Monday, September 20, 2010
Two alternatives are available to users: a device independent mobile site (http://library.cornell.edu/m) or an iPhone/iPod Touch app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cu-library/id354721654?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D6) available free from iTunes. Both options allow users to search the Classic Catalog, check individual Library hours, locate contact information for each Library, submit a question to an individual reference desk, and more. Check out the promotional video on YouTube. Your research just became a little easier.
Research Attorney and Lecturer in Law
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The big question is whether the digital version of this information is official like the print version, and whether the digital version has been authenticated through a secure server or digital signature to ensure that the content has not been altered.
Another issue that has emerged is the fragility and obsolescence of the digital medium and the need for preservation and long-term access, particularly for born-digital legal information which has no paper equivalent.
Why does it matter? In an environment where online sources are replacing official print versions of legal information, citizens need to be able to trust the “official word of the law.” More information at http://www.ifla.org/files/hq/papers/ifla76/96-germain-en.pdf, and in French at http://ifla2010ulaval.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/seance-1-sur-les-bibliotheques-de-droit-et-les-publications-officielles-ou-gouvernementales/.
Claire M. Germain
Law Librarian and Professor of Law
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Research Fellows are second and third year law students who are trained in legal research by the law librarians to assist with your research projects. They work for the library and provide you another option for your projects.
You are encouraged to contact Jean Callihan, Head of Research Services, or your liaison about any research projects. The Research Fellows can supplement your own Research Assistants or assist your liaison.
Let us know how we can help you. Research Fellows are eager to get to work!
Associate Law Librarian
Friday, September 3, 2010
If you, your Administrative Assistant, or your Research Assistants are headed up to Olin Library for library materials, the trip may not be instantly rewarding. Olin is in the midst of a Fire Safety Improvements Project, which means various floors of the library and certain collections will not be accessible.
In the closed areas, the materials are still available but library staff will have to get them for you. They will retrieve materials once a day, Mondays through Fridays, after 2:00 pm. No weekend retrievals.
To avoid a wasted trip, remember that many books can be sent to you here at the Law Library from Olin (and other libraries on campus). When you find the item in the online catalog, click “Requests” at the top of the screen and complete the information, selecting LAW as the library to which you want it sent. And as always, you can request that the Law Library staff get the materials for you.
Pardon the dust while safety improvements are underway!
Associate Law Librarian