Traditional v. Virtual Service
• Is the reference desk obsolete? NO!
• E-mail is “old school” but it’s the preferred
method of virtual reference service for the court.
• Slowly introducing other forms of virtual
– Text a librarian
– Teaching opportunities
Creating Tutorials in Flickr
• Convert PowerPoint slides to .jpg files
• Upload slides individually in reverse order
• Enter metadata for each slide, or batch
edit if possible
• Save slides as labeled sets
• Create a collection to house the sets
Viewing & Using Tutorials
My personal Flickr page:
Tutorials are viewable as individual slides in my
Tutorials are kept as labeled sets within a larger
collection called “Legal Research Tutorials”
See the tutorial as a slideshow by clicking the
Library Facebook Page
• Class information
• Continuing Legal Education
• Court-related news and information
• Clerks already use it
• Aiming at a different audience
• Convenient for updating
• Welcome to the 21st Century
• One-stop shopping
• Coordinates with our intranet page
• It’s fun! It’s hip! It’s now!
• Reach a wider audience, internally
• Meet expectations of varied service
• Change attitudes toward technology
• Change attitudes towards librarians
• Reach a wider audience, externally
• Real and perceived security risks
• The time thing – not enough of it, EVER!
• Buy-in will be an uphill battle
• The IT Department
• The Judges
• The fear-mongers
• Other librarians who are set in their
• Time management
Contact Me…Let’s Chat!
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“Professional Benefits of Online Social Networking,” in
Colorado Lawyer (February 2009):