Guide on the Side - National Library Week: What's the Point?By Marie Wallace, Published on April 1, 1998
Marie Wallace has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a librarian, beginning in 1951 in academia with the University of California and transitioning in 1971 into the private law library world until her 1995 retirement from O'Melveny & Myers. She is the 1997 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries' highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her professional life, Marie has been a guiding force in the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Practising Law Institute's programs for law librarians and Teaching Legal Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL).
Today, Marie has commenced on a new path she terms "Life in Progress," which enables her to pursue a diversity of interests as a master swimmer, law librarian, trainer, storyboarder and designer of wearable art. She continues to be a dynamic speaker and prolific writer on such topics as private law library management, presentations and training. She is a member of Toastmasters International and is active with the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and in continuing education for private law librarians. She devotes her "free" time to various non-profit and civic activities. Always open to new ideas, Marie can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|We know that change is a given and that law libraries are no
exception. How about your perception of National Library Week
(NLW)? Are you in the "ho-hum" or the "gung-ho" camp? The
"ho-hums" ask what's the point of encouraging law students, lawyers or judges to
read but the "gung-hos" jump at a chance to assert their influence.
What's the Point?
Active observation of NLW can provide law librarians with a variety of opportunities to affirm and celebrate change in their organizations. They can make the invisible visible in a single well planned and publicized NLW event plus:
Also, observing NLW is the ultimate exercise in packaging and presenting information. Knowing how to inform, persuade or entertain are vital Information Age skills and if not mastered, law library users may be unaware that law librarians are in a leadership role.
Viewing NLW as a presentation, you can use the post-it note technique described in www.llrx.com/columns/guide10.htm . Articulate your point of view (POV), the audience's main interest, the benefit of NLW to the audience and the results or actions anticipated. Identify one main objective and limit any secondary objectives to no more than two. Organize ideas by objectives. Use banners, posters, Web pages or the Intranet as media.
A critical step in planning a NLW event is to align your objective(s) with your those of the larger organization. What is main the purpose? Objectives might be: