CS-SIS Blawgs Committee

Friday, July 29, 2005

Introducing Slaw! Canadian Legal Research and IT Blog

Just to let my fellow CS-SIS bloggers know, a new group blog geared towards Canadian Legal Research has just been launched - called Slaw. The initial group of core contributors is listed here, and the RSS feed here. The official description...

Slaw is a co-operative weblog about Canadian legal research and the impact of technology on it. Our audience includes practicing lawyers, legal librarians, legal academics and students - anyone, in short, who uses IT in researching the law. The aim is to share information, offer advice and instruction, and occasionally provoke.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

In the Dealer's Room, er, Exhibit Hall

In a recent Connecting, I speculated that some exhibitors would give away USB flash drives this year. I didn't get as much chance to scour the room as I would have liked, but I must admit I don't think I saw anyone give away flash drives, though at least one vendor offered them as prizes. Did anyone else see any? Frankly, I was quite surprised.

That said, there were plenty of goodies to go around. The most popular one this year was bottled water -- good call in hot, humid San Antonio. Less thirst-quenching were the several bags of chips and pretzels I collected. Some places had stuffed animals, many had bags of one sort or another, and there were lots of pens. And boo to the one vendor who chastised me for using his competitor's pen!

There are a few items I may keep, like CALI's carabiner/flashlight (in case, say, I want to go mountain climbing in Chicago some time). Anyone see any freebies they particularly liked?

Monday, July 18, 2005

Welcome to San Antonio

CS-SIS has been really busy in San Antonio. It's only the 2nd (official) day of the annual AALL conference and already we've had an executive board meeting, a business meeting, and two wonderful presentations!

We still have two roundtables coming up, one on being a webmaster and the other on instructional technology, as well as our annual program planning meeting. We still have three presentations coming up (all on Wednesday -- if you can hang on till the end of the conference you'll learn a lot of wonderful information). Karaoke is tomorrow (yay). And, of course, our breakfast meeting is in just a few minutes! I hope to see you all there and our various events. (I'm sure I forgot something.)

By the way, if you hear me say "the dealer's room", I mean the exhibit hall (old habit, sorry).

Thursday, July 14, 2005

beSpacific: Portions of Patriot Act on Intelligence Law Made Permanent by House Committee Vote Today

beSpacific: Portions of Patriot Act on Intelligence Law Made Permanent by House Committee Vote Today

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

New Blog Looks Good

Right now I am just experimenting with the new blog. Looks good! I look forward to participating. Greetings to all who are attending the AALL Annual Meeting.


David Badertscher
Principal Law Librarian
New York Supreme Court Criminal Term
New York, NY

CS-SIS Events at AALL

I hope to see you all at the many CS-SIS sponsored events at the AALL Annual Meeting!

Saturday, July 16, 2005

  • 3:00 - 5:00 PM CS-SIS Executive Board Meeting 2004–2005 & 2005-2006 (Board members only) at Marriott Riverwalk – Valero

  • 6:00 - 7:30 PM TS/OBS/RIPS/CS-SIS Joint Reception at Marriott Rivercenter-Salon (J)
    Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sunday, July 17, 2005

  • 10:00 - 11:30 AM Program A1: Creating & Using Interactive Electronic Legal Research Lessons at HBGCC Room 007 (A–D)
  • 4:15 - 5:15 PM Program C1: Raise Your Standards, Improve Your World and Create Universal Web Pages at HBGCC Room 006 (AB))
  • 5:30 - 6:30 PM CS-SIS Business Meeting at Marriott Rivercenter – Conference 14
    Monday, July 18, 2005 -- Be sure to attend you just might win an Amazon gift certificate!

Monday, July 18th, 2005

  • 7:00 - 8:45 AM CS-SIS Breakfast Meeting featuring Professor Roy Mersky7:00–8:45 AM at Marriott Rivercenter – Salon (C)
  • 10:15 - 11:30 AM Roundtable: Web Design and Maintenance at Marriott Riverwalk-Salon (C)
  • 5:15 - 6:15 PM CS-SIS Program Committee Meeting – We need your ideas!! at Marriott Rivercenter – Conference 2

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

  • 11:45 - 1:00 PM Roundtable: Instructional Technology at the Marriott Riverwalk-Salon (B)
    • When: between 9:30–10:00 PM, following the ALL-SIS Reception at St. Mary's Law School
    • Where: Steers & Beers Steakhouse & Saloon, 849 E. Commerce #101, in the Rivercenter Mall (adjacent to the Marriott Rivercenter) http://www.steersandbeers.net/
    • Get Together: Meet in the lobby of the Marriott Rivercenter following the ALL-SIS reception. Then we'll walk together to Steers & Beers. Or meet us at the restaurant later.For more information see our webpage: http://www.law.duke.edu/ken/karaoke2005.html

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

    Okay, so I know the last two programs are at the same time but I have every confidence in your abilities to be in two places at the same time!
    *HBGCC = Harry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

    Blogging Events at AALL

    There will be several blogging related events taking place in San Antonio this week. Those of which I am aware include:
    • AALL Webmaster's Workshop on Saturday morning - Susanna Leers, a CS-SIS Blawgs Committee member, will be presenting on blogs. (We'd love to hear more, Susanna, if you care to post additional info.)
    • Session K-4, Beyond the Blog: RSS, Wikis and Blikis on Wednesday, 2:25-2:45 - Debbie Ginsberg and I (Bonnie Shucha), your CS-SIS Blawgs Committee Co-Chairs, are teaming up again on this one. I'm discussing RSS and Debbie is covering Wikis & Blikis. The handouts are available for download.
    • Public Relations Showcase, Sunday, 9:30-10:30 & Monday, 1:45-2:30 - I'll be participating in this year's PR Showcase with a small display about the UW Law Library blog, WisBlawg.

    Is anyone else aware of additional blogging events? If so, please share!

    And committee members - Don't forget to log on and blog while you are at the meeting. We'd love to hear from you on this blog and the AALLamo News.

    Welcome to the New CS-SIS Blawgs Committee Blog

    The CS-SIS Blawgs Committee has a new cyber home. Although we were happy with our old digs at Bloki, we learned that this application is no longer being supported. As such, we were unable to add any new members as contributors.

    So, we've made the move over to Blogger. Unfortunately, our new home doesn't support some of the neat Bloki features such as wikis and forums. We are, however, searching for separate applications that will support those features. Stay tuned for further developments.

    All committee members have been sent invitations to join the new blog. We hope that the transition will be an easy one.

    We invite anyone else interested in joining the CS-SIS Blawgs Committee to contact Co-Chairs Bonnie Shucha (bjshucha@wisc.edu) or Debbie Ginsberg (dginsberg@kentlaw.edu). The more the merrier!