University of Louisville Law Faculty Blog
Kentucky Library Association Annual Conference
"University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections: Connecting Communities and Collections"
Presenters: Rachel Howard, Weiling Liu, Virginia M. Smith
September 20, 2007
3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
Rose Room, Marriot Downtown Louisville
As a result of having attended the Idea Festival this past weekend, I’ve been inspired to exercise my civil liberties by blogging.
The 3-day conference was sponsored in part by the University of Louisville. With my employer's encouragement, I attended a multitude of free sessions on a diverse array of topics ranging from sustainable architecture and green landscaping, worm holes and parallel universes, to an update on Darfur by the Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof. It was during a panel session on the topic of Peace and a presentation by international bloggers, that I learned from Bahrainian journalist, Amira Al Hussaini, that both Turkey and China have banned the use of WordPress, an open source blogging platform that the Law School utilizes.
As a librarian and concerned citizen, I am passionate about disseminating information and believe that removing political and technological barriers to access is essential to preserving our democracy.
Conference attendees were encouraged to scribe their ideas on a note pad and post them to a logo-laden car provided by the Geek Squad, another conference sponsor. Here, I’d like to share one of my ideas and posit a challenge to the University of Louisville to install a speaker’s pulpit similar to the Speaker’s Corner in London’s Hyde Park, outside of the SAC or some other prominent location on campus to encourage an ongoing exchange of information and ideas within our community.
To participate in the global conversation, visit: www.globalvoicesonline.org
In his article, The Seven Deadly Sins of Deaning, Dean Steven Smith (Cal. Western), a former colleague here at Louisville, points out that:
"DEANS sin. There are the petty offenses: the occasional missed reception, the student's name forgotten, or the parliamentary gaff at a faculty meeting. These are generally forgiven and dismissed before the next graduation.
There are, however, the more serious decanal transgressions that are not so easily forgiven or forgotten. The worst of these are deaning's Seven Deadly Sins, the wrongs that will rot a deanship. They may destroy the trust that allows a dean to function, dissipate the opportunity for the law school to make progress under a dean, or interfere with the collegial environment that supports learning and discovery."
So, you might ask, what are the "deadly sins?" Dean Smith summarizes them as follows: deception, revenge, narcissism, pessimism, taciturnity, disloyalty and aimlessness. In subsequent blogs, I will talk about some of these "sins."
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has an interesting post about former federal judge, Michael Mukasey, who President Bush will name today as his nominee as U.S. attorney general. First, his name is pronounced Mew-KAY-Zee. Always good to get that kind inside info, especially since President Bush will likely call him Moo-KAZ-Zee, or just "Mookie." Also amusing is an anecdote about the judge's opinion of the USA PATRIOT Act--specifically, the act's name, not the act itself:
I think one would have to concede that the USA Patriot Act has an awkward, even Orwellian, name, which is one of those Washington acronyms derived by calling the law “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Interrupt and Obstruct Terrorism.” You get the impression they started with the acronym first, and then offered a $50 savings bond to whoever could come up with a name to fit. Without offering my view on any case or controversy, current or future, I think that that awkward name may very well be the worst thing about the statute.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seemed favorable to the selection and promised that confirmation hearings would be arranged soon.
- Judge Mukasey's Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP biography.
- His official Federal Judicial Center biography.
- New York Law Journal biographical sketch.
--Aesop (~550 BC)