News and Announcements
2015 Awards Announced
March 23, 2015
The SCCLL Awards Committee has announced this year's awards:
The Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession is awarded to a State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section member(s) who has made a significant contribution to law librarianship and who is nearing the end of his or her library career or who has recently retired.
- Georgia Chadwick, Director, Law Library of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
- Ann Fessenden, Circuit Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Library, St. Louis, MO
- Sandy Marz, Director, (retired) Washoe County Law Library, Reno, NV
- Laura J.Orr, Law Librarian, Washington County Law Library, Hillsboro, OR
The O. James Werner Award honors a member who has made a significant contribution to either serving directly or arranging for services to be provided to persons with disabilities or for distinctive service by a person with a disability.
- Steven P. Anderson, Director, Maryland State Law Library
The Awards will be presented at the SIS Business Meeting in Philadelphia.
The Committee congratulates all the recipients and thanks those who submitted the nominations.
Notice of Proposed Bylaw Change
SCCLL members will vote on proposed Bylaws amendments during our online election in early April, when officers will also be elected.
This vote is the second step in changing the name of the SIS to the Government Law Libraries SIS. Earlier this year, our members voted to change the name. Now we amend the Bylaws to incorporate the name change.
The proposed Bylaws are available here (they incorporate a few suggestions from the AALL Bylaws Committee and thus are slightly different from the version distributed in late February.) Here's a summary of the proposed changes:
- Changed State, Court and County Law Libraries to Government Law Libraries
- Changed SCCLL to GLL
- Added new Article III: Antidiscrimination section to conform to AALL Bylaws.
- Renumbered subsequent sections.
- Modified Article V, Sections 1, 4 and 5 to clarify the sections and remove redundancies in the language.
- Modified Article VI, Sections 5 and 6 to clarify the sections and remove redundancies in the language.
Many thanks to the SCCLL Bylaws Committee (Jason Blevins, Patricia Morgan, and Rita Dermody, Chair) for preparing these Bylaws amendments.
A Special Request from TS-SIS and OBS-SIS
These SISs want you to enter their Name that Grant
Contest! Here are the details:
Did you know
that TS and OBS offer a grant to do research? Did you know that research can be as simple as evaluating an app?
A recent survey says that many people are confused by the name of the OBS/TS Joint Research
Grant. (Hint, it's not about researching
We'd like you
We're holding a contest to find a creative, catchy name that will also accurately represent the purpose of the Grant (See below for Grant Guidelines).
- All AALL members
are eligible to enter
entries are allowed
- Entries will be accepted
from February 16th through March 16th
- Winner will be
determined by vote
- The winner will receive a $50
Amazon Gift Card
- All entrants will be entered into a raffle
for a free
membership to OBS-SIS or TS-SIS
Go to the Name that Grant
Contest to enter.
Access to Justice (Webinar 2) registration opens
February 24, 2015
In February and March, 2015, SCCLL and SLRN are collaborating on a series of two webinars on Access to Justice. Register for the second webinar at this link: http://www.srln.org/trainings/item.5958-SRLNSCCLL_Access_to_Justice_Webinar_Series_II. (After the program, video and material will be available at this link.)
Webinar 2 -- Access to Justice: Best Practices for Court, County, and Government Law Libraries
- Date: Tuesday, March 24, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern
- Panelists: Sara Galligan, Joan Bellistri, and Janine Liebert. Moderator: James Durham
- Program Description: As we claim our role in alleviating the justice gap, law librarians provide unique services for self-represented litigants and are critical advocates for essential library services. This webinar is specifically for court, county, and government law librarians who want to learn basic service benchmarks as well as touchstones for evolving services. Whether a practical lesson or best practice for library self help programs, these guiding principles will energize attendees. The program will serve as a catalyst for enhancing services in all public law libraries, no matter how small or large. It will also convince law librarians that they can and must promote law library services among other collaborators in the legal community.
Access to Justice (Webinar 1) now available
February 24, 2015
In February-March, 2015, SCCLL and SLRN collaborated on a series of two webinars on Access to Justice. View the first webinar and download material at this link: http://www.srln.org/trainings/item.5949-SRLNSCCLL_A2J_Webinar_Series.
Webinar 1 -- Access to Justice: Who's Your Partner and Where Are You Going?
- Date: Wednesday, Feb. 18
- Panelists: Sara Galligan, Terrye Conroy. Moderator: James Durham
- Program Description: Partnerships are essential ways of doing business for law librarians in all types of libraries. This access to justice webinar will describe areas for strategic partnering such as training, core collections, centralized websites, and technology. It will also describe major partners in the legal community and ways to strengthen our collaboration with valuable allies.
Winter 2015 Newsletter Now Available
Feb. 18, 2015
The Winter 2015 issue of SCCLL News is now available. In this issue
you’ll find information on grants to attend the next Annual Meeting and the 2015
Equal Justice Conference, information on the launch of the Illinois JusticeCorps
program, a report from Texas on the effort to get a county law library fee
included in the justice court filing fee, nominee bios and statements for the
upcoming SCCLL election, and more.
Section Members Vote to Change Name to Government Law Libraries SIS
February 2, 2015
The election to change the name of the State Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section to Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section passed successfully with 80% (112 votes) for the name change and 20% (28 votes) against the name change. 140 members in total participated in the election.
The election to formally amend the SIS bylaws will occur with our regular election later this year. Until that time, we will continue to use the existing legal name of State Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section.
The SCCLL-SIS Executive Board will work carefully to execute this change as seamlessly as possible. If you are aware of a specific issue this name change will present for your work on a committee, please work through your Committee Chair or Board Liaison. If you have other concerns about this change, please let any other Board Member know.
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