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Election Season in Nigeria

As the people of some African countries take to the streets to unseat their leaders, Nigerians get the opportunity to do the same this month – but instead of needing to protest, they can affect change by going to polling stations. It’s election season in Nigeria.  The country, a federation of 36 states with a […]

An Interview with Sharon Pia Hickey

This week’s interview is with one of our former interns from last summer, Sharon Pia Hickey. Describe your background. I spent the summer of 2010 in Washington DC as part of the Washington Ireland Program. This program is designed to select the brightest young minds in Ireland and bring them to DC for a summer […]

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 […]