Monday, March 2, 2009
Joseph Skelton (1888-1893)
A Forgotten Author
Oil on board
Daily Thoughts 3/2/2009
Today it was snowing very hard outside. I took the train up to the White Plains Supreme Court Law Library to do a tour. A gentleman there showed me and my new colleague around the law library. It was a very interesting experience.
Recently, the size of the White Plains Supreme Court Law Library collection was reduced. They had to move from having a full floor for their collection to a section of the floor, one third the size. To do this, they now have twelve workstations for patrons with Loislaw, Lexis, and Hein for their subscription. They seriously reduced the number of federal print books and focused on keeping their New York law books in print. They also only keep the most recent copies of the print journals and rely on Hein for most of their journal subscriptions on the database. Keeping lots of paper is not an option for them anymore.
I found the collection to be fascinating. It shed a new light on our collection. There was also the Office of the Self Represented which was in the same office as the White Plains Supreme Court Law Library for New York state. They were there to help people with legal information for people who did not have a lawyer. This was not legal advice, but forms for things like how to change your name, file a motion, register your case and similar things. We took a set of forms for our library to keep. One of the forms listed many of the agencies which provided pro bono work for people.
Two books were waiting for me when I came in, Haunted Heart The Life and Times of Stephen King by Lisa Rogak and Words In Your Face A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz.
On the way home, I read some of The Sword by Deborah Chester. It is a fantasy novel. I almost finished reading it. The trains were very slow because of the snow.