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UNM Law Library Faculty Present at Law Libraries Conference

April 17, 2015 - Tamara Williams

Professor Reed Benson
Professor Alexandra Siek
Professor Alexandra Siek

UNM Law Library faculty presented papers on legal research outcomes and security issues at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) in Boulder, Colorado, April 9-11.

Professor Alexandra Siek co-presented Think Smarter, Not Harder: The Successes and Failures of Creating a Research Assistant Program. The program examined multiple methods to incorporate students into the research work of an academic law library.

Professor Jennifer Laws and Professor Michelle Rigual co-presented Legal Research Learning Outcomes: Meeting the ABA Standards on Setting and Assessing Learning Outcomes. They reviewed the language of the ABA Standards for Law Schools to establish minimum learning outcomes, outlined the inventory the SWALL law school’s various responses, and applied the responses to the context of teaching legal research skills.

Professor Jennifer Laws
Professor Jennifer Laws

Rigual and Madeline Cohen, U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library Director, co-presented Security Issues in 21st Century Law Libraries. They discussed the pros and cons of security approaches plus the benefits of creating rules of conduct for patron behavior and building employee awareness through training and drilling.

Plenary by Professor Nathalie Martin

Professor Nathalie Martin presented the plenary session: Mindfulness and Visioning for the Future. Martin’s focus was to help the audience prepare for a calmer, more productive, and more focused professional and personal life.

Laws to be association’s president

Professor Michelle Rigual
Professor Michelle Rigual

In addition, Professor Jennifer Laws was named the association’s president for 2015-16.

Rigual to share expertise in webinar

Rigual will be the speaker in the American Association of Law Libraries’ upcoming webinar Security Issues in Law Libraries along with Richard Parris, Chief Security Officer for the District of Columbia Courts. See: http://www.aallnet.org/hc/Calendar/Events/Security-Issues.html.