Called to Write: The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award Has Been Motivating Law Librarians for Nearly 30 Years

3 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2014 Last revised: 21 Nov 2014

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Benjamin J. Keele

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sara Sampson

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Date Written: March 26, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Keele, Benjamin John and Sampson, Sara, Called to Write: The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award Has Been Motivating Law Librarians for Nearly 30 Years (March 26, 2014). AALL Spectrum, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp. 20-21, 2014; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2014-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2416495

Benjamin John Keele (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Sara Sampson

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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