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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.
1/13/2014 2:59:09 PM

Chapter Newsletter Highlights: MALL, SNELLA, and ORALL

This post describes some articles in AALL chapter newsletters that are likely to be interesting to librarians outside those chapters.

The Fall 2013 issue of the MALL Newsletter, publication of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, contains a number of detailed accounts of members' experiences at the last AALL Annual Meeting. Anyone wanting a sense of what to expect at Annual Meetings or a refresher on the past meeting would find these accounts useful.

The September 2013 issue of Obiter Dicta, publication of the Southern New England Law Librarians Association, has a profile of Judge William J. Lavery, who was awarded the SNELLA Annual Law Library Advocate Award. The piece illustrates very well the importance of strong advocates for libraries.

The September 2013 issue of ORALL Newsletter, publication of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, presents a brief introduction to flipped classrooms, a teaching model in which prepared instruction is delivered outside of the class session, and the class time is used for practice, discussion, and addressing challenges. The flipped classroom model has received a great deal of attention recently, and this article is an accessible starting point for librarians considering flipping any aspect of their classes.

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1/13/2014 2:07:38 PM

Chapter Newsletter Highlights: SWALL, LLAW, and WPLLA

This post describes some articles in AALL chapter newsletters that are likely to be interesting to librarians outside those chapters.

The Fall 2013 issue of SWALL Bulletin, the newsletter of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, contains an article describing themed book displays at the St. Mary's University School of Law Library. A vast variety of themes are possible and help show students and faculty the breadth of the library's collection. Also interesting in an article applying the marketing advice from an ABA Journal piece on marketing one's law practice. Joseph Lawson of the Fort Bend County Law Library shows how the marketing ideas can be used in private, government, and academic law libraries.

The Fall 2013 issue of WPLLA Newsletter, the publication of the Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association, contains reports on efforts to digitize the back files of the WPLLA Newsletter, the Cool Tools Café at the last AALL Annual Meeting, and a presentation on LexisNexis's process of editing and posting case law.

The Summer 2013 issue of LLAW Briefs, the publication of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, has very thorough committee reports and an account of Korean librarians visiting the U.S. Courts Library in Milwaukee.

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1/3/2014 10:24:21 AM

Keeping Up With Canadian Law Library Review

Posted on behalf of Wendy Hearder-Moan, Associate Editor, Canadian Law Library Review / Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit:

A double issue of Canadian Law Library Review / Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (volume 38: 3/4) has just been published. It features two installments of Janet Moss’s history of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD) from 1988 to 2012. These two segments cover “Keeping in touch and Services to Members” and “Professional Contributions and Advocacy.” The first installment of the history was published in 38:2 and the final episode is to appear in volume 39:1. Janet’s history is a sequel to the history of CALL’s first twenty-five years, written by Margaret Banks in 1988. 

In addition, the current issue includes two feature articles. One, entitled “Persevere: What law librarians need to do in educating students,” is written by Sandra Geddes, herself a student in the Master of Information program at the University of Toronto. Her paper deals with the challenges of teaching legal research to the google generation, particularly the challenge of motivating them to change their attitude to research. The other article, by Humayun Rashid, a long-time member of the Association, is entitled “The KF Modified enhancement project: Evolution in a digital era.” KF Modified is the classification system used in many Canadian law libraries. It was developed in 1968-1969  to fill the need caused by the lack, at that time, of a Library of Congress schedule for non-U.S. common law materials. The author describes the major expansions and enhancements to the schedule that have been undertaken since its inception. As a member of the team that planned and implemented the enhancements, he is well-placed to explain the rationale for the changes.  

Because this is a double issue, readers will find a double complement of book reviews (over twenty reviews!) and two columns from each of our regular correspondents. Finally, there is a summary by Rhonda O’Neill, of an interview with Dr. Margaret Banks that took place in 2005. Dr. Banks was one of the founding members of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. She is well-known internationally as the author of Using a Law Library, now in its 6th edition, and of the above-mentioned history of CALL’s first twenty-five years.

Canadian Law Library Review has a new editor, Susan Barker, Digital Services and Reference Librarian at the Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto. Other changes to the make-up of the Editorial Board and to the publishing arrangements are outlined in this issue. For more information about CALL or Canadian Law Library Review, see www.callacbd.ca or contact office@callacbd.ca

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