Monthly Archives: September 2008


Labor Day 2008

This Labor Day, the Boston Globe has an article about Lawrence, Massachusetts honoring one of the victims of the “Bread and Roses” strike in that city in 1912. Erik Moskowitz writes: Under other circumstances, John Ramey could have been remembered as a martyr, an immigrant mill worker speared by a militiaman’s bayonet. He was killed in a strike that started over a wage cut of a few pennies a


Going green

At an orientation for new faculty the other day, the environmental officer handed me a flier on ways to contribute to my university’s “sustainability efforts.” Some of these are long-accomplished in our library, but others are new ideas:

* Policy to prefer recycled content paper or other products

* Shut off equipment overnight and on weekends (computer monitors, lights, projectors and


Memo to self on exploring social media

A seamless web, not of the law, but of law librarians….

Image is a fractal, courtesy of A wonderful collection of beautiful images created through fractal math.


Slate takes on printers that lie about toner

As a certified cheap-skate librarian, I was tickled pink to run across the Slate article linked in the title of this post. Click on the title to read about how printers often lie about when their toner is running low. And even better, for links to hacks on the web that will help you (and your library users!) to run the toner cartridges dry before you have to replace those pricey cartridges.


Twitter and Online Community

This morning my friend Connie Crosby tripped and sprained her ankle. Connie, a former law librarian and now independent social media consultant, mentioned it on Twitter. Within minutes, half a dozen friends responded with sympathy (“owie! owie! sorry to hear this. hope you recover quickly”) and advice (“perhaps selfmedication is in order! wine or beer before noon is allowed under these


Work-Life Balance in Firms

Click the title to this post to read a nice, brief article from Sunday’s Boston Globe about what law firms are doing to help keep younger associates, especially women, in the firm. The article notes many of the large firms are offering 12 – 18 weeks of leave for primary caregivers (like maternity or paternity leave, but more flexible). Also notes that the culture of the firm must also back up


More on Twitter

On the Media this week has a segment on Twitter. Since Twitter caused some stir on this blog, readers may enjoy listening to the episode, available at

The blog posts on Twitter intrigued me. I have been reading about privacy issues and I would have thought that a blog dedicated to legal research would have brought up some of those issues. Instead, the defenders of


Librarians in Capes!

Wow! I wish my cape made me look this good!

Image courtesy of Plainfield Today blog


A library haiku

Books and dust on shelves,
Students bend over blue screens
To snare wild data.

This is actually a picture from the 7th floor into Suffolk’s main reading room. And it’s just about as empty this beautiful afternoon.


Suffolk Chowder and Marching Society

I don’t know if this is really going to take off or not. I had a chat with one of my faves on the faculty and we thought about putting together a regular lunch date and inviting friends as available. If we don’t do the marching part, though, I guess I’ll be buying more clothes in the XXX sizes. sigh.

PS. OOTJ readers who were very kind when I announced the loss of my good dog, Beau last fall