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Raquel M. Ortiz

I am the Associate Director/Head of Research Services at Boston University’s Pappas Law Library.  As a librarian and adjunct faculty, I’m interested in how faculty are using technology for instruction and the impact of that technology on student learning.  I’m also curious as to what technologies students are adopting and using to their full potential.  Finally, I would like to learn about the role librarians are playing in their institutions to identify and vet technologies for faculty and student use.


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Stephen Chapman

I’m a librarian in the Harvard Law School Library Digital Lab, where we collaborate to build digital collections for research, teaching, and education. LATCamp is a great opportunity to learn more about use requirements for these collections and to meet other practitioners interested in designing and configuring technologies promoting the creation, preservation, discovery, delivery, and use of born-digital and digitized materials. Before joining the Harvard Law School Library, I managed the Harvard University Library’s Open Collections Program and served on the team that designed the Library’s Digital Repository Service.

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Brady Kriss

I am an attorney in Cambridge, focussing on tech law, IP law, privacy and business law for independent artists, tech contractors and small businesses. I am very interested in the overlap and interaction of law and technology – the law applied to technology as well as technology applied to the teaching and practice of law. I’m excited to talk about these issues with the other participants, and to learn about the law and tech interactions that excite and inspire them.

A little bio:

I earned my Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA and my Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Law and Policy at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. I am also a Certified Information Privacy Professional, certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. I earned my B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from Carleton College. I have worked in several different legal contexts – federal and state government, non-profit advocacy organizations and tech corporations. I recently worked with the US Department of Commerce on their Internet Policy Task Force, addressing issues of copyright enforcement, privacy, and the free flow of information on the internet.

My website is bradykrissesq.com, blog is at bradykrissesq.com/blog, and you can follow me on Twitter at @bradykrissesq.

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Karen Beck

I am the Harvard Law School Library’s new Manager of Historical & Special Collections. I’ve been here since February 2011. I manage a department of five terrific staff and together we oversee rare books, early and modern manuscripts, art and objects, and publications by HLS faculty and offices. Before coming here I was Curator of Rare Books at the Boston College Law Library, where my mission was to integrate special collections into the life of the law school – something I hope to do here, as well. I’m interested in applying technology to special collections work, both on the back end to make procedures more efficient and on the front end to make it easier for our researchers to find and use our materials.

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Since 2009, I’ve been managing the Harvard Law School Library Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Solutions group. Our group works with digital technologies to design, shape and create learning objects and learning spaces for today’s law student. We work with faculty who want to use technology in their teaching and/or assignments. I really like the scope and variety of my work – from video editing, to teaching legal research, to identifying just the right app for a certain task. Right now I’m excited about working on a Harvard Library Lab grant to develop a new approach to research and writing that better integrates librarians, teaching fellows, and others into the student writing process.

I’ve been at Harvard since 2003, when I joined the HLS Library as Head of Reference. Before that I practiced labor and employment law at a large firm in Boston. But, I was a librarian before I was a lawyer – I got my MILS from U of Michigan back when we “chatted” using the mainframe. I used to program in Cobol, too – now you know I’m old!

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Brief Bio: I’m currently a Circulation and Tech Support Services person at the Harvard Law School Library. I like to think that I wear many hats in different departments: Circulation desk staffer (where stapler-whispering is an invaluable skill), ILL lending in general and pointperson on week-ends, Technology helper (I make computers and printers behave), Bookeye Scanner guru and soon to be helper on the Reference Desk. I have an MLS from Simmons and have over 9 years of experience in academic libraries. I’m still getting used to being at an academic law library and am looking forward to learning as much as I can about available and upcoming technologies and their uses in the law library.

Why do you want to come to LATCamp?: To be honest, the world of legal librarianship is still something I’m learning all about. While my background is in academic libraries, I really want to learn all I can about  resources, especially technological ones, that law school libraries and students are using or will be using. I will be helping out at the Reference desk soon and I feel I need to know the resources out there in order to be able to help students effectively.

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Meg Kribble

Hello, fellow campers! I’m a research librarian and outreach coordinator at the Harvard Law School Library, where my responsibilities include assisting students and faculty with research, teaching research in the legal research & writing program, and coordinating the library’s outreach efforts in both old and new media.

Prior to this gig, I spent the first two years of my career at Nova Southeastern University Law Library as reference, instructional services, and emerging technologies librarian. In my previous lives, I was a bookstore manager and assistant to an auction house executive. I’m an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, and its Computing Services Special Interest Section and Gen X / Gen Y Caucus.

I’ve had an ongoing interest in technology, gadgets, and trying new things in the law library world, and I’m looking forward to learning about what creative things LATCampers are up to and how we might work together in the larger field of legal education.

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