Poster Sessions

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Poster sessions are a popular feature of AALL conference education, and this year's selections will again be on display in the exhibit hall. AALL members have put together a wealth of great ideas to share with Annual Meeting attendees – you can view them all by track below. Creators of accepted posters will be on hand during the poster session presentation period on Tuesday, July 19 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. to answer questions and discuss their work, but the posters will be on display throughout the entirety of the Annual Meeting. Don't miss this chance to see what your busy colleagues are up to in their libraries – and get inspired!

Data and Content Management
Leadership, Administration, & Career Development
Marketing, Communication, & Advocacy
Teaching & Training

    Data and Content Management

  1. Mission Possible: Aligning Collection Development with Budget Realities

    Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to manage your collection strategically to ensure your patrons are supported while operating on a flat or diminishing budget. This poster will not self-destruct in five seconds, but it will visually demonstrate the recommended steps your library can take to provide key users access to a variety of resources, creating a focused collection.

    Amy Lipford, Florida State Law Research Center

  2. One Law School Repository's Tale of Mishaps, Misfortunes, and Milestones 

    The Rittenberg Law Library Repository provides a centralized online forum for the free and public distribution of the law school's scholarly output. Our poster will summarize the product used and the challenges we faced overcoming obstacles such as proper website formatting, as well as communicating our questions via online or phone correspondence. We will discuss outcomes, lessons learned, and future goals.

    Astrid Emel and Rosemary LaSala, St. John's University School of Law

  3. The Power of the Crowd: Crowdsourcing Metadata for Legal Materials

    In 2014, the Law Library of the Library of Congress obtained more than 80,000 PDF files of historical primary source U.S. legal materials with the intention of making this information available to the public through its website, To maximize findability on the web, each document will be tagged with basic descriptive metadata – no small task given the number of documents and an impending deadline of October 2017. To tackle this mega-task, the Law Library of Congress is launching a "metadata surge" project aimed at crowdsourcing the creation of metadata for one group of documents, U.S. Reports 1784-2004. The poster will outline recruitment strategies, training tactics and tools, communication channels, and quality control processes. It will also highlight the results of the effort, as well as lessons learned.

    Janice Hyde and Jennifer Gonzalez, Law Library of Congress

  4. Leadership, Administration, & Career Development

  5. Law Librarians Just Wanna Have Fun: Taking the Work Out of Networking at Conferences 

    The poster presenters seek to capture the excitement and fun of meeting kindred spirits at law librarian conferences. The poster discusses methods for new law librarians to connect with seasoned members, as well as methods for law librarian organizations to become more welcoming to new members. The poster draws upon the presenters' experiences creating a program for new members at last year's ORALL (Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries) annual meeting. This poster will begin a discussion about the fun of meeting other law librarians and ways to make networking less stressful and more natural for law librarians.

    Marissa K. Mason, Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library; Amelia Landenberger, University of Kentucky Law Library

  6. Leadership Development Training: The Forgotten Aspect of Succession Planning 

    "Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." – James MacGregor Burns

    Most organizations understand the value of succession planning, but very few have developed their future leaders. In a recent survey, 86 percent of the respondents agreed their organizations' future depended on the effectiveness of the future leadership. Yet a study found almost 75 percent of respondents felt their leadership development programs were not very effective. Today, many people have the capabilities of being a follower or a leader, depending upon the situation they are put in and the skills they are provided. In fact, Barnes and Krieger, in their seminal work, The Hidden Side of Organizational Leadership, suggested that leadership is more of a reflection of an organization rather than a person.

    The content presented will counter the lack of leadership development in many organizations by (1) providing information and tools about identifying where the leadership skills of your workforce are strongest and weakest; (2) providing recommendations on how to instruct and improve your team’s key leadership skills, traits, and needs; and (3) providing a valuable list of resources for continued study and improvement in leadership skills and development. 

    Kathleen Brown, Charlotte School of Law

  7. Library Lunch and Learns: How Your Library Can Tap into the Unique Skills and Expertise of Your Staff to Provide Training Opportunities and Professional Development for All Its Members

    The members of the North Carolina Central University Law Library’s Information and Development Committee hope that this poster session will inspire other libraries to implement "Lunch and Learns," as part of an effort to meet the professional development and training needs of library staff. Law library "Lunch and Learns" are full staff meetings that include presentations from various members within the library. Our first lunch and learn included a training on "Canva" and "Qualtrics," a presentation on Customer Service and Managing Difficult Patrons, and a presentation on making travel arrangements through the university's complex booking system. Based on the success of the previous meeting, the committee held a second "Lunch and Learn" in May, which followed the journey of a newly acquired book through the library from selection to the shelf. These meetings give each staff member an opportunity to present in his/her area of expertise, inform library staff of new ideas, policies, resources, and technology, and open up a discussion on how the library operates and how policies and procedures can be improved.

    Katie Hanschke, Wadad Giles, and Demetria Robinson, North Carolina Central University School of Law Library

  8. Technology Management Trends in Law Schools – INFOGRAPHICS 

    Law school information technology IT management has shifted from being directly managed by law libraries toward a more complicated model where collaboration is the key. This poster features infographics based on the results of the 2015 survey of more than 100 law schools nationwide. Join the discussion of the results of the survey, and learn about the different IT management models in law libraries and what to expect in the future. A related article is also published in the Computers in Libraries July/August issue.

    Ayyoub Ajmi, University of Missouri-Kansas City

  9. Marketing, Communication, & Advocacy

  10. “Popping Up” with the Hennepin County Library 

    Anne W. Grande Law Library staff joined a 2016 grant project of the Hennepin County Library (HCL), where the library "popped up" in a neighborhood with a large number of East African immigrants in order to inform residents of public library services and how to access those services both in-person and online. Surveyed residents were interested in increasing their literacy in order to understand legal documents, so the law library was invited to join the project.

    The law library popped up each time – six altogether – and brought information on civil rights, purchasing and owning a vehicle, name changes, landlord-tenant issues, and the rights of crime victims and arrested persons. Several brochures were translated into Somali. The goal was to raise awareness in this community of the public law library and the services offered.

    HCL staff also became more aware of the law library and its services, and professional relationships were strengthened. At the end of the project, law library staff visited each of the branch libraries nearest to this neighborhood to review their legal collections and field questions from the librarians.

    The poster includes photographs from the pop-up events, statistics, and "lessons learned."

    Karen E. Westwood and Richard L. Harrington, Hennepin County Law Library

  11. Assisting Rural Domestic Violence Victims: The Local Librarian's Role

    This poster is a visual representation of an article by the same title, which will be published by the Law Library Journal in the summer of 2016.

    Rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of law by nonlawyers serve many important purposes: limiting fraudulent activities, protecting the public, protecting the bar, and many more. However, those valid purposes can limit nonlawyers from engaging in otherwise helpful activities, particularly in the domestic violence arena. For instance, the laws against the unauthorized practice of law have been relaxed in some states (including Illinois) in the case of laypersons working to assist domestic violence victims in court. This allows those who cannot afford a lawyer to have a helping hand from a knowledgeable and trained layperson or victim advocate. Librarians are ideally suited, especially in rural areas, to serve as advocates (at least within the confines of the library) to domestic violence victims as well. Indeed, with proper training, librarians could be an ideal partner to combating domestic abuse in rural areas, as many victims of domestic abuse are prevented from working outside the home and may only be permitted by their abuser to access public places like a library without punishment.

    Sara Rachel Benson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library Information Science

  12. Beyond Google: SLU Law Library's Research Expo

    One of the most difficult tasks a law library has is exposing its community to lesser-known resources. Knowing that most students and faculty primarily use Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and Westlaw, the Vincent C. Immel Law Library at Saint Louis University consciously decided to promote other valuable resources and services. In the fall of 2015, the library hosted a research expo. The law library invited representatives from database vendors and other community partners to attend a one-day event featuring their products and services. The students, faculty, and staff were able to interact with vendors and partners in a casual learning environment at their own pace. The expo proved to be an excellent forum for showcasing the library's assets to many students in a small amount of time, with a high return for the library, the vendors, and attendees.

    Lynn K. Hartke, Saint Louis University Law Library - The Vincent C. Immel Law Library

  13. Display Cases That Pop: Using Popular Culture to Craft Educational Displays

    Library displays are a great way to engage with patrons by highlighting materials in your library's collection, in addition to providing a brief, educational take-away. This poster session explores ways that pop culture can be used to inspire displays that showcase your library's materials and resources. Over the past few years, the George Washington University Law Library has mounted displays using legal themes found in pop culture. A few recent successes have included "Harry Potter and the Law," "Star Wars and the Law," and "Game of Thrones and the Law." Utilizing these three examples, this poster session will include tips on how to create simple, visually appealing displays that utilize resources in your library's collection, while staying on a tight schedule and budget.

    Mary Kate Hunter, The George Washington University, Jacob Burns Law Library

  14. Everyday Law

    Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library's MCCCLL poster discusses the creation and impact of the library's innovative educational series, Everyday Law. This series offers free information about common legal topics and demystifies the legal profession, judicial system, and MCCCLL for nonlawyers. Session topics include: how to find and work with a lawyer, family law, writing your will, neighbor law, anatomy of a trial, and elder law.

    The poster briefly outlines Everyday Law and discusses how MCCCLL ensures the program's success by collaborating with local legal aid groups for session content and by launching a community-focused, comprehensive marketing campaign. This poster also covers the program's added value besides the educational mission; enhanced and new online and in-library resources and guides, including a channel; stronger local bar relationships; increased library visibility and value to the court and community; and spin-off programs in nearby law libraries. It is especially important because it shows a model of how a small law library with limited resources can successfully incorporate access to justice in their public programming.

    Julia Viets and Kathleen S. Martin, Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library

  15. Mindfulness and Stress Reduction for Law Students: Budget Friendly Innovation for Small Law Libraries

    Not all libraries have a therapy dog program or final exam aromatherapy room in the budget, but they still want to provide their students levity, stress relief, and positivity. This poster session focuses on the budget-minded and innovative mindfulness and stress reduction offerings that the Roger Williams University School of Law Library staff implemented throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

    Nicole Dyszlewski and Raquel M. Ortiz, Roger Williams University School of Law Library

  16. The PBJ Bar: Leveraging Lunchtime in the Law Library

    The Sears Law Library at SUNY Buffalo Law School opened a self-serve peanut butter and jelly bar two years ago, and the positive feelings and increased opportunities to interact with students made it an immediate and resounding success. The bar was open every weekday during the school year and provided students with several different options to make their own sandwiches. Since we typically had upwards of 30 students come through the line every day at lunchtime, we used the space around the bar to advertise library services and events and to survey our captive audience using a wall-mounted iPad.

    Unfortunately, we had to close the bar this semester due to budget constraints, but the law school's student bar association immediately began financing a new station in the student lounge to continue this popular service. While we are out of the peanut butter and jelly business, at least for now, this poster outlines the nuts and bolts and costs of providing this service, offers a valuable opportunity for other libraries to consider, whether on a full-time basis, during specific times (like National Library Week or exams), or as a tool to increase turnout at library-sponsored events.

    Brian T. Detweiler, The University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Sears Law Library

  17. Research

  18. Access to the Justices? A Study of Access Restrictions on the Papers of Supreme Court Justices and Their Impact on Scholarship

    Papers of U.S. Supreme Court Justices are of vital importance to our understanding of the Court’s work. Those that are available are used by lawyers, legal scholars, political scientists, biographers, historians, and journalists. The result is a wealth of insight into our nation's most powerful and shielded government entity. However, the justices' papers are also private property, and the degree to which they are publicly accessible varies greatly. This poster presents results from our comprehensive census of extant collections of papers for each justice, including access restrictions on the largest collection for each justice. The poster will look at the importance of access to information about the Court, given its role and structure, and also proposes how to balance the public’s interest in open government with the privacy concerns of individual justices.

    Susan David deMaine and Benjamin J. Keele, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

  19. Agricultural Law Information Partnership

    The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79) charged the National Agricultural Library with the dissemination of objective, scholarly, and authoritative agricultural and food law research, legal tools, and legal information (7 USC 3125a-1). To this end, the Agricultural Law Information Partnership was established. The three partners include:

    • National Agricultural Library – part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, and the country's major information resource on food agriculture and natural resource sciences
    • Center for Agriculture and Food Systems – part of the Vermont Law School and a comprehensive agriculture food and environmental law program emphasizing systems-based problem-solving and entrepreneurial innovation
    • National Agricultural Law Center – part of the University of Arkansas System and the only agricultural law research organization that is independent, national in scope, and directly connected to the national agricultural information network

    The partnership supports the dissemination of agricultural and food law information to consumers, researchers, and legal professionals. Projects include:

    • compilation of online legal materials
    • presentation of monthly webinars
    • organization of regional annual conference
    • creation of legal infographics and legal toolkits

    Agricultural law is defined broadly to include land-based agriculture, food and fiber production and systems, and environmental and energy issues.

    Kirstin Nelson, USDA National Agricultural Library

  20. Clerkships Callbacks: Innovative Partnerships with Career Services 

    During the summer and fall of 2015, the UC Irvine Law Library forged a unique partnership with the law school's Career Development Office. Building on a few research guide pages and the occasional staff training, the partnership evolved into a comprehensive program offering a suite of guides tailored to students' specific research needs, and individualized research consultations for students before law firm callbacks and judicial clerkship interviews. Not only does the relationship benefit the career office and the law students, it gives the library a better understanding of our student body's summer placements, post-graduate employment, and career aspirations. This context is invaluable as librarians make collection development decisions and design instructional programming.

    Jacqueline Woodside, University of California School of Law, Irvine

  21. Frank Stauber v. J. J. McGrath: The Stolen Election of 1880 in Chicago's 14th Ward 

    This poster will visually tell the story of the Stauber-McGrath stolen aldermanic election of 1880, a colorful episode of election fraud in Chicago labor and legal history. This episode served as a prelude to the tensions at the Haymarket affair, as it emboldened the advocates of physical force to effect social change, as well as those who preferred action through trade unionism.

    In March 1880, Socialist Alderman Frank Stauber of Chicago's 14th ward had his reelection stolen by Republican James J. McGrath. After a quo warranto case, which led to an Illinois Supreme Court decision in March 1881, Stauber finally took his rightful seat in Chicago's City Council. The election judges of the 7th precinct of the 14th ward were charged in a criminal case and found not guilty despite their admissions of election fraud. This episode helped to destroy the faith of the Socialists in Chicago in the efficacy of the ballot.

    The poster will include a synopsis of this incident and its overall context, as well visuals from primary sources, including the original trial court record, City Council proceedings, Supreme Court briefs, and images of involved historical figures.

    Scott Burgh, City of Chicago Department of Law Library

  22. Haymarket Affair Clemency Campaign 

    On May 4, 1886, a labor protest rally near Chicago's Haymarket Square turned violent after someone unknown threw a bomb at police. In August 1886, eight men labeled as anarchists were convicted despite a lack of solid evidence. Seven men received a death sentence; the eighth received 15 years.

    The clemency campaign to then-Gov. Richard J. Oglesby began when letters began pouring in worldwide in an effort to procure clemency for the accused. In Chicago, civic and business leaders had arguments for and against clemency. Lyman Gage, then president of the Bank of Chicago, was a supporter of clemency for these men and tried to gather a coalition of other businessmen to support them. However, after Marshall Field became involved in the anti-clemency campaign, the business leaders turned on Gage and sided with Field.

    The poster will include a synopsis of this incident and its overall context, as well visuals, letters, postcards, and more obtained from the files in the Illinois State Archives in the papers of Oglesby, as well as images of involved historical figures.

    Scott Burgh, City of Chicago Department of Law Library

  23. Legal History from the Windy City: Preserving the Legacy of the American Judicature Society 

    The American Judicature Society (AJS) worked nationally to protect the integrity of the American justice system through research, publications, education, and advocacy for judicial selection reform. AJS could not have prospered and grown into the legal force it became without the aid and influence of the Chicago legal community. The brainchild of Michigan native Herbert Harley, AJS was founded on July 15, 1913, and headquartered in Chicago. Harry Olson, Chief Justice of the Chicago Municipal Court, served as AJS’s first chairman and was an active member until his death in 1935. Other Chicago-area founding members included John Wigmore, Dean of Northwestern University Law School; Albert Kales, professor at Northwestern University Law School; James Parker Hall, Dean of University of Chicago Law School; and Nathan W. MacChesney.

    So what happens when a 100-year-old legal organization closes its doors? When the board voted to dissolve in September 2014, all their material – publications, documents, correspondence, photographs, audio/visual material, digital files, awards, etc. – had to go somewhere to be preserved. What does that mean exactly? How is that done, and, more importantly, why do legal archives matter?

    Heather Kushnerick, Houston College of Law Library

  24. Research Preferences of Law Students: Print vs. E-Book 

    Law students are the largest user group of the University of Illinois College of Law's Albert E. Jenner Jr. Library. In order to better service the student population, it is important to not just be cognizant of their research needs, but also their research preferences. Therefore, we are surveying UIUC College of Law students to determine their formats of choice when conducting legal research. The survey will attempt to discern under what circumstances students prefer print legal resources and under what circumstances they prefer electronic legal sources. A total of 14 questions will be asked, ranging from demographics to considerations when selecting a format in which to conduct legal research. Hopefully, the results of this study will serve as a guide to the law library's allocation of resources and collection development. In a broader sense, the results could contribute to the body of scholarship regarding U.S. law students' research habits in order to improve law libraries' services and facilities.

    Stacia Stein and Mandy Lee, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library Information Science

  25. Scholarly Meets Practice: Developing Sustainable Legal Research Skills 

    Many law schools are revising their curriculum to address the demand for more "practice-ready" graduates. This change in classes is in response to the ABA standards for experiential learning and to the feedback from attorneys and judges that graduates lack fundamental research skills.

    Our law students have access to many subscription databases that may be cost-prohibitive once they graduate. We get frequent requests from graduating law students, 3Ls, law school alumni, and community professionals for information on sources that are credible and affordable.

    Our poster will display information about legal resources available to law students throughout their journey, from 1L to practicing attorney. Our focus is on materials beyond the ones that are heavily marketed to them already (WEXIS).

    Jan Bissett and Beth Applebaum, Wayne State University, Arthur Neef Law Library

  26. The WeCite Project: Building the World’s First Free Citator Through Crowdsourcing 

    A free citator remains the critical missing piece in free legal research. Using a combination of crowdsourcing and legal informatics, Casetext, in partnership with Stanford CodeX, is engaged in a nationwide effort to create a free citator. More than 1,000 law students, spanning 105 law schools, have contributed to the "WeCite Project," generating over 140,000 entries to date. More than 80 law librarians have joined the project as moderators, and the number continues to grow. The poster will describe the motivation, technical underpinnings, and success to date of the WeCite Project, situating the effort in the history of citators generally.

    Pablo Arredondo, Stanford Center for Legal Informatics/Casetext

  27. Teaching & Training

  28. Are Self-Paced Pre-Recorded Modules Better Than Live Instruction for Teaching Basic Legal Research Concepts?

    We conducted a study comparing the effectiveness of a pre-recorded lecture module (which students could replay, watch at their own pace, and read the narration) with a live lecture of the same basic legal research concepts, in terms of student retention of the material. We took a 30-slide lecture on court structure, jurisdiction, legal precedent, and case law publication, and offered it to two groups of 50 Duke Law International LLM students. One group was given the lecture as a self-paced, recorded module with built-in interactive review questions, while the other group received the identical lecture as a live presentation. When the course was over, we administered a 20-question assessment quiz to both groups of students on the subject material, and we compared the average scores of the two groups. We also looked for correlations in test scores with student age range, country of origin, home country legal system, multiple viewings of the module, subject matter of the question, and question format. We found no significant difference in scores between the two groups, and we found no association between the assessment score and any of these criteria. We also discovered benefits and drawbacks to both teaching approaches.

    Lucie Olejnikova and Jane Bahnson, Duke University School of Law

  29. Devil in the White City: Law and Literature 

    The novel, Devil in the White City, which recounts a serial killer using the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago as a lure for his victims, became a national bestseller in 2003. The murders committed by Herman Webster Mudgett (aka H.H. Holmes) took place just a few years after Jack the Ripper's Whitechapel murders, and Holmes' arrest generated an explosion of public interest. This poster describes Holmes' "Murder Castle" at Wallace and 63rd Street in Chicago, as well as the 19th-century forensics employed in the case investigation. It also lists legal issues one can glean from Devil in the White City, and explains how literature can be employed to engage law students in discussions on evidence, criminal law, and the death penalty.

    Laura E. Ray, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Kasia Solon Cristobal, University of Texas, Jamail Center for Legal Research

  30. Make It New - Redesigning Summer Research Assistant Training for a New Kind of Law Student 

    Legal publishing has changed. Legal research has changed. Law students have changed. Most of our legal research classes have changed. Now it’s time to change the summer research assistant training programs, too. This poster highlights the 2015 overhaul of Emory Law Library’s Summer Research Assistant training program. It offers a few of the "lessons learned," explores some of the "aha moments," and shares some of the "best practices" carried through to our 2016 program.

    Christina Glon, Emory University School of Law, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library

  31. Reimagining Summer Associate Training: A Case Study 

    For a decade, we had been presenting our summer associates with a "laundry list" of research resources, office by office. It was time to demonstrate research methodology with real-world research questions and a consistent training program across our multiple offices worldwide. Working together, the Research Services team of Morrison Foerster LLP created a one-hour presentation that was broadcast live via video conference from several offices at once. We broke down legal research into five steps: Preliminary Analysis, Secondary Source Research, Locate and Analyze Primary Law, Updating Primary Law, and Concluding Your Research. Then we showed how the steps applied to actual questions we had received. We followed with 30 minutes of local training in each office. This short, but dynamic, training put everything in context for our summer associates and was well received.

    Betsy Chessler and Kathy Skinner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

  32. Checking Your Legal Information Privilege 

    Law students have free access to multiple platforms. What happens when they go to work for a small firm with fewer resources? Legal information is made freely available to the public, but without the research functionality of major databases, finding the right information can be frustrating. Law librarians can help to prepare students by helping them identify their information privilege. Likewise, law librarians can better serve patrons outside of the legal community by acknowledging the gaps in information availability and search functionality of free resources. Accessible design, instructional design, and critical pedagogy are some of the methods we can use to bridge the gap.

    Angela Hackstadt, University of Arkansas School of Law, Robert A. Leflar Law Center

  33. Threshold Concepts in Legal Research Instruction 

    Law librarians can use threshold concepts to develop learning outcomes and assessment strategies. Threshold concepts are those concepts that lead to understanding within a discipline. They are distinct from core or basic concepts in that acquiring a threshold concept brings about a shift in the learner's perspective. The Association of College and Research Libraries adopted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education on January 11, 2016. The new framework outlines six frames, or concepts, of information literacy. AALL's Principles and Standards of Legal Research Competency (PSLRC) can be used as a guide to understanding and deploying threshold concepts in legal research instruction. For this project, the principles of the PSLRC were mapped to the ALA Framework to demonstrate how the principles can be understood as threshold concepts. Next, for each PSLRC principle, a corresponding threshold concept characteristic was identified. Threshold concepts can assist law librarians in developing legal research outcomes, assessing legal research skills, and encouraging multi-modal literacies to promote lifelong learning.

    Angela Hackstadt, University of Arkansas School of Law, Robert A. Leflar Law Center