2001 - A Teach-In Odyssey: Legal Research Training for a New Millennium

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Does the dawn of a new millennium and all the accompanying technology find you floating aimlessly out in space? Are you feeling beleaguered and bewildered in our fast-paced, ever-changing law library environment? You will be pleased to know that there is one thing in our crazy, mixed-up world that remains constant -- the National Legal Research Teach-In! It is returning in 2001 for its ninth consecutive year!

The 2001 Legal Research Teach-In, organized by the Research Instruction & Patron Services SIS (RIPS-SIS), offers the opportunity to improve the skills of your patrons and showcase your skills as a teacher and information provider. Following the pattern of the past eight years of highly successful Teach-Ins, Teach-In 2001 is scheduled in conjunction with National Library Week (April 1-7, 2001). As in previous years, the Teach-In committee has worked with the West Group and LEXIS-NEXIS 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 Group and LEXIS-NEXIS continue to underwrite this activity, as they have since its inception eight years ago.

Topped the "BESTSELLER" list again last year! -- West Group distributed approximately 750 kits to law librarians all over the world! The 2001 Teach-In training kit will cover a wide range of subject areas bringing together 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 may include pathfinders, research guides, posters, lesson plans, lecture notes, research exercises; a myriad of instructional materials developed by law librarians for use by law librarians. One kit per institution is available free of charge from the West Group. Contact Marketing Support, West Group, by fax 1-800-854-1597 or email mkgsupport@ westgroup.com. Be sure to provide your name, address, institution, telephone number, and, if available, your West Group account number.

A BIG HIT from last year is back by popular demand! Over 20,000 notepads were sent out to approximately 525 locations around the United States, Canada, and Australia, setting another new record! Colorful notepads designed with Teach-In committee assistance and produced by LEXIS-NEXIS, can help you promote your 2001 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. Email or fax requests to Melissa Engler, Marketing Manager, Librarian Relations Group, LEXIS-NEXIS, at melissa.engler@lexis-nexis.com or 937-865-1585. Be sure to indicate your name, address, and the minimum quantity you need. 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 3, 2001, so you will receive them in time for your 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 2001. 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 http://www.aallnet.org/sis/ripssis/. Past years' kits can be obtained through AALL Headquarters. Contact: AALL, 312-939-4764.

Questions or comments about the 2001 Legal Research Teach-In should be directed to the coordinators for the event, Gail Partin, Associate Law Librarian, Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, 717-240-5294, gap6@psu.edu; or Karen Brunner, Library Manager, Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, 973-538-0800, kbrunner@riker.com.