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Cornell University Law Library – Pic of the Week

I was in Ithaca, N.Y. recently for a meeting of the Northeast Foreign Law Libraries Cooperative Group (NEFLLCG) hosted by Cornell University Law Library. This group meets semiannually to discuss collection development issues, new acquisitions, and ensure the law collections in the region sufficiently represent foreign jurisdictions.

Cornell Law School. Photo by Kurt Carroll.

Whenever I attend a conference or meeting, in addition to the subject matter, I look forward to visiting the library spaces of the host institutions. The focal point of Cornell’s law library is the Gould Reading Room, named in honor of Eleanor and Milton S. Gould.

The Gould Reading Room, Cornell University Law Library. Photo by Kurt Carroll

Preserving resources from Haiti: On the Shelf

Preserving law sources is one of our top priorities and every day we find ourselves working with different jurisdictions.  In May, as we were working on reclassifying Law-classed materials, our serials cataloger came across some deteriorating issues of the law reports of Haiti, La Gazette du palais: organe juridique.  As a law source, this bimonthly […]

The Declaration of Independence in Foreign Languages

In preparation for the upcoming Independence Day celebration tomorrow, we thought it might be interesting to show that there is also an international dimension to this national holiday. The Declaration of Independence is regarded as one of the milestone documents that shaped America, but it also had a major influence abroad. After the Continental Congress approved the […]

Children’s Rights in the Law Library and Children’s Day, June 1

To secure the basic needs of children, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, 1989, the 30th anniversary of its Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The Convention went into force on September 2, 1990 when enough nations ratified it. Currently, 196 nations have ratified the […]

Bamberg Criminal Code of 1507 – Pic of the Week

On Monday, I had the pleasure of assembling a display of rare books for guests attending the 2017 Burton Awards ceremony held at the Library of Congress.  Created by Williams C. Burton, the awards acknowledge, celebrate, and reward outstanding achievements in the legal field, including for legal writing, regulatory reform and public service. The display […]

Bike to Work Day May 19

Biking to work is a commuting option that can help you stay fit, reduce carbon emissions, and/or get ready for a race. Whatever your reasons, Bike to Work Day is a fun way to get started on the habit. Lots of riders out there will be new to the habit of cycling to work on Bike […]

The First Form 1040

Today is the deadline for filing returns for personal income taxes for 2016. The current federal income tax can be traced back to the Revenue Act of 1913, which was passed after the ratification, by the states, of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. The act provided that taxes on individual taxpayers would be imposed beginning […]

Happiness on the Shelf

Are you happy today? If not today, are you happy with your life generally? If you’re wondering why that question matters, and you tend to think about pursuing happiness as a poetic flourish rather than a  mission statement, you might want to look at the United Nations’ (UN) declaration in support of its 4th International […]