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Law Reference Internship, Week 1

I have now completed my first week as an intern in the reference department at Maurer School of Law.  Even though I only worked six hours this week, I feel like my internship is off to a roaring start!

Wednesday was my first day, working three hours in the late afternoon.  My patron reference duties were light that day – my shift consisted more of orientation and other start-up activities, such as activating my Westlaw and LexisNexis accounts.  I am also in the process of acquainting myself with the various digital resources to which the law students have access (and differentiating those to which non-law school patrons lack access).  In addition, I am reviewing my notes from my Law Librarianship course last spring and creating a resource guide for myself.

Today I had my first patron reference interaction!  Overall, it was definitely a success.  I knew what resource to take the student to (electronic), but one of the other law librarians assisted me by showing me where to find the resource on the law library website.

Lesson learned this week: Get better acquainted with how the law library website is set up, and what resources it provides for its patrons.

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I am the Assistant Director for Public Services at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. My research interests include exploring how emerging and existing technologies can be used to enhance library services and legal education as well as how to address knowledge gaps and meet the educational expectations of today's law students.

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