Poster Sessions

What are your colleagues up to?

Poster sessions are a popular feature of AALL conference education, and this year’s selections will again be on display in the exhibit hall. AALL members have put together a wealth of great ideas to share with Annual Meeting attendees—you can view them all by content area below. Creators of accepted posters will be on hand during the poster session presentation period on Monday, July 16 from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. to answer questions and discuss their work, but the posters will be on display during exhibit hall hours. Don’t miss this chance to see what your busy colleagues are up to in their libraries—and get inspired!

  • Information Management

    “Do You Have My Book? The Red One”: Course Reserves in the Age of UX (1)

    The Pence Law Library at American University Washington College of Law maintains a robust course-materials collection in its limited-circulating course reserves. The library collects casebooks and materials for all of the 1L and bar-related classes, as well as various upper-level courses at the request of the professor.

    This poster will present access services’ streamlined workflow and policy for development of the course-reserve collection in a robust flowchart. Collection maintenance is overseen by the circulation manager, but requires collaboration with other library and law school departments (e.g., acquisitions, cataloging, faculty liaisons) to ensure the collection is accurate and complete. This requires researching syllabi to determine the course materials used in any given semester. Institutional parameters and obstacles from the faculty, faculty support, the registrar’s office, and collection development decisions will also be illuminated.

    This workflow has made the process more efficient for acquisitions and access services to coordinate on the collection, and easier for circulation staff to update students on course-reserve holdings in real time. The process aims to improve the user experience (UX) of both law students and the access services department.

    Khelani Clay & Kevin Reyes, American University Washington College of Law, Pence Law Library

    Preserving Electronic Government Information: PEGI Project (2)

    Learn about and contribute to the PEGI Project. It brings together librarians, technologists, and other information professionals from libraries and federal information agencies. The project’s focus is at-risk government digital information of long-term historical significance which is not being adequately harvested from the web or by other automated means.

    The project is conducting a multimodal environmental scan of at-risk federal digital content—and soliciting input from all stakeholders. The project will analyze and develop recommendations for a collaborative national agenda to continue improving preservation and access to electronic government information.

    Scott Matheson, Yale Law Library

    The Accidental Acquisitions Librarian: Navigating the Swells to Pay the Bills (3)

    Acquisitions and Collection Development librarians often happen by chance when an internal need arises. Reflecting after a few years on the job, this poster will focus on the essential skills necessary to develop after such a job change. In short, the poster will include highlights from everything I wish I had known from the beginning. Topics covered will include administrative details, contract terms, and larger collection maintenance strategies.

    Amy Lipford, Florida State University College of Law

  • Marketing & Outreach

    Designing a Display for an Anniversary Event (4)

    It’s your university’s sesquicentennial year. Departments and schools across your campus are celebrating with signature events. The library system is planning events, displays, and tours. Each library will be part of this planning with a display or event reflecting its heritage.

    Arthur Neef Law Library: Celebrating Research, Scholarship and Community, is the culmination of the law library sesquicentennial planning. Jan Bissett, Marlene Coir, and Kathryn Polgar researched, compiled, and selected significant dates and images in the law school and law library histories, as well as library-related laws for the celebratory display.

    What best reflects your library’s story? How do you select and curate materials for such a display? How do you organize and research these materials? Our poster guides viewers through the process—highlighting considerations, potential traps, and joyful discoveries along the way.

    Jan Bissett & Kathryn Polgar, Arthur Neef Law Library, Wayne State University

    Engaging Patrons Through Blog-Based Outreach (5)

    The poster will highlight the UNT Dallas College of Law Library Blog, which was just awarded the AALL 2018 Law Library Publications Award – Nonprint Division award. We will cover everything from finding content creators to crafting engaging posts. The blog is updated with content from staff, faculty, and library science and law student assistants. We give content creators the freedom to write about topics they are passionate about, although all posts are geared toward enriching the professional or personal lives of our faculty and students. We have both recurring posts (e.g., “advice” columns) and posts that provide complete coverage of a topic in a single post. The posts are as wide-ranging and diverse as our student body. We look forward to sharing the process of creating our blog with this poster.

    Lewis Giles & Tracy Eaton, University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law

    Meeting Patrons Where They Are: Legal Reference at the Public Library (6)

    In March 2017, the Minnesota State Law Library began scheduling legal reference “office hours” at five branches of the St. Paul Public Library in under-served neighborhoods. The program has been successful at bringing legal reference services to patrons who need them, where they need them. To date, our law librarians have handled more than 500 questions at the public library on a variety of legal topics, including immigration, family law, criminal law, landlord/tenant issues, and estate planning and probate. This program has provided the opportunity to educate new users about the benefits of our library and provide service at a location convenient for them.

    Sarah Larsen, Minnesota State Law Library

    Research Power Hour (7)

    The Vincent C. Immel Law Library created the Research Power Hour Series to increase student and faculty awareness of the library’s assets, both personnel and tangible. Shortly after the semester starts, the library selects specific areas of law to cover in each session of the program. We contact the professors teaching the topic and ask if they want us to cover particular subjects. The professors are given fliers to post on their bulletin boards, and most professors announce the sessions to their classes. The library also provides lunch to entice students to attend.

    The program allows students to learn more about the library’s databases beyond simple searching and introduces the students to nuances and lesser-known databases that are important to specific practice areas. Most importantly, the students learn the librarians can do more than point them to the correct book or database.

    Lynn Hartke, Vincent C. Immel Law Library, Saint Louis University Law School

  • Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

    Building a Bridge Between Generations and Getting Over the Divide in the Workplace (8)

    Today’s workplace finds various generations working together—meaning conflicts between generations can spring up about work ethics, rewards, technology, time off, etc. When these collisions occur, managers must successfully bridge generational gaps to create a smooth workplace that best serves our communities and retains quality professionals. This poster will provide: (1) information about what makes each generation tick and the forces and events that create distinctions between generations; (2) trigger points that can cause generational conflicts, including brief conflict case studies; and (3) techniques and ideas to prevent and address generational divides in the workplace. This poster is based on a program that was presented at the 2018 SEAALL annual conference.

    Taryn Marks & Rachel Purcell, University of Florida; Ajaye Bloomstone, Louisiana State University

  • Research & Analysis

    After the Storm: Law Libraries and Disaster Recovery (9)

    This poster session will discuss the most common and pressing legal needs in the aftermath of a natural disaster and will identify and review resources law librarians can access to assist library patrons encountering these needs. This session will use the city of Houston’s recent experiences after Hurricane Harvey as a case study.

    Dan Donahue, University of Houston O’Quinn Law Library; Heather Holmes, Harris County Law Library; Heather Kushnerick, South Texas College of Law Houston

    Building a Digital Index for South Carolina Court Forms (10)

    Our public patrons often struggle to navigate the official site containing South Carolina court forms, Although we can’t redesign a site that isn’t ours, we can create our own user-friendly digital index as a guide to the primary source. We’ve shared our work with South Carolina public librarians whose patrons live far from any law library and yet are representing themselves in life-altering court proceedings. This project is at the intersection of Research & Analysis and Marketing & Outreach.

    Eve Ross, University of South Carolina School of Law

    Copyright and Nonhuman Authors (11)

    Naruto the monkey took a selfie that sparked a copyright lawsuit between PETA and a wildlife photographer. Artificial intelligence programs write stories, organize data, and even draw pictures. How does copyright law treat works created by nonhuman authors?

    Benjamin Keele, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

    GOALI: Global Online Access to Legal Information (12)

    Global Online Access to Legal Information (GOALI) is a new program that provides free or low-cost online access and training to law and law-related content to eligible institutions in developing countries. GOALI was launched on March 6, 2018, by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its partners, Brill Nijhoff, as founding publisher and initiator of the program, the International Training Centre of the ILO, Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School, and the Cornell Law School Library as academic partners. The aim of GOALI is to improve the quality of legal research, education, and training in low- and middle-income countries, and in turn, strengthen legal frameworks and institutions and further the rule of law. GOALI contributes to furthering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 16 relating to Access to Information and Access to Justice. GOALI, together with AGORA, HINARI, OARE, ARDI, is one of the five programs that make up Research4Life.

    Stacia Stein,  Lora Johns, & Teresa Miguel-Stearns, Yale Law School

    The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Key Legal Resources (13)

    The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers 64,000 square miles and includes more than 150 rivers and streams. More than 300 species of fish, shellfish and crabs, and a wide array of other wildlife call the bay home. Federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), focus resources and identify innovative solutions in their efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. State governments—which include Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia—also work to improve the health of the bay through legislation and required environmental reporting and measurements. Restoration of the bay involves a wide range of legal issues touching on water quality, invasive species, pollution, stormwater runoff, agriculture, and aquaculture.

    This poster session will highlight key federal and state laws impacting the Chesapeake Bay, as well as comprehensive surveys and studies published by nonprofits and academic institutions. The compiled information will help researchers uncover critical collections of Chesapeake Bay legal and environmental information.

    Kirstin Nelson, National Agricultural Library (USDA) 

    The Development of the Loyola New Orleans College of Law Street Law Program (1990 through 1993) (14)

    Loyola was the first university in Louisiana to develop a Street Law Program. This display documents the development of Loyola’s Street Law Program using archival materials from the College of Law Archives. From the original Street Law proposal to inmate writings, a descriptive timeline will emerge illustrating the various programs for the hearing impaired and New Orleans inmate population, collaborations with Tulane and LSU, and Loyola’s role in helping to establish the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education. A narrative accompanies documents along the timeline to give details and a deeper understanding of the history.

    Michele Pope, Loyola New Orleans Law Library

  • Teaching & Training

    Drafting a Philosophy of Librarianship or Teaching: What Is It, and Where Do I Begin? (15)

    Librarians, professors, and other scholars are sometimes asked to provide a philosophy of librarianship and/or teaching when applying for academic positions. Though requests for such philosophies have become more prevalent in recent years, the process for approaching those philosophies remains unclear. What is a philosophy of librarianship? What is a philosophy of teaching? Where exactly does one begin when drafting a philosophy of librarianship or teaching? What should or should not be included in such philosophies? This poster will seek to answer these questions and to provide guidance on how future academics can effectively approach drafting their first philosophies of librarianship or teaching. In sum, this poster will describe the essential functions of librarianship and teaching philosophies and explain the concrete steps that should be taken when drafting such philosophies.

    Ashley Arrington, University of Washington

    Escape Rooms for Library Outreach, Instruction, and Team-Building (16)

    Escape rooms are immersive, live-action games in which a group of participants enter a room where they must solve puzzles and collect clues in order to “escape,” or win the game. Escape rooms can be designed around nearly any theme, from zombies and pirates to detective dramas. Libraries are using these engaging and captivating games in a multitude of ways. They can be employed simply for outreach to engage library patrons, for incorporating instruction and experiential learning outcomes, as well as for internal staff team-building and training. At The New York Law Institute, we designed an Alexander Hamilton-themed escape room to highlight our collections and fascinate our library patrons. You, too, can create this type of captivating programming for your own library, for both promotion and education.

    Ellyssa Kroski, The New York Law Institute

    From Knowledge to Action: ALR Remapping (17)

    Over the past few years, we’ve noticed our Advanced Legal Research course was shifting from an “advanced” course to almost a “remedial” course. The reasons for this shift were beyond our control, so we took matters into our own hands and began an aggressive campaign to entirely remap our Advance Legal Research core offerings. This poster will introduce Emory Law Library’s new Legal Research Mastery Series, which will launch in the fall of 2018. It will provide insight into our remapping process and explore some of our primary considerations prior to the launch.

    Christina Glon, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library

    Practice-Oriented Research for Practice-Based Learning: Legal Research in the Externship/Field Placement Program (18)

    Summer externs can have their field placement anywhere in the world. Thus, the law school’s challenge was providing an instructional and evaluative component as required by ABA Standard 304. With many students conducting research in their externships, and feedback from supervisors and students suggesting that the externs’ research skills were insufficient for the types of assignments they received, the librarians were asked to create an online instructional component. The goal was to provide students with practice-oriented research skills that were tailored to their specific placement category, e.g., judicial, public interest, transactional, or adversarial.

    The librarians created modules, containing short videos (15-30 minutes), possibly other documents (sample research plan, Boolean searching tips, etc.), and a quiz, that focused on a specific skill. The videos, while instructive, were lighthearted and cheerful. Each type of placement had four modules, which were to be completed early in the summer, so students could apply those skills during their externship.

    We received very positive feedback after the first year and have continued teaching every summer. Each spring we add new modules and update existing modules. The success of this program stems from the pairing of just-in-time instruction with the students’ immediate use of the skills.

    Robin Schard & Pam Lucken, University of Miami School of Law Library 

    The Blind Leading the Blind: Why Accessibility Does Not Mean Usability (19)

    Teaching a 1L who is totally blind has been both frustrating and inspiring. This poster includes information about the accessibility of several legal research websites, screenreaders, working with campus assistive technology, countering doubters, and other instruction challenges. It also includes quotes from the student with his opinions on legal research. This is an opportunity to learn why electronic accessibility does not always mean usability, and strategies on providing the best quality research instruction and support.

    Rena Seidler, Indiana University McKinney School of Law 

    The Table of Authority: Library Outreach at Fordham Law (20)

    This poster will demonstrate the Fordham University School of Law Maloney Library’s recent efforts to connect students to the library as an important information resource, sharing useful ideas and research strategies that they may not otherwise encounter. In particular, at regular intervals in the 2017-2018 academic year, librarians set up a “Table of Authority” in a well-trafficked space in the law school, offering candy as well as bite-sized slide presentations on tips and tricks that would benefit law students in their studies and careers. Topics for this outreach included e-discovery, social media/competitive intelligence, exam preparation, social media for the job search, and basic Microsoft Word tips. This poster will offer insight into what worked (and didn’t work) during the inaugural “Table of Authority” year, including examples of our tips.

    Jennifer Dixon, Gail McDonald, &  Larry Abraham, Fordham University School of Law, Maloney Library