CALL’s own Debbie Ginsberg was one of the speakers, focusing on the role of law librarians in legal tech: Continue reading Women of Legal Tech: The Law Librarians
Several of the sessions I attended at the ABA TechShow worked to define what technological competency is in the legal field (including law schools) or how it’s approached in law firms, including “Tech Competencies: Past, Present & Future” to “Can Technology Competency Help You Get a Job?”
Other sessions in the Academic Track, “Law School Tech Training on a Shoestring” (presented by Joe Mitzenmacher and Debbie Ginsberg) and the “Technology in Law Schools: A Single Course or Curriculum Integration?” looked at the work librarians are doing to create “legaltech” training programs for law students within the law school curriculum.
Most of all, I was encouraged to see this topic brought enthusiastic speakers and audiences from a range of backgrounds, not just law school librarians but everyone from firm hiring managers to new law students. The presentations were excellent, but so was the ongoing context provided during the Q&A, so I’ve included my live tweets here that to illustrate this broader conversation at the TechShow.
When I give professional presentations, I choose either a subject I know a lot about and talk about what I’ve learned, or I’ll pick a topic I know almost nothing about so I can research something new. When planning my presentation for CALICon 2017, I decided to go with option two. Continue reading Who Needs Blockchain Anyway?
Modeled on the 60 tips in 60 minutes presentations we’ve attended at the end of the annual ABA TechShow each year, Debbie Ginsberg and I created a round-up of our favorite websites, tips, apps, browser extensions and more.
We hope you find helpful tips for your work below, whether they match your routine tasks or an new project in an area that’s new to you–from accessibility to graphic design to Microsoft Office and social media, we covered a wide range of topics.
Want to browse quickly? Here’s the full list of tips, organized by topic with links! Continue reading Sixty Tech Tips at MAALL Joint Meeting
Cool Tools Café is always one of my favorite events at AALL. I enjoy giving demos as well as learning about new tools. Here, I’ll recap the tools I presented–Perma.cc and Page Vault, web page archiving tools that law schools, firms, and other legal organizations might find useful. I’ll also share a bit about some of the other interesting tools presented. To see handouts from other tools at the cafe, check out the CS-SIS website. Continue reading Cool Tools Café at AALL 2016
The 2015-2016 Public Relations Committee was Deborah Ginsberg, Sean Rebstock, and Beth Schubert (co-chairs), Emily Barney, Britnee Cole, Ella Delaney, Debbie Ginsberg, Carolyn Hersch, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Joanne Kiley, David Pauwels, Scott Vanderlin, and Sharon L. Nelson.
As we get to the end of fall, it seemed timely to revisit associate and law student training topics discussed at this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting and see if anyone had implemented new associate training initiatives or new approaches to legal research classes this fall. The post about the Attorney Research Skills session is available here.
By Debbie Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Library
“In the Wake of the Kia Audit,” a 2015 AALL session, focused on the importance of technology skills and training programs for law students and new lawyers, and on how librarians can be a part of the process. Continue reading Keeping the Conversation Going: Session Summary from AALL 2015, In the Wake of the Kia Audit
In the webinar Surveys: When to Use Them and Why, Debbie Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, shares insights and best practices regarding creating and distributing surveys. She proposes the following steps for seeing a survey through from its creation to its distribution and review: plan, draft, test edit, distribute, analyze, and report. Also helpful is her evaluation of three popular survey tools: Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, and Google Forms.
Find this and many more archived continuing education programs on AALLNET.
It’s never too early to start planning for the next AALL conference. In case you haven’t heard (but of course you have), it’s in Chicago in 2016. We’re very excited to host the meeting in our home town! “Make it New, Create the Future” is the title: a rallying cry of Chicago leaders following the great fire of 1871 and early modernist artists (represented by the Chicago Picasso sculpture logo).
Got ideas for programs you’d like to see? A call for proposals will go out in September, which will be due sometime in October. You’ll see more information on the CALL listserv and blog.
Is there something in Chicago that visiting law librarians shouldn’t miss? Our Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by Maribel Nash and Megan Butman, are busy planning great activities for the conference and you can contact them with ideas.
There’s nothing like relaxing at the end of a long day of committee meetings and educational programs. CALL members took full advantage of the many after hours activities at AALL, from receptions to tours to parties of all kinds. Continue reading After Hours at AALL