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7/30/2014 2:59:50 PM

June 2014 Issue of Technical Services Law Librarian Out Now

The June 2014 edition of Technical Services Law Librarian is now available! In this issue Ashley Moye will introduce you to library metrics.  Dan Blackaby talks about Net Neutrality.  And, Hollie White discusses what she learned from being part of a writing group.  You’ll also get important updates on serials titles and OCLC, meet the recipient of the Renee D. Chapman Award, and much more.   

Posted By Kristen Moore at 7/30/2014 2:59:50 PM  0 Comments
7/29/2014 2:57:54 PM

June 2014 MAALL Markings Available

The June 2014 issue of MAALL Markings is available now!  In this issue Ann Fessenden discusses some of the issues facing federal court libraries.  Heather J.E. Simmons helps you decide if LinkedIn is right for you.  Corie Dugas talks about the new SLU Law Library.  And, that’s just a sampling.  There are many other great articles and important membership news in this issue. 

Posted By Kristen Moore at 7/29/2014 2:57:54 PM  0 Comments
7/28/2014 2:30:32 PM

AALL Session Review: H-5: Law Librarianship in the Digital Age


Jennifer Alexander: McKenna Long & Aldridge
Scott D. Bailey, Squire Sanders
Valeri Craigle, University of Utah
William R. Mills, New York Law School
Ralph A. Monaco, New York Law Institute
Carol Ottolenghi, Ohio Attorney General
C. Andrew Plumb-Larrick, Case Western Reserve University
Thomas Striepe, University of Georgia

This unique session managed to keep my attention for the entire hour even though it was in the last time slot of the conference. The eight speakers listed above all wrote chapters in the recently published monograph Law Librarianship in the Digital Age edited by the program’s moderator, Ellysa Kroski of the New York Law Institute and published by Scarecrow Press.  What made this session different from many others I’ve attended is that each speaker on the panel presented using PechaKucha 20X20 style. This is a Japanese presentation style in which each talk consists of 20 images (or slides) each shown for just 20 seconds before automatically moving to  the next slide.  Each talk was about 7 minutes in length – and featured interesting photos or slides, and was thus concise and memorable.  Many presenters added humorous photos/slides which were a welcome addition and an aid in remembering content.

This program was a glimpse into the content of the book,  Law Librarianship in the Digital Age which is a guidebook for law librarians who want to become digitally literate as well as gain an understanding  of recent advancements and trends in information technology.  I learned so much during this program that I can’t possibly share all of it, but here are my main takeaways.

From Bill Mills on Tablets and Mobile Device Management:

  • Librarians need to be seen as trending and trend setters
  • Librarians as managers of digital resources and devices is one way to be trend setters.

From T.J. Striepe on Embedded Librarianship

  • Embedded librarianship is on a sliding scale that goes from visiting patrons where they are to actually living there with them.
  • Form a relationship with your patrons
  • Librarians at the University of Georgia roam the faculty hallways with iPads to demonstrate legal research apps, but also to talk about non library topics so that they can build relationships.

From Carol Ottolenghi on Digital Age Marketing

  • It’s not enough to do good. We need to be caught being good.
  • We need to sell the librarian skill set to our users, our potential users and to the people who control the budget.
  • Tell them in ways that they can hear you.

From Scott Bailey on the Future of Law Librarianship

  • Librarians are the product. Don’t let the tools (or the vendor) get in front of you.
  • Monetize your services and show how you add value.
  • Go to your patrons and communicate in the language of your business – be relevant!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment

I just ordered the book and am looking forward to reading and learning even more. Thanks to Ellyssa for moderating this program and to all of the speakers. For more information on the book see the AALL Spectrum Blog review here.

Posted By Elizabeth Holmes at 7/28/2014 2:30:32 PM  4 Comments