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Read the June Issue of AALL Spectrum Online Now!

The June issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online in a PDF format. This issue includes articlesImage about:

You can also see two beautiful views from Auckland, New Zealand, and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as read responses to this month’s Member to Member question: What’s coming up on your reading list?

Additionally, be sure to print this month’s Boston Survival Guide – available online only – and bring it along July 21-24. 

Paper copies of the June issue were mailed to members May 29. Yours should arrive soon!

May Issue of Spectrum Available Online

The May issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online in a PDF format. This issue includes:

You can also see two spectacular views sent in by AALL members in Berkeley and New York, as well as read responses to this month’s Member to Member question: What question would you like to ask a political candidate?

Paper copies of the May issue were mailed to members today. Yours should arrive soon!

April Issue of Spectrum Now Online

The April issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online in a PDF format. This issue includes articles about:

You can also read responses to this month’s Member to Member question: What three apps would you recommend to a colleague?

Paper copies of the April issue were mailed to members today. Yours should arrive soon!

March Issue of Spectrum is Online

The March issue of AALL Spectrum is available online in a PDF format. The issue includes:

Also, read responses to this month’s Member to Member question: To cope with the stresses of your work life, how do you get yourself refreshed and fired up?

Paper copies were mailed to members today, so expect yours to arrive soon!

February Issue of Spectrum is Online

The February issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online in a PDF format. This issue includes:

Also, read responses to this month’s Member to Member question: What is one task or activity at work you wish you could drop?

Paper copies were mailed to members January 24, so expect yours to arrive soon!

December Issue of Spectrum Online

The December issue of AALL Spectrum is available online in PDF format. This month’s issue includes:

Also, readers respond to this month’s Member to Member question: What are three items on your “bucket list”?

Paper copies mail out to members on December 1, so look for them in your mailboxes soon.

Correction

In the Spectrum September/October 2011 issue on page six, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Jurkins was incorrectly identified as receiving the AALL Hall of Fame Award posthumously. Anne Grande received the award posthumously. AALL Spectrum regrets the error.

September/October Issue of Spectrum Online

The September/October 2011 issue of AALL Spectrum is available online in PDF format. This month’s issue includes:

Also, readers respond to this month’s Member to Member question: Which e-reader do you use and why?

Paper copies mail out to members on September 28, so look for them in your mailboxes soon.

July issue of Spectrum online

The July issue of AALL Spectrum is available online in PDF format, featuring:

Also, readers respond to this month’s Member to Member question: What is your favorite AALL Annual Meeting memory?

Paper copies mail out to members on June 28, so look for them in your mailboxes soon.

Law Library Architecture Profile: Melbourne Law School Library

MLS Law Library's student area before the renovations

MLS Law Library's student area before the renovations

The challenge was to create a separate, comfortable, study space for the exclusive use of University of Melbourne law students whenever theLaw Building is open.

In 2002, Melbourne Law School (MLS) moved to a modern corporate looking office building, glass and steel, black, gray and white on both the inside and the outside. The Law Library occupies two and a half floors of the building and is open to all who wish to use the facility. It is heavily used by non-law students, especially around exam time. Not surprisingly, the Law School student representatives approached the Law School administration with a request for a separate, quiet study area open longer than regular Law Library hours and for the exclusive use of MLS students.  In February, 2010, the first stage of the project began.  Half of the third floor of the law library, including three PC labs was made into an area accessible from the lobby by MLS students using their student cards activated as swipe cards.  The creation of the separate study area meant that the Reference Collection had to be removed. High use items from the former Reference Collection were moved to the Reserve Collection,  while other reference items were moved to a separate new shelving area on the fifth floor and the waist high, reference shelves were donated  to a suburban school. Take note, the disappearance of the Reference Collection from a high traffic area was barely noticed by any library users. MLS students needed more study space. In place of the wooden reference shelves, we added additional chairs and tables from storage.

From the end of June to mid August, 2010, the separate study area was closed and all the furniture disappeared.  A staff office and one small

The new law student area

The new law student area

PC Lab were removed to take advantage of the lovely leafy view across University Square Park.  The two smaller, original PC labs were re-configured to create one teaching lab for 30 students. The large PC lab for sixty students remained “as is”.  Both PC labs and the bathrooms were made accessible via a newly created corridor from the third floor lobby and the student printers and print stations were moved to the corridor.  The architect, Steve McIldowie and designer, Simon Carver worked with the builders to transform the large drab shell into an attractive scholarly study space, offering a choice of different work spaces separated by attractive wooden partitions in white oak, and providing a variety of ergonomically correct seats – 137 in all.  Students can sit in the comfortable seating area near the entrance, sit at large board room tables for ten, share smaller tables with one or two other students, sit at benches either facing the park or for more private, focused study,  students can sit at study carrels that face a wall.

MLS law library's new law student area

MLS law library's new law student area

The new lighting is designed for a study area. Gone are the sterile, white walls. The newly painted walls are beige and an earthy shade of red.  To add more color, randomly selected, gray carpet tiles have been replaced with deep red and gold carpet tiles.  A final touch was the installation of artwork on loan from the University of Melbourne’s Potter Gallery.  A small sign at the entrance, reminds the students that they are expected to leave the area to speak on their mobile/cell phones and to eat, however beverages are permitted.  From the first day, MLS students have entered the area and settled into quiet study. The renovation has been a resounding success.

Carole Hinchcliff is the Law Librarian at Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne,
Australia.



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