Saturday, September 01, 2012

Labor Day

A three-day weekend is always appreciated, especially in the first hectic weeks of a new semester.  It's easy to forget that Labor Day began with a widely popular law to create a national one-day celebration of the American worker during an earlier financial crisis--the severe economic depression known as the Panic of 1893. With the growth of labor unions in the late 19th century, New York was one of several states that had been celebrating Labor Day on the state or local level for years.  In 1887 it was among the first to make it an official state holiday.  Finally, in June 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday to be celebrated annually on the first Monday in September. The U.S. Department of Labor's web site has some interesting Labor Day "Pieces of History," including an account of the country's first Labor Day Parade, held in Manhattan.     

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Future Trends In State Courts

Future Trends in State Courts discusses cutting-edge issues pertaining to state courts.

This year's edition of the National Center for State Courts' Future Trends in State Courts series focuses on "Courts and the Community”. It examines how courts are presenting themselves to lawmakers and to the public, and what courts are doing to confront social problems in their jurisdictions.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Follow Legislation and Regulations With Scout

If you need to follow federal and state legislation or federal regulations, try Scout.  Scout is an notification platform from the Sunlight Foundation.  With Scout, you can get alerts by searching for a keyword or phrase describing the issue in which you are interested, then, click “Create Alert.” 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Breaking Video News at WSJ WorldStream!

The Wall Street Journal created their Worldstream video site as a way for journalists to share their news and videos and publicized their new site on their WSJ online webpage with a Twitter hashtag "#WorldStream."

Introducing #WorldStream

WorldStream, a global video platform for videos shot by journalists from across the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones news organization. 
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Visit the WSJ's global video platform here:, and explore the latest world news and reports streaming directly from the source.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 27, 2012

Law Library Research Guides

Have a 1L exercise? A journal source gathering?   Writing a paper?  Take advantage of research guides created to aid the Law Library user with research in this law library.  The general library and research guides include "Finding Books", "Finding Articles", "Paper Writing Resources", "Recommended Treatises" and more.  There are also guides on specific legal topics such as "Federal Tax Law" that will help you with sources and strategy.

Don't re-invent the wheel.  Look to see if we have a guide.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat