– Low Cost Legal Research Workshops;
– Make-up (Statutes, Shepards, Cases & Secondary Sources) Workshops;
– Navigating Lexis & Secondary Sources Training;
– Cases & Statutes in Lexis Training;
– Navigating Westlaw & Secondary Sources Training;
– Cases & Statutes in Westlaw Training;
– Hot Dog Wednesday hosted by the Library & IT;
– Pick up your new Coastal ID in the Atrium on Monday & Tuesday from 10am-2pm;
– Possible noise from the Atrium on Tuesday & Thursday at noon.
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 Thomas. Here 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?
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!
In the Library this Week:
– Statutory Research Workshops;
– Possible noise from the atrium on Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm;
– The CYBERSCRIPT this week will provide instructions to request a Make-up Workshop.