HeinOnline – spiffier and even more intuitive!

As featured today on the HeinOnline blog, the vendor has just rolled out their new Knowledge Base help and guidance tool, providing searchable and browsable assistance on all aspects of search, access, export, and personalization.  These screen shots are courtesy of the HeinOnline blog.

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Training videos are also being rolled out as part of this upgrade.

Both the HeinOnline blog and the database launch page have also been given a sleek new redesign.  Check it out today!

Check out the list of events celebrating Sunshine Week 2017!

Sunshine Week is an annual week-long event celebrating open access to governmental information, sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.  The Sunshine Week site is a wealth of FOIA information, and aggregates a list of activities and events celebrating open information access.  Find an event in your city!

Suggested free reference sites from Library Journal

Check out this recent post from Library Journal that recommends free research websites and apps.  Some stand-outs for law librarians and legal information professionals:

  • EveryCRSReport.com – bipartisan support keeps this library of all CRS reports stretching back over 20 years available to the public.  Search full text or browse by topic; an RSS feed is also available so you never miss the posting of a new report.
  • GovTrack – take the pain out of updating legislative histories by tracking bills of interest on GovTrack.  You can also follow specific policy areas and receive alerts when new bills are introduced that fit your parameters.
  • Wayback Machine Archive Feature – we all use and love the Wayback Machine, but did you know you can also use the site to archive pages of your choice? Back up your research by archiving pages as you view them.

Catching up on recent news: Jane Sánchez appointed Law Librarian of Congress

It was announced on February 1st that Jane Sánchez has been appointed as the Law Librarian of Congress effective February 5th. The press release is available here.

Class certified in PACER lawsuit

A memorandum opinion filed Tuesday in DC District Court granted plaintiffs’ motion for class certification in National Veterans Legal Services Program, et al. v United States of America.  The suit was filed on behalf of the NVLSP, the National Consumer Law Center, and the Alliance for Justice, and claims that the Federal Court system overcharges for online access to dockets and filings through their PACER database, in alleged violation of a 2002 law that states that fees for using PACER should not exceed the costs required to operate the database.  Judge Ellen Huvelle’s opinion indicates that anyone who paid PACER fees between April 2010 and April 2016 can be part of the class.  Read more at POLITICO (free access and includes a link to the opinion) and The National Law Journal (subscription required).

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New GPO Style Manual

The Government Publishing Office has released the 31st edition of the GPO Style Manual. The manual, last revised in 2008, is the guide to the style and form of federal government printing and publishing. The new edition includes guidance describing GPO digital initiatives and new technologies, along with many other updates.

80 Years of ACLU Files

Gale, A Cengage Company, recently released American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 as part of their Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the ACLU, it focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The digital collection contains more than 2 million pages.