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The 28th Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing
June 7 & 8, 2018
American University Washington College of Law
Washington DC

Wednesday June 6, 2018 pre-conference activities
  • Sponsor setup at American University Washington College of Law. 1pm – 7pm
  • Conference check-in at American University Washington College of Law. 3pm – 7pm
  • Speaker Meeting (optional) at American in room NT08. 6pm - 6:30pm
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Friday, June 8 • 10:30am - 11:30am
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bot

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As a law librarian, I find emerging technologies to be a source of both inspiration and concern. While I love learning about new technologies and reflecting upon how I can incorporate them into my instruction and reference work, I also can't help but consider how they will subsume some of my traditional functions and force me to adapt.  In response to this concern, while simultaneously experiencing some lingering burnout toward teaching, I set out to learn a new skill: how to build a law library chatbot.  In this session, I will discuss my attempt do so, including how I researched chatbot technology, my experience building a bot, and the insights I gained about its effectiveness in reaching library patrons.  Attendees will leave with an awareness of resources available for creating a chatbot, an understanding of how they work, and, hopefully, the inspiration to build a bot for their own libraries.

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Jesse Bowman

Associate Law Librarian for Technology Initiatives and Instruction, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Jesse Bowman is the Electronic Research, Technology, and Instructional Services Librarian at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He teaches courses in legal research and legal technology and is always interested in incorporating new tools and technologies into his instructi... Read More →

Friday June 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT