By Barbara Bintliff, Director and Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law Library
Keeping current is an important element of professional development. The typical method is to read professional literature.
The problem is narrowing the available reading material. There's much more available than we possibly ever could read.
A publication for every law librarian's short list is Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing. The publication, begun in 1992, is a forum for teachers of legal research and writing. "Teaching" is construed broadly, encompassing one-on-one instruction, such as reference assistance, as well as regular classes. By this broad definition, most of us are teachers.
Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing focuses on practical articles. It also addresses the theoretical foundations of legal research and writing. You'll find "how to" articles, "our question-your answers," teachable moments, writing tips, and bibliographies of recent resources. A new feature in future issues will be a "technology in teaching" column. The editorial board includes librarians from all types of law libraries as well as legal research and writing professors.
The journal is published three times a year, and is available at no cost. Subscriptions may be entered online at: http//www.westgroup.com/librarians/infshare.htm. Alternatively, you may write for a subscription:
Subscribe now! Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing belongs in every law librarian's "must-read" stack.