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Tools for My Trade?

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend Summer School LEX 2011. As background, [t]he school aims at providing knowledge of the most significant ICT standards emerging for legislation, judiciary, parliamentary and administrative documents. The course provides understanding of their impact in the different phases of the legislative and administrative process, awareness of the tools based […]

Caramuel’s Metametrica and the Probability of Law

Richly tessellated fields, icons of altars and Doric columns, glyphs of all-seeing eyes, sun-gods and the man in the moon – Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz’s engravings were meant to be at once mysterious and explanatory, a window for the initiated into a world of speculative arcana. Twenty-five of Caramuel’s engravings displaying an array of anagrams, […]

Congratulations to the People Behind Kenya Law Reports!

The Kenyan Law Reports (KLR), a free Kenyan Law database, was just announced winner of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) 2011 Website Award Competition.  With this award, Kenyan Law Reports joins the ranks of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law websites that claimed […]

Marsh’s Library, Ireland’s First Public Library – Pic of the Week

The following is a guest post by Robert Newlen, Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach, and Services. As a librarian, I always seek out interesting or unusual libraries when I travel.  During a recent trip to Dublin, I visited Archbishop Marsh’s Library, Ireland‘s first public library, which was built in 1701.  An indication of the […]

Global Legal Monitor: November Highlights

As mentioned in previous posts by my colleagues Andrew and Kelly, the Law Library of Congress has an online publication called the Global Legal Monitor (GLM) featuring summaries of legal developments from around the world.  It is a go-to page for information on what courts and parliaments in foreign countries are doing and emerging legal […]

An Interview with Yasmeen Khan, Senior Rare Book Conservator at the Library of Congress

From time to time we have the pleasure of working collaboratively with members of other service units of the Library of Congress.  Today’s interview is with Yasmeen Khan, Senior Rare Book Conservator in the Preservation Directorate’s Conservation Division at the Library of Congress.  We have worked with her on numerous conservation projects involving the Law Library’s treasures and […]

November Retrospective

This month we premiered a retirement series that included the top new post of the month, The Final Act – Mark Strattner Reflects on Retirement.  The series also featured An Interview with Alvin J. Wallace and Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow: The Retirement of Stephen Clarke. A couple of our posts were mentioned in other blogs.  Dante’s […]

Historic Bird’s Eye View of The Library of Congress – Pic of the Week

While packing for my move, I ran across an encyclopedia set that I inherited from my grandmother. With an edition date of 1939, I found many of the entries fascinating, such as “The World War” and “Russia.” I looked under the “Washington, D.C.” entry and loved this picture of the Capitol Complex taken from an airplane. […]