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Archive for January, 2007

US Civil Rights Depositary

In time for Dr. M.L. King Day on Monday, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library has worked since 2001 to create a complete electronic record of United States Commission on Civil Rights publications held in the Library’s collection and available on the USCCR Web site. The publications are made available over the Internet as page image presentations in PDF format.

Each item is linked to the appropriate bibliographic record in the Catalog. Publications are also searchable by keyword and accessible by date and title.

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The Friday Fillip

Something easy, today, somthing gently mindless. I’m pressed hard against a project deadline and need the escape, which, I’d guess, is not an uncommon (love that lawyer double neg) plight among Slawyers.

This is a game. Actually, as the maker says, it’s not a game because there’s no point to it: so it’s a toy. It’s a winter toy for those who, like me, prefer mental sports when it’s cold outside. But a toy even so, which is what I meant about mindless.

Now for the gentle part: it’s called Line Rider, because you take this little soul and . . . [more]

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Quote/Unquote

As some of you might remember from last year’s CALL/ACBD conference, I happened to be lucky enough to win a $300 dollar shopping spree courtesy of Oceana/Oxford publishing. I would like to say that I bided my time waiting for the holiday book sale but it would be more accurate to say that I didn’t get around to ordering until the deadline was approaching and was pleasantly surprised to discover the holiday book sale. Regardless, I headed for the reference section and was lucky enough to get 9 wonderful tomes that I likely would not have purchased otherwise. . . . [more]

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Wikinomics – Mass Collaboration Is Coming Your Way

Last week Michel-Adrien Sheppard pointed out the new book Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. I was so impressed with some of the Globe and Mail columns that Michel-Adrien pointed to in his post that I ran out, bought the book, and started reading it immediately. Then I heard about the book launch taking place at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto last night, and invited myself along. Well, I didn’t exactly crash the party, but let’s just say I didn’t have an invitation to the invitation-only event.

The book itself is not just about . . . [more]

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Canadian Archivists’ Journal

Archivaria, the journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists, has made its content freely available online. Using the Open Journal System of Simon Fraser University’s splendid Open Knowledge Project, the journal offers (sometimes hazy) PDF files of back issues that contain some 2200 items. Anyone wanting to get a feel for the range of topics archivists talk about among themselves should browse throught the list of titles. Lawyers are not archivists but they and their firms certainly do have to concern themselves with the preservation and retrieval of materials, about which archivists have a good deal to . . . [more]

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Very Important Constitutional Judgment – but I Can’t Find It

We’ve discussed the establishment of Indian portals and the Indian Legal Information Institute. I’m reporting unhappily that they don’t seem to be that responsive. Earlier today the announcement came down of a significant unanimous Supreme Court decision on constitutional review of legislation. The issue was whether the judiciary could address the constitutionality of laws put under the Ninth Schedule of the constitution, holding that they cannot be granted blanket immunity from judicial review.

Nearly 280 laws or legislations were included in the Ninth Schedule to take away the jurisdiction of the courts to examine their legality. The decision . . . [more]

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Libraries in the Digital Age

Libraries turn page to thrive in digital age,” an article in yesterday’s The Globe and Mail, looks at Canadian public libraries’ efforts to remain relevant and user-focused in the age of quick Google searches and comfortable bookstore chains. The initiatives mentioned include:

-lobby coffee shops
-computers with Internet access
-meeting rooms/spaces for group work and collaboration
-comfortable chairs
-rock concerts
-teen nights
-newspapers from different countries
-implementing a “retail” approach emphasizing customer service
-more electronic materials in the collection (e-books, journals, databases)

These libraries must be doing something right: the article reports that the Canadian Urban Libraries Council . . . [more]

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Zuula

I have to shake my head in wonder each time I hear about a new search engine: it has to be almost the best example of chutzpah in the worldThe classic example, of course, is the defendant who killed his mother and father and then pleads for mercy because he’s an orphan. to say that someone’s competing with Google.

Zuula is the most recent one I’ve heard about. (Thanks to Research Buzz.) The move here is the meta move, which is popular with competitors: take the high ground and encircle. But typical meta-search engine’s aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, . . . [more]

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Calls for Data Security Breach Notification Law in Canada

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) at the University of Ottawa released a white paper yesterday that calls on the federal government to enact a data security breach notification law.

Such a law would require organizations, government agencies and businesses to notify individuals when their personal information is exposed to potential theft and misuse due to a computer security breach.

From the introduction of the White Paper:

“Recognizing that individuals need to know when their personal information has been put at risk in order to mitigate potential identity fraud damages, most states in the U.S. now

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Net Neutrality Panel Discussion – Ottawa – Feb. 6th

There will be a panel in Ottawa early next month entitled Net Neutrality: A Public Discussion on the Future of the Internet in Canada:

“Please join us for a an important public discussion on the future of the Internet in Canada. Network neutrality recently became a major issue in the United States when telecommunications companies issued public statements asking for the ability to charge Internet content-providers for preferential access to Internet users. That meant that big corporations, especially media conglomerates, would get to Internet users fastest while smaller ones, which would be unable to pay the ‘tolls’, would be

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