This month brings much news--some great, some good, and some sad. The great news is that I am pleased and honored to announce the winners of the Gallagher Award. This year Lolly Gassaway, Frank Houdek, and Kathie Price will be honored. Also, on the good front, the new AALLNET will launch soon; we will sponsor three webinars in the upcoming months on technology, copyright, and strategic planning; and you could win a free registration to the Annual Meeting by renewing your membership before May 1. And finally, the sad news is that two of our colleagues have passed away: Adrien C. Hinze, a life member of the organization, died last November, and Susan Scoble, of Waco Texas, died in December.
In This Issue
New and Improved AALLNET to Launch on May 2
I'm pleased to announce that on May 2 we will launch the redesigned AALLNET where you'll discover a new layout, easy-to-use navigation, more features and functionality, and a stronger brand.
The new AALLNET will allow you to:
- Easily navigate the site to browse for information or complete a specific task, such as register for an event or apply for a grant.
- At a glance from the homepage, view the latest news, events, job postings, and AALL's Twitter feed.
- Use the search box to find specific information; results can also be further refined or used to discover related resources.
- Collaborate electronically with your special interest sections, caucuses, and committees and network with like-minded members by using our online network called My Communities.
Here's what some of our recent testers had to say about the new site:
"[I] really like the ability to browse a large amount of topics from the main bar atop the page. Things took little effort to find because I didn't have to mis-click on a hunch and then click back to get to the right page."
"Overall, the organization seems very intuitive and good. I loved the old AALLNET, so I was planning to have an attitude. But, the top navigation was very easy, fast, and intuitive."
"Very intuitive – easy to use! Tabs on homepage aid in navigation of site. I did not find the need to run a search for any questions – browsing was direct, simple, and straightforward."
Watch for more information closer to the launch date.
Rodriguez Joins Executive Board
AALL member Diane Rodriguez, law librarian at Hassard Bonnington LLP in San Francisco, has joined the AALL Executive Board effective April 18, to fulfill the unexpired term of Janet McKinney, who recently submitted her resignation from the board. Her term will end in July 2012. Rodriguez was elected by the Executive Board to fill the position and will attend her first meeting as a member of the board in July.
Currently, Rodriguez serves as the Chapter Council chair and will also continue in that role until July 2011.
The AALL bylaws, Section VIII, 8, provide that the Executive Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy in elective office, with the exception of the office of president.
Julie M. Strandlie New AALL Director of Government Relations
I'm pleased to introduce Julie M. Strandlie as AALL's new director of government relations by the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). In her new position Strandlie is responsible for advancing AALL's government relations program, which includes matters related to copyright, access to government information, and privacy. She will work on these, and related issues, on behalf of AALL on the national, state, and international levels.
Send Us Your Stories on the Value of the Congressional Record and Statistical Abstract
Earlier this month, AALL issued an action alert asking our members to oppose the Congressional Record Printing Savings Act of 2011(S. 674) to eliminate the print Congressional Record (CR), except for a small number of copies necessary for archival purposes. Now we need your stories on how the elimination of the print CR would impact you, your library users, the legal community, the public, and/or society in general.
- Cost aside, who is using the print CR for research and how?
- What will happen in the research/legal community if the CR is no longer available in print?
- What will be the impact on the preservation of historical documents if only limited copies of the CR are in print?
In addition, President Obama's FY 2012 Budget Request includes the elimination of funding for the Statistical Abstract Program. If you use the Statistical Abstract, we'd like to hear from you.
- Cost aside, who is using the Statistical Abstract for research and how? Please share your stories of how the Statistical Abstract has been important in the research, advocacy, and legal communities.
- What will happen in the research community/legal community if the Statistical Abstract is no longer available? Where will researchers turn for information? What will be the impact on the quality of research?
Please send your responses and stories to Director of Government Relations Julie Strandlie. Thanks in advance!
Gasaway, Houdek, and Price Named as Recipients of Gallagher Award
The AALL Awards Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. The awards will be presented during the AALL Business Meeting in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25, from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. This year's recipients are:
Laura (Lolly) Gasaway, professor of law at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill
Frank G. Houdek, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale
Kathie Price, former law library director at the University of Florida Levin College of Lawin Gainesville
Register for Three Upcoming Webinars on Technology, Copyright, and Strategic Planning
Today is the last day to register for Technology and the Law Library—Finding Common Ground, to be held April 28, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST. Learn how law firm technology and law library professionals can collaborate to achieve effective results for their firms.
On May 5, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST, join Tomas Lipinski, professor and executive associate dean at the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, for Copyright Issues in Distance Education and Training. Lipinski will answer common copyright questions that arise in virtual classes and training sessions. Issues will include handouts, video usage, participant comments, and post-virtual session issues. Register by next Thursday, April 28.
Save the date for the June 9 webinar, The Five-Minute Strategic Plan: When You Don't Have the Time or Resources to Do It Perfectly. Pat Wagner, of Pattern Research, will teach a simple proven model that translates strategic planning into four basic steps (plus one that repeats). It allows for effective design and execution when time is short and you need to move ahead quickly—without driving yourself and other people crazy. Look for more information coming soon.
New PLL-SIS Video Program: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Law Firm Marketing Department
Third in a series of five programs moderated by the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section, Unraveling the Mysteries of the Law Firm Marketing Department features the chief marketing officer and director of client relations from the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. Moderator Kathy Skinner also manages the research and intelligence department at Morrison & Foerster, which reports to the marketing department, making each of these three speakers uniquely qualified to discuss the role of the library within the larger organization.
This program is part of a two-year program undertaken by the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section (PLL-SIS) with the goals of identifying significant changes taking place in the legal world, understanding how these changes provide opportunities for assuming leadership roles, and developing concrete plans for librarians to become leaders within their organizations. The culmination of these efforts, the Change as Action Summit, will take place at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 23.
AALL2go Pick of the Month
AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Federal Regulatory Information and Where to Find It.
In this one-hour video, David Pritzker of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Regulatory Information Service Center provides a handy tutorial on the federal rulemaking process including where the public can find access to federal regulations. The GSA Regulatory Information Center publishes a semiannual unified agenda on regulatory actions under development. The fall publication of the agenda includes a regulatory plan identifying current regulatory priorities and highlighting significant regulatory actions expected in the coming year. The center also helped establish Reginfo.gov to provide a "regulatory dashboard" of current information on the regulatory process, which includes handy FAQs on the regulatory process and hyperlinks to government sources for the regulations.
Pritzker's presentation explains the evolution of public access to regulatory information (including the genesis of the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register), how the Administrative Procedure Act creates a legal framework for the adoption of regulations in a manner allowing for public input, and where to find regulatory information including new free web-based government resources.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!
Renew Your AALL Membership by May 1 for a Chance to Win a Free 2011 AALL Annual Meeting Registration
In March, AALL dues invoices for 2011-2012 mailed out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.
Renew early—by May 1—and you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2011 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2011-2012. Following is the 2011 membership renewal schedule:
May: Second dues invoices mailed out.
June: Final dues invoices mailed out.
July: Expiration notices emailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.
August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to AALLNET members-only content and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.
For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312/205-8022.
AALL Dues Help for Unemployed Members
AALL offers a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an "Active" membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($57 instead of $226). The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2012.
Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form or contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022) to sign up.
Call for Poster Sessions and Hot Topic Ideas
The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is offering two more opportunities for you to showcase your good ideas at the Annual Meeting. Have you implemented an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you've created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you'd like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. As an added enhancement to this year's educational offerings, poster sessions will be on display in the Exhibit Hall as part of the AALL Member Services and Activities Area. Find more information and submit your proposal online by Friday, April 29.
Have an idea about an emerging issue that might make a great Hot Topic program for Philadelphia? The AMPC holds one program slot for a late-breaking or otherwise timely topic, with selection made a few weeks before the Annual Meeting. Members should contact Anne Myers, AMPC chair, by May 15. Please include a usable and informative description that could better explain the program's content to the AMPC and a potential audience.
Newer Members, Start off the Annual Meeting with 100 New Friends
The Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) is held every year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, and participants can expect learning, good food, fun times, and new friendships—some lasting a lifetime. The purpose of CONELL is to welcome the newer members of the profession to the organization, introduce them to the Association and its leaders, and provide a setting for newer members to become acquainted with each other. This year CONELL will take place on Saturday, July 23. Go online to register and to get more information.
2011-2012 Committee Appointments on AALLNET
The 2011 Appointments Committee, chaired by AALL Vice President Darcy Kirk, has completed 2011-2012 appointment selections. View the committee appointments online at AALLNET. For more information, contact Kim Rundle.
Vendor Colloquium Summary Available on AALLNET
We recently hosted AALL's sixth vendor colloquium in Oak Brook, IL, February 28 to March 1. The meeting focused on librarians' and vendors' responses to recent technological and social changes. Participants included representatives from five legal information vendors; academic, firm, and state, court, and county librarians; and members of the judiciary, law firms, and legal academia. A full summary of the event and related materials can be found on AALLNET.
AALL Business Meeting in Philadelphia
The AALL Business Meeting will be held during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on July 25, beginning at 3:45 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the Members' Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 5:30 p.m.
Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so no later than July 1. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters for consideration by the membership.
During this year's Members' Open Forum, which immediately follows the Annual Business Meeting, the AALL president and other officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL and its programs and activities. In addition to accepting questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting.
To submit a question in advance for this year's Open Forum, email email@example.com.
Last Chance to Vote on Day in the Life Photo Contest
Last month, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. Vote for your favorites of the final 30 photos selected by the Public Relations Committee. The deadline to submit your votes is 11:59 p.m. CST tomorrow, Friday, April 22.
Please send any questions or comments to Public Relations Committee Chair Karen B. Brunner.
Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant
The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant can assist you in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members are encouraged to apply. Apply by May 5.
Unleash Your Inner Leader—Apply for the AALL Leadership Academy
New law librarians in the early stages of your career—achieve your leadership potential by attending the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy, October 28-29, in Oak Brook, Illinois. Designed as an intensive learning experience aimed at growing and developing leadership skills, the academy program will help you discover how to maximize your personal leadership style while connecting with other legal information professionals.
The program will feature speakers Gail Johnson and Pam Parr. Johnson is a widely regarded leadership and communications expert and holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Parr has extensive business management and customer service expertise. They have conducted many leadership programs for library organizations and will speak at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference.
Applications are due by June 30. Find more information about the Leadership Academy and application and selection process online.
2011 SR-SIS Book Drive: "Give Me Liberty and Give Me Books!"
The 2011 AALL book drive organized by the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section (SR-SIS) has begun and will continue until the last day of the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, July 26. This year's drive will benefit Philadelphia Children's Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit educational support organization focused on connecting students and their families to resources and opportunities in the Philadelphia area.
The books from this drive will go to PCF's Read for Success program, which donates books to Philadelphia schools that typically have small library collections or no library at all. In these austere budgetary times, governments are slashing their educational budgets, so there is now more than ever a clear need for the work of organizations like the PCF.
We are seeking books geared toward students in kindergarten through eighth grade on any and all subjects. Here's how you can contribute to the book drive:
- Order a book online from the "2011 AALL Book Drive for the Philadelphia Children's Foundation" Amazon.com wish list
- Send a check or bookstore gift card (from any bookstore) to:
Legal Research Center, Earle Mack School of Law
3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3397
- Drop off books, gift cards, or checks during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia at the SR-SIS table in the Exhibit Hall
For more information regarding this book drive, please contact Sarah Jaramillo or John Cannan.
Nancy M. Babb, cataloging librarian and web manager at the University at Buffalo Charles B. Sears Law Library in New York, received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.
Karen S. Beck is Harvard Law Library's new manager of historical and special collections. Previously, she was curator of rare books/collection development librarian at the Boston College Law Library, where she worked from 1996-2011.
John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and vice dean for library and information resources at Harvard Law School, was named one of Library Journal's 2011 Movers and Shakers
Eugene Preudhomme, law library director of the First Department at the New York Unified Court System, received a Bernard Botein Award for "outstanding contributions to the administration of justice" from the Appellate Division, First Department.
Virginia Thomas, director of the Arthur Neef Law Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, was recently appointed to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Standing Committee on Law Libraries. Standing committees develop policies, carry out surveys and other projects, prepare guidelines, and organize open sessions and workshops at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.
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.
AALL has been advised of the deaths of Adrien C. Hinze and Susan Scoble.
Mr. Hinze was a former life member of AALL. He passed away in November.
Ms. Scoble lived for many years in Waco where she both worked and received her bachelor's degree from Baylor University. In 2000, she moved to Houston where she worked as librarian for patron services at South Texas College of Law and earned her MLS from the University of North Texas. Ms. Scoble was an active member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section. She died on December 14.
Welcome New Members
Pamela Bakker, McMillan LLP, Toronto
Sylvia Bly, Fraser, Michigan
Katherine Boudreaux, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans
Stephanie Chapman, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Boston
Travis Ellis, North Carolina Central University, Durham
Stephanie Engerer, Widener University School of Law Library, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Fritz, George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library, Washington, D.C.
Andy Froese, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, Vancouver, British Columbia
Jezerik Gaddoura, University of Arizona College of Law Library, Tucson
Anna Guerra, Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science, Denham Springs, Louisiana
Alison Harvey, University of Richmond School of Law Library, Virginia
Kimberly Hocking, Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina
Peter Howard, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, Mount Angel, Oregon
Celine Hwang, Hollis, New York
Larisa John, Washington State Law Library, Olympia
Tonya Johnson, American Bar Association, Chicago
Michele Knapp, Pacifica, California
Paula Knuth, Southern California Edison Law Library, Lakewood
Cindy Kryder, Tarrant County Law Library, Fort Worth
Anna Lawless, Northeastern University Law Library, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Susan L. McEvoy, Akerman Senterfitt, Orlando
Kerri Gilmore Messiah, Latham & Watkins, Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Rocio Miles, Inter-American Development Bank Law Library, Washington, D.C.
Barbara Mindell, Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware
Cynthia Naden, Student SJSU SLIS/One West Bank, FSB, Pasadena, California
Lois Nichol, University of Melbourne Law School, Australia
Leanne Notenboom, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
Lisa Pipia, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Rochester
Susan Rau, Seattle
Jenny L. Rempel, Oklahoma City University Law Library, Oklahoma City
Nathan Schmaltz, Charleston School of Law, South Carolina
Janice B. Searle, Riverside County Law Library, Riverside, California
Kelly Shenefield, Saint Petersburg, Florida
Celieta T. Shinn, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, New York City
Andrew Stamm, Demco, Inc., Indianapolis
Emily Strong, Fairfax, Virginia
Jennifer Sutherland, CBIZ B & I Inc, Kansas City, Missouri
Martin Tomlinson, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto
Jenny Watson, Oklahoma City University Law Library, Oklahoma City
Beth Williams, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center Library, Baton Rouge
Alena Wolotira, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library, Lake Forest Park, Washington