By Alyson Drake
DipLawMatic Dialogues has had a great fall, with wonderful new contributions and series on everything from perspectives from a new FCIL librarian to informative recaps from IALL 2017. Due to this excellent content, 2017 readership numbers surpassed the previous record this past week to make this our most-read year in the blog’s history! This isn’t possible without a fantastic line up of bloggers, so I hope many of you will consider volunteering to do a new series or a one-off post for us in 2018!
We’re open to any and all ideas for both one-time posts or ongoing series that could be written on a monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly basis.
A few types of posts we’re looking for:
- One-time (or more regular) contributions to our Teaching FCIL Research Series. These posts are by far our most-read, showing that there’s a real interest in hearing about what others are doing in their FCIL Research courses. We have a great blogger every other month for this series, but are looking for people to fill in the other months. Is there one topic that you really like teaching? Are you doing a unique project or assignment in your classes? Are you using technology in your FCIL classes? We want to hear about it!
- From the FCIL Reference Desk: Do you get interesting FCIL research questions from faculty, students, attorneys, etc.? We’d love to hear how you answered them, what resources were helpful in findin the answers, etc. Ideally, this would be a monthly feature, but could also be shared between two or more bloggers.
- We’d love to include content from the viewpoint of a firm, government, or nonprofit librarian on their day-to-day work as an FCIL librarian.
- Any other ideas you might have. Our series on acquiring foreign language skills was an idea Katherine Orth had and emailed us about, and it’s been a fabulous addition to the blog.
We’re also looking for single posts in the following areas:
- Book Reviews: We can help identify books to be reviewed and secure review copies for you if you’re interested in this.
- Current Events: Julienne Grant did a fantastic post on the crisis in Catalonia, and it was a hit! We’d love to include more posts on current events in the FCIL arena.
- Issues Posts: Carlos Pagan’s wonderful post on the emergence of international LGBT rights was also a favorite this fall. We’d love to include short, scholarly pieces on a specific issue of interest to you.
- Anything else that you are interested in writing about for us. We’ve already been approached with a few terrific ideas for the spring semester that I can’t wait for you all to read!
To my mind, the best thing about the law librarianship community is our willingness to share ideas and writing for DipLawMatic Dialogues is a fantastic way to do this. Email Alyson Drake at email@example.com by December 1st with your ideas (or at anytime if you come up with an idea–we can always add to the schedule).