Megan Butman, research librarian at DLA Piper in Chicago, joined AALL in 1995. Since graduating from library school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she's worked as a reference librarian for three law firms and for Thomson West as a consultant to law libraries. She's a member of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL because smart people told me to join! My first two bosses recommended that I join AALL because it was not only a great organization with the brightest people of my profession, but because it would help me grow as a professional.
Why do you stay a member?
I stay a member because they were right! I have met the best my profession has to offer through AALL. AALL networking and the people I have met through AALL have helped me with the practical, theoretical, and abstract parts of my job, from assisting me with locating obscure documents to helping me think of new and creative ways to add value to my firm.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The most valuable membership benefit to me is the access to a nationwide network of librarians. A close second would be the Annual Meeting because it is the Annual Meeting that allows me to meet and network with the other members and to generate professional relationships and personal friendships. It is a perfect setting to get to know other members.