Friday, February 20, 2015

Become a Google Power User

Do more than just search and read email with Google.  Find out how to search cases for free, use advanced techniques to search web sites, set up search alerts and make voice and video calls.

Googlerific Workshop will be on Tues. Feb. 24 12:10-1pm in Room 243.  R.S.V.P to .  

Pizza and surprise gift also included.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, February 19, 2015

This Day In The Law: Russia’s “Emancipation Proclamation”

In the United States., Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation is, of course, well known. 

Less known in the U.S., but also of interest, is that on February 19, 1861, Czar Alexander II promulgated the Emancipation Manifesto, which abolished serfdom in Russia.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ABA Blawg Directory

For interesting legal commentary and current awareness, consider browsing the ABA's Blawg Directory for a comprehensive listing of continually updated law blogs.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

FAA Proposes Rules for Drones

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just published its long-awaited proposed rules for the operation of commercial drones.  The need for some standardized regulation of drones used outside of the military--for photography, crop inspection, and other commercial uses, as well as for recreation--became all too clear in late January when a hobbyist's toy quadcopter crashed down on the White House lawn.

A recent Mashable article provides a brief overview of the scope and major implications of the proposed rules. The FAA website has some helpful documents, including a rule summary, and for those who want to explore drone regulation in more detail, the full text of the proposed rules for "Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems" to be published in the Federal Register. Privacy concerns related to the use and development of commercial drones are not addressed in the proposed regulations, but requirements for federal agencies to comply with current privacy and civil liberties laws are outlined in a recent Presidential memorandum and executive order. 

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, February 16, 2015

Presidents Day 2015

Some fun information regarding Presidents Day.  It started as a celebration of Pres. Washington whose birthday is in February. It was later decided that this day should be in honor of all who have served as President of the United States.

ABC News created a list of 12 Things You Didn't Know about Past U.S. Commanders in Chief.  Such little tid-bits as who was the first to have a bathtub with running water and who installed electricity in the White House.

It is a fun look at some Presidential and White House history.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, February 15, 2015

New interactive tutorial: Cost Recovery, Lexis Advance Pricing & Efficient Research Skills

Need to brush up on your cost recovery and efficient research skills?  Lexis Advance is now offering a new tutorial on this topic which can help you become a more cost efficient researcher for law school, internship and future employment purposes.  A new student resource video entitled "Tips on Cost Effective Research" with PDF should be available by March 1st as well.  Click here to access the Cost Recovery, Lexis Advance Pricing & Efficient Research Skills tutorial.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat