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A Look Inside the Vault

Some of the real gems of the Law Library’s collection require special handling and cannot be shelved in the open stacks.  For these materials, we have the Rare Book Collection.  The Law Library’s collection of rare books consists of approximately 60,000 volumes of books and bound manuscripts. The collection is a great place for researchers […]

The Romance of Language

The following is a guest post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist in the European Division. A lawyer I know who does legal drafting says that there is no need to use archaic terms such as “aforethought,” “forthwith,” “wherefore,” or “to wit.”  Legal language should be clear, concise, and unambiguous.  Everybody should be able to understand […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although I’m from New Zealand, my mother is American and my family gets together with other American Kiwis to celebrate Thanksgiving each year.  However, as there is no public holiday for this day, we tend to need to improvise with dates, with Thanksgiving dinner generally occurring on a weekend some time between October and January.  […]

Welcome to a Sea of Blawgs

The following is a guest post by Matt Braun, Legal Reference Librarian in our Public Services Directorate. Over the last five years, legal blogs (or “blawgs” = law + blogs) have increasingly become vehicles for legal scholars, practitioners, and observers from across the globe to share information on developments in various areas of law, as […]

Finding U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs

My 11th grade English teacher* sent me a Facebook message a couple of weeks ago asking for assistance in locating the records and briefs from Brown v. Board of Education.  I replied with a list of resources, including exhibits at the Library of Congress and the National Archives.  In answering his question, I realized that […]

UK Legal Resources Provided Online by the Law Library of Congress

I have decided to take advantage of the blog to draw a little attention to some of the legal research aids for my primary jurisdiction, the United Kingdom, that we have available online through the Law Library of Congress website.  There are a mixture of resources available from this site on the U.K., from research guides […]

An Interview with Brian Kuhagen, Lead Technician for Legal Processing Workflow Resolution

This week’s staff interview features Brian Kuhagen, a technician in our Collection Services Division. Describe your background I was born across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, and still live in Arlington to this day, though in a different spot.  My only sibling is a younger twin brother.  Growing up in the DC area was […]

System Status: Read Only

It is a strange week in collection services.  There has been a lot less movement of library materials but something else is missing.  Noise.  There is a noticeable quietness.  A lack of keyboards and mice clicking away.  This is the week the Library’s ILS (integrated library system) is in read-only mode while upgrades are being […]

Current Legal Topics

After the success of my Guide to Law Online blog post, I decided to draw some attention to other areas of the Law Library’s website that users may not be that familiar with. Current Legal Topics is a guide that provides legal commentary and recommended resources on issues and events with legal significance. New content […]