AALS Annual Meeting January 2007: Section on Law Libraries Programs

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This year was a productive one for the AALS Section on Law Libraries. The Section sponsored two programs and its annual luncheon program at the 2007 annual AALS meeting.

Linda Ryan planned the luncheon for Wednesday, January 3. Rita Reusch, Chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education Questionnaire Committee announced that there would be an open forum on Changes to the ABA Law Library Questionnaires on Thursday, January 4 from 8:30 to 10:00 AM. The open forum, which was very well attended, was conducted by Dean Allen K. Easley, William Mitchell College of Law, Dan Freehling, ABA Deputy Consultant, and Rita Reusch, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. Steve Barkan, University of Wisconsin, shared his views about whether the ABA's Standards and the accreditation process inhibit law library management and our ability to use resources creatively. Steve gave a similar talk at The Future of Law Libraries Symposium in 2005. The content of Steve's remarks is included in the proceedings of that symposium.

Sally Wise reported for the Nominating Committee (Betsy McKenzie and Carol Roehrenbeck) that their slate included Board member Linda Ryan, St. John's University, the Section's Chair-elect, and Joyce McCray Pearson (University of Kansas) and Faye Jones (Florida State University) as Section Board members. The Nominating Committee's slate of officers was accepted unanimously by acclamation at the meeting. Paul George, University of Pennsylvania, is the 2007 Section Chair. Other board members include: Penny Hazelton, University of Washington; Julia Wentz, University of Loyola, Chicago; and Filippa Marullo Anzalone, outgoing Section Chair. Claire Germain, Cornell, is leaving the board this year after many years of outstanding service. Board member Sara Robbins, Brooklyn Law School, met a sudden and tragic death in December. At the lunch, there was a moment of silence for our departed friend and colleague.

Paul George planned the Section's main program, a panel on Open Access and the Future of Legal Scholarship: Copyright, Print Journals and Electronic Repositories. The presentation, which was held on Friday, January 5, was well attended and lively. Panel members included Professor Michael W. Carroll, Villanova University School of Law; Professor Richard A. Danner, Duke University School of Law; Professor Gregory Lastowka, Rutgers School of Law-Camden; and Professor Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Boston College, moderated the discussion.

On Saturday morning, January 6, the Section sponsored a program for new(er) and aspiring law library directors. It was the second workshop for new and aspiring directors. The first such program was held at AALL in July 2006; the topic was employment issues. The theme at the AALS workshop was relating to your colleagues; or, faculty relations for law library directors. A panel of experienced law library directors from a diverse set of law schools gave advice, took questions and led discussion about how to relate to your law school faculty and how to "be" a faculty member. Panel members included: Professor Paul George, University of Pennsylvania; Professor Claire Germain, Cornell; Professor Penny Hazelton, University of Washington; Professor Linda Ryan, St. John's University; Professor Julia Wentz, University of Loyola, Chicago; and Professor Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Boston College. There is a plan to have a new directors' workshop at both AALL and AALS every year.

Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Library & Computing Services
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone (617) 552-6809   cell (617) 417-5603
E-mail: filippa.anzalone@bc.edu