LLOPS Monthly Meeting

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By , October 28, 2014 10:30 am

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12pm

Where: Foster Pepper, 1111 3rd Avenue, Conference Room 30 South, Seattle, Washington (PLEASE GO TO RECEPTION DESK ON FLOOR 34. OUR RECEPTIONIST WILL BUZZ YOU DOWN TO FLOOR 30!)

What: LLOPS is launching a new online membership management service using a product called Wild Apricot. Please join us for a live demonstration of the new system and learn how you can use Wild Apricot to renew your membership online, search the member directory, manage your profile and more!

Can’t attend in person? Join the meeting virtually – see details in the email sent to the LLOPS listserv earlier!

SANDALL 2015 Winter Institute

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By , October 27, 2014 10:02 am

Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA & Beyond
University of San Diego
Friday, January 9, 2015 8am-5pm

Join San Diego Area Law Libraries for a one-day conference on digital authentication. Several states, including California, have enacted the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act. Learn about best practices, authentication technologies, and advocacy efforts from state officials, government experts, and law librarians.

Institute Details

LLOPS Happy Hour

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By , October 16, 2014 2:37 pm

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 4:30pm

Where: Yard House, 1501 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

What: Happy hour with the LLOPS Social Committee and your LLOPS drinking buddies.  You buy your drinks – LLOPS buys the snacks.

Law Librarian Conversations with the Masters

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By , October 15, 2014 2:27 pm

This Friday, October 17, at 2PM, Central Time, the podcast “Law Librarian Conversations,” will host a conversation about law librarianship education and as a career. Brought to you by the Schmid Law Library at the University of Nebraska College of Law, you can listen in to the podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.

Our special guests this month will be Penny Hazelton, Library Director and Professor at the University of Washington School of Law and Mike Chiorazzi, Associate Dean for Information Resources and Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law.

The show will be co-hosted by Roger Skalbeck, Associate Librarian for Electronic Resources, Georgetown University Law Library, Marcia Dority Baker, Access Services Librarian at the Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law and me. We’ll be joined on the panel by Elizabeth Farrell, Associate Director at Florida State University College of Law.

Please join the conversation by listening in live, or subscribing to the podcast from iTunes or your favorite podcast service. Don’t forget to join the chat room during the show, if you listen live. Follow this link to listen in, join the chat room or call in at (347) 945-7183.

KCBA Seminar: The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet!

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By , October 3, 2014 1:28 pm

By, Anna Endter

I wanted to call your attention to an upcoming King County Bar Association CLE: The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet.  It will be held on November 14th, 2014 at the Convention Center downtown and is approved for CLE credit, as well.  Attendees also get a free copy of the newest edition of The Cybersleuth’s Guide.

I’ve written about how helpful I think the Cybersleuth’s Guide is and I’m excited to attend the seminar and learn more tips and tricks.  I’d love to see some other LLOPSters there!  You might also want to let your attorneys know about it.  Registration is online via the KCBA.  I hear that previous programs have sold out so don’t delay!

October is Information Literacy Awareness Month in Washington State

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By , October 2, 2014 9:31 am

by Michelle Bagley

Dean of Clark Libraries and Academic Success Services

Clark College

Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month in Washington State! Thank you for your partnership on this important initiative. As stated by the National Forum for Information Literacy (NFIL): “As a member of the 21st century workforce skills movement, the practice of information literacy nurtures the development of a critical skill set needed so that any learner and/or worker can thrive and compete effectively in today’s global digital economy.  As we move further into the 21st century, we are convinced that information literacy will become the standard-bearer for academic achievement, workforce productivity, competitive advantage, and national security.”

Post a link to your social networking sites using this link- http://librariesthriving.org/partnerships/2014-information-literacy-campaign  or use the digital badge to show your support.

National Information Literacy Month

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Washington joins the more than twenty three states and one U.S. territory who have issued IL Proclamations!   http://infolit.org/nfil-proclamation-campaign-project/ . Learn more about the 2014 Information Literacy Campaign here – http://www.librariesthriving.org/partnerships/2014-information-literacy-campaign.

Law Library Fellowship at the University of Arizona

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By , October 2, 2014 9:24 am

Are you a law school graduate interested in obtaining a library degree? The University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) and the Cracchiolo Law Library of the James E. Rogers College of Law offer a two-year fellowship in law librarianship for lawyers seeking to become law librarians. The successful applicant will work 20 hours per week in the Law Library while pursuing an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science. The salary is $12,000 per fiscal (twelve-month) year (based on an annual salary of $24,000 prorated at .50 FTE/20 hours per week). Benefits and tuition reduction are included. (In the current fiscal year the fellowship recipient would pay minimum tuition and surcharges up to about $200 per semester and have the remaining tuition and other fees waived).

For further information and application details see:

UELMA Enacted in Pennsylvania

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By , September 27, 2014 12:42 pm

by Grace Feldman

You probably have heard that UELMA was enacted in Pennsylvania this week!  Comprehensive information about UELMA can be found on the AALL Government Relations website and some quick FAQs are addressed as well.  From the AALL UELMA FAQ page:

  • UELMA (the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act) is a uniform law that addresses many of the concerns posed by the publication of state primary legal material online.
  • UELMA provides technology-neutral, outcomes-based approach to ensuring that online state legal material deemed official will be preserved and will be permanently available to the public in an unaltered form.
  • UELMA requires that if legal material is published only in electronic form, it must be designated official.  Electronic legal material that has been designated official must be :
    • Capable of being authenticated;
    • Preserved; and
    • Permanently accessible to the public.

As of September 25, 2014, 12 states (including Oregon and California) have enacted UELMA.  See more details here.  AALL has also provided advocacy materials in favor of UELMA on their website.  To read more about the significance of adopting UELMA, read Judy Janes’ Why States Should Adopt UELMA.


Tips for More Effective Presentations from Steve Hughes

By , September 5, 2014 8:00 am

by Laurel Evans

Last year I attended Steve Hughes’ “Own the Room: Presentations That Captivate and Win Over Any Audience.” Apparently it was such a hit that they had him back for AALL 2014 in Texas. Hughes’ talk came up in our most recent LLOPS meeting, where members shared their favorite takeaways from this year’s conference. I thought I’d share my notes from last year with you all. I still use what I learned from this session in presentations today!

Steve Hughes’ advice was directly applicable to the teaching and training I do regularly. He shared techniques for more successfully soliciting questions from the audience. Hughes recommended making handouts interactive by leaving blanks that participants need to fill in. Keeping programs interactive makes them more effective by capturing audience members’ fleeting attention. Hughes mentioned the startling fact that the average attention span is 3-8 minutes, so at these intervals you need to do something different to keep the audience engaged: change a slide, pause for questions, move around the room for no reason, ask them to fill in the blank on a handout, etc. And so, moving on…

Some other useful tips from Hughes for more effective and interactive presentations:

  • Pre-load the point. (Interestingly, another session I attended on writing recommended this same tactic, calling it by the military acronym “BLUF” for “bottom line up front.”) Frame the point you’ll be making from the perspective of the audience and put it FIRST. I’ve started using this in emails where I have to ask a question or make a point. Before I send an email, I often end up moving my question to the beginning.  It seems like I get a better response rate with this method.
  • When you use PowerPoint slides in a presentation, obey the 4×4 rule: no more than four bullet points per slide and no more than four words per bullet. The audience should be listening to you, not reading your slides.
  • Ask the audience to do things. (For example, ask someone to share their search string or ask everyone to be thinking of their most important takeaway from the class for later on.)
  • Use phrases like “Make a note of X.” (This helps reiterate the point you’re making and also suggests action. Suggesting that your audience do something may prompt action and thus reboot their attention span.)
  •  Ask questions often and throughout your presentation. Get comfortable with silence so that people have enough time to respond. Ask questions like:
    • What is your experience with X?
    • What have you found when you do X?
  • Suggest specific areas where they may have questions or comments. (“Are there any questions about selecting search terms?”)
  • If you ask whether there are any questions and no one has any, be ready to supply your own example questions. Hughes suggested couching your questions in terms like “What people often want to know is…” to make the audience feel more comfortable with the idea of asking questions.

9 Reasons to Submit an AALL Program Proposal for Philly

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By , September 4, 2014 7:00 am

posted on behalf of Carol Watson, 2014-15 AMPC Chair

9 Reasons to Submit an AALL Program Proposal for Philly (It’s ok to ask, “What’s in it for me?”)

  1. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience.
  2. It’s a resume builder.
  3. Create positive change.
  4. Share your knowledge.  Use your skills to benefit others.
  5. Be a part of AALL.
  6. Make new friends and professional contacts.
  7. It’s a scientific fact that volunteering has many health benefits.
  8. AALL members are in need.
  9. You can be a hero!  Now is your chance to make an impact.

The Call for Proposals for AALL’s 2015 Annual Meeting is now open.  AMPC would like to extend a special invitation for chapter members to collaborate on program submissions.

  • Has your chapter held a well-received program that could be repeated for a larger audience?
  • Do you have special expertise within your chapter, particularly in the top 30 must-have programming topics?
  • Is your chapter sponsoring a VIP who would be a good speaker or panelist on a program?

If you have any questions about the program proposal process or if you would like feedback about your program proposal before submitting it, contact AMPC Chapter Liaison, Carol A. Watson.

The deadline for submission is October 6.

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