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Know Your Law Library: Reference Carolinas Collection

The Reference Carolinas Collection has resources that are particularly useful for students working in clinics and attorney members of the library. The resources in this area of the library are state specific materials for both North and South Carolina. They are available for use in the library only. They are not available for check out.

The Reference Carolinas Collection can be found on the 5th floor of the library adjacent to the Study Aids Collection.

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The Reference Carolinas Collection includes….

Legal encyclopedias: Strong’s North Carolina Index 4th and South Carolina Jurisprudence are located here.

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State Statutes: Both the General Statutes of North Carolina Annotated (Official) and West’s North Carolina General Statutes Annotated for North Carolina are in this section as well as The Code of Laws of South Carolina.

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Digests: West’s North Carolina Digest and South Carolina Digest.

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Practice Materials: These include everything from Pattern Jury Instructions and Douglas Forms to more specific treatises like Lee’s North Carolina Family Law and Shuford North Carolina Civil Practice and Procedure.

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The collection is arranged in Library of Congress Classification System (LC), so check the Charlotte School of Law Library’s online catalog, ENCORE to find the location of a state specific resource.

Interested in becoming an attorney member? Check the Charlotte School of Law website and complete a Membership Application.

~Betty Thomas~

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Harvard Law Library “Frees the Law” with Their New Digitization Project

From http://librarylab.law.harvard.edu/projects/free-the-law

 

Has anyone not heard at least a whisper about Harvard’s new “Free the Law” initiative at this point? It’s been making its way through the blogosphere since it hit the news in late October…

For those who may not know, the project is devoted to making all U.S. case law freely accessible online and involves some serious heavy lifting on the digitization end as well as additional steps behind the scenes that will make the data truly accessible via search. Harvard Law School Library and Ravel Law, a legal research and analytics company, are joining forces on this project, and certain laws should be online as early as November.

Here’s a round-up of recent articles so you can learn more at your leisure…

On October 28th, the New York Times led the pack both in print and online, announcing that “in a digital-age sacrifice intended to serve grand intentions, the Harvard librarians are slicing off the spines of all but the rarest volumes and feeding some 40 million pages through a high-speed scanner. They are taking this once unthinkable step to create a complete, searchable database of American case law that will be offered free on the Internet, allowing instant retrieval of vital records that usually must be paid for.”

And librarians throughout the nation found themselves simultaneously gasping at the deliberate destruction and applauding the sincere motivations behind the madness…

The initiative was also announced online in Harvard Law Today – this posting includes Harvard Law School’s video “Announcing Free the Law.”  Their video documents the process and features interviews with Daniel Lewis, founder of Ravel Law, and Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law Library Director and Law Professor.

Next up – the inimitable Jean P. O’Grady at Dewey B. Strategic had an opportunity to speak with Daniel Lewis, founder of Ravel Law, and fleshes out the basics with additional details which are definitely of interest to librarians, such as “How does this project differ from the caselaw available on Google Scholar.

Want to hear from Jonathan Zittrain of the Harvard Law Library?  Robert Ambrogi at Law Sites spoke to him and after their conversation added some additional notes to his initial posting, such as the fact that “Ravel will create an application programming interface (API) so that nonprofits can write apps and plug into the ecosystem of these cases, to create their own portal into the database.”

Ambrogi then spoke to Daniel Lewis and wrote a follow-up post with more exclusive tidbits about the project, including the conversations between Lewis and Zittrain that sparked “Free the Law” started two years ago over frozen yogurt.

Within forty-eight hours of the announcement, a range of other outlets had begun picking up the buzz, with the Christian Science Monitor speculating on how this project may change legal practices by leveling the field and allowing improved access to justice. And even straight techie sites like Techdirt were praising this as a useful and worthwhile project.

Where will this project lead, and what lasting impacts will it have?  Only time will tell.  Until then, I’ve got nothing but applause for Ravel and the Harvard Law librarians’ dedication, bravery and initiative.

~Ashley Moye~

TSLL TechScans is “a blog to share the latest trends and technology tools for technical services law librarians.”  This content was originally posted on TSLL TechScans and is reprinted here with permission.

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Books for the Break! (and other times…)

CHECKOUT the new books in the East Reading Room (5th floor on the east side of the library). These recently donated books include…..

breakbooks1Lots of Legal Thrillers

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Nonfiction

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Literary Fiction, Banned Books

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And Classics

Remember that even when the LUX desk is closed, the Self Check-Out Machine is OPEN!

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New Study Aids Have Arrived!

The Charlotte Law Library now has new study aids available for checkout.

Questions & Answers (Q&A) Series

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The latest editions of…

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Payment Systems
  • Property
  • Torts
  • Wills, Trusts and Estates

Examples & Explanations Series

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The latest editions of…

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law: Individual Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Corporations
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Intellectual Property
  •  Legal Writing
  • Legislation, Statutory Interpretation, and Election Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Property
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Remedies
  • Sales and Leases
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estates

Law in a Flash (Flashcards) Series

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Law in a Flash (Flashcards): Multistate Bar Exam Series

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Part 1 – Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure

Part 2 – Evidence, Real Property, Torts

Come Check Them Out!

~Betty Thomas~

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In a Tech-Saturated World, Don’t Forget the Importance of the Human Element…

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It seems like every time I turn around, there’s a new task that can now be automated or outsourced or a new program that can do what I do accurately and in half the time. Sometimes it’s easy, as a technical services librarian, to get a little concerned about my job security. What place DO we have and what role CAN we serve when computers and technology keep on finding ways to do our jobs better and faster?

This concern isn’t limited to technical services librarians, of course. I think we can all find similar feelings within ourselves, regardless of our positions or our industries. We may even feel it in our personal lives.

So 3 Geeks and a Law Blog hit the nail on the head with their recent post, What Are Humans Good for… in Legal Services?, and I was reminded that there’s no need to fear. I can do something a computer can’t do – and that’s be a human. I can relate to other humans in a way technology never can, meaning I can more effectively generate ideas, solve problems, strategize, persuade, argue, tell stories, and most importantly, collaborate with others.

Other recent posts have backed up this idea:

Robert Oaks, Chief Library and Records Officer for Latham & Watkins LLP, states “It’s not about the library. It’s about the relationship the librarian has with those who do or could benefit from the library.” View the library as a service, not a location, and shift your perspective and role to be more proactive and prescriptive. You know who finds it challenging to be proactive and prescriptive? That’s right. Computers.

A recent survey of faculty and academic librarians done by the Library Journal and Gale shows that there’s a disconnect between faculty and librarians, and suggests that you need to ingrain the library in campus culture, actively participate in student education, and seek out opportunities for engagement with teaching faculty. You know who doesn’t oftentimes seek out opportunities to further engagement with others?  Technology.

The library sector is changing under out feet, and this blog post, by Rebecca Jones, offers 4 ideas to “rewire” our thinking.  My favorite one is “The Intelligent Organization of People is Key to Success.”  Again – it’s not the power of our technology and our ‘stuff’ that defines our success as librarians.  It’s the ways in which the human dimension works that defines a library’s success.

Want ways to help the human component, even while leveraging the best parts of connecting through increased technology?  Check out these tips to improve collaboration among remote teams, by Mike Gilronan, where he lists five clear cut to-dos.

And have you realized that technology alone will not make us more efficient and can, at times, make us less focused and therefore less efficient?  Technology can actually make us less useful.  Collaboration is what leads to efficiency, and this posting by Mark Hunter reminds us that fostering collaboration requires both a shift in culture and in the way we do things.

And finally, here’s an interesting combination of out-sourcing and in-sourcing that gave a future-proof strategy to one law firm.  “People get the answers they need, better and faster.” It’s not outsourcing to machines, but outsourcing to expert PEOPLE.  Again, people are the key to successfully serving others.  Not just the technology.

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~Ashley Moye~

TSLL TechScans is “a blog to share the latest trends and technology tools for technical services law librarians.”  This content was originally posted on TSLL TechScans and is reprinted here with permission.

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