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This blog provides a space for conversations about articles and ideas found in AALL Spectrum, the monthly magazine of the American Association of Law Libraries. The previous blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
2/10/2014 3:07:23 PM

Chapter Newsletter Highlights: HALL, WestPac, CALL, MAALL, ORALL, ALLUNY

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

The November/December 2013 issue of the HALL Newsletter, publication of the Houston Area Law Librarians, has an interesting and readable introduction on legal design, an endeavor to make legal materials more visually understandable and appealing.

The Fall/Winter 2013 issue of WestPac News, publication of the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, offers several summaries of sessions held at WestPac's recent meeting in Las Vegas.

The Winter 2014 issue of the CALL Bulletin, publication of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, contains an academic law librarian's account of designing and offering a course on legal practice technology that would be useful to any librarians thinking of designing similar courses or presentations. Also included is an essay arguing that law libraries should maintain their participation in the Federal Depository Library Program.

The December 2013 issue of MAALL Markings, publication of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, has a reports on sessions at the last MAALL meeting, including one on Creighton Law Library's presentation on its digital repository and project to digitize Nebraska Supreme Court briefs.

The December 2013 issue of ORALL Newsletter, publication of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries, includes an essay defending law reviews against New York Times article suggesting they are irrelevant, and summaries of some sessions given at the last ORALL meeting.

The Winter 2013-2014 issue of ALLUNY Newsletter, publication of the Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York, has an essay discussing the value of libraries as social and meeting spaces.

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1/22/2014 2:04:23 PM

Chapter Newsletter Highlights: SEAALL and LLAW

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 Southeastern Law Librarian, publication of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, has a thoughtful essay on the advantages and costs of law librarians with JDs taking the bar exam. The piece would help librarians and those thinking of becoming law librarians think about whether the bar exam makes sense for them. The issue also has an author index for the past volume. The Election issue was also recently published and contains biographies of the candidates.

The Fall 2013 issue of LLAW Briefs, publication of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, holds reports on sessions at the most recent AALL and SLA annual meetings. The Winter 2013 issue has a short article on alternatives to the discontinued Google Reader (Feedly appears to be the most popular option).

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1/22/2014 12:53:08 PM

Chapter Newsletter Highlights: SEAALL, MAALL, and CALL

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

The Summer 2013 issue of the Southeastern Law Librarian, publication of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, has an essay by a library school student arguing that the MLS is important for preparing to be a law librarian. The essay is in the same vein as Lindsey Ann Carpino's recent AALL Spectrum Blog post.

The September 2013 issue of MAALL Markings, publication of the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, contains a couple stories on interesting ways libraries interact with their constituencies. First, Rachel Zill, a library assistant at a Nebraska law firm, discusses how the firm library celebrates throughout National Library Week. The library adopted a county fair theme and ran with it, decorating the library space, holding a technology fair, and awarding prizes. The entire week appears to have been fun and cost-efficient. Second, Jennifer Prilliman of Oklahoma City University School of Law describes how her law library began using Pinterest boards to promote events and new acquisitions. Prilliman emphasizes their Pinterest activity is aligned with established goals and guidelines.

The Fall 2013 issue of the CALL Bulletin, publication of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries, includes an update on the progress of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act in Illinois, and a report by Scott Vanderlin on how he assembled an impressive display for CALL's table at the AALL Annual Meeting.

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