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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 9:07:38 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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Posted By Mark Estes at 11/5/2012 9:07:38 AM  0 Comments
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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11/5/2012 9:03:08 AM

Enriching the Vocabulary of Law

1. Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are more than 100 years old. TRUE or FALSE?

2. Every needed law-related heading has already been added. TRUE or FALSE?

3. Keyword searching makes subject headings obsolete. TRUE or FALSE?

4. Only catalogers may develop new subject headings. TRUE or FALSE?

Posted By Mark Estes at 11/5/2012 9:03:08 AM  0 Comments