Author Archives: lorajohns

About lorajohns

Linguist, lawyer, librarian. B.A. in linguistics from Dartmouth College. J.D. from Yale Law School.

Leadership and Charisma for the Female Librarian

by Lora Johns I recently read Anne Helen Peterson’s book Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman. Peterson, a professor turned BuzzFeed culture writer, explores the boundaries of acceptable femininity and the famous … Continue reading

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How Do We Engage with Ideas that Make Us Uncomfortable?

by Lora Johns Imagine a patron comes to you at the reference desk. They want to write a term paper, an op-ed, maybe even an amicus brief, and they need research help. The topic is race. Specifically, their thesis is … Continue reading

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Not Just Winter Blues: Can the Library Help Improve Law Student Mental Health?

by Lora Johns March is dreary, gray, and cold. The vivid reds of autumn leaves and apples faded so long ago they might never have been at all. The promise of springtime sun and flowers feels more like a lie—in … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality: What Law Librarians Need to Know

by Lora Johns Net neutrality. It’s one of those terms that’s been slung around so often lately that it’s reached semantic saturation. Like fake news, or covfefe. But you can’t be a law librarian and not care about net neutrality. … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Read That”: The Ethics and Constitutionality of Withholding Books

by Lora Johns The phrase “banned books” is a loaded one. It conjures images of Soviet officers confiscating Western literature at heavily-guarded borders. It reminds us of ceremonial Nazi book-burning in the name of national “purity.” Censorship, we feel, is … Continue reading

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O Holy Nightmare: What to do about emotional labor and holiday burnout

by Lora Johns The holiday season is upon us. We’re inundated with messages to be thankful, to project an “attitude of gratitude.” It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except that for many of us, it’s not. In academic … Continue reading

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Helping ADD Students Succeed at Legal Research

by Lora Johns Lawyers have a split reputation. On the one hand, there’s Dr. Jekyll, Esq. He’s organized; he’s focused; he can write a motion to dismiss and record his billable hours down to the 6-minute increment with impeccable accuracy. … Continue reading

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