Amazon Kindle Library Lending Coming Soon!

by Sarah Prosory 20. April 2011 07:59

Hi all!

Exciting news in the library world of ebooks today, as Amazon announces their new program Kindle Library Lending. Sometime later this year, Kindle will team up with OverDrive to offer Kindle users the ability to borrow Kindle books from their local library (if their local library has a contract with OverDrive). Also, there is mention of allowing libraries to circulate Kindles, which up until this point went against Amazon licensing rules.

The best part: you can save your annotations, so when you check out the book again or purchase it, you will still have access to all the bookmarking, highlights, and notes you made before.

While there are still some kinks to work out, and this is just an announcement that there is something in the works regarding Kindles and libraries, this is a huge step in the ebook world.

Some background info: as of right now if you own a Kindle, you cannot borrow ebooks to read on your Kindle from the library (our library or any other). Kindle only reads its own Amazon filetype (and a few other filetypes that publishers don't use like .txt). The best bet currently for borrowing ebooks from a library that uses OverDrive and reading them on your own e-reader is to have any of the Sony e-readers, the Barnes & Noble Nook, or other e-reader devices that aren't well-known. For more information about e-book formats, read the Wikipedia entry here.

Also in the library community, OverDrive has not had much positive reviews since it is somewhat challenging to download an ebook to your personal reader. There is hope, especially now, that with Amazon teaming with OverDrive the downloading process should improve!

Do you read ebooks? What do you think of Amazon's announcement? Comment below!

Have a great day!

Library Loot April 19th 2011

by Sarah Prosory 18. April 2011 15:27

The FINAL Library Loot puzzle of the semester!! Can you solve it?

This week's puzzle is a tough one... we're totally serious. The winner gets one $10 gift card.

Instructions: For this word search puzzle, you will need to use your legal research skills to determine the answer. Open the PDF document below to view the word search puzzle. Please print the document and circle the correct answers. The first person to turn in the correctly filled out word search puzzle to the Circulation Desk is the winner.

Here you go...

Classic Legal Films Word Search.pdf (1.17 mb)

This puzzle has been solved!!

(Unable to view the PDF file above? Click here to download Adobe Reader for free!)

THE FINE PRINT: Library Loot Puzzle Rules
1.    Puzzles may be completed by current Phoenix School of Law students only.
2.    All library staff members are exempt from participating.
3.    One prize will be given to the first person to complete the puzzle with the correct answer. Even if  more than one person worked towards getting the correct answer, only one prize will be given for the puzzle completed correctly.
4.    Contest rules are subject to change at any time.

Good luck!

Photo Poll: What is Your Favorite...

by Sarah Prosory 15. April 2011 14:50

We want to know... what is your favorite area, collection, and service in the law library?

Click on the image icons to see the pictures, and the arrow buttons to browse. 

What area, collection, and service do you think is most popular?

Library Loot April 12th 2011

by Sarah Prosory 12. April 2011 08:36

Only 3 more Library Loot puzzles left in the semester!! Will you win one? Today's puzzle will challenge your Bluebook skills. Need a Bluebook? Visit the Circulation Desk in the Law Library to borrow one from the course reserves collection for 2 hours.

This puzzle's prize is one Passing the Bar board game!!

Instructions: For this research question, you need to use your legal research skills to determine the answer. Once you've figured it out, post the answer in the comments section of this blog post. If you are found to be correct, a librarian will contact you by email. Please use your PhoenixLaw student email address so we can verify that you are a current student.

Here you go...

How would you cite an in-person interview of juveniles whose names have been changed to protect their identity?

THE FINE PRINT: Library Loot Puzzle Rules
1.    Puzzles may be completed by current Phoenix School of Law students only.
2.    All library staff members are exempt from participating.
3.    One prize will be given to the first person to complete the puzzle with the correct answer. Even if  more than one person worked towards getting the correct answer, only one prize will be given for the puzzle completed correctly.
4.    Contest rules are subject to change at any time.

Good luck!

Law Library Events for the Week of April 11th 2011

by Sarah Prosory 11. April 2011 13:33

Hello everyone!

The last workshops of the semester! Keep chugging along, diligent students... the semester is coming to a close, but you can stay strong!

This week the Law Library presents 4 different workshops. All will be held in the computer lab on the 2nd floor within the library, and last approximately an hour. Click on the links below to RSVP, or just show up!

Monday 4/11/11:
    1pm, SRU Westlaw & Lexis Q & A

Tuesday 4/12/11:
    Noon, Free Online Sources
   
Thursday 4/14/11:
    3pm, SRU Westlaw & Lexis Q & A   

    7:40pm, Westlaw Cost Effective Searching (no RSVP available)

Friday 4/15/11:
    Noon, FireFox Legal Add-ons

Please visit our workshop calendar to view more workshops: http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/librarycalendar.

For descriptions of these workshops and others, visit http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/libraryworkshops.

Questions? Call (602) 682-6898 or email. Have a great week!

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