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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.
3/27/2013 1:05:25 PM

The April Issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET

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

Public Relations: Relationship Marketing
How to market your library by supporting public interest law auctions
By Frances M. Brillantine

Gamification: Is it Right for Your Library?
The rewards, risks, and implications of gamification
By Carli Spina

Cloudy with a Chance of Collaboration
How cloud services can enhance collaboration among librarians
By Carla Wale and Ellen Richardson

This Summer, in Seattle . . .
Rethink your value at the 106th Annual Meeting in Seattle
By Julie Pabarja

Law Firm Changes Offer Opportunities for Libraries
Suggestions for getting ahead of the curve
By Sarah Sutherland

(Re)Thinking Seattle
The co-chairs of this year's Local Arrangements Committee talk all things Seattle
By Rita Dermody and Tina Ching

A Pilot Using OverDrive
E-lending in academic law libraries
By Nina E. Scholtz

Can I Cancel My Print Case Reporter Collection?
A look at the merits of free online resources as a substitute
By Paul Galfano

From the Editor
Initial Reactions
By Mark E. Estes

Washington Brief
Policy Priorities and Strategies for 2013
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
One of our vendors recently dropped off a box of fancy chocolates. I happened to walk into the break room as one of our younger librarians was cutting a tiny piece off of a corner of a chocolate. She explained that she wanted to know what the center of the candy was. I blurted out that many people don't want a piece of candy that someone has cut into. Did I overreact?
By Susan Catterall

Member to Member
What is one word or phrase you would like to ban from law librarians' vocabulary?

Views from You
Photos of the 3rd Annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship at White Park, across the street from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord

Members' Briefing
AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices for Legal Publishers
By Kay Todd, Margaret K. Maes, Michelle Cosby, and Michael Bernier

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2/26/2013 11:29:19 AM

The March Issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET

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

Public Relations: Digital Signage
A new tool in your arsenal of knowledge
By Deborah Schander

How Can We Make Our Discovery Layer More User-Centric?
Using Banned Books Week to reconnect with our users
By Christine Korytnyk Dulaney

The "Social" Side of Law Libraries
How are libraries using and managing social media
By Ashley Ahlbrand

Request for Proposal: a Requirement for all Professionals
Using an RFP to select the best technology system for your library
By Richard Jost

Cheaper Online?
Our firm library's gradual move to all electronic
By LaJean Humphries

Attitude is Everything
Surveying the perceptions and attitudes of embedded law librarians
By Andrea Alexander and Jordan Jefferson

The Missing Link
Making research easier with linked citations
By Nick Harrell

From the Editor
Fresh Bread
By Mark E. Estes

From the President
2013-2016 Strategic Directions: Mission Based, Goal Oriented
By Jean M. Wenger

Washington Brief
Opening the Government
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
I have been serving on the Executive Board of my regional association as secretary-treasurer, and it is almost expected that I run for vice president/president-elect. However, I am in the process of changing jobs. I am torn between my committment to my association and my responsibilities to my new employer. What steps should I take?
By Susan Catterall

Member to Member
When you are taking notes, do you prefer to use a computer, tablet, smart phone, or paper and pen? Why?

Views from You
A view of the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn, California, from the front porch of the Placer County Law Library

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1/23/2013 1:16:17 PM

The February Issue of Spectrum is Now Available on AALLNET


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

Public Relations: The Art of Making Law Library Videos
Some tips for using video to market your law library
By L. Cindy Dabney 

Negotiating and Complying with Electronic Database License Agreements
Why understanding your users' expectations can make all the difference
By Ingrid Mattson and Linda-Jean Schneider

Bringing Augmented Reality to the Academic Law Library
Our experiences with an augmented reality app
By Elizabeth Barnes and Robert M. Brammer

Into the Breach with AALL's Diversity Committee
Law libraries' struggle to achieve diversity goals
By Michele A. Lucero and Beau Steenken

Unleashing the Leader in You
Our AALL Leadership Academy experience
By Margaret (Meg) Butler and Trina Holloway

Survey Savvy
The truth about benchmarking
By Christine Stouffer and Umit Ertin

The Internet: Academic Foe or Friend
Google and federated searches may point the way forward for branding law libraries
By Dana Neacsu, Ph.D.

Creating Shelf Space
Is it time for a reference collection overhaul?
By Carissa Vogel

From the Editor
Surprises
By Mark E. Estes

From the President
AALL and the Legal Profession: Value Advanced
By Jean M. Wenger

From the Secretary
Fall Executive Board Meeting Highlights
By Deborah Rusin

Washington Brief
Coming Up in the 113th
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
Is it acceptable to use mobile devices during meetings? Continuing the discussion. 
By Susan Catterall

The Sustainable Law Librarian
An Interview with an Environmental Mover and Shaker
By David Selden

Member to Member
What is your favorite research resource?

Views from You
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Bowen School of Law Library

The CRIV Sheet
Volume 35, Number 2

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