Law Library Journal (Fall 2008): “Schoolhouse Rock is No Longer Enough”

The latest issue of Law Library Journal [vol. 100, no. 4, Fall 2008] has an interesting piece by I-Wei Wang, Reference Librarian, University of California Berkeley, School of Law Library titled “Schoolhouse Rock is No Longer Enough: The Presidential Signing Statements Controversy and Its Implications for Library Professionals.” The particularly aggressive use by President George W. Bush of  signing statements as a form of “don’t veto, don’t obey” action (dubbed by some, including the article’s author, as OPSS or “objecting presidential signing statements”) certainly — among other things — casts some doubt on the continued use of the simple and direct Schoolhouse Rock musical cartoon video “I’m Just a Bill” to accurately convey the federal lawmaking process as concluding when the President either vetoes or signs a bill into law.

“In Defense of Wikipedia” by Diane Murley

Last but not least today from the latest issue of Law Library Journal [vol. 100, no. 3, Summer 2008] is “In Defense of Wikipedia” by Diane Murley, Web Services Coordinator and Reference Librarian, Ross-Blakley Law Library, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.

The abstract reads:

Ms. Murley explains how Wikipedia articles are created and edited and how to use Wikipedia’s tools to evaluate articles. She argues that research instructors should teach students to use Wikipedia properly, rather than trying to convince them not to use it. Finally, she suggests ways in which Wikipedia can be used to help teach the importance of evaluating sources.

“Unanswerable Questions” by Mary Whisner

Another interesting piece — University of Washington Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library reference librarian Mary Whisner — in the latest Law Library Journal issue [vol. 100, no. 3, Summer 2008] is: Unanswerable Questions.

The abstract reads:

What can librarians do when a patron asks an “unanswerable” question? Ms. Whisner addresses various types of questions that can’t be answered, ways to deal with them, and how to know when a questions truly is unanswerable.