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The AALL Spectrum® Blog is published by the American Association of Law Libraries. Submissions from AALL members and other members of the legal community are highly encouraged. Opinions and editorial views expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the official position of AALL. AALL does not assume any responsibility for statements advanced by contributors. The previous Spectrum Blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
7/18/2012 11:48:17 AM

Opportunities and Challenges on the Reference Horizon for Academic and Private Law Libraries

Technological and societal developments are compelling us to raise reference services to the next level. What realities - including short staffing and tight budgets, global customers or distance learners, and outreach initiatives - need innovative solutions? Register for the AALL webinar, Rethinking Reference Horizons: Opportunities & Challenges, on August 15, 11 a.m. CDT, to learn about the future of reference services for academic and private law libraries.

Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Library and Information Science and Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication & Information, will discuss the dynamic landscape ahead, highlighting important issues impacting reference futures. She’ll answer crucial questions: Is outstanding and personalized service possible in the face of evolving demands from our users and in today’s time of rapid technological upheaval? What will change in what we do and how we do it?

Cost: $30 for members; $60 for non-members; $150 for site registration

Register by August 10!

Posted By Julia O'Donnell at 7/18/2012 11:48:17 AM  0 Comments
TOPICS: webinars
7/12/2012 5:04:09 PM

Highlights from Summer 2012 MALL Newsletter

The Summer 2012 issue of the MALL Newsletter, the publication of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, has recently been published. The most substantial article of general interest describes how the University of Minnesota Law Library acquired Clarence Darrow's papers and then established a major digital collection of his papers and other materials related to him. The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection includes Darrow's papers and other documents relating to major cases in his career. Also included is a current, searchable database of cases in involved or mention Darrow. The Clarence Darrow Digital Collection is the first digital resource to win AALL's Joseph Andrews Bibliographical Award.

Other interesting articles discuss computer forensics in criminal investigations, the adoption of electronic case files in Minnesota state trial courts, and the Minnesota State Law Library's efforts to digitize its collection of briefs filed with Minnesota state appellate courts.

Posted By Benjamin Keele at 7/12/2012 5:04:09 PM  0 Comments
7/11/2012 9:18:22 AM

Book Drive

Each year the Social Responsibility SIS sponsors a book drive to help literacy efforts in the host city. This year the drive is in conjunction with Read Boston.

These book drives pay long-term dividends because readers become library users – at public libraries and at law schools, law firms and courts. So, contribute to the drive and help encourage a future library supporter.

Donate by:

  • taking cash/check or book to the Social Responsibility SIS table in the exhibit hall or the AALL hospitality booth at the annual meeting;
  • buying a book from Sarah Jaramillo’s Amazon wishlist;
  • sending a check to:

Sarah Jaramillo
Reference Librarian
Fordham Law School Library
140 West 62nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10023



Posted By Mark Estes at 7/11/2012 9:18:22 AM  0 Comments