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AALL Spectrum / July/August 2020 / Volume 24, Number 6

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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JULY/AUGUST 2020 | AALL SPECTRUM 29 H ave you ever spent hours preparing a great lunchtime instruction session only to have just two students show up? Or spent weeks trying and failing to get face time with the associates? Or worked overtime designing the perfect briefing for new clerks only to be met with glazed eyes and glances at the clock? Whether it's due to information over- load or a packed schedule, it's hard to catch people's attention and keep it. How can you reach your patrons, and keep their interest long enough to share your message? One option: Lightning Lessons. What Is a Lightning Lesson? Picture this: You stroll into work carrying pink cardboard boxes full of donuts. The smell of sugar wafts around you, and heads perk up as you pass. You gather your name badge, your library tablecloth, a set of colorful Blending outreach and instruction in a flash. BY AJ BLECHNER & HEATHER JOY LIGHTNING LESSONS COVID-19 UPDATE We are mindful that current conditions preclude the practice of lightning lessons as we suggest here. Please see our upcoming post on the RIPS Law Librarian Blog for ideas on adapting these methods to our new normal at bit.ly/JA20blog.

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