After a week+ away it's time to catch up with news of the world in general and topics of interest to legal researchers in particular. Some mentionworthy items (in no particular order):
- Blogging has spread almost all the way to the top of the federal government's executive branch according to a report in Business Week. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and Michael Chertoff at the department of Homeland Security are the first two members of President Bush's Cabinet who are blogging.
- An article about the "Teaching the Teachers: Effective Instruction in Legal Research" conference held at the Tarlton Law Library at the U. of Texas last weekend reports that national bar examiners are likely to add bar exam questions testing legal research skills. Law school programs should ensure that their students can navigate both a law library and a Web site.
- The Boalt Hall School of Law, the law school at the University of California at Berkeley, is changing its name to the UC Berkeley School of Law in January. Apparently a "branding consultant" was paid $25,000 to help choose the new name.
- For librarians out there, there's an online "radio show" called LibVibe that gathers library news from around the world into a daily broadcast.