial Weekend but not yet officially Summer, it is still time to explore Long Island and take advantage of our wonderful location. An easy way to get started is to look at offered by Newsday. If you cannot access this site, try Things to do on Long Island, NY. Take some time to have fun!
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat