Minutes of PLL 2001-2002
Executive Committee Meeting
Meeting was called to order at 7:20 AM by
Past President Ann Jeter.
In attendance: Ann Jeter, Janet McKinney,
Howard Trivers, Jeanne Korman, Janeen Heath, Carla Evans, Martha
Goldman, Maya Norris
Update: Maya Norris,
AALL headquarters staff, was in attendance for an update on the toolkit
revision. Janeen Heath, a
member of the Toolkit Revision Committee, provided the update.
All of the toolkit pieces have been converted to web readable
format and most have been updated.
The format is presently Word but the toolkit pieces will
eventually be in PDF format.
The present plan is to send to all PLL members a marketing
handbook, a sixteen to twenty page printed document, which is still in
the development stages. This
document will refer recipients to the web for the other pieces of the
toolkit. Ann would prefer
that AALL produce this rather than Lexis.
The topics within the
toolkit are: law libraries in the Information Age, a bibliography;
developing missions statements; commonly
asked questions on the work of law librarians.
Plan: The Board
reviewed the goals of the current strategic plan.
The Board decided that the inclusion of the AALL core
competencies in the PLL strategic plan was not necessary. Programming
will promote the core competencies and these core competencies can also
be used with the Association of Legal Administrators programming.
In reviewing the goals of the current
strategic plan the Board decided that:
#1 is completed, #2 is no longer
necessary, #3 ties into the toolkit and core competencies, #4 delete.
This is meant to be a best practices initiative, #5 the
implementation should targeting employers to promote the value of law
librarians (This is 1C2 of the AALL strategic plan).
Add to the plan:
(1)marketing law librarians to other
Activities to support this: distribute core competencies at ALA; have a
booth at ALA; spread core competencies around; participation in ABA Law
Practice Management section; participation in Legal Tech Show (there are
3-4 of this type of show)
(2) promoting law librarians as key
players in knowledge management, (3) best practices-sharing of
expertise; (3) expand participation by members in PLL. Discussion ensued
regarding how to do this and how to convince employers to allow this
participation. The Board discussed how to get new volunteers.
Suggestions included contacting Chapter presidents for names,
contacting new members by email or letter to encourage volunteerism;
sending an email asking for volunteers before the beginning of the new
year; sending certificates of appreciation to committees chairs and
committee members; sending thank you letters to employers, with a cc to
committee member, program chair, or speaker; sending letter with ballot
asking member if he/she would be willing to serve on a committee or in
an office. Be sure that
language will motivate members to participate.
(4) Expand Professional Development
program locations; (5) Work with SLA.
The Grants Committee will be charged to find more ways of
expanding grant opportunities; perhaps grants to attend library school
could be provided as well as travel grants.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:40