Thursday, November 11, 2010
For those of us of a certain age who teach legal research and writing, the challenge to stay-up-to-date in the internet age can seem daunting. Edward McClure provides some reassurance in his article on "How to Drink from a Firehose Without Drowning, or Online Current Awareness Made Less Difficult". As he so aptly puts it:
"Once upon a time, the law changed gently; actively keeping ahead of your students was unnecessary. Now you can have up to the minute information on your desktop. In fact, now you must have up to the minute information on your desktop, because your students are following 'blawgs' and subscribing to 'feeds' and reading 'tweets'. While you are asking that elegant Socratic question, they are reading an appellate opinion that had not been published when class began. Some of your peers - and rivals - are doing the same. No matter how unnatural they seem, we must force ourselves to learn how to use the Internet tools that have accelerated current awareness to the point of seeming madness. It is difficult, confusing, frustrating - and so, so important. This paper attempts to smooth your path towards online awareness sanity in the Twenty-First Century."