The Rise of Experiential Legal Research Instruction

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion on a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on experiential legal research instruction has been written by Amy Emerson,  Director Cornell Legal Research Clinic

Introduction

Traditionally, the methods by which librarians taught research skills were focused on conventional lectures and demonstrations, some of which took place in the classroom, but many of which took place at the reference desk and in the stacks. As databases began to overtake print materials as the primary medium for legal materials, librarians quickly recognized that teaching legal research solely through lecture and demonstration was inadequate for optimum student learning.

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Law School Institutional Repositories: A Survey

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion on a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on institutional repositories has been written by Kincaid C. Brown, Assistant Director & Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Introduction

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of law libraries managing institutional repositories for their law schools. In 2011, there were some 30 law schools with such repositories; now, 80 of the top 100 law schools have their own or participate in a university-wide repository wherein the law school has an identifiable, school-specific collection or community. This article discusses a survey of the of the top 101 law schools,

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Building a Virtual Law Library on a Shoestring

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on collection resource strategies in the face of severe budgetary constraints has been written by Adeen Postar, Director of the Law Library, University of Baltimore School of Law.

Introduction

The University of Baltimore School of Law moved into a beautiful light-filled, platinum LEED certified, 12-floor ultramodern building in spring 2013. The Library is on floors 7 to 12, and is more than 34,000 square feet. That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that we have 9,946 linear square feet of shelving, with all but 1,826 linear feet occupied.

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Reorganization in the Midst of Change

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on reorganization in the midst of major change has been written by Billie Jo Kauffman, Associate Dean for Library & Information Resources, American University Washington College of Law.

Introduction

The last 18 months have been a whirlwind of good change—necessary, real change.

The Pence Law Library is about to move to its new WCL Campus. The new 8-1/2 acre campus is about a block from the Red Line on the DC Metro.

The campus contains two amazing buildings that are on the DC Historic Register as well as two brand-new buildings,

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Lessons Learned from Incorporating Technical Services Activities into Access Services in Tough Times

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on one library’s experience in how to keep operating with substantially reduced staffing levels has been written by Brian C. Barnes, Interim Law Library Director and Associate Professor, Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law.

Introduction

The origins of this article were born of necessity, and as the adage goes “necessity is the mother of invention.” In July of 2013 the law library at Loyola University New Orleans consisted of four nonprofessional technical services staff members who were supervised by two librarians.

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Hein Cited Issue #17: Hein as the Resources you need on Copyright Law!

Company News, Copyright, Hein Cites, Law Libraries, Librarianship Kaylyn Zurawski

Legislative History of the 1909 Copyright Act

 

The best resource for the history of copyright law

This collection contains all of the significant materials leading to the Copyright Act of 1909. Many of these documents were never distributed on a wide basis, and some were never officially published. Hence, this set’s value to the legal research community.

Under the 1909 Act, federal statutory copyright protection attached to the original works only when the titles were published and had a notice of copyright affixed. Therefore state copyright law governed protection for unpublished works, but published titles, whether they had a notice of copyright or not, were governed only by federal law.

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Maintaining Law Library Value in the Information Age: Staffing Implications

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate freewheeling discussion of a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians. This article on preparing staff for changes in job duties has been written by Michelle Wu, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Libraries have always had to adapt to new technologies, but in recent years, change has come more rapidly and frequently than in earlier generations. The law library must quickly incorporate new technologies into its operations if it is to remain a valuable asset to the parent organization. Unsurprisingly, this creates stress both on users (who may expect services, technologies, or resources that are not available at a given library) and staff (who may want to provide those services,

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Welcome to Trends Interactive

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The goal of Trends Interactive is to generate a freewheeling dialogue on a variety of subjects of interest to law librarians.

Law libraries are rapidly changing in order to continue to provide valuable services to the larger organization. This includes not only  programmatic changes but also changes in basic organizational structure, resulting in new job duties for some current staff.  In the inaugural Trends Interactive article, Michelle Wu discusses how to manage the incorporating of new job responsibilities into currently existing positions.

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Now Available: Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Cases and Insights

Law Libraries, Librarianship, New Book Kaylyn Zurawski

A must-read for any potential law library director!

Over the past 5 years, directors of law libraries have been retiring at a rapid rate and this pace is only increasing. As a result, many new law library directors may have relatively little exposure to a director’s responsibilities before assuming the role. Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Cases and Insights is a valuable guide and learning tool for any prospective or new law library director looking to learn the ins and outs of the position. More than 30 accomplished and successful law library academic law library directors share their expertise and wisdom that will help a new director easily transition into their new position.

This guide will help the reader:
  • Get insider information and advice from more than 30 law library directors who have firsthand experience in the field.

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