Collection Development and Cataloging
- ERM: To Infinity and Beyond!
Everyone loves ERM for easy access to electronic resources, but what else can it do for you? ERM offers many opportunities for including value-added information. Besides tracking licenses, trials, and statistics, you can follow expenditures. Attaching order records to databases allows you to quickly see money spent on electronic resources. For example, adding order records to Springshare lets you track expenditures for LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibAnalytics. Suppress the public record so you have the information for only your use. You can set up tickler reminders ahead of database renewals to give you time to look at expenditures usage and make better informed renewal decisions. Besides journals, you can add e-books, e-magazines, LibGuides, and free resources not included in your link resolver, as well as multiple formats like digital, audio, video, data, and anything with a URL. Your ILS can become a one-stop shop for all things electronic – to infinity and beyond!
Whitney Curtis, University of California, Hastings College of the Law Library; Ashley Krenelka Chase, Stetson University College of Law
- Journey to the Dark Digital Side: Implementing the Lexis Digital Library
General or Core Programs
Last fall the University of Kentucky College of Law Library became one of the first academic law libraries to implement the Lexis Digital Library, which provides e-book access to Lexis titles via the OverDrive platform. This poster describes the implementation process, and addresses the positives and negatives of the experience, as well as usage statistics a semester after rollout.
Tina M. Brooks and Patricia Alvayay, University of Kentucky Law Library
- Beyond Traditional State Court Brief Resource Boundaries: Creating a Repository of State Court Briefs
As states initiate electronic filing systems, state court briefs become more readily available via subscription databases and other means. However, perhaps because of the lack of profit motivation, historical briefs (often defined as briefs filed before the late 1990s) are not being scanned and made available. Yet these briefs can be very useful resources for not only practicing lawyers, but also legal history scholars. Law libraries may help to fill this void by undertaking digitization projects aimed at increasing public access to these resources. When undertaking such projects, hardware/software selections, metadata standards, work flow processes, redaction and privacy issues, as well as proper coordination with state officials, must all be addressed. This poster will focus on the approaches adopted by the Creighton University Law Library and the University of South Dakota Law Library in embarking on state court brief digitization projects.
Darla Jackson, University of South Dakota School of Law; Kay L. Andrus and Corinne Jacox, Creighton University School of Law
- Digitizing Murder Content and Platform Considerations
In September 2012, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office donated its materials regarding the Sam Sheppard trials to the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library. Dr. Sam Sheppard was a prominent doctor in Bay Village Ohio when he was accused of murdering his wife in 1954. He was tried and convicted amidst a media storm. The Supreme Court of the United States ordered a retrial, and he was retried and acquitted in 1966. In 1999, Dr. Sheppard’s son, Sam Reese Sheppard, sued the state of Ohio for wrongful conviction. The prosecutor’s office donated the files to the library with the stipulation that the library digitize the files as a web exhibit and store the files in the library for public access.
This poster will address some of the challenges associated with digitizing and publishing items in a case file for a high-profile murder case, such as privacy copyright and possibly offensive material. The poster will also discuss the library’s decision to use Bepress as an online platform and some of the challenges associated with that decision.
Rebecca Brady Mattson, Beth Farrell, and Susan M. Altmeyer, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library
- Feeding the Curious Law Student
The demands of law school can make law students an especially difficult group to involve when scheduling events, even if those events are specifically for their benefit. One way to pique their curiosity is to offer them food and a chance to interact with popular professors. With that in mind, the John Marshall Law School Library started the Scholars and Students lunchtime discussion series, in which small student groups meet with individual professors over lunch provided by the library to discuss a professor’s research.
The Scholars and Students discussion revolves around a rough outline that includes a combination of the professor’s research topics and processes. After the professor introduces the subject matter of the day, students then guide the remaining discussion with questions and comments. In addition to being a valuable way for students to get to know faculty, Scholars and Students has also been an opportunity for the library to integrate itself more fully into the school’s community.
Philip Johnson, John Marshall Law School
- Law Libraries in Rwanda
This poster will highlight field research conducted in the summer of 2013 in the Republic of Rwanda. The research investigated the role of law libraries and legal information in the legal profession and overall society in Rwanda. The research, “Determining the Role of Law Libraries in the Republic of Rwanda: A Survey of Users, Uses, and Overall Legal Society,” was supported by a grant from the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis®. An article based upon this research is forthcoming in 2014, and this poster will highlight some of the general findings of the research and the usefulness of surveying law librarianship in foreign jurisdictions and emerging democracies.
Brian D. Anderson, Ohio Northern University, Taggart Law Library
- Partner with Your Bar Association
This poster will highlight AALL members and local chapters that publish and/or present Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in coordination with their local bar associations. These noteworthy efforts come from the work formally reported by the CLE and Practice-Oriented Education and Publication Task Force. This poster will offer recommendations for individual members, institutions, and local chapters in developing relationships with their bar associations, conveying a moderately replicable process. Learning from peer successes and experiences, audiences will find an avenue to enhance librarian social ties with local attorneys, and will go beyond boundaries in placing themselves at the forefront of their legal communities. Publishing and presenting with local bars is an important effort for librarians, which has proven sustainable and rewarding.
Philippe Cloutier, Lane Powell PC; Jane Larrington, University of San Diego School of Law/Legal Research Center
- Privacy Audits in the Law Library
Rachel E. Gordon, Mercer University Law Library
- The Communication Wheelhouse
Explore the many avenues of communication used by the law library at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law. From results of a survey sent to law students at this institution in the spring of 2014, this poster reveals which means of communication – Twitter, Facebook, law library blog, digital sign, email flyers, or individual mailings – is most effective for communicating with today’s law students.
Ashley Ames Ahlbrand, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
- “Rocking in the Free World”: Free/Libre Software in a County Law Library
The Wellington County Law Association library serves 150 lawyers in a mixed rural-urban setting. The library is a research/lending service. The tasks of any workday include:
- Scanning and emailing copy requests
- Organization of research
- Reporting research results
These tasks are accomplished on a computer workstation running Free/Libre Open-Source Software. This poster is a follow-up to the David Whelan article “Doing More With Less: Innovative ideas from small libraries” published in the November 2009 issue of AALL Spectrum. Learn how the workflow of a librarian in a small county law library is accomplished using software that is as good as it is free.
John Kerr, Wellington Law Association LSUC
- Best Practices for Implementing UELMA’s Authentication Requirements
While eight states have enacted the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA), only two have fully implemented its authentication requirements. The others are in various stages of selecting, planning, and implementing the necessary IT infrastructure and workflow to comply with UELMA’s authentication requirements. Several additional states are in the process of considering UELMA legislation and will soon be facing these same implementation issues.
Law librarians have played a key role in UELMA enactments, and they will continue to have a key role to play as their states move into the implementation phases. This poster will present the Digital Access to Legal Information (DALI) Committee’s set of best practices for authentication, along with information to help law librarians get involved in the implementation of UELMA’s authentication requirements in their states.
Catherine M. Dunn, University of Connecticut School of Law Library; Jane Larrington, University of San Diego School of Law/Legal Research Center
- University of Chicago Law School Faculty Scholarship Database
The D’Angelo Law Library has built a database of scholarship published by University of Chicago Law School faculty, from the law school’s inception through the present. This database, hosted on the law school’s SQL Server relational database management system, allows library staff members to easily query and manipulate faculty scholarship metadata, facilitating batch metadata processing, and reducing staff time spent on manual data curation. Library staff members use an in-house-designed Microsoft Access graphical user interface to interact with the faculty scholarship database.
The database serves two major functions: populating an online repository of scholarship by University of Chicago Law School faculty, called Chicago Unbound, and dynamically populating individual faculty webpages on the law school website, which should be functional in the near future. At launch in January 2014, Chicago Unbound contained more than 8,000 citations and 3,000 full-text PDFs. To date, readers have downloaded more than 100,000 full-text articles.
Todd T. Ito, Thomas N. Drueke, and Margaret A. Schilt, University of Chicago, D’Angelo Law Library
- Changing Winds: The New ABA Library Standards
The ABA Section on Legal Education has approved significant revisions to the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools, including substantial changes to Chapter 6, Library and Information Resources. This poster will highlight the changes law library professionals will need to be aware of and provide recommendations for places to go for more information.
Joshua Pluta, Texas Tech University Law Library; Gordon Russell, Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law
- Holiday Money-Making: A Ten-Foot Tree Works Its Magic
Through photographs, this poster will track how library staff built a frame for a 10-foot tree made of law books, a “Bookmas Tree,” and how the San Diego Law Library used its marketing and publicity tools to “sell” it as a fundraiser. Donors gave $5 to place another book on the tree, and its progressive growth was shown on social media and the library’s website. The poster will include marketing tools, public relations ads, and blog posts, as well as show the tree in its transformation from a cone of chicken wire and twist ties into a thing of beauty.
John W. Adkins and Cyndi Quisenberry, San Diego Law Library
- LibGuides as a Student Worker Resource
Reference, Research, and Client Services
The idea to develop a training LibGuide for student workers evolved from a student’s suggestion that we make our training materials available electronically. A common complaint from students was that they did not know which binder to use for answers to policy and procedure questions. If students chose the correct binder, they often could not determine which section would help with their particular question. This meant that the manuals were not serving their intended purpose. Another issue from a manager’s point of view was trying to communicate any policy and procedure changes to all students, some of who only work when full-time staff are not available for guidance. Utilizing LibGuides for this purpose solved both of these problems. First, by making the material available electronically, students can search across all our manuals at the same time, using keywords. Second, students now know to check the LibGuide at the beginning of each shift for updates. The LibGuide format allows authors to include as little or as much material as they wish; they are only limited by their creativity.
Nicole Belbin, Western New England University School of Law Library
- 10 Tips for Serving Patrons with Mental Illness
This poster will present 10 tips for serving law library patrons with mental illness and direct librarians to additional helpful resources. The poster will suggest ways librarians can improve services to a traditionally under-served patron population, help reduce the stigma of mental illness, and cope with challenging patron interactions. Additionally, the poster will solicit tips from conference attendees via a web form in an effort to crowd source even more suggestions that may improve services to patrons with mental illness. The goals of the poster will be to provide helpful information and start a dialogue on an important issue.
Nickholas Harrell, University of Colorado Law School, William A. Wise Law Library; Cynthia Guyer, University of Southern California, Barnett Information Technology Center & Call Law Library; Susan Lyons, Rutgers University Law School Library
- Building a Better U.S. District Court Opinion Database for More Meaningful Empirical Research
Librarians who provide empirical support to faculty members are often asked for guidance in assembling databases of court opinions for conducting empirical research studies. Interest among empirical researchers in studying federal trial court opinions is particularly high because trial courts are the front line in implementing new law. However, building a truly representative sample of trial court opinions is a long-standing challenge. Understanding the technological capabilities and limitations of the research tools available for compiling such a database is important to anyone involved in empirical support.
This poster reports a study that surveys and critiques methods researchers use to compile federal trial court opinion databases for empirical studies and evaluates the advantages and drawbacks of each. The results of two, small pilot studies of the efficacy of using keyword searching of PACER dockets through Bloomberg law’s docket search template show that although including this method may potentially improve the sample, an unquantifiable margin of error remains. The study concludes with a discussion of the advantages and limitations inherent in compiling federal district court opinion databases, and discusses the potential for broader use of docket keyword searching to improve database representativeness.
Jane Bahnson, Duke University School of Law, J. Michael Goodson Law Library
- Building Your Blog Audience with Reddit
This poster will describe how Reddit can help increase the readership of the library’s blog. Although this library staff regularly posted content, they only had a few hundred visitors to the blog each month. The main blog audience is law students, so to more widely market the blog, links were posted to several of the posts on Reddit’s law school subreddit. The result was a significant increase in traffic to the library’s blog. The bump in traffic from Reddit is not the only way Reddit can help to increase a blog’s readership. Reddit can also be used as a means of gauging interest in particular blog posts, and thus, evaluating topics. This information allows librarians to blog on topics that law students are more likely to find interesting and useful.
Neal Smith, Jr., Western New England University School of Law Library
- Embedding Without Fear: Scalable Models to Integrate Law Librarians in Experiential Education
Integrating librarians into courses and programs has great potential for improving services to students and building partnerships within the institution. It also provides a means of increasing the recognition of law librarians as an essential part of the educational mission. However, potential drawbacks caution the prudent library against jumping willy-nilly into this trend. How can a new program be staffed? What if the program creates expectations of service levels that cannot be sustained? What if the program fails? Seattle University Law Library has grappled with these questions and tested a variety of ways to embed or integrate more fully into its institution without overwhelming library personnel. This poster will present options for embedding, measured by both ease of implementation and potential impact. These scalable models should help others find ways to safely experiment with embedding and come out winning.
Stephanie Wilson and Kerry Fitz-Gerald, Seattle University School of Law
- The Jury in the Sunshine Project: Incorporating Project Management into Your Library Services
The Jury in the Sunshine Project is a case study of a faculty-library collaborative project where the librarian liaison managed a substantial portion of the data collection and personnel, while the faculty member analyzed the higher-level issues of the empirical study. The project’s thesis began by researching the legitimacy of Batson challenges, and then it morphed into an effort to build a searchable, free online database as a means of opening access to the jury selection process in criminal cases. Prior to the library’s involvement, the project included data from 99 cases and only two counties within North Carolina. After a summer’s worth of data collection using students and library staff, the project expanded to more than 500 coded files, including information about nearly 10,000 seated and prospective jurors. Currently, the database contains information from more than 600 jury trials in more than 35 North Carolina counties. The next stage is to expand the project into other schools and institutions, similar to the creation and spread of the Innocence Project.
Liz McCurry Johnson, Wake Forest University School of Law
- Overcoming Service Barriers: Effectively Meeting the Needs of International Law Students
Law schools admitting international students to J.D. and other advanced degree programs find that international students in those programs come to American legal institutions with diverse skill sets and varied information needs. This session will guide law librarians to identify barriers in discovering information needs, strategize proactive service opportunities, and employ current library skills and tools to provide resources for international students’ success. By using inherent librarian skills, technologies, campus resources, law school departments, and researching methods to reach diverse student populations, we are able to connect, welcome, and engage a special community of student scholars.
Allison C. Reeve, University of Kansas, Wheat Law Library
- Pro Se Patron Policy: Show It to the World Wide Web
Based on an assessment of ABA accredited law schools’ law library websites, Berns and Vogel will present their findings on the trends of official pro se patron policies. They recommend the adoption of official pro se policies in law libraries and call for the conspicuous display of these policies on each library’s primary webpage. Since the promulgation of such policies would help define the law librarian’s role in assisting pro se patrons, this topic relates directly to AALL’s Core Organizational Values including:
- Equitable and permanent public access to legal information
- Continuous improvement in access to justice
- Community and collaboration
- The essential role of law librarians within their organizations and in a democratic society
Corrine Vogel and Artie W. Berns, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Providing Remote Access to Legal Information from Deep in the Heart of Texas
The Texas State Law Library faces a unique challenge. By law, it is a public law library serving the state of Texas; however, the library only has one location, in Austin, which affects its ability to serve rural areas of the state. To better assist underserved areas of the state, the library began offering patrons remote access to certain electronic databases in August, 2013. A major obstacle to providing this service was the fact that library vendors require the use of a member authentication portal for remote access; however, it is impractical for Texans located outside of Austin to come to the library to obtain membership credentials. To overcome this obstacle, the library developed an online patron registration form that uses HTML5 Geolocation API to confirm that patrons registering for access are physically located in Texas. Because the API on its own does not work in older web browsers, the library used an open-source Java “wrapper” library that extends the API for use in older or unconventional web browsers. This poster will provide information on the implementation and maintenance of this service.
Tamsen Lynne Conner, Texas State Law Library
- Sacramento County Public Law Library: Adapting Traditional Services to Promote Access to Justice
Public law libraries must continually evolve in order to stay relevant as indispensable resources of legal information. The Sacramento County Public Law Library’s mission to meet the ever-changing legal information needs of its community has forced the adaptation of once traditional services. Currently, the four areas of focus are: (1) fostering community connections and relationships, (2) providing hands-on legal assistance through the law library’s Civil Self-Help Center and Lawyers in the Library Programs, (3) improving the substantive and procedural content of research guides, and (4) expanding the content of its website, thus creating a “virtual branch library” conveniently accessible at any time. This poster session will document the evolution of the library’s traditional services, including samples of the material that continue to make the library a success.
Robyn M. Moltzen and Mary Pinard Johnson, Sacramento County Public Law Library
- There’s a Competency for That! Standards for the Successful Legal Researcher
AALL is paving the way for outreach to other organizations across the legal profession as it seeks to engage bar examiners, law schools, law firms, CLE providers, and the courts in the adoption of its Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency (PSLRC). The PSLRC can be seen as problem-solving applications, a.k.a. best practices, that can be implemented to solve research challenges. The poster will highlight the AALL online information center that makes the case for competency, provides material for further reading, and shares examples of legal research competency assessment. The poster will also feature illustrations of effective use of the PSLRC in legal research education, in instruction and assessment, in various work environments, and as an essential part of professional development to enhance practice skills. To further illustrate, available take-away bookmarks will invoke various law library environments with accompanying real-life scenarios presented as “Crimes against Competency.”
Mary Jenkins, Hamilton County Law Library; Linda-Jean Schneider, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
- Using RECAP: The Law as a PACER Supplement
“RECAP the Law” is a free browser extension that downloads purchased documents from PACER and makes them freely available to the public in the Internet Archive. This poster will show you how to use RECAP to locate documents in a specific case and to find sample documents. It will also show some of the benefits and drawbacks to using RECAP to locate federal court documents.
Rachel E. Gordon, Mercer University Law Library
- Visual Comparisons of Delaware Court of Chancery: Unreported Opinions
When citing to precedential cases, lawyers have to look at what is recognized in their jurisdiction. Most states use only reported opinions. Delaware practitioners use a combination of unreported and reported opinions. Recently, many corporate law practitioners have also begun to cite to transcripts of bench rulings from the court. Major online legal databases contain Delaware Court of Chancery cases, both reported and unreported. Lexis, Westlaw, Fastcase, Loislaw, and Bloomberg Law provide Delaware case law in their subscription services. The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, which has been providing unreported opinions, is also available online. The Delaware Court of Chancery promulgates memorandum opinions, letter opinions, opinions, and orders – all of which are cited by practitioners. This poster will visually compare how these different rulings are presented on the major databases versus the original document.
Leslie Corey Leach, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- Creating and Teaching a Specialized Legal Research Course
With an ever-growing demand for practical skills courses in law schools, creating and teaching specialized legal research courses that go beyond the typical advanced legal research course is a great way to meet students’ needs. It also showcases the value law librarians can bring to the law school curriculum, and allows the teaching librarian to explore and master an area of interest. This poster will provide suggestions for and discuss the challenges of creating such a course, based on experiences in creating and teaching Intellectual Property Law Research at St. Louis University.
Erika Cohn, Saint Louis University School of Law
- How Law Librarians Can Incorporate Technology Education into the Current Law School Culture
Law firms are continually asking for law graduates with more technology knowledge and experience. Law school curriculums are adding “practical skills” courses, such as contract drafting and mergers and acquisitions, but are not necessarily including discussions about technology fundamentals and the role of technology in the practice of law. Librarians are uniquely positioned to meet the needs of both law firms and curriculum committees by incorporating practical technology lessons into their existing legal research curriculums and one-off sessions. This poster will illustrate three different approaches law librarians can employ to integrate technology education into their law school’s culture to better prepare graduates for the technology realities they will soon face.
Christina Glon, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
Transporting a poster to a conference can be a challenge! A large, rolled-up paper poster can be easily torn or damaged, and it may incur baggage fees from airlines. On the other hand, folding paper up neatly means it will crease and not look as good when displayed on site. Here is the solution for you: custom fabric printing. Fabric folds up neatly in carryon luggage, then hangs beautifully on site. You can print it in any size you choose, too. This Metaposter is a fabric poster about making fabric posters. We’ll outline good software for working with large format layouts, walk through the process of getting a clean and attractive graphic, and include a variety of sample fonts to show font size and fabric printing legibility. By avoiding baggage fees, the travel-friendly fabric poster has the potential to save a lot of money. See it in action in the Metaposter, a poster about posters!
Wilhelmina Randtke and Brian T. Detweiler, St. Mary’s University School of Law
- Not Just for Scouting Anymore: Digital Badges for Legal Research Skills
Growing out of a long history of merit badges, digital badges are an online mechanism for making visible all kinds of learning achievements and credentials. Digital badges are an especially rich communication tool because they combine a visual image with metadata verification information and unique content. They can also be shared in a wide variety of ways according to the intended audience.
Law librarians are well-positioned to develop badge programs in legal research and information literacy skills. This poster will explore the potential advantages and disadvantages of digital badge programs in law school libraries. It will discuss various aspects of such programs, including identifying skills, setting criteria for mastery, designing and implementing badges, and garnering institutional and technological support.
Susan David deMaine, Benjamin J. Keele, and Catherine Lemmer, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
- Open and Shut: A Textbook Case on Textbook Writing
In 2012, the Pappas Law Library at Boston University decided to write its own legal research textbook to better track its research classes and help 1Ls save money. With each reference librarian contributing a different chapter, our textbook, Researching the Law, is the primary resource for first-year research classes, along with a companion guide on Bluebooking, The Law Student’s Quick Guide to Legal Citation, also written by one of our reference librarians. This poster will discuss how the staff’s textbooks were designed, written, and produced, and will suggest how other libraries can accomplish this as well. Or, just buy ours on Amazon!
Ellen Richardson, Stefanie Weigmann, and Stephen Donweber, Boston University, Pappas Law Library
- PracX in 3D Variations on Practical Research Exams
Evaluating research skills can be a constant struggle for instructors. The research program at Wake Forest University School of Law recently moved away from a written exam to a practical exercise. This poster provides a side-by-side comparison of three incarnations of a practical research exams used in a single institution. Strengths and weaknesses, including effectiveness and time required, are compared, as well as lessons learned and suggestions for implementation.
Kate Irwin-Smiler, Sally A. Irvin, and Maureen A. Eggert, Wake Forest University School of Law
- Research with Friends: Teaching Responsible Legal Research to Millennials Using Social Media Tools
Getting 1Ls interested in legal research can be a challenge. From internet access competing for their attention during class, to unfamiliar concepts like print books and indexes, how can you engage your students in legal research so they truly understand the necessary concepts to research responsibly and thoroughly? This poster will suggest ways to demonstrate traditional legal research concepts to the Millennial generation using social media tools they use regularly, like Instagram to teach administrative regulations, and Vine videos to demonstrate updating statutes and regulations, and will include examples the creators have successfully used in class.
Ellen Richardson, Boston University, Pappas Law Library; Michelle Hook Dewey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; April Hathcock, University of South Carolina, Coleman Karesh Law Library
- Show Don’t Tell: Legal Resources for Visual Learners
Due to the current nature of legal education, visual learners often need more assistance to succeed in law school than their verbal or auditory classmates. Unfortunately, many approaches to legal research education fail to address the unique needs of this group of struggling students. This poster will showcase graphical representations of Texas print resources, focusing on the nature of various resources and the relationships between them. Initial student reactions have been enthusiastic, particularly from students who rate as strongly visual within Neil Fleming’s VARK model of learning styles.
Jessica Dee Haseltine, Texas Tech University School of Law Library
- Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work at the Firm
“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” can be fun, educational, interesting, and exhausting–especially if work is at a law firm! Our branch office has been participating in the event for many years. Each year, we try to provide interesting programs and activities to introduce the children to the many facets of law firm work. For example, we have gone to court to meet the judge, incorporated their own “businesses,” listened to speakers, produced slide shows, and explored different job positions in the office. Parents are invited and expected to participate, but in a busy law firm they can’t always be there. This poster will illustrate simple activities that law libraries could provide on “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”
Leslie Corey Leach, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP