Law Library announcements, legal research updates from around the world, new and interesting research resources and web sites of interest to the faculty at the Syracuse University College of Law. Note: For easy navigation, right click on hyperlinks to open links in a new window.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Happy Holidays

We at the Barclay Law Library wish you the happiest
of holiday seasons. The BarclayBlog will go on
hiatus from 12/23 - 1/4, but you can expect
updates throughout the remainder of the break.

Monday, December 20, 2004

New Law-Related Sites in 2004

From the E-LawLibrary Weblog, December 19, 2004

"In Law Technology News, Robert J. Ambrogi, author of
The Essential Guide to the Best (and Worst) Legal
Sites on the Web, reviews some law-related Web sites -
outside of blogs- that launched in 2004. Some of the sites include: CLE Center
Thomson Legal Record
U.S. Law Schools News Brief
ABA Pro Se/Unbundling Resource Center"

Original Source: Robert J. Ambrogi. "Legal Web Watch: Beyond Blogs."
Law Technology News. December 2004. Available at

Friday, December 17, 2004

New Online Video and Audio Search Tool

From the BeSpacific (Law & Technology News) blog by
Sabrina I. Pacifica, December 16, 2004

"press release: 'blinkx TV makes hours of TV content fully
searchable from your PC'

What is blinkx TV?: 'blinkx TV allows you to search the
web for video and audio clips...blinkx TV White Paper
(10 pages, PDF), includes a technology overview and
description of search capabilities."

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Library Displays Photographs of Ted Holynski

The Barclay Law Library is currently displaying
photographs by our multi-talented Reference Librarian,
Ted Holynski. In addition to beautiful winter scenes
of SU and the College of Law, the display features
Ted's collection of vintage cameras.

The display is in the atrium area on Floor 3
of E.I.White Hall.

Google Digitization of Library Collections

From the E-LawLibrary Weblog, December 14, 2004

"Google and five libraries announced Google's plan to
digitize volumes from each of the libraries' collections
to make them searchable through the Google search engine.
Electronic copies of the entire collections, or nearly the entire
collections, from Stanford University and the University of
Michigan will eventually move online, while selected volumes
from Harvard University, Oxford University, and the
New York Public Library will also go online in the future."

For more information, see:

Chronicle of Higher Education: Scott Carlson and Jeffrey R. Young,
"Google Will Digitize and Search Millions of Books From 5 Leading Research Libraries"

Harvard University Library: "FAQ: The University's Pilot Project with Google"

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Google Suggest

From the InterAlia (Internet Legal Research Weekly)
blog, December 14, 2004.

Google has introduced a new feature called Google Suggest.
Just start typing your search terms, and Google will show
search suggestions while you are still typing. You'll also get
to see the approximate number of hits that search query
will retrieve, so you can adjust your search.

Monday, December 13, 2004

2004 Report on Trends in the State Courts

The National Center for State Courts has released its
2004 Report on Trends in the State Courts.

Among the articles are:

*A-Courting We Will Go: The State of Same-Sex Marriage
*The Growing Need for Qualified Court Interpreters
*Effect of Mass Media and Pop Culture on Juror Expectations
*The Future of Court Security

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Intelligence Reform Bill Documents

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act
of 2004 Conference Report, with a joint explanatory
statement, is available with accompanying news stories
at the E-Lawlibrary blog. The bill, which was approved
by the House on December 7, is expected to pass the
Senate when it votes today.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

New Blog Co-Authored by Nobel Prize Winning Economist and Federal Circuit Judge

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Gary Becker and
Federal Circuit Judge/scholar Richard Posner
have started the Becker-Posner blog to "explore
current issues of economics, law, and policy in a
dialogic format."

For now, postings will occur just once a week on

NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository

The NELLCO (New England Law Library Consortium)
Repository "provides a free and persistent
point of access for working papers, reports, lecture series,
workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by
faculty at NELLCO member schools. The aim of the
NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository is to improve
dissemination and visibility of a variety of scholarly materials
throughout the academic and legal research communities."

Currently, materials are available from seven member
institutions. An alert service for specific areas of law is available
through free registration.

Syracuse University is an affiliate member of NELLCO.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Workshops for COL Faculty Coming Soon

Watch your email and this blog for information about
two exciting faculty programs we are planning
for early Spring, 2005:

1) How to Create Your Own Blog
2) All About Google Scholar and Other Google Services

Federal Gov't Wants To Mine College and University Student Data

From the BeSpacific (Law & Technology News) blog
by Sabrina I. Pacifica:

According to articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education,
the New York Times and the Boston Globe,
the National Center for Education Statistics (part of the
Dept. of Education) the [federal government] is
investigating a new system to significantly broaden
the collection of personal data on college and university
students beyond the scope of information related to
financial aid provided by the federal government.

FAIR v. Rumsfeld - Preliminary Injunction Available

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued
a preliminary injunction [PDF] Monday in the case
of FAIR v. Rumsfeld, prohibiting the government
from enforcing the Solomon Amendment.

Solomon requires the Department of Defense to
deny federal funds to educational institutions that
refuse access to military recruiters.