July 2010

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

September 2013

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York courts

April 2008

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

In front of the Women in the Law Room, June 17, 2013

A most appropriate setting for the reception honoring the 2 newest Court of Appeals judges (Pictured, l. to r.: Justices Pigott, Smith, Rivera, & Abdus-Salaam)

Judicial Portrait Collection

Row of oil paintings at the entrance to the library

Hands-on learning

The School Without Walls Summer Law Camp visiting the Rare Book Room & staff workroom during a tour of the library August 15, 2013

International visitors

A legal delegation from the Ukraine with library staff members September 25, 2013

UB law students visit the library

Students begin their tour of the library on January 23, 2014

Spring 2014

Colorful patches from the library's display on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

2015 Black History Month display

Celebrating a new generation

Through October 2015

800th anniversary of Magna Carta

August 5, 2015

Legislative history tips

We had occasion this week to compile a guide to doing legislative history for some new court staff.
We hope others may also find it handy.

 Legislative History Tips
Identify the chapter or section to be researched.

Consult the latest McKinney’s/CLS for historical notes for the year and chapter of the legislation and references to other documents.

Consult McKinney’s/CLS Session Laws for the law as it was sent to the governor for signing and the McKinney’s Session Laws for its accompanying legislative memorandum.

Check the governor’s bill jackets for memoranda using the year and chapter of the law in the 2nd floor microfiche collection. Governor’s bill jackets from 1995 to 2012 are also available at: http://digitalcollections.archives.nysed.gov/index.php/Detail/Collection/Show/collection_id/3723.

See the New York State Legislative Annual as well as the New York State Legislative Digest on the balcony for additional information.

Check http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/ for summaries, actions taken, votes, memoranda, or text of the bill itself.

For assistance contact a librarian at 585-530-3251 or ad4ref@nycourts.gov, or stop by the reference desk.

July 27, 2015

Wi-Fi expansion complete!

We are proud to announce the expansion of our wi-fi network. Wireless Internet access is now available throughout the M. Dolores Denman Courthouse, including every square foot of the library.

The network name is "UCS Public Internet." Users may freely connect to the network; no password is required.

July 24, 2015

Snapshots from the 2015 AALL conference

Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market
This year's buzzword: "crowdsourcing"

Thought-provoking quote:
"Digital natives prefer to read in print."
People tend to skim digital for pointed informational needs, but read print for content and pleasure.
(Strategic Integration of E-books and Digital Content in Law Libraries, July 20th)

Getting things done: Strike teams
Strike teams are small, typically three people, implemented ad hoc to accomplish miscellaneous projects that might otherwise be indefinitely backburnered. Staffed across departments, they increase collaboration.
(The Librarians Strike Back, July 19th)

pedestrian bridge to convention center
Pedestrian bridge to convention center

A breath of Fresh Air:
The keynote addresses are always well- attended, but this year's was especially interesting and lively, as NPR's Terry Gross shared memorable interviews from her long career in radio - from the sublime (George Clooney) to the ridiculous (a dog puppet). She spoke past time as the audience sat riveted. One thing that particularly struck this attendee: Gross has an impressive way of posing difficult questions - she gives people space to dial back.
(Opening General Session, July 19th)

July 22, 2015


A sampling of the swag a thoughtful colleague brought back from the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting & Conference, held in Philadelphia, PA, July 18-21

June 26, 2015

The view from the second floor

Food trucks setting up for the Jazz Festival, Thursday, June 25th

June 18, 2015

Jazz Festival parking & street closures advisory

It's always so energizing to see all the activity in our neighborhood as people prepare for the two weeks of the Jazz Festival. There are some adjustments, though, that library staff and patrons may need to make during this period.

Tents are now up in two parking lots close to the library - AllPro Parking at 86 Gibbs Street and Regents Park Station at 61 East Avenue. Please see our Transit & Parking page for alternatives.

Street closures
The street closings for this year are detailed below.

Gibbs St. (from East Ave. to E. Main)
Mon., June 15 (Midnight) to Mon., June 29 (Midnight)

Chestnut St. (from E. Main to East Ave.)
Fri., June 19 (6AM) to Sun., June 21 (2AM)
Fri., June 26 (6AM) to Sun., June 28 (2AM)

East Ave. (from E. Main to Scio) & Chestnut (from Broad to East Ave.)
Fri., June 19 (5PM-Midnight)
Sat., June 20 (5PM-Midnight)
Fri., June 26 (5PM-Midnight)
Sat., June 27 (5PM-Midnight)

Main St. (from Gibbs to Chestnut, not including Gibbs or Chestnut)
Fri., June 19 to Sat., June 27 (5PM-Midnight)