Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — June 29, 2015


The Key to Leadership: Empathy

You can tell a lot about a person by how they run their meetings. Inviting the correct people and creating clear agendas are just the beginning. But are they also demonstrating emotional intelligence? Are they making eye contact and actually paying attention, positively contributing to the conversation in a meaningful way? If we really want to improve how people work together at meetings (and by extension, in the entire organization), we need to develop and rely on our key emotional intelligence competency: empathy.

Why It’s Time to Forget the Pecking Order at Work

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”

Watering the Flowers

You’ve probably heard of the 20/60/20 Leadership Rule that divides people based on change-receptiveness. Harvard Business School classifies people based on performance levels: top performers, strong performers, and underachievers.  As humans, we have an innate tendency to categorize people and things into groups to help us make sense of the world. How we view our people… meaning those we serve at our respective firms… is no different.

What Lawyers Can Learn From Uber

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a number of terrible experiences with traditional taxicabs. While I usually use Uber or other ride-sharing services when I travel for work, I used traditional taxis a few times recently for a variety of reasons.  Never again!  Nearly every taxi ride was laughably bad, especially when compared to the convenience of Uber. Here’s what happened and how this relates to lawyers.

Judge’s Top 10 Tips for Winning Cases

Here’s the secret for lawyers to win all of their cases: Don’t take losers.  That’s the first nugget of advice from a state district judge who shared a top 10 list for lawyers to win their cases during the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting on June 18.

The Trick to Being a Prolific Scholar

You don’t have to wake up at 5 a.m. to be a prolific scholar. You do have to write however. And nearly all of the prolific academics I have met are daily writers. Daily writing is one of the most important strategies I can recommend to boost your productivity.

YouTube Teams Up with Storyful to Create Curated Newswire

YouTube announced YouTube Newswire, a partnership with Storyful to provide a curated news feed with verified stories. According to the official blog, this grew out of the proliferation of user-generated YouTube videos that are already being used to support news reporting.

4 Entrepreneurs Trying to Bring Cloud Computing to Tech-Leery Law Firms

While cloud computing has penetrated virtually every sector of today’s economy, the legal world has remained a stubborn last bastion of old school, on-premise technology. Until now, few entrepreneurs have dared to attack this bulwark of backward, cloud-wary client-server thinking.  Fortunately for today’s legal professionals, technology entrepreneurs are innovators, always looking for ways to make life easier for their customers. We’ve identified four entrepreneurs in the vanguard of this new legal cloud—bringing the promise and potential of the cloud to the world of law.

Amazon to Pay Authors in Its Library Program by Pages Read

In a move that places a new priority on ‘page-turner,’ Amazon on July 1 will begin paying authors in its Kindle library program by the number of pages read, and not the number of times a book is checked out.

Finding a Librarian of Congress for the Digital Age

After nearly 28 years of service, Librarian of Congress James Hadley Billington announced his retirement on June 10, 2015, which becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2016. President Barack Obama is tasked with finding a replacement, who will then need to be confirmed by the Senate.

The Ubiquitous Librarian: A Flurry of Final Posts

Brian Mathews of the Ubiquitous Librarian announced in late May that he would be ending his blog in 50 days.  Click to read some of these finale posts, including “What did librarians want in 1945?  Many of the same things we want today.”, “Could Your Library Answer 1 Million Reference Questions a Year?”, “Scientific Utopia: Improving the Openness and Reproducibility of Research”, and “From Teaching to Consulting: Librarians as Information Literacy Designers. An Interview with Carrie Donovan.”

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Charlotte School of Law Librarian, Susan Catterall, Named Best Blogger/Writer of the Year by PLL

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Congratulations to our very own Susan Catterall on being named Best Blogger/Writer of the Year by PLL for her professional advice column, “The Reference Desk,” published monthly in AALL SpectrumPLL is the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).  The PLL Best Blogger/Writer award is designed to recognize a member who has made significant blogging/writing contributions to the Private Law Librarians Special Interest Section and/or law library profession and who demonstrates outstanding potential for continued service.

Susan created “The Reference Desk” about five years ago when Mark Estes (former AALL President and editor of AALL Spectrum) asked Susan if she would be willing to write an “advice” column for AALL Spectrum.  AALL members had suggested that such a column would be a valuable resource for the law librarian community and Susan rose to the challenge.

The first column was published in the September/October 2010 issue of AALL Spectrum.   The monthly column addresses professionalism subjects such as appropriate dress and use of technology, as well as training matters and succession planning.  Susan sometimes addresses the questions on her own, but she often consults other librarians and taps into their greater expertise. Their contributions not only make for a richer more credible column but also provide an opportunity to identify authorities within our profession and make the column more relevant.

In addition to the advice of former AALL Board members and Presidents and librarian colleagues from all types of libraries, Susan has also asked for assistance from library consultants, information vendors and several human resources specialists.  In particular, she has reached out to Liz Johnson, Reference Librarian at Wake Forest University Law and former Reference Librarian at Charlotte School of Law, and Jeremy McCleery, Health and Wellness Counselor at Charlotte School of Law.

Stop by the library to congratulate Susan and to wish her well as she travels to the annual AALL Conference in Philadelphia this summer.

Want to know more?  Learn about Susan and all of the Library Staff in our Meet Our Librarians and Staff LibGuide

We are proud of you, Susan!

Below are links to some of Susan’s blogs:

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What is the Point? Or What Do You Mean I Cannot Check that Book out?

Recently, we had one of our student workers scan through previous blog content and choose a few of the ones she found most helpful as a current Charlotte Law student.  We’ll be re-posting this content throughout the summer so it’s readily available to all of our incoming and returning students for Fall of 2015.  This post originally ran in February of 2015.


Although we rolled out the points system back in the fall of 2014, there is still some confusion among students at Charlotte School of Law as to what “points” mean in terms of being able to borrow library materials. Let me see if I can give some background and clear up some issues.

The Charlotte School of Law Library used to charge fines for library materials that were turned in late. Of course, charging fines for overdue materials is a common practice in most libraries. Because of the high demand for specific materials such as course reserve textbooks and study aids, the fines were pretty steep. The original idea was to encourage professional responsibility by imposing fines for materials that were turned in late. However, the feedback we received from the law student community was that the fines were cause for considerable angst about further monetary costs of attending law school.

We heard the students’ concerns and sought to find a better solution that would both encourage professional responsibility, yet not create further financial burdens for our student patrons. We developed a points based system. Instead of monetary amounts being billed to students for overdue materials, they now would accrue a number of points on their patron record account. Once the points added up to 30, a student’s patron record would be blocked from being able to check out materials a total of four days.

As stated earlier, the purpose of this policy is to promote professional responsibility. Therefore think of the points as a type of censure. Abuse the privilege of being able to borrow library materials enough times and you can fine those privileges temporarily revoked. Once the four days have been served, the 30 points are removed from the patron record. Of course, additional accrued points remain on the patron record. A truly egregious abuse of borrowing privileges can result in losing the ability to check out materials for much longer.

As a follow up below is displayed the way points accrue:

  • Course Reserves: 3 points per hour overdue
  • Academic Success/Study Aids: 3 points per day overdue
  • DVDs: 1 point per day overdue
  • Treatises: 1 point per day overdue
  • Laptops, iPads, and other technical equipment: 10 points per day overdue

To learn more about points, check out our Charlotte Law Library in a Nutshell research guide.

~Kim Allman~

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Know Your Law Library: Fiction Collection

Heading to the beach for a weekend this summer or just relaxing on the porch… maybe you would like a good read. The Charlotte School of Law Library has a collection of fiction.


The collection includes many of John Grisham and Scott Turow’s legal thrillers as well as a number of books that have been banned by various communities.

The Fiction Collection is located in the Reference area of the 5th floor behind the attorney member carrels.

These books can be checked out for 28 days (note the yellow dots).

We also welcome donations.

Come browse the collection.

If you need help, ask a librarian!

~Betty Thomas~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — June 22, 2015


Put Lawyers Where They’re Needed

Millions of Americans lack crucial legal services. Yet enormous numbers of lawyers are unemployed. Why can’t the supply of lawyers match the demand?

Marginalia, the Anti-Library, and Other Ways to Master the Lost Art of Reading

Warren Buffett is undoubtedly considered one of the greatest investors of all times. His empire, Berkshire Hathaway, is worth $355 billion, an increase of 1,826,163 percent since 1964 when Buffett took over. He owns (or owns big chunks) of some of the biggest brands in the world including GEICO, Dairy Queen, NetJets, half of Heinz, and significant holdings in companies such as American Express, IBM, and Wells Fargo.  But Buffett’s very best investment—responsible for literally billions of dollars in profits over the years—was very cheap. Because it was a book. That’s right, a book.

Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer [event]

Thinking about going solo? Get practical and ethical advice from our esteemed panel on the new state of the practice of law, what considerations you should make, and how to get started.

Introducing the Access to Justice Research Network!

Access to justice issues have frequented academic, legal, political and mainstream debates for many years (with Slawyers often initiating or driving the dialogue happening in the Canadian blogosphere!). Yet, until now, there has been no identifiable, central platform in Canada where a wide range of justice stakeholders can exchange research and resources, raise questions and share ideas and concerns about access to justice issues.

5 Things You Can Do Today to Optimize Your Twitter Profile

Your Twitter profile is your chance to completely own the messaging about who you are. You control all of the content, and you can make it as detailed or as vague as you like.  However, too many users spend time crafting the perfect profile when they create a Twitter account, but forget to keep it fresh and updated as they go.

100 Best Android Apps of All Time

App value is always a subjective thing; but, this list of the 100 Best Android Apps of All Time has some apps that have changed lives. Most of them are free. Until we are all cyborgs or clones, these will serve us very well, thank you.

FYI – A New User’s Guide to the 20th Edition of the Bluebook Will Be Released Next Month

The new 20th edition of the Bluebook is out now and thus West Academic Press plans to publish next month a new user’s guide to go along with it called Anthon’s The Bluebook Uncovered: A Practical Guide to Mastering Legal Citation. In addition to helping students navigate the Byzantinian citation rules, it also includes several exercises you can assign in class to help test their knowledge of the rules.

Are You Missing Out Because You’ve Always Done It That Way?

Whether in the form of a meme, an inspirational quote, or written on the walls of a boardroom, there has been a ubiquitous adage that has taken over the corporate landscape over the past couple of years. You’ve likely heard or seen some variation of it. The initial question: “What are the seven most expensive words in business?” The answer: “Because we’ve always done it that way.”

Three Things You should Stop Doing This Summer

As the summer begins, many of us are busy setting writing goals, drawing up to-do lists for household projects, and scheduling a bit of travel, whether for work or play. All of those are good things to be doing right now.  But in addition to planning out what you want to do this summer, it can be really helpful to figure out what it is that you don’t want to do.

The Value of Teaching Print Legal Research

This summer I taught an Intensive Legal Research class composed entirely of 2Ls, in which not a single student had ever used print resources to locate primary law. My students were not trained in print legal research in their 1L research and writing course and had never had a reason to pull any print resources off the shelves—not until the first day of this summer course, at least, when they found out they would have a graded assignment requiring them to do just that.

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