In this Issue:
- Banned Books Week
- JHCLP's State of the States Roundtable Symposium is Now in Digital Commons
- New Way to Search Making of Modern Law
- PACER Content Being Restored
- Spotlight on Library Technical Services
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information. Books are frequently banned for containing adult content, offensive language, strong sexual content, or not being age appropriate. Over this recent past decade, 5,099 challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom. Check out the banned books display in the library to see some of the books and comic books that have been banned or challenged, and the history of censorship in print.
On March 1, 2013, the Law & Health Care Program sponsored a roundtable conference on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Entitled Health Care Reform: The State of the States Roundtable, the conference brought together a number of legal academics and policymakers from different states to discuss the implementation decisions, challenges, and successes of health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion on both the state and federal levels. Authored by roundtable participants, and compiled by Editor in Chief Tereza Hess, the Symposium articles published in Issue 1, Volume 17 of the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy (JHCLP) are outgrowths of the roundtable, and provide a deeper look into some of the crucial topics surrounding the ACA, health insurance exchanges, and Medicaid expansion. Issue 2 of the JHCLP is also now available in the Digital Commons here.
Other additions to Digital Commons this month include:
Mark A. Graber, Beard and Uber-Beard, 29 Constitutional Commentary 293 (2014).
Robert Suggs, A Functional Approach to Copyright Policy (2014).
Last month, DigitalCommons@UM Carey Law had 53,951 full-text downloads.
Artemis Primary Sources portal, available via the Library's databases page. By marrying two of our most extensive legal history resources, The Making of Modern Law (MOML) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), Artemis will allow users to cross-search more than 200,000 legal treatises, books, pamphlets, and other primary source materials from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries.
Among the features that make searching MOML and ECCO together via Artemis successful than searching each individually are extensive subject indexing across the two collections, which will return results even if the searched term does not appear in the text but relates to the topic; an elegant term frequency visualization tool, which displays word use over time; and another visualization tool, term clusters, which will help users link related terms and concepts to their core search.
we reported that the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts (or AO) removed certain docket information from closed cases on PACER. The AO's decision, which proved to be controversial, impacted about 235,000 documents, virtually all of which were docket sheets, in closed cases from four Courts of Appeals, and was the result of a PACER system upgrade. Now, the AO is working to restore electronic access to these Court of Appeals cases by converting the docket sheets to PDF format, which will make them compatible in the new PACER. A similar solution is in the works for the dockets contained in the California Central Bankruptcy Court's legacy system.
In the interim, anyone seeking access to these docket sheets can contact the court, which will supply a copy.
Meet Joe Neumann, who recently joined the library faculty as an Electronic Legal Resources and Systems Librarian. He participates in the management and operation of, and statistical reporting for, electronic legal resources, as well as the evaluation and selection of new resources. He also represents the library within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions consortium on issues related to systems acquisition and policy.
Prior to becoming a member of library staff, Joe worked for more than 5 years as a consulting archivist and records manager with History Associates Incorporated, the historical services firm in Rockville, Maryland, where he provided assessment, policy development, training and other services to federal, institutional, and private sector clients. He holds an MLS from the University of Maryland-College Park’s iSchool and a BA in history from Brandeis University.