AALL E-newsletter - October 2013

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AALL President Steven P. AndersonI would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who volunteer for AALL, in one way or another, and to encourage participation by all members. One of AALL's Core Organizational Values is "community and collaboration." We truly benefit from each other, but this interaction works best only when everyone brings experiences and ideas to the table. Right now, AALL is looking for volunteers to serve on the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee, to become mentors or mentees, and to contribute professional writing to the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers. I recognize that your time and energy are valuable, but please give some consideration to service - you may well end up receiving more than you give.

AALL also provides several opportunities to meet your professional education needs. For example, you might wish to apply for the 2014 Leadership Academy, attend one of the upcoming webinars or online trainings, read an article in the "For the Leader in You" section below, or view the AALL2go Pick of the Month at your convenience and on your schedule.

AALL would like to hear from you, too! We are a member-driven organization in need of your participation in the upcoming election of AALL leaders, your feedback through the membership survey, your applications for CPE grants, and your suggestions for new webinars. Your responsiveness makes all of us better law librarians.

In This Issue

Vote for the Future Leaders of AALL: Election Opens November 1

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members opens Friday, November 1, and runs through 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, December 2. Ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members on November 1. On December 3, ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

The elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It's important to make an educated decision, and we encourage members to learn more about the candidates before voting by visiting the biographies and statements page on AALLNET.

Your vote will not only help select future Executive Board members, it will also help shape the future of AALL.

Tell Us What You Think of AALL

Earlier this month, AALL emailed you a link to a comprehensive member survey. The goal of the survey is to get members' candid opinions about AALL and its programs and services. It should take you no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept confidential. As a thank you for your help, if you complete your survey by October 31, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card.

If you did not receive an email with the survey link, please check your spam filter or contact Stacy Schuble, AALL's director of membership, marketing, and communications (312/205-8020).Your response is important to us, so please complete the survey by October 31.

AALL Mentoring Program - Call for Mentors/Mentees

The Membership Development Committee would like to remind members that the Online Mentor Module is here! Mentor Match works in concert with My Communities on AALLNET. Now is a great time to consider becoming a mentor if you feel like you have advice to share or becoming a mentee if you are looking for advice. Law librarians at all stages of their careers are welcome to enroll. This new module gives you an opportunity to be proactive in selecting your own mentor or mentee. Tips are provided to assist you in making this connection. Please visit My Communities, and consider enrolling today.

Volunteer for the 2015 AMPC

AALL began accepting applications for the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) October 1. The committee has the opportunity to help set the stage for the year's premier educational event for our members, the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Information about the work of the AMPC is available on the committee profile.

All applications are due November 1. Your participation and efforts will ensure a successful and enriching member experience. Please note: the committee volunteer form for all other AALL committees will open in January 2014.

Upcoming Webinars: The Law of E-books and Trademark Basics for the Law Librarian

Is your library providing your users access to e-books? Does the library have perpetual rights to the files, or will the files become inaccessible to users after a period of time? What clauses should the library pay special attention to when negotiating licenses? Are the e-books the library provides accessible to users with print disabilities? What privacy laws govern the readers' use of e-books? Join us for The Law of E-books on October 24 at 11 a.m. CT when Mary Minow, counsel to the Califa Group and Follett Chair at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, will address these questions and give participants an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions of their own. Register by October 21!

Registration is also open for the November webinar, Trademark Law Basics for the Law Librarian. Trademarks surround us on a daily basis - whether it is the cereal we eat, the clothes we wear, or the products we use. Considering the omnipresence of trademarks, how many people know there are different types of trademarks? Join us for this webinar on November 14 at 11 a.m. CT when Anthony Fletcher, senior principal in the New York office of Fish & Richardson, will provide a broad overview of trademark law, including what trademarks are, how they are protected and infringed, and how library research fits into the picture. By drawing on his years of experience and noteworthy court victories, Fletcher will provide an insightful and engaging look at trademark law and how it impacts our lives.

Register for October 29 State Advocacy Online Training

On Tuesday, October 29, from noon-12:30 p.m. EDT, the Government Relations Office (GRO) will host a complimentary online advocacy training, Advocating at the State Level: Tips and Tricks for Success. With Congress in a state of gridlock, state governments have recently provided a unique opportunity for law librarians to influence policymaking in their own backyards. From enacting the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) to fighting proposed budget cuts, law librarians have been on the front lines of some of the most important decisions impacting access to legal information.

In this 30-minute training, GRO staff will offer tips to help you raise the profile and visibility of law libraries in your state. Learn how to build effective coalitions, help introduce pro-law library bills, and form relationships in your legislature. As state budgets rebound from the shortages of the past several years, there are more opportunities to enact a proactive library agenda. Register today to learn how you can help.

Leadership Academy Application - Deadline is October 31

Are you looking to increase your leadership skills or expand your career potential? The 2014 AALL Leadership Academy, to be held April 4-5, 2014, is just what you need. Prepare for new leadership roles by building essential skills and networking with other legal information professionals. Designed to help you lead with authority through an intensive learning experience, the program will include practical and interactive discussions, assessments, small group activities, and mini-presentations.

Apply today! This opportunity will not be available again until 2016.

Continuing Education Program Funding is Available

Do you have a great idea or an excellent speaker in mind for a program? Apply for an AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant today. The next deadline for grant proposals is November 7. If you have a spring program in the works, now is the time to apply for a CPE Grant! Join the many colleagues and AALL entities that have received funding to support programming.

For the Leader in You

Good leadership and crisis management go hand in hand. When a crisis arises, how effective are we as leaders? Are we up to the challenge? Let's examine resources to improve this very important leadership skill.

"How a Good Leader Reacts to a Crisis" by John Baldoni

The Wall Street Journal's "Leadership in a Crisis - How To Be a Leader"

"How to Handle a Crisis in the Workplace" by Dan Schawbel

"Fiscal Crisis Management: A crash course in taking the lead" by Catherine Suyak Alloway

If you want to delve further into crisis management, we offer these additional resources for your consideration:

Linking Crisis Management and Leadership Competencies: The Role of Human Resource Development by Lynn Perry Wooten and Erika Hayes James

"The Progress Principle" (TEDx Talk) by Teresa Amabile

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month, our focus will shift to difficult conversations. Have a suggestion or request? Email Jennifer Murray.

The Call for Papers Has Begun

Have you been thinking about writing an article of interest to law librarians? The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee has just the incentive to get you started - its Call for Papers Awards. Papers may be submitted by active or retired AALL members or by students in library, information management, or law school and may address any subject relevant to law librarianship.

The committee is soliciting articles in four categories:

Open Division: for active and retired AALL members and law librarians with five or more years of professional experience.

New Member Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years.

Short Form Division: for AALL members; articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article and may be appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum.

Student Division: for students in library, information management, or law school. Participants in this division need not be members of AALL. To submit in this category, you must have been enrolled in law school or in a library school, information management, or an equivalent program either in the fall 2013 or spring 2014 semesters.

Submissions in the Open, New Member, and Short Form Divisions must be submitted by March 3, 2014. Submissions in the Student Division must be received by May 15, 2014.

The winners in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions will receive $650, and the Short Form Division winner will receive $300, all generously provided by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present their winning papers at a program during the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Winning papers in the Open, New Member, and Student Divisions are also considered for publication in the Association's prestigious Law Library Journal.

Request for Webinar Proposals

Members with an interest in developing virtual educational programming are encouraged to propose webinars at any time throughout the year. It is a great way to increase professional visibility, add new skills, and contribute to the profession as a whole. Proposals need to address issues, raise important questions, solve problems, or provide practical knowledge and innovative approaches that deliver results. For more information about webinar proposals, take a look at the proposal criteria. If you have questions, please contact AALL Director of Education Celeste Smith.

AALL2go Pick of the Month - Developing Leaders: Inside, Outside and Together

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Developing Leaders: Inside, Outside and Together.

At many organizations, there is a huge initiative called Talent Management that asks all of us to develop ourselves and our staff as leaders - both inside and outside the organization. This program helps you think about opportunities for yourself and your staff. Ryan Saltz, Ann Fessenden, and Mark Estes present a program that gets participants to apply leadership concepts to their personal development and the development of their staff and organizations. Participants will discover that it is possible to have an influence at any level, whether you are a director, a middle manager, or new to an organization.

Find this and many other continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members at AALL2go!

Member News

John Cannan's Spring 2013 Law Library Journal article, "A Legislative History of the Affordable Care Act: How Legislative Procedure Shapes Legislative History," was cited and linked to in The Wall Street Journal's October 3 article, "Obamacare - A Game-Changer in the Making?" by David Wessel. Cannan is research and instructional services librarian at Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law's Legal Research Center in Philadelphia.

Cheryl L. Niemeier, director of library services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis, has been selected to receive the 2013 Affiliate Member Award from the Indiana State Bar Association.

Jean O'Grady, director of research services and libraries at DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., was profiled in Law Technology News on September 25. The profile, "STEM Cells: Jean O'Grady," focused on pushing beyond traditional boundaries of a women-dominated segment of BigLaw.

AALL seeks more news about members' achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Ashley St. John, AALL marketing and communications manager.

Welcome New Members

Jeanette Haymaker Barrick, Las Vegas
Colleen Cable, Profit Recovery Partners, Kansas City, Missouri
Mary E. Cornaby, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Isaac Harrison, Esq., Lynnwood, Washington
Laura McGimsey, Moore & Van Allen, PLLC, Charlotte, North Carolina
Jennifer Overaa, San Anselmo, California
Robert Peck, University of Montana, School of Law, Missoula
Lisa Schultz, University of Colorado Law School Wm. A. Wise Law Library, Boulder
Julie Steenson, New Boston, New Hampshire
Krista Stracka, TRAK Records and Library, Washington, D.C.