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This blog provides a space for conversations about articles and ideas found in AALL Spectrum, the monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries. The previous blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
4/24/2013 1:29:55 PM

The May Issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET

We hope you enjoy the articles from the latest issue of Spectrum and encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback using the "comments" link below!

Public Relations: Architecture, Logos, and Brands—Oh My!
What's a library to do?
By Kathy Fletcher

Spectrum's 13th Annual Architecture Series
Read about two new buildings and four remodels/renovations from two public law libraries, one law firm, and three academic libraries
By Mark E. Estes

A Monument Gets a Makeover
Tackling the challenges of an urban renovation at the San Diego County Public Law Library
By John W. Adkins

Modern Spaces, Changing Light
Perkins Coie gets a unique and colorful makeover
By Amy Eaton

Building with Vision
The birth of Concordia University School of Law and George R. White Law Library
By Phillip Gragg

Blending Tradition and Technology
The University of Missouri-Kansas City Leon E. Bloch Law Library has completed its first phase of renovations
By Paul D. Callister and Michael J. Robak

Going Green and Repurposing Space
The University of Baltimore debuts its new law center, slated to receive LEED Platinum certification
By Clement Chu-Sing Lau and Mary Elizabeth Murtha

A Symbol of the Rule of Law
The Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center consolidates the Judicial Department into a single iconic building
By Dan Cordova

Venturing Beyond Seattle
Traveling outside the Annual Meeting's host city
By Anna L. Endter

Will Google Books Library Project End Copyright?
Millions of magazines hidden in Google Books Library Project endanger U.S. copyright
By Barbara Kevles

Promoting Access to Justice with Your Local Public Library
Collaborating with the public library system on legal resource programs for public librarians
By Joseph D. Lawson

Empowering the Next Generation of Law Firm Librarians
Projecting our value to law firm management
By Scott D. Bailey and Emily R. Florio

Finding an Elegant Solution to a Failed Wiki
Surveying versus scanning
By Sally Wambold

From the Editor
Paying Attention: Design, Communication, Education
By Mark E. Estes

From the President
Rethinking Along the Strategic Continuum
By Jean M. Wenger

From the Treasurer
A Look at AALL's 2012 Fiscal Year
By Susan J. Lewis

Washington Brief
Congratulations to the 2013 Recipients of the PAGI and Oakley Advocacy Awards!
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
In the evenings and on weekends, students study at my desk, eat there, and adjust the height of my chair to suit themselves. I realize that I have little control over that, but I wish that they would clean up after themselves and leave my stuff alone. I don't know how to address this. Is it too much to expect that my space be left alone?
By Susan Catterall

The Sustainable Law Librarian
"I'm Investing in What?"
By David Selden

Member to Member
What is your favorite library building, space, or area?

Views from You
Views of participants beginning to arrive at the 31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, hosted by The University of Oregon Law School in Eugene

The CRIV Sheet
Volume 35, No. 3

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4/22/2013 12:03:17 PM

Canadian Law Library Review (Vol. 38, No. 2) is available

The most recent issue of Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (38:2) features the first installment of a projected 4-part article by Janet Moss about the history of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries/Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit. It’s likely that few AALL members realize that this association (hereafter referred to by the English acronym, CALL) was originally a chapter of AALL, until it was felt that the numbers were sufficient to justify a separate association. The split took place in 1971 and this process was documented in a previous article written by Margaret Banks ((1988) 13: Special Issue CALL Newsletter).

Moss’s article takes over where Banks left off and covers the period 1988 to 2012. This first offering deals with matters of governance, structure and administration. In common with so many organizations, CALL has been concerned with membership recruitment, strategic planning and, of course, finances. In addition, governing an association with a relatively small membership dispersed over a large geographical area, and maintaining a bilingual presence, are issues that may be unique to CALL.  Moss describes all this, as well as CALL’s Oral History Project, the establishment of the CALL Archives, promotion of the association and of the profession and recognition of volunteers. We look forward to the next installment of this fascinating glimpse into the past.

The current issue of Can L Libr Rev (that’s the official acronym!) also contains a summary of an interview with Viola Bird that was done in connection with CALL’s Oral History Project. Although, technically, Viola was not a President of CALL but rather the President of AALL when CALL was a chapter, she had strong ties to Canada and is known for a survey she completed for the National Library of Canada concerning Law Library Resources in Canada. She was also the first Honoured Member of CALL.

Yemisi Dina, Associate Librarian at Osgoode Hall Law School, describes her experiences at the Law of the Internet Conference, 2012, held at Cornell University. Her report may strike a chord with others who attended this conference.

AALL members who are unfamiliar with Canadian Law Library Review may also be interested in browsing the book reviews, bibliographic notes, and the reports from law librarians in other countries that are a staple of this publication. For more information about CALL or Can L Libr Rev, see http://www.callacbd.ca or contact office@callacbd.ca .

Wendy Hearder-Moan,
Associate Editor
Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit

Posted By Ashley St. John at 4/22/2013 12:03:17 PM  0 Comments
4/4/2013 12:00:22 PM

Newsletter Highlights

ORALL Newsletter, March 2013--This issue contains an article explaining how the notetaking software Evernote can be used to improve one's organization and productivity, a report on the activities of the Coalition of Ohio County Law Library Resource Boards, and a review of 2012 AALL meeting programs on how libraries can help pro se patrons and the Access to Justice movement.

Southeastern Law Librarian, Winter 2013--Two items of particular interest are a librarian's deliberations on whether to pursue a JD mid-career, and a profile of the activities of the Mississippi College School of Law Library.

ALLUNY Newsletter: March 2013--This issue includes a short discussion of the usefulness of ebooks for law libraries and a column encouraging librarians to step outside their comfort zones to develop professionally.

Posted By Benjamin Keele at 4/4/2013 12:00:22 PM  0 Comments