A new Westcast podcast explores the legal research approach and skills of the so-called Google generation, as well as ongoing efforts by West and librarians in academic, government and law firm settings to improve legal research skills training.
The podcast involves Monice Kaczorowski, Director of Library Services at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago; Karl Gruben, Director of Law Library and Associate Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami; Lezlie Bartz, vice president, Print/CD, West; and Anne Ellis, senior director, Librarian Relations, West.
They also will take up the topic at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore. this Saturday, July 12, at a town hall discussion organized by West’s Librarian Relations.
The panel will explore the impact the Open Web has had on “professional search”, which has relied on specialized print publications and online databases.
“We’re trying to get law students and new attorneys out of the Google mentality, or hopping online without a clear understanding of what they’re looking for,” Kaczorowski said. “I think we’re slowly making headway, but I also think it’s essential that we continue to teach them how the print resources are set up so they can apply it to their online research.”
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