Just in time for the AALL Annual Meeting next month, CS-SIS has a shiny new, printer-friendly PDF brochure.

Big thanks are due to Melissa Serfass of the Communications Committee for her work with AALL in designing the brochure.  Thanks also to Deborah Schander for adding it to the CS website and for her work on spiffing up the site navigation.

As we announced earlier this month, CS-SIS is sponsoring the Web 2.0 Challenge again this summer.  The Challenge is a five-week online course that will introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. It will begin in early August just after the AALL annual meeting and run through early September.

The five-week course will cover these areas:

  • Blogs & RSS
  • Flickr & Social Bookmarking
  • Social Networking and Twitter
  • Wikis and LibGuides
  • Web 2.0 @ Your Library

The course is intended for law librarians who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more. We estimate each week’s materials will take 1-3 hours to complete. You need not be a member of AALL or CS-SIS to participate.

Registration is now open! If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form.  Because there are a limited number of spaces available, course participants may be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.  The registration form will be available through June 29, and we will assign accepted participants to their small groups by July 10. However, course content will be freely viewable to anyone who wishes to follow along.

Questions? Contact Meg Kribble (mkribble AT law.harvard.edu) or Sally Irvin (irvinsa AT wfu.edu).  Those of you who attended his session at CALI last week got a preview of the great work being done by our third organizer, Tom Boone, on this year’s course website.

There were lots of CS-SISsies at the CALI conference in Boulder last week both as attendees and presenters. CS-SIS held a preliminary meeting at the conference to talk about potential CSSIS programs  for the 2010 AALL meeting in Denver. If you weren’t able to attend, there will be another CS-SIS Program Planning Meeting at AALL on Monday, July 27, 2009 from 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM in WCC-Room 158 A.

If you weren’t able to be at CALI’s closing plenary on Saturday, John Mayer announced that next year’s CALI conference will be held at Rutgers School of Law – Camden in Camden, NJ, which is just across the Schuylkill Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA (thanks for the correction!). Here’s an article about their new building, which opened last fall, and here’s a map showing the location.

LibGuides is a “web 2.0 library knowledge sharing system” offered by the company Springshare.  LibGuides is growing in popularity among all kinds of libraries, including law libraries as a platform for creating web-based research guides.

Elizabeth Farrell of Florida State University College of Law has recently added a list of law libraries currently using LibGuides to the CS wiki.

Following the list is a selected list of resources that may be helpful for law libraries currently using LibGuides or considering its purchase.

The Computing Services Special Interest Section continues our practice of providing grants to worthy AALL members to attend the Annual Meeting. The Grants committee, chaired by Monica Sharnum, gave grants to the following four members who we look forward to working with CS-SIS in the years to come.

Library Student and New Librarian grants were given to:

  • Joe Cera, who is enrolled at the University of Washington and is currently Intern/Law Librarianship Student at the University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library
  • Caroline Young, Reference and Technology Librarian at Rutgers University Law School Library

Two grants were given to librarians who have been active members in our profession for three years or more:

  • Carmen Melendez, a Reference Librarian at the University of Puerto Rico Law Library
  • Wei Fang, the Digital Services Librarian at Rutgers University Law School Library

Congratulations to all our recipients. We look forward to seeing them at AALL next month!

Sheri Lewis, Assistant Director at the D’Angelo Law Library, University of Chicago, was unanimously endorsed to receive our highest award.

Sheri is distinguished by her service to our Section and AALL in many official and unofficial capacities, including the Chair of Computing Services from 2000-2001. We hope you will join us at our business meeting when we honor Sheri by officially bestowing this award on her.

There is an AALL Continuing Professional Education webinar on Tuesday, June 9 at 1 pm eastern that may be of interest to CSSISies. It's called “Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU): Can It Work in My Library?” SERU allows libraries and publishers to forgo the traditional (and often burdensome) negotiation process for e-resources in favor of using a set of “common understandings.” Using SERU can save both time and costs for the library and the publisher. In addition to learning about what SERU is and how it works, hear how both librarians and publishers feel about SERU and how SERU is used in practice. What are the legal implications of SERU? Is it feasible in the law library setting? Using a contracts perspective, librarians and publishers alike can learn how using SERU will affect their business relationships. 

The Presenters are Karla Hahn, Assistant Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and Judy Luther, President of Informed Strategies, served together as co-chairs of the NISO Working Group that developed SERU.

The cost is $10 for members and non-members alike. Register online by 5 pm June 5.

Last year CS-SIS sponsored the first Web 2.0 Challenge, an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The course was so popular CS-SIS is sponsoring it again in 2009.

The Web 2.0 Challenge will provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians that incorporates hands-on use of these technologies. The course is intended for law librarians who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more.

The online course will take place between August 3 and September 6. The five week course will cover these areas:

  • Week 1: Blogs & RSS
  • Week 2: Flickr & Social Bookmarking Software
  • Week 3: Social Networking Software and Twitter
  • Week 4: Wikis and LibGuides
  • Week 5: Web 2.0 @ Your Library

Participants will be required to complete a series of weekly activities, including viewing an instructional screencast; completing hands-on exercises based on the lesson; weekly blogging about their experience; and participating in a weekly small group chat session. The course will culminate with each participant developing a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.

Full enrollment will be limited to approximately one hundred participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to anyone who wishes to follow along. Enrolled participants who complete all activities are eligible for final prize drawings (prizes provided by CS-SIS). Certificates will also be awarded to all participants who complete the course.

We anticipate opening enrollment June 22nd. There is no charge for this course and enrollment will be offered on a first come first served basis.

For more information, contact Meg Kribble at mkribbleATlaw.harvard.edu or Sally Irvin at irvinATwfu.edu.

Congratulations to our newly elected CS-SIS Board members:

  • Debbie Ginsberg (Chicago-Kent), ViceChair/Chair-Elect
  • Melissa Serfass (Univ of AR at Little Rock), Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jason Eiseman (Yale), Member at Large

Thanks to all who ran for office this year; we had a great slate of candidates. The current and future CS-SIS Board members look forward to seeing many of our members this summer at AALL.

Westlaw has heard from many in the law school community about the Lexis ASPIRE program (blogged last week) and will be launching its own plan for those soon-to-be law school graduates impacted by start date deferrals and similar circumstances. The program will be called YourLegalCareer dot com and the website will bring together a number of useful Westlaw resources including links to free CLE courses through WestLegalEd Center, a discount subscription to Attorney Jobs, and options to request a free password for pro bono or other work. It is expected to be up and running by the end of May, so stay tuned.