ARCHIVED: LEXIS-NEXIS To Conduct Teaching Research Conference for Academic Law Libraries

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March 4 , 1998

LEXIS-NEXIS in conjunction with the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) is offering its newly-developed Teaching Research in Academic Law Libraries (TRIALL) Conference. Based on the successful LEXIS-NEXIS-sponsored Teaching Research in Private Law Libraries Conference (TRIPLL), TRIALL will offer a professional development opportunity regarding instruction in an academic setting. The TRIALL Conference will be held July 9 - 10, 1998 in Anaheim, California.

Through a variety of interactive, participatory and problem solving sessions, conference attendees will learn what effective instruction entails. Enrollment will be limited to 30 participants to maximize the learning and sharing of information. The conference will include presentations, structured breakout sessions, demonstrations and ample opportunity for networking with the faculty, council and other attendees.

There is no registration fee to attend the TRIALL Conference. In addition, some meals will be provided by LEXIS-NEXIS. The objectives of the TRIALL conference are to understand the changing environment of legal education; develop a multimedia presentation; prepare curriculum and materials for a diverse audience; and examine the role of law librarians as instructors in legal education.

As a result of attending the TRIALL Conference participants will understand the continually changing environment of legal research instruction and the instructor's role; have the ability to target audiences and assess teaching opportunities to address their educational needs; be able to design curriculum and presentations that incorporate state of the art technologies; and enhance personal presentation skills

The TRIALL Conference agenda includes:

Thursday, July 9 -- The Changing Environment

  • Adult learning
  • Assessing needs
  • Developing the curriculum
  • Developing meaningful exercises
  • Software demos

Friday, July 10

  • Multimedia workshop
  • Personal presentation skills

Membership of the TRIALL Advisory Council, responsible for planning the curriculum of the conference, consists of Yvonne Chandler (Assistant Professor, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences); Gail Partin (Associate Law Librarian, Penn State, The Dickinson School of Law Library); James Purnell (Reference Librarian, University of Connecticut School of Law); Victoria Trotta (Associate Director and Head of Public Services, Arizona State University Blakley Law Library); Karen Bentley (Manager of Tradeshows and Special Events, LEXIS-NEXIS); Cindy Spohr (Director, Specialty Customer Programs, LEXIS-NEXIS); and Holley Thompson (Senior Director, Strategic Customer Development, LEXIS-NEXIS). Conference presenters include the Advisory Council members and C. Mike Jouson of The Clear Communication Company.

Applications will be accepted by LEXIS-NEXIS at Applications will be accepted between March 1 and April 17. Participants will be selected based on a variety of criteria, including: geographical distribution, diversity in school size and an interest in teaching legal research. All notification will be complete by May 22. For additional information, please contact Cindy Spohr at or by calling 800-227-9597, ext. 7883.

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 4,700 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.