2003 Annual Meeting
Envisioning a Bolder Tomorrow: Hot to Get to "Yes" by Saying
"No" More Often
Proposed by Kelly Browne
A professor calls and asks if you can lecture her class on legislative
history, administrative law, and loose-leaf research the day after tomorrow.
Do you drop everything, scrambling to try and please everyone and in
the end pleasing no one, least of all yourself? Are we as librarians,
by our very service-oriented nature, doomed to being wimps? Join three
law librarians as they appear on an Oprah-like talk show to discuss
their assertiveness issues with "Dr. Phil." Then another expert will
discuss behavior modification techniques that can help you become more
assertive. At the end of the show you can ask the experts your questions!
Envisioning Virtual Reference: Cooperating to Maximize Service
Proposed by Tracy Thompson and Scott Matheson
Twenty public, state and academic law libraries joined forces last
year to create www.librarylawline.org,
and experiment in providing virtual reference services to their patrons.
After almost one year, participants will meet to discuss the pilot.
A review of how the Library Lawline virtual reference service is structured
will provide context for the in-depth discussion of one service model
and collaboration issues encountered by the participants. The panel
will discuss policies, technology issues, and patron reaction as well
as such nitty-gritty details as holding meetings with participants scattered
across a region and how to schedule staff from many different libraries.
A Legal Research Survey: Maximizing Legal Research Instruction
Proposed by Pamela Melton
Those who teach legal research decide what skills and resources their
students must be familiar with. Frequently, these decisions are based
either on outdated information, the latest pitch by a vendor's rep or
simply on the gut feeling of the teacher. But what kinds of research
do real lawyers do? The presenter will discuss the results of a survey
of the legal research habits of the members of a practicing state bar,
and its implications for how legal research and writing are taught.
The presenter will also share nuts and bolts advice on doing similar
Maximizing Career Success by Evaluating Emotional Intelligence
Proposed by Kelly Browne
Breathing Life into Research Instruction: A Workshop on Teaching
Legal Research as an Analytical Process (Workshop)
In the past 26 years, studies have shown that emotional intelligence
is not only the most important factor in being successful in life, but
that certain patterns of the thirteen qualities that make up your "EQ"
contribute to success in specific career areas. Because of this many
employers, including law firms, now use "EQ" tests to make hiring and
promotion decisions. Job seekers use "EQ" assessments to determine which
careers would best suit them or to identify skills that need to be developed
to succeed in a desired position. An expert on emotional intelligence
will discuss the value of "EQ" surveys, describe profiles of successful
law librarians in various positions, and suggest techniques for bridging
the gap between current and desired ranges in each of the thirteen areas
of emotional intelligence.
Proposed by Karen Beck
Using a combination of lecture/demonstration, breakout sessions, and
group discussion accompanied by audiovisual materials and extensive
handouts, the workshop will explore how librarians and legal writing
faculty can work together to successfully teach the intertwined skills
of research, analysis and writing in a fully integrated curriculum that
emphasizes research as an analytical process rather than as an isolated
skill. Time will be available for participants to draft material they
can take back to their home institutions.
Each participant will receive a binder of materials that comprises
a complete first-year research curriculum, including syllabi, factual
materials underlying the spring semester writing assignment, research
assignments and answer keys, class content and exams. These materials
are used in Boston College's first-year Legal Reasoning, Research,
and Writing course, which is team-taught by writing professors and
law librarians. The facilitators presented a version of this workshop
at the May 2002 Legal Writing Institute, where it was well received.
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