Saturday, February 28, 2009

American and Canadian Law Librarians Share Instructional Materials

The American Association of Law Librarians (AALL) organizes an annual National Legal Research Teach-In (under the auspices of the AALL's Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Group, known in the library world for its famous penguin mascot). The event usually takes place in April of each year.

Contributions of instructional materials are sent in by law librarians from around the United States, including:
  • course syllabi
  • research guides
  • lecture notes
  • handouts
  • assignments
  • lesson plans
  • PowerPoint shows
  • basic instructional guides
  • examinations and guided quizzes
  • crossword puzzles and trivia quizzes
It is a good way of seeing what law librarians in the United States are doing.

The RIPS website has a list of material from previous years. The first teach-in was organized in 1993.

On a smaller scale, the Courthouse and Law Society Libraries Special Interest Group of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries is asking for Canadian law librarians to share their instructional materials for listing in the Group's section on the CALL website. An e-mail request has already been sent out via the CALL listserv.

The idea is to develop as comprehensive as possible a list or database of tutorials on Canadian and non-Canadian legal research topics. Law libraries would retain any copyright in their material and have the option of determining how it could be reused.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 1:46 pm


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