CDG Conference - What's it like to be an Academic Law Librarian?

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  • 1. Emily Allbon Law Librarian and Head of Information Literacy City University London What’s it like being an Academic Law Librarian?
  • 2. How I arrived here…
    • BA (Hons) English Literature
    • Graduate Traineeship at IALS
    • MSc Information Science
    • Law Librarian
    • CPE/GDL
    • MCILIP
    • Law Librarian and Head of Information Literacy
  • 3. Information Services and Libraries at City University
    • 5 campus libraries – Northampton Sq, Cass, Whitechapel, West Smithfield and ICSL
    • New team at City – Learning and Research Support Team – managed by me.
    • All acquisitions and processing done centrally by the Bibliographic Services team
  • 4. Studying Law at City
    • LLB
    • GE LLB
    • CPE/GDL
    • LLM
    • At ICSL…
    • BVC
    • LPC
  • 5. Unique position within City?
    • Paid for by Law School and Library
    • Managed by Library
    • Office on the Law library floor
    • Law = only subject to support
  • 6. What kinds of things do you do then?
    • 1. Enquiry service
  • 7.
    • 2. Stock maintenance and selection
      • Society of Legal Scholars, “A library for the modern law school”
      • SLS/BIALL Survey of Academic Law Libraries
  • 8.
    • 3. Information skills training & coursework marking
  • 9.
    • 4. Support staff and students (with research)
  • 10.
    • 5. ISL and Law School Committee meetings
  • 11. 6. Develop/update www.lawbore.net
  • 12. So why do I love my job?
  • 13. Free rein!
  • 14. Lots of surprises!
  • 15. Freedom and financial support to develop Lawbore
  • 16. Helping students keeps me young
  • 17. Interesting subject Always changing
  • 18. Opportunities for research, giving papers at conferences etc
  • 19. Get to use lots of new technologies
  • 20. General BIALL stuff
    • Great opportunities to get involved
    • Funding for overseas conferences
    • Good network of other helpful information professionals – LIS-LAW, Biall Blog
    • Training
    • LIM
    • Encouragement for those new to the profession
    • Annual Conference/parties
  • 21. Thanks to…
    • The following brilliant photographers for their images courtesy of www.flickr.com
    • Slide 2: ‘Windy Road’ by Snarl http://www.flickr.com/photos/snarl/109805050/
    • Slide 4: ‘Studying for last law exam’ by John Cohen http://www.flickr.com/photos/johncohen/152850884/
    • Slide 5: ‘One in a million’ by Pickersgill Reef http://www.flickr.com/photos/preef/483721967/
    • Slide 6: ‘Asking questions’ by *glub* http://www.flickr.com/photos/glub/384471829/
    • Slide 8: ‘red pen takes a rest’ by florriebassingbourn http://www.flickr.com/photos/75166820@N00/22356758/
    • Slide 9: ‘strongman – a tribute to banksy’ by Manny Hernandez http://www.flickr.com/photos/askmanny/1205403707/
    • Slide 10: ‘yawn (2.48am- 05.12.06)’ – wiseacre photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiseacre/314847233/
  • 22. ..And more thanks…
    • Slide 12: ‘Love in the mud’ by Annie in Beziers http://www.flickr.com/photos/74531485@N00/1432961433/
    • Slide 13: ‘Free rein’ by Katford http://www.flickr.com/photos/katnetzler/137920587/
    • Slide 14: ‘Surprise’ by Fatal Cleopatra http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatalcleopatra/236842046/
    • Slide 17: ‘Min with Kaleidoscope’ by Ollie-G http://www.flickr.com/photos/ollie_g/191361703/
    • Slide 18: ‘Dissertation debris’ by dnkbdotcom http://www.flickr.com/photos/dnkb/1082538418/
    • Slide 19: ‘macintosh orgy’ by adpowers http://www.flickr.com/photos/adpowers/9888092/