Monday, April 18, 2005

Social Bookmarking Services

The April 2005 issue of D-Lib Magazine contains an article reviewing social bookmarking services, as well as a case study on Connotea. (See previous issues of LLNE News for reviews of FURL (p.21) and SPURL (p.5).)

source: Search Engine Watch Blog

SAVE THE DATE: Simmons GSLIS Reception in San Antonio

Good morning Simmons GSLIS Alumni/ae and Students-

As you make your plans for AALL, please be sure to include the Simmons GSLIS Alumni/ae Reception on your calendar (or enter it in your PDA)!

All Alumni/ae, students, and friends of Simmons are invited to:

Simmons GSLIS Alumni/ae Reception
Sunday, July 17, 2005
6:30PM - 8:15PM
Location: To Be Announced

Please RSVP and/or send your questions to me at

Hope to see you there!

Raquel Ortiz

Joint LLNE/SNELLA luncheon at AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio

Greetings from Boston! Please join your LLNE and SNELLA colleagues for the annual joint luncheon and LLNE business meeting on Tuesday, July 19. The registration form is available on the LLNE website at

The registration deadline is June 13, 2005.

At the business meeting, we will hold the elections for new officers. In addition, this year's meeting includes an important vote on amendments to the LLNE Constitution and Bylaws. Nominations and the proposed amendments will be disseminated to members later this spring, per the LLNE constitution.

I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio.

Raquel Ortiz, LLNE President

Friday, April 15, 2005

Reminder -- Scholarship Deadline

A reminder --The deadline for LLNE Scholarship applications for the 2005 Annual Meeting in San Antonio is next Wednesday, April 20. Information about the scholarships and application forms are available at:

Margaret Cianfarini
Chair, LLNE Scholarship Committee

Thursday, April 14, 2005

U.S. Census Bureau has feed

The U.S. Census Bureau has a feed for new content.

source: AbsTracked

Friday, April 08, 2005

Search Engines Beyond Google

Looking for the best search engine for finding images, looking for academic resources, or you want to find resources that you can trust? Then you might want to bookmark or FURL Phil Bradley's resource guide on search engines. This guide is written in a short question and answer format and offers lots of suggestions of search engines beyond Google that you can turn to for help with particular research tasks.
Source: inter alia

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

NAMI Walkathon, May 14, 2005

Spring greetings, LLNE members --

There is a wonderful opportunity to join a walkathon on May 14, 2005, for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (or NAMI).

This walkathon --

raises public awareness about mental illness and the realities of the lives of individuals and families living with these disorders,

fights stigma and negative stereotypes associated with mental illness,

raises funds to provide new resources and programs for state and affiliate programs,

increases NAMI membership,

and provides outreach to new and culturally diverse populations affected by mental illness.

NAMI is a wonderful organization that helps individuals and families throughout the country, including right here in New England. To learn more, or to sign up to pledge or to walk with the LLNE team, go to

If you have any questions please contact me, Ginny McVarish, at or 617-495-2422.

And enjoy the spring!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

LLNE Conference Bibliography

Annette Demers (Harvard Law School Library) has posted a conference bibliography for her LLNE Spring Meeting 2005 presentation "Research Relating to Terrorism" at
Thanks for a great presentation, Annette!

Answers to our LLNE/AALL Trivia Contest

The answers to Friday's LLNE/AALL Trivia Contest at the our Spring 2005 Meeting at Harvard Law School have been posted on the LLNE website. Thank you to all who participated!

For more information about AALL history, be sure to check out the AALL Centennial Celebration Committee's website. The committee provides a variety of resources on AALL History. (You might recognize some of our contest questions in the AALL Chronology!) Read about its programs at the annual meeting in San Antonio, including one featuring LLNE member John Pedini as a speaker.

Monday, April 04, 2005

SJC & Suffolk Law team up to webcast Oral Arguments

Begining today, April 4th, oral arguments before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court are being broadcast in real time over the Internet as part of a pilot project between Suffolk University Law School and the Supreme Judicial Court.You may watch oral arguments and find a schedule of upcoming arguments, at the following web site:

Source: Dean Marc Perlin, Suffolk University School of Law

Friday, April 01, 2005

Winners of our trivia contest!

Well, the meeting is now over and was definitely a success! Many thanks to the Harvard Law School Library and all presenters for a fabulous program!

During the reception in the Caspersen Room, Mike Hughes awarded the prizes for our trivia contest. The grand prize winner? Byron Hill of Bowditch and Dewey, with only 2 incorrect answers! Byron took home a wonderful assortment of wines from various countries connected with our theme, the war on terrorism. They were as follows: Trapiche Malbec (Argentina); Oxford Landing Chardonay (Australia); Carpineto Dogajolo (Italy); Geisen Savignon Blanc (New Zealand); Margues de Daroca Red (Spain); and Berardiere Rhone (France).

Ten dollar gift certificates were also awarded to Anne Acton (New England School of Law Library); Mary Liz Brenninkmeyer (Northeastern University School of Law Library); Ann DeVeaux (Quinnipiac University School of Law Library); Judy Gire (Franklin Pierce Law Library); and Cornelia Trubey (Ropes & Gray).

Answers will soon be posted on the LLNE website!

Research Tip

Mary Liz Brenninkmeyer brings us a research tip about the Washington & Lee Most Cited Legal Periodicals database. Mary Liz found this site particularly useful for answering a faculty question about popularity of several law review journals she was considering publishing in.

Juliette Kayyem

Juliette Kayyem, Acting Executive Director at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is speaking on preserving security and democratic freedoms in the war on terrorism. She has a report on this topic available on the Belfer Center web site. Kayyem is also the co-editor of First to Arrive: State and Local Response to Terrorism.

Harvard's Human Rights Program

Prof. Henry Steiner, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, spoke about international responses to terrorism. He is the director and founder of Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program.

Unlawful Combatants

Ryan Goodman , Assistant Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law, Harvard Law School, mentioned a recent cases from the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (In re Guantanamo Detainee Cases) that defines the term "unlawful combatants." One of the hypos in the case explains that, in theory, an old woman in Switzerland, who sends a check to a terrorist organization thinking it is a charity, could technically be categorized as an unlawful combatant because she has supplied financial support to a terrorist organization.

LLNE Spring Meeting - Program

Coming up later today:

Juliette Kayyem will be presenting on Preserving Security and Democratic Freedoms in the War on Terrorism. Nathaniel Berman will speaking on Privileging Combat? Contemporary Conflict and the Legal Construction of War. Harvard Law School Library's Annette Demers will be giving us some information on Researching Terrorism and Paul Deschner will introduce Harvard's Nurember Trials Project.

LLNE Spring Meeting - International Responses to Terrorism Panel Discussion

Kim Dulin of the Harvard Law School Library got the meeting off to a great start early this morning by welcoming guests and promising us an exciting program of events.

Annette Demers, who will be presenting later today, introduced the morning panel, Ryan Goodman, Henry Steiner, and Noah Weisbord. Henry Steiner gave an erudite presentation on universal jurisdiction. He noted that one advantage of universal jurisdiction is the ability to reach parties that would otherwise elude the reaches of law. The first instance of this extension of jurisdiction was applied to pirates on the open seas. Steiner is the director and founder of Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program.

Although universal jurisdiction can work well to reach otherwise elusive parties, it does have certain drawbacks. Professor Steiner pointed out one potential problem - that in highly politicized cases there is no consensus on the fairness of the indictment, trial, and conviction.