Wednesday in D.C.

Old card catalog at the Library of Congress

Had an enjoyable, if hectic, day in our nation’s capitol yesterday. Took the metro over to the Library of Congress in the morning (my flub there was in putting too much money on my fare cards. I found it difficult to figure out the little machines, in terms of how much you needed vs. had to purchase, and, of course, you don’t want to hold things up with your obvious tourist-itude, so I now have at least three fares-worth of cards that are likely to go unused. Ah, well). Had tours of some of the reading rooms there (I want to live in their main reading room), saw the old card catalog (seen above) – it is still used, because apparently when they made the transition to online, not all of the records made it, and they don’t know which ones are missing, and got a little private tour of the Law Library of Congress. Geek out!

Then I had to go do conference stuff, as mentioned yesterday. I will be manning our research kiosk today for a while; will let you know if I get any good questions. Or weird ones.

Met a friend for dinner and some more Thai food. Had a good time discussing law librarianship, toddlers, and college angst. Got in just before the thunderstorms struck. But I’m not going to complain about them, because I guess we got struck with six inches of snow back home. Then I finished reading Desirable Daughters, by Bharati Mukherjee, which I’d started on the plane. I recommend it.

Again, will just post a few posts here, because formatting these links is a pain and a half on an iPad. For similar reasons, please forgive my unorthodox citation methods. It is even more difficult to cut and paste on this thing.

  • Best Practices for Legal Education, The reality of the Socratic Method, A Response. Frankly, I don’t know why the Socratic method couldn’t be used on the practical level as well as, or in addition to, the theoretical one (surely it is practical to teach students to think carefully on their feet, as they will have to if they do appellate litigation?) but it now occurs to me that I’m not entirely sure I’ve ever seen the Socratic method employed well.
  • Tom & Lorenzo, Michelle Obama in Chile. I love her style. 
  • LLRX, Emerging Legal Issues in Social Media, part II. A listing of posts, including links to law review articles and judicial opinions, regarding social media and the law (such as Tweeting jurors, Facebooking workers’ comp claimants, etc.). 

Note to self: don’t wear your pretty belts with the big silver buckles into federal buildings or the airport anymore.


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