Message from the Chair
By Ruth J. Hill, 2000-2001 ALL-SIS Chair
Head of Reference Services
Rains Law Library
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Believe it or not it's already time to focus on plans for the annual
meeting in Minneapolis, July 15-19, 2001! I have been immersed in scheduling
rooms and times for meetings and roundtables, making requests for microphones
and podiums, and perusing menus for meals. As we head into the home stretch
I think that you all will have an exciting, challenging and fruitful time
AALL President Bob Oakley's theme for the meeting, 2001: NEW REALITIES,
NEW ROLES, seems to be especially relevant to the common concerns of those
of us who work in academic libraries. The conference goal is to provide
attendees with an opportunity to rethink their roles in the rapidly changing
library environment and to enhance their skills to effectively manage
the profound changes in the information arena. From the looks of the preliminary
conference brochure and the messages from Kathie Sullivan, AMPSC Chair,
this should be an exciting conference with learning opportunities for
all conference participants.
To meet the conference goal within our section, several informative educational
programs and roundtables have been planned. Once again a special program
for newer members of our Section will be presented. (Be on the look out
for "The Young & The Restless.") The ever-popular roundtable
"A Dialogue with Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw" is also on tap for
The CONALL/Mentoring Committee will handle the Section's participation
in the CONELL Marketplace. I have asked the Membership Committee and the
Public Relations Committee to oversee the ALL-SIS table in the annual
meeting activities area in the exhibit hall. These committees will be
seeking your assistance in "manning" our table during the conference.
Here is an opportunity to share in the work of the Section. Please accept
the call and volunteer your service when you are contacted.
Other events planned for Minneapolis include the Section business meeting,
the Section luncheon, the directors and middle managers breakfasts and
the Section reception. The reception will be hosted by Joan Howland and
the law library staff at the University of Minnesota. BNA has generously
agreed to sponsor the reception. Members will receive invitations to the
reception prior to the annual meeting.
So you can see that a full array of programs and activities are planned
for Minneapolis. The details of all of these events will be presented
in the next issue of the newsletter.
Congratulations to Section members Rhea Ballard-Thrower and Keith Ann
Stiverson on their recent appointments as library directors. Rhea has
accepted the position at Howard University and Keith Ann will become director
Other committees, working groups and roundtables are also hard at work
on the many projects aimed at addressing issues of common concern to those
of us employed in academic libraries. In this issue Kit Kreilick of Fordham
Law School provides an update on the work of the CALI Research Project
and Vice-chair Rosalie Sanderson reports on the Vendor Roundtable. The
Education Committee under the leadership of Tim Coggins is still interested
in hearing from you about program ideas for the 2002 Annual Meeting.
This issue of the newsletter also contains profiles of the candidates
for our Section election and information on the National Legal Research
Teach-In. There is also a very interesting article by Marlene Bubrick
on an electronic resource which links technical services and public services
staff. As always we solicit your articles for publication in the newsletter.
One of the initiatives of the Section is to increase the membership of
the Section and to garner the participation all of its members. To accomplish
this goal we need to provide programs and networking opportunities that
speak to member needs. To that end, the Executive Board solicits your
suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of the Board.