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Charleston Library Conference 

Feb 20, 2024

Audio from the 2023 Charleston Conference Leadership Interview Series. Heather Staines, Senior Strategy Consultant, Delta Think and a Director for the Charleston Conference interviews Michelle Wu, Retired Associate Dean of Library Services, Director of Law Library and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Library.

Michelle has over 25 years of experience in libraries, mainly in academic law libraries, but she also oversaw IT, finance, administration, and human resources for the law school in addition to directing the law library.

Heather and Michelle talk about how she got involved in librarianship, what it was like at the reference desk years ago and the shifts that she saw overtime, the work that she has done in copyright and building digital collections, how the conversation around CDL changed with covid closures and the pandemic and using strategy to help move that conversation forward. Michelle talks about her experiences at the Charleston Conference where she participated in the Long Arm of the Law session. Michelle says it is a rich and unusual conference where she leaves a session and hears all the participants still discussing the topic and exploring it in greater depth from new angles with true engagement, which she attributes more to the characteristics of fellow attendees she encounters who come to Charleston wearing multiple hats with different perspectives which allows for these rich conversations. 

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