The Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) has had another successful year. Although our membership level has remained relatively constant, we have been able to attract a number of student members by offering free membership during the time they are enrolled in library school. Four executive board meetings provided us with the opportunity to conduct our day-to-day business and address some of the long standing issues an organization of our small size and scattered membership faces. Discussions on attracting a wider variety of members, reaching out to subsets of our current membership and dealing with the impact of technology on our organization were regular topics. However, the most dramatic accomplishments may have been the revitalization of our newsletter in an electronic format and the shift of our statewide listserv to the AALL mainframe.
Our annual meeting took place May 16, 2003 at the newly opened Michigan Hall of Justice which is the new home to our state supreme court, court of appeals, and the state court of appeals library. Entitled Minimize Today, Envision Tomorrow, our day-long program centered on what libraries are doing to prepare for legal researchers of tomorrow. Speakers from a firm library, an undergraduate library and a specialty library presented us with an array of possibilities about what libraries of the future may look like and participants had the opportunity to share their current experiences and ask questions. The day ended with a behind the scenes tour of the dramatic facility that has pulled all the appellate courts in the state for the first time in its history.
Once again, at the annual AALL meeting, MichALL members are getting together with ORALL members to network and create new connections. A $1000 travel grant will allow one of our new members to attend AALL for the first time and experience the value of what the association can do for its members. As MichALL continues to evolve, our outreach to our fellow colleagues as well as new membership groups will play a vital role in the success of the organization.
Submitted by Duane Strojny, 2002-2003 MichALL President
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