ALL-sis EYES on MINNEAPOLIS
By Ruth J. Hill, 2000-2001 ALL-SIS Chair
Head of Reference Services
Rains Law Library
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Where has ALL the time gone? In a few short weeks, another challenging
year for the Academic Law Libraries SIS will come to an end and I will
conclude my term as Section Chair. In this my final column, I would like
to bring you up-to-date on the work of the Section this past year, inform
you of the Section activities planned for Minneapolis, and to extend my
thanks to Section members for their efforts in making this a productive
I want to thank Susan Lewis-Somers and Anna Teller of the Nominations
Committee for their work. Congratulations to our newly elected officers:
Merle Slyhoff, Vice-Chair/Chair-elect and Bonnie Koneski-White,
Executive Board Member.
The Awards Committee, chaired by Merle Slyhoff, has made its selection
for the Hicks Award. This award is given
in recognition of outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship.
The 2001 recipient is Frank Houdek. Our congratulations to Frank! The
Hicks Award will be presented at the Section Reception on Tuesday, July
17, at the University of Minnesota.
The 2000-01 Education Committee had four program proposals accepted for
the Minneapolis meeting. Our thanks go to Dwight King, committee chair,
and to Caroline Susta, Marjorie Crawford, and Joan Howland for their efforts
in coordinating these programs.
The roundtable committees worked during this year to develop discussion
group topics of interest to Section members. Six roundtables are scheduled
for the annual meeting. Your ideas and suggestions are important to the
growth of the Section. So, please plan on attending several of these discussion
meetings. Of special note is the strategic planning committee's roundtable
discussion scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 from 12:15 - 1:30 pm. See the
schedule of Section activities in this newsletter
for the dates and times of all programs and roundtables.
The Membership Committee, chaired by Mary Ann Nelson, will oversee the
Section's table in the AALL activities area. Mary Ann needs your help
in staffing our table in the exhibit hall. Please volunteer!
If you are available, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CONALL Committee (Convocation for Newer Academic Law Librarians)
will present a roundtable program on "Meeting
Publication Requirements" on Tuesday, July 17 at 12:15 - 1:30
pm. While CONALL focuses on newer academic librarians, the more "seasoned"
members of our Section may find this session beneficial. Kumar Percy and
his committee are to be congratulated for planning this very informative
and useful roundtable discussion.
Other important events scheduled for Minneapolis include: the Section
Business Meeting (Sunday, July 15), the Section Lunch (Sunday, July 15),
directors' breakfast and middle managers' breakfast (Monday, July 16),
and the Section Reception at the University of Minneapolis (Tuesday, July
17). See the schedule of Section activities
in this newsletter for the times of these events.
I am truly grateful to have had this opportunity to serve as your Section
Chair. It has been a busy year! But well worth all the paper work, scheduling
and deadlines. I am confident that the results in Minneapolis will be
to your satisfaction.
As I conclude my year, there are many to thank for their hard work and
commitment. First, I want to thank our executive board: Rosalie
Sanderson, Beth Smith, Paul George, and Tory Trotta for their assistance
during this past year. Thanks also to Shaun Esposito, newsletter editor,
and David Burch, webmaster. Volunteers are the life-blood of ALL-SIS.
So thanks to all of you who volunteered to work for our Section this year.
I encourage you to answer the call to volunteer for committees
and new task forces from our incoming Chair,
Rosalie Sanderson. There is still much to be done to make our Section
the brightest star in the AALL universe.
I look forward to seeing you ALL in Minneapolis! RJH