With Thoughts of Spring, Come Thoughts of Training

The March/April 2017 AALL Spectrum is now available online from the American Association of Law Libraries, and it looks like baseball players aren’t the only ones focused on training this spring!  The issue features some great articles on training and on teaching legal technology, including some contributions by the Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals (PLLIP) Special Interest Section members.

Check out the articles below to see what PLLIP members have to say on best practices for effective training and education.

  • Maribel Nash, a business/legal research analyst in DLA Piper’s San Francisco office, wrote “Educating Lawyers:  A Law Firm Approach to Effective Training.”  She offers some tips on how to improve research training attendance and engagement by making training relevant, timely, easy, and valuable for attorneys.Training recommendations discussed in the article include:
    • Make training relevant by offering subject-specific training.  Focus training on specific practice groups or specific topics.
    • Offer training on a recurring or rotating basis and in a variety of forms.
    • Get both librarians and vendors involved in training sessions.  Utilize vendors’ product familiarity and expertise, while also taking advantage of librarians’ in-house knowledge to tailor the sessions to attorneys’ needs.
    • Make training easy by offering a central learning site, scheduled reminders, and convenient times.  Provide in-person “concierge” training as needed.
  • Sarah Mauldin, Director of Library Services at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP ,collaborated with government and academic librarians on “Teaching Legal Technology,” which includes reflections and highlights from a July 2016 Annual Meeting program.  The program involved firm, law school, and court librarians getting together to discuss the issues and challenges involved in teaching technology to law students and attorneys.  A new AALL Teaching Legal Technology Caucus was formed to keep exploring these issues.
  • Eva-Maria Nye, Director of Research Services at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, DC, was featured in the Ask a Director column.  She was asked about the biggest education gap she’s observed in new graduates and lawyers and her recommendations for closing that gap.

 

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