Faculty Newsletter Fall 2010

Inside this Issue
 •Announcing Westlaw Next
 •Travel with a Kindle!
 •Casebooks in MP3 Files
 •ALM Legal Intelligence Online
 •Welcome Laurel Davis!
 •Research Assistant At-Large
 •New in Rare Book Room!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

There's always a sense of excitement and renewal at the start of the semester. The Law Library has exciting new developments to share with you, including new staff and new research sources; so, please take a moment to read this newsletter. We want to support your teaching and scholarship activities.

New services, such as American Lawyer Media, will allow you to incorporate data about practice developments into your classes, while the release of WestlawNext will offer you a new search technique for a favorite resource. I know that you will enjoy working with our dedicated team during this academic year. Please contact us with any questions; we're excited to start a new year and look forward to working with you! L'chaim. To Life!

Peace, Filippa

Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor and Associate Dean for Information and Technology Services,
Law School

Announcing WestlawNext

In 2011, Westlaw will formally release its new legal research system, WestlawNext. The Law Library has arranged for BC Law faculty, staff and students to have pre-release access to WestlawNext. Faculty may use WestlawNext immediately; student access to WestlawNext starts on September 16, 2010. WestlawNext is West's "next-generation" legal research system which features a clearer, less cluttered interface and natural language searching with automatically-expanded search results. Users no longer need to select databases or construct Boolean searches. WestlawNext takes a natural language search phrase and automatically searches for synonyms, related terms and legal terms of art and then ranks search results by relevance. Word on the street is that West intends to phase out the traditional Westlaw research system, so WestlawNext is the wave of the future.

Click here for a few tips for using the pre-release version of WestlawNext.

On the road? Consider taking a Kindle along!

Catching a flight to a conference and regretting all the heavy paper documents you're carrying? Consider taking a Kindle along on your next trip. The Law Library owns 8 Kindle devices and faculty are welcome to borrow the e-readers. In addition to loading published titles, it is possible to load pdf documents on a Kindle and read or add brief annotations to the pdf. Kindles can be checked out at the Information Desk.

Casebook contents available as mp3 files

Courtroom View Network (previously known as Audio Case Files), is a commercial service, licensed by the Law Library, that allows students to download MP3 versions of cases commonly found in 1L casebooks, as well as cases for Con Law, Corporations, Evidence and IP casebooks. In addition to being a great resource for multi-taskers, this is a terrific option for auditory learners and visually impaired students. Courtroom View Network (CVN) also provides streaming video of seasoned practitioners from several jurisdictions arguing cases on a variety of subjects.

To set up your account, visit the CVN website; click the "Sign Up!" link at the top of the screen, and then follow the instructions. If you’d like help in adding a link to Courtroom View Network to your course website, contact lawedtech@bc.edu.

New Resource: ALM Legal Intelligence Online Database

Are you interested in adding data re legal practice today in your class coverage? Now you have the ability to search, compare and download detailed intelligence on the legal market with the ALM Legal Intelligence database. The Law Library recently subscribed to this service in order to access the ALM surveys and rankings and to search and review raw data about the largest U.S. and international law firms, including firm revenues, corporate representation, profits-per-partner, attorney counts, billing data, diversity, pro bono, significant litigation and transactional activity. Raw data can be downloaded to Excel®.

Use is restricted to BC faculty, staff, and students so stop by the Information Desk to obtain our shared Usernames and Passwords to use this resource now. We hope to have IP address recognition available soon.

Welcome to Laurel Davis, new Legal Information Librarian

Laurel joined the Law Library staff on August 16th. Laurel has a distinguished academic background; she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University in 2001; she graduated from Boston College Law School in 2006, and earned her Master in Library Science degree from Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science in 2009. While in Law School, Laurel interned at Greater Boston Legal Services in the Family Law Unit and also at Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, LLP. Laurel was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November 2006. Laurel was a post-graduate intern at the Boston College Law Library in the spring of 2007. Before coming to the Law Library as a full-time librarian, Laurel was a Legal Reference Specialist at the Office of the Attorney General Law Library in Boston.

Law Library's Research Assistant-at-Large

Do you need help with a short-term research project? The Law Library hires and supervises a student worker who serves as the Research Assistant-at-Large. Under the supervision of Mark Sullivan, Legal Information Librarian, this student will assist with faculty research projects. Faculty members who do not have an R.A. find this a very useful service. If you would like to request R.A.-at-Large assistance, please e-mail your project description and deadline requirements to lawlibra@bc.edu

Rare Book Room Exhibit: Recent Additions to the Collection

Click on image to see larger view You are invited to visit the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room to view our Fall 2010 exhibit: Recent Additions to the Collection. Highlights include a selection of early English law dictionaries, a stunning group of lawyers’ private library lists, signed modern first editions from contemporary political figures, and some unusual memorabilia connected to the legal publishing industry in late nineteenth-century North America. These books, manuscripts and memorabilia enhance our holdings in key areas and enable us to better understand the way law was published, acquired, studied and practiced in England and America in centuries past. Special thanks to Karen Breda, Dan Coquillette, and Mike Hoeflich for donating some of the works on display. The exhibit will be on view through early December 2010. Please join us!

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