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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.
11/5/2012 9:09:24 AM

From the President - Value: What's Association Got to Do With It?

Actually, “association” has got a lot to do with what AALL and its members collectively accomplish and do well. Creating value within the professional context is a multifaceted undertaking. Law librarians working as a unified community provide value internally to our members and externally to the larger legal community. Our task this year is to rethink our value in our changing environments.

Posted By Ashley St. John at 11/5/2012 9:09:24 AM  0 Comments
11/5/2012 9:07:38 AM

From the Editor - Perceptual Set

Dead ended! The popular internet map service directions told me to turn right, but instead of taking me to another road, it led to a concrete wall. This frustrating experience happened because a paving project forced me to either “expect delays” on my usual bicycle ride to work or find an alternate route.

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11/5/2012 9:04:47 AM

The Cognitive Disadvantages of E-Books

Vendors frequently push the advantages of buying e-books instead of print books. There are many advantages, but three specific ones come to mind. First, an e-book can be accessed remotely (depending on license restrictions) and can therefore make a single purchase available in multiple office locations, school buildings, or even at trial or at home. Second, e-books allow the library to devote space to other amenities like study carrels or office space. Third, their use makes the library seem technologically progressive. But are librarians and vendors also aware of the cognitive disadvantages of e-books?

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