Thomson Reuters outsourcing IT

From today’s Star Tribune:

Thomson Reuters to outsource IT services; move could affect Eagan workforce

http://www.startribune.com/local/south/273116921.html

Ownership of online assets after death

Interesting article from Slate. I suspect Delaware’s law will be the first of many.

Who Owns Your iTunes Library After Death?

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/08/22/digital_assets_and_death_who_owns_music_video_e_books_after_you_die.html

PACER update

Reposted from the AALL Advocacy listserv:

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has updated their informational page regarding the removal of certain information from the PACER database. The updated notice, found at  https://www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/webpacer.html, indicates that the removal is the result of an upgrade to a new system for the management of electronic case files and that the old system that these individual courts provided their cases under is not compatible with the new system.  Individual courts affected by the change, (like the Second Circuit at http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/clerk/dockets/prior_to_2010.html), have updated their web pages to indicate how users can go about requesting docket information that has been removed from PACER. Of course, contacting the individual courts subjects users to different billing costs than PACER (.10 per page on PACER versus .50 per page by contacting the individual courts).

The Government Relations Committee and the Government Relations Office continue to monitor these developments and discuss our concerns with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.  We are considering further steps to take and a more detailed response moving forward. The GRC and the GRO would welcome feedback from our members as we consider a more detailed response.

Leslie A. Street
Assistant Director for Research and Instruction
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Kathrine R. Everett Law Library
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
919-843-4959
lastreet@email.unc.edu

Selected Content No Longer Available on PACER

Reposted from the AALL Advocacy Discussion listserv -

The Administrative Office of U.S. Courts has announced on their website, that as of August 10, certain docket information is no longer available on PACER.  You can read the full announcement here – https://www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/webpacer.html.  Material that has been removed from PACER include docket information for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit for cases filed prior to January 1, 2010, information for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for cases filed prior to March 1, 2012, as well as information for the 7th and 11th circuits and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.  Relative little information has been released surrounding the removal of the docket information from PACER.

The Government Relations Office has contacted the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts for further information, and the GRO and the Government Relations Committee are working to gather more information about the circumstances surrounding the removal information and to understand options moving forward.  We will update the advocacy listserv as we are able to gather more information.

Leslie A. Street
Assistant Director for Research and Instruction
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law
Kathrine R. Everett Law Library
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
919-843-4959
lastreet@email.unc.edu
 

Prisoners’ Right to Law Library

Check out yesterday’s headnote of the day on TR’s Legal Solutions Blog – Prisoners’ Right to Law Library. I imagine others of you who handle inmate mail get this question frequently.

http://blog.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/legal-research/headnote-of-the-day/prisoners-right-law-libraries/

AALL webinar – library budgeting

AALL Member News:

September Webinar – Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach 

With the constant pressure to utilize dollars effectively, librarians need to understand what it costs to run their department. According to a recent Citibank survey, library expense is one of the top five expenses for a law firm. Most of our libraries have budgets that are larger than the majority of small businesses in the U.S. Join us for our September webinar, Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach, on Thursday, September 18, at 11 a.m. CDT where three panelists will discuss budgeting processes, why it’s important for librarians to be involved, and insights from finance about what’s important to the firm. Librarians should be seen as fiscally responsible when it comes to preparing and administering the library budget.

Registration is now open. This webinar is $30 for AALL members and $60 for nonmembers, and site registration (one per physical location) is $150

 

Fastcase podcast

I just learned that Fastcase has a podcast called “The Law Review” in which they talk about “goings-on in the legal tech world”.

You can check out the latest episode here:

http://www.fastcase.com/episode-31-four-huge-law-geeks-walk-into-a-boucherie/

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