The Future of Law Libraries: The Future Is Now?
This is supposed to be the future of law libraries. A decade into the 21st century, how is it working? Is the digital utopia all it's cracked up to be? What's taken off like a rocket? What's misfiring? Join us on June 16, 2011 for a day of reviewing where we've come from, looking at how the predictions panned out, examining what's going well, and dissecting missteps. We'll also discuss and critique blueprints for the next iterations of our future. Anyone interested in the present and future of law libraries is welcome to attend this free event.
- 8:30 Breakfast
- 8:45 Welcome
- 9:00 Opening Keynote
- 9:30 The Open Law Movement Provocateur: Carl Malamud (@carlmalamud), Public.Resource.org, "The Future of Law Libraries: 12 Tables or 7-11?""
- 10:30 The Open Access Movement Provocateur: Richard Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services and Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Duke Law School
- 11:30 The Open Collections Movement Provocateur: Robert Darnton, Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Harvard University, see his article from the New York Review of Books Google's Loss: The Public's Gain.
- 12:30 Lunch
- 1:00 Working Together
- 2:00 Unconference time (propose-your-own-sessions) and Library Lab demos, and tours
- 3:00 Hacking the Casebook: eLangdell and other Studies in Cases Provocateur: Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (@zittrain); Video Presentation
- 4:00 Developing Human Resources: The Skills Needed for Law Librarians of Today and the Future Provocateur: Kathie Price, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida Levin College of Law
- 5:00 Lobby time, drinks, and more lab demos
- 7:30 Birds of a Feather dinners
Coffee, bagels, and so forth in the lobby outside the meeting room.
John Palfrey, Harvard Law School (@jpalfrey)
Robert Berring, Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Respondent: Joe Hodnicki, County Law Library Director, Butler County Law Library (Ohio) "Print is Just a Technical Accident"
Respondent: June Liebert, Assistant Professor & Director of the Louis L. Biro Law Library, The John Marshall Law School
Respondent: Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor, University of Virginia, Department of Media Studies & School of Law; author, "The Googlization of Everything" (@sivavaid)
The usual conference fare -- sandwiches and salads -- in the lobby outside the meeting room. Feel free to enjoy lunch outside picnic style.
Provocateur: Michelle Wu, Professor of Law and Law Library Director, Georgetown University, "Expanding Collections and Building a Digital Law Library Through Collaboration"; see also her draft paper, Building a Collaborative Digital Collection, a Necessary Evolution in Libraries.
Breakout session rooms
Pound 108: Digital Plus Confidentiality and Potential Roles for Law Libraries (proposed by Anne Klinefelter)
Austin North (or outside on Holmes field in front of Langdell, if it's not too hot!): Taking the Long View (proposed by Meg Kribble)
Austin 111: Role for law libraries in e-learning initiative (proposed by Simon Canick)
Austin 308: Is that swan black? (proposed by Kent McKeever)
Areeda 524: Heading for the finish line for the Massachusetts inventory for AALL/Law.gov/Open law (proposed by Michelle Pearse)
HLS Library Lab Demos The HLS Library Innovation Lab (LIL) crew will demo their projects in Langdell Hall in the third floor conference room. Meet at the HLS Library circulation desk inside Langdell Hall or make your way up by stairs or elevator. Lab demos will also be available at 5pm.
Library Tours If you would like a tour of the HLS Library, please meet George Taoultsides and Lisa Junghahn on the front steps of Langdell Hall. Library tours will also be available at 5pm. We also invite you to visit our exhibit, Law Books in Fancy Dress, in the Caspersen Room at the north end of the HLS Library Reading Room until 5pm.
Respondent: John P. Mayer, Executive Director, CALI (@johnpmayer)
Respondents: Sarah Glassmeyer, Faculty Services and Outreach Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law, Valparaiso University & Ronald Wheeler, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law (@sglassmeyer)
Some people say that the best part of conferences is the time spent in the lobby before, during, and after sessions. This workshop will have an extended "lobby time" of two hours or so between the end of the sessions at 5:00 p.m. and the peer-produced dinner sessions. For those involved in the 2:00 unconference sessions, we will have another opportunity to see what our Library Lab is up to. Library tours are also available.
Drinks will be available in Austin outside the conference room.
HLS Library Lab Demos The HLS Library Innovation Lab (LIL) crew will demo their projects in Langdell Hall in the third floor conference room. Meet at the HLS Library circulation desk inside Langdell Hall or make your way up by stairs or elevator.
Library Tours If you would like a tour of the HLS Library, please meet Margaret Cianfarini and Pam Peifer on the front steps of Langdell Hall.
Followup contacts for topics
Open Law: Lisa Junghahn, ljunghahn at law.harvard.edu
Open Access: Todd Melnick
DPLA: Barbara Garavaglia
Collaboration: Michelle Wu, mmw84 at law.georgetown.edu
Hacking the Casebook: John Mayer
Human Resources: Rich Leiter and Sarah Glassmeyer
The primary meeting room is:
Austin Hall, Room 100 (aka Austin North) Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Note that this is a change from our original location of Pound Hall. Austin Hall is a different building than the library. It looks like this.
Social media, webcast, and wireless
Blogging and tweeting is encouraged. The hashtag for the event is #FoLL2011. We will also webcast as much of the day as possible.
Videos of the day are now available (for greatest success in streaming these videos, use the most recent version of the Quicktime player and open the videos using the right click>open with function):
Video 1: Welcome, Bob Berring, Carl Malamud, Joe Hodnicki
Video 2: Dick Danner, June Liebert, Robert Darnton, Siva Vaidhyanathan
Video 3: Michelle Wu
Please note: The videos are intended for streaming; downloading them may not work. Also, some users are having trouble viewing these videos. We are looking into the issue and will provide additional information when it is available. We plan to process the videos and place them on YouTube over the next couple weeks.
There is an archive of photos from the event on Flickr here.
Accommodations and additional information
We've acquired a block of rooms at the Harvard discounted rate for the nights of June 15th and 16th at the following hotels:
The Sheraton Commander - $239.00 per night
The Inn at Harvard – $239.00
Harvard on the Square - $209.00
In order to receive the Harvard discounted rate for the Inn at Harvard or Harvard on the Square, you must make your reservation by phone, (617) 520-3738.
To make a reservation at the Sheraton Commander, please visit the web page set up for our block of rooms.
We encourage you to make your reservations quickly as June is an extremely busy month here in Cambridge, and many hotels in the area are already fully booked. Also, there are only a limited amount of rooms being held for us at the Harvard discounted rate, and once those rooms are reserved, guests will be charged the full rate.
Questions about anything else? Please contact Pam Peifer (peifer AT law.harvard.edu).