Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — October 5, 2015

weeklyroundupWhat Are Humans Good for… in Legal Services?

I decided to come at the technology question from the human side, to speculate about what humans are still good for in a technology-saturated world of legal services.

When Downsizing becomes Dumbsizing

Downsizing is a popular response to commercial pressures on a company, If they want to improve the look of their balance sheet quickly, they reduce their payroll costs. But all too often, downsizing leads to dumbsizing.

Passwords: a User Guide for Lawyers and Law Firms

Passwords are often the weak link in data security. You can build the most secure system in the world, but as soon as someone sets their password to 12345, you might as well leave the front door open.  Good passwords are essential to data security, and this article has everything you need to know about creating and keeping track of good passwords.

ABA to Offer Wide Range of Insurance to Members and Their Families

The ABA plans to introduce a new member benefit beginning next year—a menu of up to 20 different insurance products.  The plan is to offer, though an insurance broker, the most popular types of insurance used and requested by lawyers, according to a press release. The insurance products will include life, long-term disability, medical, Medicare supplemental, auto, home and long-term care.

How to Enhance the Value of Law Library Services

It’s not about the library. It’s about the relationship the librarian has with those who do or could benefit from the library.

Schoolhouse Blues: Ediscovery Courses in Law Schools

With August comes languid heatwaves, leisurely days outdoors and (for many) the looming dread of heading back to school. For students everywhere – and perhaps especially law students­ – the start of a new semester brings new challenges, lessons and discoveries.  One thing that is slow to change though is the dearth of ediscovery courses in law schools around the nation.

Ralph Nader’s Tort Law Museum Seeks to Keep His Crusade Evergreen

There is no theme-park simulation of riding in a Ford Pinto as the gas tank bursts into flames. But there is a snazzy red Chevrolet Corvair, the car that Ralph Nader said had dangerous structural flaws in his 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

Survey: Librarians and Faculty a Mile Apart on Need for Better Communication

Faculty and librarians don’t see eye to eye. While nearly every single academic librarian (98 percent) thinks there needs to be better communication between the library and faculty, only 45 percent of faculty think the same. They even disagree on whether or not they work together to coordinate course reserves. While 57 percent of faculty say they do, 69 percent of libraries say they don’t.

Librarians as Immigration Lawyers

Board of Immigration Appeals recognition gives libraries an opportunity to extend legal services

Patrons Split on How Fast Libraries should Move into the Digital Age

The word “library” conjures up a very specific image for most people: rows upon rows of books. But as libraries evolve into a place for more digital research, and teach a different kind of literacy, how long should the bookshelves stay?

Check out Our Pirattitude

Everyone loves pirates. As International Talk Like a Pirate Day approaches, especially this year when it’s falling on a Saturday, there’s a built-in excuse for a party.

How to Locate an Unpublished Congressional Hearing: A Beginner’s Guide

Our previous post discussed how to locate a Published Congressional Hearing. In this guide, we will show you how to locate unpublished congressional hearings, which can often pose more of a challenge to researchers new to the area.

Accessibility Testing LibGuides 2.0

Over the summer my library began investigating potentially migrating to the LibGuides content management system from our current, Drupal-based subject guide system.  As part of our investigation, and with resources from our campus’ Universal Design Center, I began an initial review to determine the extent to which LibGuides 2.0 was accessible to all users, including users with disabilities or those using assistive technologies.

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Refer a Friend: Paralegal Certificate Program


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What’s Happening Charlotte – October 2015














~Julie Morris~

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Banned Books Week – What, Who and Why?


What Are Challenged or Banned Books?

According to the American Library Association, A challenged book is a book that someone has attempted to remove or restrict a book, based on the objections of a person or group. A banned book is a book that has been removed from the collection. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

Who Challenges Books?

Parents are the largest group to request a book be removed from a library’s collection. Often with good intentions, parents will challenge a book to “protect others, usually children” but in reality they are restricting the rights of others to read that book.


Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. (2015).  2014 books challenges infographic. Retrieved from

Why Are Books Challenged or Banned?

Each book that is banned or censored is done so for the content within the pages. There are a few common reasons that books have been banned or censored in schools, libraries, and book stores.

These include:

Racial Issues: About and/or encouraging racism towards one or more group of people.

Encouragement of “Damaging” Lifestyles: Content of book encourages lifestyle choices that are not of the norm or could be considered dangerous or damaging. This could include drug use, co-habitation without marriage, or homosexuality.

Blasphemous Dialog: The author of the book uses words such as “God” or “Jesus” as profanity. This could also include any use of profanity or swear words within the text that any reader might find offensive.

Sexual Situations or Dialog: Many books with content that include sexual situations or dialog are banned or censored.

Violence or Negativity: Books with content that include violence are often banned or censored. Some books have also been deemed too negative or depressing and have been banned or censored as well.

Presence of Witchcraft: Books that include magic or witchcraft themes. A common example of these types of books are J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.

Religious Affiliations (unpopular religions): Books have been banned or censored due to an unpopular religious views or opinions in the content of the book. This is most commonly related to satanic or witchcraft themes found in the book. Although, many books have also been banned or censored for any religious views in general that might not coincide with the public view.

Political Bias: Most Commonly occurs when books support or examine extreme political parties/philosophies such as: fascism, communism, anarchism, etc.

Age Inappropriate: These books have been banned or censored due to their content and the age level at which they are aimed. In some cases children’s books are viewed to have “inappropriate” themes for the age level at which they are written for.

Many books have been banned or censored in one or more of these categories due to a misjudgment or misunderstanding about the books contents and message. Although a book may have been banned or labeled a certain way, it is important that the reader makes his/her own judgements on the book. Many books that have been banned or censored later were dropped from banned books lists and were no longer considered controversial. For this reason, banned books week occurs yearly to give readers a chance to revisit past or recently banned books to encourage a fresh look into the controversies the books faced.

John F. Reed Library, Fort Lewis College. (November 15,2013). Common reasons for banning books. In Butler University Libraries’ Libguide (Banned books:  Reasons for banning books). Retrieved from


The Charlotte School of Law Library invites the Charlotte School of Law community to participate in a Banned Books Read Out on Monday, October 5th from 11 am to 1 pm in the East Reading Room on the 5th floor of the library. Bring your favorite banned or challenged selection. We would like to know why you chose your selection and why it is important to you. We will have many banned or challenged books on display during the Read Out so you are welcome to choose one of them.  We ask that you sign up in advance … HERE.

~Betty Thomas~

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Reminder – MLA Presents: Library Freedom Project Workshop


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Alison Macrina, The Library Freedom Project (Boston) from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

~Betty Thomas~

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