The Official Publication of SWALL: 
The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries
A Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

SWALL BULLETIN

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FROM THE BENCH

President's Letter
from Beth Youngdale

SWALL AT AALL

SWALL Members at the Twin Cities: A Round up of the 2001 AALL Annual Meeting 
by Robert Hu

TRANSCRIPT

Minutes of SWALL Business Meeting: Minnesota
by Susan Spillman

WILLS AND ESTATES: 
ARCHIVAL AND PRESERVATION

Rice University's Seminar on Collection Preservation in Light of Hurricane Allison
by Mark Lambert

SIDEBAR

My AALL Experience: 2001
by Caren Luckie

Reflections Upon Retiring From The Colorado Supreme Court Library
by Lois Calvert

Changes in Law Libraries from 1996 to 2001:
Survey Data for Southwest Librarians

by Sue Altmeyer

STATUTORY SUPPLEMENTS:
STATE LEGISLATURES

Bills from 63rd Colorado Legislative Session of Interest to Law Librarians 
by Molly Otto

Compiling Legislative History in Texas
by Matthew Mantel

Arkansas Legislative History Research Guide 
by Kathryn C. Fitzhugh

EXPERT WITNESSES:
REGIONAL REPORTS

News From the CoALL Annual Holiday Party 
by Karen Selden 

COURT FILINGS: 
NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

News from the Arkansas Supreme Court Library

News From the University of Arkansas

News from the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library

News From The Colorado Supreme Court

News from the National Indian Law Library in Boulder, Colorado

News from the Texas State Law Library

News from Vinson & Elkins in Houston
by Karl Gruben

News from the AALL Government Relations Committee:
Call For Nominations For The 2002 Public Access To Government Information Award
 

Fall 2001, Vol. 32 No. 2

SIDEBAR

MY AALL EXPERIENCE: 2001
by Caren Luckie
Jackson Walker L.L.P. Houston

The theme of this year's AALL Annual Meeting was "New Realities, New Roles", and many of the sessions were geared to looking ahead and pondering what will be in store for law libraries and law librarians. I learned that, for the most part, no one knows what lies ahead.

The speaker at the Private Law Libraries after-lunch session, Tim Green, painted an optimistic picture (in between renditions of Elvis and other performers), saying that the information profession is as visible as it has ever been. And this is a good thing - we can add value to the information we provide, and he provided several steps to help us do just that. At the other end of the spectrum was the 2nd plenary speaker, Arthur Harkins, a futurist. I thought he painted a very gloomy picture of what the future holds for information professionals (or maybe I found it gloomy because I didn't know what many of the words he was using meant).

Having decided before I went to AALL that I was less worried about the future than about the present, I tried to attend sessions that would help me in my position NOW. I attended 2 sessions on time management (and, no matter how I try to follow their advice, there are just NOT enough hours in a day). One session emphasized managing priorities, and taught us several methods for doing just that. The other session suggested using a planner to make daily to do lists, and then set priorities for the items on the list. Bits of both methods are helpful, and I hope to find some time to try them. I also attended sessions on downsizing the library, working with the marketing department, and negotiating a salary increase, to name a few.

In between sessions (and, yes, sometimes instead of sessions), I did find time to visit the exhibit hall - frequently more useful to me than a session. In addition to checking out the major vendors, I tried to talk to several of the smaller, newer services. And I found several that will be very useful - a new person locator service, and a medical document delivery service, for example. I have a stack of business cards and brochures that I know will prove useful, as soon as I find the time to review them.

And, last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank SWALL for awarding me one of their travel grants. I appreciated it, my office appreciated it, and hopefully, because I was able to keep my expense report down, I will be able to continue to attend out-of-town conferences.

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