/ April 13, 2011

National Library Week

This week, April 10-16, celebrates National Library Week and we’d like to take a moment to recognize law librarians in particular.  The American Association of Law Libraries is celebrating this week in a couple of ways. Back in February, AALL started another round of their “Day in the Life of the Law Library” photo contest and are counting on members to vote this week on their favorites. Taking a look at many of the entries from AALL’s flickr photostream, it’s clear that law librarians truly have a passion for what they do – along with quite a sense of humor.

All joking aside, AALL’s Research Instruction and Patron Services section geared up for their 19th annual National Legal Research Teach-In this week. RIPS highlights the importance of “JUST ASK”, meaning not just asking a librarian for assistance, but to remember these seven points when beginning your research:

Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC flickr photostream

Jurisdiction
Useful Tips
Scope of Research
Terms of Art

Acronyms
Sources
Key Cost Restraints

For more advice from RIPS and to take a look at this year’s teach-in kit – including quick reference handouts, self-guided tutorials and full powerpoint presentations – visit their site here. So take some time this week to show your appreciation for librarians. Follow National Library Week on twitter at #nlw11, vote for your favorite “Day in the Life” pictures on AALL, or simply say thank you to your librarian. We’re betting they’ve been there for you at least a time or two.

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