The 2014 READ posters are now on display in the library. Click here view Professor Diane Hoffmann’s and Professor Robert Condlin’s posters in the Digital Commons.
In 2007, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library initiated the READ Poster Series to focus attention on faculty research and scholarship and to encourage reading. Based on the READ program’s success, the Library began an annual tradition of donating a READ poster to the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP) auction, to raise money for student summer placements with public interest legal organizations. This year's MPILP Auction winner is law student Angie Maloney.
In addition, starting this year, there is a new annual tradition of including members of the Law School staff in the READ poster series. This year's poster features Joyce Vickers, a Research Services Assistant in the Law Library.
Now there is a new way for students to review assigned cases for your classes! The Thurgood Marshall Law Library recently acquired a subscription to LexisNexis CourtroomCast. One component of this database is AudioCaseFiles. It offers access to edited versions of the most commonly assigned cases for 1L and 2L classes. These downloadable files are available on any mobile device. When you access an opinion, you will also get the full text of the edited opinion, a brief fact summary and the rule of law. There is also a link to the Justia version of the full opinion. All opinions can also be printed.
You must register with the CourtCast system in order to access files. Go to the database homepage: http://courtroomcast.lexisnexis.com/ and click the AudioCaseFiles link at the top of the screen.
CourtroomCast will now display a sign in prompt. New users should select the "sign up" button to create their own account. From the registration screen, select the University of Maryland School of Law from the list, provide your umaryland.edu email address, create your own password and give your role (1L).
A confirmation email will then be sent to you. You must use the link in this email to confirm your registration.
Once registration is complete, click the AudioCaseFiles link at the top left of the screen.
You can now search by subject or course book title. For a more sophisticated search use the search box at the top right of the screen. If you search the title of the coursebook assigned for your class, be aware that the latest edition might not be on the list due to contractual constraints but the majority of cases for a particular title will be posted. Cases are arranged alphabetically.
Access to AudioCaseFiles is a great opportunity to learn anywhere, at any time. Please contact your library liaison if you would like to have Courtroom cast added to your course blackboard page.
As an essential component of the law school community, the Digital Commons @ Carey Law showcases the scholarship and related endeavors of the members of the School of Law. Presently housing over 8,000 digital objects representing a variety of formats including print, image, and media materials, it is essential that the long-term viability of the collections hosted on the Digital Commons platform is preserved and secure. To accomplish that goal, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library (TMLL) in collaboration with a number of other Digital Commons customers, has established a Private LOCKSS Network (PLN).
LOCKSS (which stands for ‘Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe’) is a Stanford-based project that offers organizations a low-cost, open source digital preservation solution for their digital content. TMLL has joined Boston College Law Library, Southern Illinois University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and the University of South Florida to form a Digital Commons PLN, thereby safeguarding the law school’s investment in the Digital Commons and providing a secure and permanent environment for the digital files.
Ingest, preservation, and dissemination of content are highly automated in the LOCKSS system and since it is entirely open source, it requires minimal staff resources and is an economical and technically feasible digital preservation option for smaller libraries.
Over the course of the next several months, the Digital Commons PLN Steering Committee, comprised of a representative from each of the participating institutions (Camilla Tubbs is the TMLL representative) will be working with the PLN’s Technical group (Greg Smith represents the Law School) to set up the TMLL LOCKSS Box to receive the members’ digital content.