Free and Low Cost Tech Tools for Law Librarians

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

Emily Lawson Reference Librarian, University of Houston Law Center O'Quinn Law Library
Dan Donahue International and Foreign Law Librarian, University of Houston Law Center O'Quinn Law Library

Dan Donahue talks legal tech at SWALL/HALL 2018.

Dan Donahue talks legal tech at SWALL/HALL 2018.

This program will feature a variety of free and low cost technology tools that can be used by all types of law librarians to assist with tasks such as teaching, marketing, time management, information organization, and research.

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.

American Civil Liberties Union Papers 1912-1990

Friday
April 6
2:30 pm to 3:15 pm

Vince Vessalo, Senior Account Representative-Gale; Rob Sieracki Academic Library Representative-Gale

American Civil Liberties Union Papers (ACLU)-1912 to 1990 was recently released by Gale and consists of two collections: -Part 1 Roger Baldwin years (1912-1950) and years of expansion (1950-1990). -Part 2 Southern Regional Office Records includes all new scanning held at the Mudd Library, Princeton University. Join Vince Vessalo and Rob Sieracki from Gale, as they offer a review and exploration concerning these two new academic collections as an added on archival installment of the Making of Modern Law.

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

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

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.

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