2003 ALL-SIS Election Information

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2003 ALL-SIS Election Information


Candidate Biographical Statements

Candidates for Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect

Carole Hincliff

Carole Hinchcliff has been the Associate Director of The Ohio State University Moritz Law Library since 1996. Carole began her career in law librarianship at Ohio State as Reference, Computer Services & Microforms Librarian in 1987 and from 1990-1996 held the position of Acquisitions & Collection Development Librarian. She received a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Melbourne, Australia and an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from University of Wisconsin.

Carole's current professional activities include serving as a member of the AALL Membership Committee, Co-Chair of the ALL-SIS Education Committee, member of the ALL-SIS Visiting Librarian Project, member of the Foreign & Comparative SIS Clearinghouse for Internships & Personnel Exchanges Program Committee and serving as a mentor in AALL's Mentoring Project.

Carole's previous professional activities include serving as a member of AALL's Indexing Periodical Literature Committee and the Awards Committee, a member of ALL SIS Education Committee for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, Secretary of the Technical Services SIS for 1996-1998, Chair of the Innovative Law Users Group for 1995-1996. and member of the Acquisitions Standing Committee. Since 1995, she has served on OhioLINK's Cooperative Information Resources Management Committee as an associate member representing the nine OhioLINK law libraries.

Statement: The ALL-SIS is an active and vigorous SIS which caters to all academic law librarians whatever their job title may be. As articulated in the current strategic plan and mission statement, the focus of our SIS is to identify and address concerns and needs unique to academic law librarians and to be proactive in representing academic law librarianship within our law schools, larger institutions and to other groups. It is exciting to work in the spirit of cooperation with each other in academic law libraries and collaboratively with other AALL special interest sections as we explore issues such as using new technologies to best provide access to legal information, preserving legal information and teaching legal research.

The focus of the ALL-SIS is on the future, building on the work of the members who developed the strategic plan and ensuring that the SIS remains relevant to all academic law librarians. The ALL-SIS provides an array of opportunities to involve its members in activities such as educational programs, committees, roundtables, CONALL, the ALL-SIS Newsletter, the ALL-SIS web page, special projects, listserv discussions and other information providing and networking opportunities. My goal is to facilitate the participation of a diverse range of our members in these activities with an emphasis on involving newer members of the SIS as well as taking advantage of the expertise of experienced members.

As a member of the ALL-SIS, it is a privilege to belong to such a dedicated community of law library professionals who are committed to doing their jobs well. I am honored to be asked to be a candidate for Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the ALL-SIS and am enthusiastic about continuing and expanding on the great work of our SIS.

Faye E. Jones

Faye Jones is the Director of the Law Library at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California. Faye began her career at the Florida State University Law Library while she was a graduate student. Her first professional position was at Duke University Law Library. She returned to Florida to work at Nova Southeastern University Law Library, and received her J.D. at Nova in 1982. Afterward, Faye served four years on active duty as a JAG officer in the Navy. She returned to law librarianship working at the University of Puget Sound Law Library and the Hastings College of the Law Library before coming to McGeorge.

Faye has been an active member of AALL, ALL-SIS and NOCALL. She has served on AALL's Placement and Membership committees and has been a speaker at annual meeting programs. She has served ALL-SIS as its Secretary/Treasurer (1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93), Newsletter Editor (1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96), and Chair of the Roundtable on Legal Research (2000/01). She also actively participates in the Northern California chapter and has been a member of the NOCALL Executive Board.

Statement: The mission of the Academic Law Libraries SIS is to provide an effective forum for members to work on issues of interest to all academic law librarians. A glance at the list of All-SIS Committees, Special Projects, Task Forces, and programs shows the diversity of our interests. And, these interests are not static. New projects, task forces and programs arise when an ALL-SIS member sees a need that is not being addressed.

In order to make the best use of the energy that is ALL-SIS, it is important to set goals. In July 2002, that is just what ALL-SIS did as it adopted its Strategic Plan July 2002-June 2005. The Plan sets out four Strategic Directions with 34 specific Initiatives designed to demonstrate the leadership role of academic law librarians within academic institutions and in our profession. This is an exciting opportunity for ALL-SIS and for each of us to pursue goals of the highest professional priority. It would be an honor and a pleasure to work with you as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect to fulfill the goals that ALL-SIS has set.

Candidates for Executive Committee Member:

Nancy L. Strohmeyer

I received my B.A. and M.L.S. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My J.D. comes from Southern Illinois University. After graduating, I began working at the Loyola University School of Law Library in New Orleans as a Reference Librarian. I became Senior Reference Librarian in my second year. Three and one half years later, the position of Associate Law Librarian for Public Services was created, and I was promoted into it. In early 2002, after more than sixteen total years at Loyola, I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and became the Head of Public Services at the University of Arkansas' Young Law Library.

I served as chair of the ALL-SIS Membership Committee, and was a member of that committee for two additional years. I am currently Chair of the AALL Bylaws Committee. I have also served as an officer or as a member of various committees in AALL, NOALL, SEAALL, MAALL, COSELL and Special Interest Sections.

Statement: I must admit from the beginning that I have seldom really read candidates' statements. Very likely most candidates search their souls for their truest feelings, hopes and desires for whichever group has honored them with nominations. I would like to apologize to those people. I should have studied your statements with great care, especially since I now have to write one.

The truest thing I can say about my professional life is that I cannot imagine working anywhere but in an academic law library. Sure, there have been a few dark moments when flipping burgers sounds better, but I can honestly say I have found my niche. Academe is in my blood; it is the foundation of my being. Law librarianship came later, but it felt right from the moment I began working at the University of Illinois Law Library as an undergraduate. With such dedication, it is no surprise that I have always been a member of the Academic Law Libraries SIS. Although I have not always been as involved as I should have been, I think I have only missed the annual business meeting once. I've even been there at 7:00 a.m. when required, ready to listen.

If I am elected, I promise to work very hard and to be accessible to anyone needing help. I will support the goals of the new Chair, and assist her and the other officers in completing projects. I will read and work toward meeting the initiatives of the new Strategic Plan. I will do whatever is required of me willingly and without complaint. I am grateful for this nomination, and I would be honored to serve as the Executive Committee Member for the Academic Law Libraries SIS.

Suzanne Thorpe

Suzanne Thorpe is the Associate Director for Faculty, Research, and Instructional Services at the University of Minnesota Law Library. She oversees all public and faculty services offered by the library, provides legal research instruction, and is also responsible for collecting Scandinavian legal materials for the Law Library. Suzanne earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota. Before joining the staff at the University of Minnesota Law Library, Suzanne was a librarian at Hamline University Law Library and the Hennepin County Law Library.

Among her professional contributions, Suzanne has served as Secretary/Treasurer and President of the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries. For the American Association of Law Libraries, she has chaired the Mentoring Committee, Awards Committee, Membership Committee, and the OBS-SIS. She served on the FCIL SIS Clearinghouse for Internships and International Placements and was a presenter at several FCIL programs. For ALL SIS, Suzanne has served and is serving various committees; she is currently chairing the BNA Task Force, has chaired the Vision Statement Committee and co-chaired the Membership Committee, and has been a member of CONALL Committee.

Statement: Academic law librarians in 2003 face difficult challenges. Despite static or shrinking budgets, we struggle to build enduring hard copy collections while trying to meet student and faculty demands for expensive electronic resources. We continue to maintain traditional services in house, while trying to retool ourselves to deliver new services remotely. Similarly, we wrestle with effectively instructing students to know when and how to use the increasing array of hard copy and electronic tools at their disposal.

Through educational programming, publications, committee projects, and opportunities for informal networking, the ALL SIS provides us with the support we need to meet these challenges. I would welcome an opportunity to serve on the Executive Committee of the ALL SIS and play a small role in shaping its educational agenda.