LISP Members Featured on “In Seclusion” Podcast

In case you missed it, many LISP members have been featured on Greg Lambert’s “In Seclusion” podcast. The mini podcast examines changes in the industry due to the pandemic.  Here is a look at the episodes that featured just a few of our members:

Jenny Silbiger (State Law Librarian, Hawaii State Judiciary):  Jenny says “aloha” to Greg from the great state of Hawaii.  She discusses working in Hawaii, the history of the Supreme Court Law Library, her library’s response to COVID-19 and the transition to work from home.  They also talk about Jenny’s work as the Access to Justice Coordinator, launching a virtual reference desk, and how they are coordinating the re-opening of the library.  (May 12, 2020 episode)

Lucy Curci-Gonzalez (Executive Director, New York Law Institute) with Emily Moog: Lucy and Emily talk to Greg about the mission of the New York Law Institute and how collections may change after the pandemic.  They also discuss how NYLI updated their technology and business continuity plan, making an easier transition to working from home.  The podcast ends with their seven steps to re-opening and returning to business. (May 8, 2020 episode)

Sarah Mauldin (Law Librarian, DeKalb County Law Library): Sarah and Greg talk about how the county law library staff closed the library during the pandemic and worked with vendors to provide database use at home.  Sarah also looks to the future and discusses the changes in service, the challenges to the physical space, and how they can help people from a distance. (May 7, 2020 episode)

Amy Small (Assistant Director, Texas State Law Library): Amy gives Greg a rundown of services before and after the pandemic started, how her library rolled out a successful chat service, and their collaboration with the Harris County Law Library.  She also discusses how their staff is handling working from home and plans for opening their physical location again.  (May 5, 2020 episode)

Joe Lawson (Deputy Director, Harris County Law Library): Joe and Greg talk about life in the middle of a pandemic, how the county law library staff became equipped to work from home, and how they launched a virtual reference desk.  Joe also discusses how the court system is adapting to the pandemic with help from the law library, while also working with the local bar on video conferencing software CLE materials. (May 4, 2020 episode)

Heather Simmons (Associate Director for Instruction & Access Services, University of Georgia) with Kyle Courtney:  Heather and Kyle discuss the process of mindfulness and techniques to help during this time of anxiety.  They talk to Greg about using mindfulness as a tool in your toolbox, finding time to mediate, and how to use breathe to bring your focus back when your mind wanders.  For more information on mindfulness, check out this AALL Spectrum article written by Heather and Kyle.  (April 13, 2020 episode)

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LISP Sponsored AALL 2019 Program Available on AALL2go

While you wait for this year’s AALL virtual conference to commence, check out last year’s LISP sponsored program, available on AALL2go.

During the 2019 AALL Meeting in Washington, LISP sponsored the program, “Engaging Public Librarians in the Access to Justice Movement: Creating Skills-Based Legal Research Continuing Education Programs”.  This session featured LISP members, Anne Rajotte from the University of Connecticut School of Law Library and Christopher Roy, from the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries, discussing a program they developed to teach legal research skills to public librarians in Connecticut. 

They created a half day workshop that focuses on basic information about the law and court system, tips on a successful legal reference transaction, how to find credible information online, and making effective referrals.  Pulling from legal instruction techniques, the workshop includes instruction, role play, and practice.  In the first half of the session, the law librarians discuss primary sources, giving basic search demonstrations, and modeling how to use the court website.  The second half of the workshop allows the public librarians to practice answering reference questions and simulating interview role playing.  These exercises allowed the public librarians to practice common reference questions using the free online resources that were presented in the first half. 

For more information on this program or to watch the recording, visit

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LISP Sponsored Program Chosen for AALL Virtual

Congratulations to the LISP Education Committee for their program proposal “Law Library Neutrality in a Time of Political Upheaval”, which was selected as a live streamed session during AALL’s Virtual Meeting.  The program will take place on Thursday, July 16th from 3:30-4:30PM (CDT). 

Moderated by LISP Education Committee co-chair Nicole Dyszlewski, “Law Library Neutrality in a Time of Political Upheaval” will examine the conflict between neutrality and critical librarianship.  Joining Nicole for this crucial conversation will be LISP member Sarah Lamdan, Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law and Todd Melnick, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. 

Below is the program description:

However unachievable, neutrality is often viewed as a core value of our profession. Does neutrality serve today’s libraries, or does it do harm by limiting our conversations and ability to take action? According to Jennifer A. Ferreti, “critical librarianship is not neutral.” In the current times, where libraries are contending with issues such as escalating prices, diminished bargaining power, and contentious political upheaval, it may be time to reconsider neutrality as the best way forward for our patrons, our institutions, and ourselves as professionals. This panel will discuss critical librarianship and conflicts of neutrality.

Thank you to LISP Education Committee co-chair Rebecca Sherman for coordinating this program. 

For more information on the AALL Virtual Meeting, please visit

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LISP Members Present at CALIcon 2020

Congratulations to LISP members Zanada Joyner and Joe Lawson on their presentations at CALIcon 2020!

Zanada Joyner, Senior Reference Librarian at North Carolina Central University School of Law, presented “Instruction and Collaboration During COVID: Creating an Inclusive Environment” with law librarians Tina Ching, Kelly Leong, George Tavultsides, Mike Martinez, and Dennis Prieto.  The session was a video discussion that focused on communicating with students, overcoming technology equity obstacles, and looking at productivity tools to keep in touch with colleagues.  Zanada and Kelly spoke about technology equity issues, finding a way to make the online environment more inclusive while staying sensitive to student issues and privacy concerns. 

Joe Lawson, Deputy Director at the Harris County Law Library, presented “Make A Production Out of It: Video Content for Instruction and Outreach” with Jennifer Laws and Rena Seidler.  The session focused on creating professional looking videos for classroom or CLE instruction with an emphasis on accessibility issues. Joe discussed the different video editors that are available and demonstrated basic video editing techniques.  

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LISP-SIS Members Working to Close the Access to Justice Gap

LISP members, including Sarah Larsen, Joe Lawson, Sue Ludington, Catherine McGuire, Sara Pic and Jennie Silbiger have been working throughout 2020 on developing and implementing webinars as part of WebJunction’s Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice Through Public Libraries.  The online trainings are provided for free to public library staff through a partnership between the Legal Services Corporation and OCLC’s WebJunction.  LISP members have been teaching public library staff how to conduct a legal reference interview, determine the difference between legal information and legal advice, and develop civil legal research collections.  They are now working on a self-paced training to be available as of October 2020.  For more information on this project, please visit

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