Author Archives: beausteenken

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

Posted in Legal Research Instruction, Patron Services, Planning, Reference Services | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Information Literacy, Legal Research Instruction | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Legal Research Instruction, Teaching (general), Work/Life Balance | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Administrative Law, Current Events, Legal Research Instruction, Teaching (general) | Tagged | Leave a comment

Reference Librarians, Institutional Memory, & Bluebook Common Law

by Beau Steenken A significant portion of the reference work my colleagues and I do involves assisting students on our two journals, the Kentucky Law Journal and the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law. While some of the work we … Continue reading

Posted in Legal Research Instruction, Reference Services | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Building Better Libraries with ORALL

by Beau Steenken Last week I attended the 2016 annual meeting of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL) in Dayton, Ohio. ORALL tends to be one of my favorite conferences. On the one hand, its relatively small size … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Issues in Law Librarianship, Legal Specialty Subjects, Regional meetings | Leave a comment

Print Lives! (At Least Pedagogically)

by Beau Steenken Recently, we at University of Kentucky Law have been shedding significant portions of our print collection. We have done away with journals, state codes of jurisdictions other than Kentucky, and the regional reporters (opting only to keep the Kentucky … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign & International Research, Issues in Law Librarianship, Legal Research Instruction, Library Collections | Tagged | 1 Comment