Last week, July 18-22, the law librarians of the mighty Schmid attended the 2015 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting in Philadelphia. Among four of us who attended, we hold positions in several national committees and special interest sections and contributed to several special programs as listed below. In the last 15 years we have also mentored some 20 graduates who now hold excellent law school library jobs around the country at the Universities of Michigan, South Carolina and Colorado, to name a few. Everywhere I went, people were telling me that they knew our law school and our library. And of course, most had never set foot in the state!
Library Director, Richard Leiter, demonstrated the beta version of a new Hein Online database being developed by the Wm S Hein & Co, the publisher of the 7th edition of his reference book, National Survey of State Laws. The book and database will be released in September 2015.
Sandy Placzek, Associate Director and Professor of Law Library, participated in a program on e-books with a New York law firm librarian. Sandy’s remarks focused on the integration of e-books and digital content in academic law libraries. The program, “Strategic Integration of E-books and Digital Content in Law Libraries” was standing room only.
Stefanie Pearlman, Professor of Law Library and Reference Librarian finished her term as President of the Animal Law Caucus, and is the incoming Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the Social Responsibilities-Special Interest Section.
Marcia Dority Baker, Associate Professor of Law Library and Access Services Librarian, attended the AALL Hackathon: Connecting Legal Information. She was part of the winning team with a finished project; P.Law.G or the Public Law Timeline of the Popular Names Table, http://lawevents.rutgers.edu/restricted/popnames/ The goal of the team’s project was t visualize the Popular Names Table by showing the “weight” of a public law by the amount of legislation it has. Marcia also presented at the Cool Tools Café Dive Deep program on using Google Forms.
Law Librarian Conversations, a popular radio show/podcast hosted by Richard Leiter, Marcia Dority Baker and Roger Skalbeck (University of Richmond School of Law), produced three live podcasts during the conference. The shows were scheduled at the end of the program day and were intended as daily wrap-ups for the conference. Guests on the show included the presidents of major publishing companies, the Superintendent of Documents at the Government Printing Office (GPO), as well as several past AALL presidents and sitting board members. A week out, the show has been listened to nearly 400 times. Episodes can be heard on iTunes or the Blog Talk Radio site, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lawlibcon
Schmid Law Library hosted our first alumni get-together for our former law students and employees who are now law librarians. We enjoyed visiting with four of our former students including: Josh Pluta (Texas Tech Law School), Candle Wester (University of South Carolina Law), Melissa Beehner Pinch (K & L Gates, Seattle) and Michael McCarthy (University of Michigan Law School). Casey Duncan (new director at University of Wyoming Law School) and Stacy Etheredge (University of West Virginia Law School) were among other “Nebraskans” who also attended AALL. We look forward to catching up with more alumni at future conference.