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Celebrate National Library Week

April 10-16, 2011, is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Create your own story @ your library.” John Grisham is the Honorary Chair. April 12th was also National Library Workers Day . “First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country […]

Sorcery and the Law in PNG

In following the legal news of the different jurisdictions that I cover, it is particularly interesting to see a country’s key local issues and the attempts made to address them through laws and other mechanisms.  Often these issues, and the approaches to resolving them, are intricately linked to a country’s history, geography, and culture.  One […]

Wicked Strumpets, Cannibals and Witches in English Case Law

The genesis of this post lies in research that led me to the Law Library stacks and into one of my favorite locations:  the section containing English trials.  Long before the arrival of soap operas and reality television programs, people (well, us Brits, anyway) used to be titillated by sordid criminal trials.   I suppose to […]

Lessons Learned from Computers in Libraries

The following is a guest post by Jacinda Gill, Supervisory Information Technology Specialist in our Information Technology Office. There was something for everyone at the 2011 Computers in Libraries Conference. As a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist at the Law Library of Congress, I would highly recommend that my peers attend this conference. I gained a […]

The Second Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence Featuring Professor Joseph Raz

The following is a guest post by Robert Newlen, the Assistant Law Librarian for Collections, Outreach and Services in the Law Library of Congress. On October 5, 2011, Professor Joseph Raz will deliver the second Kellogg Biennial Lecture on Jurisprudence at the Library of Congress.  Professor Raz teaches at Columbia University Law School and is […]

March Retrospective

As we wrapped up our eighth month of In Custodia Legis, I noticed that we’ve posted over 175 times.  Our blog just kept growing this month.  The number of page views doubled from February to March led by our two most popular posts ever: Top Law Library of Congress Web Pages and Maps, Parliaments, and […]