There are a total of ten programs and workshops sponsored by ALL-SIS at the 2010 Annual Meeting. This includes one workshop, eight ALL-SIS sponsored “AMPC” programs, and one ALL-SIS sponsored “alternate” program. The ALL-SIS sponsored programs and workshop are described below:
W-3: From Novice to Knowledgeable: Newer Directors Tell What They Had to Learn
Saturday, July 10, 2010, Afternoon
A panel of newer academic library directors will outline the skills they felt were most valuable to them in securing a director’s position and then thriving in that role. Panelists will discuss: budget management, change management, personnel management, project management, collection development and others. Participants will have an opportunity to select a skill they would like to explore and work in small groups to develop a learning plan for this skill.
Sunday, July 11, 2010 1:30 PM
- Law librarians will gain insight into The Bluebook and better comprehend the rationale behind the rules to better assist their patrons.
- Bluebook editors will gain insight into the difficulties law librarians face when using The Bluebook with their patrons.
The Bluebook is the bane of all academic law librarians – We wonder if we can cancel the print format if The Bluebook requires it for cite checking. Why does interlibrary loan have to get a copy of the print resource when we know the author must have used an online source? Why are the rules so restrictive in an online age? Law librarians have long struggled with meeting the needs of the journal editors while balancing the needs of the collection and budgetary limits. But why do these rules exist? Why do some law review editors ignore the rules while others follow them as written? Is there a middle road for Bluebook rules? This program will feature an open discussion among law librarians and the editors of The Bluebook. By answering questions posed by the moderator, the editors will explain the rationale behind Bluebook rules, while the librarians will discuss issues they face as they assist users with The Bluebook. The program is not intended to make the editors change the rules “for us,” but, instead, to make all users of the Bluebook better informed as they work with their editors and students.
- Coordinator & Moderator: Merle J. Slyhoff
- Speakers: Elizabeth G. Adelman, Kumar Percy Jayasuriya
Sunday, July 11, 2010 1:300 PM
- Participants will be able to analyze the relationships between law firms, law schools and vendors to create a new way of collaboration on training programs for new lawyers.
- Participants will be able to incorporate their understanding of these significant changes in the training of law students and new associates in their efforts to plan, create and revise existing legal research and other knowledge management training at their institutions and firms.
Librarians have debated this issue for years. Now, with the economy putting pressure on law firms and law schools, the talk about who and how to train law students to become practicing attorneys is becoming action. Law firms have announced in-depth training programs where the incoming associates are paid less but enrolled in intensive training on practicing laws. Law schools have added practice-oriented courses, and some have instituted lawyering programs. There have even been suggestions of unpaid apprenticeships. This program will examine how the current economic crisis has shifted the focus on how to train associates. Panelists will discuss the challenges facing law firms and law schools and identify opportunities for librarians to map their future and be a part of these revolutionary changes.
- Co-coordinator & Speaker: Linda-Jean Schneider
- Co-coordinators: Caren Biberman, Sarah Valentine
- Moderator: Victoria J. Szymczak
- Speakers: David Thomson, Molly Peckman, Tommy Preston
Sunday, July 11, 2010 3:00 PM
- Participants will be able to explain and discuss the basic concepts and principles of emotional intelligence, and apply leadership concepts to their personal development and the development of their organizations.
- Participants will discover that it is possible to have an influence at any level, whether you are a director, a middle manager, or new to an organization.
Librarians need to be able to identify abilities in themselves and within developing members of the profession that will allow them to be effective leaders. The three parts to leadership development are: 1) “The Inside,” which means to know yourself. Examining the concepts of emotional intelligence will provide tools to better understand your leadership abilities and potential. 2) “The Outside,” which means how we relate and use our abilities within our groups and organizations. 3) “The Together,” which means it takes a village to raise a leader. Mentoring and feedback are vital to the development of one’s own abilities and those around us. This panel discussion/discovery session will provide ample opportunity to discover and interact with the presenters.
- Coordinator & Speaker: Ryan Saltz
- Speakers: Ann T. Fessenden, Mark E. Estes
Sunday, July 11, 2010 4:15 PM
- Participants will be able to identify appropriate student communication strategies for their libraries.
- Participants will be able to implement new communication methods and products in their libraries.
Communicating with students is a challenge academic law librarians face daily. Our competition is the students’ downtime, lunchtime, web time, and time with friends. What’s the best way to reach them? What works beyond the lure of free food? Does e-mail work? A Facebook posting? A web product? A snappy presentation in a common area in the library? Outside the library? The ALL-SIS Student Services Committee will hold a “contest,” asking members to submit examples of their successes in communicating with students. Did vlogging work for you? Are short, lunchtime topics your key to success? Are you finding a unique way to use Facebook or blogs? The committee will choose approximately six top examples that will be presented at an informal poster session. Attendees will be able to drop by any or all of the sessions and see what worked, ask questions, and walk away with fresh ideas on communicating with students. All examples would be presented at the same time, and attendees could stop by as many as they wanted to in the allotted time.
Coordinator & Moderator: Merle J. Slyhoff
Monday, July 12, 2010 10:00 AM
- Participants will be able to discuss and critique the signature pedagogy suggested by the Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education.
- Participants will be able to compare the Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education with their own criteria for teaching legal research in light of the renewed emphasis on skills training in law schools.
Law schools are currently considering redefining their curriculums to respond to the highly influential 2007 Carnegie Report, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law, which advocates enhancing the signature pedagogy of legal education, the Socratic Method, with an experience that better integrates skills instruction. Legal research is a fundamental legal skill, one the bench and bar routinely indicate law schools do not teach well. As legal research professionals, law librarians should respond to the Carnegie Report by examining legal research education. This presentation explains how law librarians can contribute to curricular reform by leading the way with the development of a signature pedagogy for legal research, based on the Carnegie Report’s recommendations. The panel will provide an overview of the Boulder Statement on Legal Research Education, the need for a signature pedagogy of legal research, and how this statement can assist in advancing legal research instruction in law schools.
- Coordinator, Moderator & Speaker: Sarah Valentine
- Speakers: Barbara A. Bintliff, Kumar Percy Jayasuriya
F-3: FOIA Requests and Preservation: An Emerging Collection Development Model for the Virtual Library
Monday, July 12, 2010 10:45 AM
- Participants will be able to identify, evaluate, and incorporate into their legal research strategies collections of declassified government documents secured through FOIA requests and made available online by agencies, libraries, whistle blowers, and watchdog groups.
- Participants will be prepared to plan, preserve, provide access to, and publicize their own digital government documents collections. Participants will also be able to articulate how to establish a unique special collection by integrating FOIA requests with other collection development resources.
Many law libraries are looking to develop distinctive digital collections of materials that aren’t available through commercial publishers. Collecting documents secured through FOIA requests offers a unique opportunity for these institutions. As government secrecy has increased, the number of FOIA requests has escalated, making procuring previously restricted government documents for public use an important goal. Law libraries are poised at the intersection of scholarship, freedom of information, preservation, and collection development, standing in a pivotal position to help scholars and practitioners access this hard-to-find content. This program will present a cross-section of perspectives on building, contextualizing, publicizing, and preserving a digital archive collection of materials secured through FOIA. Discover how these declassified documents in digital formats can be collected, archived, and made accessible for current and future research.
- Coordinator & Speaker: Susan Nevelow Mart
- Moderator & Speaker: Kumar Percy Jayasuriya
- Speakers: James R. Jacobs, Michael Ravnitzky, Sarah J. Rhodes
Monday, July 12, 2010 4:00 PM
- Participants will be able to successfully introduce a proposal to their institution for a new legal research course.
- Participants will design a syllabus and assignments that will measure students' success at achieving learning goals.
The 2007 Carnegie Report on Legal Education calls for significant changes in legal education, including greater emphasis on practical skills development. This could potentially result in greater teaching opportunities for law librarians. The speakers, three librarians who teach upper-level legal research courses, will discuss how they bring “real life” into their classrooms through their lectures, exercises, classroom discussions, and assessment tools. Using a foreign and international legal research class as a case study, the first speaker will guide participants through the necessary steps to design, obtain law school approval of, and implement a course. The second speaker will prepare participants to design a syllabus, including learning goals, and assignments that will measure students’ success at achieving those learning goals. The speaker will also address the need to consider students’ various learning styles when creating assignments. The final speaker will identify the skills and practices necessary for building one’s credibility as a professor, thereby creating an effective classroom presence. This program will help other librarians develop their own legal research course.
- Coordinator & Speaker: Margaret Butler
- Moderator: Hilary Hardcastle
- Speakers: Amy A. Emerson, Tom Kimbrough
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 3:30 PM
- Participants will be able to identify and evaluate traditional tools used to help make daily collection development decisions.
- Participants will be able to evaluate newer tools for collection development that can augment or improve their existing processes and workflows.
With every new year and each new technological marvel, the work of librarians engaged in collection development has the potential to get more complex. We are barraged with publication announcements in our e-mail inboxes, our print mailboxes and on our fax machines. Many of us also have contracts with book jobbers, subscriptions to products designed to help with collection development workflow, and a number of other individually devised schemes for locating and acquiring the right materials for our libraries, while eliminating the items that don’t fit our collections. With so much information at our fingertips and so many possibilities before us, now is the perfect time to review both the fundamental “tried-and-true” tools of collection development, as well as some of the newer tools that hold great promise for streamlining our workflow to get the most comprehensive and relevant information. This program will touch on a few of the most widely used traditional tools for collection development, some of which include Books in Print, WorldCat, acquisitions listservs, and slip/approval plans. It will then move on to some of the new and exciting possibilities offered by Web 2.0, like RSS feeds for new acquisitions and collection development blogs. Participants’ input on their favorite tools they currently use will be gathered and shared.
- Coordinator & Moderator: Kerry Skinner
- Speaker: Courtney Selby
Monday, July 12, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
Panelists will explore different models of providing faculty services and the pros and cons of each model. Panelists will discuss strategies to find the right balance between providing faculty research support, teaching, and other library duties with constrained budgets, a smaller staff, and the push to be more proactive in legal education.