Legal Research and Information Literacy: The Intersection of Intellectual and Practical Skills

Date(s) & Location of Conference:

AALS 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Jan. 5-8, 2011

Call for Papers:

The AALS Section on Law Libraries will hold a program during the AALS 2011 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, Jan. 5-8, 2011, on Legal Research and Information Literacy: The Intersection of Intellectual and Practical Skills. The call for papers deadline is Sept. 17, 2010.

This Call for Papers will result in a panel presentation by three to five authors writing in areas suggested by the program description, which follows:

Legal Research and Information Literacy: The Intersection of Intellectual and Practical Skills

Conducting effective research is a fundamental legal skill, and research instruction provides an essential intellectual component in legal education. In our constantly changing information environment, legal research education must move law students towards becoming “information literate,” with an ability to articulate and evaluate the problem presented to them, identify appropriate information resources and use them correctly, evaluate and analyze research results, and apply the results to help solve their problem.

Presenters, chosen from a Call for Papers, will explore all aspects of legal research education and information literacy, including defining information literacy for legal professionals; the development of information literacy standards and outcome measurements; legal research instructional techniques, evaluation, and assessment; and the preparation of law students to become lifelong learners in the legal research field.


  • Faculty members and professional staff of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting and adjunct law faculty members, non-law faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit.
  • Newer members are especially encouraged to submit papers. Non-published works will be given a higher priority, but papers that already have been, or are scheduled to be, published (including in SSRN and pre-publication resources) are eligible for consideration.

Form and Submissions:

  • Papers submitted for consideration should be in a close-to-final form but need not be publication-ready.
  • The manuscript should be double-spaced, on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper in 12-point (preferably Times New Roman font) with approximately 1″ margins on all sides. Pages should be numbered sequentially. Footnotes should be 10-point or larger, single-spaced, and preferably on the same page as the referenced text.
  • Submissions should be prepared using Microsoft Word (or otherwise submitted in rich text format) and must be sent electronically to the address below. Submissions are limited to articles, essays and book chapters.

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by October 8, 2010.
Contact Information:

Contact for inquiries:
Barbara Bintliff
University of Colorado at Boulder
402 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309-0402

Contact for submissions:
Anne Klinefelter
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3385
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3385


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