Author Archives: beausteenken

On Sabbaticals and Term-Limits

by Beau Steenken Today marks a beginning and an end for me. On the one hand, today is the first day of my first ever research sabbatical. (U.K. considers librarians to be 12-month faculty, so I’m splitting my sabbatical and … Continue reading

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On the Brink of the Abyss; Planning for Library Services after the Plunge

by Beau Steenken Though I have written about politically-related topics a time or two on this blog, this week’s title does not refer to North Korea, Syria , Russia, or France. No, the title refers to something much more certain and imminent: … Continue reading

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Letting 1Ls Leave the Nest

by Beau Steenken This week, I am teaching the final classes for this year’s 1L Legal Research. (At U.K., we teach nine classes spread out over the fall, and another six spread out over the spring, but we end early … Continue reading

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On the Value of Student Conferences

by Beau Steenken Earlier this week I emerged from the annual occurrence that my wife refers to as “three weeks of hell every winter,” namely grading and student conferencing. I’ve posted before about how grading is not my favorite aspect … Continue reading

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Bridging the Political Gap (or yawning chasm) in the Classroom

by Beau Steenken At the beginning of the semester last fall, I wrote about the increased difficulty of teaching in politically turbulent times. This may be somewhat of an understatement, but the level of division in our society has not … Continue reading

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