Kara Dunn

  • CALL Position: Bulletin Committee member, 2014-2015
  • Wright Fellow at D`Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago

MLIS, University of Illinois, expected 2015
JD, University of Washington, 2009

Library Research Guides: Best Practices

Many librarians have a set of research guides that they are responsible for keeping up to date, but finding time to devote to this important task can be extremely difficult. As libraries migrate to LibGuides 2.0, many are using this opportunity to study their users’ preferences, implement new policies, and completely refresh their research guide collection. If your library is going through this process, or you are simply planning on using the (relatively) calm summer months to update your research guides, here are ten best practice tips to keep in mind.

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Artwork Celebrating CALL’s 50th Anniversary

Artwork from Holland & Knight, LLP

CALL 50th Anniversary Banner

This banner celebrating CALL’s 50th Anniversary (1947 – 1997) is on display in the library at Holland & Knight LLP. Elizabeth Robertson, a former Human Resources Manager at Holland & Knight, bid on and won this piece at the City of Chicago banner auction. The city banner auction features banners that were once displayed on streets around the city.

Thank you, Carolyn Hosticka, Library Manager at Holland & Knight, for sharing this artwork with us!

Chagall’s Four Seasons

Artwork from Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, LLP

Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons
Four Seasons, by Marc Chagall (Chicago, 1974)

As we near the end of our slog through winter, Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons (Chicago, 1974) helps remind us that spring is just around the corner. This lithograph poster, which was signed by Chagall, can be found in the Carl E. Moore, Jr. library of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, LLP.

Signature from Marc Chagall’s Four Seasons
Signed Chagall

The poster was originally commissioned for the dedication of the mosaic mural at First National Plaza (now Chase Tower). At that time, the firm was located in 2 First National Plaza, overlooking the Chagall mural. A limited number of prints were offered for sale, and a group of partners purchased the piece to display at the firm.

Thank you, Todd Hillmer, Library Manager at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, for sharing this piece with us!

Art History — Office Art with Interesting Backstories

Artwork from Sidley Austin, LLP

Some of us never get around to decorating our offices. For others, “decorating” means hanging up that free motivational calendar you received in the mail, or taping a family photo to the wall by your computer screen. This is not the case for David Rogers, Reference Librarian at Sidley Austin, LLP.

If you ever have a chance to visit David’s office, you will have an opportunity to admire pieces of art that are not only beautiful, but have interesting histories as well—from a valuable lithograph rescued from the trash, to a watercolor won in a grade school raffle, to a family heirloom with ties to Chicago.

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CALL Member Heidi Kuehl Appointed NIU Law Library Director

CALL member Heidi Frostestad Kuehl recently joined the Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law as an associate professor and the director of the law library. Prior to joining NIU, Heidi was the associate director for research and reference services and the foreign, comparative, and international law librarian at Northwestern University’s law library. 

Heidi has also worked as a law librarian for Marquette University and taught international legal research at the John Marshall Law School. Heidi received her M.A. in Library Science from the University of Iowa, and her J.D. from Valparaiso University. CALL Bulletin Committee member Kara Dunn recently caught up with Heidi to find out how she is settling into her new role.
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Meet New CALL Member Clanitra Stewart

By Kara Dunn, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Clanitra Stewart recently joined the library faculty at the Northern Illinois University College of Law as a Reference and Instructional Services Librarian and Assistant Professor. Clanitra has previously worked for the South Carolina Appleseed Justice Center, where she provided policy advocacy on behalf of low-income communities, and the Georgia Legal Services Program, where she represented indigent clients in a variety of civil cases.

She received an MLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in 2013, and a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2000. CALL Bulletin Committee member Kara Dunn recently chatted with Clanitra, so we could all get to know her a little better. Continue reading Meet New CALL Member Clanitra Stewart