“Cranch Project” Launched by the District of Columbia Council to Create Open-Source, State-Level Code

The “Cranch Project” has been launched by the Council of the District of Columbia “to create the nation’s first UELMA[Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act]-compliant, open-source, state-level Code of Laws.”

For some news/commentary please see here.

Hat tip to Law Librarians.

Recent Paper of Interest: “The Open Access Divide”

Prof. Jingfeng Xia at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has recently published

The Open Access Divide

The abstract to this article reads:

This paper is an attempt to review various aspects of the open access divide regarding the difference between those academics who support free sharing of data and scholarly output and those academics who do not. It provides a structured description by adopting the Ws doctrines emphasizing such questions as who, what, when, where and why for information-gathering. Using measurable variables to define a common expression of the open access divide, this study collects aggregated data from existing open access as well as non-open access publications including journal articles and extensive reports. The definition of the open access divide is integrated into the discussion of scholarship on a larger scale.

Hat tip to Law Librarians (with further hat tip to DigitalKoans).

Blog de la ACBJ

The Argentine Association of Law Librarians (Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos) was started a blog: Blog de la ACBJ. In addition to the posts, the site also provides useful links to Argentine legislation, case law, doctrine, and secondary sources. 

Blog de la Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos


China Law Libraries Online

The Law Librarians of China (China Law Libraries Online) have revamped their Web site.   All content is in Chinese, but they expect to post English language materials in the near future.  Hat tip to Wei Luo.

The China Law Libraries Online Web site does post links to 17 major law school libraries in China:


Peking University School of Law, Law Library


Tsinghua University School of Law Library


Chinese People’s University Law School Library


Sun Yat-sen University School of Law Library


Chongqing University School of Law Library


Chongqing University School of Law Library


Hunan University School of Law Library


Nanjing University School of Law Library


Xiamen University Library Law Library #4


Wuhan University Law School Library


Sichuan University School of Law Library


Yantai University School of Law Library


Shanxi University School of Law Library


Liaoning University School of Law Library


Jilin University Research Center for Theory of Law Library http://www.legaltheory.com.cn/info.asp?id=205


Jilin University Research Center for Theory of Law Library http://www.legaltheory.com.cn/info.asp?id=205


Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law Library



China Law Libraries Online http://www.chinalawlib.org.cn/

Japanese Law Librarians Blog

Takako Okada has created an English language blog dedicated to Japanese legal research called “Japanese Law Librarians Blog.” Ms. Okada is a law librarian at Keio University Library.  This promises to be a great resource for tracking developments in Japan. For example, her latest post mentions a site that offers Japanese legislation in English. Domo arigato gozaimas to Takako Okada for this useful new blog.

Japanese Law Librarians Blog


Law students to replace law librarians?

This news blast from down under:

QUEENSLAND magistrates are upset by moves to replace their highly qualified researchers with law students paid just $13.50 an hour.

In the article, written by Matthew Fynes-Clinton in the Courier Mail, the headline brings fears of “getting decisions wrong.”

And, what do folks at the Justice Department think of the law students’ research skills?:

“But these kids they’ll be turning to are students who don’t know anything.”

The ‘architect’ of this plan is the Court Librarian, Aladin Rahemtula. According to the article:

“It is believed Mr Rahemtula wants the Supreme Court library to take over the Justice and Attorney-General (JAG) department library – which currently serves 87 magistrates scattered across the state.

The JAG facility is operated by a small group of professional legal research librarians in the State Law building in George St, Brisbane.

The experienced staffers hold law or other tertiary degrees.

All have postgraduate qualifications in librarianship. . . .

Mr Rahemtula is understood to have told Judge Irwin the Supreme Court library depended on law students, not librarians, for its research.

He said the students were paid $13.50 an hour. But they were “bright” and he vowed to recruit more of them to handle the magistrates’ requests.”

Read the article to learn more. Interesting times.