Author Archives: alynnmatthews

About alynnmatthews

Librarian and communications nerd with a B.A. in journalism from Hampton University, J.D. from University of Miami Law, and M.S.L.I.S. from Catholic University of America.

Who Teaches Tech? (Spoiler: Librarians!)

We’re six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and I think it’s clear by now that the way we learn, teach, and engage with each other may forever be changed. For better or worse, technology is an even bigger part of … Continue reading

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What’s a Librarian Without a Library?

As many of us continue working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been exploring what it means to be a librarian without full access to a physical library building. Can we really provide the same depth and scope of services remotely for an extended period of time, without losing value or disappointing our … Continue reading

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Better in Print? Guiding Students to Books in the Digital Age

Lately, I’ve been wondering if there are certain legal sources that are better in print than online. I am, admittedly, part of a generation of law graduates and students that hardly ever open a book to conduct legal research. By … Continue reading

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Listening & Learning as a New(er) Law Librarian

Recently, I looked at my calendar and realized that I’ve been a law librarian for a little more than two years. This fact snuck up on me for many reasons; mainly, time flies when you’re having fun! But it also … Continue reading

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Law Student Engagement at the Reference Desk

This month, our law librarians are deep in the throes of mandatory scholarly writing consultations. We meet with students who are preparing original comments or case notes as part of their Scholarly Writing course, and help them develop articles suitable … Continue reading

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