UNC Students Sweep the AALL CFP Student Division

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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 Division!

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 school.

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At present, these are unpublished papers, but we do hope that they will be more widely available in the near future.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
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