LLNE Spring Meeting - 2011

What: 2011 LLNE Spring Meeting
Where: Yale University Sterling Memorial Library, 130 Wall St. (map

Registration & Breakfast in the International Room
When: Friday, March 18th, 8:45am - 3:30pm

Law Librarians Overcoming Barriers to Information Sharing

There are many potential roadblocks to information sharing. Regulatory barriers, privatization and cross cultural communication are just a few. Join us at Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Law Library as we discuss net neutrality and other barriers to information sharing.

Nicholas Bramble (bio/twitter), Lecturer in Law and MacArthur Fellow in Law at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, will introduce net neutrality and tell us why librarians should care about information and communications policy.

A panel of speakers including Ed Walters (twitter), CEO of Fastcase, Lisa Junghahn, Research Librarian and Business and Corporate Law Specialist, Harvard Law School Library, and others will discuss regulatory barriers to access to information.

After lunch, Agata Gluszek (bio), founder Parlez Consulting will be giving a workshop on cross-cultural communication in libraries, dealing specifically with issues of accent, language, and culture as they relate to non-native, native speakers (of English) interactions.

Given the international orientation of many libraries,  library staff often have experience interacting with individuals from various cultural backgrounds, but not science-based knowledge of intercultural communication. A mastery of intercultural communication skills is often not intuitive (this is because we do not have innate systems developed to interact successfully with people from other groups). Even people with experience often struggle with knowing what works and what does not.

This awareness-raising presentation will focus on presenting the foundation knowledge and its specific applications. For example, the speaker will present a short background of the science behind accents (e.g., that people acclimate to them quickly when they are not nervous) and practical applications (e.g., what to do when you have problems understanding someone with a non-native accent). The presentation will be structured to help both native and non-native English speakers and focus on communicating with patrons from various cultural backgrounds. 

The end of the day will conclude with optional tours of the Yale Law Library. Tours will include a visit to the rare books room, where librarian Mike Widener will share some of the library’s treasures.