ALL-SIS Committee Annual Reports
The Status/Benefit Committee was asked to conduct a Zoomerang Tenure and Status Survey to help investigate the general concerns of the ALL-SIS membership regarding their current employment, status, benefits and future. The objective was to provide the Board, and the general membership, with a general assessment of the members’ opinions and their concerns as to what issues the SIS should address in the future.
The creation of the survey, issuing it and accessing the results were conducted over the year with the assistance of the committee and national headquarters. The general results of the survey have been conveyed to the Committee and the Board, and are once again attached to the overall report.
The good news is that the membership is generally satisfied with the career of law librarianship and intends to remain in the profession. Perhaps the most valuable information is the priority that the membership gave to issues – first being salary, second status and third benefits.
Of course the economic situations of the country, our membership and the Institutions they serve have changed significantly since this project was first conceived. Perhaps the need to concentrate on the important role that academic law librarians serve in their Law Schools has become another vital effort for the ALL-SIS to document in any future White Paper or other statement.
I would like to thank the Committee for their good work, thoughts, suggestions and support through this effort.
We would suggest that if the Committee is to continue to work toward a White Paper, the issues, audience and final objective be reviewed and clarified.
Respectfully submitted July 2009,
Law Library Director
The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library
Case Western Reserve University
Programs Committee Report:
The 2008-2009 ALL-SIS Programs Committee members, Paul Moorman (Chair), Bob Nissenbaum, Camilla Tubbs, Darla Jackson, Kate Irwin-Smiler, and Kathleen McLeod worked closely together with program and workshop proposers to provide feedback and advice to help develop strong proposals for the 2009 Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. The Programs Committee selected 16 programs and two workshops for ALL-SIS sponsorship. The Committee then assisted AALL’s Annual Meeting Programs Committee (AMPC) by ranking the programs and workshop proposals we sponsored. Of these ALL-SIS sponsored programs, AMPC selected 5 programs and 1 workshop. Two additional programs were chosen by the ALL-SIS Board as Alternative Programs. The following is a list of the ALL-SIS sponsored programs and workshop at the 2009 Annual Meeting:
- The Academic Law Library of 2015: Predicting the Future and Making It Happen
- Legal Research Questions on the Bar Exam: Preparing Our Students
- Understanding the Mean: How the Average Law Librarian Can Encourage Empirical Research Initiatives
- Latest Trends in Library Automation: Building Creative and Inspiring Discovery Platforms
- What We Learned from our SAILS: Institutional Review Boards, Information Literacy Assessment, and the Future of Measuring Law Student Research Skills
- Chat 2.0: Renovating Virtual Reference
- Beyond the Ivory Tower: Reaching Out to Practicing Attorneys and Law Firm Librarians to Improve Legal Research Instruction
- Weed, Shelve or Store?: Making the Hard Decisions
Thanks to the Committee members, the proposers, and the Board for all their hard work and diligence and helping to make these programming options possible.
Law Librarian - Research Services
University of Southern California Law Library
699 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The 2008-2009 All-SIS Student Services Committee included Christine Demetros, Syracuse University School of Law; Ann Hemmens, Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington; Susan Herrick, University of Maryland School of Law; Deborah L McGovern, Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law School; Raquel M. Ortiz, Pappas Law Library, Boston University School of Law; Regina Watson, Hamline University School of Law; Colleen Williams, Young Law Library, University of Arkansas School of Law; Jessica de Perio Wittman, Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center, University of Florida and Leslie A. Pardo (Chair) Ross-Blakley Law Library, Arizona State University.
A productive meeting was held at the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland. Several projects were discussed and then implemented over the past year. Subcommittees were formed to address the various projects. The Chair would like to thank the members of the committee for all their hard work and participation this past year.
Project 1: Create a Sample Survey of Law Student Research Habits & Skills
The ALL-SIS Student Services Committee authored a Sample Survey of Law Student Research Habits & Skills. The survey was provided to the ALL-SIS membership as a tool for their own use via e-mail and it was posted to the ALL-SIS Student Services Committee web site. Student Services Committee members Ann Hemmens, Susan Herrick, Jessica Wittman, and Christine Demetros created the survey. The survey was well received by the ALL-SIS membership.
Project 2: Draft Sample Policies About Library Collaboration with Law Journal Staff.
The ALL-SIS Student Services Committee authored Model Policies for Services to Journal Staff. The document was provided to the ALL-SIS membership via e-mail and it was posted to the ALL-SIS Student Services Committee web site. Student Services Committee members Regina Watson, Colleen Williams, and Raquel Ortiz wrote the policies. The document was well received by the ALL-SIS membership.
Project 3: Arrange the Bank of Sample Academic Student Services Documents web site in subject order
The Bank of Sample Academic Student Services Documents web site was arranged in subject order to make it more user friendly. Special thanks goes to Deborah McGovern for her work on this project.
Project 4: Send out request to the ALL-SIS membership for content to post to the Bank of Sample Academic Student Services Documents
E-mails were sent to the ALL-SIS membership twice to solicit content for the Bank of Sample Academic Student Services Documents. The content that was received was posted to the site. Solicitations for content to the site should be an ongoing committee charge.
Project 5: Listserv discussion on specific services libraries have created for their law students, especially non-traditional ways to reach students
This project was not implemented but it is recommended it be implemented this year.
By Leslie A. Pardo, Committee Chair
Ross-Blakley Law Library, Arizona State University
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