House of Representatives Permits Members to Use Skype, ooVoo

July 5, 2011 at 8:00 am | Posted in Tech Side of Things, US Government | Leave a comment

According to the Legal Blog Watch: “The House of Representatives announced this week that its members will finally be able to use the same video teleconferencing technology that most of the world, has been using for some time now: Skype and ooVoo.”


Library Wireless Access

May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment

ITS is placing more wireless access points throughout the library to increase signal strength.


May 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Legal Research 101, Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment

From the CourtListener site: “The goal of the site is to create a free and competitive real time alert tool for the U.S. judicial system. At present, the site has daily information regarding all precedential opinions issued by the 13 federal circuit courts and the Supreme Court of the United States. Each day, we also have the non-precedential opinions from all of the Circuit courts except the D.C. Circuit. This means that by 5:10pm PST, the database will be updated with the opinions of the day, with custom alerts going out shortly thereafter.”

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Privacy Tips

May 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Posted in Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment

Want to protect your online privacy?  Check out the Center for Democracy and Technology website for weekly privacy tips.

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5 Myths about the “Information Age”

April 21, 2011 at 9:03 am | Posted in General Interest, Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment

From the Chronicle of Higher Education (4/17/11):

5 Myths about the “Information Age:”

  1. “The book is dead.”
  2. “We have entered the information age.”
  3. “All information is now available online.”
  4. “Libraries are obsolete.”
  5. “The future is digital.”

Read the full article at

Changes to Westlaw and Lexis

February 3, 2010 at 11:53 am | Posted in Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment

If you haven’t heard, Westlaw has a new product called WestlawNext that is set to be unveiled this week.  To learn more about their new product, click here.

Lexis is also in the process of upgrading their current system by partnering with Microsoft.  According to Above the Law, “Lexis will now be integrated into Microsoft Office products, allowing users to do legal and general research directly while working in Microsoft Word, Outlook and SharePoint.”

New iPhone apps

January 20, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment

Some interesting iPhone apps for our tech savvy readers:

  • Law Stack: includes full text versions of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.
  • Zosh: allows users to upload forms — PDF, Word, Excel, PPT, jpg and many other formats — that have been e-mailed, fill them in, sign them and send them right from your iPhone.

A new, rather expensive app is available for our California bar exam friends BarMax: California.  It costs  $999.99 and is a study guide for the California Bar Exam.

Thanks to Above the Law and Sui Generis.

New online catalog functionality

October 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Library Business, Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment
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You can now email yourself a list of titles from the Library’s online catalog.  After conducting a catalog search, click the Keep button next to the records you want to save.  When finished, click the Kept button located in the menu bar at the top of the screen.  Type your email address into the blank box and click the email button.  The online catalog will send you an email with the subject line “Schaffer Library catalog records.”

Lawbooks on Kindle

October 12, 2009 at 10:29 am | Posted in Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment
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According to the Legal Blog Watch: “The legal publisher West said that it is releasing e-book editions of 29 of its most popular law books.  The releases include the book co-authored by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia legal wordsmith Bryan Garner, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.” The e-books can be downloaded and read on Amazon’s Kindle.

Google’s MP3 search

September 8, 2009 at 9:59 am | Posted in Tech Side of Things | Leave a comment
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Google now has a page dedicated to searching for MP3’s.  Click here for more information.

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