PLL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING 2002-2003
July 12, 2003,
Seattle, WA by Elizabeth LeDoux, Convington & Burling, Washington, DC
In Attendance: Holly Riccio, Caren Luckie, Jan Brown,
Philip Rosenthal, Sue Johnson, Terri Lawrence, Terry Psarras, Richard Leiter,
Elizabeth LeDoux, Janeen Heath, Tory Trotta.
The meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m.
Tory Trotta, AALL Vice President, spoke to us about
committee appointments for 2004. She is worried that PLL is not adequately
represented and asked for our opinions about the reasons.
The Board does not have the answer but agreed to post
information about AALL Committees on the PLL listserv, write an article for
PLL Perspectives and mention Tory�s concerns at the PLL Business Meeting on
Objectives Met This Year Strategic Plan
�Promote Hiring of Law Librarians�
Holly attended the Association of Legal Administrators
Conference in San Diego with the new brochure from the Public Relations
Committee. Should we consider getting a table at the Law Practice Management
Section of the ABA?
�Promote Core Competencies�
PLL Toolkit being created by Michael Saint-Onge
Key chains with �Librarians are Lifesavers� were created
for ALA. Lifesavers candies with AALL logo and web site were also created.
Articles in PLL Perspectives
Programs not accepted for Seattle conference would make
very good articles for PLL Perspectives.
Law Library Visitation Program
Richard Leiter has created a program proposal where
academic law librarians would �job swap� for a summer with law firm librarians.
He is looking for volunteers for a steering committee. Terri Lawrence
volunteered to get involved.
Global Securities Information Inc. gave us $10,000 for
travel grants for which we are very grateful.
Holly attended the ALA (Association of Legal
Administrators) Conference in San Diego. Several local librarians volunteered to
help. They handed out issues of PLL Perspectives and AALL Spectrum. There were
lots of questions from attendees. Holly raffled a gift basket with a
�by-the-sea� theme. They also gave out key chains and lifesavers.
The Public Relations Committee is going to propose a
program for next year. Also, vendors did 10-15 minute presentations, which we
may do next year as well (May 2004, Philadelphia; May 2005, San Francisco).
The secretary feels a slate with two people for each office
is necessary. Bylaws were amended in 2001 to reflect that only one candidate is
necessary. The PLL Nominations Chair contacted only local librarians. A decision
was made to find a Nominations Chair with a broader, nationwide scope.
The PLL Procedures Manual is out of date, and an electronic
version is not available anywhere. The Secretary will have the current, outdated
manual created digitally, and the PLL Executive Board, Committee Chairs and
Group Chairs will update the manual this year.
Thank You Notes for Volunteers
The Secretary is compiling a list of all volunteers last
year. Each will be contacted for employer contact information, and letters will
be sent to both the volunteer and their employer.
PLL has bond stationery, but it may not be in compliance
with AALL. We need to check with Rachel Shaevel.
The newsletter, PLL Perspectives, is expensive to print and
mail. We need to go to an electronic format. PLL members were resistant last
year. The Newsletter Advisory Committee is going to put out a survey this year
to see if there is still resistance.
Partnering with Publishers
Terri Lawrence is developing a program to partner with
publishers to help librarians write articles for PLL Perspectives and other
publications. Librarians often need help fleshing out ideas, compiling
information and formatting articles, and publishers are very good at all of
these things. Terri has some very excited publishers, but they would like us to
have some specific guidelines in place. Terri and Elizabeth will work on these
Philip Rosenthal, from Fastcase, is the SLA liaison to AALL.
He came to ask the Board our feelings about the 2008 SLA Conference being held
the same week as AALL, one in Seattle, the other in Portland. We informally
agreed this was a disaster waiting to happen, unless we could make a joint
conference work well, which most members doubted.
The meeting was
adjourned 7:00 p.m.