Friday, August 26, 2016

Cataloging Legal Literature 4th edition now available

Hein has announced the availability of the online portion of Melanie Lembke and Melissa Beck's revised fourth edition of Cataloging legal literature. The text has been upgraded from an image based pdf version into an interactive, searchable resource. The title is designed to be used in conjunction with the RDA Toolkit, and feature links from the text directly to relevant instructions in the toolkit.

If your library  has a standing order for the AALL publications series, you will be authenticated into the HeinOnline database version of the title.

Full text of Hein announcement is available at

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Getting to Know TS Law Librarians: Eric Parker

1. Introduce yourself
I'm Eric Parker, Associate Director for Collection and Bibliographic Services at the Pritzker Legal Research Center, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

2. Does your job title actually describe what you do? Why/why not?
I believe it actually describes the day-to-day more or less.  Essentially, I head up the technical services operation at our library.  It maybe doesn't clearly indicate some of my responsibilities, such as convening/coordinating the library's selection team, and running certain projects.  This past year, we've been doing some weeding, off-site storage, and reclassification projects for the print collection.  

3. What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading "City of Fortune" by Roger Crowley.  It's about the history of Venice as a maritime and imperial power in the late Middle Ages, and has been fascinating.  

4. You suddenly have a free day at work, what project would you work on?
It's hard to imagine what having a free day at work would be like! I'm sure many readers can relate. I'd really like to take the time to get more involved with the library's marketing and outreach efforts again. I had been somewhat involved with them for a while, but have had to step back from them in order to devote attention to the projects mentioned above. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Programming Ideas for AALL Austin 2017? Now Is the Time to Share Them!

As the TS-SIS liaison to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) for Austin 2017, I'd like to remind everyone that crowdsourcing on the IdeaScale platform is now open for AALL members to submit program ideas for the 2017 annual meeting in Austin!

The platform can be accessed here: AALLAnnual Meeting Program Ideas.

In order to participate in crowdsourcing, you must create an IdeaScale account. Your AALL website credentials won't work and even if you used IdeaScale last year, you may still need to create an account to participate this year. I've used it myself and can promise that it's is super easy to add your own ideas and browse and vote for other ideas that strike your fancy. 

It's important to note that submitting program ideas on IdeaScale does not translate in to any obligation! Crowdsourcing is intended to help the AMPC generate a list of must-have program topics that the AMPC will commit to deliver next July in Austin. This is NOT the formal program proposal process, so don't be afraid to just submit a word, a run on sentence, a list -- whatever it takes to get your idea in the mix. 

The formal program proposal process comes later and TS's Professional Development Committee will be available to help you and serve as a resource during the process.

If you have any questions about the AMPC, the proposal process, IdeaScale, or anything related to programming for Austin 2017, please email me at!