Called to Write: The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award Has Been Motivating Law Librarians for Nearly 30 Years
AALL Spectrum, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 20-21, 2014
3 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2014 Last revised: 21 Nov 2014
Date Written: March 26, 2014
This paper discusses the history of the American Association of Law Libraries writing competition and scholarship it has encouraged.
For many law librarians, conducting research is at (or very near to) the core of their professional work. We often guide others in their research or even do the work for them. However, for many librarians, pursuing their own professional research projects and then preparing the results for publication is a particular challenge. Perhaps other job duties consume so much time that there is little left for a writing project. Or maybe there is little encouragement from colleagues to research further a topic that sparked curiosity. Or it could be that simply identifying and finessing a research question that is both important and manageable requires a small push to overcome any inertia. Both authors have run into these obstacles, and often a little nudge was all that was needed to get a snowball of an idea rolling down the hill and gathering momentum.
Keywords: law libraries, AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers
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