Step Inside the Collaborative Zone

Saturday
April 7
11:15 am to 12:00 pm


Michelle Rigual, Library Director, University of New Mexico Law Library

Click to download program materials for Enter the Collaborative Zone

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To match the diversity of its patrons, the University of New Mexico Law Library has embraced diversity in its spaces. As a follow up to Friday’s session on the 21st Century Law Library, we’ll take a virtual guided tour through UNM’s recently-created Collaborative Zone and discuss how facilities changes reflect trends in legal education and libraries as well as local idiosyncrasies.

Developing Cultural Intelligence: Working Effectively Across Cultures (Deep Dive, part 2)

Saturday
April 7
11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran Lecturer, University of North Texas / CEO, CulturalCo

It is not enough to simply be ‘aware’ anymore. We must go beyond our own self-awareness and awareness of others to understand the impacts of how we work and interact effectively in culturally diverse situations, whether domestic or global. As the information profession operates in an ever changing, global environment, we need to be prepared to handle any diverse situation. As our workforces become more diverse, we face an even greater challenge and problem: that is how to successfully manage increasingly diverse interactions. To address this concern, organizations are applying the framework of cultural intelligence. Cultural intelligence is a person’s capability for successful adaptation to new cultural settings, that is, for unfamiliar settings attributable to cultural context. Cultural intelligence is not specific to a particular culture – rather it focuses on the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations. This session will discuss an overview of cultural intelligence (CQ) and its application within the information profession; specifically look at its application to change. Cultural intelligence allows information professionals to reinvent themselves by understanding their CQ, and applying differing techniques within the workplace when involved with culturally diverse situations and confronted with change. In order to understand how to increase an individual’s CQ, one must begin by understanding the four factors or sub-dimensions of CQ. Each of these factors relates specifically to cultural challenges: drive, knowledge, strategy and action. This session is designed for any individual that interacts with diverse cultures (ethnic, national, generational, and organizational cultures) and the concept can be applied to any organizational segment (academia, corporate, public etc).

Developing Cultural Intelligence: Working Effectively Across Cultures (Deep Dive, part 1)

Saturday
April 7
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, Lecturer, University of North Texas / CEO, CulturalCo

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran  discusses cultural intelligence at the SWALL/HALL 2018 Join Conference.

Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran discusses cultural intelligence at the SWALL/HALL 2018 Join Conference.

It is not enough to simply be ‘aware’ anymore. We must go beyond our own self-awareness and awareness of others to understand the impacts of how we work and interact effectively in culturally diverse situations, whether domestic or global. As the information profession operates in an ever changing, global environment, we need to be prepared to handle any diverse situation. As our workforces become more diverse, we face an even greater challenge and problem: that is how to successfully manage increasingly diverse interactions. To address this concern, organizations are applying the framework of cultural intelligence. Cultural intelligence is a person’s capability for successful adaptation to new cultural settings, that is, for unfamiliar settings attributable to cultural context. Cultural intelligence is not specific to a particular culture – rather it focuses on the capability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations. This session will discuss an overview of cultural intelligence (CQ) and its application within the information profession; specifically look at its application to change. Cultural intelligence allows information professionals to reinvent themselves by understanding their CQ, and applying differing techniques within the workplace when involved with culturally diverse situations and confronted with change. In order to understand how to increase an individual’s CQ, one must begin by understanding the four factors or sub-dimensions of CQ. Each of these factors relates specifically to cultural challenges: drive, knowledge, strategy and action. This session is designed for any individual that interacts with diverse cultures (ethnic, national, generational, and organizational cultures) and the concept can be applied to any organizational segment (academia, corporate, public etc).

Putting the “Person” back into “Personnel”: Emotional Intelligence in Law Libraries

Saturday
April 7
9:00 am to 9:45 am

Sherri Thomas, Assistant Director, University of New Mexico Law Library

Law libraries are institutions with the essential mission of serving diverse and demanding patron bases. In these times of budgetary crunches, libraries are carrying their same levels of service, but with fewer personnel. Many times delegation of responsibilities does not depend on assessing what individual in the institution will excel at a task, but more often on who has less on their plate overflowing plates. Without considering the person that is taking the task and only focusing on task completion poor attitudes take root, which immediately create discord between supervisors and supervisees, and will eventually adversely affect library services. This article takes a look at how law library administrators can use emotional intelligence techniques to avoid managerial pitfalls and stay sane.

Address from AALL President Greg Lambert

Saturday
April 7
8:30 am to 9:00 am

Greg Lambert, AALL President, Chief Knowledge Services Officer, Jackson Walker LLP, Houston

SWALL and HALL are honored to welcome the president of American Association of Law Librarians to provide an update on the state of our national association.

Posted in All Educational Programs, All Events, April 7 - Saturday
Tagged Track 1, Track 2, Academic, Law Firm, Public Service, Government, Management, Meetings
 

Video Outreach for Law Librarians (Deep Dive, part 1)

Friday
April 6
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Jennifer Laws, Scholarly Communications & E-Resources Librarian & Lecturer III, University of New Mexico Law Library

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Many law libraries are looking for ways to diversify and extend their services without hiring lots more people or opening branches. Video content is a powerful tool to increase the impact of existing services, expand the role of librarians and the library within a parent organization, and address specific information and training needs. This program will explore ways that video content is being used in all types of law libraries. It will also examine the pros and cons of using video content and tools. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways that video content could address a specific need or goal in their own libraries.

Sample Video:

Robot Lawyer: Artificial Intelligence in the Practice of Law

Friday
April 6
1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Saskia Mehlhorn, Director of KM and Libraries, Norton Rose Fulbright

Technology-fueled disruption has made its way into industries like healthcare, transportation, journalism and many more. At the center of this disruption is artificial intelligence ("AI"), which refers to a computer's ability to mimic "cognitive" functions such as "learning" and "problem solving" that are commonly associated with the human mind.

Those familiar with the practice of law expect that AI will disrupt the legal profession in the not-so-distant-future and that in fact it is already being utilized for tasks like contract review, e-discovery and practice management.

The session will provide a basic overview of AI in the legal profession, give specific examples of tools that incorporate AI technology and discuss opportunities for lawyers and other legal professionals.

Posted in All Educational Programs, All Events, April 6 - Friday
Tagged Academic, Government, Law Firm, Management, Public Service, Tech Services, Track 2

Preparing Students for Summer Externships and Employment

Friday
April 6
11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Alexandra Siek, Public Services Coordinator, University of New Mexico Law Library

Many law schools find a need to prepare their students - particularly the rising second years - for summer externships and employment, most often because first year curriculums are insufficient in preparing them for their summer legal research needs. This presenter will discuss her experiences at the University of New Mexico School of Law in supporting the research needs of students seeking summer externships and employment, and how that support has developed and continues to adapt. Attendees will also have opportunities to learn from their colleagues what they’ve tried at their own institutions and what has – and hasn’t - worked.

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Cases or Spaces: What's the 21st Century Law Library Look Like?

Friday
April 6
10:30 am to 11:15 am

Stacy Fowler, Associate Professor/Technical Services Librarian, St. Mary's University School of Law Library (moderator)
Victoria Trotta Director/Associate Dean, ASU Law Library
Edward Hart, Assistant Dean and Director of the Law Library, UNT Dallas
Mike Martinez, Jr. Deputy Director of Administration, St. Mary's University School of Law Library

Just what is the modern academic law library of 2020 supposed to look like? Print vs. electronic materials? Fewer private study areas vs. commons for group study? Sleep pods? Law library administrators will each highlight their 3-year vision for their particular school, focusing on what their current design and collection development model is and how that is expected to change. Both public and private schools will be represented, as will various school sizes.

Plenary Session - Blockchain: A Legal Perspective

Friday
April 6
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Speaker: Luke Gilman, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Speaker: Luke Gilman, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

Luke Gilman, Partner, Jackson Walker LLP

The program will present an overview of blockchain technology and bitcoin applications. The discussion topics will include illicit transactions, tax issues, initial coin offerings, issues that arise in different legal practice areas, and recent legislation.

Disaster Recovery: Law Library Responses in Times of Crisis (Deep Dive, Part 2)

Thursday
April 5
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Amanda Watson Director of the O’Quinn Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center
Joe Lawson Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library
Panelists from academic, law firm, and government law libraries discuss the impact disasters, like hurricanes, have on our institutions and the opportunities to help with recovery efforts, not only in the law library, but in our parent organizations and communities as well.

Click to download Amanda Watson's program materials.

Click to download Amanda Watson's program materials.

Click to download Joe Lawson's program materials.

Click to download Joe Lawson's program materials.

Harvey, Irma, Maria…Oh Man, What Now? (Deep Dive, Part 1)

Thursday
April 5
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Catherine Greene Burnett Associate Dean, Professor of Law - South Texas
Heather Kushnerick Special Collections and Archivist - South Texas
Introductions by Monica Ortale, Associate Director for Public Services
Planning for disaster, or reacting to one, from the Special Collections, the Library/Institution perspective and from a personal one. What do you take when you're told to evacuate? How do you deal with FEMA?

Posted in All Educational Programs, All Events, April 5 - Thursday
Tagged Academic, Government, Law Firm, Management, Public Service, Tech Services, Track 2, Deep Dive