California’s Law Library for San Bernardino County Wins 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year Award

October 29, 2008

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has named California’s Law Library for San Bernardino County as the 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year! In presenting the award at the Depository Library Conference last week, Public Printer Robert Tapella remarked, “The Law Library for San Bernardino County has done an outstanding job of providing the public access to the documents of our democracy.” Proudly accepting the award was the Honorable Keith D. Davis, President of the library’s Board of Trustees. Also on hand was reference librarian George Carter.

The award recognizes the commitment of Law Library Director Larry Meyer and his staff to public access and the depository library program. In response to being named the 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year, Larry said,

We are deeply honored and privileged to receive the award. We appreciate its significance to the depository community and the recognition the award conveys specifically to the Law Library for San Bernardino County as well as the recognition it places upon all Law Libraries that participate in the FDLP as selective depositories or through shared housing arrangements. In particular this award emphasizes the importance of publicly accessible county law libraries to the FDLP.

A past member of our Government Relations Committee, Larry spoke at this year’s Advocacy Training in Portland about the challenges his library faces. To confront some of those challenges, the Law Library has expanded the services it offers to patrons by extending its hours of operation, developing a new and improved user-friendly website and offering the AskNow Law Librarian online reference service.

Congratulations to Larry and his team at the Law Library for San Bernardino County!

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

“State of the States” Report Now Available

February 27, 2008’s annual report on state trends and policy, State of the States 2008,” is now available. The report covers many different issue areas (like Politics, Education, and the Supreme Court) and a section on “Hot Topics,” including the subprime mortgage crisis, global warming, and Real ID. The report also includes a calendar of 2008 State Meetings. offers RSS feeds of its issue areas and Daily and Weekly News Alerts that cover state politics and policy links to publications across the country.

Thanks to the Law Librarian Blog for the tip.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

Maryland Law Library Adds to Civil Rights Collection

February 25, 2008

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland School of Law added twenty new documents to their digital collection of publications from the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR). The Library’s collection of Historical Publications of the USCCR is a partnership of the United States Government Printing Office, The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Thurgood Marshall Law Library.

Some of the latest additions include:

-Civil Rights and the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, v. II: A comparison with model cities. Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

-The Economic Progress of Black Men in America. United States Commission on Civil Rights. Clearinghouse Publication 91. October 1986.

-Equal Opportunity in Farm Programs: An appraisal of services rendered by agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture. A report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. 1965.

-Making the Constitution Work for All Americans. A report of the proceedings of the Regional Civil Rights Conference sponsored by the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. April 16-18, 1975.

-Political Participation: A study of the participation by Negroes in the electoral and political process in 10 Southern States since the passage of the Voting Act of 1965. United States Commission on Civil Rights. May 1968

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

Maryland Legislation Attempts to Cut Funding to Circuit Court Libraries

February 8, 2008

On Monday, February 4, Janet Camillo, President of the Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM), alerted us to new legislation introduced into the Maryland Legislature to cut funding to circuit court libraries. Currently, Maryland’s circuit court law libraries receive a portion of their revenues from the fines defined in Maryland Annotated Code, Courts and Judicial Procedures Section 7-507. The legislation (Senate Bill 86, House Bill 247) would disrupt this revenue stream. AALL President Ann T. Fessenden wrote to Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Brian E. Frosh, Chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, to oppose this legislation. LLAM also wrote a letter to the Chairmen expressing concern. On Wednesday, a hearing was held on the legislation. Marion Francis, President of the Maryland Library Association (MLA), testified in support of the libraries.

On Wednesday, February 6, Mary Alice and I drove to Annapolis to join the reception of the MLA’s Legislative Day. Before the reception, we went to the Maryland State Law Library to meet with Steve Anderson, Director of the Law Library and AALL Executive Board member. He was kind enough to give us a tour of the library, explain the library’s collections, and introduce us to the library’s wonderful staff. This was especially exciting for me because as a new AALL staff person, I had never been to a state law library before! After the tour of the library, librarians Mary Jo Lazun and Rudolf Lamy led us to the reception where we had the opportunity to talk with some of Maryland’s librarians. This trip to Annapolis was a fun and educational experience and we are grateful to Steve and the staff of the Maryland State Law Library for their time!

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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