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.]

Job: Walt Disney Company Seeking a Temporary Law Librarian

Not my dream job, but maybe yours: Visit Disney Careers for more information.

Master of Library or Information Science required.
5 years minimum experience in a law library work performing legal and business research;
Extensive knowledge on online legal and business research services, such as LexisNexis, Courtlink, PACER, and other online services;
Technologically savvy, including proficiency with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Internet Explorer, SharePoint, and Adobe Acrobat;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Ability to deal effectively with a diverse staff on an international level;
Solid problem-solving, analytical, and project management skills;
Commitment to providing superior customer service.
Experience with SAP preferred.

It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build a Digital Law Library

“It Takes More Than a Dumpster to Build A Digital Law Library: 12 Critical Components For Digital Law Library Transformation.” from Dewey B Strategic,

“.… For the past two decades law librarians and legal information professionals have been assessing products and developing in house solutions to support virtual library resources. We have been sharing best practices and advising legal publishers on how to build the next generation of products that lawyers will be willing to use ….” [Link to full blog post.]

Christmas Trees (and Menorahs) Made from Books: Reuse, Re-purpose, Re-gift? (oy vey!)

These Christmas Book Trees (and other holiday book-based decorations) images were compiled by a law librarian at the Jameson Law Library, University of Montana Law School in Missoula:

Oh Christmas Tree …. this is the time of year when ordinary stacks of books turn in to book trees in libraries everywhere….”

You can find Menorahs that have been made from books: e.g. run this search in Google Images: menorahs made from books

Let arts and crafts ring out for the season!