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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 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
11/5/2012 8:48:06 AM

Show Me (How to Get) the Money!

If there’s one thing librarians love, it’s education. From getting your degree to attending webinars, workshops, and the Annual Meeting or writing an article, there’s no shortage of educational opportunities in our profession.

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Posted By Mark Estes at 11/5/2012 8:48:06 AM  0 Comments
11/5/2012 8:46:35 AM

Law Library Service to the Jail

Every other month I visit the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minnesota, to serve as a community speaker. The jail houses 250-300 inmates at any given time. Some inmates are awaiting trial; others are serving a sentence. All of the inmates are men. The jail no longer has facilities for women, and female offenders are sent to neighboring Ramsey County. Many of the men are here because of drugs, probation violations, and DWIs. There are a few, however, who have been accused of shocking crimes. Some of these cases make the news.

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