Chicago-Kent at 2019 AALL National Conference

This year, three of our librarians traveled to Washington, DC to attend the annual meeting and conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) on July 13 – July 16, where they coordinated and presented conference sessions and panels.

Mandy Lee co-moderates 2019 AALL Panel

Mandy Lee co-moderating panel discussion.

Mandy Lee co-moderating panel discussion.

Mandy co-moderated the panel, Promoting Diversity & Inclusion Beyond Library Walls. This was the third year of a series hosted by the Asian American Law Librarians Caucus highlighting diversity issues. The discussion centered on ways to enhance the interactions between libraries and the organizations within which the library contextualizes itself.

Aside from the well-known commercial research databases, students are not aware of the resources that are available to them, so the library must “get in the door” to reach students. One way to do so is to contact student affinity groups. As neutral parties who do not impact students’ grades, librarians represent people on campus to whom students can turn for assistance.

Mandy Lee presenting at 2019 AALL Program

Mandy Lee conducting an Active Learning demonstration.

Mandy Lee conducting an Active Learning demonstration.

Mandy presented on the program, Instruction Zone: Active Learning Ideas Showcase. In this program, five librarians from across library types, conducted a mini lesson demonstrating their favorite instructional technique. Attendees navigated the instruction zones in speed dating fashion.

Mandy showcased Matrices: Litigation Analytics, a technique where participants work in teams to complete exercises using a variety of analytical tools. Participants (or students in a classroom) then compare the tools and explain the best uses of their tools to other participants. This technique reinforces comprehension and provides opportunities to present findings.

Debbie Ginsberg at 2019 AALL Online Security presentation

Debbie Ginsberg discussing blockchain following her presentation

Debbie Ginsberg discussing blockchain following her presentation

Debbie coordinated and co-presented the program, Law Librarians and Online Security: Transforming Talk into Action with Scott Baron of Incenter Technology. The program focused on what librarians can do to protect themselves and their institutions, as well as how librarians have responded when their organizations have been attacked.

Topics discussed included use of personal firewalls, endpoint protection, VPNs, and training awareness to detect phishing schemes, promote password best practices, and handle sensitive data.

Award for retired Chicago-Kent Library Director

Keith Ann Stiverson, former director of the Chicago-Kent Law Library, was awarded the Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award for her work within the library profession and beyond, advocating for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA), to make permanent access to government information widely available.

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