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On tap! We Win!

By JohnnyZ on May 21, 2013//Leave a comment

Yes, we have won the contest according to a study released this week [PDF] by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) —  the U.S. legal system is the world’s most costly!   The study, conducted by NERA Economic Consulting, showed that the American system costs about one and half times more than the Eurozone average….

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On tap! some things are just meant to be

By JohnnyZ on May 20, 2013//Leave a comment

On Thursday I got a dog named Gloria, a 7 month old standard poodle who was a little bit shy.  She was also covered with fleas and had an umbilical hernia, but what do you expect for only 1/3 the asking price? Gloria was raised in the country with her sibs and a bunch of…

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On Tap! Educating tomorrow’s lawyers – putting knowledge into practice

By JohnnyZ on May 13, 2013//Leave a comment

Recently I had the privilege to assist the tenure review committee of a well-known clinical law professor of great repute. I was asked to write a letter of reference, and I was more than happy to do it. Why was I bothered by this?  Maybe it was the disbelief that an unquestionably amazing teacher, leader,…

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Straaaaaange cases: $45 million in world-wide ATM steals

By JohnnyZ on May 10, 2013//Leave a comment

In February, hackers infiltrated a credit-card processing company based in the United States that also handles Visa and MasterCard prepaid debit cards.  After securing 12 account numbers for cards issued by the Bank of Muscat in Oman and raising the withdrawal limits, they sent cashing crews to stand guard at thousands of ATMs around the…

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Funding Justice: Tippy Top Tips for Getting Funds

By JohnnyZ on May 09, 2013//Leave a comment

“Keep a line of communication open. . . . A presentation to a subcommittee should be a closing argument, not an opening argument.” —Legislative Fiscal Staff   Fact: Our courts [or substitute “county law libraries” throughout, just to see how it sounds] are the final line of protection for individual rights, providing access to justice,…

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On Tap! the CQ challenge

By JohnnyZ on May 06, 2013//Leave a comment

Our new admin officer, CQ (short for Capybara Queen), is a smart cookie.  I recognize that there is a high potential for boredemus maximus if she is not given a regular mental challenge.   Every week I come up with a CQ Challenge to keep her mind sharp, her reasoning skills rigorous, her analysis tight…

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Straaaaange cases: 12 million Americans believe lizard people run the USA

By JohnnyZ on May 03, 2013//Leave a comment

Don’t you love statistics?  I do.  I am immersed in them with a new project we are doing to measure library outputs and develop a cohesive structure for assessing our progress and success on things like service, technology, and collection use.   Sometimes I come across things that surprise me.  But I am getting used…

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it’s LAW WEEK!

By JohnnyZ on April 29, 2013//Leave a comment

The need for a sustained, strong public law library system is steadily growing as we assist people seeking to “do it yourself” without the benefit of counsel.  So many self-represented litigants are being bounced out of court because of procedural defects or technicalities that bar their claims unnecessarily.  Public law libraries provide people with a…

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not a spreadsheet kind of guy (part II)

By JohnnyZ on April 25, 2013//Leave a comment

Getting back to my post about how the economies of the Western world almost slid into oblivion based on an Excel coding error:   Paul Krugman led off his excellent piece with the following paragraph:   “In this age of information, math errors can lead to disaster. NASA’s Mars Orbiter crashed because engineers forgot to…

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ON TAP! Honoring the office professionals who make our offices work

By JohnnyZ on April 24, 2013//Leave a comment

HAPPY ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY!!!   Everyone knows that no business can run without order. Somebody has to take the swirl of my unexpected and sometimes whacky ideas and give them cohesion.   Every April for 61 years, the International Association of Administrative Professionals has been asking businesses around the world to show gratitude for the…

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