From the Virginia Association of Law Libraries Blog

Interested in public service? You may be eligible for loan forgiveness (eventually)

Guest post by: Maureen Moran, Research & Faculty Services Librarian, Richmond School of Law Ah, student loans.  They both make your dreams possible and limit your possibilities when it comes time to repay them.  Fortunately for those of you who work in or are interested in public interest organizations, government service, nonprofits, nonprofit education, or...
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Written Communication: Refining Email, at Work

In their day to day, librarians and lawyers need to tailor their writing to fit various contexts and audiences. Web content, academic scholarship, and work emails all require different writing styles and levels of formality, but the undergirding principles of effective written communication are the same. Effective writing has brevity, clarity, and the correct tone....
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Visual Communications: Cues to Enhance Comprehension

Visual communication is a strategic way to present information without using words. Visual icons engage the reader by presenting information in a different way. Visual icons help serve as guideposts for navigating dense documents. Graphs and flowcharts can emphasize concepts by (literally) drawing out logical connections. They also provide a way to present statistical information...
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Jeanine Cali – VALL Membership Spotlight

Name: Jeanine Cali Organization: McGuireWoods Title: Librarian How did you first get involved in law librarianship? Before going to library school, I worked as a paralegal for a mid-sized firm in Washington, D.C.  I was given a research assignment that took me to the Law Library of Congress. Like most librarians, I have always loved...
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Caroline Osborne – VALL Director

Caroline L. Osborne is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the George R. Farmer, Jr. Law Library at West Virginia University College of Law.  There, she is responsible for all aspects of the law library, oversees the first-year course in legal research, and teaches Introduction to Legal Research, Copyright Law, and Cultural Property. ...
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Jorge Juarez – VALL Secretary

“Jorge Juarez currently serves as the Secretary of VALL. He is a Reference Librarian at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, headquartered in downtown Richmond. One of the perks of his current position is being able to walk to work in less than ten minutes. Prior to joining the Fourth Circuit Library,...
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