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AALL Spectrum | January/February 2016 | Volume 20, Number 3

AALL Spectrum / Published by American Association of Law Libraries

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What book had the greatest impact in your professional development? Four AALL members share their picks. PRODEV RECS SHELF LIFE 3 CAREERS FOR BOOKWORMS & OTHER LITERARY TYPES by Marjorie Eberts and Margaret Gisler (McGraw-Hill Careers for You). "I was miserable my first semester in law school. I could see that a career as a practicing attorney was not for me, and didn't know what to do with this degree I was pursuing. I bought Careers for Bookworms to explore options. It had an entire section on librarianship including details on 'Reference Librarian at a Law Library.' That book opened my eyes. I finished law school, went to library school and the rest, as they say, is history. While 20+ years have passed and new editions have been published, I still have that book because it changed my life!" —Wendy Maines; Librarian Relations Manager; Thomson Reuters; Washington, D.C. 1 SIX THINKING HATS by Edward de Bono (Back Bay Books; 2 edition; August 18, 1999). "This book helped me structure my analysis to ensure that I consider the impact on differ- ent types of users, colleagues, stakeholders, and decision makers. This approach works whether I'm considering a policy, a procedure, or even a name change." —Mark Estes; Law Library Director; Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library; Oakland, CA 2 THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO: HOW TO GET THINGS RIGHT by Atul Gawande (Henry Holt and Company, 2009). "Through illustrations using situations in the medical and airline indus- tries the value of the checklist is proven. I love the simplicity of writing procedures from a checklist point of view. Just the highlights and essentials. We can do with simplifying our life and this book helps with work problems. It is a fast read, meaty but light. Listen to his TED Talk to get a feel for his style [bit.ly/JF16Gawande]." —Louise Hamel; Manager; Judicial Library Services; Toronto, Ontario, Canada 4 SHOWDOWN: THURGOOD MARSHALL AND THE SUPREME COURT NOMINATION THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Wil Haygood (Knopf; 1 edition; September 15, 2015). "Thurgood Marshall was an inspiration for anyone who worked hard to be successful in their life. He wanted an end to racism and poverty and ended up with a dream to be on the US Supreme Court." —Jeff Meyerowitz; Retired; Morton Grove, IL CONTRIBUTE What book was essential to your education or to the education of your students? Send your picks to spectrum@aall.org. •••• JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016 | AALL SPECTRUM 11

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