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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. Previously, the AALL Spectrum Blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
7/8/2014 11:51:01 AM

Spring 2014 Issue of The ALL-SIS Newsletter Available Now

The Spring 2014 issue of The ALL-SIS Newsletter is available now!  Are you considering adding chat reference to your reference toolbox?  Then you may want to checkout Ingrid Mattson’s article “Chat Service in Academic Law Libraries.”  Curious about what other law libraries are doing?  Then read Ruth Levor’s “Great Ideas from the Halls of Academe.”  Want to know what ALL-SIS is doing at this year’s AALL Annual Meeting?  Leah Sandwell-Weiss has compiled a list of the ALL-SIS events, roundtables, and programs.  And, this is just a small sample of the information you’ll find in this issue!

Posted By Kristen Moore at 7/8/2014 11:51:01 AM  0 Comments
7/7/2014 9:09:00 AM

Book Review: The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government

by Philip K. Howard  W.W. Norton & Company 2014. Hardback. ISBN 978-0-393-08282-1. $23.95. 256 pages.

The Rule of Nobody challenges the reader to engage in reforming the American legal system to remove old and unneeded laws; streamline the regulatory and judicial review process; and return executive power to the presidency. Recommended for law firm libraries, law school libraries, and budget permitting in county law libraries too. Law firm librarians can prepare their attorneys to talk with clients about the problems and solutions described by Howard. Law faculty teaching administrative law or legislative process will surely use examples from the book. The Rule of Nobody urges reforms that will improve access to justice and so the public law library would do well to acquire it and encourage their users to read it.

Howard, founder and chair of the Common Good a non-partisan legal reform group, and a partner in the New York office of Covington & Burling, describes the many ways our legal system fails us, from sometimes seemingly endless environmental review to overly prescriptive limits instead of proscribed goals or behaviors and by failing to repeal outdated laws. He offers possible reforms in a  series of 18 propositions ranging from greater personal responsibility to proposing a Bill of Responsibilities -  five constitutional amendments requiring a regular, periodic review of almost all legislation and among others, establishing a “Council of Citizens” as “an oversight body on the workings of government.”

I learned of this book on The Daily Show where Jon Stewart interviewed him. When I checked the book out from one of my local public libraries I found Stewart quote on the book jacket: “Philip K. Howard has always struck me as an eminently reasonable, articulate advocate for commonsense solutions. No wonder no one listens to him.” I agree, Howard proposes commonsense solutions  - and he acknowledges the contributions of Covington’s library director Karen Schubart.

Posted By Mark Estes at 7/7/2014 9:09:00 AM  0 Comments
7/3/2014 12:53:45 PM

The July 2014 Issue of Spectrum is Now on AALLNET

The July 2014 issue of Spectrum is now available on AALLNET. We hope you enjoy the issue, and please feel free to post any feedback here. We would love to hear from you!

Posted By Ashley St. John at 7/3/2014 12:53:45 PM  0 Comments
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