In an amazing idea, a company in Japan has designed library sleeping nooks and merged them with library shelves into Book and Bed Hostels in Tokyo and Kyoto. Check out the photos of this interesting venture here.
The Cleveland Law Library is hosting its annual Open House this Friday from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Staff will provide tours of our facility and provide information about our services, collections and databases. Everyone who stops by will have a chance to spin our prize wheel. We are also headlining this year's Open House with program on "Practical Tips for Working and Living Greener." This program is free and open to everyone from 12:00-1:00 p.m.
A recent article and video from CBS News calls librarians at the New York Public Library the "human Google." The article points out that librarians are still a trusted source for finding accurate information, and they use both both private resources that are not on the Internet and Google in a pinch to help their patrons. One librarian at NYPL is quoted as saying a patron told her: "Thank God I reached a human being."
The United States Senate has just confirmed Carla Hayden as the new Librarian of Congress. She is the first female and African American Librarian to hold the position, and, according to a local news article, she is also the first professional librarian to be in charge of the LOC in over 60 years. Ms. Hayden holds a Ph.D. in Library Science and is known for her work with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Ms. Hayden will serve as the 14th Librarian of Congress.
The Cleveland Public Library is hosting a program on "Patents and Trademarks: Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Intellectual Property"
Tuesday, May 10 • 10:00 a.m. -5:45 p.m. Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium
"United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) staff members Michael Hydorn and Robert Berry will explain patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Presentations in the afternoon by staff from the USPTO Midwest Regional Office in Detroit, the Department of Justice for the Northern District of Ohio, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Federal Trade Commission will discuss their agencies’ work in assisting people in safeguarding their inventions, designs, and products. Space is limited; pre-registration is required."
This year, the Cleveland Law Library is hosting a series of 8 legal research webinars for CLE credit starting this Friday, March 4, 2016. The Ohio Supreme Court has approved each program for 1 hour of general CLE credit. The topic for this Friday's program is
This program will run from 10-11:00 a.m. and costs $25.00 for members or $30.00 for non-members. Anyone who is interested in this or one of our other programs should check out our online course catalog for more information and online registration. All programs will be held live on 2 separate dates.
BBC News just published an amazing article on Room to Read, an NGO that builds libraries and schools and provides books to children in 10 countries around the world. It was started 15 years ago by former Microsoft executive John Wood, who quit his job after seeing the need on a trek through Nepal. In the last 15 years, Wood's organization has built 17,500 libraries and 1,000 schools. He has been compared to Andrew Carnegie, who built 2,500 spectacular libraries, including a few in Cleveland. Click here to read more about the libraries.
The OSBA held an Access to Justice Summit in April 2015 to discuss 4 major topics:
Access to Justice with or without a Lawyer
Innovations in Pro Bono Legal Services
The Crisis in Legal Aid Funding
Effective Tools for Assisting Pro Se Parties: Forms and Beyond
The Final Report has been issued, and it contains many recommendations for reform. In particular, several comments describe the role which law libraries can play:
"Participants also raised that law libraries and public libraries could also play a significant role in providing access to legal services. Libraries could hold “legal hours” where legal aid/pro bono attorneys are available to assist with filling out forms or even just talking through problems so people know that the legal system might have help for them.,,,Open up law libraries for public access on specific days and times during the week....Self-help centers are good and SHOULD utilize LAW LIBRARIES...Law libraries are a great resource and the Ohio Association of Law Libraries is an eager and willing partner • They can expand their functions to help provide information; access; and support...Better information at law libraries."