Should We Be Doing Less?

By Sabrina Sondhi Like many law librarians, especially those of us who spent time as practicing lawyers, I’m a bit of an overachiever. For many years I’ve set high standards, volunteered for extra tasks, and taken pride in being busy. But the pandemic has affected this, too; I’m tired more often, I sometimes have difficultyContinue reading “Should We Be Doing Less?”

The Sunny Side (when available) of Mental Illness

By Stéphanie Pham-Dang I’m a reference librarian, because I like to connect with people. A colleague once compared me to sunlight. I’ve heard this before (see my first post). She watches me interacting, while she’s at the loan desk. She says I’m a circular conversationalist: patrons ask questions, I answer, then I ask them questions,Continue reading “The Sunny Side (when available) of Mental Illness”

A Few Thoughts on Coordinating Conference Panels

By Marcelo Rodríguez During this year’s Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), I will be coordinating four panels as well as taking on some important responsibilities as the current chair of the AALL Foreign, Comparative and International Law (FCIL) – SIS. To say that this is a lot of work isContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on Coordinating Conference Panels”

Now, Where Was I? Finding Your Focus as an ADHD Law Librarian

By Michael Muehe “That’s a lot of books, you must like to read,” a stranger said to me while we waited for the bus, pointing to the couple of books I was holding. “I’m a librarian, reading’s a big part of me, I suppose,” I replied lightheartedly. Little did this person know that I hadContinue reading “Now, Where Was I? Finding Your Focus as an ADHD Law Librarian”

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Pride at Work

By Marcelo Rodríguez As some of you may know, about a year ago, I moved to a new job in a new city, new state, new everything. When you are the newbie, there is the inevitable expectation of getting to know each other with lots of questions, at times personal questions or a little ofContinue reading “Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Pride at Work”

Public Law Librarianship in Action

By Caroline Nevin I’m now in my fourth year as CEO of what is almost certainly the largest independently-run public law library system in North America, Courthouse Libraries – BC. We operate law libraries inside 30 courthouses, providing an extensive list of virtual and in-person services to members of the legal community, intermediaries and publicContinue reading “Public Law Librarianship in Action”

Candle in the Wind

By Jenny Silbiger We find ourselves in a world opened up from pandemic safety restrictions, with libraries in various scenes of full operation, and for which I find myself in a state of cautious excitement about embracing the physical opening of our doors, delivery of in-person services and physical access to our resources.  At theContinue reading “Candle in the Wind”

Failing Forward – Moving Forward on the Heels of Tragedy

By Andre Davison On Tuesday May 24th, 19 students and two adults were killed at an elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. It happened in the birthplace of Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey. He responded to the tragic shooting on Twitter and said “As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, thisContinue reading “Failing Forward – Moving Forward on the Heels of Tragedy”

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Me and My Law Librarian Friends But Were Afraid to Ask: Zanada Joyner

By Shira Megerman In the second post of “Everything you always wanted to know about me and my law librarian friends but were afraid to ask,” I spoke with Zanada Joyner, Senior Reference Librarian at NC Central University School of Law, and Notes Between Us contributor, on how she became a law librarian.  1. WhatContinue reading “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Me and My Law Librarian Friends But Were Afraid to Ask: Zanada Joyner”