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Blogging into 2011

Happy New Year!

At this time of year it’s great to look forward to what the year might bring, but it’s also a great time to look back on the previous year and what has been achieved.  With that in mind, here’s a recap of some of the events and achievements related to In Custodia Legis in 2010.

The Law Library’s blog was launched on August 2, 2010, with our first post answering the question, What Exactly is In Custodia Legis? In the five months since that post we’ve now published over 100 items!  (That milestone was reached just last week.)

We’ve written about a wide range of topics – our blog team comes from different parts of the Law Library and that means we can share our knowledge about things like our collections, reference services (including Ask A Librarian), THOMAS, and the laws of different countries.  Several posts written by guest bloggers have helped to expand our coverage and our own knowledge as well!  We’ve also started a couple of regular features:  Pic of the Week and our interview series, both of which have proved to be quite popular.  We hope you’ve enjoyed getting a glimpse into the Law Library and reading about the different people that work here.

The number of visits to the blog has steadily increased since August.  We publish at least one post every weekday and a large number of people (nearly 13,000) have signed up to get email alerts.  There’s also the option to subscribe to our RSS feed.  We put links to all the posts on both our Facebook and Twitter pages too, so hopefully it’s easy for you to follow us and find posts that might interest you.

The following were the ten most viewed posts in 2010:

For most of us, this is the first time we’ve blogged and we’re all really enjoying the experience.  In researching, writing, and reading each post we learn something new; about a colleague, items in our collection, features around our building, or interesting cultural and legal differences between countries.

Whether you’re a new reader or have been following the blog since the beginning, we hope you also learn something new and interesting from our posts, and that you’re entertained as well!  We always appreciate comments, feedback, and even suggestions for topics.  We’re looking forward to a busy and productive 2011.  Happy reading!

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