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A Sci-Fi Nerd’s Fear of AI in the Library

by Nicole Downing I’m a big science fiction fan. I like books, movies, and television shows set in a future where people are exploring space, battling aliens, and using advanced technology in every-day life. This means I am very familiar … Continue reading

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Librarians Belong at Ice Cream Socials Too

by Nicole Downing Working in a law school library, I interact with students all the time. They ask questions at the reference desk, schedule research appointments, and beg me to print a case brief when their technology backfires moments before … Continue reading

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Researching a Rumor: An Exercise for Students in Proving a Negative

by Nicole Downing I was having dinner with some friends from law school, when one of them complained about how a local restaurant charged for refills. She was furious about it! We live in the South – you should be … Continue reading

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Revamping a Dry Class Topic

by Nicole Downing I guest lectured in a fellow librarian’s Advanced Legal Research (ALR) course last semester while he was at a conference. My topic for the class was “Finding People and Companies.” I put together my lesson with the … Continue reading

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Students Always Find the Wikipedia Shortcuts

by Nicole Downing It was that time of year in Advanced Legal Research for a discussion of legislative history. During the lecture portion of the class, I devoted a good amount of time to a step-by-step process for locating a … Continue reading

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Competing for Student Attention: Sign-Ups vs. Attendance

by Nicole Downing It’s the first week back for our law school community. It’s an exciting time as faculty, students, and staff all return to campus. It’s also a time when students have multiple activities competing for their attention. In … Continue reading

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