Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Law Library will operate under the following schedule:

Wednesday, November 21                     8:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.**
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving)   CLOSED**
Friday, November 23                             CLOSED**

**There will be no access for students after 8:00PM on Wednesday, November 21.  24/7 access for students will resume at 10:00AM on Saturday, November 24.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Gather your social media in one place

Operating a website that gathers your social media and gives you a personalized web presence used to be either a complicated or expensive process.  However, there are a few options out there that take the work, and cost, out of making a website your own. 

At, it takes only a few mouse clicks to create a personalized webpage like the one below:

See and more applications that allow you to create an online presence and gather your social media links in one place here

And remember, all the standard warnings apply! Be mindful of what you create and say online.  Your future employers are watching~

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, November 19, 2012

Decline of Cost Recovery for Online Legal Research

For too many years the idea that law firms just passed along the costs of legal research was conventional wisdom.  It was never that simple. 

Well, the times are changing again and the trend seems to be a Decline of Cost Recovery for Online Legal Research by law firms. This post at Dewey B. Strategic links to 2 reports that tracked law firm cost recovery practices.

The young associate's skill in effective and efficient legal research is still important. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, November 18, 2012

E-book Cognitive Disadvantages

E-books have many advantages such as portability, access and ease of use.  However, there are several cons like eye strain, battery power issues and cost (purchase price of books as well as device).  However, we rarely think about the cognitive disadvantages of e-books.  The AALL Spectrum recently published an article entitled "The Cognitive Disadvantage of E-books" which discusses several interesting cons of this format.  Some disadvantages discussed are longer reading times, stress and recall deficit.  Read the entire article here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat