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AALL Spectrum / March/April 2016 / Volume 20, Number 4

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MARCH/APRIL 2016 | AALL SPECTRUM 5 e librarians I know best—at Chicago-Kent— do all sorts of training, and have managed to make themselves indispensable to faculty, students, and staff. For example, our research/ instructional services librarians have devel- oped a list of options for the legal writing faculty to choose from for a variety of librar- ian class visits. Our technology and training librarian shows new law students how to update the WordPress sites that she designed for our student organi- zations. She also provides basic and advanced Microso Excel, PowerPoint, and Word train- ing to law school staff and teaches the Google applications required by law school depart- ments. In addition, she and the educational technologist go into classrooms for individu- alized training (e.g., dealing with court filings, using advanced design and document-creation tools, using Word responsibly with your clients) at a faculty member's request. e same librarians test a lot of soware and have become experts in a wide variety of tools. I have yet to hear them say "I don't know that one" when asked to help a faculty member learn how to use a new teaching or his issue of AALL Spectrum takes me back to the days when I was a law student in the 1980s, sharing tips with my study group about how to effec- tively search the few databases that were available to us. Our law school introduction to legal research was very limited, as the majority of the time was spent learning to "write like a lawyer." ose were the days of stacking dot commands for Lexis searches, long before the development of the inter- net that we now take for granted. Today, with the proliferation of information and resources, law librarians are essential educators. ADVANCING EDUCATION Ours and Theirs Keith Ann Stiverson AALL President kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE T survey tool. e same team trains faculty to use all sorts of soware and can show law school department staff how to simplify tasks for a complicated mailing. ankfully, legal education has advanced since I was a student—much more is offered, not only for research and problem-solving training, but for a range of skills from advanced word-processing to knowledge management. is issue can help you better prepare law stu- dents for the real world and bridge the gaps for new associates. We continue to refine plans for the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago; I hope to see you there. Remember that if you are short of funds, there are many grants available to help you cover costs. Best wishes.

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