May 2012 Bar Bulletin
Network[ing] at the Law Library
By Rita Dermody
This month the Law Library will be rolling out new personal computers on our public access network. The public access computers have been operating on older software and equipment. While adequate for accessing most websites on the Internet, the computing power has not been optimal for accessing Family Law SupportCalc, Westlaw or Lexis. The look and feel of the computers will be different for those users who are unfamiliar with Windows 7.
Another new feature of our public access computers is the addition of time management software. This software will act similarly to software you would find on the computers at your local public library. We will give you a card with your personal username and password and the software will track how long you are on the computers each day. Each user will be limited to two hours of use a day.
It will also allow you to begin your work on one computer when you use Westlaw or Lexis and then move to another computer later in the day to create documents or search the Internet. The time spent on each computer will aggregate for the amount of time you are allotted for each day.
For a different kind of networking, the Law Library is pleased to announce that the Young Lawyers Division of the King County Bar Association will conduct a legal, walk-in clinic in the Law Library. Check our website for its inaugural date.
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