AALL E-newsletter - August 2009

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Catherine LemannSummer is winding down. If you missed the opportunity to Innovate in Washington, D.C., check out the recap below. This newsletter is full of news of exciting initiatives, including the arrival of the AALL2go online learning center, the Annual Meeting Review Special Committee, the AALLNET redesign, recognition of member achievements, and much more. Enjoy!

 



In This Issue

Chatting with Cathy: an Interview with AALL's New President

Member Georgia D. Chadwick, director of the Law Library of Louisiana, spoke with Cathy Lemann at the 2009 Annual Meeting.

You began your career as a law librarian in New Orleans at the Law Library of Louisiana in 1991; are you a native of Louisiana?

No, I grew up as a Yankee�born in Buffalo, moved between Boston and Milwaukee a couple of times. But, my father's family was from New Orleans so we visited often. New Orleans is where I lived most of my adult life.

Where did you receive your education and what attracted you to a career in law librarianship?

I attended Carleton College, majoring in government and international relations, and then did paralegal training in Philadelphia. I worked as paralegal in New Orleans for two and a half years and then attended Tulane University School of Law. I was able to practice somewhat part-time when my children were young.

After eight years of practicing law, I realized I was never going to be a rainmaker, which was important to succeed in the small law firm. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could use my law degree and the office management skills I had acquired. Law librarianship offered the chance to do some of what I most enjoy, solving legal research puzzles. I attended LSU's School of Library and Information Science part-time for almost two years as I continued to practice law.

You have been a frequent program participant and have served on many AALL committees in your 18 years as an AALL member. How did you first become involved in AALL?

While at LSU, I realized that it would be important to join a professional association to make contacts. I used the Law Library of Louisiana when doing research and Tina McLellan, a reference librarian there, told me about AALL and NOALL. I joined but wasn't particularly active until I started working as a law librarian.

When I began work at the Law Library of Louisiana, Carol Billings expected the staff to be active in professional associations. Without Carol's encouragement, I would not have taken on assignments with AALL, NOALL, or SEAALL.

You've received many awards; tell us about one that stands out to you.

In 2001 I received the State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section O. James Werner Award for Service to Persons with Disabilities for my work with AIDSLAW of Louisiana. While in library school, I took a class on service to special groups and I chose to look at materials available on HIV and AIDS. Following up on that class, I wrote a thesis about AIDS materials in public libraries. I knew people who had been affected by HIV/AIDS and was pleased to join the AIDSLAW board in 1998. AIDSLAW is a unique organization that was originally started to help people with end of life issues. Now, their primary focus is assisting low income people with HIV/AIDS to obtain public benefits, avoid discrimination, and generally live with the disease. I was very pleased to be recognized for working with AIDSLAW.

You moved to Alaska in 2006 to become the State Law Librarian. Which do you prefer: mudbugs or salmon? Tell us what you most enjoy about living in Alaska.

That's a tough question! I could get wild Alaskan salmon in New Orleans, but only see frozen Chinese crawfish here. I definitely miss New Orleans food.

Alaska is a beautiful place that still has a frontier edge where opportunities await. I have been extremely fortunate that the Court System has sent me to visit some of the branch libraries, including Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Bethel, Valdez, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Wherever I go, I try to get a sense of life in these remote areas. Life in Bush, Alaska can be challenging.

The winter in much of Alaska provides a sense of the power of nature. But the cold and the darkness are balanced by beautiful, long summer days. The most difficult part of living here, I have come to realize, is that it is so far from everywhere, particularly my family.

How do you commute to work? Do you listen to anything during your commute?

I try to walk to work most days when it's not too cold or icy as it's only a 20-minute walk. When I walk, I listen to my environment and enjoy the scenery. There is a paved trail along Cook Inlet. In the winter, there are ravens, and seagulls in the summer. Yes, I have seen moose along the trail and even in downtown.

What do your two sons think about your being AALL president?

They have both told me that they are proud of me. My sons endured my time in library school and have supported me through all my transitions. They know a bit about law libraries � supplementation and microfiche! I like to think that they recognize my interest in promoting law librarianship and in providing opportunities to others to work with AALL.

What are you reading for fun now?

I very much enjoyed Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. It is set in Yellowknife, Canada, so the location has a similar climate to Alaska. It's beautifully written and infused with sounds. I also read Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a novel about early onset Alzheimer's.

A very interesting program you moderated was "Electronic Resources Librarian�the Origin of a Species." How is that species faring today?

As a species, electronic resources librarians have evolved. Certainly, the landscape of legal information has become much more electronic and internet based. In addition to learning how to manage and navigate various subscriptions, electronic resource librarians are likely on the cutting edge of new technologies including Twitter, wikis, blogs, and other social networking tools.

Where was the first AALL Annual Meeting you attended, and how have they changed during your career?

My first meeting was in New Orleans, 1991, while I was still practicing law. I think that 1992, San Francisco, was the last meeting not held at a convention center. I have learned that our conference is "meeting heavy," referring to the many chapter, special interest section, and committee meetings. Because the meeting was shortened by a day in 2007, I definitely have to plan my time to take advantage of the programs, meetings, and exhibits. I certainly look forward to renewing friendships and putting faces to names. The contacts I've made within AALL have made me a better law librarian.

Law Librarians Innovate in Washington, D.C.

2009 AALL Annual MeetingNearly 1,700 legal information professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., last month for AALL's 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference. The spirit of innovation was in the air as attendees learned from more than 70 educational programs and workshops packed into four days. Keynote speaker Jonathan Zittrain, internet cyberlaw scholar and author, challenged the audience during the Opening General Session with his talk on "The Future of the Library, And How to Stop It." And the Exhibit Hall showcased products from 91 information vendors.

Photos from the 2009 meeting are now available on AALLNET. Look for more Annual Meeting wrap-up and program reviews in the upcoming September/October issue of AALL Spectrum. And purchase audio recordings of the 66 educational programs and keynote address on the new AALL online learning center, AALL2go.

AALL Members Make Their Voices Heard on Capitol Hill

On Friday, July 24, the AALL Government Relations Office and Government Relations Committee held the 2009 AALL Day on the Hill Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training in Washington, D.C. More than 75 AALL members attended the full-day training, and the event was a tremendous success. The meetings on Capitol Hill were extremely valuable in increasing AALL's visibility, as well as establishing important new relationships with members of Congress that are vital to our effective advocacy.

IL Delegation w Rep. Danny DavisCongratulations to all of the Day on the Hill participants for making this year's advocacy training so successful. All of the event's resources, including speakers' PowerPoint slides and issue briefs on AALL policy priorities, are available on AALLNET in the Government Relations Office's Advocacy Toolkit.

(Pictured above, from left to right: Diana Koppang, Todd Ito, Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7), Beth Lodal, and Keith Ann Stiverson.)



AALL Government Relations Office Has Moved

As of August 17, the AALL Government Relations Offices will no longer be located in Georgetown University. The office's new contact information is:

25 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001
Fax: 202/737-0480

Mary Alice Baish
Director, Government Relations Office
mbaish@aall.org
202/942-4237

Emily Feldman
Advocacy Communications Assistant
efeldman@aall.org
202/942-4233

AALL2go Opens This Week

AALL2goI am very pleased to announce that AALL2go, our new online learning center, is open for business! The new site offers you specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for law librarians. The convenient online format allows you to expand your knowledge base and gain new skills right from your desktop�no travel is required, and it's open 24/7. Also, AALL2go is fully searchable, so you can quickly find material targeted to your areas of interest.

The site includes:

  • Audio recordings from the 2009, 2008, and 2007 AALL Annual Meeting and Conferences
  • Seven free videos from this year's Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Coming soon: archived webinars and other recorded continuing education program from 2006 to present, including more than 50 free programs for AALL members

Congratulations to AALL2go Download Winners

During the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, we raffled off coupons for a free download on AALL2go. Congratulations to the following winners.

Jeff Berns, Ben Carlson, Nancy Dulniak, Elizabeth Farrell, Benita Ghura, Ann Hemmens, Emily Janoski-Haehlen, John Jensen, Sally Kelley, Jane Larrington, Lynn Monkres, Sarah Montgomery, Patti Morgan, Carol Avery Nicholson, Raquel Ortiz, Han Ouyang, Susan Panasik, Bess Reynolds, Carolyn Scott, Monica Sharum, Karen Skinner, Jamie Sommer, Rebecca Trammell, Donna Trimble, and Carl Yirka.

Vendor Selected for AALLNET Redesign

I'm pleased to announce that the AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee recently selected SYSCOM, Inc., to design a new website for our Association. SYSCOM will work with the special committee and AALL Headquarters to design a new site that will include a content management system and many Web 2.0 tools, including blogs, wikis, and the ability to comment or rate content. SYSCOM will meet with AALL staff in mid-September to begin the discovery process. I will keep you updated as more progress is made toward the new AALLNET.

Discovering the Real Value of Your Information Contracts

You know what you pay for your subscriptions, but what is the real value of the content within your contracts? Accessing and obtaining information has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, but vendor contracts for this content have remained unchanged. Bottom line: yesterday's contracts won't work in today's economic climate. Learn tactics and techniques to review and evaluate your own contracts intelligently by attending Discovering the Real Value of Your Information Contracts, a webinar to be held September 16, 12 p.m. EDT.

Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by September 9.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 101, Number 3

Law Library JournalThe Summer 2009 issue of Law Library Journal (LLJ) was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features a 2007 update of a survey of minority law librarians first conducted in 1992; a survey and analysis of the most important research tasks for new attorneys in law firms; an assessment of the status of the Freedom of Information Act since 2000; and a description of the experience of running the Web 2.0 Challenge from the Computing Services Special Interest Section.




Law Library Journal
Announces New Columnists

Starting with the Winter 2010 issue, four new columns will appear in Law Library Journal. Readers can look forward to columns from Raquel Gabriel on diversity; Lynne Maxwell on management; Darla Jackson on technology; and Phillip Gragg and Christine Sellers, who will face off point/counterpoint-style on hot topics for law librarians. Each of the columns will appear two or three times a year. Other columns that will continue to appear in each issue are "Practicing Reference" by Mary Whisner, and "Keeping Up with New Legal Titles," compiled by Creighton J. Miller, Jr. and Annmarie Zell.

Camilla Tubbs Appointed to Depository Library Council

Public Printer Robert C. Tapella announced last month the appointment of five new members to the Government Printing Office's Depository Library Council, including AALL member Camilla Tubbs. Composed of 15 members, each of whom serves a three-year term, the council's role is to advise the public printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program. Tubbs joins members Tory Trotta and Sally Holterhoff on the council.

Tubbs is head of instructional services and a reference and government documents librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. She specializes in U.S. federal legal research, legislative history, anti-discrimination law, and the rights of minorities. Tubbs is also an advocate for permanent public access to authentic government information. She was recently named chair of the AALL Government Relations Committee. Congratulations, Camilla!

New Members Appointed to Nominations Committee

The AALL Executive Board appointed three members in July 2009 to serve two-year terms on the AALL Nominations Committee, the body that chooses the candidates for the Executive Board elections:

Kelly Browne, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Sacramento, CA
Kathy Coon, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Allen Moye, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

They join continuing members Chair Kathy Carlson of Wyoming State Law Library, Cheyenne; Karl T. Gruben of University of San Diego; Joyce A. McCray Pearson of the University of Kansas, Lawrence; and Frosty Owen of Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia. The continuing members will serve their terms until July 13, 2010.

Next summer, the seven-member committee will present a slate of suitable candidates for the 2010 elections to the AALL Executive Board. They will choose two candidates to vie for the position of vice president/president-elect, two candidates for secretary, and four candidates to contend for two open seats on the Executive Board. In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates who reflect the diversity of AALL's membership, thus ensuring that the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders, and minorities.

For more information about the nomination process or to propose possible nominees for the 2010 elections, please contact Kathy Carlson, chair of the 2009-2010 Nominations Committee.

Annual Meeting Review Special Committee Meets in Washington, D.C.

The newly appointed Annual Meeting Review Special Committee, led by Chair Kim Serna, conducted its first meeting in Washington, D.C., during the Annual Meeting and Conference. The committee will contact AALL members in the next few months to solicit input and gather ideas regarding various aspects of the Annual Meeting. Watch for more information to come.

Last Call for Summit 2010 Programs

2010 AALL Annual MeetingWere you inspired in Washington, D.C.? Do you have a great idea for a program next year? It's not too late to propose a program for the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver. Use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit online by August 23.

 

 





Do you have a Bright Idea?

LightbulbAALL gives funding to assist Association entities in providing continuing education programs. Grants help fund speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or webinars. Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant. Fill out an online application and submit your proposal by September 3.

 




Start Making Plans for Professional Legal Management Week, October 5-9

PLMW 2009Professional Legal Management Week (PLMW) provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

AALL members are encouraged to plan and promote events for the week. The Professional Legal Management Week website includes resources to help you set up events, including a fact sheet, suggestions for planning events, a flyer, logos, and advertisements. Coming out in the fall, ALA is publishing the third edition of Professional Legal Management Week Magazine, which will include an article by AALL members Monice M. Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto. And a webinar slated for the week of October 5-9 will feature AALL member Sarah Mauldin as a panelist.

Member News

Bonnie Shucha and Heidi Yelk published "A Guide to Wisconsin Legal Information Sources" in the July issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer.

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Welcome New Members

Nathan Brill
James Robert Browning, II
Palmer Calabrese, Nova Southeastern University
Cynthia Condit
Irene M. Crisci, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center
Ledja Cullen, Golden Gate University School of Law Library
Adrienne DeFord
Steven Ellis, Daniel A Cracchiolo Law Library
Katherine Eriksen, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Laura Frost, Clark County Law Library
Timothy Gallina
Laura A. Gaudio, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
L. Elliot Hibbler
Olivia Ivey, U.S. Department of Labor Library
Peter Kersten
Konya Lafferty, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Molly McKenna, Westlaw Business
Meredith A. McNett, University of Utah S.J. Quinney Law Library
Jenna O'Rourke, ACE American Insurance Company
Scott Reed
Angela Smircic, Dallas County Law Library
Sara Thomas, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
Valencia Thomas, Fox Rothschild LLP
Kristin Whitman, Landon IP
Mary Yu, King County Law Library
Rosemary Zankiw, Fox Rothschild LLP
Emanuel Zoberman