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Public Review of OASIS Akoma Ntoso Version 1.0 Standard Announced

After two years of hard work, the OASIS LegalDocumentML (LegalDocML) Technical Committee is nearing the end of its formal standardization process for the Akoma Ntoso legislative data standard. As you may recall, Akoma Ntoso is an international parliamentary and legislative XML standard that enables the exchange of documents and data across legislative organizations. It was […]

How to Use Subject Headings to Browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog

This post is coauthored by Barbara Bavis and Robert Brammer, senior legal reference specialists. As reference librarians here at the Law Library of Congress, we get a wide array of questions from our patrons. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive, however, is how to most effectively find relevant legal resources in our […]

How do Different Countries Deal with Major Public Health Emergencies?

Following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, there has been a great deal of debate both in the United States and abroad about how countries deal with major public health crises.  This included discussions about the difficulty of containing the virus in the countries hardest-hit by the epidemic and what preventative measures other countries […]

The Phase Out of Non-Machine-Readable Passports

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, a senior legal research specialist in our Public Services Division. The Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention) was signed on December 7, 1944, by 52 countries.  The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was officially established on April 4, 1947, following the […]

An Interview with Gail Warren, Virginia State Law Librarian

The following is a guest post by Andrew Winston, a legal reference librarian in the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress.  Andrew interviews the Virginia State Law Librarian, Gail Warren.  We have previously interviewed another state law librarian, Jennifer Frazier, from Kentucky. How long have you been the Virginia State Law Librarian, and […]

Francis Scott Key: the Lawyer-Poet

Both law and poetry require a fluid grasp of language and a critical need for precision and economy with words; possessing these skills can be the key to making one person successful in both endeavors. There are a few times in history when well-known poets started their professional lives in the law (John Donne, Archibald […]