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Am I alone? - The only black male law librarian

The stereotypical librarian seems to the way the profession has gone and continues to go. We must find ways to update the image of White 'Bun Lady.' How can we engage black males to be law librarians? What can you do to empathize with the plight of the only black law librarian? How do we act when a black male librarian's everyday actions are misunderstood; be it the tone of his voice or just his mere presence? We can... more »

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Implicit Bias in Legal Research

Many thanks to the panelists who presented "Fear and Loathing in Teaching Legal Research: Addressing Cultural Competence and Managing Implicit Bias" at AALL20. I would like to learn more about how implicit bias manifests in various aspects of legal research and law librarianship, both from a technical perspective (e.g. search term equivalencies, subject headings) and from a patron-service perspective (e.g. reference,... more »

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Leading race and critical legal information literacy initiatives

This program would explore and demonstrate how law libraries and librarians can lead the way in introducing or supporting race-conscious law school curricula or legal services initiatives. Law librarians' skill with legal information literacy includes the ability to lead others through critical understandings of legal information, including how race and racial inequalities are embedded throughout the law, whether in case... more »

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Developing & Launching Successful Online Programming

Whether you're operating at the institutional, regional, national, or international levels, developing and launching successful online programming can feel like an opportunity to harness for some and a Herculean task to others. This program will outline best practices and mistakes to avoid in order to ensure you, your staff, and the profession more generally can take advantage of the benefits found in our current predicament... more »

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Getting the Most Out of a Less-Than-Ideal Workplace

Let's get real: Not every workplace is full of supportive mentors just waiting to guide your career. Many law librarians have had at least one position with an employer was unprofessional, unconcerned about their employee's professional growth, and/or unable or unwilling to have a positive relationship with their employees. Unfortunately, there are times when those law librarians have to "grin and bear it" for various... more »

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Dealing with Difficult People

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 even harder than they already are. What are some tips for dealing... more »

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Implicit Bias Training

In the light of the George Floyd murder and BLM protests against police brutality and racial injustice, intense attention has been given to the challenges facing the BIPOC community. Across organizations and institutions, there is a new - or renewed - push to increase awareness of how BIPOC colleagues are treated. But what if you want to do the right thing, and you have no idea where to start? A deep-dive session into... more »

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I can't breathe – Dismantling systemic racism as a Law Librarian

The recent, and prior acts of police violence due to skin color pervades throughout our society in many ways. Many law librarians from diverse backgrounds grapple with different aspects of systemic racism every day. How can we be more productive law librarians of color when face with so many challenges that are unrelated to our actual work? How do we help others who may be oblivious to their actions and effect on a people... more »

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Coming to terms with systemic bias

Bias is baked into every aspect of life. It permeates the algorithms behind our discovery systems, it hides in our controlled vocabularies, it limits opportunities, and it can be invisible to members of communities that benefit from that bias.

How do we as information professionals come to terms with and work to remove bias from our systems and processes?

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Leading an ILS Migration

There is no way around it – migrating to a new library services platform is a challenge for everyone on the team during the best of times. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and with telework becoming the norm, law libraries engaged in migration are facing a whole new set of difficulties. With much attention paid to the technical aspects of the process, it is important not to lose sight of larger organizational considerations,... more »

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Strategic Planning: More Than Lip Service trending idea

Most of us know what a strategic plan is, but we aren't sure how to participate meaningfully in the planning process or to lead it successfully if you're in an administrative role. This program would identify best practices and mistakes to avoid. It would also cover how to ensure the drafting and planning process are not only integrated into the regular work of the library, but also a document that can provide stability,... more »

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Career transitions: When is it time to search for a new job?

Employees have a difficult time determining when it is time to leave a job. Employees often weigh competing interests. This program would help employees weigh competing interests in order to make sound decisions about job transitions.

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Identify methods for mental preparation for job change.

Identify practical tips for preparing for a job change.

Evaluate costs and benefits of leaving current job for new... more »

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