Category Archives: Technology

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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Navigating COVID-19 and a Possible Campus Closure as a Reference Librarian

New COVID-19 cases are popping up across the U.S. bringing inevitable changes to the usual work environment. In particular, several school campuses have already cancelled in-person classes or at least instituted international travel restriction. In the face of potential disruption … Continue reading

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The Future of PACER

PACER or Public Access to Court Electronic Records is a government run website that allows anyone to make an account and access court records electronically. This data is pulled from CM/ECF an electronic filing system that, according to a 2014 … Continue reading

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If Busy, Then Try This

The culture of productivity is deeply embedded in American society.  From its inception, with the habits of Benjamin Franklin, to the modern-day obsession with improving productivity at all costs, we’ve been taught for generations that we should be constantly improving … Continue reading

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Using Microsoft Teams in Legal Research Class

As a law librarian at Penn State Law, I get to teach one section of Legal Research course every fall for the 1Ls. Last year was my first year at my current position and I used Canvas to manage the … Continue reading

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