Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Dealing with difficult people

I know it's hard to believe, but law librarians have to deal with difficult people on an almost daily basis. Abusive patrons, stressed associates and students, colleagues who zealously guard their tiny piece of work territory, bosses with no real desire to know what we do, administrators or managers who belittle, saboteurs - all of these personality types work to make our lives and jobs ever harder than they already ...more »

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Information Management

Is Google Translate the only option?

The legal document or any material you are working on has a few sentences on Spanish, Estonian, Swahili or Vietnamese. What do you do? If you're under some pressing time constraints locating and hiring a translator might not be an option. Is Google Translate the only and best option we have? Are there any other options out there either free or not? Potential speakers include: a FCIL librarian with experience using materials ...more »

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Management + Business Acumen

Forged in Fire: Creating New Law Library Positions

Forged in Fire: the Necessity of New Law Library Professional Positions in Evolving Environments Libraries are continuing to develop and while we talk a lot about the changing services and the spaces of the library, our official titles and duties often don't reflect the new reality. What does it take to develop a "new" position within the library, whether it is completely new or the modification of an existing role? ...more »

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Information Management

Who Owns the Law Post Georgia v. Public.Rescource.org

In its next term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this case and set new precedent on who owns the law. The Eleventh Circuit ruled that private publishers cannot claim copy in public law (in this case LexisNexis who contracted with the state of Georgia to publish the Official Code of Georgia Annotated). The appeals court held the annotations are "sufficiently law-like so as to be regarded as sovereign work constructively ...more »

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Research + Analysis

Legislative research in the age of social media

This is a spin-off from our previous panel on Social Media as Primary Sources of Government Information. Law librarians are tasked with finding sources of legislative intent when it comes to bills and laws. With Congress and government agencies using social media as their primary and sole method of communication, how do law librarians account for the access and preservation of this valuable data? Potential speakers include: ...more »

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Providing research resources on mobile devices: the 24/7 library

Today's attorneys work anywhere, anytime using mobile devices. There is a need to provide research resources to them from these devices. This program will explore products and configurations by which resources can be provided on phones and tablets, as well as the limitations of such service and the difficulties faced in configuring it. Cooperation with the IT department and security concerns will be addressed.

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Legal Ethics in the Use of Artificial Intelligence

This is a spinoff from this year's panel on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Implicit Bias. There is a pressing need for both innovators creating the datasets as well as users such as law librarians and attorneys to be aware of the ethical implications of using AI. Despite the fact that the American Bar Association (ABA) and state bars have no specific ethics opinions on the use of AI by lawyers, existing ethics rules ...more »

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Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Creating a Law Librarian Pipeline

Increasingly, whether academic, private or government entities, it's becoming more difficult to fill professional law library positions. As law and library school career centers and curriculums evolve, a professional opting in to a law librarianship career is diminishing. It may be to our advantage to strategize on how we can foster the development of a recruitment pipeline and build momentum and interest in the career. ...more »

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Marketing + Outreach

PLEASE READ - DO NOT DELETE! - can we do better?

How do you get the attorneys at your Firm to actually read anything from the Library (except answers to their requests)? Let's discuss how to broadcast new products, trainings, etc. so that they attend when it's hard to get the buy-in from their supervisors. How to let them know about changes to the databases they use frequently and then profess to have no knowledge of changes to access or passwords? Let's brainstorm ...more »

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Research + Analysis

How Codes are Made: Creating Laws in Civil Jurisdictions

Is there a difference between a code and a set of statutes? How does the process of codification differ between common law and civilian jurisdictions? What roles do legislatures and law reform bodies play? This panel will help librarians to understand the role that codes play in civilian and mixed jurisdictions and how and whether it differs from that of the "codes" that most of us would recognize as codified statutes. ...more »

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Research + Analysis

Obtaining & Using Copyrighted Materials from Foreign Countries

What does a U.S. law librarian do when a book or report that a patron needs to consult is only available at a library in England or India? How about when a thesis or document that another patron needs for research purposes is only available at a library in Namibia or New Zealand? Many libraries do not want to lend items internationally through OCLC WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, so ILL requests sent to non-U.S. countries ...more »

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