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Online information: access and veracity Posted on Mar 10

Online information: access and veracity

The Massachusetts Library System recently posted an online guide with resources to help citizens evaluate information online and hone media-literacy skills.  Included is a popular eight-point informational graphic from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and is a concise, single-page tipsheet. One of the points is   …Continue Reading Online information: access and veracity

Divorce and Financial Issues Posted on Jul 26

When married couples decide to divorce in Massachusetts, there are financial issues that have to be addressed.  These may include child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets, among others.  There is basic information about alimony and support on the Trial Court’s website under   …Continue Reading Divorce and Financial Issues

Legal Deposit in the Electronic Age Posted on May 10

All works under copyright protection published in the United States are subject to the mandatory deposit provision of the copyright law. Two copies of each work must be sent to the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office within three months of publication. (17 U.S.Code § 407)   …Continue Reading Legal Deposit in the Electronic Age

Let Libraries Transform Your Life Posted on Apr 11

Let Libraries Transform Your Life

The theme for National Library Week (April 10- 16, 2016) is “Libraries Transform.”   How has a library made a difference in your life? The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries join libraries across the country to celebrate the transformative power of libraries.  Our public law libraries give the   …Continue Reading Let Libraries Transform Your Life

A Valentine Posted on Feb 12

A Valentine

“Vinegar Valentine” (1911) Two years ago, we featured this Valentine on February 14, noting that it was part of a Virtual Exhibit curated by Laurel Davis for the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room in the Boston College Law Library. The Law in Postcards featured   …Continue Reading A Valentine

WestlawNext and LexisAdvance now available Posted on Jan 20

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have made WestlawNext available at 15 law library locations* statewide at no charge for the user.  The new service includes databases on Massachusetts and Federal law and specialized content on bankruptcy, immigration, municipal law and social security.  Over 130 general treatise   …Continue Reading WestlawNext and LexisAdvance now available

Looking Back on 2015 Posted on Dec 31

As we look back on significant events in 2015, we can mark the 200th anniversary celebration by the Massachusetts Trial Court of the legislation that created the first public law libraries in Massachusetts. On March 2, 2015, the day that the legislation was signed into   …Continue Reading Looking Back on 2015

Looking for Legal Information? Posted on Oct 21

Looking for Legal Information?

The Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries offer six ways to get information to help you answer your legal questions. One of our favorites, online chat, is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays). During a chat session, we will ask   …Continue Reading Looking for Legal Information?

Job Vacancy: U.S. Librarian of Congress Posted on Aug 19

President Barack Obama will have the opportunity to appoint a new Librarian of Congress when James Billington retires as of Jan. 1, 2016. This will be the first new Librarian of Congress in nearly 30 years, and only the 14th since the establishment of the library   …Continue Reading Job Vacancy: U.S. Librarian of Congress

Teaching Legal Research Posted on Aug 18

The American Association of Law Libraries’ Task Force on Legal Skills and Knowledge for Practice has released three reports about how legal research is conducted in the practice of law, based on surveys of more than 600 attorneys and 150 law librarians from all over the   …Continue Reading Teaching Legal Research