BUSINESS MEETING 2005
July 17, 2005, San Antonio, Texas by Kaye Waelde, PLL-SIS Secretary,
Faegre & Benson LLP, Denver , CO.
Chair Sue Johnson called the meeting to order at 7:36 A.M.
Sue Johnson asked for approval of the 2004 business meeting minutes.
Laura Whitbeck asked for a correction to insert Margarita Bull�s
name as the chair of the 2003- 2004 Grants Committee. Sue asked that
the minutes be approved as corrected. A motion was made, seconded
Sue thanked LexisNexis for sponsoring the breakfast for the business
meeting. She also thanked Thomson West for sponsoring the PLL
Luncheon and the PLL Leadership Reception.
The 2004 - 2005 PLL Officers were introduced: Terry Psarras, Vice
Chair/Chair-Elect; Kaye Waelde, Secretary; Caren Luckie, Treasurer;
Members-at- Large, Laura Whitbeck and Mary Koshollek. The newly
elected officers were introduced: Christine Graesser, Vice
Chair/Chair�Elect; Patricia Barbone, Treasurer; Lynn Fogel, Board
Sue introduced the PLL VIP, John Michalik, the executive director of
the Association of Legal Administrators.
Mr. Michalik spoke on two topics. He first discussed the
Professional Legal Management Week, which will be held October 3-7,
2005. Professional Legal Management Week will provide a forum for
recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the role
they play in the success of the organization, and in its service to
its clients and those who work in the organization. Sponsoring
organizations are the ABA Law Practice Management Section, the
American Association of Law Libraries, the International Legal
Technology Association, the International Paralegal Management
Association, the Legal Marketing Association, and the Association
for Legal Career Professionals.
Mr. Michalik also addressed the question of what law librarians can
do to make sure that administration and others understand what we do
and how we can contribute to the bottom line. He read responses that
he received from various administrators after posting the question
to the ALA listserv. Highlights of the responses:
Operate the library like a business unit
Very important to have a true cost of various services � not
dollar cost but cost effectiveness
Work with marketing and practice groups
The more training the better
Get the information the lawyers need at the lowest cost
Useful to have someone with solid business sense
Chair�s Report: Sue stated that the PLL-SIS Annual Report
would be published in the Fall issue of the Law Library Journal. She
summarized that we had a productive year. Our unofficial theme was
�reaching out�, and we implemented that in a number of ways.
Secretary�s Report: Kaye Waelde reported that in the 2005
election, 1466 ballots were mailed and 549 were returned. Christine
Graesser was elected Vice Chair/Chair Elect. Rebecca Corliss
withdrew after the ballots were printed, so Patricia Barbone is the
incoming Treasurer. Lynn Fogel was elected Board Member-at-Large.
The bylaws amendment passed by an overwhelming majority.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to destroy the ballots.
Bylaws: Sue reported for Chair Johanna Bizub that we voted to
allow electronic voting and to use Sturgis Standard Code of
Parliamentary Procedure for parliamentary procedure.
Centennial : Committee Chair, Elizabeth LeDoux reported that
they are kicking off the AALL Centennial Celebration in San Antonio
with the theme: PLL, the STARS of AALL. She distributed several
visors and invited the members to visit the PLL table in the
activities area to pick up a visor. The committee will also have an
entry in the AALL Variety Show and the members were encouraged to
Education: Committee Co-Chair, Christine Graesser reported
that we had a nice representation of PLL in the program offerings
this year. She reminded everyone of the August 15th deadline for
program submissions and encouraged the members to get their programs
Mentoring: Committee Chair, Stephanie Fox reported that, as
the solo member of the mentoring committee, she was the contact
member with the AALL mentoring Committee. The focus was on marketing
the mentoring program. 30 PLL members were matched as mentors or
mentees this year, which is a 50% increase over last year.
Grants: Sue Johnson reported for committee chair Carolyn
Weber that 3 applications for grants were received this year. Two
people received $1,000 grants to attend the annual meeting in San
Antonio, Kelly Louis and Donna Fisher. Sue thanked Global Securites
Information for their funding of the program.
Newsletter: Ronda Fisch reported for Committee Chair, Judy
Floyd Evans that the newsletter will be electronic. They have
secured additional advertisers. West was thanked for their
continuing support in publishing the newsletter.
Toolkit: LeJean Humphreys announced the new plan for the
toolkit and said that we would give it one more year to finish. She
asked for volunteers.
Public Relations: Catherine Whitney, Co-Chair reported that
the committee had �stress stars� created for handouts to follow the
theme of �PLL the STARS of AALL�.
Webmaster: Pin-Sheng Hsiao reported that the web site has
been completely redesigned with a new look and a new logo. Other new
additions are an online volunteer form and some officers photos. She
requested that members send photographs either from their libraries
or from the conference. Pin also reported that the new online
newsletter will be available in either pdf or html format on the PLL
website starting with the next issue.
Strategic Plan: Sue Johnson reported for the committee that
we would work within the AALL framework for our strategic plan.
Records Management: Chair Lee Nemchek reported that this year
marks the fifth time that the Records group has had a program
accepted for the annual meeting. Lee had opportunities to speak at
several ALA programs, which enforced our relationship with ALA. The
legal records management textbook entitled Legal Records Management:
A Handbook of Practice and Procedure won the prestigious Christine
Zanotte Award for Excellence in No-Serial Publications. The records
group will hold its annual business meeting at the AALL Conference
on Tuesday, July 19th at 7 A.M. Everyone with an interest in or
responsibility for records and /or conflicts management is
encouraged to attend.
Independents: Sue Johnson reported for Chair Joni Cassidy
that the groups online directory is still available at http://www.thecatalog.org/ill
and it is due to be updated again this coming year. The listserv,
hosted on a server at Cassidy Cataloguing Service, is scheduled to
be continued for the 2005 � 2006 year. Tuesday, July 19th, beginning
at 7 A.M., the PLL-SIS Independents will be presenting a program,
Controllable Change: Doing what we can to affect our work
One person Libraries: Sue Johnson reported for Co-Chair
Janice Leichter that this group will be more active this year. The
OPLL discussion list will be used to generate more interaction in
Intellectual Property: Luci Curzi Gonzales invited the
members to attend the IP breakfast on Monday morning at 7A.M.
Multilocation Libraries: Chair Donna Purvis announced the
Multilocation Group meeting on Tuesday at 11:45 A.M.
Chair Sue Johnson called for old business and there was none.
Chair Sue Johnson called for any new business. Judy Harris asked for
volunteers for the SLA/PLL committee. Sue announce the new PLL � KM
Sue turned the meeting over to the new Chair Terry Psarras. Terry
asked for committee volunteers.
The meeting was adjourned.