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Calculate!

calculatorsJust in time for exams! By student request, we now have three TI-30XIIS calculators ready to help HLS students calculate during accounting or finance law exams! To check one out, visit the HLS Library Circulation Desk. The calculators will circulate for three hours.

Guide to researching executive power

If you have recently developed a stronger interest in the topic of executive power, we have a new research guide that can help you explore it through many resources available both at the HLS Library and beyond.

Executive Power: a guide to researching executive and presidential power in the United States covers:

  • tips for finding on point caselaw and other primary sources
  • treatises on constitutional law and the executive branch specifically plus dozens of books about executive and presidential power
  • databases–those covering law as well as political science, policy, and history
  • sources for very current as well as older scholarly articles
  • newspapers and legal blogs
  • how to find relevant Congressional Research Service reports and think tank publications
  • links to presidential libraries, resources about presidential transitions, and research guides to other aspects of the presidency

852 RARE: New Exhibit: Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical & Special Collections –Object Spotlight- Cardozo Sculptograph

Historical & Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical & Special Collections. The exhibit steps away from the collection’s “A-side,” the popular items people expect to find and instead focuses on lesser known parts of the collection that include some bizarre finds and hidden gems.

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One of those hidden gems is a unique photograph of Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938). Cardozo began his career in private practice after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1890. In 1914 he was elected to the New York Supreme Court where he served as an associate justice until 1917. He was then appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals where he served from 1917 to 1932, serving as chief judge from 1926-1932. President Hoover appointed Cardozo to the United States Supreme Court on February 15, 1932, to a seat vacated by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 24, 1932, and received commission on March 2, 1932. He served as associate justice until his death in 1938.

3-D Black and white photograph of Justice Benjamin Cardozo

Benjamin Cardozo, 1936-1938

Underwood & Underwood, photographer

Gelatin silver print sculptograph, 26 x 21 x 2.5 cm, HOLLIS 8001213107

In 1997, Professor Andrew L. Kaufman gave Historical & Special Collections material he collected and created during the research for his book, Cardozo (1998). Included in the gift was a small collection of photographs he had amassed over the years—including this very unique item. Having never seen anything like it before, we brought the print to the attention of photograph conservators at the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard Library. It was a mystery to them as well! After researching the process they were able to determine that the photographic object is a sculptograph. Creating a sculptograph is a complex process that involves adhering a photographic image onto a secondary support, usually made of metal, essentially turning a two-dimensional photograph into a three-dimensional bas-relief.  Although various techniques for creating photographs with bas-relief surfaces were patented during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, sculptographs are rare and few historical publications or technical analyses regarding the process exist. This example is especially notable because instead of a metal support it has a molded, plaster relief.

The photograph was loaned in 2002 to the American Sephardi Federation in New York for a Cardozo exhibit. As far as we know, this is the first time in 14 years it is being displayed, and possibly the first time at Harvard.

We are thankful to our colleagues at the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard Library who took the still images they captured using RTI imaging (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) to create a movie that offers a three-dimensional viewing experience.

The exhibit was curated by HSC staff: Karen Beck, Jessica Farrell, Jane Kelly, Edwin Moloy, Mary Person, and Lesley Schoenfeld. It will be on view in the Caspersen Room, Harvard Law School Library 4th floor, daily 9am-5pm through March 2017.

For those unable to make it to the physical exhibit, we invite you to a view a selection of exhibit images online at bit.ly/HSCexhibit. We have also included the recently reformatted recordings of a rare 1957 vinyl record, James Garrett Wallace Sings of the Law and Lawyers, side 1 & side 2 and a 1979 U-matic videocassette titled Langdell Legends featuring numerous HLS professors, because it wouldn’t be fair to display them without letting people fully enjoy these B-side gems!

Learn or refresh your research skills!

Need a refresher on the basics? Want to extend your research skills into topical areas and more? Attend any or all of our classes next week for a refresher on the basics or to learn some new skills!

No registration necessary–feel free to just show up! All classes will be 50 minutes or less.

Legal Research Strategy Oct 24 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
Get refreshed on the basics from secondary sources to the one good case method

Massachusetts Legal Research Oct 24 at 4pm, Library computer lab
A review of some useful resources and tips for Massachusetts Law

International Legal Research Oct 25 at 12pm, Library computer lab
Learn how to get started research international law

Health Law Oct 25 at 4pm, Library computer lab
Tips and strategies for getting started with health law

Administrative Law Research Oct 26 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
CFR, FR, and everything else you need to know about researching admin law

International Human Rights Oct 26 at 4pm, Library conference room 524
Come learn about top resources to help you get started in human rights research

European Union Law Research Oct 27 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
Find out what you need to know about EU research

Transactional Legal Research Oct 27 at 4pm, Library computer lab
Learn what to expect when doing transactional research

Intellectual Property Oct 28 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
Copyright, patents, and trademarks, oh my! Learn about IP research

Advanced Google Searching Oct 28 at 4pm, Library computer lab
Learn to power search Google like a librarian

HLS students, come explore our Historical & Special Collections!

HLS students, did you know that the Library holds one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of rare law books, early legal manuscripts, and archival collections of legal papers?

There is still space available in our short Introduction to Historical & Special Collections session. Learn about what we collect, get a first-hand look at examples from our collection, and find out how to do research in HSC.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:30-4pm in the Root Room (south end of the Reading Room)
Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Wanted: HLS student views!

The Library is looking at user experience regarding the use of library space and is holding several focus groups with students to explore how you use the library. The focus groups will be led by Jonathan Austin of Austin Architects and will explore literally (on a map) where you do certain things in the library (study, talk, collaborate, etc) and where you would like to do those activities (or others). They will also be asking questions and trying to get a sense from you about how you engage with the space in the library – from seating to lighting and more.

These focus groups will take no more than 1 hour and five sessions are available during either the lunch or early dinner hour.  Food will be provided. 

We would be grateful for your participation and only ask that you sign up for one session in advance.

You may do so by emailing Gail Harris (gharris@law) and ranking your preferences from 1-5 (or marking yourself as unavailable during a certain time period). Please let us know by Thursday 10/6 of your availability.

  • 10/12 Wednesday @ noon
  • 10/12 Wednesday @ 5pm
  • 10/13 Thursday @ noon
  • 10/13 Thursday @ 5pm
  • 10/14 Friday @ noon

Thank you!

Happy National Coffee Day!

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Happy coffee by Karolina Grabowska, CC0 license

Happy National Coffee Day!

HLS students, did you know you can get free coffee in the Library? Visit the kitchenette at the north end of the Reading Room–that’s the end with the Caspersen Room–after 9pm on weekdays (except Friday) and all day on weekends to get your fix.

(Filtered cold and hot water is always available there, so tea drinkers, you’re always in luck!)

Local chain Dunkin Donuts is celebrating by selling any medium hot coffee for just 66 cents, while Starbucks is planning to donate a coffee tree for every cup of its México Chiapas brewed coffee sold today.

Enjoy the java!

Banned Books Week Read-Out and more!

bbw-smallBanned Books Week is coming and we are excited! As librarians, the freedom to read is in our DNA. Every year scores of books have their places in libraries and schools challenged by would-be censors. We can’t stand that, but we can stand up for the freedom to read and you can join us!

Visit the HLS Library lobby during the week of September 26 for a display about local censors. “Banned in Boston” isn’t just an expression; the New England Watch & Ward Society records in our own collection (digitized in 2010) contain lists of “impure literature” that was banned in Boston (and beyond) during the 20th century.

Read-Out, Tuesday, September 27 at 12:15, HLS Library steps 
Bring your lunch and join us on the steps of the library as members of the HLS community read excerpts from our favorite banned books. We’ll be reading from classic literature, children’s picture books, and everything in between! If you’re HLS faculty, student, or staff and would like to be a reader, please contact Meg Kribble by Thursday, September 22 and we’ll add you to the line-up!

All week on Instagram!
Follow our Instagram for photos of HLS faculty, staff, and students with our favorite banned books. Share your own banned book selfies with #hlslbannedbooks! Not sure if your favorite has been banned or challenged? Check out the American Library Association’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books for 2015 and ALA’s Banned & Challenged Classics.

Find your zone at the HLS Library

zonesThe HLS Library is a big space and there are many things you can do hereread, study, write, work on a group project, snack, call your family, study some more, write some more…you get the picture. The trick is figuring out where to do each of those things without disturbing your fellow students, and that’s why we designated zones throughout the library buildings for specific activities.

Quiet zones are for quiet reading and study. Please keep noise to a minimum and take conversations to other zones. The Reading Room and most stacks areas are quiet zones.

Collaboration zones are for working in groups or talking quietly with others who are present. The Lemann Lounge, Microforms Room booths, 3rd floor group study rooms, and the Reference Room are all collaboration zones.

Phone zones are the only areas where talking on phones is permitted. Please keep ringers on silent. The Lemann Lounge, 4th floor computer labs, copy rooms, and the bridge to the Lewis Hall stacks are all phone zones.

Food zones are the only areas where food and snacks are allowed to be consumed. This is in order to keep mice and bugs away. The Lemann Lounge and Microforms Room booths are food zones. You may have drinks throughout the building, as long as they are in covered containers to prevent disaster should a spill happen.

Learn about Caselaw Access Project on the radio!

Two weeks ago, WBUR’s Bruce Gellerman and crew paid us a visit to record a segment on our Caselaw Access Project (CAP), which will make all U.S. case law freely accessible online. You may have heard the result this morning.

If you missed it or you’d like a replay, you can catch the story on WBUR’s website. Although the transcript appears in print along with some photos, we recommend listening to get the experience of what the process sounds like as well looks like!

Learn more about the Caselaw Access Project from our past CAP posts or our Library Innovation Law website.