Greetings, colleagues! It is a privilege and an honor to be serving you as AALL president for this upcoming year, and I thank you.
I was pleased to meet many of you at AALL's 106th Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle last week. I'd like to thank all of the speakers, coordinators, volunteers, vendors, and AALL staff who made the event both highly educational and enjoyable. By all accounts, attendees embraced the revised program formats, including Monday Morning Recharge sessions, "Deep Dives" into specific topics, and fast-paced "ignite" programs. I hope to continue the same innovations in San Antonio next year. For those of you who had responsibilities at home and could not attend, please remember that AALL members can view (for free) three webcasts from the Annual Meeting, including the thought-provoking keynote address from David Weinberger. Audio recordings of additional conference sessions will also be available for purchase/download next month via AALL2go.
The Executive Board meeting, held immediately before the conference, was especially productive. While all of the reports are informative and the policies are excellent guidelines, for obvious reasons, I'm especially grateful for the revised Standards for Appellate Court and State Law Libraries! I hope all members find in the work of AALL something equally helpful in their professional lives. If you have ideas, especially as we begin to implement the Strategic Directions for 2013-2016, please contact me or another member of the Executive Board.
In addition to the conference webcasts, AALL is offering two upcoming webinars on topics that further our strategic goals of advocacy and education. The articles listed in "For the Leader in You" and the announcements listed in the "Member News" demonstrate that we law librarians can be recognized as essential to the success of our workplaces.
I look forward to meeting more of you in the upcoming year, and enjoy the rest of your summer!
In This Issue
Executive Board Action
At its July 2013 meeting, the AALL Executive Board approved its final report on the implementation of the 2010-2013 Strategic Directions plan. The final report details AALL activities and initiatives that were undertaken to meet the plan's goals. At its April 2013 meeting, the board approved AALL's Strategic Directions for 2013-2016. The board will now turn its focus to implementing the goal areas of this newly approved plan.
The board also approved the following:
Special Committees Appointed
Two new special committees were recently appointed to further the goal area of authority in the AALL Strategic Directions.
The Economic Value of Law Libraries Special Committee will work to develop a comprehensive, quantitative study and report of law libraries' value and to suggest ways for AALL to promote the report and its findings. Robert Oaks, chief library and records officer at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., will serve as chair of the committee.
The CLE and Practice-Oriented Education and Publication Task Force will work to increase the visibility and value of law librarians as an integral part of the legal profession through improved outreach to stakeholders and future colleagues and through members' active participation in practice-oriented education and publications. Jane Larrington, reference librarian at the University of San Diego School of Law Library, will serve as chair of the task force. This task force was developed as a recommendation of the AALL Futures Summit held in the fall of 2011.
Conference Webcasts Now Available
AALL celebrated its 106th Annual Meeting and Conference in Seattle this month, and even if you couldn't be there in person, you can get a sample of what you missed. The following programs were webcast live and are now available for archived viewing:
Audio recordings of additional conference sessions will be available for purchase/download next month via AALL2go. You'll be able to access the critical content delivered in Seattle (and maybe even start making plans to join us in San Antonio next year).
You can also catch up on all the conference conversation via Twitter here.
Register now! August 7 Online Training on Recess Advocacy
Join the Government Relations Office on August 7 at noon (EDT) for our complimentary online advocacy training, Recess Advocacy: Tips for Influencing Members of Congress at Home. The upcoming August recess will provide an excellent opportunity for law librarian advocacy when members of Congress head back to their home districts and states. You can take advantage of their close proximity by getting active in advocacy! Attend a town hall meeting, schedule a visit with your member of Congress, or invite your legislators to tour your library. In this 30-minute training, we'll delve a little deeper into the preparations you should take and help ready you to put advocacy into practice this August. Register online by August 5.
The summer recess offers a crucial chance for face-to-face interactions with your members of Congress and the ability to engage on important federal policy issues, such as privacy and access to government information. The relationships you build this August will establish you as an expert on AALL's information policy issues and serve you well in the months to come. Don't miss out!
Principles and Practices for Digital Preservation - Webinar Registration Now Open
Digital preservation deserves significant attention in this information age. Digital materials have a shorter lifespan and are more fragile than paper-based resources. Please join Fang Wang, reference and special collection services librarian at St. Mary's University School of Law and certified Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Trainer, on Thursday, August 29 at 11 a.m. (CDT) for Principles and Practices for Digital Preservation, during which she will outline six principles and practices for preserving digital materials. Learn answers to questions about preserving legal information in the digital format, steps to protect your digital content, and provisions for long-term access and management. Registration closes on August 26.
This webinar is sponsored by AALL and the Legal Information Preservation Alliance.
For the Leader in You
Whistleblowers and workplace ethics in the government fill the headlines these days. So what a perfect time to think about ethics in our workplaces! Check out these articles on ethics:
Are you wasting time at work? Read about how to check yourself and make a correction:
Looking for more reading or for training opportunities to help build your ethics muscles?
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 time management. Have a suggestion or request? Email Carissa Vogel.
AALL2go Pick of the Month - Mobile Augmented Realities in Law Libraries
AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Mobile Augmented Realities in Law Libraries.
Speaker Christine Perey will take you on a fascinating tour of the developing world of augmented reality, where mobile devices using geo-spatial and other tools connect us with digital information. Augmented reality provides continuity between the physical and digital worlds. Perey gives examples of ways to use augmented reality to deliver information via the internet. She further discusses current uses of augmented reality in the business world and ways that libraries might consider use of this concept in the future.
This 58-minute audio recording is from an educational program presented by the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries on May 3 and is available free to members on AALL2Go.
Fastcase has named the winners of its 2013 Fastcase 50 Award, which honors 50 of the law's smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders. Among the winners, six AALL-member librarians were honored: Cindy Chick, global manager of library systems at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles; Anne Ellis, senior director of librarian relations at Thomson Reuters Legal in Eagan, Minnesota; Ken Hirsch, director of the law library and information technology and professor of practice at University of Cincinnati College of Law; Steve Lastres, director of library and knowledge management at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York; Bess Reynolds, technical services manager of the library and knowledge management department at Debevoise & Plimpton; and Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, executive director at the New England Law Library Consortium in Albany, New York . Bob Berring Jr., Walter Perry Johnson Professor of Law at University of California Berkeley School of Lawand former AALL member, also received the award.
Lastres also was interviewed with Kia Motors America Corporate Counsel D. Casey Flaherty by ALM's Law Technology News Editor-in-Chief Monica Bay in the July edition of Law Technology Now. Lastres, Flaherty, and Bay, who co-presented a program, Top Trends Reshaping the Legal Industry: How Can Law Librarians Make an Impact?, during AALL's Annual Meeting in Seattle earlier this month, talked about recent and upcoming changes in technology affecting law librarians and legal research.
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 Brown.
Mr. Brown was the founding law library director of the Wiener-Rogers Law Library at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a position he held from January 1998 to June 2008. Prior to that, he served as the director of the law library and professor of law at Arizona State University College of Law for 15 years. Mr. Brown passed away on July 5.
The AALL E-Newsletter carries brief announcements of members' deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Janet Sinder, Law Library Journal editor.
Welcome New Members
Amanda Allpress, Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco
Jessica Almeida, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth School of Law, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Kelly Lynn Anders, Omaha, Nebraska
Elviria Aquino, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, Santa Fe
Lee Bernstein, Locke Lord LLP, Dallas
Zara F. Fernandes, Proskauer Rose LLP, New York
Krista Ford, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, Bridgeport, West Virginia
Emily Kasprak, Troutman Sanders, LLP, Washington, D.C.
Margaret Kiel-Morse, University of Arizona College of Law Library, Tucson
Sue Ludington, Washington County Law Library, Hillsboro, Oregon
Jason Marburg, Columbia, Maryland
Bacilio Mendez, II, National Lawyers Guild, New York
Barbara Minor, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Minneapolis
Shaunna Mireau, Field Law, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Erica R. Mohai, Themis Bar Review, Chicago
Sonja Nordstrom, Library of the U.S. Courts for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago
Kathleen O'Laughlin, LA Law Library, Los Angeles
Brenetta Pittman, University of Mississippi School of Law, University
James Pontes, Turlock, California
Leah Prescott, Georgetown University Law Library, Washington, D.C.
Rachel Ellen Purcell, Tampa, Florida
Mahum Saulat Shere, Corona, California
Elizabeth Singh-Silva, Kaye Scholer LLP, Tallahassee, Florida
Amy Summer, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis
Michael Verderame, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign
Elizabeth Belknap Whitaker, Jones Walker LLP, New Orleans
Amanda Wilke, Waukesha, Wisconsin