The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has an excellent Library Resources website for librarians who manage their library’s programming, websites, and research and reference services.
You might enjoy this “What’s in a Name?” blog post on Ezekiel the Banker as much as I did:
Excerpt: “.... The bank manager’s name is Ezekiel. He is the first Ezekiel I have ever known. I am a big believer that people try to live up to the promise of their name. Ezekiel, of course, was an Old Testament prophet who had wondrous visions, and he was a prophet, whose prophecies turned out to be quite accurate. So that’s another reason why I signed up with this bank. The fact that an Ezekiel would be guiding me through the process of financing my new house project really appealed to me. He has not disappointed me. He indeed been very prophetic in telling me when to dip into the well for more money at the most advantageous lending rate available….” [Link to full blog post, by Will Manley, retired librarian and city manager.]
Yes, Charles Dickens was very hard on lawyers, but he also had at least one lawyer hero (albeit a rather reluctant one, but definitely endearing rather than greedy or diabolical) and maybe more than one.
My favorite Dickens novel, “Our Mutual Friend,” has a nice-guy lawyer hero – 2 in fact – and as fabulous an array of characters as you’ll find in any Dickens’ writing.
A recent bill in the Oregon Legislature, 2009 HB 3274 (HTML or PDF), and a question from a patron, started me thinking about what my research strategy might look like if I had to draft legislation on this subject or if I had to argue for or against taxing marijuana sales (medical marijuana or other uses, if any).
And, I attended an interesting program recently on evidence-based research (origins in evidence-based medicine), which gave me even more ideas on sources one would need to consult to write the definitive guide to marijuana research, or even just marijuana taxation.