Mendik Library's DRAGNET wins AALL Law Library Publication Award

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 15:25

The Mendik Library’s DRAGNET has won the AALL 2011 Law Library Publications Award, Nonprint Division. The award honors "achievement in creating in-house library materials that are outstanding in quality and significance." DRAGNET (Database Retrieval Access using Google’s New Electronic Technology) is a Google Custom Search engine that only looks at 100 highly-recommended free legal databases and web sites. It was developed over the summer of 2010 in a highly collaborative effort with input from all librarians. It includes a mix of governmental and organizational sites with an emphasis on New York.

A DRAGNET search bar is now included in the page the library has maintained since 2009 tracking 150 law journals with free online content, and there is a third DRAGNET that searches the constitutions and codes of the 50 states and federal government. All of these are found at http://www.nyls.edu/library/research_tools_and_sources/dragnet1 . The library will be developing a web page that will give step-by-step directions for creating similar engines that could be created by law librarians to reflect their own regions.