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The Future of Law Libraries: The Future Is Now?

This is supposed to be the future of law libraries. A decade into the 21st century, how is it working? Is the digital utopia all it's cracked up to be? What's taken off like a rocket? What's misfiring? Join us on June 16, 2011 for a day of reviewing where we've come from, looking at how the predictions panned out, examining what's going well, and dissecting missteps. We'll also discuss and critique blueprints for the next iterations of our future. Anyone interested in the present and future of law libraries is welcome to attend this free event.

Register here.

Tentative schedule

  • 8:30 Breakfast
  • Coffee, bagels, and so forth in the lobby outside the meeting room.
  • 8:45 Welcome
  • John Palfrey, Harvard Law School (@jpalfrey)
  • 9:00 Opening Keynote
  • Robert Berring, Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
  • 9:30 The Open Law Movement
  • Provocateur: Carl Malamud (@carlmalamud),, "The Future of Law Libraries: 12 Tables or 7-11?"" Respondent: Joe Hodnicki, County Law Library Director, Butler County Law Library (Ohio) "Print is Just a Technical Accident"
  • 10:30 The Open Access Movement
  • Provocateur: Richard Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services and Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Duke Law School Respondent: June Liebert, Assistant Professor & Director of the Louis L. Biro Law Library, The John Marshall Law School
  • 11:30 The Open Collections Movement
  • Provocateur: Robert Darnton, Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Harvard University, see his article from the New York Review of Books Google's Loss: The Public's Gain. Respondent: Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor, University of Virginia, Department of Media Studies & School of Law; author, "The Googlization of Everything" (@sivavaid)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • The usual conference fare -- sandwiches and salads -- in the lobby outside the meeting room. Feel free to enjoy lunch outside picnic style.
  • 1:00 Working Together
  • Provocateur: Michelle Wu, Professor of Law and Law Library Director, Georgetown University, "Expanding Collections and Building a Digital Law Library Through Collaboration"; see also her draft paper, Building a Collaborative Digital Collection, a Necessary Evolution in Libraries.
  • 2:00 Unconference time (propose-your-own-sessions) and Library Lab demos, and tours
  • Feel free to propose a break-out session. Or use it as "lobby time," where you just hang out with other participants, Tweet about what we've discussed, or take a break. Breakout session rooms Pound 108: Digital Plus Confidentiality and Potential Roles for Law Libraries (proposed by Anne Klinefelter) Pound 204: Information Literacy and Changing Patron Needs (proposed by Sarah Glassmeyer) Pound 335: Managing for the Future (proposed by Ron Wheeler) Austin North (or outside on Holmes field in front of Langdell, if it's not too hot!): Taking the Long View (proposed by Meg Kribble) Austin 111: Role for law libraries in e-learning initiative (proposed by Simon Canick) Austin 308: Is that swan black? (proposed by Kent McKeever) Areeda 524: Heading for the finish line for the Massachusetts inventory for AALL/ law (proposed by Michelle Pearse) HLS Library Lab Demos The HLS Library Innovation Lab (LIL) crew will demo their projects in Langdell Hall in the third floor conference room. Meet at the HLS Library circulation desk inside Langdell Hall or make your way up by stairs or elevator. Lab demos will also be available at 5pm. Library Tours If you would like a tour of the HLS Library, please meet George Taoultsides and Lisa Junghahn on the front steps of Langdell Hall. Library tours will also be available at 5pm. We also invite you to visit our exhibit, Law Books in Fancy Dress, in the Caspersen Room at the north end of the HLS Library Reading Room until 5pm.
  • 3:00 Hacking the Casebook: eLangdell and other Studies in Cases
  • Provocateur: Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School (@zittrain); Video Presentation Respondent: John P. Mayer, Executive Director, CALI (@johnpmayer)
  • 4:00 Developing Human Resources: The Skills Needed for Law Librarians of Today and the Future
  • Provocateur: Kathie Price, Professor Emeritus, University of Florida Levin College of Law Respondents: Sarah Glassmeyer, Faculty Services and Outreach Librarian & Assistant Professor of Law, Valparaiso University & Ronald Wheeler, Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor of Law, University of San Francisco School of Law (@sglassmeyer)
  • 5:00 Lobby time, drinks, and more lab demos
  • Some people say that the best part of conferences is the time spent in the lobby before, during, and after sessions. This workshop will have an extended "lobby time" of two hours or so between the end of the sessions at 5:00 p.m. and the peer-produced dinner sessions. For those involved in the 2:00 unconference sessions, we will have another opportunity to see what our Library Lab is up to. Library tours are also available. Drinks will be available in Austin outside the conference room. HLS Library Lab Demos The HLS Library Innovation Lab (LIL) crew will demo their projects in Langdell Hall in the third floor conference room. Meet at the HLS Library circulation desk inside Langdell Hall or make your way up by stairs or elevator. Library Tours If you would like a tour of the HLS Library, please meet Margaret Cianfarini and Pam Peifer on the front steps of Langdell Hall.

    Followup contacts for topics

    Open Law: Lisa Junghahn, ljunghahn at

    Open Access: Todd Melnick

    DPLA: Barbara Garavaglia

    Collaboration: Michelle Wu, mmw84 at

    Hacking the Casebook: John Mayer

    Human Resources: Rich Leiter and Sarah Glassmeyer

  • 7:30 Birds of a Feather dinners

Suggested Readings


The primary meeting room is:

Austin Hall, Room 100 (aka Austin North) Harvard Law School, 1515 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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Note that this is a change from our original location of Pound Hall. Austin Hall is a different building than the library. It looks like this.

Social media, webcast, and wireless

Blogging and tweeting is encouraged. The hashtag for the event is #FoLL2011. We will also webcast as much of the day as possible.

Videos of the day are now available (for greatest success in streaming these videos, use the most recent version of the Quicktime player and open the videos using the right click>open with function):

Video 1: Welcome, Bob Berring, Carl Malamud, Joe Hodnicki

Video 2: Dick Danner, June Liebert, Robert Darnton, Siva Vaidhyanathan

Video 3: Michelle Wu

Video 4: Jonathan Zittrain (for better audio, watch directlyindo terbaru), John Mayer, Kathie Price, Sarah Glassmeyer, Ron Wheeler

Please note: The videos are intended for streaming; downloading them may not work. Also, some users are having trouble viewing these videos. We are looking into the issue and will provide additional information when it is available. We plan to process the videos and place them on YouTube over the next couple weeks.

There is an archive of photos from the event on Flickr here.

Accommodations and additional information

We've acquired a block of rooms at the Harvard discounted rate for the nights of June 15th and 16th at the following hotels:

The Sheraton Commander - $239.00 per night

The Inn at Harvard – $239.00

Harvard on the Square - $209.00

In order to receive the Harvard discounted rate for the Inn at Harvard or Harvard on the Square, you must make your reservation by phone, (617) 520-3738.

To make a reservation at the Sheraton Commander, please visit the web page set up for our block of rooms.

We encourage you to make your reservations quickly as June is an extremely busy month here in Cambridge, and many hotels in the area are already fully booked. Also, there are only a limited amount of rooms being held for us at the Harvard discounted rate, and once those rooms are reserved, guests will be charged the full rate.

Questions about anything else? Please contact Pam Peifer (peifer AT