Thursday, April 26, 2007

Bridge the Gap Programs

I did a quick Google search tonight while I was at the reference desk to find web pages that described "Bridge the Gap" programs for summer associates or new first-year associates. I've gathered all of the links that I could find to relatively recent programs on my Delicious page so that we can refer to them over time.

Lexis Summer Associates Community

I had a little time this morning to poke around Lexis's new Summer Associates Community. Lots of the same old training materials. I tried to register so that I could access all the content, but it would not accept my Lexis ID. Is anyone else able to get in?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Computers and the Law

I think we were discussing this subject recently - how Westlaw, Lexis and other online resources are changing the way lawyers research and understand the law. I haven't read it yet, but will soon!

McKenzie, Elizabeth and Vaughn, Susan, "PCs and CALR: Changing the Way Lawyers Think" (February 2007). Available at SSRN:

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Public Library Geeks Take Web 2.0 to the Stacks by Beverly Hanly Wired 03.29.07

This article was posted by Chris Orr to the SLA-SF list. My thought was: is there something in here that we can use to train summers?

From: Chris Orr [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 2:05 PM
To: San Francisco Bay Region Chapter
Subject: [sla-csfo] Public Library Geeks Take Web 2.0 to the Stacks

This article has a lot of interesting points and it links to the learning tool (amd more):

Public Library Geeks Take Web 2.0 to the Stacks by Beverly Hanly Wired 03.29.07

..."Recognizing that librarians need to know how to participate in the new media mix if libraries are to remain relevant, Blowers challenged her 550 staffers to become more web savvy. Using free web tools, she designed the program and gave staff members three months to do 23 things.

"They created blogs and podcasts, tried out Flickr, set up RSS feeds, learned about wikis, uploaded video to YouTube, played with image generators and Rollyo, and explored Technorati, tagging and folksonomies."

Wired Article
-Chris Orr

Reactions to Group Work Proposal

Over at the Law Innovation Blog, I noted this post on teamwork in law schools -- check out the comments to the post, which mostly view the idea of group exercises in law school classes with antipathy.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Boolean Search Training Materials for Lexis/Westlaw

Over at ZiefBrief, our USF Law Library blog, I've uploaded all of our training materials for the mandatory first-year session we do on creating a good terms & connectors search.

Everything can be downloaded from the post Better Boolean Searching on Lexis and Westlaw - Sample Training Documents.

Amy or I can answer any questions you might have about how this training works in practice.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

AALL Spectrum article: The Next Generation of Learners

This article is in the April 2007 issue of AALL Spectrum starting on page 8. It is subtitled 'training issues law librarians face in the 21st century.' It is by Gayle Lynn-Nelson.

Focus on younger learners with acknowledgement for all kinds of learners.

Gives outline of different generations, ways they like to learn and suggestions for teaching them. Includes Gen X and Millennial generations. Relates their preferences back to Boomer preferences and styles.

Lists practical activities, sample activities and talks about designing a lesson plan.

I have only glanced at the article, but it looks useful.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Searching Tools

This is from the SLA Solo Division Listserv:

From: Manuela Fortenberry []
Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 12:32 PM
To: SLA Solo Division
Subject: [sla-dsol] Searching tools

First, I’d like to thank everyone that responded to my question last week. The reaction was overwhelming to say the least. And the material was superb! I can easily create a training presentation for our researchers from the material that was submitted. Thank you so much!

As promised, here are the results from my request. I categorized them so they would be easier to review, sort and save for anyone else.

Boolean Search tutorials

Research Strategies

A site with everything about searching;

Recommended Books

Greg Notess's Teaching Web Search Skills
Decision Points: Boolean Logic for Computers Users and And Online Searchers
Searching & Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web
The Skeptical Business Searcher

Manuela Fortenberry
Manager, Information Resources
Cato Institute
1000 Massachusets Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, April 7, 2007

More reading and a neat collection

A litigator in my network on ( found this link which has an eclectic and good collection of legal research articles:

Litilaw: Published Articles for Litigators

On this site I found this gem: (The Corruption of Legal Research ( by Scott P. Stolley) It was a gem because as I was reading I had all kinds of reactions. Recent conversations with various partners flowed through my head, past stories from young associates, and conversations from our recent meeting. One paragraph caused me to sit up and say (to myself): "No!! He's got some of that all wrong!" and perhaps this will start a dialogue among us as well:

Law schools and law librarians (both at law schools and in lawfirms) also promote the seduction. It saves librarians valuable shelf space if they can shift information to the computer. It’s also easier to teach computerized methods than traditional research methods. Even better, Westlaw and other vendors will send representatives to do the teaching. At my firm, these vendors come one a week to offer instruction and free computer time. p. 8

Maybe, buttressed with other arguments and scenarios, this article could be used as a line of communication to jump-start a legal-research program in your firm with senior associates and partners?

Anyway, here's another article of interest on this page:

Gearing up to do Legal Research
Texas focus, but still very good - though I have a few quibbles.


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Cross-Border Perspectives

It sounds like our colleagues in Canada are seeing the same issues with new attorneys that we are seeing, and are looking at some of the same ways to address them, if this article from the Canadian Lawyer is anything to go by:

Beyond the Online: there’s more to legal research than sitting at a computer

Law Librarian Survey

I'll bring the 2007 NOCALL, LLAGNY and LLSDC librarian survey on research skills to the meeting. I don't have it as an electronic document.


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Newest paper of interest

Holly Riccio and others sent me a link to this paper: New Skills, New Learning: Legal Education and the Promise of Technology by Gene Koo. Available at:

I haven't read it, but it looks good.

First Meeting April 5, 2007 Paul Hastings SF

Hi Everyone, I've created this blog to document our progress, and exist as a vehicle for us to share ideas, links, and other material with each other. I hope it works. I thought of a wiki, but the learning curve might be too steep to allow full participation, so I hope this format makes it easier.

I look forward to meeting everyone!

Meeting Location: Paul Hastings, 23rd Floor, 55 2nd St. Between Mission and Market.
Time: 12 noon