January 24, 2002
Roger H. Parent, executive director of the American Association of Law Libraries since 1993, will retire Dec. 31.
President Barbara Bintliff informed the AALL Executive Board on Jan. 17 about Parent's pending retirement. She thanked Parent for his outstanding service to the Association for the past nine years, attributing much of AALL's tremendous growth to his guidance and direction. "Roger's administrative and financial expertise in association management, together with his extensive knowledge of librarianship, enabled the Association to move forward confidently with new initiatives during the 1990s," Bintliff said. "AALL is a stronger and better organization thanks to Roger's leadership and direction."
During his tenure, Parent guided the Executive Board through the development and implementation of two strategic plans, resulting in numerous enhancements to AALL's programs and member benefits. Parent's significant achievements include the design of the regional Professional Development Program; expansion of the Washington Affairs Office; improved publisher relations; building and sustaining AALL's restricted endowments for scholarships and other Association projects; the professionalization of the headquarters operations; and opening up the AALL membership to other legal information professionals in addition to law librarians. He also supervised the overhaul of the Association's communications vehicles, such as the Association Web site, AALLNET, and its Members Only Section; the publication of the Association's first magazine, AALL Spectrum, in 1996 and the Biennial Salary Survey since 1995; and the expansion of the AALL Chapter Alliance. In addition, Parent served as AALL's primary representative to the coordinating committee of the six national library associations (including AALL) that sponsored the worldwide convention of the International Federation of Library Associations in Boston in August 2001.
After Bintliff's announcement, Parent thanked the president, the AALL Executive Board, and other Association leaders, members, and staff for their consistent support and encouragement. He also recognized the Association's corporate sponsors, especially BNA, CCH, LexisNexis™ and West Group, for their steadfast commitment to AALL. Their financial assistance and resources helped AALL launch many new programs and services, like the Research Endowment, the George Strait Minority Scholarship Endowment, regional educational programs, and the Resource Guides from the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section.
"It is an understatement to say that I've enjoyed the experience of serving as AALL executive director," Parent said. "I consider it the highlight of my career in librarianship and association management, and treasure the wonderful friendships that I've formed in AALL."
Bintliff is currently creating an Executive Director Search Committee that will launch a national search to fill the position that will be left vacant by Parent.