Hot Topic Programs

Change is a constant in the field of legal information, and this year's programming offers tools and strategies for harnessing the opportunities that change presents. Three new hot topic programs have been recently added to complement the daily lineup - be sure to check them out:

Hot Topic: Deans and Directors Roundtable: Reinventing Law School Libraries for a Digital Age
Sunday, July 13 • 4:00 p.m.

In this roundtable discussion, law school deans and law school library directors will address issues shaping the future of law school libraries. Law libraries are rapidly evolving from print to digital, from warehouse to service, from a place of quiet solitary study to a vibrant learning community. But change is not easy, especially when it occurs this quickly, and most especially when it occurs in the context of declining law school enrollments and pressures to cut library budgets significantly. The panel will discuss how progressive law librarians and law school administrators can manage this change effectively while simultaneously enhancing the value of the library to students, faculty, and the law school institutionally.

Hot Topic: Land Grabbing: Accessing Information to Protect Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Monday, July 14 • 2:30 p.m.

As the recent events in Russia and Ukraine illustrate, the issue of land grabbing is widespread and very much alive, but it is not relegated to foreign lands. The United States has a long history of land grabbing. Last year the U.S. government implemented the Land Buy-Back Program targeting Indian fractionated land consolidation with the intent to remedy past wrongs; its effectiveness is widely discussed and debated. This program will clarify the complicated legal concept and current practice of land grabbing. Presenters will provide an overview of land grabbing with a particular focus on the U.S., including history, current practice, legality, and the effect on Indigenous Nations today. They will include an explanation of the trust relationship between the U.S. government and Indian land; and will discuss where literature on land grabbing fits into the LC Classification scheme. They will also share information and resources available on this subject matter including both domestic and international non-governmental organizations working on this important issue.

Hot Topic: Beefing Up Your CV with Altmetrics
Tuesday, July 15 • 2:30 p.m.

Metrics can help us deduce the tangible measures of seemingly intangible impacts, including scholarly/professional contributions. Altmetrics, often referred to as the ‘invisible metric,’ are frequently thought of as metrics about articles, but they can be applied to people, journals, books, data sets, presentations, videos, web pages, etc. By tracking the mileage of their work (bookmarking, blog mentions, retweets, Wikipedia citations, and pins), authors and experts can get a better view of how they are impacting their profession. An alternative to the widely used journal impact factor and personal citation indices, these new metrics do more than just cover citation counts. Altmetrics examine other aspects of the impact of a work, such as how many data and knowledge bases refer to it, article views, downloads, or mentions in social media and news media. Find out what altmetrics can reveal about your own professional reach and maximize that value.
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