RIPS-SIS Teach-in Kit

Guest post: Clare Gaynor Willis, Research & Instructional Services Librarian Northwestern Pritzker School of Law


Here we are at the beginning of a very different fall semester, but some things haven’t changed.  For me, the start of the fall semester always means the end of “summer project” season.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t still be working on class prep for the next few months, of course.  Rather, the end of summer project season means that I don’t have time to make giant changes or create a super polished video series.  Between the start of the semester and the extra work of teaching online, I have to admit that I’m looking for short cuts.  And I’m not going to sacrifice quality.

If you’re feeling a little crunched, this is a great opportunity to look at the 28th annual RIPS-SIS Teach-In Kit.  What is the Teach-In Kit?  It’s a collection of teaching materials written and vetted by your fellow teaching law librarians.  Highlights of this year’s kit include: a statutory research game, a lesson on finding data and statistics complete with a slide deck and an in-class exercise with answers, a comprehensive guide to Australian legal research, and a final exam complete with hypos and a detailed grading rubric. 

Even if you only use the Teach-In Kit as a starting point for your own materials, that’s still better than starting from scratch!  As I see it, we teach our students to look for forms and examples.  Let’s do the same for ourselves.

In a month or so, the Teach-In Kit will be calling for contributions to next year’s Kit.  If you had a particularly fruitful summer project season, please consider saving those gems to help your fellow teachers.  We’re all in this together. 

Have a great fall semester!

Clare Willis

Co-chair RIPS-SIS Teach-In Kit Committee 2020-2021

About malikahhalllibrarian

Malikah Hall is a Reference Librarian and Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She was previously the Diversity Fellow, Research Services Librarian, and Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. Malikah is very active in AALL where she is the current RIPS Law Librarian Blog editor, Immediate Past Chair of PEGA-SIS, a member of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the AALL Legal Research Competencies Review Special Committee. Malikah graduated from North Carolina Central University with a J.D./M.L.S. joint degree. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her sweet dog and anything true crime related.
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