AALL Spectrum

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&nbsp; <h2>Publication analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication</h4> <strong>Title</strong>: <em>AALL Spectrum</em> <strong>ISSN</strong>: 1089-8689[1. <em>AALL Spectrum, </em>Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory, accessed March 18, 2018, <a href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1521387398626/111034" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1521387398626/111034</a>] <strong>Website: </strong><a href="https://www.aallnet.org/resources-publications/publications/aall-spectrum/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://www.aallnet.org/resources-publications/publications/aall-spectrum/</a> <strong>Purpose, objective, or mission</strong>: <em>Spectrum</em> is the professional magazine for the <a title="American Association of Law Libraries" href="http://www.aallnet.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)</a> and is included in association membership. <a title="Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.aallnet.org/about/policy_spectrum.asp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">This publication is </a>"dedicated to providing informative and engaging articles of interest to AALL members, law librarians, and other legal information professionals. .... Feature articles and opinion pieces cover issues that affect legal information and law librarianship, such as licensing digital content, legislation, and the importance of public relations. The magazine also keeps members apprised of association events and activities."[2. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Target audience</strong>: Members of AALL are the target audience: members are law librarians in a variety of settings, including academic law school libraries, private firms libraries, judicial and government libraries, and public law libraries for counties and states, as well as other legal information professionals.[3. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>AALL Spectrum</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum</a>] <strong>Publisher</strong>: <a title="American Association of Law Libraries" href="http://www.aallnet.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>American Association of Law Libraries</em></a>[4. ProQuest LLC. (2014). AALL Spectrum. <em>Ulrich's Periodical Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1399332352226/111034" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1399332352226/111034</a>] <strong>Peer reviewed</strong>? No.[5. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Publications/llj/llj-authors-guide.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Type</strong>: LIS professional and trade publication. This is an informal publication of AALL, primarily for association news and short practical pieces that would be of interest to practicing law librarians.[6. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] Though it is not a scholarly journal, it is very well respected and has a high profile in its field. <strong>Medium</strong>: <em>Spectrum</em> is a print publication sent free to all AALL members.[7. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>AALL Spectrum</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum</a>] The archives are available online back to mid-1998 at the <a title="Spectrum " href="http://www.aallnet.org/products/pub_spectrum_archive.asp" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Spectrum</em></a> website. [8. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>Spectrum Archives and Subject &amp; Name Indexes</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Archives" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives</a>] <strong>Content</strong>: <em>Spectrum</em> includes articles on subjects of interest to law librarians, especially practical pieces on marketing the library and management tips. The scholarly journal for AALL is titled <a title="Law Library Journal" href="http://sliswikis.sjsu.edu/lispublications/wiki/law_library_journal/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Law Library Journal</em></a>;  <em>Spectrum</em> publishes informational pieces more informally written but still of practical use to law librarians.[9. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Frequency of publication</strong>: <em>Spectrum</em> is published 9 times a year (they do not publish in January or August, and have a combined September/October issue).[10. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>AALL Spectrum</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Publications/spectrum" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum</a>] <h4>About the publication's submission guidelines</h4> <strong>Location of submission guidelines</strong>: <a title="AALL Submission Guidelines" href="http://www.aallnet.org/about/policy_spectrum.asp" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/about/policy_spectrum.asp </a> <strong>Types of contributions accepted</strong>: <em>Spectrum</em> includes a<strong> </strong>mix of trend or feature stories, news briefs, regular columns, and opinion pieces about issues that affect legal information and law librarianship as well as Association events and activities.[11. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Submission and review process</strong>: The submission guidelines indicate that "<em>Spectrum</em> prefers a thorough, detailed query letter fully outlining your article topic, instead of sending an unsolicited manuscript."[12. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] Regarding article length, they note that "Feature articles are between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Columns and news articles are between 700 and 1,000 words. Shorter or longer articles will be considered."[13. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] After submitting a query letter, the author should submit the requested article electronically, with any graphics in a separate file. "All submissions will be edited for clarity and grammar. Whenever possible, the editorial director will contact an author to discuss questions of intention and interpretation."[14. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Editorial tone</strong>: Reviewing the articles themselves, it appears that <em>Spectrum</em> attempts to include articles that will be of interest to firm, academic, and government librarians rather than focusing on just one type of library. The submission guidelines request "lively, well-researched and authoritative articles about law librarianship and the association. We seek articles that inform, inspire, provoke, influence, amuse, or help improve practices. Articles should demonstrate factual knowledge and provoke readers to learn more. Point out the positive and negative aspects of the topic covered. Include humor when appropriate."[15. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Style guide used</strong>: <em>The Chicago Manual of Style </em>and <em>Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary</em>.[16. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <h4>Conclusion: Evaluation of publication's potential for LIS authors</h4> <em>AALL Spectrum</em> is the best place to engage in the informal professional conversation surrounding law librarianship. Though it is not as high profile or scholarly as<em> Law Library Journal</em>, it may be more widely read, and will help any law librarian make a name for him or herself. The quality of writing is very high, as are the editorial standards. However, it is not appropriate for professors seeking tenure to boost publications, as it is not a scholarly journal. &nbsp; <h2>Audience analysis</h2> <hr /> <h4>About the publication's readers</h4> <strong>Publication circulation</strong>: <em>Spectrum</em> is sent free to all AALL members. The archives for this publication are available online at the AALL website,[17. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>Spectrum Archives and Subject &amp; Name Indexes</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Archives" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives</a>] and <em>Ulrich's Periodical Directory</em> indicates that they are also searchable on various LIS databases (including EBSCOhost, H.W. Wilson products, and Thomson Gale databases).[18. ProQuest LLC. (2014). AALL Spectrum. <em>Ulrich's Periodical Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1399332352226/111034" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1399332352226/111034</a>] It is possible the articles will reach non-law librarian readers through these sources. <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Audience location and language or cultural considerations</strong>: The main circulation of this magazine is within the United States, but AALL does have some international members. Unfortunately, international demographics were not available on the <em>Spectrum</em> site, advertising materials, AALL Salary Survey, or AALL member information.[19. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>Membership Directory</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Membership Directory" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/Directory" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/Directory</a>] <em>Spectrum</em> is written in American English, and is primarily interested in legal librarianship relevant to the United States.[20. ProQuest LLC. (2014). AALL Spectrum. <em>Ulrich's Periodical Directory. </em>Retrieved from <a title="Ulrich's Periodicals Directory" href="http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1399332352226/111034" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/title/1399332352226/111034</a>] If international subjects are covered, the legal systems will require more explanation. An example of international coverage is "Beyond the Spectrum," by Shaikh Mohamed Noordin, available for download.[21. Noordin, S.M. (2006). Perspective: Beyond the Spectrum. <em>Spectrum, 10</em>(6), 12-13, 17. Retrieved from <a title="Beyond the Spectrum" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives/Vol-10/pub_sp0604/pub-sp0604-persp.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/Archives/Vol-10/pub_sp0604/pub-sp0604-persp.pdf</a>]</p> <strong>Reader characteristics</strong>: The law librarian members of AALL are primarily female, and have a graduate degree in either librarianship or law. Roughly half have a degree in both areas, and roughly half have over ten years of library experience, per the 2007 AALL Salary Survey. The average law librarian is white, female, 50 years old, and makes between $50,000 and $60,000 per year.[22. American Association of Law Libraries. (2014). <em>Salary Survey</em>. Retrieved from <a title="Salary Survey" href="http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/salary-survey" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/salary-survey</a>]  All librarians in AALL are either law librarians or are interested in the organization of legal information.  This publication is run by, written by, and edited by law librarians, and as such tends to reflect the dominant views of the profession. It's analytical; fairly negative towards vendors, but strives to be fair; focuses primarily on academic and firm librarian concerns (such as training law students or new attorneys) and to a lesser extent of government librarianship.[23. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Knowledge of LIS subject matter</strong>: Readers are generally professional librarians, so a high degree of specialized language and knowledge of LIS principles and information can be assumed. However, specialized information from non-law library disciplines or terms specific to certain jobs (such as cataloging or database administration) require explanation. <h4>Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors</h4> Authors interested in publishing in <em>Spectrum</em> are advised to list their qualifications in their cover letters, as this audience respects degrees and library experience. Though the publication is focused entirely on law librarianship, general subjects of interest to LIS professionals will overlap in this field -- for instance, information on Web 2.0 is of great interest to law librarians, and recent articles have dealt with how Second Life can be used in libraries. It is best, even with general topics, to make it evident how the subject could be useful to a law librarian. When writing, authors should keep in mind that readers are librarians first, and will be interested in any developments in the field. The readers have a sense of humor (as mentioned in the invitation for articles), but they read <em>Spectrum</em> for industry news, so entirely humorous articles may not be appropriate.[24. AALL Executive Board. (2006). <em>AALL Spectrum Editorial Policy</em>. Retrieved from <a title="AALL Spectrum Edtorial Policy" href="http://www.aallnet.org/mm/Leadership-Governance/policies/AssociationPolicies/policy-spectrum.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/spectrum/policy-spectrum.html</a>] <strong>Last updated</strong>: April 20, 2016 <hr /> <h4>References</h4>
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