Last November, the Lane Powell library put on an evening showcase to highlight select electronic resources. Attorneys turned up for a wine and resource pairing, and learned new tools and search tips. Join us to learn how Philippe Cloutier and Laurel Evans developed and facilitated this event at their firm.
When: Wednesday, April 29th Noon – 1 pm
Where: Lane Powell, 1420 5th Ave #4200 Seattle, WA 98101 42nd Floor Conference room – behind the reception desk. Please have your ID with you.
by Grace Feldman
You are probably well aware of the West Key Number System and headnotes but are you familiar with Westlaw’s Headnote of the Day provided on Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solutions Blog? If not, today’s headnote might make you want to subscribe:
A dog cannot recover for emotional distress.
Obserschlake v. Veterinary Assoc. Animal Hospital, 785 N.E.2d 811 (Ohio App. 2003)
While it is unlikely that the Headnote of the Day will significantly help you with your work (the blog does state that they “offer the Headnote of the Day as a diversion; the point of law it contains may no longer be good law”), it might brighten up an otherwise gloomy Friday! TGIF LLOPSters!
by Philippe Cloutier
The following Thomson Reuters letter (which I am calling J’accuse!) has been making the rounds across our fair country and perhaps globally. In some instances librarians are receiving a half dozen of the exact same letter: one for the home, one for the office, one for the restroom, one for framing, etc. If in the rare instance you have not had the delight to feast thine eyes upon Brian Knudsen’s most concerned letter, I offer a scan below for your edification. Continue reading 'Thomson Reuters Takes Aim, Sends Snail Mail'»
by Kristine Lloyd
Forgive me for broaching this very delicate subject, but it seems warranted given that the average person spends three years in a lifetime on the loo. Friends: one could procure a law degree in that amount of time. Perhaps the advertisers who devised toilet paper printed with ads and coupon codes, soon to be stocked at the public library in Port Chester, New York, can start selling newspapers and books on a roll. It would sure save many a librarian from having to don a HazMat suit to remove abandoned newspapers from the men’s bathroom.
by Kristine Lloyd
When it comes time to orient new associates, I have learned that I must keep the SNL skit references to myself. I once said to a new group that the difference between Lexis and Westlaw was like the difference between McDonald’s and McDowell’s, in what I thought was a fun reference to Coming to America. They stared at me. A couple even smiled politely in pity for what they sensed was an attempt at humor.
If you want to maintain your hip quotient in the face of an ever-youthful class of associates, then you should at a minimum study the newest update to the Oxford English Dictionary. New words like chillax, muffin top, bromance, bling and Homer Simpson’s D’oh have officially made it into the OED’s sanctioned lexicon, although I got the raised eyebrow from a young associate when I used the word “chillax” in conversation. I guess this is a little like your mom singing “Like a Virgin” when you are in 6th grade (which mine did), an older person’s embarrassing foray into the wilds of youth. And clearly my mother was not a virgin. Continue reading 'Chillaxin’ in the Stacks'»
by Mary Whisner from Gallagher Blogs
The Social Security Administration has released its list of the most popular baby names in the last year, with Sophia and Jacob at the top. Reality TV, religion give birth to top baby names, Seattle Times, May 14, 2012.
Why stop with the most recent year? The curious can visit the Social Security Administration’s Popular Baby Names site and find out how a name has ranked going back to 1922. (The first Social Security card was issued in November 1936.)
My own name, Mary, was #1 the year I was born. It was in the top 5 from 1922 through 1967, but has now toppled to #112. Continue reading 'Names, Popular and Not So Popular'»
by Kristine Lloyd
Nothing says morning better than a cup of Librarian’s Blend coffee, brought to you by the fine folks of Intelligentsia Coffee:
The Librarian’s Blend is named for that person who always told you to keep quiet when you were studying. This blend is representative of the soul of the librarian: steady, reassuring, and always there with that slight edge of eccentricity. It has a bold base with a bit of sparkle. Here’s to good reading.
What baffles me is that it’s decaf. Why would I want decaf when I need to fortify myself to forcefully shush patrons, stamp books with fervor and patrol the stacks for perverts? Honestly, I think the Honey Badger Espresso sounds a bit more apt for our feisty clan:
Honey Badger’s reincarnation is true to the original’s form: assertive and acidic, with excessive sweetness and a syrupy body. Complex, citric, zesty, and well-rounded, this blend is both versatile and exciting, with much to offer both the home user and the ambitious barista.
*editor’s note: If you’re looking for the best coffee downtown check-out Monorail Espresso (cash only). They regularly fuel a number of librarians.
by Stina McClintock
“I’m starting a fantasy league. I think I’ll be good at it.” – Kim Kardashian
With the advent of smart phones and calendar syncing, every time I log on to my work email, I see all appointments and important dates that are creeping up on me. In particular, March 11th looms with an all caps reminder “SELECTION SUNDAY” to remind me that on this day, I will wake up, light a candle next to my Adam Morrison bobblehead and say a secret prayer that Gonzaga does not get selected as a low 8 seed in the east. Continue reading 'March Madness²'»
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia offers up an exhibit titled: “The Tower of Law”. Composed of law reporters this art piece spirals from the ground up, creating a symbolic and uncommon look at the letter of the law. Check out Stephen Colbert’s run-in with the tower (around the 4:27 mark) and start your Friday off with laughter and awe.
Thanks to Karen Helde for bringing this to our door-step!
by Kristine Lloyd
My fascination with all things sartorial was born in the playground that was my mother’s closet. Many hours of my childhood were wiled away in her walk-in, throwing myself a fashion party and donning her fabulous rags. I have a picture of myself when I was six, garbed in bohemian layers, opera gloves and puka shell necklace.
My fashion obsession is fueled by websites featuring photos of creatively clad people on the street. The Sartorialist and Street Peeper are among my favorites. I could die a happy woman if my photograph was ever posted on one of these sites. I’m way too matchy-matchy and yes, conservative, for that dream to ever come to fruition. More likely, my fear that I show up as a Glamour Don’t will be realized. Might be because of that sister-wife dress I scored at the thrift store. Continue reading 'Stylin’ in the Stacks'»