Saturday, August 10, 2013

Something Different: Aztec and Maya Law

In a few days, law school libraries will be filled with new 1Ls digging into case briefs and their first law school assignments.  But law libraries offer much more than books, databases, a comfy and collaborative environment, and the help of your favorite librarians. Many law libraries have produced outstanding online exhibits of law related history and art, drawn from their own collections and archives. One of my favorites--fun to explore and beautifully illustrated--is "Aztec and Maya Law," from the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas School of Law.  Before the new semester starts, spend a few minutes with this absorbing presentation of criminal, commercial, family, military and international law as practiced by these ancient civilizations. You'll discover some surprising similarities, as well as dramatic contrasts, with our 21st century judicial systems.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, August 09, 2013

Gotta love the Library and Librarians

O.K., maybe as a "Virtual Library Cat" I am biased in my fondness for the Library.  So, don't take my word for it, check out this story I heard on NPR this week - Libraries' Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen and  In Song .

Enjoy the pop-culture review of  libraries and librarians from Star Trek (the original, of course!) to Keith Richards (I kid you not, check out the link).  And yes, It's a Wonderful Life is acknowledged but is countered with Harry Potter and Dr. Who among many others.

With links to some of the clips and references to books, shows and songs, what a great way to spend a rainy Friday.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

U.S. Census Bureau: My Congressional District

The U.S. Census Bureau has released My Congressional District the first interactive tool geared exclusively toward finding basic demographic and economic statistics for every congressional district in the U.S.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, August 05, 2013

Archaeology: The Milk Revolution

Yes, Ernster understands that most humans are lactose intolerant and cannot drink milk.  This article Archaeology:  The Milk Revolution is an overview of how people came to consume dairy products.  Some interesting factoids:  Only one third of people produce the lactase enzyme as adults that enables them to drink mile.  Most people who can drink milk can trace their ancestry to Europe.

This is a fun bit of intersection between science and history.  

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat