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The AALL Spectrum® Blog is published by the American Association of Law Libraries. Submissions from AALL members and other members of the legal community are highly encouraged. Opinions and editorial views expressed are those of the authors and do not represent the official position of AALL. AALL does not assume any responsibility for statements advanced by contributors. Previously, the AALL Spectrum Blog was located at aallspectrum.wordpress.com.
9/12/2014 2:04:51 PM

What's in a Name?

Naming things is hard. I hadn’t really thought about the importance of names until I had my daughter and had to name her. Before she was born I spent hours trying to perfect the right combination of names- her name needed to be classic but interesting, something that would grow with her, something she could be proud of. I named her Annabelle Rose.

When the Gen X/Gen Y Caucus made the transition to Special Interest Section earlier this year, we were given one mandate: find a new name. While brainstorming ideas, I kept coming back to the process I used for naming my daughter. We needed the right combination of names that would encompass our members passions for professional growth. Our new SIS’s name had to be inclusive, something people didn’t have to age into or could age out of. It needed to reflect our mission to help new(er) members of the organization to learn and grow and become active members of the profession. Finally, it would be nice if the name was also catchy and fun.

After much discussion and collaboration with our members, the SIS was rebranded as the Professional Engagement Growth and Advancement SIS (or PEGA-SIS for short). It is my hope that this name represents what we want the SIS to be. In PEGA-SIS new(er) members can engage with librarians at all levels of the profession from different types of libraries and can grow their knowledge and abilities during the first years of their professional life. Through PEGA-SIS members can advance not only their careers, but the organization and the profession of law librarianship as a whole.

Like my Annabelle Rose, as PEGA-SIS grows as an SIS, I hope the name grows with it, a name that members, current and future, can be proud of.


Jordan A. Jefferson, 2014, Reference Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT. Jordan is the current chair of PEGA-SIS and can be reached at jordan.a.jefferson@yale.edu.

Posted By Jordan Jefferson at 9/12/2014 2:04:51 PM  0 Comments
9/9/2014 12:05:45 PM

Welcome --- Introducing our 2014-15 blog contributors

AALL Spectrum blog is happy to announce our bloggers for 2014-15. The bloggers hail from across North America with new and experienced expertise. We also anticipate hearing law library voices from overseas as well. Stay tuned.

We introduce our blog contributors:

AJ Blechner

Caroline Young

Catherine Deane

Chris Tarr

Colleen C. Williams

Ed Hart

Jennifer Waite Hass

Jordan Jefferson

Kris Turner

Lindsey Ann Carpino

Lisa Mecklenberg-Jackson

Marcia Dority Baker

Meldon D. Jenkins-Jones

Nancy McCormack

Sabrina Sondhi

Sara Gras

Taryn Rucinski

Thanks for volunteering and have a great year! Do you have a knack for blogging? Would you like to try? Let me know.

Sincerely, Tracy Woodard, AALL Spectrum blog editor tracy.woodard@kattenlaw.com

Posted By Tracy Woodard at 9/9/2014 12:05:45 PM  0 Comments
9/9/2014 10:25:30 AM

We Want You! Why You Should Join Your Local Library Association

How many library membership cards are in your wallet? I’m pretty sure you’re a member of AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) if you’re reading this blog but are you a member of your state library association and/or your regional law library association? If not, you should be!

I started my library career in public libraries where I was encouraged to become a member of the Nebraska Library Association (NLA). It was some of the best advice I ever received, my library supervisor at the time knew the value of NLA and most likely, saw a potential volunteer for committee work! Joining my state library association was like being invited to sit at the cool table at lunch, I had an instant connection with fellow library members across 500 miles of Nebraska. I’ve been member of NLA since 2001; have served on several committees, the C&U (College & University) section, presented at many NLA annual conferences and have published in the association’s journal. In a nutshell, my NLA membership has provided me with a strong foundation on how to be a librarian. If you’re not a member of your state library association - do it today!

I’ve been at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Schmid Law Library for ten years! I’m not sure how long I’ve been a member of MAALL (Mid-America Association of Law Libraries) but long enough to know it’s a great law library association well worth my membership. If you have yet to attend a MAALL annual meeting, you’re missing out on professional friendships, great conference speakers, the chance to visit regional states and, a healthy network of law librarians and libraries similar in nature to where one works. MAALL is an official chapter of AALL; there are 31 total chapters and I know each of these chapters would love to have new members! A few highlights of my MAALL membership include presenting at several annual meetings – if someone asks you to be on the “Cool Tools” panel, just say “yes” and committee work. I have the privilege of chairing the MAALL Library School Liaison Committee and have served on the MAALL Education Committee where I helped plan our 2014 meeting in Chicago. Both committees are excellent to work with and most important: have members excited about being law librarians and are willing to speak up on how we can encourage fellow and future law librarians to be part of the profession.

I’m proud to be a librarian, it’s cheesy to say but I like to go to work in the morning! If you want more out being a librarian, join your state library association and/or regional law library chapter – it will make you a better librarian and open the door to a new group of friends at the lunch table.


Marcia L. Dority Baker is the Access Services Librarian at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Schmid Law Library in Lincoln, Nebraska. She can be reached via email; mdoritybaker@unl.edu

Posted By Marcia Dority Baker at 9/9/2014 10:25:30 AM  0 Comments