Thanks to the recent "Polar Vortex," most of the country has been in a deep freeze. However, it's getting to be time to thaw out and start planning your professional development and involvement for the upcoming year!
Registration will open soon for the 2014 Annual Meeting in sunny San Antonio. Conferences are an opportunity for both formal learning and peer-to-peer networking and sharing. Online groups and social media certainly can build on the discussions you begin with colleagues at the conference, but these tools are seldom adequate substitutes for making new professional connections with like-minded peers. AALL members can take advantage of other learning opportunities too, such as the upcoming January webinar and February webinar and the AALL2go Pick of the Month.
It's also time to consider your professional involvement with the Association – award and Executive Board nomination deadlines are just around the corner. I hope everyone's new year is off to a great start, in spite of the winter chill!
In This Issue
Registration Opens Soon for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting
Ready to turn your thoughts to sunnier times and warmer climes? Registration for the 107th Annual Meeting and Conference in San Antonio will open next month. Watch for a personalized email announcing the official opening, and spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in San Antonio, they'll be joining AALL!
We'll kick things off with keynote speaker Andrew Keen, who's been called "a savvy observer of contemporary digital culture." The Annual Meeting Program Committee has put together a fantastic lineup of educational opportunities that will be unveiled next month as well. San Antonio will see the return of the wildly popular Monday Morning Recharge and will feature programming developed in collaboration with the International Legal Technology Association and the Legal Marketing Association. Stay tuned for more details about these expert-led sessions.
This year's Exhibit Hall will be buzzing with the latest tools to keep you at the top of your game. Of course, there's an entirely unique and vital experience to be found in the unexpected conversations that can only happen at our conference - those who go, know. We're setting the stage with Association events that include the Saturday Opening Reception, an attendee lunch and member appreciation event on Monday, and the Association Luncheon on Tuesday.
Make your hotel reservations now to get your choice of conference accommodations while availability is still plentiful. Watch for more details about our Annual Meeting in next month's first edition of the Annual Meeting Update. We can't wait to see you in San Antonio!
Vote on the Proposed Bylaws Amendment by January 31
At its November 2013 Executive Board meeting, the board approved a proposed amendment to Article III of the AALL Bylaws, which is the Antidiscrimination section. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was created to describe and explain the proposed amendment.
Online voting is fast and easy, and polls are open until 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 31. Before you fill out your ballot, please be sure to review the FAQ document. Once you are ready to vote, click on the Vote Now link to access the ballot. If you do not have your voting PIN, you can retrieve it here.
Awards Nominations Due by February 1
The Awards Committee annually recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in ensuring access to legal information and who have shown their commitment and dedication to the law library profession. Recipients of all awards will be recognized at the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio.
AALL will consider candidates for a number of awards, including the following. (Those decided by the Awards Committee are indicated by an asterisk.)
Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) for awards by February 1, 2014 (please note that the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards have different deadlines).
Make a Difference - Run for AALL Office
AALL is looking for the next leaders of the Association. If you or someone you know has proven leadership experience, commitment to law librarianship, and the demonstrated ability to think strategically, please consider serving on the AALL Executive Board.
The Nominations Committee is asking members to nominate individuals for the 2014 AALL Executive Board election. The committee is looking for strong candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect and two Executive Board members. The election will be held in November for terms beginning in July 2015.
If you or someone you know is ready to serve on the AALL Executive Board, let the Nominations Committee know. The chair of this year's committee is Joyce Manna Janto of the University of Richmond School of Law Library. You can email her your nomination. The committee is accepting nominations through March 5.
Register for AALL's January Webinar by January 20
AALL's January webinar, Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials in the Courts: A Discussion and Analysis by Dr. Kenneth Crews, will be held January 23 at 11 a.m. CT and will feature analysis and discussion of recent copyright cases and important rulings impacting academic libraries.
The webinar is $30 for AALL members and $60 for nonmembers, and site registration (one per physical location) is $150. Register today - registration will close January 20 at 4:30 p.m. CT.
February Webinar Registration Open - Librarian in the Know: Copyright for Private Law Librarians
What do you need to know about copyright to assist your law library? How do you convey copyright law dos and don'ts to your users? You can use copyright knowledge to increase your library's visibility and provide a valuable service to the firm. Please join Paula Cozzi Goedert, AALL's legal counsel and partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, on February 27 at 11 a.m. CT. We will cover issues such as rights a copyright holder can enforce, rights of licensees, derivative works and who owns them, fair use, and copyright registration requirements. Be a librarian "in the know" who provides a valuable service to your firm.
The webinar is $30 for AALL members and $60 for nonmembers, and site registration (one per physical location) is $150. Register today!
Reminder: Submit Content for the AALL Knowledge Center
Whether you want to brush up on your interviewing skills, develop new course syllabi, or bolster your library's outreach program, the new AALL Knowledge Center can serve as a forum for finding the information and resources you need to succeed.
This growing collection of resources is only as valuable as the contributions from our members. Suggestions for content include: job descriptions; best practices and tips on budgeting, cataloging, and marketing your library; and legal resources, among many others.
Your submissions and ideas for content are greatly encouraged and can be submitted to Stacy Schuble, AALL's director of membership, marketing, and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AALL Appoints 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee
The members of the 2015 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) have been selected. The 2015 AMPC will be responsible for selecting the programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Carol Watson, director of the law library at the University of Georgia, Athens, will serve as 2015 AMPC chair. Committee members include Darla Jackson, Elaine M. Knecht, Gayle Lynn-Nelson, Mary E. Matuszak, Jennifer S. Murray, Elizabeth Outler, Ellen Richardson, and Michelle D. Tolley.
2014 Leadership Academy Fellows Selected
The fellows for the 2014 Leadership Academy have been selected and will attend the upcoming leadership academy in Oakbrook, Illinois. Fellows selected include Valerie R. Aggerbeck, Kristina J. Alayan, Benjamin T. Almoite, Margaret Marie Bartlett, Patrick H. Butler, Eugenia Charles-Newton, Ashley Krenelka Chase, Philippe Cloutier, Erika Cohn, Kathryn Crandall, Irene M. Crisci, Catherine Deane, Susan David DeMaine, Michelle Hook Dewey, Patricia M. Dickerson, Emily M. Gellings, Leslie Greenwood, Hilary Hardcastle, Stephanie Hayes, Kate Irwin-Smiler, Alicia Jones, Michele Knapp, Diana J. Koppang, Julie Graves Krishnaswami, Catherine Lemmer, Ellen Richardson, Jacob Sayward, Debbie Shrager, Beau Steenken, Rebecca Velez, Carla P. Wale, Fang Wang, Lisa M. Winkler, and Andrew Winston.
We thank the following AALL entities for graciously providing grants to support academy attendance: ALL-SIS, PLL-SIS, SCCLL-SIS, HALL, LLSDC, LLAGNY, NOCALL, SEAALL, SCALL, VALL, and WestPac.
January Washington E-Bulletin and Opportunities for Advocacy
The January issue of the Washington E-Bulletin is available now on AALLNET. This month's edition highlights opportunities for law librarian advocacy in the new year, including the following events:
- Join AALL's Government Relations Office (GRO) on Wednesday, January 29 at noon ET for our first quarterly online advocacy training of 2014, The 113th Continued: What to Expect in Congress's Second Session. With the 113th Congress in its second session, there's a renewed opportunity for advocacy on issues like copyright, privacy, and agency appropriations. During this 30-minute training, the GRO staff will provide an overview of the major legislative actions, opportunities, and events to expect in 2014, highlighting where your help is needed most. This training is complimentary for AALL and chapter members. Please register online by January 27.
- Register now for AALL's second annual Local Advocate Lobby Day on March 27 in Washington, D.C. Please join me, the GRO staff, local chapters, and AALL members for this full-day event, including lobby training and day of action. You'll become an expert on AALL's top priority issues and learn best practices for successful advocacy, then put your knowledge into practice by attending prescheduled meetings with your members of Congress and/or their staff to advocate for AALL's policy positions. RSVP to Elizabeth Holland at email@example.com by March 1.
For the Leader in You
What is the connection between happiness and leadership? Do happy leaders lead to happy followers? Can happiness lead to greater success? The following articles discuss the connection - see if you agree.
"The Happy Warrior: Research Reveals What Makes a Successful Leader" by Gregory Ciotti
"Positive Leadership" by Modesto A. Maidique (click on his name in the table of contents to view the article)
"Turning happiness into economic power" by Karen Kersting
If you are interested in a more in-depth discussion of the power of positive psychology, check out these additional resources:
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
Transforming Leadership: The Pursuit of Happiness by James MacGregor Burns
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 mentoring. While on the topic of leadership, start thinking of someone you know who would make a great candidate for the Emerging Leader Award. Nominations are due February 1. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Dana Rubin.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Winter Update Now Available Online
The latest issue of AALL's Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is now available on HeinOnline. IFLP is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in more than 500 legal journals published worldwide.
Issue 2013:2 includes the following journals and special collections:
- African Journal of Legal Studies
- International Human Rights Law Review (Netherlands)
- International Journal of Legislative Drafting and Law Reform (UK)
- Journal of Antitrust Enforcement (UK)
- Begegnungen im Recht: Ringvorlesung der Bucerius Law School zu Ehren von Karsten Schmidt anlässlich seines 70. Geburtstags
- Brandeis meets Gutenberg: German-American conversations on law, 1991-2011
- Constitutionalising the EU judicial system: essays in honour of Pernilla Lindh
- Les droits de l'homme ont-ils constitutionnalisé le monde
- Contemporary issues in Nigerian constitutional law: essays in honour of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN
- Evolving principles of international law: studies in honour of Karel C. Wellens
- Exclusionary rules in comparative law
- Legal and political theory in the post-national age
- Liber amicorum Ole Lando
Subscription information can be found on the IFLP subscription page.
Submit Your Photos and Videos for the 2014 Day in the Life Contest
The AALL Day in the Life Contest is now accepting submissions! Through February 28, AALL members are invited to take a wide range of photographs and videos of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing everything else that law librarians do in a given day. Entries must be submitted between January 1 and February 28, but your photos and videos can be from any time between March 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014.
Entries will be judged online through membership voting in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Please visit the AALL Day in the Life Contest homepage for complete contest details.
AALL2go Pick of the Month - Social Media for Business Research
AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Social Media for Business Research.
Laura Young, research analyst for a venture capital firm, and April Kessler, business librarian at the University of Texas, provide expert advice on how to mine social media websites for competitive intelligence and business analysis. All successful businesses, even start-ups, have significant social media footprints. This webinar provides practical tips for using popular outlets such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest for company research. The speakers also include a few resources that may be new to law librarians, such as Official Board and CrunchBase.
These engaging speakers are energetic and knowledgeable. Even the most seasoned business researcher is guaranteed to learn a new tactic for investigating businesses.
Find this and more free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!
Take Advantage of Discounted Registration for 2014 LMA Conference
In April 2014 more than 1,200 legal marketing and business development professionals will arrive at The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Florida for three days of education, professional development, and networking at the 2014 Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference. You do not have to be an LMA member to attend. AALL has again partnered with LMA so that AALL members can enjoy all the benefits and registration discounts that full LMA members receive - simply reference your AALL membership when registering and receive the prevailing LMA member rate.
Register now! Book online at www.LMAconference.com or call (877) 562-7172. Mention discount code AALL2014and reference your AALL membership to receive the LMA member rate.
Congratulations to LLAGNY on its 75th anniversary! LLAGNY marked the event with a day-long education seminar on January 14 with more than 200 members participating.
Jennifer S. Murray, public access to court services and law library administrator at
Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library, Phoenix, and Lisa Rush of Travis County Law Library will present at the 2014 Mid-Year National Association of Court Managers Conference in Savannah, Georgia. During their program, Procedural Justice for Self-Represented Litigants, they will discuss with court managers from across the nation how their local libraries can assist their courts with perceptions of procedural justice.
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.
AALL has been advised of the death of Richard E. Adamo.
Mr. Adamo worked for Essex Law Library in Salem, Massachusetts, and was a former AALL member. He passed away December 29, 2013.
The AALL E-Newsletter carries brief announcements of members' deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.
Welcome New Members
Cheryl L. Booth, Lakeland, Florida
Carrie Canfield, Fisher & Phillips LLP, Atlanta
Emma MacGuidwin, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, Grand Rapids, Michigan