Nicole Downing and Virginia Neisler, 2013-14 Graduate
Assistants in the law library, recent UNC Law and SILS graduates, have both won the American
Association of Law Libraries Call for Papers Award in the Student
Both papers were written as
part of their Master’s requirements at SILS, and both draw on connections and
experience that Nicole and Virginia gained through the law library and law
Nicole’s winning paper is "The UNC Law Library’s
Redaction of its Digitized Collection of North Carolina Supreme Court Briefs: A
Case Study.” As Nichole’s thesis advisor, Anne Klinefelter was impressed with her
ability to synthesize legal and information science research with her own
interviews of representative stakeholders to create a case study of our
library’s project to digitize and redact North Carolina Supreme Court briefs
that were given by the court to our library over the last century and
more. Nichole’s paper tracks the policy, law, and practical issues that
our law library has considered in trying to balance expanded access through the
free web and privacy protections to reduce the risk of identity theft and
dignitary harms that can come from this expanded access to court records.
Virginia’s winning paper is “How May We Help? Perspectives
on Law Librarian Support of Students in Law School Clinics.” Sara
Sampson served as Virginia’s thesis advisor, and Sara praised Virginia’s work
for expanding law library literature with analysis of open-ended
interviews of clinic attorneys around the country to identify best practices
for law librarians to contribute legal research instruction and library
collection development to support law students in the clinic setting. Tamar Birckhead was an important facilitator and guide to Virginia.
Congratulations to Nicole and Virginia and thanks to the
many people at UNC who contributed to their research.
At present, these are unpublished papers, but we do hope
that they will be more widely available in the near future.
Posted by Sara A. Sampson on Wed. May 28, 2014 10:32 AM