Open Library (openlibrary.org)

by Roberta Woods, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian.

Another little-known web resource by the Internet Archive (https://archive.org) is Open Library. Open Library gives you access to many books that are both copyright protected and those in the public domain. It’s free to join and it lets you check out books that may not otherwise be available to you online because of copyright restrictions. Explore the many features of this online free library. Highlights of a few of the features are presented below.

Books without copyright restrictions have a blue Read button next to the title, as shown below. Here, one record is freely available to read online or even download. The second item on this list shows a book that is in the public domain but has not yet been digitized.

Sample of book entry with bibliographic fields and a blue button labeled Read

Up to 10 books still in copyright protection can be borrowed for a two-week period.

Sample of book entries with image of books, title, author and blue button labeled Borrow

Should you want a book that is currently checked out, you can be added to the Waitlist.

Sample of book selection with orange button labeled Join Waitlist

You can also create a reading list that is private or public. Public reading lists have been curated by individuals to bring your awareness of titles to the forefront.

Sample of text associated with creating a List and any possible lists already set up

It keeps a list of books you’ve borrowed. It checks them back in when time runs out or you return the book.

Sample of panel with books checked out: displays title, expiration date and loan actions

The Supreme Court is Getting Ready to Rock-N-Roll

In case you hadn’t noticed, the U.S. Supreme Court is back in session. For a quick preview of the many blockbuster cases on the calendar this session, you might want to take in this Law 360 Pro Say Podcast: https://www.law360.com/in-depth/articles/967263?nl_pk=12824ff8-eeda-4c14-bbd7-cadc7f92d867&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=in-depth (If you do not know how to activate your Law 360 access, contact Brian Huffman!)

The Court is already underway with the Notorious RGB leveraging a constitutional smack down on new Justice Neil Gorsuch in Gill v. Whitford (a/k/a the partisan gerrymandering case). Attorney Smith was answering Justice Ginsburg question on how redistricting laws created one party rule in some states. Justice Gorsuch interrupted and diverted attention away from an equal protection argument to a Republican form of government clause theory supported by constitutional textualism. Justice Gorsuch said:

“… where exactly do we get authority to revise state legislative lines? When the Constitution authorizes the federal government to step in on state – state legislative matters, it’s pretty clear.  If you look at the Fifteenth Amendment, you look at the Nineteenth Amendment, the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, and even the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 2, says Congress has the power, when state legislators don’t provide the right to vote equally, to dilute congressional representation. Aren’t those all textual indications in the Constitution itself that maybe we ought to be cautious about stepping in here?” – Gill v. Whitford transcript, page 59, courtesy of Scotus.

Justice Ginsburg intervened in the Gorsuch/Smith back and forth asking the Court:  Where did one person/one vote come from? She was referring to the 1963 Reynolds v. Sims Supreme Court decision. One person/one vote was read into the Constitution by Chief Justice Earl Warren and it is not in the Constitutional document itself, upending Justice Gorsuch’s textualism argument.  You can actually listen to the oral arguments on the Oyez website!

Wowza!  The Supreme Court is getting ready to rock-n-roll!

I know you want to keep track of all the exciting Supreme Court happenings. Here is a short list of some of my favorite Supreme Court resources. NB: If is it marked with $$$, it indicates that this is a subscription database so you will either need a username and password, or perhaps proxy access if you are trying to open the page from off campus.

BTW, the NYT has a good article on the “new math” of gerrymandering and how you might measure the effect of redistricting using one method called the “efficiency gap.”

Daily News

Lyle Dennison Law News, http://lyldenlawnews.com/

New York Times Supreme Court News Page: https://www.nytimes.com/topic/organization/us-supreme-court $$$

iScotus Now, http://blogs.kentlaw.iit.edu/iscotus/

Scotus Blog, http://www.scotusblog.com/

Supreme Court Brief, http://www.nationallawjournal.com/supremecourtbrief $$$

Supreme Court Dispatches, Slate News, http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/supreme_court_dispatches.html

 

More General Coverage

Appellate, http://www.law.com/practice-areas/appellate $$$

BloombergLaw, United States Law Week, $$$

Reuters Supreme Court News, http://www.reuters.com/subjects/supreme-court

NPR Stories About the Supreme Court: http://www.npr.org/tags/125938785/supreme-court

Oyez, https://www.oyez.org, Providing the facts of the case, question presented and conclusion for all cases beginning in 1789.  Oyez also has select audio coverage of oral arguments.

Washington Post’s Courts and the Law: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts-law/?utm_term=.c9df6c046334,

Supreme Court web site, https://www.supremecourt.gov/

 

Deeper Analysis

Merits, from Scotus Blog, http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/terms/ot2017 – you might also be interested in their stats pack page: http://www.scotusblog.com/statistics/

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (via Hein),  Eight issues a year analyzing the court’s decisions.

1)  http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?index=previewa&collection=preview $$$

2)  Via the ABA web site: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/publications/preview_home.html

3) Westlaw, http://lawschool.westlaw.com $$$