CS-SIS Breakfast Meeting

If you haven’t already, please consider registering to attend our traditional CS-SIS breakfast meeting to be held offsite at Busboys and Poets at 7:00 am on Tuesday, July 16th.  We have some important business to attend to, including:

  • voting on changes to our bylaws that would permit online annual meetings,
  • discussing and voting on a new CS-SIS strategic plan,
  • recognizing Roger Skalbeck as the 2019 recipient of the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award,
  • congratulating Mari Cheney and Kenton Brice as grant recipients,
  • and last but certainly not least, honoring and thanking Ken Hirsh for his service to CS-SIS as he launches toward a new challenge.

Hope to see you there!

CS-SIS 2019 Annual Meeting Grant Winners

The CS-SIS Grants & Awards Committee would like to announce this year’s AALL Annual Meeting Grants winners.  The 2019 CS-SIS grant for students and new librarians was awarded to Kenton S. Brice, Director of Technology Innovation at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  We also awarded the 2019 CS-SIS grant for experienced librarians to Mari Cheney, Assistant Director, Research and Instruction at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Boley Law Library.  Congratulations to Mari and Kenton.  We look forward to seeing you in Washington D.C. in July.

C.J. Pipins, Chair, 2018-19 CS-SIS Grants & Awards Committee

Roger V. Skalbeck – 2019 Winner of the CS-SIS Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award!

Congratulations to the recipient of 2019 Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award, Roger V. Skalbeck, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Library and Information Services at the University of Richmond School of Law.  Roger’s contributions to CS-SIS, AALL, and the profession as a whole are plentiful.  He is a frequent presenter on legal technology at national conferences, and he writes about libraries, technology, and intellectual property. Some (but not all) of Roger’s other professional activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), serving as a member of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission’s Committee on Self-Represented Litigants, and participating as a member of the Legal Scholarship Advisory Board for LawArXiv.  Congratulations on this very well deserved award!

C.J. Pipins, Chair, 2018-19 CS-SIS Grants & Awards Committee

Cool Tools 2018 Spotlight: Powernotes

In this video, Cindy Bassett, Electronic Services Librarian at the University of Missouri School of Law, demonstrates Powernotes, a paid browser extension that helps researchers to collect sources and citations from multiple websites.  Powernotes is a great tool to create outlines or bibliographies, with the potential to assign citations and quotations to specific subject areas quickly, add comments to each source as they are saved, and re-order sources very easily.

CS-SIS Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected CS-SIS board members:

Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:  Amanda Tyre Watson

Treasurer/Secretary: Shay Elbaum

Member-at-Large: Eli Edwards

Sincere thanks to those who were willing to run for office and to Eric Young and his Nominations Committee for selecting such excellent candidates.


Volunteers Needed – Cool Tools Cafe 2019

As the AALL Annual Meeting approaches, we are still looking for presenters for this year’s edition of Cool Tools Café!  Cool Tools will be at a new time this year: Sunday, July 14 at 4:00 PM!

This year’s program will feature demos of tools, apps, and gadgets that will help librarians create, organize, and deliver information, increase productivity, and connect with users.  Each presenter will present a short (about five minutes) talk about their tool to all attendees.

Following the main program speakers will be available for more in-depth discussions.  The presenters will each move to a demo table to show the tool and answer questions. Presenters will need to bring their own laptops and/or non-laptop devices for the demo table.  Once again, The Cool Tools Café is Sunday, July 14 at 4:00 PM!

Would you or a colleague be willing to demo a technology at Cool Tools Café? Prep time is minimal since all that is needed is a brief explanation and demo of the tool and a 1-page handout to post on the web. If you would like to help but can’t demo we could use a couple of people to help direct attendees to various demos and answer questions.

BYO gadget/laptop is strongly preferred, but let us know if that is not possible and we can try to find an alternative.

Please email Caroline directly to volunteer or if you have any questions.

Review – ABA TechShow 2019

Thanks to a CS-SIS travel grant, I had the good fortune to attend the ABA TechShow 2019 in Chicago.  If you, like me, are teaching a course in legal technology, this conference is a must.  Part of receiving the travel grant was a request to write about the conference and my takeaways.

First, I learned that it is very important to download the conference app.  If you go to the ABA Techshow, you will not have time to go to everything you might want to see.  The programs that I attended were excellent, but often choosing which one to go to was difficult.  The conference app gives you access to program materials, and you can download the materials for those programs that you can’t attend.  It’s not the same as actually attending the program, but at least you get some information about what it covered.

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Data Services in the Law Library

Data Services in the Law Library

By Shay Elbaum, Reference Librarian, Stanford Law School

As empirical legal scholarship continues to pick up steam, academic law librarians are increasingly called upon to support empirical research and provide data services. I’ve had the chance to do so in one of my first assignments as a new reference librarian, gathering and managing a dataset for one of our faculty who’s applying statistical methods to data collected from Congress.gov.

As a new librarian with just enough tech know-how to be dangerous, working on this project has been a learning experience in several dimensions. I’m sharing some highlights here in the hope that others in the same position will glean something useful.

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Cool Tools 2018 Spotlight: Monosnap

Were you unable to make it to the Cool Tools session at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore? The CS-SIS blog is posting video recaps of last year’s sessions so that everyone can get caught up on these new and exciting technologies. So far, we’ve posted Debbie Ginsberg’s blockchain video, as well as Kris Turner’s Coggle video.

Up next: Mari Cheney, Assistant Director of Research and Instruction at Lewis & Clark Law School’s Boley Law Library, walks us through Monosnap, a free and easy-to-use screenshot and screencasting tool. With hotkeys that allow you to easily open the program, save screenshots, and record screencasts, Monosnap is a huge time saver, especially with the built-in editing tools.


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A great big congratulations is in order!

As many of you may know, the CS-SIS Executive Board decided to off an additional grant to the assortment of grants and awards the SIS offers each year.  Providing assistance for a member to attend the preeminent event focused on legal technology fits comfortably within the SIS’s mission.  Thus, the CS-SIS ABA TECHSHOW Grant was born.  Interest in the grant definitely exceeded our expectations, and competition was fierce.  I regret that we are only able to make one award this year because all the applicants are doing exciting things and working on interesting technology focused projects. Nevertheless, a selection had to be made, and it is my great pleasure to announce that the inaugural recipient of the CS-SIS ABA TECHSHOW Grant is Monica Sharum.  Monica is the Head of Library Technology and Instructional Support at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Monica [attended] the TECHSHOW with the goal of finding and sourcing material and support for a new class she will create and teach at McGeorge.  Please join me in congratulating Monica.

C.J. Pipins, Chair, 2018-19 CS-SIS Grants & Awards Committee

Note: Posted well-after the ABA TECHSHOW because the editor managed to bury it in her “to-do” list.  But I did see Monica tearing up a storm at TECHSHOW so CS picked a great winner!

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