News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Cool Tools Spotlight: Hypothesis

Red word balloon with a white lower-case H, the Hypothesis logo. Looking for another way to organize online research or collaborate with other researchers? Check out Hypothesis, a web annotation tool. Instead of bothering with printing, converting file types, or trying to copy and paste text from websites in order to make your annotations, just use this browser add-on. Hypothesis is an open-source (free!) browser add-on that enables users to annotate webpages and online PDFs directly in their browser. Annotations are saved and can be made private or shared publicly to facilitate discussions. Users can tag notations for easier searching and collaboration. Hypothesis has mainly been used among science researchers, but it can be used by anyone on any website. Website developers can also add the tool to their site.

Tracking Changes to Federal Government Websites: Gov404

Computer with different screens to illustrate web changes. If you often rely on information found on federal government websites for research, you should also be aware of changes made to those websites. Gov404 is a collection of documented changes to federal government websites. Gov404 is hosted by the Sunlight Foundation and compiled by researchers at the Web Integrity Project (WIP). While websites frequently undergo routine maintenance to update data and/or make minor revisions to language, WIP is focused on substantive changes to federal government websites, such as the removal of vital public information, changes to policies and priorities, and tracking broader patterns of Web censorship. Gov404 consists of an interactive data table listing changes, and the supporting technical details. Since the project began in November of 2016, over 50 significant changes have been recorded and researched.

Happening Now: ACRL2019 in Cleveland

ACRL 2019 logo The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is currently hosting its biennial conference in Cleveland at the Huntington Convention Center, April 10-13. ACRL, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, and “develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community.” The theme of the conference is Recasting the Narrative, highlighting ways in which libraries evolve and adapt in order to continue making valuable contributions to higher education.

National Library Week Starts on Sunday!

 National Library Week begins this Sunday, April 7th. This annual celebration highlights the incredible value that libraries provide for our communities. This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities” and showcases the ways in which libraries provide critical programming, access to resources, and other services to all members of their local communities. Tuesday, April 9th is National Library Workers Day, so stop in and say hello!

Show your support for National Library Week by sharing what you love about libraries using #MyLibraryMyStory on social media and visit And check out the Cedar Lee next week for the new film The Public, centering on events at a public library in Cincinnati.

Global Legal Hackathon 2019

Earth in space, with lines over it symbolizing technology network In case you missed it, round one of the Global Legal Hackathon began on February 22, 2019. Approximately 6,000 participants met in 46 host cities around the world to spend the weekend developing innovative solutions for the legal industry. The Global Legal Hackathon is a nonprofit organization that brings together people from law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments, and legal industry service providers, to create and use technology to improve the legal industry. Working in teams, participants developed and pitched ideas for solutions in one of two categories: private sector business and practice of law, or public government, legal systems, and access to justice. Winners from the first round from each host city are listed here. The next round begins on March 25, and the final round will occur in May. Follow the action by signing up with your email address, or follow #GLH2019 and @worldhackathon on Twitter.