Watch Scroobius Pip’s ‘Library’ Poem
The ‘library’ comes to life…
4 Ways to User Technology to De-stress
As students, faculty and staff head into finals week, it is easy to be caught up in the stress of completing the semester. Since stress reduces work efficiency and productivity, it is important to remain calm and cool while finishing your work. Despite its reputation as a distraction during finals time, technology can actually help you de-stress.
The Power of Checklists
In the modern age, we know more than ever before, and the information has never been so readily available. And yet individuals and organizations often fail to deliver on the promise of all this knowledge. In fact, we are often the victim, and the architect, of head-slapping displays of incompetence when it comes to delivering what’s been promised, or forgetting routine things that have no business being overlooked. Why is there so often this mismatch between potential and application?
How Are Your Punctuation Skills? Try this Comparison Exercise to Find Out!
My fellow lawyers often bristle when I tell them that, on the whole, our profession can’t punctuate. It’s rare that I don’t have to change commas, colons or hyphens in almost every line of type in any brief or contract I review. But that’s because I’m applying the standards of The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, The Elements of Style (affectionately known as Strunk and White), or my own guide, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style.
Legal Newsrooms May Be Shrinking, but Coverage Is Increasing via Blogs
The New York Times’ David Carr (Carr2n) writes that like most of us he is a big fan of disruption until it hits close to home. One hundred New York Times’ staffers have until Monday to accept early buyouts. A generous buyout combined with a questionable future means longtime fellow employees of Carr’s are considering leaving.
From Lawyer to Blogger to Novelist: An Interview with David Lat, Author of Supreme Ambitions
I am a huge fan and avid reader of legal fiction. I review law-related novels for the Wall Street Journal, and here at Above the Law we sometimes interview lawyers turned novelists (see, e.g., Tara Conklin, Justin Peacock, Allison Leotta, and Helen Wan). I am now pleased and proud to join the ranks of these lawyer-novelists. My debut novel, Supreme Ambitions, is finally out. It’s being published by Ankerwycke, the new trade-publishing imprint of the American Bar Association dedicated to publishing fiction and accessible non-fiction (or at least more accessible than, say, an ERISA treatise or practice management handbook).
Mint Sets up Shop in Charlotte, 1837
On December 4, 1837, a branch of the United States Mint opened in Charlotte. The 1799 discovery of a 17-pound nugget by John Reed in Cabarrus County secured North Carolina’s place as the epicenter of the nation’s first gold fever epidemic. Since miners in North Carolina supplied almost all of the gold sent to the U. S. Mint in Philadelphia, Charlotte residents were determined to attract a branch office. The U.S. Mint agreed, and construction began in 1835. It was completed two years later on West Trade Street.
Fresno County Librarians Leave the Branch behind, Hit the Road
The image of the shy librarian who points you to the latest novel or reference materials is getting a makeover by the Fresno County library system. The new-styled librarian is bolting out from behind the counter to meet Fresno County business owners and organizations and showcase library services. Seven Fresno County librarians are fanning out in brand new Toyota Priuses to meet one-on-one with business owners or nonprofits, attend community events and inform the public about free services the library system offers.
Napping students — exhausted by long nights of studying for exams or writing term papers — are common in campus libraries. But at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, sleeping students can now be found resting in comfortable recliners, instead of snoring into open textbooks. Last month, the library unveiled a technology-free relaxation area called the “ZieSta Room.” The room — which originated as a proposal from a group of students — encourages students to turn off their electronics, put away their books, and take a quick study break, even if that means falling asleep.
Google should Pay Authors for Scanned Books, U.S. Appeals Court Told
Google Inc’s massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday.
5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays
For many people, the holiday season is the busiest, most complicated, most stressful time of year. Holiday parties, gift shopping and wrapping, decorating, travel plans, end-of-the-year projects, planning for the new year … these are all added on top of your regular business. And life before the holidays was already pretty busy. So what can we do to simplify? Is it even possible to simplify when things are getting crazy?