Gretchen Van Dam

  • Circuit Librarian at Library of the U.S. Courts for the Seventh Circuit
gretchen_van_dam@lb7.uscourts.gov

Placement and Recruitment Committee Annual Report

Co-Chairs: Gretchen Van Dam and Jessie LeMar

Committee Members: Anita Calderon, Valerie Kropf, Karl Pettitt, and Stacia Stein

The Committee held one in-person meeting and one teleconference meeting during 2016-2017.

This year, the Committee continued work on initiatives started during the previous year. One of the primary responsibilities of the Committee is the posting of new law library positions on both the CALL website and on various local library and law school job boards. To improve the postings, we worked with other committees to update the job posting submission form on the CALL website to include additional school job boards in the posting options.

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Federal Court Libraries Preserving Internet Citations in Opinions

It’s a rare Internet user that has not experienced the frustration of a bad web link. Nothing is more frustrating than coming across a link that leads nowhere. This “link rot” occurs over time as information is removed from web sites or moved to another online location. Unfortunately, the original URL remains the same in the referencing document – and the user goes without. The inability to obtain online information referenced in a court opinion, however, goes beyond mere inconvenience as the information cited could be critical to the holding and important to judges and attorneys in considering other cases. Continue reading Federal Court Libraries Preserving Internet Citations in Opinions