The featured speaker for the mid-day session "Federated Searching Case Study: NELLCO" will be Roberta Woods, Assistant Professor of Research at the Franklin Pierce Law Center and Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian at the Pierce Law Library.
Besides selecting, evaluating and making electronic resources available online and in the Law Library, Professor Woods chairs a NELLCO (New England Law Library Consortium) committee working on a high-tech solution to create an open source search system that will enable researchers to search all of the library’s digital holdings with one search. The project was awarded a grant by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in 2007 and runs through Nov. 30, 2009.
Professor Woods is uniquely qualified to address the electronic resource needs of the Law Library. She holds bachelor’s degrees in computer and library sciences. From her perspective, solutions to the increasingly technical aspects of libraries require technological creativity and a willingness to open up to ever expanding possibilities. “Technology offers a wonderful tool for libraries and researchers.” Professor Woods is always on the lookout to bring the library closer to the realm of today’s electronic researcher.