Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ex Libris

Recently a fellow Law Library employee brought these amazing book sculptures to our attention:


There are lots of other examples out there of astounding works of art made from books and non-literary uses for books (we especially love the Delft University library information desk made from books!)

As evidenced by the Association of College and Research Libraries, “the number of physical items in many libraries is declining” and libraries continue the trend of “expanding their virtual space. ” Not to mention the nature of published legal information being constantly updated. There’s no shortage of books weeded from law library collections that could find a bright future serving a completely different purpose. 

At least one person agrees: artist Derrick Method uses legal volumes discarded from the Butler University Library to make furniture and accessories that would make a fine addition to any law office. You can read more about Mr. Method’s work here.


If you’re wondering if there are copyright issues involved in reusing books, that would depend upon factors such as effect upon the original work’s value, and whether the resulting work would be considered a derivative work or a parody [One example of artwork copyright issues is the “Barbie in a Blender” lawsuit ( 353 F.3d 792 )].

For a fabulous, comprehensive resource on copyright issues, check out the Standford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use page, where you’ll find laws, summaries of cases and lots more info.

In Praise of Podcasts

Ever tried listening to audio podcasts? Even if you don’t consider yourself an auditory learner, you may develop an affinity for them. They are a great way to learn or catch up on news while you work, drive, exercise, or maybe even while you sleep. It’s easy to listen online or to download them to a portable media player, and you can subscribe to podcast channels using RSS feeds so you never miss a new episode.

Here are just a few of the law/legal podcasts available online:


You can find lots on iTunes as well. Just search the term “law” or “legal” in the Podcasts section of iTunes or iTunesU . Here are a few we found:

Happy listening!

Don’t pay for Federal Rules (if you don’t want to).

CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), have partnered with the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School to bring free .epub files of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Evidence. The downloads will currently work on iPads, iPhones, Nooks, and other devices that can read the .epub format.  Please be aware that these are E-Book formats, so it won’t work in your PDF Reader.

Learn more by clicking here:  The Federal Rules Ebooks by Legal Information Institute