No report, other than the Web site was given the current version of the Bylaws.
Robert H. Hu
Since the last AALL Convention, the Continuing Status/Tenure Committee, which consisted of Susan Lewis-Somers, Leah Sandwell-Weiss, Richard Humphrey, Maureen Eggert, and Robert Hu (Chairman), has taken on two tasks based on the charges given by the ALL-SIS president: identify existing policies and put on web page, and investigate the status of the University of New Mexico Law Library survey.
We contacted the director of the University of New Mexico Law Library, and found that they did not conduct any status survey on law librarians in the recent years. The main project we've worked on was to create a web-based list showing the librarian status information at the academic law libraries around the country. Brian Hurdleston was an ex-committee member from last year and was a volunteer to our committee. Thanks to his diligence and hard work, this list has been put up and running since March 2003 (access through the Internet is at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/cst/index.html). At present, there are forty-nine libraries represented on the list. More libraries will be added to the list when information is available. We hope all academic libraries will contribute their institutional status information to the list.
The legal research committee was formed July 2002. It includes the Advanced Legal Research Web Sourcebook Subcommittee and the CALI Subcommittee. Until last July, CALI was a special working group and the other was a task force. Both subcommittees have been continuing their projects from the previous year under their chairs, Kit Kreilick and Wendy Scott.
Both the legal research committee and the advanced legal research subcommittee will be meeting during the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle this month. The purpose of the legal research committee's meeting is to brainstorm about projects for this coming year.
The committee has created a page on the ALL-SIS web site at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/legalresearchcommittee/index.html. Two projects undertaken by committee members have been completed and made available on the web page. Sibyl Marshall compiled a listing of law library display ideas. Jennifer Murray created a chart called "Print Citators: First Year Law Curriculum Instruction." This chart relates to an article she wrote for the Law Library Journal this year. Beth DiFelice collected program materials from various Jump Start / Bridge the Gap programs coordinated by academic law libraries and AALL chapters. The program materials have been placed on the committee's web page. We hope to gather more such materials this year.
We have been in touch with the chair of the legal research committee of RIPS with the idea that the two committees could work together on a project or two this year.
Arturo Torres, Chair
The Committee members did a great and did all that was asked of them. It was a great committee to work with. Thank you all!
A. ESTABLISH LIAISONS TO TS-SIS (MARJORIE CRAWFORD), CS-SIS AND RIPS-SIS (SUE BURCH WILL BE A LIAISON TO AT LEAST ONE OF THESE); ESTABLISH GUIDELINES FOR LIAISONS. The respective liaisons are listed below.
SUE BURCH, Liaison to: RIPS-SIS Chair: D.R. Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 216-368-2794
MARJORIE CRAWFORD, Liaison to:TS-SIS Chair: Christina Tarr (email@example.com); phone: 510-642-0553 /// TS Preservation Committee Chair: Patricia K. Turpening (firstname.lastname@example.org); phone: 513-556-0157
ERIKA V. WAYNE, Liaison to: CS-SIS Chair: Liz Glankler (email@example.com); phone: 314-977-2759
General, applicable to all ALL-SIS Committee Liaison Guidelines developed by Erika Wayne and guidelines specifically RIPS oriented were developed by Sue Burch. Both documents are attached.
B. WORK WITH MENTORING COMMITTEE TO ESTABLISH MENTORING PROGRAM. The committee developed a "Mentors Wanted" document (see attached). We also worked with David Burch (our webmaster) to post the document on the ALL-SIS website. However, I "ran out of time" and did not follow up with the committee members to publicize or develop a means to solicit mentors and mentees. Perhaps next year's committee can focus on this aspect of the mentoring program.
C. WRITE SHORT PIECE FOR AALL SPECTRUM SIS COLUMN ON BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP IN ALL-SIS Victoria Williamson drafted a piece; the committee members refined it, and Victoria took charge and tenaciously persisted to get it submitted and published. The piece is also attached.
Again, the 2002-03 ALL-SIS Membership Committee's accomplishments were possible because of the diligent work of its members: Sue Burch, Marjorie Crawford, Erika Wayne, and Victoria Williamson. Great work everyone!!! Arturo Torres
2002-03 Liaison to RIPS-SIS
In February I drafted a document which outlined the purpose, objectives, and responsibilities of the liaison to the RIPS SIS. The main objective of the liaison activity is to help promote areas of common concern between the two SIS groups.
D.R. Jones, Chair of the RIPS SIS, and I exchanged e-mail correspondence about the liaison initiative. Her suggestions include:
This year the Roundtable programs for RIPS-SIS and ALL-SIS did not duplicate each other.
We agreed that collaboration on AALL programming, if there is interest, would help both our groups serve our members' interests.
Recommendation for 2003-04:
This year we completed the transition to an all electronic newsletter. We have it available now in both html and pdf format. We produced 3 issues of the Newsletter this year and obtained material from a good cross section of ALL-SIS membership.
This committee was formerly titled Roundtable: Dialog with LexisNexis and Westlaw. It was formed when those two Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) products were the only services that had special programs available for law schools. Since there are several CALR products now that offer similar legal content (though without their depth and breadth) and that have special programs for law students, faculty and staff, the Roundtable last year decided to broaden its coverage to all CALR vendors with law school programs. [That is, low-cost alternative services; we do not include subject-specific product vendors, which typically do not have special programs for law students.]
This year the committee has been following up its adoption at its last meeting of the document, Qualities of an Ideal CALR Vendor-Library Relationship. Librarians suggested, with strong support from the vendors, that steps be taken to have these set of goals adopted by the ALL-SIS. We have asked that this step be considered at this year's business meeting.
At the request of ALL-SIS chair Merle Slyhoff, the committee sent the document to CRIV, checking to make sure that it did not impinge on the jurisdiction of that committee. The CRIV committee responded that it did not, and showed its strong support of the goals by issuing the document as a CRIV-gram.
With the permission of the ALL-SIS executive board, the goals document is now posted on the section's website at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/committees/relationswithvendors/calr_relationship.asp.
Issues to be considered by the committee this summer have come from law school librarians across the country, and one even from a firm librarian:
Beside these agenda items, we will once again be discussing "success stories," positive ways that librarians and vendors have found to work together, as well as any problem areas that vendors or librarians would like to see addressed.
Amy B. Osborne
The primary focus of the Public Relations Committee has been preparing for the 2003 Annual Meeting. Once again our SIS will have a table in the vendor hall with materials promoting our section. The table will be decorated with a Seattle theme and we will have available brochures with information regarding the Academic SIS. We will also have a sign featuring the winner of the Charles Fredrick Hicks Award. Individuals visiting our table will have the chance to enter a drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate to Amazon. The gift certificate will be given away Tuesday July 15 at the Academic SIS reception.
We will participate in the CONELL Marketplace on Saturday July 12. Our table will be set up and I will be available to answer questions any of our new AALL members may have.
Mark P. Bernstein
As Chair of the ALL-SIS Strategic Planning Committee, the work of our committee was completed when the Board and members approved the plan at last year's business meeting in Orlando. At this time, I am requesting that the Board vote to disband the Strategic Planning Committee as it has successfully completed its charge and work.
Margaret Maes Axtmann
We have made progress on all the tasks we outlined for 2002-2003. We will meet in Seattle to decide how to organize the material and what recommendations to make about adding resources to the SIS web page. Because our work will not be completely finished, Sally Wise has asked us to continue for another year.
The Education Task Force started work on its charge very late in the 2002/03 year but by the end of that period the initial research phase of its activities was well underway. It is expected that research into comparative organizations' alternate education programs combined with an effort to better understand the alternate education desires of the AALL membership will continue into the early fall and will lead the Task Force into a planning/program proposal phase. During the planning/program proposal phase the Education Task Force will propose a number of alternate education models that appear to have the greatest potential to serve the needs of AALL members and will work with other relevant ALL-SIS committees and task forces to investigate methods to deliver those models to the membership. Although the Education Task Force's charge does not anticipate actual implementation of any alternative education programs before the current members' terms expire, it is the present Task Force's goal to see one or more of its alternate education models implemented or, at very least, made ready for appropriate AALL consideration and approval by July 1, 2004.
Planning/Program Proposal Phase:
Steve Hinckley, chair