Libraries as Publishers: Implementing the Vision at the Georgetown Law Library
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TeachingLaw.com, an online, interactive textbook, created by a Georgetown law professor and published through the Georgetown Law Library, is used nationally by legal research and writing professors, law librarians, and others to teach first-year LRW courses, upper-class research classes, advanced writing courses, and LLM courses. It is divided into three sections - Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Grammar & Citation - and contains student tools, study aid material, quizzes, self-assessments, annotated sample documents, video testimonials, and other interactive material to teach students legal research strategies and writing techniques. It is updated twice a year to address upgrades to the three major legal research platforms (Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law) and advances in the legal profession.
Created and authored by Diana R. Donahoe, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, TeachingLaw.com is currently published through the Georgetown University Law Library. Diana works closely with a small team of librarians to host, maintain, and upgrade the site. This collaboration has been extremely successful, as the librarians understand the needs of the students and the changing demands of the legal profession.
The students are thrilled with the interactive features, which help them engage with and learn the material in a meaningful way. The study aids, quizzes, and self-assessments help re-enforce concepts and provide the students with immediate feedback. The professors appreciate the flipped classroom pedagogy, video testimonials, class exercises, annotated samples, and links to other relevant sources.
Most importantly, publishing through the library makes the textbook affordable. The cost is $35.00 for online access and real-time updates. (Commercial publishers charge students over $200 for comparable legal research and legal writing books.)
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