Holly Gerber is assistant law librarian at Washington County Law Library in Hillsboro, Oregon. She joined AALL in 2010 after receiving her MLS from Texas Women's University in 2009.
Why did you join AALL?
I entered librarianship by way of the education field, which places a high value on professional organizations and continuing professional development. So, as a new librarian, I decided it would be practical and worth my while to join AALL as a means of meeting other law librarians, learning from my more experienced colleagues, attending professional development programs, and discovering more about law librarianship in general.
Why do you stay a member?
I stay a member because I like to be involved with professional organizations. I appreciate giving back to the professional community and engaging with my colleagues. I volunteer for committees in other library organizations, and I've enjoyed being active in the State, Court, and County Law Libraries (SCCLL) Special Interest Section (I'm the current newsletter editor).
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The ability to connect with and learn from librarians from all aspects of law librarianship is incredibly valuable. In putting the SCCLL newsletter together, I've found I learn quite a bit about AALL and the varied libraries across the country. Seeing how other law libraries have handled issues like budget cuts or preservation projects has been an incredible asset.
What book are you currently reading?
I'm currently reading Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)
by Jenny Lawson (also known as The Bloggess). As a native Texan, Lawson's tales of growing up in West Texas are both hilarious and make me a bit homesick for the desert.
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
I can never decide if I prefer the beach or the mountains; so I'd probably have to say Key West and Ruidoso, New Mexico, are my favorite vacation destinations.