Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level

Alternate Paths to a Happy Career in Law Librarianship

In law librarianship, there's immense pressure to follow a set path--from a beginning librarian up through becoming a director or manager. People are often questioned if they stray from this path. But this isn't for everyone (and can't be because there are only so many director jobs). It's much more important to select your passions and pursue those. If it's administration, great; if it's not, that's great, too.

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Teaching Technology and Information Ethics

Questions about what constitutes ethical technology and information use are among the most pressing challenges facing the legal profession, yet existing standards for professional conduct often fail to adequately address lawyers’ need for guidance in the contemporary information landscape. This program will address how librarians' expertise in information seeking behavior, research tools and methods, and applied technology ...more »

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Cognitive Theory 101

With librarians in all settings teaching more and more often, it's important that we have at least a baseline understanding of some of the basic concepts of cognitive theory and educational psychology. This program would introduce attendees to a handful of concepts related to these fields and give examples of how to design their instructional programming with these theories in mind.

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Prepare to Practice: Judiciary Style

Working for a federal or state court can be one of the most prestigious jobs that a recent law school graduate can obtain. However, in our obsession with preparing students for practice the one area that is often overlooked is the type of research skills that new law clerks and judicial interns need in order to succeed. Please join us in a panel discussion featuring federal and state judicial librarians to get the inside ...more »

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Research + Analysis

Database Summit: Deep Dive into the Black Box

Building on Baltimore's program "What's in the Black Box?," take a deep dive with multiple vendors discussing explainable artificial intelligence (XAI) , algorithmic accountability, transparency, how the GDPR might change the game, user interfaces, and privacy. Because 2019 is in Washington, D.C., I would hope to bring someone in from DARPA, the lead agency on XAI, to participate, along with legal database providers both ...more »

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Marketing + Outreach

Building Strategic Partnerships: Gov., Law Firm, and Academic LL

Building Strategic Partnerships Between Government, Law Firm, and Academic Law Librarians This program would explore how to promote collaboration and partnerships between different types of law librarians (academic, government agency, and law firm librarians). Emphasis would be placed on sharing best practices and techniques for building relationships between different types of librarians and how doing so will benefit ...more »

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Management + Business Acumen

Prospering in a Time of Budget Cuts

During a time of cutbacks, it can be difficult to maintain quality service and keep operations running with minimal support. However there are ways to reallocate resources and make positive changes that keep things moving forward. Gonzaga University law librarians, Ashley Sundin and Sharalyn Williams, will discuss challenges and solutions implemented in their institution during a time of restructuring over the past ...more »

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Security- don't just talk, act!

We've heard a lot about data breaches and how organizations have suffered, prevented, responded, and reacted to online security threats. In this session, let's focus on the practical: What we as librarians should be doing, and what we need to teach our users. We'll cover VPNs, security beyond the password, metadata, phishing, and other on-the-ground issues.

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Where Our Laws Come From

A program covering both legislative and legal history, meant to expose librarians who receive questions about "What The Founders Meant," to sources helpful in parsing the language used, and to take a look at the works from which our founding era documents were drawn. Support your faculty who are writing about founding era law. Help your lawyers arguing in front of an originialist judge.

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Legal Technology Competence Certifications

More than 30 jurisdictions have adopted the ABA's infamous Comment 8 to Rule 1.1 regarding technology knowledge and skill in regards to competence. How can law schools and law firms be sure that their legal professionals are competent in this area? Is certification worth it? This program would explore legal technology competence certification, including solutions available, implementation, costs, and the potential ...more »

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Information Management

Making the Most of Library Intranets

Law firm libraries subscribe to a wide variety of electronic resources, but sometimes increasing awareness and use of these resources can be challenging. A library intranet is a powerful tool for meeting this challenge. Topics that may be relevant for this program include development and management of library intranets, tools such as Sharepoint, types of content that should be included, resource access points (practice/jurisdiction ...more »

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