The December Issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET


We hope you enjoy the articles and encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback using the "comments" link below!

Public Relations: A Day in the Life 2013
AALL seeks your photos for its annual contest
By Shawn Friend

The Dual Degree
A requirement in search of a justification
By Stephen Young

Hey! Employers! What is it That You Want?
The baffling job search of a recent graduate
By Patrick S. Daly

Librarians: Go and Be Disorganized!
A blog post got me thinking about our future
By Megan Wiseman

Why Does a Wiki Succeed or Fail? 
Using one wiki's failure to understand why some wikis succees
By Sally Wambold

Law Libraries Linking Data to Mobile Devices
Save patrons' time and stay hip
By Anna Russell and Carli Spina

Rules of Dating
How to court your faculty or a managing partner
By Elizabeth Johnson

Attitude, Creativity, Collaboration, and Tech
The new success formula for law librarians
By Monice M. Kaczorowski and Jaye A. H. Lapachet

Online only!
Isn't it Time to Establish Library-Related Social Media Best Practices Guidelines?
By Bobby Studwell

Online only!
Sweet e-Freedom
By Bret N. Christensen

From the Editor
Reassessing our services and processes ensures that they are efficient, elegant, and effective instead of merely "good enough"
By Mark E. Estes

Washington Brief
Lessons learned from the 2011-2012 legislative session
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
Is it acceptable to use mobile devices during meetings? 
By Susan Catterall

Member to Member
What was your favorite class in library school or law school?

Views from You
A double rainbow over downtown Seattle as seen from a window at Lane Powell PC

Members' Briefing
AALL's Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
By Marci Hoffman


Michael wrote,
on December 28, 2012 at 4:07 PM:
Stephen Young has valuable insights on whether the dual-degree requirement has merit. I find his arguments compelling - even, I hope, decisive. Perhaps academic law libraries could rank M.L.S.-only candidates by years of experience, so that seasoned veterans would generally have higher qualification than dual-degree competitors without library experience. (In the interest of disclosure, I have almost 25 years of experience and no J.D., but I am quite happy as a law firm librarian.) I have a misgiving about the recommendation of the M.S.L.. Stephen mentions the program at Yale. At its website, Yale estimates a year of "student" tuition and living costs at over $73,000. I have not checked on whether these costs apply to M.S.L. students, or on whether public law schools generally offer such programs and at much less cost. However, it is not clear to me that the "cost/benefit" ratio tells significantly more in favor of substituting the M.S.L. for the J.D..
Mark wrote,
on December 31, 2012 at 8:32 AM:
Also related to the dual-degree requirement, "iPad in Hand, Librarian Joins Rounds" about the medical librarian doing rounds with the doctors to provide immediate research assistance. See: