by Stina McClintock
The last time I won something was in June of 2011. It was a $10 gift card to Black Raven brewery. Coincidentally, that was the same month that Kim Kardashian won the Glamour Entrepreneur of the Year. So it was a pleasant surprise to get in my email the word that I had been awarded a grant for the LLOPS Professional Development Conference last week, breaking my almost two year dry spell. Continue reading 'Professional Development Spring Workshop 2012'»
by Robyn Hagle
Don’t go looking up the lyrics for this song and think I’m trying to diss on anyone! It’s not about you; it’s about US and our future!
I recently accepted an assignment to serve on the AALL Futures Summit Planning Special Committee. The committee has been tasked with developing an agenda for and planning a Futures Summit to be held in Chicago in early November. The Futures Summit, which will be by invitation, will bring together newer and more seasoned members to discuss ways to engage, encourage and prepare new member law librarians for their future as the next leaders of the association and the profession. As the more seasoned generation of member law librarians prepares to retire, issues around communication, participation, and understanding of newer members will be critical to a healthy transition and the future of our association. Continue reading 'Talkin’ ‘bout my generation!'»
by Jan Lawrence
I was lucky enough to attend SLA in Philadelphia this year. It came smack in the middle of visiting family and a work trip to our So Cal office, so though I was a bit bleary-eyed, it was a worthwhile, stimulating conference. There seemed to be much franker talk about changes in our profession and adapting (or not) to those changes than I remember in past conferences.
Here is a potpourri of session tidbits:
Stephen Abram Looks to the Future: Getting out in Front of the Curve: Stephen Abram is a lively speaker, and he discussed knowledge and judgment. In making good decisions, knowledge is not always the most important thing. Good organizational judgment includes being open to different forms of knowledge; making organizational decisions using “cognitive diversity”; and drawing on people with different approaches to understanding information, with different mental toolkits. More good judgment includes living with the shadow of the future: Stephen gave the example of Norway’s and Dubai’s reactions to oil windfalls in their countries. Norway invested the money for the future; Dubai built a ski slope with artificial snow. Continue reading 'SLA and a Philly Cheesesteak on the Side'»
by Eli Edwards
I’ve been attending SLA conferences regularly (with the exception of one year) since 2002, in my hometown of Los Angeles, CA. I usually balance my schedule with both theoretical and practical discussions of the things that interest me in librarianship (online research, intellectual property, digitization, information ethics, the state of the profession), as well as the social aspects (Parties! Happy hours! Raucous “silent” auctions! Meet-ups and tweet-ups!). I learn, I network, I walk my feet off, and I come back edified and excited.
This year was slightly different. Continue reading 'Another Perspective on SLA'»
by Kama Sue Siegel
One of the first things that struck me about this year’s Annual Conference v. last year’s (in New Orleans) was the milder weather. No! I’m just kidding! It was actually the atmosphere of positivity. Everywhere I looked I saw information professionals engaging each other animatedly, asking thoughtful and pointed questions, and encouraging–and enabling–their peers to better serve their organizations and communities. There was a complete difference in attitude between 2010 and 2011. Everyone was freaking out in 2010 about the economy, but in 2011 we’ve had time to adapt and strategize.
I believe that SLA 2011 President Cindy Romaine’s “Future Ready” campaign had a lot to do with the much sunnier outlook of our colleagues. If I could have made a word cloud out of the discussions I had with my fellow info pros last year, and compared it to one created this year, I believe there would be a marked difference. People were energized as opposed to discouraged, optimistic rather than pessimistic, and putting their words into action instead of complaining. Continue reading 'SLA in Philly: One Librarian’s Perspective'»
by Kerry Fitz-Gerald
It’s that time of year again, when law students head to summer jobs and recent grads start thinking about practicing law, not just studying it. In hopes of providing a little confidence boost (plus some practical research instruction), the librarians at the UW and SU have once again teamed up to present a half-day free training program for interested students. In order to accommodate students’ schedules, the program is offered twice.
Our first session was held May 18. About 40 participants were treated to a series of presentations covering Legal Research in the Real World, Washington and Federal Legislative Research, Lawyer’s Practice Materials and Washington and Federal Regulatory Research. Evaluations were positive, with participants saying that they can certainly see how this material will be useful for their work.
For those unable to make the first offering, the program will be offered again at the University of Washington on June 15 from 12:45 until 5pm.
by Kerry Fitz-Gerald
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. The law librarians of Seattle University and the University of Washington are offering a free, half-day legal research workshop to help prepare students for summer work. Two identical sessions, one at each university, will cover topics such as Legal Research in the Real World, Washington and Federal Legislative Research, and Lawyer’s Practice Materials.
The first session will be held at Seattle University on Wednesday, May 18, from 8:30 to 12:45. The second session will be held at the University of Washington on Wednesday June 15, from 12:45 until 5:00.
For more information or to register, click here.
by Erin Hoffrance
I had the opportunity to attend the 2011 LLOPS Professional Development Workshop held at the Seattle University School of Law Annex. And I have to say, what a great location! It was also the first time in two years that I was able to enjoy the program without the stress of being a member of the Professional Development Committee. The first session, Mining SEC Documents, was led by Elizabeth Osborne, who is very knowledgeable about the world of the SEC, filings, documents, etc. Her handout listed definitions of the most common SEC documents, and she discussed the types of information you can find within each type of document. This is truly great information for those reference requests I receive to research public companies. For instance, the 8-K has unusual events, so it might be beneficial to monitor those for any types of changes that occur between 10-K and 10-Q filings. The Workshop attendees had many questions for Elizabeth, and she answered them all quickly with her wealth of knowledge and handy tips. Continue reading 'Great Ideas for March: 2011 LLOPS Workshop'»
Planning for the annual professional development workshop is well underway, and we’re very excited about the program that we’re putting together. Registration will open in mid-February; we hope that we’ll see you all March 15th at the Seattle University School of Law Annex for what promises to be an informative and interesting day of programming.
Program descriptions are not yet finalized, but below is a sneak preview of what is being planned.
Managing Electronic Resources: The rapid increase in the availability of resources in electronic formats has created many new resource management challenges for libraries. Chris Mulready, acquisitions librarian at Boeing, will address issues including cataloging, access and serial control. Continue reading 'Professional Development Workshop: March 15th'»
by Karen Helde
The programs at this year’s WestPac Annual Meeting raised a number of provocative questions. Can you use superheroes and comic books to teach law school students concepts of law and justice? Do popular films provide a forum to work out knotty social and legal issues like the definition of marriage? Does WestlawNext mean the end of the world as we know it? Continue reading 'Wine Law: A Tasting'»