ARCHIVED: National Legal Research Teach-In Begins Second Decade of Success

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March 6, 2003

Can you remember your favorite AALL programs or publications from 10 years ago? Or even where the Annual Meeting was held in 1993? How about the best selling books that year? TV shows? Movies? Maybe some of us have a fuzzy recollection or two, but 10 years is a long time! Wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that after 10 years there is project sponsored by AALL and the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section that still remains relevant and responsive to the needs of legal research instructors? There is something in this fast-paced world of legal research that has remained steadfast over the last decade -- the National Legal Research Teach-In. It is returning in 2003 to begin it’s second decade of success.

The 2003 Legal Research Teach-In, organized by the RIPS SIS, offers the opportunity to improve the skills of patrons and showcase the talents of law librarians as teachers and information providers. Following the pattern of the past 10 years of highly successful Teach-Ins, Teach-In 2003 is scheduled in conjunction with National Library Week from April 6-12. As in previous years, the Teach-In committee has worked with West and LexisNexis™ to prepare unique instructional and promotional materials. Thanks to generous donations from the two companies, the MATERIALS WILL again BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE. It is a true measure of their commitment to the law library community that both West and LexisNexis continue to underwrite this activity, as they have since its inception 10 years ago.

Research Training Kits
New spiral bound kits topped the “Bestseller” list last year. West distributed approximately 750 kits to law librarians all over the country. The 2003 Teach-In resource kit will revisit classic areas of legal research, integrating traditional legal resources and the newest electronic sources in one convenient package. The kits are designed to provide that extra assistance to get an instructional program off the ground. They include a myriad of instructional materials developed by law librarians for law librarians, such as pathfinders, research guides, posters, lesson plans, lecture notes, research exercises. One kit per institution is available free of charge from West. To order a kit, contact West Marketing Support by fax at 800/854-1597 or e-mail at by March 14. Be sure to provide your name, address, institution, telephone number, and, if available, your West account number.

Promotional Materials
A big hit from last year is back by popular demand. More than 20,000 notepads were mailed to locations around the United States last year. Designed with Teach-In committee assistance and produced by LexisNexis™, this year’s colorful notepads can help law librarians promote their 2003 Teach-In activities. These notepads can be used by library staff or given away to patrons as an incentive to participate in your library events. An online order form is available at until quantities are depleted. If you are unable to access this online form, please contact Melissa Engler, marketing manager, LexisNexis™ Librarian Relations Group, via fax at 937/865-1585 with your name, organization, mailing address, e-mail and quantity required. LexisNexis™ will start shipping notepads on March 19. If deemed necessary, a limit will be imposed in order to accommodate as many requests as possible.

Orders for training kits or promotional materials should be placed by March 14 in order to receive them in time for National Library Week events.

Now is the time to make the commitment that your library will conduct some sort of event involving legal research during National Library Week 2003. With the vast amount of materials available to you, it's easy to plan an educational event. If you need more ideas, descriptions of Teach-In kits from previous years can be found on the RIPS SIS Web page at Past years’ kits can be obtained through AALL Headquarters by calling 312/939-4764.

If you have questions or comments about the 2003 Legal Research Teach-In, please contact the coordinators for the event: Gail Partin, associate law librarian, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, 717/240-5294,; or Karen Brunner, library manager, Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland and Perretti, 973/538-0800,