Life on the Frontlines of Law Librarianship: Working with Law Students, Lawyers & Judges
Anne Matthewman, Chief Law Librarian, Sir James Dunn Law Library, Dalhousie
& Kate Greene Stanhope, Regional Reference and Training Librarian, McInnes Cooper
|Date: Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Location: Rowe 1016
What does it mean to be a law librarian? What type of person makes a good law librarian? What do law librarians do? How can you prepare to be a law librarian? Working in a law library is a stimulating and intellectual experience which offers a world of variety along with the opportunity to play an important role in the legal process.
Join Anne Matthewman and Kate Greene Stanhope as they discuss their experiences and the lessons learned in three different types of law libraries: law school, court/bar association, and private law firm.
Anne and Kate will address the practical realities of being a law librarian including one’s role in the organization, changing expectations of law librarians, evolving job functions, the value of continuing education, and the nitty-gritty of managing budgets, collections and staff.
Anne Matthewman has been the Chief Law Librarian at the Sir James Dunn Law Library, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University since August 1, 2010. Prior to coming to Dalhousie, she was the Library Manager/Executive Director of the Toronto Lawyers Association for 22 years. She has also worked in a public library. Anne has served on several committees and the Executive Boards of both the Canadian and American Association of Law Libraries and is currently the Past President of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries.
Kate Greene Stanhope is the Regional Reference and Training Librarian for the Atlantic Canadian law firm of McInnes Cooper. Prior to joining McInnes Cooper, Kate was the Manager of Library Services for the firm of Patterson Palmer and Librarian at the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union. Kate is a 2003 graduate of the Dalhousie School of Information Management, a 2000 graduate of Dalhousie Law School, and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar in 2001. Kate is currently co-chair of the Halifax Area Law Libraries group.