Day: April 9, 2014

Book Award Nomination for the QBRA

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

The Queen’s Bench Rules Annotated, 4th ed., published by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library, is nominated for the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing.
qbra3The award is granted annually by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) to a publisher that has demonstrated excellence by publishing a work, series, website or e-product that makes a significant contribution to legal research and scholarship. The award will be presented at the 2014 CALL Annual Conference in May.

I am extremely proud of this resource and thankful for the hardworking annotators and staff who made the 4th edition possible.

 

Understanding “Information Literacy” – And Convincing a New Generation of Lawyers They Might Need Legal Research Training

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

A recent article in the University of Dayton Law Review[1] introduced me to the term ‘information literacy’. The authors define this term as the ability to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” This is a skill that is needed by all legal researchers and that many recent law grads may erroneously believe they possess. A number of studies indicate that the information literacy of students is declining. Yet the confidence of students in their legal research skills has increased. As the authors point out, students believe “that, since they are so conversant in technology, they must naturally know how to find and evaluate sources….” The authors point out several areas of concern with the research skills of recent grads including inefficiency, problems distinguishing among sources, preferences for easy access to sources, ‘satisfying’ (or doing just enough research to get by), and overconfidence in their research and writing skills.

The Law Society Library proposes that the need to gain and/or refresh legal research skills is not generational. With the ever-changing landscape of legal research and the multitude of online sources, legal research skills should be updated frequently, no matter the age or legal experience. We invite all out members to take part in our upcoming legal research webinars and seminars, and to contact us to arrange specialized legal research training.

 

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1  Ellie Margolis and Kristen E. Murray, “Say Goodbye to the Books: Information Literacy as the New Legal Research Paradigm” 38 U. Dayton L. Rev. 117.