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AALL Spectrum / March/April 2016 / Volume 20, Number 4

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What book was essential to your education or the education of your students? Four AALL members share their picks. EDUCATION RECS SHELF LIFE 3 BRAIN RULES: 12 PRINCIPLES FOR SURVIVING AND THRIVING AT WORK, HOME, AND SCHOOL by John Medina (Pear Press; March 7, 2008). "This text provides a key foundation in learning about an emerging discipline termed neuro-education. The once isolated fields of education and neuroscience all come together naturally in this amazing little book. Every educator, professor, facilitator, speaker, or instruc- tional designer should read it to understand how and why the brain works, and how to apply its principles to teaching, learn- ing, and life. The 12 brain rules include survival, exercise, stress, wiring, attention, memory, sen- sory integration, vision, music, gender, and exploration. The implications for teaching and learning are wide." —Celeste Smith; Director of Education; American Association of Law Libraries; Chicago, IL 1 WHAT IS THE NAME OF THIS BOOK?: THE RIDDLE OF DRACULA AND OTHER LOGICAL PUZZLES by Raymond M. Smullyan (Dover Publications; August 18, 2011). "Although a lot of my childhood intellec- tual curiosity can be traced back to repeated readings of The Phantom Tollbooth, this archly named book had the most impact on my educa- tion—a fantastical treatment of logic by mathematician/ philosopher Raymond Smullyan. Among the narra- tive logic puzzles dealing with Cellini's caskets and whether the speaker is a vampire and/or insane are some fascinating observations on the nature of truth and how to prove anything—advice which has been both professionally applicable and invaluable." —David E. Matchen, Jr.; Circulation/ Reference Librarian; University of Baltimore Law Library; Baltimore, MD 2 IMPECCABLE RESEARCH: A CONCISE GUIDE TO MASTERING LEGAL RESEARCH SKILLS by Mark K. Osbeck (West Academic Publishing; 2 edition; October 23, 2015). "Osbeck does a masterful job of pre- senting legal research as a stra- tegic and systematic approach to problem solving. Rather than describing the minutiae and mechanics of using a particular resource or system, he places each resource and process in the larger context of exploring legal research problems. His practical approach, easy- to-read style, and insightful discussion of research strategy make this book essential for all my students." —Courtney L. Selby; Associate Dean for Information Systems, Director of the Library, and Associate Professor of Law; Hofstra University Law School Library; Hempstead, NY 4 FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL RESEARCH by Roy M. Mersky and Donald J. Dunn (Foundation Press; 8 edition; 2002). "Many law librarians have undoubtedly pored through the various editions of this book. More detailed than most legal research textbooks, I read this cover to cover when I was in library school. Not only did it build my foundational knowl- edge of legal research, but I can still use it as a reference tool when tricky questions arise!" —Emily Lawson; Reference/ Research Librarian; University of Houston; Houston, TX CONTRIBUTE As tech- nology has impacted our profession, what book has proved to be essential in staying up-to-date in your career? Send your picks to spectrum@aall.org. •••• MARCH/APRIL 2016 | AALL SPECTRUM 11

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