The 2008 recipient of the CS-SIS Kenneth J. Hirsh Award is Mark Folmsbee, Associate Dean of Computer Services and Associate Director of the Law Library at the Washburn University School of Law. Mark has been a guiding force in law school and law library technology for nearly 20 years and has been a leader in the CS-SIS and AALL.

An early innovator, Mark established the AALLnet site online in the 1990’s. He hosted the site at Washburn University School of Law using Telnet and a Lynx Web client. He also hosted the first AALL email lists, including the listserv for the Automation and Scientific Development SIS – the predecessor to the Computing Services SIS.

Mark has been active at the national level in AALL by serving as a member of the AALL Executive Board from 1997-2000. He was chair of the CS-SIS from 1995-96. Additionally, Mark has been a frequent presenter at the AALL annual meetings and CS-SIS sponsored events. He has served on numerous AALL committees and committees and workgroups in the CS-SIS.

On a personal level, Mark has been an informal mentor and an advisor on technology matters to innumerable CS-SIS members and colleagues in the law librarian profession.The Hirsh Disinguished Service Award will be presented during the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in July 2008. The membership of the CS-SIS Awards Committee for 2007-2008 is Prano Amjadi, Therese Clarke Arado, and Sheri Lewis.

Congrats to our two grant winners this year, Stacey L. Rowland from the University of Mississippi and Raizel Liebler from John Marshall Law School. The CS-SIS grant covers their conference registration fees to attend the annual AALL conference.

The Web 2.0 Challenge — a free, comprehensive, and interactive online course — will use hands-on exercises to introduce law librarians to many kinds of social technologies in just five weeks.  The course is intended for those who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more.

Although enrollment in the course is now full, anyone may follow along with the course as a guest.  Most of the course content will be available to you.  To access the course, go to http://www.cssis.org/Web20Challenge/login/ and select “Login as guest.”

The course is scheduled for the five weeks after the AALL Annual Meeting (July 21-Aug. 24, 2008).  You may follow along with this schedule, or at your own pace if you prefer.

If you're planning to attend the AALL Annual Meeting, we invite you to attend session H1, Cool Tools: Energizing Law Librarianship with Web 2.0 on Tuesday from 9:00 to 10:30. Bonnie Shucha will be leading one of the showcases in which she will discuss the Web 2.0 Challenge and preview the course content.

If you have any questions about the Web 2.0 Challenge, please contact course organizers, Bonnie Shucha  <bjshucha@wisc.edu>, Debbie Ginsberg <dginsberg@kentlaw.edu>, or Meg Kribble <kribblem@nsu.law.nova.edu>

Come have fun at our officially-sponsored karaoke event on Saturday, July 12. Full information is here.

Starting June 13th, register for the CS-SIS Web 2.0 Challenge!

The Web 2.0 Challenge will provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians by directing them in 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 July 21 and August 18. The five week course will cover these areas:

  • Week 1: Blogs & RSS
  • Week 2: Wikis
  • Week 3: Social Networking Software and Second Life
  • Week 4: Flickr & Social Bookmarking Software
  • Week 5: Selling Social Software @ Your Library

For more information, including how to sign up, go here.

Check out the schedule of events planned by CSSIS for Portland. We’ll see you there!

Update: Karaoke has been added.

The Computing Services SIS Executive Board would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s CS-SIS elections.

Bonnie Shucha has been elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Meg Kribble has been elected Member-at-Large.

The CS-SIS Awards Committee (Prano Amjadi, Therese Clarke Arado, Sheri Lewis) is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Computing Services Special Interest Section’s Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award:

Mr. Mark Folmsbee, Associate Dean of Computer Services and Associate Director of the Law Library, Washburn University School of Law Library

The award will be presented at the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

CS-SIS is pleased to announce the Web 2.0 Challenge, an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The Web 2.0 Challenge will provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians by directing them in hands-on use of these technologies. The course is intended for those who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more.

The online course will take place between July 21 and August 18, immediately following the AALL Annual Meeting. The five week course will cover these areas:

  • Week 1: Blogs & RSS
  • Week 2: Wikis
  • Week 3: Social Networking Software and Second Life
  • Week 4: Flickr & Social Bookmarking Software
  • Week 5: Selling Social Software @ 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 ninety participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to anyone who wishes to follow along. Enrolled participants who complete all weekly activities are eligible for weekly and grand prize drawings (prizes provided by CS-SIS). Certificates will also be awarded to all participants who complete the course.

We anticipate opening enrollment at the end of June. There is no charge for this course and enrollment will be offered first come, first served. A limited number of spots will also be reserved for on site registration at the AALL Annual Meeting CS-SIS program, H-1: Cool Tools: Energizing Law Librarianship with Web 2.0 on Tuesday, July 15th.

If you would like to be notified when enrollment opens, please send us your contact information.

If you have any questions or comments, please also enter them on the form – or you may contact Bonnie Shucha at bjshucha@wisc.edu.

Sincerely,
Bonnie Shucha, Debbie Ginsberg and Meg Kribble
Web 2.0 Challenge Co-chairs

Call for Nominations: Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award

The CS-SIS Awards Committee (Prano Amjadi, Therese Clarke Arado, Sheri Lewis) invites nominations for the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award. This award honors a CS-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS, to AALL, and who is well regarded for their service to the profession.  The inaugural award recipient was Ken Hirsh, in whose honor the award is named.  For more information on the nomination process, please go here or contact Sheri Lewis.