Saturday Evening Posts


This image has nothing to do with this post. It is pure clickbait.

Confession time: I’ve been binge watching Gossip Girl on Netflix (Canadian Netflix is years behind the times, we only just got it),…

The “homemade irish cream” thing is the only part of this post I’m interested in.

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Donna M. Lanclos, and Erin M. Hood, in conversation with Beth Forrest Warner, share insights into a three-year U.S.-U.K. collaborative study project that identifies how students and faculty engage with technology and information sources.

This was a great year for all things photography, with posts to help you behind the camera, in front of it, when you’re shooting, and when you’re editing. Here’s a look back at our most popular photography tips, tricks, and hacks of 2013.

Have I ever told you about my love for bread? Probably not. Most people think I am all about the sweets since…

My love of Naan is overshadowed only by my love of Irish Cream.

I’m going to take the opportunity to address the points Matt raised – not because I am trying to stay “relevant,” as some might suggest (my blog is a not-for-profit personal passion and I don’t consult/train for a fee), and also not because I have a vested interest in “keeping Boolean search alive” (because I really don’t) – rather, because I am still amazed that a fundamental lack of understanding of search and information retrieval – both “manual” Boolean search and “automated” taxonomy driven and/or AI-powered semantic search – and I am constantly trying to help people not only understand both, but also appreciate their intrinsic limitations, as well as separate reality from hype.

iOS: Keeping track of all the junk you find online is never an easy task. To help you organize that stuff, Ember is an app that fits somewhere between Pinterest and Evernote, and manages to keep things simple enough that anyone can use it.

Ember works a lot like Evernote’s Web Clipper where you can quickly and easily add a picture to a collection. From there, you can add notes, create different collections, and more. The iOS version of the app is basically a simple organization app, whereas the (pricey, at $50) Mac app is a bit more feature-packed. Even still, as a simple and fast place to collect images, Ember works really well on iOS and you don’t need to use the Mac app to appreciate it.

Oh, my gosh, how I need someone to organize all my digital junk. And, while we’re at it, how ’bout my physical junk?

OK – don’t shoot me for the wording of the title of this post. We can all argue about what “better” means. I opened this thread in response to comments in a previous thread expressing concerns about what today’s students…

For those of you looking for gifts for the tea lovers among you:

This [Kickstarter] project was born of my frustration with not being able to drink my carefully-brewed, but too hot, coffee right after I made it, and it then getting cold before I had time to enjoy it. I wanted it just right.

I thought about this problem and had an inspiration: why not take the excess heat out of the too-hot coffee, store it in the wall of the mug, and then use it later to keep the coffee at a pleasant drinking temperature?

This actually sounds really cool, and I may be persuaded to fund it.

There’s something wonderful about curling up with a warm cup of tea on a freezing cold night. I’m partial to mint myself,..

This is just pretty cute. Especially if you know a scientist-type who loves tea.


Saturday Evening Posts

In case you missed it this week …

  • Tools for Flipping the Classroom?
    We have several teachers using the flipped classroom method and I was wondering what tools other people were using for the same thing?A couple of our teachers are using Camtasia and Mimio Studio along with a Mimio Pad to create the video lessons. We have another that uses the whiteboard in her classroom along with an HD webcam. All of them use Edmodo as a place for students to look for new content.
  • Digital Lawyer Legal Ed Project
    I’m heading down to Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida next week to record sessions for the courses I will be co-teaching for the Center for Law Practice Technology. I’ll be teaching the core course in law practice management with Richard Granat, teaching a social media for lawyers course by myself and assisting Will Hornsby in his course on Ethics of Practicing Law in a Digital World. We will be adding more courses as the project gets underway.
  • Ding Dong Is A Fun App Which Lets You Share Your Location And Mood With Close Friends
    Social mobile location apps were all the rage a couple of years ago but few seemed to take off, unless of course like Grindr and Tinder they scratched that hookup itch. A more general, friendly ‘SoLoMo’ has been wanting, other than perhaps Foursquare. Step in Ding Dong, a new app which makes the whole process of sharing your location more fun and, crucially, more private. Today the new redesigned Ding Dong hits the App Store. And it’s addictive.
  • Social Media and Law Schools (an introduction)
    Want an introduction to social media?  Earlier this week, my colleague, Andrew Brandt, and I held a faculty workshop for our colleagues at Villanova Law about using social media to build our community and showcase our ideas. Here is a link to the powerpoint we created for the talk (although did not use). […]
  • How I Learned to Stop Nagging My Kids and Start Motivating ThemI bet you’ve come across the term “positive reinforcement” before–but honestly, do you know what it really means? Some time back, I decided to jump onto the positive reinforcement bandwagon. Except, it wasn’t really clear to me what it is I should be doing. The worst part? The more I read about it, the more confused I got.This article is the result of trying to sort through some of the confusion so we can be masters of applying positive reinforcement to raise terrific, internally motivated kids.
  • How To Take Awesome Smartphone Photos

    The line between photography and “photography” is long gone. But just because everybody else is doing it doesn’t mean you can’t still make your mobile photos stand out from the stream.

    While you might not be inhaling darkroom chemicals like our non-digital forebears, the craft of mobile photography is an art unto itself—and it can be taken to the next level.  Even traditional DSLR and film photographers might have a thing or two to learn in the transition.

  • Law Librarians Adapting to Changing Users
    Although we have long incorporated elements of teaching into our “toolkit” of skills as librarians, there is an increasing trend of academic law librarians having formal teaching duties inside traditional classrooms. In today’s rapidly changing information environment remaining relevant means librarians must understand our role (and ourselves) as […]
  • Farewell, Hello,

    On November 19th,, the venerable website of the United States Congress, will begin to redirect visitors to The new site, which launched in beta in September 2012, will become the primary governmental resource for the text of legislation, past, present and future, along with reports from committees, speeches from the floor of Congress and cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.

  • It’s the Pedagogy, Stupid.
    Criticizing law schools and legal education is easy.  The curriculum, the expense, the fudged employment numbers, the value of legal scholarship, administrative bloat, the U.S. News ratings – there’s more low hanging fruit here than a U-PICK orchard.   However, there’s a major item often missing from these lists.

Saturday Evening Posts

To tell you guys the truth, I kind of have a lot going on at the moment and don’t really have time for blogging right now. It’s only because I sort of challenged myself with NaBloPoMo that I’m posting anything. Also, I’ve set up an IFTT recipe to automatically post a draft to my WordPress blog when I favorite a link in my Feedly Reader. So! Here are some things that caught my eye this week. I still haven’t really had a chance to read them. Perhaps you’ll also find them interesting?

Most legal libraries subscribe to a number of online services, so library users frequently have to search multiple electronic resources as part of their legal research, and trust that they have not inadvertently missed any relevant resources. Researchers need to know what electronic products they have access to, what materials these products contain, and how to best to search them. Other challenges related to online research include the duplication of resources (some materials can be found in multiple online services) and cost containment.

Not everyone agrees that we should reduce law school to two years.  Tax Professor Edward Zelinsky (Cardozo) makes a pitch for a four year law school […]

In Brief: In the library world, we may look to other fields to help us make sense of new digital literacies. Their frameworks may offer us new perspectives, challenge our assumptions, or give us greater clarity on the issues. Transliteracy is one non-library-centric framework that has been promoted for this purpose.  […]

Where’s I’m from, we have a little something called “the come to Jesus talk.” It’s not a religious event. Rather, it is an opportunity to take someone aside, detail the error of their ways and point the way towards their salvation, much like a concerned preacher takes aside an errant member of their flock.

After digesting the Legal Education and Training Review report (LETR) for three months, England’s largest legal regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), has delivered its response. This is important because the big legal regulators—SRA, Bar Standards Board, Ilex Professional Services—shape the structure of the qualifying law degree, […]

To make a change happen.
No change, no point. A presentation that doesn’t seek to make change is a waste of time and energy. Before you start working on your presentation, the two-part question to answer is, “who will be…

Happy Reading!

Weekly round-up


Haven’t done one of these in a while, but here are some gems I came across in various places online this week:

  • Make Sure to Have Fun and Other NaNoWriMo Tips. This is about the whole “writing a novel in November” thing, but I’ll try to keep some of the tips in mind while blogging this month.

    Write for ten minutes a day. … The idea is to create a habit. And ten minutes a day is the beginning of that. On days when I despair because I have accomplished nothing, I take those ten minutes and feel much better afterward.

  • #instacane. The story of Hurricane Sandy as told through Instagram. There are other good places to go to find amazing and horrible photographs of the hurricane’s damage, but I like this site because most of the photos are not taken by professional photographers. Of course, as with all things Instagram, some of the photos leave me shaking my head at why the photo-taker tagged them the way that they did, but I guess there’s no Instagram-hashtag police out there. Yet.
  • Guiding Principles for Enhancing Classroom Experiences. Trying to keep some of these in mind as I gear up for co-teaching Advanced Legal Research next term.

    Give Up Fear. Law school is a breeding ground for fear and anxiety. Some of that is necessary—just the nature of the beast, but encouraging students to give up fear in the classroom is important.

  • Internet Librarian: 50 Great Mobile Apps for Libraries. Am always on the lookout for useful mobile apps. Mostly I use my smartphone for taking pictures. And then manipulating the heck out of those pictures. This brings me to
  • My Mobile Legal Apps Libguide. We did a Tech Petting Zoo at work this week (more on that tomorrow? Maybe?), and I’ve been working on a research guide for mobile apps that I think law students would find particularly useful. I really wanted to have it finished last week, but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. If you have any ideas for apps that I’ve missed, or can add some short reviews to some of the apps I have here, let me know!

That’s all for now. See you tomorrow!