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An Interview with Kimberly Zellars, Program Specialist

Posted by: Hanibal Goitom

This week’s interview is with Kimberly Zellars, Program Specialist at the Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I am a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Southwest Washington, DC.  I am  a middle child with an older sister and younger brother, southern parents, and a Catholic school education. What is your academic/professional history? I …

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Hunting and Badger Culls in England

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The English are, generally speaking, a fairly genteel group of people.  Hunting in England is now relatively uncommon, with fox hunting (very controversially) legislated against in 2007.  Even owning a gun is rather unusual and involves a long and highly regulated process.  I definitely noticed a huge contrast when I first moved here – during hunting season deer …

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Lessons Learned from AALL

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Last week I had the pleasure to present at the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia with Christine, Tammie, and Bob.  Ours was one of several presentations by staff from the Library of Congress.  It was my first time to attend the conference, and it was a great way to learn more …

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Happy Birthday To Us!

Posted by: Christine Sellers

In Custodia Legis started one year ago today on August 2, 2010. We celebrated being a mere week old and now can’t believe how quickly a year has passed. We’ve posted 275 times in the past 365 days (this is number 276). It’s been an interesting year for the blog. I thought I’d ask around …

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July Retrospective

Posted by: Andrew Weber

Kelly’s Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela inspired a lot of views and was one of our top posts so far.  If you haven’t read it yet, go ahead… I can wait. We also learned the answer to “What lets you search for laws passed by Congress?” when THOMAS was on Jeopardy. Our intern, Bacilio, was …

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In Praise of Improbable Biology

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

It’s surprising, but true, that the laws of nature sometimes find themselves at the mercy of the courts. I found a great example of this in a book that the Law Library recently acquired for its rare book collection. Tractatus juridicus & practicus, de partu of Alonso Carranza (Cologne, 1629) is a staggeringly comprehensive book about human embryology …

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Meet the Library’s Staff at AALL

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Several members of the Law Library’s staff, as well as staff from other parts of the Library of Congress, are heading up to Philadelphia this weekend to attend the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting.  If you’re attending the conference and want to catch the staff in action, you can see them presenting …