SWALL ANNUAL MEETING


MEETING PROGRAM

Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)
44th Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 18, 2002
through
Saturday, April 20, 2002

The Radisson Plaza Hotel
815 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Thursday, April 18

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration and Hospitality
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Exhibits

(PC-2) 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Pre-conference Program: Legal Information Services to the Public

Location: Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Library 
(walking distance from hotel)

Speakers: Sharon Blackburn, Head of Reference and Instruction, Texas Tech University School of Law Library
Jill Henderson, Law Librarian, Taylor County Law Library
Amy Hale Janeke, Reference Librarian, San Diego County Public Law Library

Coordinators: Elizabeth Schneider, Librarian, Plattner, Schneidman & Schneider, and Peggy Martindale, Assistant Director, Tarrant County Law Library

Designed to introduce public, special, and academic librarians to the primary sources of state law they are likely to encounter in responding to legal reference questions. Presenters will discuss Texas statutes, the Texas court system and cases, legal resources available on the internet, and conducting the legal reference interview.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.
Opening Lunch–
Speaker to be announced

Coordinator: Susan Phillips, Local Arrangements Chair, Director, Texas Wesleyan School of Law Library

(A-1) 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Privacy and the Internet: Protecting Yourself Online

Now Available:  PowerPoint Slides from Mitchell Winick

Speakers: Mitchell Winick, Assistant Dean for External Affairs, Texas Tech University School of Law

Moderator: Martha White, Assistant Librarian, Vinson & Elkins

Coordinator: Sharon Blackburn, Head of Reference and Instruction, Texas Tech University School of Law Library

Surfing the Internet always had its risks, but with the events of September 11, have our jobs as information professionals gotten harder? Will government become more intrusive? Will we be able to balance the searchers’ right to privacy with commerce’s need to gather information? Are there ways now that a searcher can protect his or her identity when searching? For answers to these questions (and many more besides), please join our speakers for a lively discussion of privacy law and the Internet plus the nuts and bolts of protecting yourself online.

(A-2) 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
The Solo Librarian’s Guide to Marketing on a Shoestring

Speakers: Beth Dempsey, Manager of Corporate Communications for the Gale Group

Mary Mercatante, Senior Director of Marketing for the Gale Group

Coordinator: Monica Ortale, Faculty Services & Reference Librarian, South Texas College of Law Library

Learn about economical ways you can market and publicize the services your law library offers. Here’s a "Marketing and PR 101" session that will offer you easy-to-implement, non-expensive strategies that will help our library get noticed! Participants will receive step-by-step plans and materials.

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Break

(B-1) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Legislative and Regulatory Update

Speaker: Anne E. Burnett, Reference/Foreign & International Law Librarian, University of Georgia Law Library

Coordinator: David Gay, International and Comparative Law Library and 1st Year CALR Instructor, Mabee Legal Information Center, University of Tulsa

Anne Burnett, Chair of the AALL Government Relations Committee, will give us an update on issues and actions of the Government Relations Committee including the activities of the Washington Affairs Office of AALL.

(B-2) 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Law Made Public: Teaching Basic Legal Research to Pro Se Patrons, Paralegals, Law Students, New Associates and All Others In Between

Speaker: Amy Hale Janeke, Reference Librarian, San Diego County Public Law Library

Coordinator: Kathryn C. Fitzhugh, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Library

The information age has forced law librarians to shift into new roles – as teachers, instructors, and guides. Although many patrons come to us with varying levels of legal knowledge, many of them ask the same type of questions. Thus, teaching patrons how to use the law library is the next logical step in the right direction. This program will demonstrate how to craft a lesson plan, design handouts, and compose marketing materials to promote a public legal research class. It will also demonstrate how to effectively present the material and discuss how to effectively market your class.

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. SWALL Dinner
Location: Texas Wild! Fort Worth Zoo

Coordinator: Susan Phillips

Come ride the Yellow Rose Express to the town square of the Texas Wild! Here you will enjoy the Wild Wonders show where you are introduced to some of the kinfolk of the zoo. Then grab your favorite grub at the Bluebonnet Café–pasta, mashed potato-tinis, and fajitas with all the fixins’. Next, mosey on over to the ice cream parlor and enjoy a heapin’ scoop of Blue Bell ice cream. Afterwards, take a stroll through the square, ride the Country Carousel, explore the Playbarn and enjoy the stars. Of course, the General Store will be open to purchase those must-have souvenirs!

Friday, April 19

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Registration
9:00 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Exhibits

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and SWALL Annual General Business Meeting Including Report from Barbara Bintliff, AALL President

Coordinator: Beth Youngdale

9:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Plenary Meeting

Speaker: Bob Berring, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of California School of Law Library

Coordinator: Kathryn C. Fitzhugh, Reference/Special Collections Librarian, UALR/Pulaski County Law Library

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

(C-1) 10:45 a.m. - Noon
Wireless World

Now available: PowerPoint presentation from David Whelan

Moderator: Jim Hambleton, Associate Dean for Budgeting & Planning, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law

Speakers: David Whelan, Director, ABA Legal Technology Resource Center; Greg Ivy, Associate Director, Underwood Law Library, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University

Coordinator: Sharon Blackburn, Head of Reference and Instruction, Texas Tech University School of Law Library

Contemplating installing a wireless network? Or are you an old hand with wireless technology? Whatever your knowledge with the wireless world, our speakers will bring you up to date on the latest advances, the pitfalls to avoid, and the exciting opportunities for law libraries and wireless technology.

(C-2) 10:45 a.m. - Noon
The Acquisition of International and Foreign Legal Materials

Panel:
Anne E. Burnett, Reference/Foreign & International Law Librarian, University of Georgia Law Library
Jonathan Pratter, International Law Librarian & Lecturer, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin

Coordinator: David Gay, International and Comparative Law Library and 1st Year CALR Instructor, Mabee Legal Information Center, University of Tulsa College of Law

Anne Burnett and Jonathan Pratter, two well-known and respected law librarians in the area of international and foreign law will share their respective experience in the arena. Among areas of discussion will be reports of experience with vendors and the explosion of international legal materials in electronic format, especially on the Internet.

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Lunch

(D-1) 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Juicing Up Your Web Pages with Javascript

Speaker and Coordinator: Kevin Miles, Manager of Library Services, Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox, LLP, Dallas

Javascript was born in 1995 as a scripting language to liven up web pages. Originally known as Netscape’s "Livewire," today, it is in version 1.4.  Kevin Miles will demonstrate 15 useful scripts with codes you can take home to liven up your website or Intranet.  Although this session is not designed to make you a Javascript programmer, you will know enough to be dangerous.

(D-2) 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Immigration Law: Basic Concepts and Recent Developments

Now Available: PowerPoint Slides from Paul Zoltan and Rodney Malpert

Speakers:
Rodney Malpert, Senior Counsel for Texas Instruments and adjunct professor of immigration law at Southern Methodist University Law School. Mr. Malpert is the editor and co-author of Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals. 
Paul Zoltan is an immigration lawyer in private practice, working primarily with refugees and asylum seekers. He also handles family-based visa petitions and applications for residency based upon hardship or domestic abuse.

Coordinator: Mon Yin Lung, Public Services Librarian, University of Kansas School of Law Library

After September 11, 2001, there was much discussion closing U. S. borders and closing loopholes in our immigration law to shut out terrorists. Our relationships with immigrants are continuously reflected in our immigration laws. As law librarians we need to understand the basics and the current developments in the field. Our experts will provide the best opportunity.

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. Break

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Roundtables

County Law Librarians

Private Law Librarians

Academic Law Librarians

Solo Law Librarians

Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, April 20

7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - Noon Exhibits

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Deluxe Continental Breakfast

(E-1) 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Managing Up

Speaker: Danita Chaney, Organizational Effectiveness Division, Southern Methodist University, Department of Human Resources

Moderator: Laura Justiss, Reference Librarian for Electronic Services, Underwood Law Library, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University

Whether you realize it or not, you share in the responsibility for managing the relationship between yourself and your manager.  If you take advantage of this responsibility, you can strengthen your motivation, productivity, and overall quality of life.  Managing Up is a way of assuming this responsibility and consciously improving collaboration with your manager(s) so that you can realize the best personal and organizational results.  This program will help law librarians become motivated and act confidently in their relationships with managing partners, judges, deans, and directors.

(E-2) 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Tech Gadgets: Not Just Toys Anymore

Coordinator: June Liebert

Speakers: June Liebert, University of Texas, Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, and Kristina Niedringhaus, Associate Director, Georgia State University College of Law Library

Do you sometimes feel that the new technology gizmos aren’t good for much more than expensive toys? We’ll show you some tech tools that really work ... and some that play, too.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

(F-1) 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Excel Spreadsheet Magic

Speaker and Coordinator: Kevin Miles, Manager of Library Services, Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox

A review of Excel’s short-cuts and custom entry forms using Visual Basics Applications (VBA). Handouts will be provided.

(F-2) 10:30 a.m. - Noon
"I Can’t Get No ... Satisfaction" (With Apologies to Mick and the Boys):
User Survey Formats in Law Libraries

Moderator: Brandon Quarles, Director, Baylor University Law Library

Speakers: Susan Phillips, Director, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Library and Anna Teller, Associate Director, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Library

Coordinator: Susan Phillips

Law libraries are often required to conduct assessments to evaluate current services, to plan future services, or to demonstrate the importance of their very existence within an organization.  The program will focus on some of the various methods of conducting library surveys.  Although paper surveys will be touched upon, specific focus will be on electronic survey formats including e-mail, bulletin boards, Web surveys, and survey software.

 

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