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Academic Law Librarianship

Emily Allbon | Law Librarian | City University London


What’s covered today? 

Career path

Support

Keeping in the loop

What do we do?

Me

Lawbore

Challenges

Q &A


Career path


What do we do? Helping students navigate the sources

Learning & teaching

Academic liaison

Web stuff

Research (some?)

Collection & space management

Budgets

Membership of library and law school committees

Vendor negotiations


What’s my story? 

Who are my users?

Responsibilities:

Collection

Teaching & assessment

Managing the space

Supporting the CLS – active liaison with academics, students, law careers, volunteering.

Mooting

Lawbore

Current projects

Conferences


New library


Lawbore 

Student guide to web

Created 2002

Unique

International interest


More Lawbore 

Topic guides: links to web resources via subject studied

City Hub: community site for students: E-Library, News, Twitter, Database access

Learnmore: how-to wiki, learning legal skills

Future Lawyer: careers blog – participation from current students AND alumni


Support 

Great network

Opportunities

Events

Friends

Funding


In the loop 

Mailing lists –

e.g. LIS-Law 

Twitter

BIALL subscription

LIM & Newsletter 

BIALL Job Board


Challenges for our sector 

Doing more with less – squeezed budgets across HE & rocketing publisher costs (+ publishers splintering)

Balancing needs of teaching and research

Squeeze on space

Balance of hard copy and electronic

Outsourcing

Legal information literacy – improving standards

Engagement

worrylines!


Get involved! 

Attend events (SLA, CLIG, BIALL)

Network

Join a professional organisation or even a committee…


Law Librarians on Twitter 

@JamesMullan6

@UWElawlibrarian

@biall_uk

@LibWig

@thelawbod

@clareangela

@uswsuehouse

@lawbore (me)

@inner_temple


Happy days… 

Lots of scope for developing wider interests

Larger teams = opportunities to learn about other subjects & bounce ideas off each other

Teaching can be very rewarding


Find me later‌ Emily Allbon @lawbore e.allbon@city.ac.uk


Credit thanks to… 

Loop http://www.flickr.com/photos/pelegrino/3957449915/

Morris dancing http://www.flickr.com/photos/victius/4038527642/

Worrylines http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosengrant/4345500222/

Twitter - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dkalo/4712560243 /


Academic law librarianship: what's it like?