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AALL Spectrum / November/December 2019 / Volume 24, No. 2

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44 AALL SPECTRUM | WWW.AALLNET.ORG and on-demand how-to videos, as well as tips and tricks that they offer to new associates to help them orient to, and successfully navigate, law firm life. Some of the best practices shared include: 3 Take advantage of the summer break. Summer is a good time for students to explore the various databases and other tools available to them. This will allow them to better familiar- ize themselves with content at their own pace, rather than having to learn while under the pressure of a deadline. 3 Create a list of "no cost to the client databases" as alternatives to Lexis and Westlaw. Explain the basics of how Lexis and Westlaw costs end up on the client bill; avoid using scare tactics. Students should provide feed- back to the law firm librarians about what they found helpful as a summer or fall associate, so that librarians can recalibrate training and better pre- pare future classes. 3 Offer a meet-and-greet with library staff at the start of the program. Reiterate that the library and research teams are an essential part of the resources cultivated to ensure associate—and by extension law firm—success. Moving Forward After the success of the brown-bag program and in advance of the summer associate season, the LLSDC Private Law Libraries and Academic Law Libraries SISs combined for a joint pro- gram in March 2019 called, "Training Up the Summers." This discussion had a special focus on what law schools are teaching their students in order to help inform how law firm and government libraries structure summer and fall asso- ciate training. Attendees shared details about what they teach the students and associates, along with what they think they should be learning before they begin working in the summer. The wish list was largely made up of practical applications (e.g., billing practices, use of secondary sources, having a basic understanding of copyright law, and an understanding that the librarians are a resource). While this article is about the on- going LLSDC discussion and related programming, there are similar con- versations occurring throughout chap- ters and within AALL itself. The Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) had a "Bridge the Gap" program in the 1990s, and more recently, the Atlanta Law Libraries Association (ALLA) finds these con- versations occurring organically during their monthly programs or as roundtable sessions during their spring meetings. According to Patrick Parsons, ALLA past-president, the roundtables focus on "firm vs. academic database and tech- nology usage, curriculum coverage in law schools, and the necessary skills of new associates and summer associates." In mid-April, AALL's Private Law Libraries & Information Professionals SIS hosted a webinar titled "Law School and Law Firm Collaboration: A Bridge Between the Law School and the Firm," which tackled similar topics. The AALL Annual Meeting often contains programs on exploring these issues as well. For those interested in this discussion, consider listening to the recordings from the following 2019 AALL Annual Meeting programs: 3 Assessing Legal Research Competency: Bridging the Gap between Law School and Practice bit.ly/AM19Gap 3 Behind the Bench: Preparing Judicial Clerks and Interns bit.ly/AM19Bench 3 Let's Get Experiential! Creating Strategic Partnerships to Develop Experiential Simulation Courses bit.ly/AM19Experiential Given the unpredictable and evolving legal landscape, discussions will con- tinue to take place by committed librari- ans across sectors. Both scholarship and more formal programming ensure this conversation is ongoing at both the local and national levels. 3 Professionalism + Leadership At Every Level Information Management EMILY R. FLORIO SENIOR RESEARCH SERVICES MANAGER Hogan Lovells US LLP Washington, DC emily.florio@hoganlovells.com © 2019 BY EMILY R. FLORIO KRISTINA J. ALAYAN DIRECTOR & ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF LAW Howard University Law Library Washington, DC kristina.alayan@law.howard.edu © 2019 BY KRISTINA J. ALAYAN After the success of the brown-bag program and in advance of the summer associate season, the LLSDC Private Law Libraries and Academic Law Libraries SISs combined for a joint program in March 2019 called, "Training Up the Summers." COMMUNITY

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