Thursday, March 26, 2009

National Legal Research Teach In

This year, National Legal Research Teach-In week is April 13 - 18, 2009. The National Teach-In is sponsored by the Research and Patron Services Special Interest Section of AALL.

Many of our colleagues have worked hard to compile games, powerpoints, handouts, and research guides to assist in teaching legal research. It is worth a look! You may be inspired or find something you need to help you with a class.

Click here to go directly to the National Legal Research Teach-In Week page.

Finals and bar prep in an academic law library

If you work in an academic law library, finals are fast approaching. Does your library do anything to help the students prepare for finals? What about for bar exam preparation?

Last year, I and a fellow co-worker did a display with a pathfinder to highlight the study aids the library had to assist the students.

As far as bar prep, where I used to work, they had a very detailed research guide to help students find study aids in addition to what BarBri and PMBR have to offer.

Is your library offering any programs or guides to assist students with finals or bar prep?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sessions of Interest at the 2009 AALL Annual Conference

Bleow, I have listed sessions that may be of interest to those who want to learn more about Web 2.0 and other sessions related to user education in law libraries (and law firms). Please refer to the Conference Program for session times and for a full list of sessions offered.


Sunday July 26

  • A-1 Making your ILS Web 2.0 Happy
  • A-5 Legal Research Questions on the Bar Exam: Preparing Our Students
  • B-1 Emerging from the Cocoon: Innovative Ways to Reteach Legal Research to Externs and Summer Associates
  • C-2 Laws and Codes: How do they do that?
  • C-5 Reporting for Duty: Military Information and its Application to Legal Research

Monday July 27

  • D-1 I want my Web 2.0: Lessons from the Web 2.0 Challenge Everyone can use
  • D-3 Brave New Frontier of Government Documents Librarianship
  • D-6 Beyond the Walls of the United Nations: Exploring UN Databases
  • E-1 So you want to make a Movie: Simple Steps for Creating Videos for Web Distribution and Vodcasting
  • E-2 Chat 2.0: Renovating Virtual Reference
  • E-4 Finding Services for Seniors (Ourselves and Others)
  • E-5 Working Smart: Innovative Ways to do More with Your Day
  • F-2 Law Librarians Abroad: Is a Foreign Study Program for you?
  • F-3 Marketing Mojo: Get smart with Design
  • G-5 What's in a Name? Trademark Searching, Services and Domain Names

Tuesday July 28

  • H-1 So you Think you can Teach: Keeping the Audience Awake and Learning Alive
  • H-2 Web 2.0: Driving Innovation in the Law Firm Library
  • I-2 Got ideas? Tools and techniques to Identify, Refine and Communicate Ideas that Stick!
  • I-6 Hot Topic
  • J-2 Embracing the M-Word: Why and how to Market your Library
  • K-1 Vlogging for Law Libraries
  • K-2 Find 50-State Law Surveys Fast!
  • K-3 Researching International Tax Law

AALL 2009 Washington, D.C. July 25-28 Links of Interest

Everyone is gearing up for the AALL Annual Meeting. If you will be blogging or tweeting about the conference, please remember to use #aall2009 as a tag to make it easier for others to find your info!

Links of Interest

Here are some sites to help you prepare for the meeting:

AALL Annual Meeting Page

Local Arrangements Website

Capital Crier - Official AALL 2009 Annual Meeting Blog

Conference Program

Unofficial AALL 2009 Conference Wiki

AALL Grants

AALL Placement Committee - Services at the Annual Meeting

AALL Placement Services - Candidate Registration Form

AALL Placement Services - Employer Registration Form