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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.
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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6/26/2013 4:19:54 PM

The July 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: A Visit to Irish Libraries
An opportunity to see some of the great libraries of Ireland
By Linda M. Sobey

In Support of Universal Citation
AALL's work to promote universal citation continues with the release of the third edition of its Universal Citation Guide
By Anne Burnett and Dan Cordova

Cooking Lessons and Legal Research
Creating and integrating instructional videos into legal research training
By Austin Martin Williams

Innovative Displays in Law Libraries
Showcase your collections and your talent with displays that capture the creative spirit of your law library
By Sherry L. Leysen and Alena L. Wolotira

A Law Librarian's Guide to Effective Committee Participation
Tips gathered from longtime committee members
By Elizabeth Outler

Are Our Users "Customers"?
A librarian's thoughts on professionalism in librarianship
By Paul J. Donovan

Is Your Library In Good Standing?
Offering stand-up desks in the academic library
By Cynthia Lewis

The Importance of Relationships
Our relationships with various constituents define what we do and who we are
By Sandy Placzek

Collection Development in Academic Libraries
What can we learn from law firms?
By Victoria Trotta

A Day in the Life
Congratulations to our 2013 photo contest winners

From the Editor
The Last Time
By Mark E. Estes

From the Secretary
Spring Executive Board Meeting
By Deborah Rusin

Washington Brief
Put Advocacy in Practice this August Recess
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
More than one co-worker has asked me to join my law firm's on-site Weight Watchers program, and I've declined each time. I continue to be asked, and I don't know how to make it understood that I don't want to participate without being rude or seeming like a snob. I just don't want to do it, and I'm also concerned about whether or not my co-workers could share information outside of the meetings. What can I do?
By Susan Catterall

Member to Member
What class do you wish you had taken in your undergraduate or graduate program (assuming it had been offered)?

Stu's Views

Views from You
Photos of Ruth Lilly Law Library hosting Indiana Canine Assistant Network service and therapy dogs for student stress relief

Members' Briefing
AALL Advocacy and You
By Emily Feltren

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5/30/2013 12:15:16 PM

The June 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: Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional
This resource provides simple strategies to improve customer service and more
By Joy M. Shoemaker

See You in Seattle!
Counting down to AALL's 106th Annual Meeting

Local Advocacy Networks
Adopting UELMA in your state and how you can help
By Catherine M. Dunn

RLLL Mobile Turns One
Reflections on how we developed a library mobile site from the ground up
By Catherine A. Lemmer and Hannah Alcasid

Authenticating the "John Hancock" of Online Primary Legal Materials
The technical and policy concerns at play
By Anna Russell and Jane Larrington

Digging in to Patron Data
What I learned from the law school "facebook"
By Sarah E. Ryan

Recognizing the Outstanding
Carolyn P. Ahearn and Judy Meadows receive the 2013 Marian Gould Gallagher Award
By Elizabeth L. Moore

Going Green with Carpooling
Setting up a carpooling program at your institution
By Emily Marcum

Showcasing Art in the Law Library
A county law library in Pennsylvania launches its art program
By Barbara Pasqua

A Valuable Contribution to Legal Literature
AALL names its 2013 Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award winner
By Pauline Aranas

Frank Sinatra Never Branded Himself a "Ninja"
Some thoughts on informality in digital interactions
By Megan Wiseman

Introducing the Hall of Fame Class of 2013
AALL honors Brecht, Spinelli, Todd, and Wright
By Frank G. Houdek

From the Editor
Lost Days
By Mark E. Estes

From the President
Rethinking our Future
By Jean M. Wenger

Washington Brief
See You in Seattle! A Guide to Public Policy Programs at the 2013 Annual Meeting
By Emily Feltren

The Reference Desk
I coordinate the training for new associates at a law firm, and I'm appalled when I see someone taking a call or having a side conversation when I'm talking with them or catch them texting during a training session. I'm afraid that one of them will do the same thing when they're in a shareholder's office or with a client. Doesn't anyone appreciate good manners anymore?
By Susan Catterall

Member to Member
What has been your favorite vacation?

Stu's Views

Views from You
Views of the remodeled Rare Book and Special Collections Room at Taggart Law Library, Ohio Northern University, Ada

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