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Presentation given at the 2013 CALL/ACBD conference on the changing nature of legal education and how law librarians can embrace and navigate these changes.

Presentation given at the 2013 CALL/ACBD conference on the changing nature of legal education and how law librarians can embrace and navigate these changes.

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  • CurriculumTimeFormatPracticality Administrative bloatFinancial ROI for students
  • Scholarly publishingLaw professor vs. university faculty Job marketChanging legal profession Absurdity of rankingsDeclining Application numbers
  • Justice gap – mostly due to costsEconomy Disruptive forces – unbundling, automation, virtual officesNew techniques – eDiscoveryFree/Open Law Tesco Law Firms Uncertainty of future
  • Under the radar – more able to innovateTechnologically savvyStrong connections with Practice WorldPractical real world skills – e.g. researchSavvy in increasingly important areas e.g. Data management, metadataHighly transferable skills and knowledge – Reference interview, publishing, information literacy
  • I don’t feel comfortable saying “this is definitely an opportunity here” So individual to person and institution.
  • Skills you bring to table
  • Look for opportunities
  • Be an explorer!

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  • What if They Gave aRevolution and NobodyCame?Sarah Glassmeyer, JD MLSDirector of Content DevelopmentCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)Email: sarah.glassmeyer@gmail.com // Twitter: @sglassmeyer
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  • Sarah Glassmeyer, JD MLSDirector of Content DevelopmentCenter for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)Email: sarah.glassmeyer@gmail.com // Twitter: @sglassmeyerThe Future of LegalEducation and HowLibrarians Can Stop It.
  • And let it be noted that there is no moredelicate matter to take in hand, nor moredangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful inits success, than to set up as a leader in theintroduction of changes. For he whoinnovates will have for his enemies allthose who are well off under the existingorder of things, and only lukewarmsupporters in those who might be better offunder the new.- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
  • And let it be noted that there is no moredelicate matter to take in hand, nor moredangerous to conduct, nor more doubtful inits success, than to set up as a leader in theintroduction of changes. For he whoinnovates will have for his enemies allthose who are well off under the existingorder of things, and only lukewarmsupporters in those who might be better offunder the new.- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Punk said that anyone could take part – infact anyone should take part. …It is aboutlooking at the world around you andasking, “Why are things as fucked up asthey are?” And then its about lookinginwards at yourself and asking, “Why arentI doing anything about this?”- Dan Sinker, Founder Punk Planet
  • Punk said that anyone could take part – infact anyone should take part. …It is aboutlooking at the world around you andasking, “Why are things as fucked up asthey are?” And then its about lookinginwards at yourself and asking, “Why arentI doing anything about this?”- Dan Sinker, Founder Punk Planet
  • MachiavelliSo, our inspiration….XPunk=21st CenturyLaw Librarian?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_Niccol%C3%B2_Machiavelli_by_Santi_di_Tito.jpghttp://www.flickr.com/photos/ferdislife/http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/paleofuture/2012/02/one-library-for-the-entire-world/
  • Reality Checkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lange-MigrantMother02.jpg
  • The Librarian Familyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/vpasson/(Sorry there’s no men here! I just fell in love with picture!)
  • If you are ignorant of both your enemy andyourself, then you are a fool and certain tobe defeated in battle. If you knowyourself, but not your enemy, for everybattle you won, you will suffer a loss. If youknow your enemy and yourself, you will winevery battle.-Sun Tzu, The Art of War
  • If you are ignorant of both your enemy andyourself, then you are a fool and certain tobe defeated in battle. If you knowyourself, but not your enemy, for everybattle you won, you will suffer a loss. If youknow your enemy and yourself, you will winevery battle.-Sun Tzu, The Art of War
  • What are thechallenges facinglaw schools andlegal education?
  • XThe Hindenburg The TitanicA Herd of Catshttp://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/paleofuture/2012/02/one-library-for-the-entire-world/ http://www.archives.gov/publications/record/1998/03/titanic.htmlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/barbaradoduk/
  • Law Schools andLegal Education=
  • Fundamentalflaw in designWillful disregardof dangershttp://www.oar.noaa.gov/spotlite/archive/spot_sunclimate.htmlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/historyinanhour/
  • I stand by any interpretationsof this metaphor.http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbaradoduk
  • Design Flawshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/x1brett/
  • • Curriculum• Time• Format• Practicality• Administrative• Financial ROI forstudents
  • Upcoming Issueshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/guilleavalos/
  • •Scholarly publishing•Law professor as faculty•Job market and ArticlingCrisis•Changing legal profession•Declining Applications
  • Law schools are not isolatedhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/spike55151/
  • • Justice gap• Disruptive forces• New Techniques• Tesco Law Firms / ABS• Open Law
  • Librarian Strengthshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenprofeta
  • • Under the Radar• Teach Practical Skills• Savvy in Tech and NewlyImportant Areas• Real World Connections• Transferable Skills andKnowledge
  • Putting it together…http://www.flickr.com/photos/irisphotos/
  • This sounds bad,but it’s actuallya positive situation…if you make it one.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ejpphoto/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/eaubscene/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/53314395@N00/
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa_appel/
  • Thank you!