Saturday Evening Posts

Wet leaves

I really want to get back in the habit of doing these regularly.

These aren’t all necessarily from the last week, but they’re not terribly old yet.

  • Read Write Web, 10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively. Sigh. I often feel like I’m being haphazard on the web, with my multiple bookmarking utilities and links I’ve favorited on Twitter and Google Reader. I keep meaning to be more thoughtful and deliberate about it, but it doesn’t seem like a fun task. Anyway, I always have Evernote in the back of my mind. I may even have an account I’ve forgotten about. In case any of you feel this way – and are more inclined to actually do something about it than I – this article may interest you.
  • Law Librarian Blog, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I was intrigued by this when it won an Oscar. I think that was the only part of the Academy Awards I saw this year. I guess you can see the whole thing here online, although I think I might see if it’s streaming on Netflix or something where I can watch it with a better picture.
  • RIPS Law Librarian Blog, Powerpoints, Screenshots and Legal Research Training as a Team. Discussion about the virtues of “live” teaching vs. teaching with screenshots on Powerpoint slides. I’m of the “live” persuasion. It seems more realistic, though of course the chances of something being down or otherwise going wrong are heightened (adding to the realism!). Also, I can’t imagine creating a 100-slide presentation. Although I do note her point that doing so gives the students a ready-made handout for their notes. My slides are not terribly useful to students after the class, I fear. Or maybe I don’t? It cuts both ways; perhaps then they pay more attention during the class.
  • Pegasus Librarian, Teaching a Session After They’ve Written the Paper. Another post on teaching. How intriguing:

    They need to know that the research process isn’t linear anyway, so let’s really and truly demonstrate going back to the research steps after having thought critically about their papers.

    She’s a reference librarian at an undergrad institution (my undergrad institution, by-the-by), so I don’t know if it would work as well in law school, but the idea of coming to the students after they’ve written a draft is interesting. It may better address the “time of need” problem. It’s certainly better than talking to them about research before they’ve even picked a topic.

  • Tech Tools for the Practice of Law, Research Guide Examples. This is my library director’s blog for the class he’s currently teaching. I starred it in Google Reader because I like to have student examples on hand. These are examples from another prof’s Advanced Legal Research class; she had the students create LibGuides on a variety of topics – and they are now publicly available on the library’s website.

Happy Saturday! We’re having gorgeous weather here this week, so perhaps I’ll have more photos to post later.

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Live from New York!

(No, not really. But it is Saturday night).

Some things of interest that have passed my way this week …

Legal education has gotten a lot of press lately (at least in my circles, although I think there’s been some in more popular press, as well); the economy is bad for lawyers right now (though I’m not really sure it’s more bad for them than anybody else), and still law schools are starting up and churning out more lawyers. Now, I should probably be careful what I say publicly on this topic – but this is an interesting post.

Should law profs be required to regularly offer proof that they are qualified [read: could be a practicing attorney] to teach doctrinal legal courses? … I’m thinking the regular granting of sabbaticals to tenured law profs for the purpose of scholarly pursuits can be put to better use by replacing it with required sabbaticals that send law profs out into the real work to practice law, assuming law firms and government agency would accept them.

Hodnicki proposes that academic law librarians be required to do this, too. An interesting proposal, to say the least. I think many of us would love it – but I’m sure there would be those of us who would not, as well. There is somewhat of a movement afoot towards teaching practical skills in law school, rather than purely theoretical ones.

  • 3 Geeks and a Law Blog, How To Make Google+ Really Sing. And I’m Not Talking Tenor but Soprano
    Sigh. Google+. I just don’t know. I’ve started a long post about it, but haven’t come to any conclusions and, well … I just don’t know. I wanted to like it, but I keep forgetting about it. And STILL most of the posts on it from people I follow seem to be about Google+. I’m as meta as the next gal, but … (I do like that this blog post tells you how to simultaneously post on several different social media outlets at once, though).
  • Pegasus Librarian, Motive and Opportunity
    I’ve really got to work on not trying to include everything about a subject in a single presentation and start “ruthlessly cutting all kinds of useful and interesting stuff,” because a person just can’t get it all in one sitting.

Photos of the week, week 15

I know I promised y’all a more substantive post, but that’s not happening this week. Am still “favoriting” things in my RSS reader, but nothing is striking me enough to post about it later.

I’m working on a project with some coworkers that will engender an (I hope) interesting post, regarding online legal learning, but I left my notes at work! Just for a teaser: Continue reading

Tuesday into Wednesday …

Bridge at Mt. Rainier II

Haven’t felt like posting much since I got back. I’m sure I’ll get into the swing of things again eventually (although maybe posting every day was never sustainable for me), but until then …

The theme this morning is compare/contrast.

I have such a love/hate relationship with Google. At ASIL, one of the attendees was talking about how she didn’t trust Facebook for its privacy intrusions, and “that was why she liked Google.” I didn’t have the time to question her on this; it’s pretty clear to me that Google tracks everything you do when logged into a Google account and tries to market accordingly.

Tech Progress had an interesting post tangentially on this topic the other day: You’re Not Google’s Customer – You’re the Product. It’s viewing the issue through an antitrust lens, but I think it gives a new twist on looking at some of these privacy concerns. @kashhill tweeted to something similar yesterday (not on the antitrust question, but part of my own Google/social media dilemma): techdirt’s Is It A Privacy Violation For Companies To Make Inferences About What You Might Like?

The most head-scratching reference request I received Tuesday night: “How much do you think that Wal-Mart class action case is worth?”