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SEAALL 2017

March 30 - April 1, 2017, Raleigh, NC

Saturday, April 1

7:00 am - 8:30 am Breakfast & Chapter Business Meeting (agenda)                                                               
8:30 am - 9:30 am Keynote Speaker - Rick Glazier, Executive Director, North Carolina Justice Center (sponsored by Bloomberg Law)

9:40 am - 10:25 am
G Programs

G1: Innovative Assessment: How to Assess When Grades Aren’t Given, Sarah Mauldin, Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP; Stephanie Miller, Washington and Lee; Beau Steenken, University of Kentucky; Amelia Landenberger, University of Kentucky

The ABA recently adopted Standard 302 which requires law schools to use outcomes-based assessment (OBA). While law schools have begun to incorporate OBA into their grading methods, law students also often learn from informal, non-graded training. Similarly, training in law firms tends not to feature graded assignments. This program will teach participants how to collect data and assess training without the benefit of graded assignments. Data can be collected during in-class workshops, an ungraded pre- and post-training test, a survey to assess knowledge over time, usage statistics for library resources, or even changes to the quality of reference questions. This collected data can be used to justify the effectiveness of the training and to inspire changes which will improve future training. The program will be presented as a panel discussion, beginning with an overview of assessment methods and their use in a graded instruction setting. The second part of the panel will include a description of two legal research programs which use both graded and ungraded assignments for assessment. The final part of the program will show how to use assessment in the ungraded training context, including law firm training and outside-the-classroom training in law schools.


G2: Living Outside the Law: Lessons from Non-Law Libraries, Ashley Krenelka Chase, Associate Director, Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library, Adjunct Professor of Law and Coordinator or Legal Practice Technology Stetson University College of Law; Kate Irwin-Smiler, Reference Librarian, Wake Forest University School of Law Professional Center Library

Law libraries are notoriously slow to innovate, and law librarians often feel like outsiders when we read or hear about the great things happening in those *other*libraries. Academic law libraries may find it hard to innovate with much smaller staffs than university library counterparts, and firm colleagues are justifying their mere existence. But these perceived bumps in the road can motivate law librarians to find new ways to demonstrate our value to our stakeholders, whoever they may be. This session will explore methods for working with librarians and libraries from other disciplines or with other service models to strengthen the services we provide, invent new services that fit within the legal profession, and inspire our fellow law librarians to do the same.


G3: The Real Life of Grants: Finding, Writing, and Fulfilling, Adrienne DeWitt, Campbell University School of Law; Suzanne Graham, University of Georgia School of Law, Alexander Campbell King Law Library

Successful grant projects require innovative ideas, solid research, compelling writing, efficient project and fiscal management, and a little luck. Navigating the terrain of external funding is not intuitive even for librarians with natural strengths in these areas. Participants will benefit from the experiences of grant recipients and will evaluate possible funding sources and develop project outlines.

10:25 am - 10:55 am Exhibit break (sponsored by Hein)

10:55 am - 11:40 am
H Programs

H1: Listening to the Law: How Podcasts Can Enhance the Legal Research Classroom, Franklin L. Runge, Faculty Services Librarian, University of Kentucky College of Law

We are all aware that students experience success with a variety of learning methods. Legal research professors tend to use an auditory teaching method inside the classroom, but there are effective ways to expand that approach to out-of-class assignments. This program will describe the value of using podcasts in the legal research curriculum. The program will be divided into two parts. Part One will focus on creating your own podcasts to supplement your reading or out-of-class assignments. Part Two will be devoted to using professionally made podcasts from NPR (or other organizations) to introduce students to relevant topics before beginning the research process. Additionally, the program will examine preliminary data as to how these podcasts are perceived by students. 


H2: Beyond Updating: Changing How We Use and Talk About Citators, Aaron Kirschenfeld, Digital Initiatives Librarian, UNC School of Law

Originating as tools for updating case law research, citators have changed a great deal in the past two decades -- unfortunately, the way that law librarians generally teach, write, and talk about citators has not. In today's online legal research environments, students and attorneys encounter citators almost immediately in the research process, often without knowing it, and can and do use citators for far more than updating cases. Additionally, the way that commercial citators display information about the subsequent negative treatment of primary law is problematic and counter to vendor claims about their products' reliability. Therefore, it is necessary to rethink the citator as one of many tools for analyzing the influence of primary law based on later-citing materials rather than treating it as a reliable (and final box to tick to ensure the validity of a piece of primary law. This session will advance an understanding of the essence and purpose of citators, introduce creative uses of citators for research tasks beyond updating primarily law, and discuss strategies for teaching and talking about citator reliability with patrons and vendors alike.


H3: Law Library Middle Management - Year One, Rachel Gordon, Head of Access & Collection Services, Duke Law School; Austin Martin Williams, Assistant Law Library Director, North Carolina Central University School of Law; Jason Zarin, Head of Reference, Research, and Instruction, University of Richmond School of Law

A panel of recently hired law library middle managers will discuss what they wish they would have known going into middle management, challenges and success, and tools and resources that they have found the most helpful during their first year in middle management. The panel consists of librarians who manage different departments in the library.