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IU in the News

According to the Wall Street Journal today IU has become a hot destination for students from the East Coast.  It’s not clear how much this is true of the law school, but it makes for an entertaining read.

Help Us Evaluate Jumpstart

During the last few weeks of the 2008 Spring Semester, the Law Library conducted the Jumpstart Legal Research Program, providing concentrated remedial research skills training for law students who were either beginning their professional careers or working as summer associates and clerks.  In order to expand the program and better prepare next summer’s body of graduates and clerks, the Reference Staff would like to invite all returning Jumpstart students to drop by the Reference Office during the first few weeks of the semester and tell them about your work-related research experiences.  We are especially interested in whether or not you felt adequately prepared for most of your research tasks, how the Jumpstart sessions helped you and, most importantly, what else we could have told you or what we should be telling you about research in the practicing environment.  If you don’t have time to sit down with us during this hectic period of the semester, feel free to simply post a Comment to this entry.  Your responses will help us in structuring next spring’s Jumpstart Program and find new ways of making I.U. law students better researchers, better lawyers, and better prospects in an extremely competitive job market.

Finally, remember that if you discover that you’ve forgotten some of your newly-acquired research skills by the end of the school year, we’ll be more than happy to see you at next spring’s Jumpstart sessions.

More Thoughts on Blogging

Now that we’ve had a week or two to explore the blogging world we have learned many things.

One is that blogging is surprisingly difficult. One of the warnings that a lot of preparatory blogging research turned up is not to try to run a blog alone. This is good advice–especially when taken with another maxim of good blogging, which is to update frequently. It’s not easy to make sure that one is relevant, interesting, and helpful every day of the week.

There are some amazing blogs out there that are amazingly simply because their authors are willing to devote themselves almost whole heartedly to them. It’s also true that a lot of good blogs have many authors, who can speak to one another, and keep up a steady flow of information.

With so many smart and interesting people here at the library we should be able to keep the BLAWg IN Bloom pretty fresh. But, for all you fledgling bloggers out there who are interested in a blog that speaks to more than just your friends and relations, be prepared for all the work you will have to do.

New English Statute Database

The Library recently subscribed to a database containing a comprehensive collection of English statutes dating back to 1235. The database is called Justis UK Statutes, and patrons can link to it from the Foreign and International Resources page of the Library’s web site.  The database is slick, providing PDF versions of the statutes, multiple search interfaces, and best of all, links to amending and amended legislation. Full Story »

Happy Labor Day!

We hope that our students are enjoying a day off after a busy first week.  Labor Day has been celebrated for over 125 years since its inception in 1882.  So, in the grand tradition of our country’s labor unions, kick back, avoid labor for at least a few hours today, and if you want to learn more about this holiday, go see what the U.S. Department of Labor has to say about it.

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