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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.
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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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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