Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective On Secrecy and Transparency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) late last year put out an interesting report on lawmaking in the U.S. Congress:

Congressional Lawmaking: A Perspective On Secrecy and Transparency

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog.

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Nonpartisan research organization MapLight reveals money’s influence on politics

The non-profit organization MapLight has posted webpages as to the U.S. Congress and certain state legislatures (California and Wisconsin) regarding money’s influence on politics:

MapLight’s Newly Launched Company Pages Profile Contributions From Organizations And The Bills They Seek To Influence

See also here.

Hat tip to Resource Shelf.

LexisNexis Updates Free Caselaw and Forms from lexisONE Community to LexisNexis Community

LexisNexis has recently updated its free caselaw and forms access from lexisONE Community to:

LexisNexis Community

For links to some other free legal research resources (for caselaw, statutes, regulations, etc) online, take a look too at:

Brief Guide to Low/No Cost Online American Legal Research

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Revised (5th Edition) of “Locating the Law”

The Public Access to Legal Information (PALI) Committee of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SOCALL) has posted online its handy and valuable:

Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians
Fifth Edition, Revised (2011)

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Maplecroft Human Rights Risk Index 2012

Specialist multidisciplinary research (in risk intelligence and corporate responsibility) and advisory company Maplecroft, headquartered in Bath, England, has released its:

Human Rights Risk Map 2012

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Broad Facts of Income Inequality Over the Past 60 Years Summarized

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has posted a convenient 4-section guide on historical trends in income equality:

A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

LexisNexis Introduces CourtLink Hourly Alerts

LexisNexis has announced that its docket service product CourtLink is now offering hourly alerts on newly-filed federal cases — please see:

Reed Elsevier plc : LexisNexis Introduces CourtLink Hourly Alerts

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

California Judicial Council agrees to explore accepting private grant money for computerized case management in 3 superior courts

California’s Judicial Council is exploring whether to accept private grant money (perhaps as much as $20 million) to help deploy its computerized case management system in three superior courts.

The three superior courts will be in:

  1. San Luis Obispo County
  2. Ventura County
  3. Fresno County

Please see:

Judicial Council approves possible private
funding for case management system

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.

Legal Issues in Mass Digitization: A Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document

The U.S. Copyright Office last month posted

Legal Issues in Mass Digitization: A Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document

The Copyright Office explains here that this analytical document:

addresses the issues raised by the intersection between copyright law and the mass digitization of books. The purpose of the Analysis is to facilitate further discussions among the affected parties and the public – discussions that may encompass a number of possible approaches, including voluntary initiatives, legislative options, or both. The Analysis also identifies questions to consider in determining an appropriate policy for the mass digitization of books.
Public discourse on mass digitization is particularly timely. On March 22, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a proposed settlement in the copyright infringement litigation regarding Google’s mass book digitization project. The court found that the settlement would have redefined the relationship between copyright law and new technology, and it would have encroached upon Congress’s ability to set copyright policy with respect to orphan works. Since then, a group of authors has filed a lawsuit against five university libraries that participated in Google’s mass digitization project. These developments have sparked a public debate on the risks and opportunities that mass book digitization may create for authors, publishers, libraries, technology companies, and the general public. The Office’s Analysis will serve as a basis for further policy discussions on this issue.

Cross-posted on Law Library Blog.

Cooperative Agreement between Digital Public Library of America & Europeana

Two of the world’s principal digital library networks — the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and Europeana have announced an agreement to collaborate to make more cultural heritage materials available:

Digital Public Library of America and Europeana Announce Collaboration

A Statement of Common Principles: DPLA-Europeana
The Digital Public Library of America and Europeana share a common goal: to make the riches of libraries, museums, and archives available, free of charge, to everyone in the world. They will be guided in this mission by the following principles.

  1. They will make their systems and data interoperable to the greatest possible extent.
  2. They will promote open access to the greatest possible extent through joint existing and new policies concerning content, data, and metadata.
  3. They will collaborate regularly in developing specific aspects of their systems, beginning with:

Cross-posted at Law Library Blog.