two groups represent a core function of our profession and because the members of these SISs are some of the most informed, involved and influential law librarians among us. I'll now be the third of the last five AALL presidents to have very strong ties to technical services. I think that says volumes about the reputation of technical services law librarians.
3. Will your presidency have a particular theme or focus?
I have two themes for the upcoming year. The slogan for the Boston Annual Meeting & Conference is "Boston to Bombay: The World of Legal Information." Law Librarianship has gone "global" and that concept will show up in the Boston educational programs, in several Spectrum Member Briefings and at other venues throughout the year.
As a former AALL treasurer, my second "theme" shouldn't surprise anyone. I want to focus some effort on insuring the long-term financial health of AALL. I am commissioning two special committees that will have a financial focus. The first one will lay the groundwork for an AALL planned giving program. Such programs are very common in many associations, and I think we have many members who would be interested in adding a contribution to AALL in their estate plans.
The other special committee will have the task of identifying foundations and other granting entities who might be willing to contribute to our advocacy efforts on information policy. For example the McArthur Foundation made a significant gift to ALA last year for their advocacy program. There is so much more we need to do in this area, but additional funding will be needed. I believe there are foundations that will support AALL's advocacy efforts; we just need to find them.
4. How do you think Technical Services work will develop in a more global era?
I think the more globally connected we become, the more we will need to collaborate with technical services law librarians throughout the world. Some of our colleagues in our largest academic, national, and major firm law libraries have developed great expertise in acquiring legal materials from around the globe, but most of us haven't that knowledge. We need to build our global technical services network to make acquisitions and cataloging an efficient process whether you work in Cleveland or Cairo. Maybe an "International Law Technical Services Summit" is in our future.
5. What can members of OBS and TS expect from attending the annual meetings of AALL?
What can they expect? Three things I think: great continuing education, opportunities to network with professional colleagues and time to celebrate with friends the accomplishments of our profession.
6. How can members of TS and OBS help you in your year as President?
Come to Seattle and come to Boston. That would be a good start! Let me know what you think and what you need. Be supportive when I goof and be enthusiastic when I get something right. And come join me for a great evening of fun at the closing gala in Boston!
7. Demographic reports indicate that librarianship is a "graying" profession. This trend seems especially notable in Technical Services – how can we encourage young people to enter our field?
Well, I'd like to think that only my hairdresser knows for sure, but yes, we aren't getting any younger. This is something our profession faces and it is troubling. I have started having conversations whenever I meet with law librarians on what we can do to make our profession and association more attractive to a younger generation. I think we need to spend some time learning about the values, aspirations and ambitions of the next generation. Hopefully, that understanding will make it easier for us to recruit new colleagues, and to know how we will need to change to accommodate a new generation just as our predecessors changed to accommodate us.
8. What have been some of your favorite AALL moments?
Hum...interesting...almost all of them involve eating and drinking with friends! The locations change, but it is working with and enjoying the company of my AALL colleagues at annual meetings across the country that are the highlights for me. Exploring the great Mexican cuisine of San Diego; the closing banquet in New Orleans; the Alphabet Soup SIS receptions on the Saturday night of so many meetings; not tripping the first time I went up the stairs to sit at the head table at a closing banquet.
But I have to say that receiving the Renee Chapman Memorial Award last year was truly my favorite AALL moment. I was very moved to be honored in this way.
9. Some past AALL Presidents have indicated that chocolate would go a long way toward pleasing them, but I understand that you prefer luggage. What's a poor TS librarian to do?
Ah, you know me too well! I do have this thing about luggage - "the right bag for every trip" is my motto! Looking for perfect luggage does tie nicely with my other passion - shopping! However, in lieu of luggage, I will go along with my predecessors. Chocolate will always do!