Category Archives: Reference Services

What’s a Librarian Without a Library?

As many of us continue working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, I’ve been exploring what it means to be a librarian without full access to a physical library building. Can we really provide the same depth and scope of services remotely for an extended period of time, without losing value or disappointing our … Continue reading

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Why Your Library Needs to Proactively Support Journal Students

I’m not going to talk about the pandemic today. Nope. Now, let’s move onto something else that recently troubled me. In a recent AALL community post, someone asked about interlibrary loan functions for journal students and one reply really caught … Continue reading

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Better in Print? Guiding Students to Books in the Digital Age

Lately, I’ve been wondering if there are certain legal sources that are better in print than online. I am, admittedly, part of a generation of law graduates and students that hardly ever open a book to conduct legal research. By … Continue reading

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Is this Tool Making Law School too Easy?

I recently had a conversation with a very happy 1L at the reference desk.  I asked him how he was liking his first year of law school and said I hoped it wasn’t too stressful.  He smiled and said he … Continue reading

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Beyond the Reference Desk

A formative experience for me in library school was working the reference desk with the librarians at the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington. I watched in wonder as the librarians each listened to their respective patrons, and … Continue reading

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