Which is how the Educational Testing Service makes its money — though no profit. And the big test hereabouts is the LSAT, of course. Some of you won’t want to go within ten feet of the LSAT again, and I understand completely; but others of you may never have seen the beast and, so, may be interested in discovering what all the fuss is about. You can do that by examining an online version — a test of the test, so to speak — that contains the kinds of questions the answers to which can make or break a . . . [more]
I’m sure some/many Slaw-ers have seen this, but for those you who have not, I think this is a great summary (especially for those of you who are visual learners) of Web 2.0 (in about 4.5 minutes).
Credits at the end of the clip. . . . [more]
My day to praise websites. And while I could colour The New Yorker website with a vaguely lawyerly hue, this one is definitely something else altogether: Rouxbe is a brand new Canadian “how-to” cooking website. With food the new porn, there is a plethora of cooking sites out there, most of them okay and a lot of them very much sub par. Rouxbe (pronounced “ruby” I imagine) is simply excellent in almost every respect.
You’re presented with a list of recipes on video; you can watch a brief preview or the full recipe. The full recipe takes you step by . . . [more]
Up near the top of my list of journals and magazines you’ll find The New Yorker. The articles and fiction are first rate, the cartoons without peer, and the overall wash of general and current knowledge truly valuable in my effort to stay au fait — at least at what I think of as the “well-informed lawyer” level (I could never hope to achieve the general knowledge of a librarian!). It’s always been a print thing for me: I would only go to their website to grab a URL for an article I’d read in the mag so I . . . [more]
Not one of our usual subjects, but because it’s going to be a hot topic – this just from the SCC
”Freedom of association guaranteed by s. 2(d) of the Charter includes a procedural right to collective bargaining. The grounds advanced in the earlier decisions of this Court for the exclusion of collective bargaining from the s. 2(d)’s protection do not withstand principled scrutiny and should be rejected.”
Health Services and Support – Facilities Subsector Bargaining Assn. v. British Columbia, 2007 SCC 27
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A First Announcement has gone out that IFLA, the International Federal of Library Associations and Institutions, will be holding its 74th general conference and council in Quebec City, August 10-15, 2008. The conference theme sounds, hmm, vaguely familiar: “Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding”. More details to follow. Oh, if you are part of the masses signing up for Facebook this month, check out their Facebook page.
The Coordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations and . . . [more]
LexisNexis has announced the results of a survey examining how information professionals are adding value to their organizations through the use of Web 2.0 technologies and knowledge management. Some key findings:
-Most info pros are using intranets for managing and distributing information. They also regard collaborative workspaces, wireless and portals as important to the future distribution of information.
-While many info pros use blogs and wikis to access information, not alot of use is being made of audio and video podcasts.
-Training, IP services and quality control procedures are just a few of the responses given by info pros when . . . [more]
When you change a post to a blog you’ll likely send out a repeat of the original feed for that item with your changes. In most RSS readers, that will show up as a duplication, I think. But in mine, at least, I have the option of making the edits visible in the original entry. So, it’s fun to see what an excerpt from a BBC news feed originally looked like (in red) and what the editor ultimately chose as replacement phrases (in blue). I wonder if it’s summer intern time at the Beeb.
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Simon Archer directs us to a Sydney Morning Herald piece from a couple of weeks ago reporting the public offering of shares in a law firm, Slater & Gordon Ltd., pretty much a first in the common law world. As Simon A. points out, Australia changed its laws to allow such public participation. The prime concern about letting law firms adopt this corporate financing model has to do with a potential conflict between a company’s duty to its shareholders to profit and lawyers’ duties to the client and the administration of justice. The SMH piece says that Slater & . . . [more]
I use an offline RSS newsreader — NetNewsWire (for Mac), syncing via the online reader, NewsGator — and find that having my feeds available all the time is a help when I travel. Now for Mac and Windows users alike Google Reader is available offline once you install Google Gears, their new RIA framework I blogged about last week. This makes an ever improving news reader just that bit better. . . . [more]
While I was at the CALL conference in May, Luc Meloche was very kind to introduce me to Stephanie Parisien, Manager, Customer Support for QL. I raised this issue to Stephanie.
Essentially, I had noticed a few changes had taken place to Sources on Quicklaw from August of last year to winter of this year. (I had named specific sources in a presentation in September that were no longer there by the same name in February). For example, in some cases Sources were renamed, and in other cases Sources were removed entirely (I suspected).
I asked Stephanie if it might . . . [more]
Too many cool things to blog about, and not enough time to review properly.
- New Ask.com interface is now live. I did some quick testing and really liked the usability of the site.
- Avvo site for lawyer profiles was launched today. No Canadian content. I’ll pass on any judgement until I get some more time in front of it.
- Feedrinse is now free. My favourite service for filtering RSS feeds, and now the Premium edition is free. Nice! [thanks to Research Buzz for the tip.]
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