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Upcoming Writing Competitions

Eighth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

The Legal History and Rare Books (LH&RB) Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Cengage Learning, announces the Eighth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School.

The competition is designed to encourage scholarship and to acquaint students with the AALL and law librarianship, and is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses to attend the AALL Annual Meeting.

The entry form and instructions are available at the LH&RB website:

*Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., April 18, 2016 (EST).*

Tax Analysts’ Annual Student Writing Competition

Tax Analysts is pleased to announce the opening of its annual student writing competition for 2016. This global competition enables students who win to publish a paper in Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, or Tax Notes International and receive a 12-month online subscription to all these weekly magazines after graduation.

Students must be enrolled in a law, business, or public policy program. Papers should be between 2,500 and 12,000 words and focus on an unsettled question in federal, international, or U.S. state tax law or policy. Submissions are judged on originality of argument, content, grammar, and overall quality.

Please send your submissions to by May 31, 2016. To submit an entry, please type “Submission: [school name]” in the subject line.

Tax Analysts is an independent, nonpartisan tax policy organization dedicated to improving tax systems through an open, informed, and expert understanding of federal, state, and international policy. We support the highest quality independent reporting, research, publishing, and debate for tax practitioners, public policymakers, and interested individuals.

Tax Analysts’ Student Writing Competition was created to support tax education and encourage our future tax leaders.

More information regarding guidelines can be viewed here.   For any questions, please contact

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by | February 10, 2016 · 8:00 am

The History of Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history and recognizes the struggle for freedom and equality.

Historian and former Dean of Howard University, Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)) in 1915. Negro History Week was first initiated by Woodson in 1926 to focus on the need for historical recognition about African American achievements.  Negro History Week encompassed the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, two important men in the history of African Americans

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson

In 1972 the ASALH changed Negro History Week to Afro-American History Week. In his Message on the Observance of Black History Week, President Ford in 1975 urged Americans to “recognize the important contribution made to our nation’s life and culture by black citizens.” In 1976 the ASALH expanded the week to a month, Black History Month. Interestingly, Woodson had hoped that one day historical information about African Americans would be incorporated in school curriculums so that a special, set aside remembrance would not be needed. We still celebrate Black History Month each February.


Further Reading

  • Anonymous. “Introduction.” Black History Bulletin 65.1/2 (Jan-Jun 2002): 2. History Study Center. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.
  • Crowder, Ralph L. “Historical significance of Black History Month.” Black History Bulletin 65.1/2 (Jan-Jun 2002): 39-41. History Study Center. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.
  • Peace, J Leon Jr. “..And for as long as it takes.” Black History Bulletin 65.1/2 (Jan-Jun 2002): 50-51. History Study Center. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.
  • Woodson, Carter G. “Observances of Negro History Week.” Black History Bulletin 65.1/2 (Jan-Jun 2002): 21-33. History Study Center. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.

~Betty Thomas~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — February 8, 2016


What a Million Syllabuses Can Teach Us

Over the past two years, we and our partners at the Open Syllabus Project (based at the American Assembly at Columbia) have collected more than a million syllabuses from university websites. We have also begun to extract some of their key components — their metadata — starting with their dates, their schools, their fields of study and the texts that they assign.

Are Paper Books Really Disappearing?

If the printed word becomes a thing of the past, it may affect how we think.

Beware of Copyright Creep!

I’m not talking about a spooky looking monster, dead set on ending the world as we know it, or a sticky ooze that slowly trickles over the planet because we destroyed the rainforest. Copyright creep is an expression that refers to the expansion of copyright law and policy, inching and slinking its way into aspects of life that surely James Madison did not anticipate.

The Right Technology

Searching for solutions that serve people.

What Part-Timers Wish Full-Timers Knew

While the pay gap and the prestige gap between full-time and part-time faculty are well-documented, there often exists a communication gap between the two populations as well. What if — instead of those quick passing hellos in the hallway — part-time faculty were instead given license to speak directly into the hearts and minds of their full-time counterparts? Just what is it that part-timers would most want full-timers to learn, to realize, and to understand?

DIY A2J 3: Talk to Your Community

Pretty much every organization that serves the public and sees itself as having a mandate to educate is starving for new content, and if not new content then new content providers. Libraries, drop-in and community centres and social service groups usually welcome anyone prepared to provide a seminar and, best of all, they’ll do the advertising for you.

You Can Now Wander the Guggenheim Right on Your Computer

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City is as much a tribute to architecture as it is to art. The building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a wonder to wander through, with its soaring atrium and gleaming, spiraled ramps. It’s a museum best experienced in person, of course—but for those of who can’t make it in the flesh, good news: You can now visit through your computer.

Meet the Man Who Created Papyrus, The World’s (Other) Most Hated Font

You’ve probably never heard of Chris Costello, but there’s a good chance you hate him. Outside of Comic Sans creator Vincent Connare, Costello is perhaps the most vilified man in all font design. Costello, you see, is the father of Papyrus, a calligraphic typeface he first created in 1982.

Librarian, the Gathering: Designing and Publicizing a Personal Librarian Program

In December 2013, librarians at Alfred University, NY, began discussing the possibility of creating a Personal Librarian Program, inspired by the work of librarians at places like Drexel University and Yale University’s Medical Library. We have always encouraged students to seek out a librarian for research assistance; now we wanted to add a human touch, providing a name and face for students encountering the intimidating task of using a college library for the first time. The librarian trading card programs of other libraries—such as Penn State and the University of Rochester—gave us the idea of creating unique cards and personas for each librarian. We decided to take the trading card idea, give it a fantasy roleplaying spin, and use these new “Magic: The Gathering”–esque cards to help connect students to their librarians and publicize the program. With this, “Librarians, the Gathering” was born.

92 Percent of Students Prefer Paper Books Over E-Books: Survey

E-books may be convenient and cheap, but they aren’t displacing paper just yet, at least in the hearts and minds of college kids. That’s what Naomi Baron, linguistics professor at American University, found out as part of the research she conducted for her new book, “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.”

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by | February 4, 2016 · 3:08 pm