ARCHIVED: Coordinating Legal Research Training - A Listserv Discussion

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February 7 - February 18, 2000

Does it seem to you that resources for legal research change formats, platforms, and versions so often and so quickly these days that it is almost impossible to keep up? If we who are the experts in legal research complain about the changes, then surely the attorneys with whom we work must find the dizzying array of constant NEW options overwhelming. Meanwhile, law students, already up to their eyeballs in trying to learn how the law of contracts, torts, etc. works, are also being urged by us to experiment with all sorts of ways of locating where and what the law is.

We librarians, working in whatever type of library, are trying our best to provide the sort of education that will help law students and attorneys use today's electronic products. Rachel Jones, Manager of Professional Education at Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky, and Nancy McMurrer, Reference Librarian at the University of Washington's Gallagher Law Library, will lead the next discussion in our series.

The target audience for this listserv discussion are the librarians in academia and in the real world of law firms, courts, government, and corporate law libraries who teach students and lawyers to use electronic legal research tools. Working together, we would like to develop a more effective process in which academic librarians start to construct that framework on which real world librarians can build.

Join Nancy and Rachel for what promises to be a lively and constructive dialogue that will cut across all types of law libraries. To register for Coordinating Legal Research Training, go to The listserv will continue for two weeks, at which time all subscriber addresses will be purged and our discussion will end. Postings, however, will be archived on AALLNET.

The AALL Professional Development Listservs are designed to promote information exchange on current issues in law librarianship. Each discussion is limited to a set period and the listserv is purged at the end of this period. A Web archive of earlier discussions is available.

The AALL Professional Development Program provides AALL members and non-members with readily available, high quality and timely educational programs, publications and services in a variety of formats, using all available and future technologies in order to enable members to remain current in the profession of law librarianship and to provide non-members with comparable educational opportunities in our area of expertise.

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 4,600 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. For more information, visit AALLNET, the official AALL web site, at