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 Tuesday, July 18 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
to answer questions and discuss their work, but the posters will be on display throughout the entirety of the Annual Meeting. Don't miss this chance to see what your busy colleagues are up to in their libraries—and get inspired!
The Business of Law
Creating the Pitch: What to Say and How to Say It to Gain Stakeholder Buy-In on New Initiatives
"Pitching isn't only for raising money—it's for reaching agreement, and agreement can yield many good outcomes including sales, partnerships, and new hires."
As budgets get tighter, individuals in all library types are now finding themselves having to get buy-in—for funding, new staff initiatives, technology, and more. When seeking stakeholders' buy-in, you may only have a few minutes to pitch your idea, and available funds may be limited. This is when a good pitch can make all the difference and move your idea or initiative from the bottom of the list to CFO's in-box. This poster will provide recommended best practices on the creation and execution of the pitch, compiled from a literature review and experts in the field of business. A recommended resource list will also be provided.
Kathleen Brown, Charleston School of Law
Data & Content Management
Command Central: Uniting Departments Using LibAnswers
In July 2016, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries began using LibAnswers to implement a unified request tracking system with the goal of better tracking requests received, both historically and across departments. Ultimately, our use of the system evolved to allow each department to connect with our patrons in new and meaningful ways. In Collection Services, LibAnswers is now instrumental in tracking e-access issues, facilitating claims, managing faculty purchase requests, and sending notifications of new books. In Access Services, LibAnswers aids with developing our course reserves collection, as well as with document delivery and ILL requests. Within Research Services, LibAnswers is used to track and monitor reference requests. Across departments, LibAnswers is also used to gather statistics, convert chats to larger, more involved requests, and split requests among departments to better serve patrons and avoid duplications. This poster will highlight some of the innovative uses for LibAnswers, as well as future enhancements that we hope to see.
Jenna Fegreus & Ellen Frentzen, Boston University School of Law
Interactive Location Codes and Map
In celebration of the move to a brand new site, the library created an interactive map of the floor map and the library collection locations, integrated with a landscape locator to ensure a friendly transition and a warm welcome. The poster will showcase the map, software, and tools used, and the procedure in details.
Linda Wen, American University, Washington College of Law
LawArXiv: An Open Access Community for Legal Scholarship
LawArXiv is an emerging collaborative initiative of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, the Mid-America Law Library Consortium, NELLCO, and the Cornell Law Library. The Center for Open Science serves as the technology partner and hosts the LawArXiv repository through the Open Science Framework. The LawArXiv mission is to empower the scholarly legal community and champion open access principles by ensuring community ownership of legal scholarship. This poster will provide more information about the goals, objectives, and governance of the project, but the visual emphasis of the poster will be on screen shots that demonstrate the method for submitting papers to the repository and highlight the ease of searching the repository.
Margaret K. Maes, Legal Information Preservation Alliance; Corie Dugas, Saint Louis University
Mount Laurel—The Latest Frontier
The Mount Laurel affordable housing litigation has been an ongoing saga in the New Jersey courts since the zoning ordinances of the township of Mount Laurel were held to be unconstitutional, "on the ground that low and moderate income families are thereby unlawfully excluded from the municipality," Southern Burlington County N.A.A.C.P. v. Township of Mount Laurel, 67 N.J. 151 1975. This poster will demonstrate the process that the library undertook to transform a collection of loose, born-digital documents into a comprehensive, searchable database of current and pending litigation in various New Jersey municipalities. The poster will show the process of creating an appropriate metadata scheme that is intuitive to both lay and legal researchers, and illustrate the process of inputting the correct metadata into the database. Lastly, the poster will explain the process of quality control that the library undertook to ensure records were correct and complete.
Barbara Herzberg, Rutgers Law School
The ALLStAR Benchmarking Project
Academic Law Libraries Statistics, Analytics and Reports (ALLStAR) is a groundbreaking project supported by the Yale Law Library and the NELLCO Law Library Consortium. If you are frustrated with the minimally useful takeoffs and PDF reports that you receive from third parties, or if you want to mine the data and extract data points of use to you in real time, ALLStAR is your library's go-to tool for data gathering, internal analysis, and benchmarking.
ALLStAR enables academic law libraries to systematically gather and analyze a large set of relevant and previously unobtainable data points. Using Counting Opinions' LibPAS as the interface, participating libraries will be able to analyze their own operations, as well as undertake extensive benchmarking against any other participating library or libraries they choose. Benchmarking allows libraries to identify, understand, and quantify their strengths and weaknesses, and to determine the drivers of demand on library resources and how they are changing, making it easier to align internal resource allocation. It helps libraries justify needed resources, motivate staff to consider change, and strategically plan for the future.
Christine Iaconeta, University of Maine School of Law
Leadership, Administration, & Career Development
The law librarian community has enthusiastically embraced many strategic management tools for planning, project execution, and service delivery. However, the focus on outward-facing deliverables often neglects a critical component of successful libraries—the creation, fostering, and ongoing care of the organizational culture.
A library's organizational culture comprises the values, behaviors, and beliefs practiced on a daily basis. These components can be explicit or implicit, formal and informal. Every library has an organizational culture, and that culture shows itself on a daily basis, from basic operations and personnel attitudes/motivations to the propensity for collaboration and innovation.
Reflecting on the evolving work of the law library and transitions in staff, the librarians at the Florida State University College of Law decided to take an intentional approach to thinking about the library's organizational culture. Over many months, librarians engaged in a series of "culture conversations" designed to draw out the values and behaviors that were important to them and the institution. This poster is the story of those conversations and their role in developing and caring for the library's organizational culture.
Elizabeth Farrell Clifford & Kathryn Crandall, Florida State University College of Law
Legal Ease: A Collaborative Self-Care White Paper
Wellness and self-care are words often heard, especially in the context of lawyers and law students, but what about law librarians? Our days can be filled with deadlines, countless interruptions, doing more with less, and difficult patrons. Self-care and wellness are ways to combat the everyday stressors of the profession. Making the effort to be more mindful, setting limits, and knowing when to ask for help are all steps we can take toward a healthier and less stressful life. As part of a collaborative effort between two special interest sections, RIPS-SIS and LISP-SIS, this poster session will be a sneak peek at a forthcoming white paper on how law librarians can combat stress and burnout by embracing self-care and wellness.
Jessica Almeida, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School of Law; Nicole Dyszlewski, Roger Williams University School of Law; Heather Braithwaite Simmons, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pretty Cunning, Don't Ya Think? Strategies for Self-Directed Professional Development
Professional development is never the easiest thing to fit into a busy work schedule, and it's only made harder when obstacles such as a lack of support or funding, ennui, and clashing goals get in the way, too. This poster will present the reasons why self-directed professional development an important part of your work, identify obstacles to professional development, and highlight strategies for integrating professional development into your work schedule. The creators will offer successful examples from their own careers and ideas from others.
Deborah Schander, Vanderbilt University; Jordan Jefferson, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library
Marketing, Communication, & Advocacy
Beyond the Library: Student Engagement Outside of the Law School
In November 2016, I planned a law student "field trip" to the Lilly Library, Indiana University's rare books and manuscripts library. The theme was "rare legal materials," and law students had the opportunity to see a first printing of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson's copy of the first acts of Congress given to him as a gift by George Washington, and a miniature Magna Carta, among many other items. The session was a success in terms of student engagement, library marketing, and forging relationships with the law school administration.
My poster will include photographs of these fascinating documents, describe the benefits the library realized from this session, and offer tips for librarians who would like to organize a similar student engagement activity that takes place outside the law school.
Kimberly Cogswell Mattioli, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
Building Bonds: Personal Librarians
The Personal Librarian program at the Immel Law Library builds bonds between students and librarians. In the first semester of school, first-year students are assigned reference librarians, who then send their students personal emails introducing themselves and the program. The students gain a better understanding of the available library resources. The relationship often reaches beyond the first year, as students continue to utilize the library and its services during law school and after graduation, as their legal careers progress.
Lynn K. Hartke, Saint Louis University School of Law, Vincent C. Immel Law Library
Cinema of Law: A Collaborative Film Series Celebrating More Than 10 Years
Berkshire Law Library's Cinema of Law film series has been a collaborative effort that has reaped many benefits for all involved. Movies about the law have been shown in the auditorium of our local public library, the Berkshire Athenaeum, for more than 10 years on Tuesdays in March. Presentations by lawyers or judges precede the films. Co-sponsored with the Berkshire Bar Association and the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, the shows are free and popcorn is served. The series provides an opportunity to begin a dialogue about the role that law and the legal system play in our community.
Librarians choose the films and work with the speakers to provide background for discussions about the relationship between popular culture and civil or criminal procedure. In addition to classic films about trials, documentaries about legal topics of current interest are shown, so as to resonate with those living in the Berkshires. Advertising the series provides an opportunity to market the services of the law library, from an annual appearance on a local radio show, to a display case in the public library filled with movie posters, speaker biographies, and books and objects related to the films.
Barbara Schneider, Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries - Berkshire Law Library
CMLaw Library's Blog: 10 Years and Going Strong
CMLaw Library's blog is celebrating its tenth anniversary this summer. To mark the occasion, this poster session will chronicle how the blog has evolved and been incorporated with the library's social media offerings and outreach initiatives. The display will also feature statistics, photographs, categories used by the blog, blog scheduling, internal guidelines, and the do's and don'ts we have learned over the years.
Brian Cassidy, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library
Collect 'Em All: Using a Scavenger Hunt to Market Our Library
In the fall of 2016, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries hosted their first Library Fest. More than 200 students attended this inaugural event. Featuring demonstrations from library staff and 13 vendors, food, games, and prizes, this event was successful in large part due to student enthusiasm for a scavenger hunt. Created by library staff, this scavenger hunt encouraged students to explore new products, services, and library spaces. Scavenger hunt tickets were randomized, and required students to visit four to five locations to be eligible for a raffle. At each location, students had an opportunity to speak to vendors and library staff, and to collect stickers on their cards, while learning about research tools and search strategies. Donated prizes from the libraries and vendors included gift cards, an iPad, school merchandise, and more. This poster will show how this low-tech, low-cost game can be used to attract a wide range of students to explore the library.
Jenna Fegreus & Katherine Cochrane, Boston University School of Law
Glam It Up with a GLAM-WIKI Edit-a-thon
As libraries create content to increase access to the law, institutions must embrace tools to connect users to that content. GLAM-WIKI (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) recognizes the critical role librarians play in ensuring article accuracy and creation of authoritative content on Wikipedia. GLAM provides support for event planning, including basic and advanced guides, page templates, and community support to participating institutions. Law libraries can rely on established GLAM best practices to help fill in gaps on key legal topics important to your institution or topics systematically underrepresented on Wikipedia. In turn, visibility on the sixth largest online platform in the world helps drive traffic to library websites.
This poster session will demonstrate how hosting a successful edit-a-thon requires assembling stakeholders, setting the scope and objectives, lots of logistics and tracking, and reporting outcomes. In return, the event engages faculty, students, and librarians; promotes library and law school projects and initiatives; increases awareness of faculty scholarship; and provides increased access to communities in need of legal information.
Kirstin Nelson, USDA National Agricultural Library
Into the Legal Wild: Hybridization of the Knowledge Management Response
The integration of key resources and functions from the various parts of our Knowledge Management Department spurred the evolution of our research services. This poster session will show how over the past year, our team experienced a 40 percent increase in demand, as evidenced by the volume of user requests. A one-stop "Knowledge Desk" was created to capture and share the expertise of our trainers, knowledge management attorneys, legal researchers, and technologists with our colleagues. Due to extensive knowledge transfer activities, once separate silos of information are now effectively merged. New workflows, creative marketing, website redesigns, development of a robust archive of past responses, and innovative applications made this transformation possible. Our evolution continues as we prepare for the next challenge: the future addition of direct client support and legal research delivery.
Jerri Campbell & Jill Kilgore, Littler Mendelson, P.C.
If You Build It, They Will Come: Digitizing America’s Largest Murder Trial
On the night of August 23, 1917, African-American soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 24th U.S. Infantry disobeyed orders, marched into Houston, and engaged civilians, police, and other military personnel. The mutiny and riot were sparked by the racism directed toward the soldiers by the police and citizens of Houston. The resulting three court-martials include United States v. Sergeant William C. Nesbit, et al, which remains the largest murder trial in American history. In total, 118 soldiers were tried and 110 were convicted 19 were executed and 91 were sentenced to various terms of confinement at Fort Leavenworth. The original record of these events and trials are in the National Archives, but several libraries have them on microfilm. In 2009, the Fred Parks Law Library arranged with LLMC to have its microfilm digitized in order to facilitate access to this underused collection. The resulting interest, which was more than we anticipated, will be featured in this poster session.
Heather Kushnerick, South Texas College of Law Houston
PILS: Public Interest Law Indicator for Law Schools
In the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina, law students provided thousands of hours closing backlogged cases, conducting research, and rebuilding homes. Students took these experiences back to their law schools, and legal education experienced the necessary conditions for the start of an evolution. Some schools now require pro bono service for graduation, while other schools expanded their curriculum and engagement efforts to reflect more public interest law and service.
This project creates an indicator that compares the level of public interest law and pro bono service opportunities offered at law schools, using found web documents. The goal is to demonstrate the need for administration and law library programming to support student advocates, clinics, and journals in their efforts to build resilient communities and a more engaged legal profession.
S.K. Van Poolen, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Teaching & Training
360-Degree Cameras for Self-Assessment in Skills-Based Courses
Today's 360-degree cameras are capable of capturing the entire surrounding environment and provide an immersive experience to the viewers on web-browsers and virtual reality headsets. While these new cameras are often advertised to sport and outdoor enthusiasts, their functionality, portability, and low price make them an ideal tool to capture interactive and high-paced activities in a learning environment. In this poster, we share our experience using 360-degree cameras for self-assessment in skills-based courses, such as Trial Advocacy.
Ayyoub Ajmi, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Augmented Reality for Patron Engagement and Experiential Learning
Augmented reality (AR) tools allow people to view layers of information set over the real world through their mobile devices. This type of hands-on experience with virtual reality layers combined with traditional library resources has proven quite engaging for library patrons and presents plenty of opportunities for interactivity and experiential learning. At the New York Law Institute, we have run two successful augmented reality rare books exhibits, which have highlighted the treasures of our collection while providing background information images and videos about their content to our fascinated visitors. Learn how you can create this type of captivating content for both library promotion and teaching.
Ellyssa Valenti & Eileen Dolan, New York Law Institute
Cards Against Case Law! and Other Ways to Make Teaching Legal Research Fun
"Gamification" has been discussed conceptually as a way to enhance student engagement and learning outcomes. However, it is difficult to create and manage games in the classroom that are educational while remaining interesting to students, particularly in the realm of legal research instruction. This poster will present various ways in which gamification has been used in an advanced legal research course to assist students in practical applications of legal research techniques and to allow the instructors to assess student learning during class. By modifying well-known games, such as Cards Against Humanity and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, and incorporating online quizzes into class participation, students were able to get hands-on practice with legal research techniques taught in class and engage with the material in a fun, new way. Teachers were able to modify instructional content based on in-class assessment.
Tanya Johnson & Adam D. Mackie, University of Connecticut School of Law, Thomas J. Meskill Law Library
Enhancement of the Research Assignment Calculator
This Research Assignment Calculator is a library service application that breaks up your big research project into manageable chunks, with a suggested timeline and resources to help you at every stage of your research. To enhance this tool in terms of statistics and assessments, this poster will introduce the usage of innovative technologies, such as Google Charts, visualized data, etc.
Linda Wen, American University, Washington College of Law
Forgo the Status Quo: Creating New Final Projects for Topic-Specific Advanced Legal Research Courses
While creating my Health Law Research course, I wanted to do something different than the traditional pathfinder for the final project. After much discussion and consultation, we created a great final project that the students loved and that produced solid research results. Then, while converting the course to a National Security Law Research course three years later, I sadly discovered the final project would not convert well and was forced to think of a new, more appropriate final topic. Again, through consultation and discussion, we created a second non-traditional final project that I introduced during the Spring 2017 semester. This poster will explore the creation and implementation of both projects, along with some lessons learned in the process.
Christina Glon, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library
Implementing a First-Year Research Assessment
University of Baltimore Law librarians do not have a formal role in teaching legal research, but are frequent guest lecturers and recognized research experts. As such, we volunteered to administer UB's first summative assessment in accordance with the recent implementation of ABA Standard 314. This poster shows the steps taken to design, execute, and grade this legal research assessment, as well as how we reported the results to stakeholders.
The assessment had an objective true/false and multiple-choice section, and a subjective essay question. The librarians selected objective questions considering the core legal research competencies identified by RIPS-SIS following the MacCrate Report. The objective questions were loaded into TWEN as a "quiz," and the subjective question was uploaded as an "assignment." We used TWEN to automate grading the objective section. Using a rubric, two librarians graded each subjective essay.
Finally, the library compiled a 55-page report detailing the qualitative and quantitative results. The data showed that classes with regular lectures from librarians did better on the assessment. Consequently, the librarians will teach at least four standardized 75-minute classes to each 1L section in the fall.
Savanna Nolan, University of Baltimore Law Library
Legal Technology in Law Schools
Several years ago, the ABA E-Learning Task Force provided a survey to ABA accredited law schools. Only 32 law school deans participated in the survey. Using technology themes from the original ABA law school technology instruction survey, I created my own survey. This informal survey was shared with law school library directors via a directors listserv in March of 2017. This poster contains results from the informal 2017 Law Technology Survey. Topics explored in the survey include: for-credit legal technology instruction, informal legal technology instruction, who is providing the instruction, what legal technology topics are being taught, and what legal technology topics are being discussed in traditional doctrinal courses.
Kathleen Brown, Charleston School of Law
Lightning Lessons: Research Instruction in a Flash
Eight-second attention spans? Even if the latest studies are off by a second or two, it has become increasingly clear we have a very narrow window in which to capture the attention of the inundated law student. This poster session offers a solution, revealing how to communicate important research skills to students in a flash.
After noticing a decline in attendance at longer research sessions, the Harvard Law Library and the Chapman Law Library each implemented pilot programs experimenting with micro-lessons. Independently, we started a series of weekly research instruction sessions, each session lasting about five to ten minutes. At Harvard, students performed quick research tasks on their own handheld mobile devices while a library instructor watched, providing direction and assistance. At Chapman, students watched a short demo based on a real-life example and followed up with rapid-fire questions. Topics covered so far include: Catalog Searching, HeinOnline, Advanced Google Searching, Alerts, Federal Regulation, Bluebook Skills, Docket Retrieval, Agency Websites, and Interdisciplinary Research.
Through trial and error, we honed in on what worked and what didn't, adapting, and in some cases, increasing our interactions with students by as much as 20 times. Using the tale of our own trials and triumphs, this poster session will walk viewers through the process of planning, organizing, running, and assessing their very own "Lightning Lessons."
AJ Blechner, Harvard Law School Library; Heather Joy, Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
Mental Health in the Law: Issues and Recommendations for Law Schools and Practicing Lawyers
Mental illness plagues around 20 percent of our population at any given time, yet it still is highly misunderstood and stigmatized in our society. One of the most prevalent places mental health issues are found is within the legal system. The misinformation, lack of education, and stigma radiating from individuals working in the legal system toward clients with mental illness contributes to a lack of understanding of many people seeking help from the law and from their services. Characterized by diversity and conflict, the legal system is a crucial place for mental health to be understood. This poster aims to present common diagnoses seen in the legal system, along with their likely symptom presentation in different clients. This will be viewed alongside possible conflicts and problems they can cause in different aspects of the law. The purpose of bringing awareness to the problems mental health causes in multiple facets of the law is to help educate lawyers working with these clients and on these cases. Recommendations will be discussed that are set out to help educate law schools, lawyers, and individuals working with others with mental illnesses.
Whitney Cowell, Golden Gate University School of Law
Research Assessment in Doctrinal Classes
When research instruction is taught in a standalone class with no connection to the substantive law being researched, students later have difficulty applying their research skills to real-world problems or a doctrinal lesson. Incorporating research instruction into doctrinal classes helps students develop legal information literacy, connecting their understanding of legal research process with the substantive law they are learning. University of North Texas - Dallas College of Law adopted a graduation requirement that requires students to complete eight research lessons called "research segments" during their upper-class studies. Learn how the law librarians partnered with doctrinal faculty to administer assessments of students' research capabilities.
Edward T. Hart, Stewart Caton, & Bailey S. Eagin, University of North Texas–Dallas
You Can't Write Without Research: Developing a Scholarly Research Writing Program at Your Law School
The vast majority of law students meet the ABA's upper-level writing requirement by writing a scholarly research paper in the form of a law review comment, a seminar paper, or an independent study paper. Currently, most students receive little supervision and feedback over the course of the scholarly research and writing process. This is problematic because most of the training students receive in their first year is aimed at practice-focused research and writing methods. Law librarians are well-suited to help fill this educational gap. This poster will present one law library’s method to formalize a scholarly research and writing program, as well as present tips and strategies to keep in mind when developing a similar program.
Alyson Drake & Jamie J. Baker, Texas Tech University School of Law Library