Category Archives: Mobile Computing

Pharos printer upgrades and unavailability 8/20/2015

The Pharos printing system will be undergoing an upgrade today. During this upgrade individual printers will be unavailable at times during the day. There will be signage to direct you to operational print stations. Between noon and 1:00pm will likely be the biggest disruption as the new software is activated. If you need any printing assistance please visit the circulation desk in either the Williams or Wolff Library.
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What Technology do You Use?

That was the question The Chronicle of Higher Education asked three Georgetown graduate students from main campus.  The trio shared some of the tech tools they use and the way they use them.

What are some of the tech tools you can’t live without?  Check out our Mobile Apps database for further suggestions.  If you have a mobile app you find useful, please don’t hesitate to inform us so we can add it.

Keeping Up With Legal News: Law-Related Podcasts

A great way to keep up with news on the go is to subscribe to podcasts you can listen to during your commute, at the gym or walking across town.  Whether you’re studying the law or practicing it, there are great law-related podcasts from established and emerging providers. Here are three tips for podcasts that offer law-themed content on a regular basis.

This Week in Law

 

 

Each Friday afternoon on This Week in Law, well-known legal bloggers Denise Howell and Evan Brown provide a summary and discussion of the latest developments in the law.  Topics focus on Internet privacy, technology law, social media lawsuits, intellectual property disputes and a host of related topics.  Regular guests provide additional insights and lively discussion.  There’s even an active chat room if you tune in during the live broadcast. Check out the rest of the TWiT network for many other tech-focused shows.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer Podcast

The Legal Talk Network hosts more than a dozen law-related podcasts, covering technology, eDiscovery, subject-specific news and materials for paralegals and medical professionals.  One of the network’s longest-running series is the Lawyer 2 Lawyer podcast.  In this, show hosts Bob Ambrogi and J. Craig Williams cover a broad range of topics, often touching on technology issues, ranging from drones to bitcoin to Google Books.

Fastcase Presents: The Law ReviewAn brand new legal podcast series comes as a daily news update called The Law Review.  Launched early in 2014, this is hosted by Josh Auriemma, creator of the Legal Geekery blog and podcast, who now works for the show’s host, Fastcase.  A typical episode features a selection of the latest latest legal developments and as much commentary as Josh and his invited guests can cover in around ten minutes.

 

 

Mobile Apps for Law Faculty and Students

The library maintains a database of useful apps for iOS and Android mobile devices at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/mobile/.  Suggested apps can help users research, organize, write, and follow news and blogs.  The database is presented as a spreadsheet which can bmobile_appse browsed, sorted, or filtered depending on whether you are just curious as to what is recommended or are making a more targeted search for a specific type of app.

If you have an app that you find particularly useful or if you are looking for a type of app that is not listed, please contact Jill Smith.

Free Access to Washingtonpost.com

The Washington PostEven though the Washingtonpost.com website has instituted a paywall recently, members of the Georgetown Law community can set up free access by signing on with their .edu e-mail address. The Washington Post is offering educational access for all users with a .edu address.

You’ll want to register at this link for free digital access. This will provide you with access on campus, at home or on your mobile device.

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September 17 is App-solutely Constitution Day

Coinciding with today’s Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (36 USC § 106), there’s a new government-developed app where you can find hundreds of pages of annotations and analysis of our United States Constitution.  This is available now in the iTunes store for the iPhone and iPad platforms, and it’s free.  Developed by the Library of Congress, this app includes more than 2800 pages of materials popularly known as the Constitution Annotated.  The Constitution Annotated provides a clause-by-clause explanation of the United States Constitution, with references to nearly 8,000 Supreme Court cases. Constitutional law experts from the Congressional Research Service author the treatise and the Government Printing Office publishes the editions and supplements.  2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the print publication, which is now available online and in an app.

You can read a great review of the app at Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites blog.  As he points out, the app will take just over 100 MB of space on your Apple device.  Individual sections from the Constitution Annotated can be downloaded on any device of your choosing, and they appear as authenticated PDF files from the Government Printing Office.

As long ago as 2002, it was novel to have a mobile version of the United States Constitution, such as for the Palm OS.  Today you get much deeper depth of analysis provided for free from our government.

This app and several others are featured in our page of Mobile Apps on the Georgetown Law Library website.

Browzine app for Journals on your Tablets

Georgetown University now subscribes to Browzine which is a mobile app delivering scholarly journals to your tablets. Once you download the app, you will need to select Georgetown University and then authenticate yourself with your netID and GU password. You will then be able to browse journals on all types of subjects, including:

  • Law and Legal Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Feel free to ask a reference librarian if you have any questions about Browzine.

Mobile Apps – 2013 Highlights

Did you know that with your Georgetown Law passwords you can access the Lexis Advance and Westlaw Next mobile sites? You can also read the BNA Reports from Bloomberg Law  on their mobile site. Check out these and others highlighted on our new research page on Mobile Apps.

We’ve featured some of the free government legal applications available on apps.usa.gov, as well as others recommended by the lawfirmmobile.com site.

If you have any questions about using mobile apps for legal research, feel free to consult a reference librarian in person, via e-mail or via live chat.

GAO Reports and Legal Decisions on the Web and your Mobile Device

The Government Accountability Office is known as the “Congressional watchdog,” since they monitor how the federal government spends its money and report back to Congress with their findings. On a daily basis, the GAO produces in-depth reports on all aspects of the government and federal law. They also issue legal decisions on “bid protests, appropriations law and other aspects of federal law.” In the past few months alone, the following reports were issued:

  • Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Case Examples Illustrate Vulnerabilities That Could Result in Improper Payments or Overlapping Benefits. GAO-13-386, Apr 3, 2013
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Standards Needed to Improve Identification of Racial and Ethnic Overrepresentation in Special Education, GAO-13-137, Feb 27, 2013
  • International Religious Freedom Act State Department and Commission Are Implementing Responsibilities but Need to Improve Interaction, GAO-13-196, Mar 26, 2013

GAO reports and legal decisions are freely available on their website, through Facebook, and on their mobile app.

Presidential Documents on your Mobile Device

Follow the daily activities of the President with this recently released mobile app. The Government Printing Office has coordinated with the Office of the Federal Register to create this functional app which allows users to search by keyword, review documents by date or limit results by type of document. Some of the material available include:

  • executive orders
  • appointments and nominations
  • bill signings
  • speeches

Feel free to ask at the reference desk if you need any assistance with locating presidential documents.