Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ref 340 - 342.99

This section seemed really large, but without Martindale-Hubbel, it is quite small. Martindale-Hubble has to go. We have the 2007 ed and it would cost over $1000 to update. Plus the entire thing is available online, including the legal digests. Here's where they can be found: The legal digests can be found here: (in the "Search Legal Library" box type New York Law Digest--it is a little sticky, but it does work)

I'm also recommending that we discard the old Burton Legal Thesaurus. We had a newer one at one time, but it is gone.

I am recommending that we update Black's Law Dictionary (there is a new ed for $85), and all the Nolo titles (there are new editions for all and they are very affordable).

I am recommending that we keep everything else. The three constitutional law books have a lot of the same cases in them, but not all. Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements will never be used much, but it was donated by one of the authors, a local person, and it is an expensive set.

Let me know if you think we should discard anything else.


Catherine Harper said...

I agree with all Jane’s decisions. Here are my votes on the items that have “?” slips:

Treaties and Alliances of the World is of potential value to world history students, and it looks like it's gotten a fair amount of use since we bought it in 1993. I vote to get the 2003 edition. But, for up-to-date info on treaties to which the U.S. is a signatory, I’d go with Treaties in Force 2009 on the Web.

I’d keep Chronology and Fact Book of the United Nations for its historical information.

I like the NOLO books a lot, as long as we have the latest editions. Student & Tourist Visas should go (it went to print when the government was still reeling from 9/11)—unless we put a label on the cover directing people to for their update ( . This might be good idea for all NOLO titles, if not linking to the update for each particular book, then at least to the legal updates main page (

It’s great to know that we can get the state law digests from

mlh said...

I agree with Jane's decisions. I am especially glad that we are keeping the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution.

Jane said...

GS says: I agree with Jane’s choices and Catherine’s comments. The only things I have to add are 1) that we have the most current edition of the NOLO books in reference and circulating collections. It makes us look bad when the reference copy is many editions out of date and the circulating copy is more current and 2)for the treaties-will the new book include the historical data (older treaties) as well as including new ones or ones currently in place? If it does not, we should keep both editions and 3) I think we have a need for a title that includes the relationships between the United States and other countries summed up in a tidy little detailed entry. I got a question the other day about the relationship, over time, between the United States and St. Lucia. Is there such a reference?

Kristin said...

I concur with what Jane said, with the exception of tossing the aging thesaurus. Does its age really indicate a need for it to go? Once a legal thesaurus, always a legal thesaurus? Don't get me wrong, I'm not married to the notion of keeping it, but it seems like it could still be useful.