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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.
11/26/2013 3:03:42 PM

Check Out the December 2013 Issue of Spectrum, Now Available on AALLNET

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Spectrum and encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback using the "comments" box below!

Public Relations: A Day in the Life 2014
How will you document your library? 
By Frances M. Brillantine 

Law Firm Librarians in Transition
Career changes and challenges 
By Elizabeth A. Greenfield 

Law Librarianship in China
Challenges and opportunities 
By Kara Phillips, Wei Luo, and Joan Liu 

LibGuides, Blog Posts, and Articles, Oh My!
Library-supported portfolio pieces for law school students and graduates 
By Marie Stefanini Newman and Taryn L. Rucinski 

Research Competition Awesomeness
Implementing legal research competitions at law schools 
By Lisa Junghahn and Richard L. Buckingham 

Happy Anniversary, Treatise!
A celebration of longevity: comparing Moore's Federal Practice and Procedure with Wright and Miller's Federal Practice and Procedure 
By Adrienne DeWitt 

Be Our Guest!
What reference librarians can learn from the hospitality industry 
By Andrea Alexander 

MLZ: Citation Management for Law School
The new citation manager MLZ, based on Zotero, helps collect, organize, and use research materials 
By Mitchell L. Silverman 

Massive Open Online Courses
One participant's perspective 
By Colleen Williams 

Online Only! Put Your Library on the Map, Part 3: Surrender and Success
By Ashley Krenelka Chase 

From the Editor
Dear Peace Corps, I'm Finally Here, Almost . . . 
By Catherine A. Lemmer 

Washington Brief
Law Librarian Advocacy in 2013 
By Emily Feltren 

The Reference Desk
I recently accepted a position as librarian-manager in a local law firm library. When I was hired, I was told that I would report to the executive manager. However, a couple of days after I began working, the senior administrative assistant, Carol, sought me out and told me that I should actually be reporting to her. When I asked the executive manager to clarify, he responded that he didn't know why Carol would say that. I'm worried that he won't set all this straight and there will be a clash in the future. Do you have any suggestions for what I should do? 
By Susan Catterall 

Announcements
AALL Announcements, Memorials, Stu's Views, and Next Issue of Spectrum 

Member to Member
What creative phrase or statement describes your past year? 

Views from You
Views of the modifications made to Harvard Law School's Pound Hall 

Members' Briefing
Identity, Meaning, and Names 
By Steven P. Anderson

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10/31/2013 3:10:31 PM

The November 2013 Issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Spectrum and encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback using the "comments" box below!

Public Relations: Reflecting on Advocacy: Where Do We Fit In?
A short list of big ideas about advocacy
By Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Designing Your First Advanced Legal Research Class
Tips and suggestions for the process
By Elizabeth Christian

The Changing Terrain of the Canadian Legal Landscape
Developments and changes in the Canadian legal profession
By Kim Clarke

DIY Forms Programs
Helping unrepresented litigants navigate the court system in New York
By Meghan Lenahan

Religious Observance and the Workplace
Considerations for employees and employers
By Shira Megerman and Deborah Schander

Demystifying the Job Search Process
When it comes to new hires, what is it that we want?
By Kathleen Brown

Training Student Workers: A Win-Win
Mentoring student workers and improving customer service in your library
By Jessica M. Drewitz

Managing Big Data: What's Relevant?
Why librarians have the critical skills to manage Big Data
By Stephanie Ball

Search Committees
The most important part of your job . . . really!
By Carissa J. Vogel

Online Only! Using LibGuides to Help Teach First-Year Contracts
By Jesse Bowman

From the Editor
Boundary Reflections: Holding in or Holding Back?
By Catherine A. Lemmer

From the President
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
By Steven P. Anderson

Washington Brief
Reforming Surveillance Programs to Protect Libraries
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
I attended my first AALL conference this year, and though I thought I had prepared for it, now I'm not so sure. I'm back at work with a fistful of business cards, and I can feel my conference memories and good intentions slipping away. What should I have done differently?
By Susan Catterall

Stu's Views

Member to Member
What competitive or noncompetitive activity outside of work recharges you?

Views from You
The Paul L. Boley Law Library stacks seen through the trees at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon

The CRIV Sheet
Volume 36, Number 1

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9/26/2013 12:07:31 PM

The September/October 2013 issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET!

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Spectrum and encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback using the "comments" box below!

2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle
A collection of photos from a memorable Annual Meeting
Photos by Brant Bender, Brant Bender Photography

Public Relations: Recognizing Excellence
The 2013 AALL Excellence in Marketing Award winners
By Joy Shoemaker

A Customer is a Patron is a Client . . . But Not Really
Naming and what it makes us think about our users
By Carol Ottolenghi

Howdy, Neighbour!
Introducing the Canadian Association of Law Libraries
By Annette Demers and Nancy McCormack

Do Androids Dream of Electric Books?
Thoughts on legal content dissemination and consumption in the digital environment
By James S. Heller

Automated Library Services
One law library's experience
By Alicia Brillon and Valeri Craigle

Would it Kill West . . . 
. . . to include the same information on WestlawNext and
Westlaw Classic that it includes in West Reporters?
By Patrick J. Charles

Who Has the Time?
Or why firm librarians don't volunteer for AALL committees
By Sarah K.C. Mauldin

Cautious Creativity
Thoughts for the risk-adverse law librarian
By Galen L. Fletcher

The Tools of Our Trade
The modern world requires that librarians be among the first to exploit digital tools
By Richard Leiter

Embracing Facilitation
How can facilitation techniques help us in the workplace?
By Katherine Marshall

From the Editor
I'd Like to Hear From You
By Catherine A. Lemmer

From the President
Beyond Boundaries: Making Connections and Bridging Divides
By Steven P. Anderson

Washington Brief
2013 Policy Programs Help Build Knowledge, Advocacy Skills
By Emily Feltren

From the Secretary 
Report from the July 2013 Board Meeting and Business Meeting
By Deborah Rusin

The Sustainable Law Librarian
Heading Down the Green Path: How Can We Continue to Improve Our Annual Meeting's Sustainability Efforts?
By David Selden

The Reference Desk
My director has been very generous about celebrating the birthdays of our staff. She always provides a card and arranges for each employee to have his or her favorite cake. However, one colleague always ends up with a little something "extra." I have to say that I'm a little resentful of this, and I'm not the only one. Someone needs to speak up and tell our director how this makes the rest of us feel, don't you think?
By Susan Catterall

Stu's Views

Member to Member
In this era of 24/7, do you fully disconnect when you are out of the office on vacation or at a conference?

Views from You
The Fort Worth Water Gardens as seen from the second floor of the Texas A&M University School of Law

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