SWALL BULLETIN

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FROM THE BENCH

President's Letter
By Yvonne Chandler

HEADNOTES

News from SWALL 2005: How Beneficial, How Fun
by Sue Johnson

SWALL In Little Rock: Fantastic Opportunities for a
Student-
Attendee
  by Emily G. Cunningham

 

EXPERT TESTIMONY

My 10 Favorite Things About Texas
By Mary Forman

Going to San Antonio?  You Need the Local Advisory Committee Site
By Paula E. Howe

 

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

Summer 2005, Vol. 34 No. 1

 

Headnotes

 

SWALL 2005 AttendeesNews from SWALL 2005: How Beneficial, How Fun

Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.

SWALL 2005 Grant Recipient

It had been several years since I had attended a SWALL meeting, Iím ashamed to say, so I was especially grateful for the SWAAL grant which allowed me to attend the conference in Little Rock. I had forgotten how beneficial, and how much fun, SWALL is!

the highlights -- opening dinner and tour of the Clinton Library &  the reception at the University of Arkansas at Little Rockís spectacular law library

Of course, the highlights were the opening dinner and tour of the Clinton Library, and the reception at the University of Arkansas at Little Rockís spectacular law library, but the speakers were all excellent and I came away with many useful bits of knowledge. Especially enjoyable was the luncheon speech by the Honorable Lavenski R. Smith, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; I really understood what an appeals judge does on a daily basis. I also enjoyed hearing Dr. Herman Totten, who was the VIP attendee from DALL at the AALL annual meeting in Pittsburgh, and is now Commissioner, U.S. National Commission on Library and Information Sciences. He emphasized that information is not a luxury but a necessity, and how important it is to have access to public information and to share it. In fact, NCLIS promotes leadership, collaboration, communication, innovation and education, goals that should be the aim of all librarians. After all, information is power!

one of the biggest benefits of attending SWALL -- networking with other librarians and getting to know them personally

Other speakers stressed marketing the librarianís services, which are to understand, create and deliver value by providing the most cost effective and efficient use of resources, and adapting to change in the "Information Age." Foxie Mason was very persuasive in her explanation of the change process, from knowledge through persuasion, decision, implementation and confirmation. She cited several useful publications and was so interesting that she inspired us all to rush out and obtain some of the resources she mentioned.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of attending SWALL, since it is a smaller meeting than the annual AALL conference, is networking with other librarians and getting to know them personally. I appreciate this special opportunity.

 

 

 

 
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