Librarians on Film

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By , October 25, 2012 11:03 am

by Emily Smith

Winter’s just around the corner here in Seattle, and while on the one hand it’s sad to see the mild weather and long days go, I always look forward to the activities that come with what follows: the festivity of the holidays, hunkering down indoors, cooking, eating, and (being a librarian) reading. But winter’s also the season when I actually have a decent chance of making a dent in my seemingly ever-expanding Netflix queue.

I have a tendency to like to group my movie watching into themes – artist documentaries, Westerns, and so on – and lately I was thinking about librarians in movies, and movies about librarians. I sadly realized that aside from the cult classic (and personal favorite) Party Girl, and the memorable scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s that portrays librarians in a rather unflatteringly grumpy light – I couldn’t put together a very respectable film festival on the theme. Feeling that this was rather unacceptable for someone in our profession, I spent a little time online and quickly discovered that I wasn’t the first person to think about compiling such a list, or to think about how librarians have been portrayed in film throughout history. Continue reading 'Librarians on Film'»

October Program – Halloween Party

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By , October 16, 2012 9:34 am

Title: October Program – Halloween Party
Location: Public Law Library of King County

Description: LLOPS is putting on a Halloween party hosted jointly by the Program and Social Committees. Come join us for a fun hour of horror stories, treats, a costume contest and more! Costumes are optional but you might just win a prize so go ahead and dress up! (Leave the nun chucks for your ninja costume at home as you’ll have to go through airport-style security at the Courthouse.)

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Happy Hour!

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By , October 16, 2012 9:24 am

Title: Happy Hour!
Location: Gordon Biersch
Link out: Click here
Description: Join the Social Committee this Wednesday, October 17th, for appetizers and beverages at Gordon Biersch from 4:30-6:00PM. Why Gordon Biersch you ask? Well, ‘tis the season for Oktoberfest Bier and pretzels so what better place to visit than a place that upholds the noble “German Beer Purity Law” known as Reinheitsgebot? (bonus points will be awarded to those who can spell this after one of their tasty Fest Biers).

As usual, LLOPS will spring for appetizers. Gordon Biersch boasts a full bar, happy hour menu and excellent people watching as it is located on the top floor of Pacific Place.

Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Date: 2012-10-17

On Digging Up Dirt

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By , October 11, 2012 9:57 am

By Annette K.

By Anna Endter

Book Review: The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet, 12th edition, by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch

I like research. You probably do, too. I especially like research that requires some creativity and a fair amount of digging for background information on companies and people (in other words, I really like finding the dirt). My love of investigative research probably stems from spending too much of my childhood pretending my name was Harriet and dreaming of a career with the CIA. Alas, I did not become a spy, but I very much enjoy finding information that elicits a “you found this?!” kind of response. The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet by Carole A. Levitt and Mark E. Rosch should get at least some of the credit for providing a good starting place for planning out a public records or other complicated online search for background information.
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Take a Stance: AALL Bylaws

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By , October 8, 2012 10:52 am

The polls are open for a proposed amendment change to the AALL Bylaws. Ken Hirsh at Ipso Facto sums it up:

The most controversial of these is to expand the definition of active membership to include anyone who is interested in the objectives of the association. If adopted by the membership, this would allow those employed at information vendors and other non-library/non-information center settings to serve on the executive board.

Not to be missed, there is a FAQ page and healthy conversation (with links to other blog posts) for further clarification and specifics. While it is for the individual member to decide and rare for LLOPS to take an official stance on matters such as this; we have decided to take an official and perhaps unprecedented position.  Continue reading 'Take a Stance: AALL Bylaws'»

Do Not Pass Go, Go to Print

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By , October 4, 2012 2:32 pm

by Philippe Cloutier 

The United States of America maintains the highest GDP at $15.09 trillion (and we’ve put people on the moon); yet the website for the hallowed United States Code still proclaims:

While every effort has been made to ensure that the Code database on the website is accurate, those using it for legal research should verify their results against the printed version of the United States Code available through the Government Printing Office.”

I am continually shocked by the USC’s refer to the print motto: first in library school, then in my first professional library job, and now in the present moment. While it is hard to imagine that any discrepancies exist betwixt the print and online editions, the caveat does not guarantee the online’s verisimilitude. The USC beta website details the issue further (averting liability): Continue reading 'Do Not Pass Go, Go to Print'»

LLOPS Executive Board Meeting Minutes 8/29/2012

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By , October 2, 2012 11:50 am

Attendees: Jennifer Hill (President), Crystal Norton (Past President), Kim Ositis (Vice President/President Elect), Stephanie Wilson (Treasurer), Bret Masterson (Secretary). Erin Hoffrance (Chair, Grants Committee) was present during the discussion of the second  item on the agenda below.

Location: Riddell Williams, Seattle, Washington.

Time: The meeting was called to order by President Jennifer Hill at 1:10 p.m.

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Private Law Libraries SIS: Perspectives

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By , October 2, 2012 11:47 am

The final issue of PLL Perspectives is available. The newsletter format cancellation makes way for social media updates, blog posts, and other “real-time” updates. Check-it out to learn about PLL history, future challenges, Bloomberg BNA, AALL, and more.

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