Author Archives: Coleen Martinez Skinner, J.D., M.L.I.S.

Are YOU Ready to Celebrate Sunshine Week?

If your response is, “What is sunshine week?” you are probably not alone.  Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.  This is an important topic because access to the law is really important to lawyers, law students, and law librarians.  Check out all the great FREE legal information available on FDSys.  The Library of Congress makes finding legislative and congressional information a breeze with ThomasHere is an example of how an open government can force a public figure to answer for their use of public funds.  The list of reasons supporting open government and freedom of information is huge.  What reasons can you think of?

Legislative History in Real Time!!

Have you seen the recent development in Florida concerning funeral protests?  There was an article in the Jacksonville Times Union describing a bill that has been passed in the Florida Senate that would affect those protests.  If you notice they give you a citation to that bill: SB 118.  If you want to keep track of how that bill makes its way through our legislature you can head over to the Florida Senate’s website at http://www.flsenate.gov/. Once you are there just put the bill number (118) in the search box at the top of the screen and you can see all the exciting things that have happened as the bill makes its way through the senate.  One of the options allows you to view the staff analyses of the bill which can often give you some insight into the legislative intent.  This is a great way to get comfortable with Florida legislative history research. (This can be very tough)  If you want to be notified any time there is activity concerning this or any other bill just sign up for Senate Tracker account. With a Senate Tracker account you can track items throughout the website, view the latest updates on the Tracker tab, and receive email notifications when those items are updated.  You can create an account here.  All you need is an email address.  Did I mention this is all free?  It is!

 

New Library Resources!

Hello everyone!

Did you know the Library has some ch-ch-changes? Changes in the form of new books to help you study, write your ALWR or just plain learn something new!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in October 2012, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what the Library & Technology Center is adding. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Trick or Treat or Where is Your Permit?

Are you planning to wear a mask with your Halloween costume?  Be sure you don’t need a permit!  At the Stupid Laws & Dumb Laws blog they have a list of Halloween specific laws that might affect you depending on where you plan to celebrate.  Click the link and see if they found a law that might affect you.

Note the disclaimer at the bottom of their page.  “The laws listed here are for entertainment purposes only. We have tried to cite specific references when available but, we make no guarantees on the validity of these laws and as such: the laws and regulations including the interpretation and commentary we have provided are for entertainment only.”  If you really want to see if your town or city has a law that might restrict your candy-collecting fun you should check out Municode.  A helpful tip: Start with the index if you can.  Happy Halloween! 

New Library Resources – What’s New – August 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources” – it’s chock full of What’s New!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in August 2012, click Continue reading below. All of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

Guess what? Hein has added some new Legislative Histories to their U.S. Federal Legislative History Library Collection including Congress and the Tobacco Industry: A Legislative History of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009,Expanding SCHIP: A Legislative History of the Child Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009,Semiconductor Chip and the Law: A Legislative History of the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984!  Check out HeinOnline’s August Content Release  and remember, you can access HeinOnline through the Library & Technology Center’s Subscription Databases page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what is being added to the Library & Technology Center collection. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Jack Daniels goes soft?

Jack Daniels is an American whiskey known as hard alcohol. It was founded in 1875 and is currently the best selling whiskey in the world.  Every bar has a bottle of Jack on its shelf (as well as many homes). You would think the venerable company would take a hard line when they see their beloved trademark being misrepresented as a book cover for a local author. Apparently not.  Jack Daniels attorney Christy Susman wrote what some are calling the nicest cease and desist letter ever. In the letter Ms. Susman actually wishes the pilfering author the best of luck in his future writing efforts in addition to asking (nicely) that the book cover is changed for future printings. But the kicker is when Ms. Susman actually offers to help defray the costs of book cover changes. Just goes to show that a nice letter goes a long way. You can read the letter in its entirety here:

School Starts Soon! You Better Have Fun While You Can.

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to let us know on our Facebook page!

If you want to know the weather report this weekend, take a look  here and plan accordingly. There is lots to do this weekend and here are just a few ideas:

Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th, & Sunday August 5th

  • LEND ME A TENOR The Limelight Theatre stages Ken Ludwig’s musical farce about two rival opera singers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 5, 12 and 19 at 11 Old Mission Ave., St. Augustine. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors; $20 for military and students. 825-1164. http://limelight-theatre.org/
Friday, August 3rd, Saturday, August 4th
  • GOD’S FAVORITE Amelia Community Theatre stages the Neil Simon comedy at 8 p.m. on Aug. 2, 3 and 4, 9-11 and 16-18, and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 at 207 Cedar St., Fernandina Beach. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. 261-6749.
  • Pot Goes the Musical!  Players by the Sea sets the dangers of marijuana to music.“Reefer Madness The Musical” is staged at 8 p.m. on July 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 and Aug. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at Players by the Sea, 106 N. Sixth St., Jax Beach. General admission is $25. 249-0289. http://www.playersbythesea.org/performances/reefer-madness
Friday, August 3rd
  • Like comedy? Go check out Mad Cowford Improv Comedy! Show starts at 8:15 and the cost is only $5.  Get there easrly since this is their six year anniversary show and it is always popular!

Saturday, August 4th

Sunday August 5th

  • LOUDERPALOOZA 2012: AMMO, FFN, BOOGER, POOR RICHARDS, TOE IN THE TRIGGER, POWERBALL, XGEEZER, THE PINZ, SICKSICKSICKS and SHATTERMAT The noise starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 at Burro Bar, 100 E. Adams St., Jacksonville. 353-4686.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012 Markets

Beaches Green Market
Beaches: Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Farmers Market of San Marco
San Marco/Southbank: Parking Lot – Elizabeth Swaim United Memorial Methodist Church
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Fernandina Farmers Market
Fernandina/Amelia: Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Mandarin Farmers Market
Mandarin: San Jose / Old St. Augustine Rd
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Riverside Art Market (RAM)
Downtown Jacksonville: Under Fuller Warren Bridge
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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Old City Farmers Market
St. Augustine: St. Augustine Amphitheater
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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Sunday, August 5th, 2012 Markets

Avondale Farmers Market
Riverside/Avondale: Historic Avondale at the corner of St. Johns and Talbot
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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Jacksonville Farmers Market
Downtown: Jacksonville Farmers Market
All Day
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What Should You Do This Weekend? What Shouldn’t You Do!

If you have any tips on things to do in Jacksonville and surrounding areas, feel free to let us know on our Facebook page!

It is late July and the living is easy! If you want to know the weather report this weekend, take a look  here and plan accordingly. There is lots to do this weekend and here are just a few ideas:

Click Continue reading for info on some of the Farmer’s Markets open this weekend (all free!) and other events.

New Library Resources – Because the More You Know – June 2012 Edition

Hello everyone, and welcome to another exciting edition of “New Library Resources” – it’s chock full of information you should know, because the more you know!

To view a table listing the new print resources that the library received in June 2012, click Continue reading below. Most of the items listed there can be found in the General Collection and checked out for up to three weeks by members of the Coastal Community.

Guess what? Hein has added the Official Gazette of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to their Intellectual Property Law Collection!   It is published weekly and includes bibliographic information and a representative drawing for each patent granted or trademark published on that issue date. Check out HeinOnline’s June Content Release  and remember, you can access HeinOnline through the Library & Technology Center’s Subscription Databases page.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to stop by the Reference Desk on the third floor of the Library & Technology Center or contact the Reference Librarians via email, telephone (904.680.7612), or the Ask a Librarian form.

Check back here for monthly updates on what is being added to the Library & Technology Center collection. Updates will be published on the second Tuesday of every month.

If you think we should consider adding something to the collection, please feel free to recommend it here (Coastal ID login required).

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Facebook Safely this Fourth of July

Facebook has become a way of life.  No more is it merely a tool for wasting time and keeping in touch with friends.  The world is addicted to Farmville, Words with Friends, Likes, Shares, and George Takei’s witty library of pictures.  The ever evolving nature of facebook means a constant state of change in privacy and permission settings.  Check out some tips and tricks to enhance your facebook experience in ths blog post called the 5 Best Hidden Facebook Tricks You Should Make Use Of and be sure to open the PDF at the end to read the Very Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual.

Now that your facebook is nice and secure you don’t have to worry about getting screamed at by a judge for your social networking activities.  However, it seems that is not the only reason you may catch the ire of a judge.  Check out this blog post about a judge who could not contain his disdain for a party before him in a divorce case.  There is also a video that captures the whole tirade.

One of the best things about The Fourth of July is all the fireworks.  Disappointed with this year’s display?  Well…There’s an app for that.

Have a SAFE and Happy Fourth of July.