Aspatore Books

I was introduced to Aspatore Books at the meeting of the West Academic Advisory Board (Thomson recently acquired Aspatore).  Aspatore provides questionnaires to experts it has identified and helps to then craft short chapters for these experts to revise and approve.  I think the concept is an intriguing one and I see two additional uses for the books in the series.  For one thing, the books can help librarians identify individual names to use for more precise searching (e.g., searching author fields of business and trade journals).  And beyond that, being a reference librarian is often a case of putting a patron in touch with someone who might be able to help them with specialized needs, and these books can help identify who some of these contacts might be.

Aspatore has recently published two books about law librarianship.  The books are:

The Changing Role of Academic Law Librarianship: Leading Librarians on Teaching Legal Research Skills, Responding to Emerging Technologies, and Adapting to Changing Trends (Inside the Minds series).   Contributors include Paul D. Callister, Michelle M. Wu, Philip C. Berwick,  Nancy L. Strohmeyer, Roy M. Mersky, Joan Shear, Christopher L. Steadham, Carol A. Parker, and Olivia Leigh Weeks


How to Manage a Law School Library: Leading Librarians on Updating Resources, Managing Budgets, and Meeting Expectations (Inside the Minds)

Full disclosure:  I have a chapter in this book.  (A number of the authors of chapters in these two books are or were members of the West Academic Advisory Board). Other authors are: Dan Martin, Michael Whiteman, Scott B. Pagel, William Blake Wilson, Christopher A. Knott, Kris Gilliland, Marian F. Parker, Penny A. Hazelton, and Sherri Nicole Thomas

I imagine that copies of both titles, in addition to others from this publisher, will be available in Portland and I encourage you to take a look.