ARCHIVED: Request for Proposal: Boot Camp for Teachers of Electronic Research

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 The Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the American Association of Law Libraries is soliciting program proposals for a 1 or 1.5 day program,  Boot Camp for Teachers of Electronic Research.  Proposals are solicited from AALL members and other interested parties.   Proximity to program sites is not an element in the selection process.  Proposals may be considered for multiple presentations at multiple sites.  Each proposal is reviewed by a team of PDC members selected on the basis of their knowledge of the specified topics.  Experts in a particular field may also be consulted in addition to the PDC reviewers.  Contents of individual proposals will be kept in confidence.  Proposals are individually rated and the final selection is based on several factors including the proposed learning outcomes, experience of the speaker(s), proposed program content and format, suggested program materials, speaker credentials and references, the marketability of the program, and the program developer’s fee.

 The program developer of the selected proposal and AALL will sign a contract outlining the schedule, payment and (if applicable) rights to the program materials.  Travel expenses to and from the programs and housing accommodations will be paid in accordance with AALL’s reimbursement policies and through use of AALL’s travel agent for transportation and housing.  AALL expects to pay a program development fee following an evaluation by the Director of Programs and the Professional Development Committee for the fulfillment of the requirement of the contract.

 Persons who submit proposals will be notified of the selection results within two weeks of the completion of the selection process (see time line below).  The submission deadline is January 31, 2000.  Four copies of the proposal should be submitted to Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager. Questions should be directed to Mary Jawgiel, at (312) 939-4764.

 Program Specifics:   More and more law librarians are training their patrons to use legal and law-related electronic research products and services.   Many have not had formal education or previous experience in this type of adult learning.  The program will help establish the law librarian as the appropriate person to assist end users in unlocking the full potential of electronic products and services for legal research.  The program will provide attendees with a variety of effective instructional approaches for a wide spectrum of end-users.  Attendees will learn to establish realistic training goals, develop an instructional program to achieve those goals, and to assess instructional outcomes.

                  �   The program should be 1 or 1.5 days in length

        Faculty of 2-3

        Suitable for a group of 40-50

        Should contain a minimum of three hours of interactive participation.

        Substantial hard-copy course materials are expected.

        Advance preparation materials, such as a bibliography or specially prepared reading materials should be included for at least selected topics so that program registrants can be prepared for meaningful interaction

Proposals for this program should emphasize the effective use of specific law-related electronic products.  This program should not contemplate a “hands-on” live computer component.

 NOTE:   AALL's Professional Development Program will continue to sponsor a separate program for general Internet training - Training the Internet Trainer - and this Boot Camp for Teachers of Electronic Research will not have extensive overlap.  

Target Audience:   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.  It should meet the needs of librarians working in all types of law libraries.

 Level:  Basic

 Program Content:  The program content should explore a wide-range of issues in training end-users to make effective use of law and law-related electronic products and services.  Law and law-related electronics products should include online services provided via proprietary software, commercial and non-commercial services provided via the Internet and intranets, and CD-ROM based services. Topics to be included could include the following:

            �        Adult learning strategies

n      Individual differences in learning styles

n      Group (e.g. law students vs. judges) learning differences

        Fostering fundamental technology-related skills in end users

n      Discrimination, necessary to identify reliable sources

n      Information literacy, necessary to understand information sources and the organization of information

n      Prioritization of sources, to enable the user to more efficiently and effectively select appropriate research tools

n      Flexibility and a willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments

        Size of learning groups (i.e. solo, small, or intermediate group training sessions) and                     how group size affects the selection of instructional techniques

        Establishing realistic training objectives

        Developing an instructional program

n      Preparing pre-instruction materials

n      Creating an effective mix of teaching modalities (lecture, screen capture examples, break-out sessions, scripted online exercises, free-form online exercises, etc.)

n      Team teaching and working with assistants

        Distinguishing appropriate instructional techniques for different types of training (e.g. basic instruction for beginning end users, advanced instruction for experienced end users, instruction by subject area, updating skills instruction, instruction in the use of new product features)

        Using information vendor representatives vs. librarians as trainers

        Incorporating cost analysis into training

        Assessing training outcomes

Include in the response the type of interactive activities which will take place within the program.  Proposals should also set forth the type of materials that will be included for advance preparation and an estimate of the pre-program time investment required of registrants.   Please set forth the minimum technical requirements needed in regard to facilities, equipment, phone connections, and Internet connectivity.

Proposals should include specific learning outcomes for program participants.


Time Line: 

        Proposals, including proposed faculty names, due 01/31/00

        Proposal selection by 03/10/00

        Final curriculum and schedule due by 05/15/00

 Reminder:   This program will be held on a regular basis, in different regions of the country, beginning in spring 2001 and continuing through summer, 2003.


 #1:   Although the program developer is not asked in the RFP to submit a budget, (program/presentation costs will be compiled by AALL staff) please note that the total available for faculty honoraria (in addition to travel and housing expenses) is $1,500.

 #2:  AALL will pay the program developer for developing and organizing this multi-day program.  The program development fee will be between $600 and $1,000.

  #3:  Live Internet access adds significant costs to the individual registration fee and poses the risk of technical difficulties.  In addition, it restricts the number of potential sites, the number of potential participants, and scheduling flexibility.  Considering alternatives, such as screen captures, may be a more viable option.