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SEAALL 2018: Thursday, April 12

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Thursday, April 12

SEAALL Institute – Change, Challenge, and Opportunity

This program is made possible by a grant from the AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Program.

Change and innovation in legal services delivery and legal education demand innovation in services and resources. Join us for an opportunity to think creatively about how to implement and manage innovation and apply creative thinking to support our institutional needs.

8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast (All Institute events take place in Parthenon AB.)
9:00 - 9:05 am Opening Remarks – Kristina L. Niedringhaus, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services & Associate Professor, Georgia State University College of Law; SEAALL Vice President and Chair of the Program Committee
9:05 - 10:05 am
On Innovation: Turning Threats Into Opportunities
Todd McCullough, Co-Founder of Ampersand,
10:05 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Session 1

From Manifesto to Messy in the Law Library, Beau Steenkeen, University of Kentucky; David McClure, University of Nevada Las Vegas

In Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, Tim Harford advocates embracing complexity and chaos.  In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande advocates imposing order onto complexity and chaos through the use of external, ordered instruments.  Librarians tend to favor the Manifesto approach, but overemphasizing order can lead us to see all disruptions as negative and hinder our ability to adapt.  In this program, we will describe the benefits of applying the Messy approach in law libraries, particularly during times of disruption.  We will provide concrete examples of how embracing disorder has benefited both our careers and our libraries.
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2

The 21st Century Collection: You Can’t Have It Without Weeding, Carol Bredemeyer, Northern Kentucky University; James Donovan, University of Kentucky

As fewer patrons use our print collections and as our budget dollars are stretched to the limit, we have to rethink our collection development strategies.  "We should have this" may no longer be the driving aim of collection development.  Both speakers are involved in a changing space environment in their institutions.  They will talk about how they met the challenges by deciding what was really necessary to keep.
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Session 3

Library Facilities Management: The Physical, The Theoretical, and The Practical...or Who Moved These Chairs?, Candle Wester, University of South Carolina; Sandra B. Placzek, University of Nebraska

Library facilities management is typically thought of as the care and maintenance of a law library’s physical space. Library facilities management, however, is also examining how our patrons use the space and/or how we adapt the space to our users. This program explores the practical and theoretical ideas of library facilities.
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Session 4

Transforming AI from “Read Only” to “Read Write”: How Together We Can Turn Disruption to Our Advantage and Future-Proof Our Careers, Phil Rosenthanl, Fastcase, Inc.

15 minutes: Today AI and legal technology is “read only.” We will review the current state of play in AI in the market, discuss how this creates a huge differentiation problem for firms, and consider the many converging evolving trends that are enabling true disruption. 15 minutes: We will discuss how firms can leverage their unique data by becoming makers of AI tools to solve fundamental problems and achieve unparalleled insights. What are some of the many use cases where unique and confidential firm data can replace hunches and anecdata when answering the most basic questions asked by clients? 15 minutes: We will have a live demonstration of the AI Sandbox. Then we will discuss the professional development goldmine presented to librarians by this evolution. We will discuss why AI is the perfect technology for librarians and lawyers to embrace and how this effort will make crystal clear the value of the information suite – especially the library – to the rest of the firm. Finally, we will talk about how this new paradigm will allow librarians to future-proof their careers.
3:00 - 4:00 pm Wild Apricot Web Training, Sharon Bradley, University of Georgia
4:15 – 6:45 pm Library Tours (Meet at Registration Table)
7:30 - 11:30 pm Opening Reception: Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum (shuttle buses will run from the hotel to the museum and back beginning at 7 pm)