Guide on the Side - Presentations Magazine: Don't Go to the Podium Without It

By Marie Wallace, Published on May 1, 2000

Marie Wallace has enjoyed a fulfilling career as a librarian, beginning in 1951 in academia with the University of California and transitioning in 1971 into the private law library world until her 1995 retirement from O'Melveny & Myers. She is the 1997 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries' highest honor, the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. Throughout her professional life, Marie has been a guiding force in the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Practising Law Institute's programs for law librarians and Teaching Legal Research in Private Law Libraries (TRIPLL).

Today, Marie has commenced on a new path she terms "Life in Progress," which enables her to pursue a diversity of interests as a master swimmer, law librarian, trainer, storyboarder and designer of wearable art.  She continues to be a dynamic speaker and prolific writer on such topics as private law library management, presentations and training. She is a member of Toastmasters International and is active with the American Society for Training Development (ASTD) and in continuing education for private law librarians. She devotes her "free" time to various non-profit and civic activities.


If the ship was sinking and I could take only one thing to the lifeboat, it would be Presentations magazine. Then I would be prepared to communicate whether I was rescued or in paradise. 

Presentations is true to its subtitle, Technology and Techniques for Effective Communication. It is in its 14th year of publication, and I find it a never-ending resource of ideas, tips, techniques, trends, technological innovations and product reviews.

You can get a flavor of its contents from the online version http://www.presentations.com. Online is not identical to the hard copy but offers a neatly organized selection of hot topics. Online recently featured an article entitled "Digital Justice: How Presentation Technology is Changing the Rules of Evidence in Today's Courtrooms," from the November 1999 issue. Try to get the hard copy of this issue to appreciate the cover graphics for Digital Justice.  It presented a wonderful visual message.

Readers can sample Presentations coverage by scanning its spine titles. Here is a selection from the past year:

Using Humor

Projector Buying Guide


Psychology of Visuals


Digital Animation

Using Digital Sound

Web Presentation Software

Teaching with Technology

LCD Monitors

Electronic Whiteboards

Best Presentation Rooms

International Presentations

Now that your attention is kindled, let's look in more detail at several recent issues.

The February 2000 issue is devoted to "PowerPoint: Why we love it and why we hate it." Four articles each cover a different aspect of this presentation software.

Other regular features in the February issue are:

The March 2000 issue features:

I saved the best part for last. You can subscribe online and a subscription is free if you are in North America. For more information, email: [email protected].

Whether you are on the way to the podium or just to another day of communicating with staff, clients and family, Presentations will enrich your journey.