Category Archives: AALL2013

New ALL-SIS Website Now Live

ALL-SIS has a new home on the web!

The newest version of the ALL-SIS website is now live at All of the content and features from the old site can be found at the new location, but with an updated organization scheme and a design that fits with AALL’s current branding.

On the backend, the ALL-SIS site is now part of AALLNET’s Symplicity content management system. This means that most of the resources previously accessible only with a special password can now be accessed with your basic AALL login credentials. (For now, the Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research remains an exception; please contact me if you need the special password for accessing this resource.)

At least through the end of the 2013 annual meeting, both the new site and the previous ALL-SIS website( will be accessible. ALL-SIS committees and members who wish to use pages from the old site during the conference should feel free to do so. However, AALL plans to eliminate access to the old site in the near future, so please transition to the new website at your earliest convenience.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or criticisms about the website.

–Creighton Miller, ALL-SIS Webmaster

Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
Librarian for Research & Bibliographic Instruction
Washburn University of Topeka School of Law Library
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1041

Faculty Services Round Table

Hi All,

The Faculty Services Committee is anticipating another successful round table at this year’s Annual Meeting.  The following five topics will be discussed:

  1. Marketing library services to faculty.
  2. instructing faculty on new ways to access traditional resources (ex. WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, library catalogs using discovery platforms, etc.)
  3. Roles librarians can/should play in assisting faculty with substantive course content.
  4. Emerging issues with distance learning (from working with faculty and LLM students, to training RAs who are off-sight)
  5. Promoting faculty scholarship and online repositories.

The 2013 Faculty Services round table will be on Sunday, July 14th, at 12:30.  We look forward to a good turnout and to discussing these topics.



Seth Quidachay-Swan
Faculty Services Librarian
University of Michigan Law Library
Ann Arbor MI

Topics planned for the ALL-SIS Legal Research Roundtable, “From the Academy to Practice”

We have a jam-packed slate of topics planned for the ALL-SIS Legal Research Roundtable this year (see topic list below), jointly sponsored by the Legal Research and Sourcebook Committee and the Task Force on Identifying Legal Skills and Knowledge for Legal Practice. The program takes place Monday July 15 from 11:45 to 12:45 in the Sheraton-Ravenna ABC. The last 5-10 minutes will be reserved for a representative from each table to present a short summary of points that emerged on their topic so that everyone gets a taste of the discussions. Hope to see you there!

Roundtable Topic List for 2013

  1. How many platforms can we teach? Should we still be teaching Westlaw Classic and in addition to WestlawNext, Lexis Advance (and Bloomberg Law)? What about Fastcase and Casemaker?
  2. Teaching cost-effective research: How to use Westlaw/Lexis/Bloomberg efficiently if available and when and how to use “free” and lower cost alternatives even if they are.
  3. Librarian-taught for-credit research classes.
  4. Complex research exercises: drafting, developing & applying them in law school classes.
  5. Flipping the classroom: What material is best suited for shifting to pre-class student preparation and what are the best ways to use the class time freed up by doing so?
  6. What is the appropriate model for teaching and support of moot court teams, law journal editors, clinical programs, and trial teams?
  7. Teaching legal research to non-JD candidates: Foreign LLM, MLS (Master of Legal Studies), and library (MLIS, and MIS) students.
  8. Teaching legal research in a distance learning environment.
  9. How practitioners begin and engage in the process of legal research. What do the results of the Task Force survey suggest to us as educators?
  10. Practitioners’ use of specific types of resources and tools for legal research, including free internet resources. What do the results of the Task Force survey suggest to us as educators?
  11. Practitioners’ opinions about the research skills of recent law school graduates and legal research education. What do the results of the Task Force survey suggest to us as educators?


Nolan Wright
Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Carbondale, IL 62901