Monday, August 20, 2007

Rebooting the Approach to Teaching Legal Research

Rebooting the Approach to Teaching Legal Research: Embracing the Computer Age [2007-32]Carrie W. Teitcher Law Library Journal, V.99, n.3

I haven't read it.

Friday, August 10, 2007

LawFirmInc. Article on Law Firm Librarians' Changing Roles

Interesting article highlighting the evolving role of the law firm librarian from today. I'm not sure I agree with the Orrick approach of treating "library" as a dirty word, though.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Can We Throw Away the Books Yet?

Brought to our attention by Susan Mart.

(7 Aug) In a meeting the other day, someone asked if I agreed with the general sentiment that research materials were going electronic. He explained that he thought print as a medium was losing ground. And assuming his suppositions were true, he expressed concern that those who continue to conduct research primarily through the books would soon become inefficient, costly and possibly, negligent researchers.

I'm delighted that law firm management is thinking about research resources and methodology. It has always been important. Information is the foundation on which lawyers build a case or advise their clients.But in the past, the act of gathering, assessing and analyzing information hasn't always received the attention it deserves.

Read the rest of the article at the TVC site.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Does online research affect legal analysis?

This is the working paper by Betsy McKenzie and her colleague that I mentioned a the lunch today. The gist seems to be that the authors see less analogic reasoning in briefs today than previously.

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