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2014–2015 ALL-SIS Committee Annual Reports

See also Historical Committee Reports


AALS LIAISON ABA LIAISON ALL-NEW
AWARDS BLUEBOOK BYLAWS
CALI COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT CONTINUING EDUCATION
CONTINUING STATUS / TENURE FACULTY SERVICES LEGAL RESEARCH & SOURCEBOOK
LIBRARY MARKETING & OUTREACH LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS MEMBERSHIP
NEWSLETTER NOMINATIONS PROGRAMS
PUBLIC RELATIONS RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION
STATISTICS STRATEGIC PLANNING 2017-2019 STUDENT SERVICES
TASK FORCE ON BEST PRACTICES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY LAW LIBRARY TASK FORCE ON IDENTIFYING SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE FOR LEGAL PRACTICE WEBMASTER
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ALL-NEW

The 2014/15 ALL-NEW Committee membership includes Beth Adelman, Christine Ciambella, Whitney Curtis, Patricia Dickerson, Susan Lewis, Taryn Rucinski, Loren Turner, and Stephanie Ziegler.

The ALL-NEW Committee is planning the ALL- NEW Roundtable event, which is scheduled for Sunday July 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room PCC 203A. The theme of this roundtable is networking. The roundtable event will have two formats. The first half will include three speakers. They will discuss how networking impacted their careers. The second half of the event will include an opportunity to network with attendees and members of the committee.

The Committee is preparing a flyer to advertise the event. It will be distributed during CONELL Marketplace. In addition, the Committee is creating a networking toolkit that will be distributed to Roundtable attendees.

Respectfully submitted,

Beth Adelman
2014/15 ALL-NEW Chair


Awards

The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to have selected the annual award and grant winners listed below.

Awards:

  • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award: James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson & Caroline Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, Edison 2015- 03A, http://www.jptos.org/news/375/100.html.
  • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award: Merle J. Slyhoff, Collection Development Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Biddle Law Library.
  • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship: Blair S. Kauffman, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Grants:

  • Active Member Stimulus Grant: Susan David deMaine, Research & Instruction Librarian, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library & I-Wei Wang, Reference Librarian, University of California Law School, Boalt Hall Library.
  • Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Karen Selden, Metadata Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School.
  • CONELL Grant: Grace Lee, Law Library Intern, University of Washington School of Law, Gallagher Law Library

We are looking forward to honoring this distinguished group in Philadelphia at the ALL-SIS Awards Ceremony and Reception. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19th in the Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon E.

This past winter ALL-SIS was also able to award two grants for members to attend the Management Institute in March. The recipients are Brendan E. Starkey, Associate Director for Library Services at Chapman University Fowler School of Law and Ellen Frentzen, Assistant Librarian for Administration at Boston University’s Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries.

The 2014-2015 committee members are: Kathleen Darvil (chair); Carol Bredemeyer; Joyce Manna Janto; Tawnya Plumb; Nancy Strohmeyer; and Michael Whiteman. Additional information on ALL-SIS awards and grants, including past recipients, can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/awards.


Bluebook

The Bluebook Committee reorganized this year and created a full agenda to be carried out over the next couple of years and to then continue forward. The Committee consists of a librarian from each of the Bluebook schools, one non-Bluebook school academic librarian, and a liaison from PLL-SIS. The Committee was expanded to include a private sector librarian to address issues related to the "Blue Pages."

Plans set forth for 2014-15 included:

  • Program to introduce next edition of The Bluebook (due spring 2015)
  • Establish relationship with current Bluebook editors
  • Create Community page for committee
  • Contact members to explain clearinghouse role of Committee and to solicit input on new edition for program
  • Create procedures to communicate member questions to editors
  • Create procedures to communicate editor questions to members

The program, The Bluebook, Five Years and an Edition Later: Connecting Librarians and Editors, was approved by the 2015 AALL Program Committee, and will be held on Tuesday, July 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Room PCC 103A. It will pair editors and law librarians in an open exchange of issues and changes to the new edition. Bluebook editors were contacted and all supported the relationship. A preliminary Community Page was created and will be populated as we move forward.

Next year the Committee will focus on the clearinghouse aspect of the Committee while establishing procedures for communicating between our members and the editors.

Members of the Committee include Merle Slyhoff, Chair, University of Pennsylvania; Deborah Heller, Columbia; Kumar Jayasuriya, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver; Dennis Kim-Prieto, Rutgers; John Nann, Yale; and George Taoultside, Harvard.


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CALI

The ALL-SIS CALI Committee held a meeting at the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio. The main topic of discussion was on where the committee should focus its energies, as the original purpose of the CALI committee has been subsumed by a CALI advisory committee with a longer timespan. This advisory committee reviews, updates, and critiques CALI legal research lessons and works best with members who have served and have longer experience working with the CALI lessons. The ALL-SIS CALI Committee is fortunate to have Sarah Glassmeyer, CALI’s Director of Community Development and a former academic law librarian, serving as CALI’s liaison to the committee.

A number of interesting ideas were presented for the committee’s focus going forward.

Promoting CALI Author as a useful pedagogical tool for law librarians who teach legal research. Not everyone is aware that CALI Author is a powerful piece of software that can be used to create online, interactive lessons for law students and other learners. CALI Author allows users to create a variety of different sorts of questions that can help students learn, including multiple choice questions, true-false questions, pairing and ranking questions, and even essay questions. CALI Author also allows authors to provide explanatory feedback that helps students understand sometimes subtle differences between right and wrong answers.

An offshoot of this idea is to promote the use of available CALI lessons, that have gone through an exhaustive review process, and tailoring them to fit specific classroom situations. CALI allows faculty to edit lessons that already exist, so long as they get CALI’s approval. This can potentially make for an easier way to incorporate CALI’s interactive lessons into a legal research class with having to start from scratch to create lessons.

Another idea was to possibly look at ways that academic law librarians might make use of CALI’s A2J software, that CALI has developed and distributes with help from the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT). A2J Author can be downloaded by faculty and law librarians at CALI-member law schools. It is currently used mainly by clinics and legal aid attorneys to create computer-based, self-guided A2J interviews for use by unrepresented litigants and others in need. A2J interviews walk users through a step-by-step question-and-answer process that helps to make sense of confusing legal procedures and create a usable legal form. A2J Author has been used and demonstrated by a number of law school clinic projects, and the ALL-SIS CALI Committee sees potential expanded uses for this software. As an example, librarians who teach legal research might be able to use A2J to develop research pathfinders, walking students through the process of asking research questions and guiding them to the various resources that can be used to answer these questions most efficiently. Other uses for this sort of step-by-step process might also be considered.  

One ambitious idea that the committee also came up with is starting an academic journal geared towards law librarians who are especially interested in technology and its uses for both legal research and legal education. The focus of such a journal would be on computer software, programming, educational technologies, and other technologies that are being developed and used by technologically-inclined law librarians in law schools throughout the country.   Again, this is an ambitious idea and more of a long- term project that has the potential to serve the needs of the geekier edge of academic law librarianship in the future.

These and a number of other ideas are under development by the ALL-SIS CALI Committee. We continue to discuss and develop these ideas and expect them to result in a long-term strategic plan as the committee moves forward.

Respectfully submitted,

Susanna Leers
Chair, ALL-SIS CALI Committee


Collection Development

The Collection Development Committee has been communicating about the continuation of various projects taken on in 2013.

  1. Collection Development Toolkit, 2013-15:
  2. Much like the useful toolkits established by many other ALL-SIS committees, the Committee has decided to create a toolkit for those interested in collection development. This year, we moved forward with the toolkit, and have gathered articles focused on topics related to collection development. Those gathering readings have provided annotations, and we are creating an annotated bibliography before moving on to other portions of the toolkit. If you have a topic you’d like to see included or would like to draft a portion of the toolkit, please contact the Committee’s chair, Theo Belniak, tbelniak@buffalo.edu. Your expertise and opinions are welcome.


  3. Updating the Committee’s Webpages on AALLnet.org, 2013-15:

    1. Collection Development Policies on File with the Committee, 2013-15: After last year’s work of attempting to contact all of the ABA-accredited law schools to update the collection of policies gathered on the Committee’s webpage, we have now updated all the policies that we were sent by institutions, http://www.aallnet.org/ sections/all/storage/committees/colldev/cdpolicies-protected.aspx. ALL-SIS’s webmaster, Creighton Miller, was invaluable in this process. For those that have replied to our call for your collection development policy, thank you! This compilation is a useful community resource, and couldn’t exist without you. If your institution has updated its collection development policy recently, please feel free to forward the link to your policy or a PDF to your policy to the Committee’s chair, Theo Belniak, tbelniak@buffalo.edu.

    2. Resources and Links, 2013-2015: The Committee is working on revising its AALLnet.org pages in order to update available resources, links and contact information in 2014-2015. Please let us know if you would like to add a resource for your colleagues to this page.

  4. 2015 Annual Roundtable Discussion:
  5. As in past years, the Committee will be hosting a roundtable. This year’s roundtable slot is: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 3:15-4:30p.m., location: Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon E. The conversation is always interesting and inspiring, and it is a good peek into how others are thinking about and working with collections. We hope to see you there!





Faculty Services 

The 2014-2015 ALL- SIS Faculty Services Committee includes Valerie Aggerbeck, Pam Brannon, Lance Burke, Maureen Cahill, Cassie DuBay, Brittany Persson, Charles Pipins, Timothy Von Dulm and Candle Wester; and is co-chaired by Morgan Stoddard and I-Wei Wang. The committee focused on two major tasks: (1) reviewing, revising, and updating the Faculty Services Toolkit (last revised by the 2010-2011 committee), and (2) planning the 2015 Annual Meeting’s Faculty Services Roundtable.

In reviewing the ALL-SIS Faculty Services Toolkit to assess whether revision was needed, the committee identified a number of suggestions for improvements and updates. In the four years since the 2011 Toolkit was published, there have been some changes in library services and the tools used to manage, administer, and market faculty services, as well as website redesigns and other innovations at many of the institutions used as examples in the Toolkit. Thus, a new and updated Toolkit seems timely and relevant.

In order to provide current information and best practices, the committee decided to start by canvasing the libraries at all of the 180 ABA-accredited law schools in the United States individually, gathering information both via the libraries’ websites and personal contact with their librarians; in addition, the committee has solicited and received Toolkit contributions via the ALL-SIS Member Community, and has at its disposal information from the 2013 Faculty Services Survey results and recent job postings.

It is hoped this comprehensive effort will build on and expand the efforts of the 2010-2011 committee. Once complete, the new Toolkit (along with an archived copy of the 2011 Toolkit) will be available at the ALL-SIS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sections/ all/storage/committees/faculty/toolkit) (login required).

Finally, the committee planned the Faculty Services Roundtable for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The discussion topics include:

  1. Working with Students for Faculty Services:
    • What tips do librarians have for teaching and managing student research assistants in the library?
    • How do libraries provide training and research support to faculty members’ research assistants?
    • Have you hired a research assistant of your own to assist with any library projects for faculty?
    • Are there other ways that libraries involve students in the provision of faculty services?
  2. Outreach & Marketing:
    • How can librarians be more proactive in promoting library services or initiating contact?
    • Tips for building stronger relationships with faculty and particular hurdles for library liaisons.
    • How do you seek input or suggestions from faculty about current services or desired/future services?
    • How does your library communicate major news or library updates?
    • How do you get faculty inside the library? Does this matter to you or just that they utilize library services?
  3. Empirical Legal Research:
    • How do libraries support faculty performing empirical research, particularly if you don’t have the resources to hire a dedicated empirical specialist?
    • To what extent do you support faculty empirical research? For example, do you locate data sets, help them run statistical software, or have GRAs code data?
    • Have you or your law school sought out partnerships with other departments, librarians or faculty on your campus to provide empirical research support?
    • How have you (or other librarians at your school) educated yourself on conducting/supporting empirical research?

The 2015 Faculty Services Roundtable will be held on Sunday, July 19th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 203B. We look forward to a lively and engaging discussion of these topics.

Respectfully submitted,

Morgan Stoddard, Georgetown University Law Library
I-Wei Wang, UC Berkeley School of Law Library
Co-Chairs


Legal Research & Sourcebook

The ALL-SIS Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee has nearly completed the long-term project of updating and revising the Sourcebook and its policies. In response to some feedback from AALL members, we have reevaluated our current attribution policy, submission guidelines, and review policy. The committee, in designated working groups, developed these new standards to help broaden solicitation material formats, keep Sourcebook content fresh, and use a new contributor-directed permissions policy to increase submissions. Finalizing the language and approving these policies will be the first step of the new committee for the 2015-2016 term.

Currently the Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee is getting ready to host our roundtable discussions in Philadelphia. We hope many of you will join us to discuss current trends in assessment, legal research instruction, and the new ABA standards.

Michelle Hook Dewey, Chair


Library Marketing & Outreach

The 2014-2015 Marketing & Outreach Committee members include: Margaret Jane Ambrose, Karin Johnsrud, Heather Joy, T.J. Striepe, Dana Rubin, and the committee outgoing chair is Shira Megerman.

The committee focused this year on updating the toolkit from 2013 (found at: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/storage/Marketing-Outreach-Toolkit-2013) by soliciting and collecting materials on AALLNET in the different categories of the toolkit. We then provided the materials to Creighton Miller (as webmaster) to update the toolkit. Creighton and I are still working to better organize the information in a way that makes the toolkit more user-friendly. Look for the updated toolkit in the near future!

The committee also held a roundtable at the annual meeting that was well attended. This year, the tables were themed based on the toolkit. Therefore, the topics were: Branding and Identity; Marketing and Outreach Plans; Marketing Tools and Examples; Social Media; and, Usability and User Studies. I was unable to attend due to a death in the family, and Karin Johnsrud, with very little notice, stepped up and ran the entire meeting (a very big thank you to Karin for all her continued support throughout the past two years on this committee).

The notes from this meeting can be found on the committee website. This is only the second year for this committee, and as it grows, I expect new and exciting ideas will come from the wonderful leadership to follow.

Shira Megerman, Chair



Membership

The Membership Committee is charged with maintaining a "Welcome Kit" and sending this information to new members of ALL-SIS. The committee revised the Welcome Kit and sent it to new members, who were identified with the assistance of ALL-SIS Secretary-Treasurer, Susan David DeMaine.

The Committee prepared and submitted two new member profiles to the ALL-SIS Newsletter. Committee member Anupama Pal wrote a profile of Jonathan Roundtree, who is a reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This profile appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the Newsletter. Committee member Janeen Williams wrote a new member profile of Michaella Levandoski. Michaella is graduating from North Carolina Central University with a JD/MLS dual degree and is currently working as a reference assistant at the Law Library. The profile appears in the Summer 2015 issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter.

Committee members included Deborah Heller, Wendy Law, Minerva Mims, Anupama Pal, and Janeen Williams.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Steinke, Chair


Newsletter

The 2014-2015 Newsletter Advisory Board consisted of I-Wei Wang (Chair), Yasmin Sokkar Harker, Marlene Harmon, Ben Keele, Jocelyn Kennedy, Ruth Levor, Nina Scholtz and Thomas Sneed. Jocelyn was also our Board Liaison.

The three regular issues this year were published on September 15, 2014, January 5, 2015 and June 15, 2015; the Election special issue was published on March 11, 2015.

This year, the Newsletter published:

  • 20 regular (or semi-regular) feature columns by Advisory Board members, including the Law Librarian in the Dark DVD review series by Yasmin; Ruth’s Great Ideas from the Halls of Academe, featuring innovative and successful law library initiatives from around the ALL-SIS world; a PLL-SIS collaboration, The Collaborative Law Librarian spearheaded by Thomas; Asked & Answered, my semi-regular compilation of survey responses (formerly known as Survey Roundup); and new column Law Libraries as Publishers, by Ben. Marlene and Nina continued to pull together your Member News section and Jocelyn coordinated the Committee Spotlight, together giving ALL-SIS members and committees a chance to highlight their activities and accomplishments.
  • 11 articles contributed by non-Advisory Board member authors, on topics ranging from teaching legal research, to student services, to library space design, to library management,
  • 14 program reviews covering program sessions from the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference in San Antonio. These included 12 contributions by non-Advisory Board member reviewers.
  • Candidate statements for the 4 section members running for 2 positions in the 2015 election for ALL- SIS Executive Board.
  • 14 annual committee reports for ALL-SIS committees.
  • In memoriam articles commemorating the lives and achievements of past ALL-SIS members Nancy P. Johnson (Winter 2015) and Paul Lomio (Summer 2015) who passed away during the year.

Both the Advisory Board authors and our outside contributors have continued to build on the strong visual presentation of our Newsletter articles, providing images and graphical elements that both enrich the content and enhance the visual appeal of the publication, while also reflecting the creativity and dynamism of our authors and readership.

In our first year under new editorship, aside from modifying the layout and design of the Newsletter, we have focused on adjusting Advisory Board workflows and publication schedules. With this volume 34 of the Newsletter, we modified the issue schedule so that the Winter issue (which in the past was put together in January and typically published in mid-February) was completed before the holidays and posted at the beginning of the year. This schedule worked well and will be continued for future volumes.

A plan for the future is to introduce an additional regular issue in the Spring (coming out around the same time as the special Election issue, which is limited to presenting candidate information for the ALL-SIS elections), making the Newsletter a true quarterly publication. Based on the number of unsolicited contributions received, it is hoped this schedule will produce timely and engaging content.

Archived copies of the Newsletter continue to be collected online both on the ALL-SIS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/resources/newsletter/archives) and as part of Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline (where all issues since the inception of the Newsletter, with the exception of Volume 1, and Volume 2, Issue 1, are available).

Finally, thanks go to Jocelyn and the ALL-SIS Board for support and guidance during the 2014-2015 year.

Respectfully submitted,

I-Wei Wang, UC Berkeley School of Law Library
Chair & Editor


Nominations

The 2014-2015 ALL-SIS Nominations Committee was comprised of three members: Irene Crisci (Chair), Kristina Alayan, and Wendy Law. The Committee started its work in February, issuing a call for nominees and volunteers for the positions of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer.

After the call for nominations was sent to the ALL- SIS membership the next step was to choose the candidates for this year’s election. Criteria normally considered when selecting candidates include geographic diversity, previous work for ALL-SIS and AALL, length of ALL-SIS membership and anything demonstrating the ability to responsibly serve as an officer.

The Committee received numerous nominations for each position. The collection of nominees was as geographically diverse as possible with no adjustments from the Committee. All nominees were highly qualified. At the same time all of the nominees had demonstrated a commitment to serving AALL and ALL-SIS. As a result, weeding nominees was fairly difficult.

The Committee chose two names for each office to forward to the Secretary/Treasurer for the election. Nonetheless, the nominations process went very well and we were fortunate to have a uniformly well- qualified list of nominees.

The final slate was as follows:

  • For Vice-Chair/Chair Elect—Prano Amjadi, Santa Clara University School of Law, and Jessica Wimer, University of California, Irvine School of Law
  • For Executive Board Member-at-Large—Patrick Meyer, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Kate Irwin-Smiler, Wake Forest University School of Law

As Chair I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Committee for their hard work and, above all else, responsiveness. Their willingness and enthusiasm for serving made my job both easy and pleasurable.

Irene Crisci, Chair


Programs

The 2014-15 ALL-SIS Programs Committee (consisting of Jodi Collova, Michele Knapp, Kelly Leong, Katie Miller, Merle Slyhoff and Carissa Vogel) had a very productive year. As detailed in our Committee Spotlight report in the Fall issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter, the Programs Committee again maintained a Speaker’s Database for ALL-SIS members to help connect program developers with potential speakers, and we also had an incredibly successful Program Submission Review initiative—we received program drafts from 11 ALL-SIS members, and each draft was reviewed and commented on by two Programs Committee members. This all took place in a very small window of time in late September, and Committee members rose to the challenge to review and return these to the members before the program submission deadline in early October. We hope that ALL-SIS members found this service useful and constructive.

Simultaneously, a subcommittee met to discuss the independently sponsored SIS program. Based on the results of the ALL-SIS interest survey conducted last summer, we identified some key areas of interest for ALL-SIS members. Considering the theme of this year’s conference was "The Power of Connection," and given that many ALL-SIS members indicated an interest in collaboration, we decided to curate a program based on collaboration in academic law libraries. Members of the subcommittee suggested potential speakers and we decided that Brian Mathews, Associate Dean of the Virginia Tech University Libraries and author of the blog The Ubiquitous Librarian, would be a good fit. Please take a minute to read Michele’s article on Dean Mathews in the ALL-SIS Newsletter, and we look forward to welcoming all ALL-SIS members to this program on Sunday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m.

The Programs Committee requires a great deal of work in an already busy time period for academic librarians, and I am very much indebted to the hard work and dedication of Jodi, Michele, Kelly, Katie, Merle and Carissa for the meetings, projects and communication they participated in over the past year. Significant thanks are also owed to our Committee board liaison, Cindy Guyer, and the entire ALL-SIS Executive Board, for helping us arrange the sponsored program; further thanks to our AMPC liaison, Elizabeth Outler, for her help and guidance during the program proposal process.

We look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia this summer!



Research & Scholarship

The 2014-2015 ALL-SIS Research and Scholarship Committee consists of the following members: Amy Taylor, Heather Simmons, Dennis Kim-Prieto, Hadas Livnat, Ashley Krenelka Chase, Mary Ann Neary, Brian Anderson, Donna Spears, Bonnie Shucha, Shawn Friend, Xin (Sherry) Chin, and Carla Wale, ex officio. The committee met in San Antonio and also held a conference call in the beginning of the academic year.

In the past year, we focused on two main projects:

  • Finalize the application process and award the first ALL-SIS Research Grant(s)
  • The committee modeled the application process after the AALL Research Grant with the following provision: The maximum amount of grant money available is $2,000. This $2,000 amount will be dispersed among the recipient(s) at the discretion of the review committee. Each grant awarded will be for a minimum of $250. Applications are considered under a blind review process, and our recommendations are submitted to the ALL-SIS Executive Board. The Executive Board will either approve the subcommittee recommendations, decline to make awards, or return the applications to the subcommittee for the further consideration. Applications were due on February 6, 2015. We awarded one grant to Jason Zarin for A Comparision of Case Law Results Between Bloomberg Law’s Automated Annotated Statutes and Traditional Human-Curated Annotated Codes.

  • Continue with the mentor/mentee program
  • The mentor/mentee project continued to match mentors and mentees. The committee also began implementation of an overhaul of the mentor/mentee process, which will make the process much more streamlined and useful in the coming year.

Lastly, the committee began using the My Communities feature of AALLnet to store documents and keep an institutional record of our committee.

Respectfully submitted,

Amy Taylor, Chair



Statistics

The 2014 -2015 Statistics Committee consisted of Alexandra Lee Delgado, Chair, Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; Susan Azyndar, Moritz Law Library, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Lisa Goodman, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University Law Center; Lisa Junghahn, UC Irvine Law Library; Chuck Marcus, UC Hastings Law Library; Beth Mobley, Gould Law Library, Touro Law Center. Our Board Liaison was Lauren M. Collins. Lisa Goodman and Beth Mobley are the only members whose terms continue into the next year.

The Statistics group did not have an active year. The group received an inquiry from the ALL-SIS Task Force on Legal Skills and Knowledge for Practice needs some help with qualitative data from its surveys. A committee member responded to this request; however, ultimately the committee was not involved in the analysis.

Members of the committee reviewed the Statistics Committee charge:

  • Solicit ALL-SIS member input on problems found with ABA, ARL, and questionnaires.
  • Work on proposing understandable definitions for statistics questions on ABA and ARL questionnaires. Work with the liaison to the Committee on Law Libraries of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to report concerns about questionnaires.
  • Investigate how online reference transactions and any other quantitative information is gathered and reported.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.

Although the committee does not deem it necessary to recommend changes to its purpose or term, members believe that the committee’s name may imply to others that the committee provides empirical support. We suggest information about the committee’s charge be supplemented with more information about past accomplishments and activities as examples.

We suggest the next constituency of this committee consider proposing the following changes in the charge for submission and review by the ALL-SIS Executive Board:

  • Work on proposing understandable definitions for statistics questions on ABA and ARL questionnaires as demonstrated by our FAQs and supplemental instructions for the annual questionnaires.
  • Investigate through statistical surveys how online reference transactions and any other quantitative information is gathered and reported.

With only two members continuing and new members anticipated, members of the committee discussed two possible action items for the upcoming year:

  • One action item would be to help in AALL webinars. One suggestion is a training that will help librarians feel more confident advising faculty and lawyers in finding data.
  • The second action item involves reference statistics. This item emerged from activities of members in their own institutions. There seems to be a great difference among libraries and librarians on categorizing transactions, particularly complex ones. The suggestion for the next committee is to perhaps investigate how online reference transactions and any other quantitative information is gathered and reported.

Respectfully submitted,

The Statistics Committee


Strategic Planning 2017-2019

The Strategic Planning has begun a review of the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, comparing it to the current AALL Strategic Directions to look for any discrepancies or omissions, as well as any items in need of revision or deletion. We also sent a query to the ALL-SIS Executive Board to find out what the board would like to see in the next version of the Strategic Plan. In the upcoming year we will work to solicit the input of the ALL-SIS membership through various means, including online surveys, blog posts, and possible attendance at regional chapter meetings.

Amanda Runyon, Chair


Student Services

This year the Student Services Committee updated the Student Services Toolkit, including information on:

We also hosted a "Question a Day" on the AALL My Communities e-mail for a week in February, asking Student Services librarians to offer guidance and insight on certain aspects of Student Services in their libraries. The questions and responses are posted on our website as ALL-SIS Student Services "Question a Day" (February 9-13, 2015).

Margaret Krause
ALL-SIS Student Services Committee, Chair





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