What Are Pop-Up Tech Talks?
Tech Talks are 5-minutes-or-less quick demonstrations of tips and tricks that law students can use both now, and in practice.
The purpose of the Pop-Up Tech Talks is to provide the most relevant tech skills law students need, in as little time as possible.
Don’t Have Time?
There is no need to set aside a full hour or miss other great lunch-hour presentations in order to get the information from a Tech Talk. You can glean quick tips and tricks if you stop by a Tech Talk for just a minute or two.
If you don’t have even one minute, it takes no time at all to grab a handout and keep walking to your destination. You can wait to read the handout until a more convenient time. That’s why every Tech Talk takes place in a high-foot-traffic area, and includes a hard copy handout.
Missed a Tech Talk? Lost the Handout?
You can always go to law.sc.edu/techtalks to find the schedule and handouts for the Tech Talks.
Here is the list of Tech Talk topics from Spring 2019, with links to the handouts:
- Westlaw Edge
- Maximizing Symplicity
- FormTool for Cover Letters
- Dockets on PACER and Bloomberg
- Formatting Resumes in Word
- Redacting in Adobe
- Boolean Operators: AND OR NOT
- Boolean Modifiers: “Jump in the” Bool*
- For the ❤️ of Connecting
- Word AutoFormat and Keyboard Shortcuts
- Take Notes With Your Dragon, Not Your Pencil
How Did Pop-Up Tech Talks Start?
In 2018-19, the University of South Carolina Law Library took the lead in organizing a Pop-Up Tech Talks series at the University of South Carolina School of Law.
The format was adapted from AJ Blechner’s and Heather Joy’s “Lightning Lessons,” but the topics were expanded beyond legal research to include contributors from academic technology, career services, legal writing, and pro bono.
Gary Moore of Academic Technology gave the first Tech Talk in Fall 2018, entitled “Backing Up Your Computer.” In Spring 2019, 15 more tech talks were given by eight different contributors, some in the Student Commons and some in the Perrin Family Lobby.