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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.
11/5/2012 9:01:43 AM

Promoting Services and Celebrating Differences

Three law librarians walk into a bar ... or rather, three law librarians write a few blog posts. Mari Cheney, Jennifer Dalglish, and Susan Mecklem authored three separate "week in the life" blog posts for the Oregon chapter of the Special Libraries Association. The blog posts were the inspiration for this article on exploring the differences and similarities of Oregon Law Libraries, along with the possibilites that come from working together.

Posted By Mark Estes at 11/5/2012 9:01:43 AM  0 Comments
11/5/2012 8:59:32 AM

A Simple Solution

In the interest of full disclosure and to give readers a sense of my perspective, I start with this: I have no disability that impacts my ability to freely engage in all of the resources and services of any libraries in which I have ever been. My curiosity in looking at academic law libraries and their policies, or lack thereof, for patrons with disabilities stemmed from my general desire to get involved with and be a proactive member of the academic law library in which I had just started working. I did not want to show initiative just to add to my resume (and, in future years, my multipage CV); I wanted to participate in my new career field in a useful and meaningful way. I was looking for a problem I could help fix or a gap I could help fill.

Posted By Mark Estes at 11/5/2012 8:59:32 AM  0 Comments
11/5/2012 8:50:26 AM

Get Up, Stand Up

I suffer from the unhealthy habit of worrying about my health. I try to eat well, supplementing with vitamins. I exercise. I floss. I use sunscreen before stepping out to check the mail. I avoid talking on my cell phone. For a few months in the late ‘90s, I worried about the health effects of electromagnetic fields. So a year or so ago, when studies began circulating about the harms associated with prolonged sitting, I had to take action. Or if not “action,” per se, the situation at least required some research.

Posted By Mark Estes at 11/5/2012 8:50:26 AM  0 Comments