The following is a guest post by Janice Hyde, Supervisory Program Specialist at the Law Library of Congress.
After enduring weeks of Washington’s sweltering summer heat, I decided to head north in search of cooler climes and spent several days in Québec City, Canada. While there, I took a tour of the provincial Parliament and then wandered over to the Parliamentary Library of Québec where I encountered this beautiful stained-glass window.
The window was designed by Guido Nincheri, a Canadian artist renowned for his stained-glass work and frescoes. The window depicts the waterfall on the Ouiatchouane River in the historical village of Val-Jalbert in the Chambord municipality, which is about 155 miles northwest of Québec City. Although the scene portrays an actual place, the design is allegorical. The waterfall and pond at its foot represent the inexhaustible pool of knowledge that one can gain from books found in libraries.
"Québec City Parliamentary Library Window" photo by Janice Hyde
Over the past two years – it was the two year birthday of In Custodia Legis on August 2 – I have written a number of blog posts on matters relating to the laws of different countries of the Pacific region. I try to select topics that are interesting and a bit different, and also […]
This week’s interview is with Sophia Schick. Sophia is spending time working for the Law Library this summer as an intern in the Global Legal Research Center. In addition to the valuable contribution she is making, Sophia brings tremendous enthusiasm to her work. Describe your background. I grew up in Meersburg, a small town of five thousand inhabitants, […]
The following is a guest post by David Mao, Law Librarian of Congress. He has previously guest posted 2012 Burton Awards – Pic of the Week, Shreddy: From the Office of the Law Librarian – Pic of the Week, From the Desk of the Law Librarian, The Law Librarian in London, and Rebellious Children and Witches. Earlier this […]
The following is a guest blog by Betty Lupinacci. It is based on a presentation she gave to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress. While the Library of Congress’ subject-driven classification system was developed in the late 19th, early 20th centuries, Law’s Class K portion of that schedule was […]
The following is a guest post by Robert Newlen, the Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach, and Services in the Law Library of Congress. Robert has previously blogged about Marsh’s Library, the National Library of Uzbekistan, Souvenirs from Moscow, and Humboldt University Law Faculty in our Pic of the Week series. On a recent trip to Finland, I spotted this colorful bookmobile. In addition to this […]
The following is a guest post by Donna Sokol, Special Assistant to the Law Librarian of Congress. Donna will be your virtual docent for a series of posts related to themes of law in the art and architecture of the Library of Congress Jefferson Building. She has previously written on the mosaic vaults and paintings […]
Author Michael Connelly has won the 2012 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his work, The Fifth Witness. The annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is given to a book-length fictional work that “best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change.” The University of Alabama School of […]
This week’s interview is with Kirsty McClay, who got what can either be considered one of the most coveted or one of the most dreaded intern spots in the whole Law Library – she got to work with me. Describe your background. I’m originally from Antrim; a small town in Northern Ireland, where I grew […]
Last week, as I scanned news items from across the Pacific, a particular story caught my eye. A sunken pirate ship laden with treasure. Massacre of the crew by island warriors. A British boy that lived to tell the tale of his adventures in the islands. It sounded like something Robert Louis Stevenson or Daniel […]