Category Archives: Issues in Librarianship (generally)

Information Literacy Instruction May Not Be Enough

by Margaret Ambrose Fake news is here to stay. Information professionals need to factor this reality into their strategic vision for the future because there is no turning back the clock on this one – Pandora’s Box is officially open. … Continue reading

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Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight!

by Christine Anne George Ages ago, otherwise known as February 2016, I wrote a post-binge post on Making a Murderer. Among other things, I mentioned how the show created a teachable moment where people (hopefully) learned about the limits of … Continue reading

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The S in RIPS and the Value of Libraries

by Paul Gatz In 1976, a Québécois librarian named André Cossette published a thin volume on the philosophy of librarianship, which, many years later, was translated to English by Rory Litwin and published under the title of Humanism and Libraries: An … Continue reading

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The Law Firm of ROSS, HAL, and GladOS

by Erik Adams In April several news sources reported that the law firm of Baker Hostetler had hired a legal robot called ROSS. This artificial intelligence system, built on IBM’s famous Watson system, automates legal tasks like research and the … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Experience of the Past

by Paul Gatz Earlier this year, one of the student journals at the law school where I work hosted a symposium on The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age. I attended many of the panels and talks, including the … Continue reading

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Political Correctness and Safe Spaces in the Law Library

by Margaret Ambrose As any of my co-workers can tell you, I am an avid political-news junkie, and this political season is a doozy. Political correctness has taken center stage, and academia is a major player in this discussion. Most … Continue reading

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Does the U.S.C.A. “spark joy”?

by Erik Y. Adams Like many people, I’ve been reading Marie Kondo’s charming book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Coincidentally, we’re going through another round of downsizing our print collection at my library. We’ve used all the usual metrics for deciding … Continue reading

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