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Thursday, October 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Beyond Orientation: Building Research Programs for Continued Engagement

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The most fortunate new students, attorneys and judges encounter law libraries via “orientation” events or “on-boarding” processes.  In other cases, “thrown to the wolves” is perhaps a more accurate description.  Organizations benefit when new legal researchers find their way to the library early and often.  Increasingly, however, librarians must proactively create opportunities to grab the attention of newcomers early in their academic or professional careers.  It sounds easy, but programs must be strategically developed, training sessions continuously evaluated, and relevant communication consistently maintained.  This session will cover orientation methods, library services that promote ongoing collaboration, and the best methods to keep patrons coming back for more.

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Lacy Rakestraw

Director, St. Louis County Law Library
Lacy Rakestraw is the Director of the Saint Louis County Law Library, located in the County Courthouse in Clayton, MO. Lacy earned a B.A. in English-Creative Writing and History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she also received her M.L.S. She attended Southern Illinois... Read More →

Allison C. Reeve

Allison Reeve is a Research Librarian at Littler Mendelson, PC in Kansas City, MO where she provides reference and research assistance for employment and labor related matters. Previously, she served as Assistant Librarian at University of Kansas School of Law where she developed... Read More →

Christopher L. Steadham

Christopher Steadham is a 2004 graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law and a 2007 graduate of the Emporia State University School of Library & Information Management. He has extensive legal research experience and was named director of the Wheat Law Library in 2015. Steadham... Read More →

Thursday October 19, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Marriott Salon C