Academic Law Libraries-SIS CALI Committee Update

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The ALL-SIS CALI Committee continues to work closely with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), serving as the advisory panel for the CALI Legal Research Community Authoring Project—and it has been a great year for the committee! The CALI library of legal research lessons hit a major milestone this past summer—100 lessons. Of course, if you’re interested in contributing to the next 100 lessons, the ALL-SIS Committee and CALI welcome new authors.

With that milestone achieved, the CALI Committee is undertaking a new project: The CALI Reviser Project. CALI Committee Chair Kristina L. Niedringhaus explained in the winter 2011 ALL-SIS newsletter that the project “allows a law librarian to adopt an ‘orphaned’ CALI lesson.” For those who are interested in participating as a CALI author, Niedringhuas noted, “this is a nice way to learn the CALI Author software and gets you a shared authoring credit.” Those who are interested in participating in the CALI Reviser Project should check out for more information about the project, including a list of lessons needing adoption.

The last major project the CALI Committee has undertaken is called the LibTour project. It is offered via CALI’s Classcaster. The LibTour project will allow smartphone users to use QR codes to take an audio “tour” of resources typically found in academic law libraries. The first tour was written by Beth DeFelice on American Law Reports and can be heard at ttp:// The site also includes additional information about the project and a list of additional available tours. If you are interested in participating in this exciting project as an author, please contact Austin Groothuis at 312/906-5303 or