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Name: Thomas Walker Organization: Liberty University School of Law – Ehrhorn Law Library Title: Associate Librarian for Collection Management How did you become interested in law librarianship? I was a music librarian that got involved with scholarly communication and institutional repositories, that led to learning about copyright, which led to me becoming more active on copyright committees in my...
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Missing your LR&W colleagues from across the country? Wondering how to make your online classes engaging? Want more Zoom sessions in your life? If you answered yes to two out of three, then please join William & Mary as we host an online conference dedicated to excellence in teaching LR&W online. While no law school...
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The Fall 2019 VALL Meeting was a success! We were thankful to have the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens host our meeting. The first session was on what to look for when reviewing, initiating, or reviewing a contract. Along with how to negotiate the terms of a contract. Stinson Mundy from Linden Legal Strategies led this...
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Franklin Runge
Name: Franklin L. Runge Organization: Washington & Lee University, School of Law Title: Head of User Services How did you become interested in law librarianship? When I was in practice, my firm’s offices were located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. Instead of working in my office, I would head over to the law library that was attached to...
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Welcome to the following new members: Julie Beamer – Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Gabrielle Dennis – Thomson Reuters Allison Gifford - Alexandria Law Library Isaac Needell – Norfolk Law Library Leslie Street – William & Mary Law School
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VALL Voting Members , At the recent Executive Board meeting, two updates to the Bylaws were proposed to address changes to our organizational structure and operational processes. In accordance with the VALL constitution, members are being notified of these proposed changes in advance of the next meeting (October 25, 2019). Article I, Sec. 5 Current language: Section 5: Suspension...
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by Molly Lentz-Meyer As a relatively new research instructor I am always on the look-out for ways to improve my teaching and the experience of my students. This year’s programming provided a wealth of opportunity to learn what practitioners wish students knew, and how to teach them those skills. I have found in prepping my...
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by Ashley Vavra First, a highlight: AALL 2019’s Thompson Reuters reception at the Library of Congress. I saw Dr. Carla Hayden speak, gawked at the art on the walls and ceiling of that beautiful building, and met dozens of friends-of-a-friend. I took an entirely unsophisticated number of photos. That opportunity was just one exciting piece...
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by Kelsey Cox As a new law librarian (just shy of six months), I was very eager to attend my first AALL Conference and participate in the Conference of Newer Librarians (“CONELL”).  My mentors had described CONELL as a fun, engaging, and rewarding experience where lifelong bonds would be formed. With such high regards and...
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