When Lawyers Go Bad: Law Library Book Thieves: Law and Ethics

The Law Librarian, the Washington County Bar Association, the Law Library Committee, and the Oregon State Bar consider it a serious matter when attorneys do not return borrowed Law Library materials. Please note OSB Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(a) & ORS 164.005, 164.015, 357.975 & 357.990

More about law book page thefts at the Legal Research is Easy blog: This Just Torques my Shorts.

Librarians versus the NSA (The Nation)

Hat tip to the 5/11/15,Library Link of the Day:

Librarians Versus the NSA: Your local library is on the front lines against government surveillance,” by Zoë Carpenter May 6, 2015, The Nation, May 25, 2015

“…. Librarians have frequently been involved in the fight against government surveillance. The first librarian to be locked up for defending privacy and intellectual freedom was Zoia Horn, who spent three week in jail in 1972 for refusing to testify against anti–Vietnam War activists. During the Cold War, librarians exposed the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempts to recruit library staffers to spy on foreigners, particularly Soviets, through a national effort called the Library Awareness Program….” [Link to full Nation article.]

A trip down memory lane, in darker days: the Law Librarian and the FBI.

Baltimore Libraries Stay Open Through Riots

Hat Tip to Library Link of the Day (4/29/15).

Baltimore Libraries Stay Open Through Riots, Because ‘The Community Needs Us: All library locations, including those at the epicenter of the riots, are welcoming patrons today,” by Kat Rosenfield 4/28/2015.

You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city.

With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay open, providing a hub of comfort and community to all Baltimore neighborhoods, including the ones most affected by the mayhem.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” library Director of Communications Roswell Encina told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.[Link to full article.]

Job Announcement: Washington County (Oregon) Law Librarian (Library Director)

Laura is leaving the building.*

Yes, I’m retiring, but not quite yet and not before the county hires my replacement (assuming that occurs by July 2015).

So, “my” open Law Librarian position will be posted at our county Human Resources website starting Saturday, the best Pi Day ever: 3/14/15! (PiDay website and Wikipedia’s Pi/Pie Day.)

Questions about this recruitment must be directed to the Washington County Human Resources department.

Feel free to spread the word – and for heaven’s sake, eat pie on Saturday.

*But not this Oregon Legal Research Website & Blog or the Self-Represented Litigant Network Law Librarian Working Group, assuming they are willing to keep putting up with me!

Position Announcement: JD/MLS/A2J Public Services Attorney (Seattle, WA)

King County (Seattle, Washington) Law Library: Position Announcement: Public Services Attorney (link to full job description)

Excerpt: “The Public Law Library of King County is proud to announce a new full-time, benefit position of Public Services Attorney with the Law Library. The candidate will not only work on as a part-time reference services librarian but will develop policies and procedures to create an Access to Justice Center in the Law Library. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of three years of practice and an active membership with the Washington State Bar Association. A master’s degree in library science and family law experience (or other areas that are commonly needed by a self-represented litigant) are preferred….[Link to article.]

Marion County (Oregon) Law Library Volunteer Position

Interested in finding out if you like being or working in law libraries?
Curious about how law libraries are different from other types of libraries?
Willing to shelve and shift books?

Visit the Marion County Volunteer Opportunities webpage for information about this and other volunteer positions:

Marion County Law Library Volunteer Position

Save That Webpage to the Internet Archive!

It’s easy! Visit the Internet Archive. Click on Web. Enter the URL you want saved into the “Save Page Now” box. Voila!

For example, I linked in a previous blog post to this article: “Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job.”

But, let’s say, the article vanishes in the fullness of time from that particular URL and you can’t find another URL location for it via Google. You will still be able to see the article at the Internet Archive since I used theirSave Page Now” service.

Internet Archived version: “Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job.”

Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience

The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) offers these, and other, courses for library employees:

Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience:

“This five week course will explore portrayals of the incarceration experience in juvenile and young adult literature. Participants will be assigned to read several books written for young people that include scenes in prison or juvenile detention facilities….

An Introduction to Correctional Librarianship:

An Introduction to Correctional Librarianship” is an interactive six week course designed for those interested in pursuing prison/jail librarianship, correctional personnel tasked with assisting or running a prison library or community librarians interested in collaborating with their local institution….”

ASCLA uses Moodle for online educational programs.

Beyond February 14th: Love, Adultery, and Madness in American History

If you think you live in the most interesting of times, you are not reading enough history – or not reading the right wild and crazy stories that make reading history so absorbing and enlightening. The Library of Congress has marvelous history in small bites blog posts, like this one:

“Love, Adultery, and Madness,” February 13, 2015 by Robert Brammer, Law Library of Congress

Excerpt: “It is often said that love can drive you mad. As further evidence, take the 19th Century case that is said to have introduced the defense of temporary insanity in American jurisprudence. This case resulted from an affair between the wife of a member of Congress and one of Francis Scott Key’s sons….” [Link to full blog post.]