The officers of the ALL-SIS for 1999-2000 were Victoria K. Trotta, Chair; Ruth J. Hill, Vice Chair, Chair-elect; Marguerite Most, Secretary-Treasurer; Ed Edmonds, Past Chair. Rosalie Sanderson was elected Vice Chair, Chair-Elect and Beth Smith was elected Secretary-Treasurer for 2000-2001.
The ALL-SIS membership currently stands at approximately 850 members. The ALL-SIS webpage editor, Beth Smith (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis), updated and expanded its content, and now includes the newsletter archive, and additional documents of interest and concern to the members of the Section. The Section Newsletter was published three times, under the editorship of James Durham.
The goals for the year were to strengthen the infrastructure of the Section, and to identify and develop leadership opportunities and initiatives that could involve more section members in the work of the Section, beyond planning for the Annual Meeting programs. To this end, a bylaws amendment was adopted to add a member at large to the Executive Committee. Other bylaws changes were made to conform with various requirements imposed by the AALL. The Bylaws Committee was chaired by Mary Hood.
An awards program was initiated, chaired by Sally Holterhoff. The first award developed was the Frederick Charles Hicks Award. This awards a section member for outstanding service to academic law librarianship. Penny Hazelton is the inaugural recipient of this award. The award was presented at the ALL-SIS reception.
The ALL-SIS annual meeting activities included a formal business meeting, a Directors' Breakfast, a Middle Managers' Breakfast and an all Section luncheon. Local arrangements chairs for these events were Larry Meyer, Joyce Janto and Elizabeth Schneider. In addition, the popular annual evening reception was held at the Biddle Law Library, under the direction of Ed Greenlee. A new program, Convocation for Newer Academic Law Librarians (CONALL), chaired by Barbara Bintliff, was developed and initiated, as part of a larger association mentoring program. The Education Chair was Dwight King. Last year's Education Chair, Paul George, shepherded four programs through to presentation, on advanced legal research; staff training; the ABA accreditation process; and career renewal for the experienced law librarian. In addition, roundtables for legal research, statistics, continuing status and tenure, and vendor dialog were also held. Section event sponsors included West Group, Lexis Publishing and Law.com.
The success of the section is the work of many of its members, only some of whom are mentioned in this report. Their contributions are greatly appreciated.
Victoria K. Trotta, Chair