Thursday, October 23, 2003
Discussion on Safety and Security
The Sept./Oct. Spectrum 2003 contained a review by Amy Hale-Janeke of a program on safety and security given at the AALL Annual Meeting this past summer. One speaker pointed out technology can increase risk as well as alleviate it. The mentally unstable person with a knife, gun, or bomb comes immediately to mind as threat to physical safety of persons and property, but the hacker or over-zealous law enforcement officer may be a security threat to information or personal privacy. Policies, like those of Seattle Public Library mentioned in the article, may certainly be needed in public libraries, but if you are not in a public library, are they needed in yours? If so, do you have any you wish to share with those of us who may be forming policies? How are policies enforced? What problems have you faced enforcing them? What equipment, software, or personnel are you using?
The AALL Career Development Task Force will be holding an online discussion on this topic November 10-23, 2003. This discussion should be interesting. You are invited to join in. To do so, just click on this link to subscribe. If that is a problem contact Pam Deemer.
The good news is that the discussion is just for two weeks, beginning November 10, but after that the subscribers will be purged; you will not be subscribing to a permanent online discussion forum that will fill your mailbox with mail for ever and ever.
Join in, and hear what your colleagues will be talking about over for those two weeks.
Handbook on Limited Scope Legal Assistance
The Modest Means Task Force of the Litigation Section of the ABA has prepared a Handbook on Limited Scope Legal Assistance (also called "unbundled" and "discrete task" legal services), and a comprehensive appendix, which includes practice forms, recent rule changes, and a collection of ethics opinions. The handbook and appendix are available online through the website of the ABA.
The Task Force produced the handbook and appendix to help lawyers provide more and better forms of limited scope legal assistance to those, who without this help, likely would receive no assistance at all, and to encourage judicial and bar leaders, court administrators, legal service program directors and others to revise rules and develop programs that support these essential forms of legal representation. The handbook and appendix respond to the serious pro se litigation problems that most state courts are facing. The target audience of the handbook includes both private lawyers in solo and small firm practices and public lawyers in legal services and other public interest practices.
Anyone interested in more information or a hard copy should contact the Task Force Reporter, Professor Michael Millemann, University of Maryland School of Law, 500 West Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD. 21201 (410-706-2739 or 8340).
2003-2004 Membership Directory
The 2003-2004 Membership Directory goes to print today! It will be bound next Tuesday or Wednesday and we expect it to be mailed to members by Friday, October 31. You should receive your copy by early to mid-November (depending on the efficiency of the US Postal service).
I am sad to report the death of Richard L. Beer, former AALL Treasurer (1983-1986), president of Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (1977-1978), and chair of AALL’s Membership, Nominations, and Publications committees. In addition to being a 1998 recipient of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, he also received the State, Court & County Law Libraries SIS Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession in 1994. He will be missed.
Susan E. Fox, CAE