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)
To listen to any of these episodes, visit https://anchor.fm/inseclusion.
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