Thursday, July 31, 2003
Meet the Staff
AALL has a small yet highly capable staff that works hand-in-hand with membership to promote the interests of law librarians nationwide. In order to help you better understand the staff’s role in the organization, throughout the course of the next few months I will introduce you to them. Through these thumbnail profiles I hope to give you a better understanding not just of the people and the functions so important to AALL, but also clarity about who to contact when you have a question. We always enjoy hearing from you, so please never hesitate to call.
Starting in alphabetic order, this week I introduce you to Mary Alice Baish, Associate Washington Affairs Representative. Mary Alice works in our Washington, D.C. Office and in close relation with our Government Relations Committee and our Copyright Committee .
Mary Alice is endlessly energetic in promoting AALL’s information policy agenda by drafting testimony, formal letters and position papers on a wide range of federal and state legislative and regulatory issues. She also represents the Association to policy makers, Congress, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the Shared Legal Capability, and the Digital Future Coalition, among many others.
“Mary Alice is extremely knowledgeable and hard working, and she never misses an opportunity to educate and energize others,” says Keith Ann Stiverson, past Chair of the Government Relations and Copyright Committees. “can think of so many times when she helped our Committee understand something obscure about a piece of legislation or a policy statement that wasn't apparent in the text. It is a real joy to work with her.”
Mary Alice tells us that law librarians are known throughout Washington, D.C., and increasingly throughout the states, as remarkably effective advocates for fair and equitable information policy. While Mary Alice may sound the alarm on an issue, it is law librarians who respond in a manner that insures we are heard by those who need to understand our point of view. This is teamwork at its very best.
Please feel free to call on Mary Alice , Government Relations Committee Chair Elizabeth Barber LaDoux, or Copyright Committee Chair Jonathan Franklin with any of your public policy questions or concerns. They welcome your emails, letters and calls.
2004 Program Proposals Due August 18
Boston to Mumbai: The World of Legal Information is the theme for the 2004 AALL Annual Meeting. As President Janis Johnston said in her recent communiqué to membership,
“Businesses have become international; the practice of law has become multinational; so too has law librarianship become a profession that reaches beyond its own borders. In today's world, law librarians are asked to access foreign, comparative and international legal information on an almost daily basis… Whether you work in public services, collection development, technical services or administration, each of us is called upon to develop an expertise in adapting to this larger world.”
We hope that you are inspired by the international theme for the meeting and that you will consider submitting a program proposal. To make submitting a proposal easier than ever, this year we are pleased to debut our new online proposal submission process. Just go here and follow the five easy steps. The contents of your proposal will automatically go into our database, and you will be sent an e-mail confirmation that it was received.
Program proposals can address any topic and the deadline for submissions is Monday, August 18. If you have any questions about proposals or the process, please contact Gail Warren, 2004 Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair.
Salary Survey Deadline Extended to Aug. 8
Remember, too, that the Salary Survey deadline is now Friday, August 8. We encourage all library directors and heads of libraries to complete the survey and send it to Association Research, Inc., the independent research firm in Rockville, Md., that that AALL has employed to carry out the survey in complete confidentiality. For more information about the 2003 salary survey, please contact Bob Gray of Association Research, Inc.
Information Access Alliance Launches Web Site
The Information Access Alliance, a coalition of six leading library organizations, has published a white paper that examines the impact of mergers among scholarly and legal publishers and calls for a new standard of antitrust review of merger transactions in this by antitrust enforcement agencies. The Alliance has also launched a web site containing information on the impact of publisher mergers on the market for science, technology, and medical journals, links to the white paper, and other key documents.
Please Note: There will be no edition of From the Desk Of for the week of August 4th, as I’ll be away attending the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) annual conference.
Susan E. Fox, CAE