RIPS Programs 2001

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Teaching Roles & Realities: Choosing the Legal Research Text That's Right For You 
Coodinator, Moderator & Speaker, Kelly Browne

What kinds of legal textbooks exist? Do they address electronic research and technology adequately? Do they discuss the integration of manual and electronic research? How about choosing the "right" one for your class? Join us for a talk show in which the authors of two prominent legal research texts and a "disgruntled law librarian," who has written his own, discuss what to look for when choosing a text, the pros and cons of each available text, and additional supplemental material that you might use.

New Roles for Law Librarians in Applying the ADA: Services for Disabled Patrons and Staff 
Coordinator, Moderator & Speaker, Darcy Kirk

Since its passage in 1990, the ADA has drawn acclaim and criticism. The disabilities community believes it has not gone far enough to protect its constituents, while employers and those who serve the public feel constrained by its limitations. Now, more than 10 years later, where are we with the ADA? Is it fulfilling its promise to the disabilities community? Are there enough safeguards for employers or service providers? Speakers will introduce the audience to some of the issues that law librarians face when serving patrons with disabilities, and will discuss services for students and other patrons with disabilities and how employers can remain within the law. Technology resources that are available for disabled students and employees will be highlighted.

Facing Reality: The Death of the Reference Desk? 
Coordinator, Kelly Browne.

Is that venerable institution - the reference desk - still needed or wanted? Staffing the desk has become increasingly difficult as reference librarians take on other responsibilities. Is time effectively used when staffing the desk or is it better spent on other tasks? Has the nature of reference service changed? Without a reference desk, where will patrons go with their questions? What are the options for providing reference assistance without a reference desk? Three law librarians with diverse patron bases will address these issues: an academic law librarian who has experimented with closing her reference desk for a year; a firm librarian who has always provided quality service without a reference desk; and a state librarian who believes a reference desk is necessary in a public library. Roundtable discussion to follow.

Legal Research for the Xers and Nexters: Redesigning a Program
Coordinator, Maureen A Eggert

Today's law students are primarily Generation Xers, and the Nexters, or Y Generation, will soon follow. These students have different expectations from the students of 10 or 15 years ago. Xers question authority and crave freedom to do things their own way. Nexters tend to be more motivated workers but want more structure than Xers. Both groups have grown up with technology and expect computers to be integrated throughout their educational experience. This program will present two speakers whose legal research programs were modified in order to meet the learning styles of these new generations. The speakers will explain how they incorporated CALR into the entire research program and will provide practical advice, including what to do and what not to do, and will share the effective changes.

Two to Tango: The Following Part of Leading in Library Partnerships
Coordinator & Moderator, Pamela Rogers Melton

Leadership has been the focus of much study and debate, but the success of any organization or enterprise depends in large part on the endeavors of the followers. Librarians are often asked to form partnerships with other professionals in other departments within our organizations, both as leaders and as followers, at different times and in different situations. Sometimes the roles are clear, but sometimes they are not. How do you know when to lead and when to follow? What are the qualities of dynamic and proactive followers? The first speaker will discuss the lead/follow dynamic in management. The second and third speakers will discuss the lead/follow roles of a library director in academic and law firm settings. The final panelists, ballroom dance professionals, will illustrate the qualities discussed by the prior panelists by demonstrating correct and incorrect leading and following on the dance floor. They will also take the audience through some simple lead-follow exercises.