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International law question

In Read This on October 28, 2010 at 7:21 pm

One of today’s reference questions came from a student looking for a specific answer to the status of marriage in a foreign country.  Where should he look to find out information on the customs/culture, government and law of this particular place?  After reviewing numerous books and websites, the following seemed the most helpful for the student.

The Library of Congress Guide to Law Online

The WashLaw Web site that allows users to search by continent

The CIA World Factbook which provides inclusive information on all countries of the world

The Country-by-Country guide to foreign law research from Yale Law School’s Goldman Law Library

Other helpful websites were the county’s Washington DC embassy website and the country’s website for the department of foreign affairs.

Finding relevant resources was the first test of the student’s research skills.  Next, we narrowed the results to a manageable size which allowed him to better review the information to find the answer to his question.  While there are many more sites and services to help research international law, the student found these the most useful for HIS research.  As librarians it is hard to pick just one or two “best” resources but walking through the “search” part of the question with the student help both of us review the resources while the student made the final decision on what websites to pursue.  Another successful day at the reference desk.

Nebraska Apps

In Read This on October 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

“There’s an App for that” is a newly familiar statement, it has even been trademarked by Apple.  There is a new Nebraska specific app available to iPhone and iPad users; the Nebraska Court Calendar App which is a free download in iTunes.  The web version is just a helpful and provides more information on what country courts are not included in the calendar.

A simple “Nebraska” search of apps reveals a number of state specific apps for interested users.  There is even a free driver license practice test app from the State of Nebraska.  There are triple the number of iPhone apps as iPad apps but as iPad use increases this will probably mirror results.  Most of the Nebraska apps are sports, government and law/legal, maps/directional or communication (such as radio & TV) specific.

What Nebraska app(s) would you like to see?

Always on the look out for WiFi!

In Check This Out on October 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

The ALA has reported on WiFi access available at public libraries in the U.S.  Check out this map and post from Stephen’s Lighthouse.

Nebraska Government using Social Media

In Read This on October 6, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Many libraries, business and organizations use Social Media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with users.  Social Media is another way to share information and be “transparent” to interested people.  The Nebraska State Government and state agencies are also using social media to connect with citizens.  The Nebraska government social media list provides links of who is using what sites; for instance, the governor is using Twitter, the Nebraska Lottery post photos to Flickr, and the Roads Department has videos uploaded to Vimeo.  Check out the list, follow along and find out what’s going on in Nebraska.