EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING 2006-2007
by Lynn Connor
Merring, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, PC, Newport Beach, CA
The meeting was called to
order at 4:05 PM
Present were: Mary Koshollek, Lynn Fogle, Kay Waelde, Terry
Psarras, Christine Graesser, Riva Laughlin, Sue Johnson, Alanna
White, Byron Hill, Sarah Mauldin, Phil Rosenthal (SLA Legal
Division), Patricia Barbone and Martha Goldman.
There being no old business Terry turned the meeting over to
1. Strategic Directives
Martha Goldman reviewed the PLL-SIS Strategic Directives for
2006-2009, (the title changed from �plan� to �directives� by
acclamation). The framework is now in place; the directives need
to be fleshed out in terms of time frames, resources and
specific actions to be taken. Martha and her group will continue
to work on this.
The Directives were used as a way to focus our discussions for
the balance of the meeting. They will be reviewed annually to
adjust as needed. Christine will report back to the board by May
of 2007 for review, comment and analysis prior to next year�s
Chris addressed the overall education plan, which consists
of two goals: Annual Meeting Programs and Local/Regional
programming. Mary Ames will be chairing the local efforts. PLL
is already considerably ahead of most SIS in developing programs
on this level. Mary will be investigating webcasting and
podcasting to reach the greatest number of participants. We will
also investigate repeating the program currently scheduled for
October 18, 2006, in Washington, D.C., Law Firm Library
Management Workshop: Solutions & Scenarios (http://www.aallnet.org/calendar/eventdisplay.asp?eid=107&arc=no)
Phil Rosenthal, representative from SLA, spoke about some
joint efforts, including a program at SLA about negotiating with
vendors, and how AALL and SLA might share resources and whether
CRIV should be involved in this effort.
Mary Koshollek will be working with the Association of Legal
Administrators. Specific efforts include a survey of ALA to
gauge awareness of law librarians (qualifications, needs, etc.)
and a roundtable discussion and article for the ALA publication.
Kudos to LaJean Humphries and her group for completing this
monumental task! It was referred to at the West MBA program and
given to CONELL attendees this year.
5. Vendor Relations
Nina Platt is the current chair. There was a discussion as to
whether we need a specific liason to CRIV; Terry offered to act
as such if needed.
Since there is no current committee addressing this we
discussed methods by which we can recruit additional members to
PLL. Not all AALL members who could be part of PLL are PLL
members. It was determined we should identify a way to survey
those people who could be members and send letters personally
inviting them to join us. One suggestion was a separate
registration fee for non-members who sign up for PLL sponsored
programs on the local level � the fee would be equivalent to the
SIS fee and they would then be registered as members. Patricia
Barbone will head the committee; Lynn Fogle will assist.
Stephanie Fox will continue with the mentoring committee.
The good news is we get lots of volunteer mentors.
8. Leadership Award
Lynn Fogle reported that after surveying other organizations
for criteria the committee drafted the language, publicized it
by e-mail and Perspectives and the first recipient was selected:
Chris raised the issue of getting involved in the community
efforts in New Orleans next year. She will co-ordinate with the
other SIS. The most likely event seems to be a volunteer day
similar to that held by the American Library Association this
Kaye Waelde reported on our first electronic election. While
there were a few minor problems, we had more people vote
electronically than had voted on paper the previous year. There
were requests for inclusion of each candidate�s credentials.
This information was never provided in conjunction with the
paper ballot but we will look into providing a link on the
electronic one next year.
All board members were asked to review the new layout and
provide feedback before the end of September.
Randy Thompson, Chair, Sarah Mauldin and Donna Fisher,
Providing the newsletter in an electronic format raises some
issues about the ads. Ads were appearing in the PDF version but
not in the archived HTML version. Including the graphical ads
resulted in an increase in the requests for hard copies because
of the size of the file. The newsletter committee later decided
that future issues of Perspectives will be provided
strictly in a PDF version, and will not contain ads.
New Orleans Meeting
Chris has appointed Jeanne Korman to act as our �event planner�
and handle all the arrangements for the PLL lunch, breakfast and
There have been growing complaints about the use of the PLL
Listserv for other than PLL business, especially for reference
help. There is a separate PrivateLawLib Listserv intended for
reference questions and the like. All non-business traffic will
be redirected there.
Johanna Bizub will be directing the review of our bylaws,
particularly in regard to the SIS model bylaws.
Lynn Fogle moved to adjourn, Terry Psarras seconded. Meeting
adjourned at 5:50.