Presidents' Letter
By Beth Youngdale




SWALL Bulletin
The Official Publication of SWALL: 
The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries
A Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

Fall 2001, Vol. 32 No. 3

expert testimony


Announcing:  Boot Camp for Teachers
of Electronic Research


Come to this AALL Professional Development workshop to learn the dynamics of energetic teaching and how to identify individual learning styles. Then learn to apply these techniques to the teaching of electronic research. Boot Camp for Teachers of Electronic Research has a strong interactive component, using question-and-answer sessions, demonstrations, role-playing, and student contributions.

The program will cover both basic and advanced strategies in teaching electronic research to a wide variety of end-users. Fundamental instructional methods will be covered, as well as advanced presentation skills.

Participants Will Learn to:

  • Access the learning style of your audience members and tailor instructional programs to each member

  • Establish realistic training goals for various audiences

  • Evaluate which electronic resources are best to use for each project

  • Develop an instructional program and supporting materials

  • Present general criteria for electronic research clearly and simply

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their training sessions

  • Work with assistants in developing and giving presentations

  • Become a better and more effective presenter and a more effective trainer

This program addresses AALL Special Competency 6: Teaching.  The complete AALL Statement of Competencies can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/prodev/competencies.asp

Who Should Attend the Program?

This program is designed for new and experienced law librarians who are or will be training patrons in the use of legal and law-related research products and services.

Pre-workshop Preparation:

In order to get the most benefit from this program, participants will be asked to submit information on training programs they conducted or in which they have participated, and to submit questions they would like addressed based on their own training experiences. Since understanding how different people learn is pivotal to this course, participants also are requested to take a brief on-line learning styles test and a short on-line Myers-Briggs personality test.


Lisa Pontius practiced civil and appellate litigation for five years and has researched and written briefs for the US Supreme Court. She spent four years as an electronic legal research instructor for West Group (Westlaw and West CD-ROMS), developing training programs and conducting training in private firms, the federal and state court system and corporations. Pontius has spoken to the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Washington State bar regarding Internet Legal Research and has been a guest instructor of Paralegal Online Legal Research classes at West Valley College in San Jose and trademark online legal research at Santa Clara University. She has worked at FindLaw, where she obtained free California case law to be offered through FindLaw, consulted with the legal community as to site development and assessed future product and service offerings. She currently works for eLance.com, an online professional services marketplace.

Maryanne Gerber has extensive experience in developing and presenting legal research classes. After receiving her J.D. from Capital University in Columbus, OH, she worked for West Publishing in the Academic Program where she taught legal research to law students, law librarians and professors. In 1997 she assumed responsibility for Westlaw training for all government accounts in Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, where she trained federal and state judges and their clerks and US Attorneys. She has addressed the annual meeting of the Attorneys General (Criminal Division) in Alaska and has spoken to the Bay Area Legal Secretaries Association regarding Internet Legal Research. After leaving West Group, Gerber worked at FindLaw, Inc. as liaison between FindLaw and the legal research community. Currently she is the Electronic Services Librarian at Golden Gate University School of Law where she trains all first year students on Westlaw, Lexis, CALI and the Internet. She also teaches the upper division Advanced Legal Research class - eSearch.

If you are interested in scheduling this program, please fill out and submit a scheduling form.

Dates and Location:

April 18 & 19, 2002 - Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP - Cincinnati, Ohio


To register for the April 18 & 19, 2002 program in Cincinnati, Ohio click here.

For hotel information, click here.

This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, at 312-939-4764 or mjawgiel@aall.org.


AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.




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