Fireside Chat with the Chair
By Ed Edmonds, ALL-SIS Chair
The Academic Law Libraries SIS is well into an exciting year. One of my major goals is to reach out to the entire membership of the SIS. I want to see the SIS fulfill its goal of providing meaningful activities for everyone working in an academic setting.
The central focus this year is the creation of a strategic plan. The Strategic Planning Committee, under the capable leadership of Billie Jo Kaufman of Nova Southeastern University School of Law, developed a survey that is included in this newsletter. The survey is available also at Nova's website, www.nsulaw.nova.edu/survey/aall.htm. The Committee will be holding a planning session on January 6, 1999, in New Orleans during the AALS Annual Meeting. During the spring, a draft of the plan will be available for comment from members and non-members of the SIS. I encourage you to send commentary to Billie Jo or another member of the committee. We will be discussing the plan after the business meeting at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 18, in Washington, D.C.
Plans for the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. are underway. The SIS reception will be hosted by Stephen Margeton and the law library staff at the Catholic University School of Law on Tuesday evening, July 20. The luncheon for all section members, begun last year, will be held again this year on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. In addition to the luncheon, the SIS is sponsoring a program on Sunday morning, entitled "At the Crossroads of the Age of Electronic Publishing." The breakfasts for middle managers and directors will be reinstituted in 1999, with both breakfasts scheduled for Monday, July 19, at 7:00 a.m. I realize that this requires a number of SIS members to rise early on two consecutive days of the annual meeting, but I believe that the effort will be worth the loss of sleep. Roundtable meetings have been scheduled for Monday afternoon. The Roundtables include Collection Development (chaired by Rob Richards, University of Colorado, and jointed sponsored by the Technical Services SIS), Constructive Student Surveys (chaired by Camille Broussard, New York Law School), and Teaching Legal Research (chaired by Ruth Levor, University of San Diego). We want to increase the number of Roundtables, so send me suggestions.
The SIS is co-sponsoring with RIPS-SIS "A Dialogue with Lexis-Nexis and WestLaw" on Monday at 4:45 p.m. The event informs members of plans for the upcoming academic year from both vendors. Thank you to Rosalie Sanderson of Emory University for developing this meeting, together with Bill Taylor of Georgetown. We hope this will become an annual event.
This issue of our newsletter also contains a survey from Education Committee Chair Paul George. Please complete the survey and return it to Paul; his committee is organizing programs for the Philadelphia meeting.
I also wish to thank James Durham of South Texas College of Law, affiliated with Texas A&M University, for reviving the newsletter. James is running a contest to rename the newsletter, so please send an entry. Also, do not hesitate to submit an article!
If you have any ideas for the SIS, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of the Executive Committee.
James G. Durham
Publications and Reference Librarian
South Texas College of Law Library affiliated with Texas A&M University
1303 San Jacinto Street
Houston, Texas 77002-7000
Last updated: December 18, 1998