The countdown to this year’s Love Your Library Fest is just two days!
We hope to see you on Friday from 2-5pm in the Library for activities, games, an exhibit, chances to meet some legal information vendors, candy, and learning a bit more about what the Library can do for you!
We just packed up this year’s grand prize gift baskets. We are raffling one for a JD student and one for an LLM or SJD student. Each basket contains:
- A Boston tea party mug with tea
- Cranberry bog frogs candy
- maple syrup
- Wild Maine blueberry jam
- Taza stone ground chocolate
- A lobster finger puppet
- A complete set of HLS Library bookmarks
- An HLS Library magnet
- a $100 Grafton Restaurant Group giftcard, good at Grafton Street, Park, Russell House Tavern, and Temple Bar restaurants
Get a raffle entry for each Library Fest station you complete and a bonus entry if you complete all five. Every HLS student who completes three of the five Library Fest stations will receive an AMC gold movie ticket. Other giveaways for all include candy, HLSL stylus-pen combos, stickers, magnets, and items from our vendors.
We look forward to seeing you all Friday!
Historical & Special Collections is pleased to announce its new exhibit Life Beyond the Law: Exploring Student Life Outside the Harvard Law School Classroom is now on view in the Caspersen Room on the fourth floor of Langdell Hall.
Graduate Div. Picnic, September 1977 by Joan Lebold Cohen; Volleyball game between Austin Hall and Littauer Center, April 1979. From the Photographs of Harvard Law School Students collection.
This exhibit examines the experiences of Harvard Law School students from the mid-1840s to the present. It focuses on life outside the classroom along the themes of off-campus activities, leisure and the arts, and athletics. Largely told in their own words, this exhibit gives a glimpse into the lives of individual students whose experiences are captured in letters to friends and family, personal diaries, student publications, and photographs.
Curated by Jane Kelly and Lesley Schoenfeld, Life Beyond the Law will be on view in the Caspersen Room 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM through December 12, 2014. A companion website to this exhibit can be found here.
As some of you may have already heard, PACER, the online repository for records and filings from U.S. Federal Courts, recently removed documents from five courts in preparation for an update to the system. Though efforts are underway by some private organizations to find a way to make these documents publicly available again, this has left many PACER users concerned about how to find these documents (which included records from some high profile cases) in the meantime. If you find yourself looking for these documents, there are a couple of approaches you can take.
First, all Harvard Law School students have access to Bloomberg Law, which offers a helpful docket search feature. While it does not include records for all cases, its easy search interface and the fact that new records are added all the time makes it a good first source. To search for a docket, login into Bloomberg Law and click Litigation & Dockets in the top menu. Then select Search Dockets from the resulting drop down menu.
If you don’t find the record you need in Bloomberg Law, you can also visit the RECAP Archive. This free database collects federal court documents that are gathered by the RECAP browser extension. (You might also consider installing the extension yourself; it is available for both Chrome and Firefox). While the archive does not include all court records, it is growing all the time, so it is a good starting point for items not on PACER or Bloomberg Law.
If you find that the records aren’t available electronically, we have collected information about how to request materials from each of the courts that had items removed from PACER below:
If you are looking for further information on how to find court records and briefs, you can also refer to our research guide on the topic.
The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day! For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.
New resources at Harvard for August 2014
American Consumer Culture, 1935-1965
Atlas of the flora of New England
Historical Garden Design Online
Nineteenth Century Collection Online, PARTS 1-12
Oxford Bibliographies – American Literature
PLI Discover PLUS
ProQuest Executive Branch Documents 1789-1932
ProQuest U.S. Serial Set Digital Collection I: 1789-1969
Swiss Law Bibliography
Urban History Documentation Archive of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)
The Virgil Encyclopedia
HOLLIS+ is the scholarly alternative to Google. Search and grab books, articles & more. Check out this user guide for quick ideas on getting started for optimum search!
Why use HOLLIS+?
Search for books and articles together. Access most of the Harvard Library’s resources in a single search.
Interdisciplinary research. Search broadly find information on many, even esoteric, subjects.
Search by citation. Just paste in the citation and click search.
Multilingual. Search in nearly 500 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
What else can I do with HOLLIS+?
- Refine your search by library location, publication date, language, format, and more.
- Search Tables of Contents of many books and journals.
- Search a phrase.
- Filter results to items that are “Not checked out” – updated three times per day.
- Browse by call numbers, authors, titles or subjects with Virtual Browse.
- And more! Ask your librarian if you would like to learn more!
If you have not had a chance to view the exhibits in the Library’s Caspersen Room, now is the time! Our special copy of the Declaration of Independence, generously lent by Marc (HLS 1984) and Robin Wolpow and family, is on view through Friday August 15. And the last day of our summer exhibit, Spanning the Centuries: an Exhibit of Recent Acquisitions 1579-1868, is Friday August 22. The Caspersen Room is open weekdays 9 to 5.
Watch this space for news of our fall exhibits, coming soon!
We are currently hosting the 2014 CALI Conference for Law School Computing here at Harvard Law School. Before the official conference started, several attendees met on Wednesday, 6/18, for an “Unconference.”
The Unconference agenda was completely attendee-driven: the participants selected topics and then broke off into small groups to discuss them. Topics included:
- Is “Law Practice Technology” Worth Teaching as Part of an Advanced Legal Research Course?
- Flipped Classrooms
- Building Virtual Communities
- Polling Tools
- How Do We Train Faculty to Understand When Multimedia Tools Are Adding Value, When They’re Just Wanting to be “Cool”?
- What Tool has Really Helped a Colleague Teach and Didn’t Demand a Lot of Time?
Check out http://bit.ly/PreCALI for notes from the sessions.
Thank you to the attendees for some great discussions!
In honor of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the law library has published a new research guide on soccer/football and the law.
The guide includes links to internet resources, a multi-lingual list of the Harvard Libraries’ related print holdings, information about finding journal and periodical articles, and a directory of recent soccer/football legal news.