Monday featured the new AALL/ILTA special series of legal technology programs. The day-long series within the conference focused on the partnership between library services and technology professionals, and the sessions centered on technologies that support knowledge management and library services.
More noteworthy education sessions today included Access to Justice Committees and the Growing Importance of the Law Librarian Movement, Engaging and Educating the Screen Addicts of 2012, and Law Firm Libraries: Your E-book Future Has Arrived.
In the afternoon, President Darcy Kirk presided over the 2012 AALL Business Meeting. The agenda included reports from the president, vice president, treasurer, and remarks from AALL’s special guests from the Australian Law Librarians' Association, International Association of Law Libraries, and Canadian Association of Law Librarians.
Secretary Deborah Rusin introduced incoming Vice President/President Elect Steven Anderson and new Executive Board Members Amy Eaton and Suzanne Thorpe. President Kirk also recognized 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees Barbara A. Bintliff, Michael Chiorazzi, William S. Hein, Jr., and Erwin Surrency. They were acknowledged for their significant, substantial, and long-standing contributions to the profession and service to the Association.
Each year the president identifies members who have made significant contributions to AALL and the profession and recognizes them with a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation. This year six AALL members received this honor: Marci Hoffman, Sally Holterhoff, David Mao, Diane Rodriguez, Susan Severo, and Robyn Hagle. Congratulations to all of the day's award recipients.
The Business Meeting was immediately followed by the Members’ Open Forum, where President Kirk and other officers responded to member questions regarding AALL and its programs and activities. The discussion centered on the proposed amendments to the Association's bylaws to eliminate the Associate membership category and expand the Active category to any person who is interested in objectives of the Association. Members also discussed changes to the Annual Meeting program planned for 2013.