Check This Out! Podcast Episode 064: Jill of Feministe
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Playing time: 31:40
My guest this week is Jill Filipovic, the lead blogger at Feministe.us, and one of the most prominent and articulate voices in the young feminist blogosphere. Jill is also a second-year student at New York University Law School. So let’s talk with Jill about feminist blogging and blogging as a law student.
Theme Music: T. Nile, Get Together. (T. Nile’s CD, At My Table, is available from Festival Distribution and through iTunes.)
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This semester I am teaching a new course in the University at Buffalo Law Librarianship Program: Teaching Legal Research. No, it’s not an Advanced Legal Research course: its all about learning to teach legal research. We’ll be working with a wide variety of teaching techniques, from classroom lecture and discussion, to audio and video, to online instruction using CALI exercises, blogs, and wikis. If you’d like to listen in, I’ll be podcasting my lectures at http://tlr07.classcaster.org.
(Crossposted at OOTJ.)
My latest article, “Redefining Open Access for the Legal Information Market,” appears in the Fall 2006 issue of Law Library Journal. I have also posted it on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The open access movement in legal scholarship, inasmuch as it is driven within the law library community over concerns about the rising cost of legal information, fails to address – and in fact diverts resources from – the real problem facing law libraries today: the soaring costs of nonscholarly, commercially published, practitioner-oriented legal publications. The current system of legal scholarly publishing – in student-edited journals and without meaningful peer review – does not face the pressures to increase prices common in the science and health disciplines. One solution to this problem is for law schools to redirect some of their resources – intellectual capital, reputation, and student labor – to publishing legal information for practitioners rather than legal scholars.
I have two points to make here:
- I hope this article will start a dialogue on innovative solutions to the increasing prices of legal information products. The responses that have been adopted in other disciplines, such as open access scholarly publication, do not apply in our context where the cost of scholarly information is negligible compared to the price of practitioner-oriented publications.
- Law library literature is almost universally below the radar for law scholars. SSRN offers one medium for law librarians to bring their scholarship to the attention of the professoriate. Why are so few of us taking advantage of SSRN?
(Cross-posted at OOTJ).
So says jd in an exam-time letter to law school.
The biggest looming event in my life right now is my tenure approval. The law faculty voted last week, and all reports are that the vote was overwhelmingly favorable. Several faculty have congratulated me and told me about all the wonderful things that other librarians, students, and others wrote in my outside letters, course evaluations, and so on–that was great! I was a little curious, though, that two faculty mentioned that they did not realize what a stressful job this was. (I must make it look easy!) I don’t know whether some of my outside evaluators talked about the stress of being a library director, or if it was just seeing how much administrative work is involved. Traditional (non-librarian) faculty have an aversion to administrative work, and I’ve always found it funny that one of the “perks” of faculty status that librarians seem to seek out is the opportunity to attend meetings and serve on committees.