Minutes of PLL Business Meeting
July 15, 2001
The 2001 Annual Business meeting was
called to order by President Ann Jeter at 7:30 AM.
Ann recognized Scientific World as a
sponsor of the meeting. Introductions of the Executive Board then
followed. BNA was thanked for sponsoring the SIS luncheon and West Group
for sponsoring the Leadership Reception.
Secretary's Report: The minutes
from last year's meetings were approved as submitted. Jeanne Korman
reported that 438 votes were cast in the election; 3 votes were invalid
and there was one write-in vote.
Treasurer's Report: Laurie Flynn
reported that as of May 30th there were 2046 members of the PLL SIS,
which continues to be the largest SIS. There is currently $20,831.42 in
the SIS treasury.
ALA Liaison: Ann Jeter presented
the report. Good progress has been made in working with ALA. The PLL
participated in the 2001 program planning meeting with Mary Forman
representing the SIS. The suggested program was accepted and Tom Duggan
planned for the 2002 meeting from suggestions by Mary Forman. The SIS
was represented at a booth at the Baltimore ALA conference. Pat Keller,
incoming president, attended the conference and staffed the booth. Pat
felt the display materials were out-of-date and tired looking.
Suggestions were made to spiff up the display.
Nominating Committee: No
Education Committee: No
Grants Committee: Stephanie Paup
reported that four travel grants were awarded. This year the travel
grants became available to those who had already received a grant, as
well as first time applicants. The application is now available on the
website. Stephanie thanked Global Securities for their generous donation
toward the travel grants. Marguerite Bull was introduced as incoming
chair of the committee.
Newsletter: Jan Brown thanked West
and Lesher Printers for their contributions toward the newsletter. The
first theme issue of Perspectives was presented this year. Jan ended her
report by asking for contributors. Public Relations: The committee was
charged with completing revising the membership brochure but did succeed
in completing the charge reported Lucy Gonzalez. Work will continue on
the revision next year.
Strategic Planning: Martha Goldman
reported that the committee has begun a review of the recently expired
strategic plan (1997-2000). Carla Evans will be working with her as
co-chair. The committee is borrowing heavily from the AALL strategic
plan. The original plan had six initiatives, but there are currently
four initiatives of interest to the committee (task force to envision
the future, core competencies, active promotion of law librarianship,
high quality libraries). New goals must be created
Webmaster: No report
Toolkit Revision: Michael St. Onge,
chair of the committee, reported the biggest problem encountered by the
committee was sorting out the confusion between the PLL Toolkit and the
AALL Resource Guides. A more specific focus on private law librarians in
firms of all sizes. Lexis has provided a grant to publish the toolkit;
however, a large portion of these will appear on the website. Another
change is that the Public Relations committee will be used to market the
ABA Liaison: Hazel Johnson,
liaison for four years, reported that she is working with the Law
Practice Management section of the ABA. The section is currently going
through the same role definition problems we as a group are experiencing
and are grappling with the question if they need to be a section. A
visionary meeting was held in Chicago during the winter which Hazel
attended. Many ideas came out of the meeting, but how many will be
implemented remains to be seen. Michelle Schmidt, Morrison &
Foerster in San Diego, will be the incoming contact.
Group & Caucus Reports
Ann Jeter noted that caucuses don't have
specific charges but exist for networking purposes.
Independents: Joni Cassidy
reported for Ruth Balkin. Wanda Barrett will be the incoming chair. The
group will be presenting a program in St. Petersburg. Dr. Roberta Brady
will speak at the workshop style program, Ethics in Corporate and
Competitive Intelligence. A website for the group has been set up this
year and is currently being hosted by Cassidy Cataloging. An
independents online directory has also been put together. After the
information contained therein is checked the directory will be up. The
independents would like to have a link to the independents website
placed on the PLL website.
Corporate: No report.
Solo: No report.
Multi-Tasking: Quarterly columns
have been written for PLL Perspectives reported Lee Nemchek. BNA will be
distributing the directory at their exhibit hall space. An article was
published in Law Library Journal this year. Lee will be speaking at the
ABA meeting on Document Retention and Management of Client Files. The
culmination of this year's activities will be the Business Meeting on
Monday where program ideas for Orlando will be discussed and
Technical Services: The group will
be meeting on Tuesday at 5:15 to discuss the listserv, long range
planning. The focus will be on the effectiveness of communication with
those not in technical services.
Multi-location Library Caucus: The
group was formed five years ago and has been leaderless for the past few
years. There will be meeting today from 5:30 - 6:00 in Director's Row 3
of the Hilton. There has been some interest expressed this year.
New Business: Ann Jeter reported
that the luncheon speaker has been changed at little this year to enable
a more in depth presentation. The luncheon will run from 11:45 until
1:00. Tim Green will speaking about "Redefining the Law
Library." Mark Estes announced that staff ratios for law libraries
have appeared recently on the ALA discussion list and that the
information is inaccurate. Clerical staff is being counted as
President Ann Jeter adjourned the meeting
at 8:30 AM.
Submitted by Jeanne Korman Secretary