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AALL Professional Development Online Forum

The Professional Development Program exists to provide AALL members and non-members with educational programs, publications and services in a variety of formats, using all available technologies in order to further the continuing educational mission of the Association.

To that end, the Professional Development Online Forum has been established to promote information exchange on current issues in law librarianship.

Join your colleagues for in-depth discussions on issues affecting the profession. 

Coming up Online Forum Discussions:

  • Space … The Final Frontier - June 28 - July 11

    The AALL Career Development Task Force proudly presents a discussion forum devoted to the librarian’s constant battle with the space-time continuum—the endless problem of not enough space to house your growing collection and not enough time for constant shifting. To address the space-time problem, many libraries turn to off-site storage as a means of housing lesser used items that the library does not want to weed from its collection.

    This forum will address the issues surrounding the development and day-to-day operations of an off-site storage facility. Topics will include:

    • physical arrangement and environmental conditions within the storage space;
    • selection and preparation of materials to be transferred;
    • arrangement of materials in the storage space;
    • planning and executing the move of materials to the storage space; and
    • policies and procedures related to retrieval of materials.

    AALL will host the discussion forum June 28-July 11, with Ellen Platt and Whitney Alexander, both of Santa Clara University’s Law Library, as moderators. We hope that the forum will satisfy the following AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship: Core Competencies, Library Management, and Collection Care and Management, but most of all also provide an interesting discussion. As an added bonus, since the discussion lasts up to the start of this year’s AALL Annual Meeting, this forum will allow interested participants to further discuss this topic at the meeting.

    You are cordially invited to join in. Please contact Pam Deemer with any problems.

    This is not a permanent discussion forum; after the two week discussion period, all list subscribers will be purged. Subscribers to past Career Development/Prodev forums please note: because Prodev’s subscriber list is purged after each forum, you will have to re-subscribe for this one.


If you have an idea for a Online Forum discussion topic and/or would be willing to serve as a moderator for future discussions, please send an email to Pam Deemer. The Career Development Task Force welcomes your input.

Completed Online Forum Discussions:

May 17-31, 2004 - "Calling All Academic Librarians: Let's Evaluate the ABA Standards for Academic Law Libraries"

April 12 - 25, 2004 - "Where in the World Did You Find That? Exploring Foreign and International Law Librarianship"

March 22 - 28, 2004 - "Legal Publishing Issues: Are You Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered?"

January 26 - Feb. 8, 2004 - "Sez who?: information authority and integrity"

November 10-23, 2003 - "Discussion on Safety and Security"

September 15-29, 2003 - "The changes to the ABA 2003 Annual Questionnaire"
The changes to the ABA 2003 Annual Questionnaire seem to be on everyone's mind. Now we have the opportunity to share our questions and comments about the changes with one another.

May 12-16, 2003 - "Listserv Discussion to Address Permanent Public Access"
Titled Permanent Public Access to Government Information: Who’s Responsible, and Why Should We Care?, the listserv discussion explores how to preserve electronic government information that often vanishes in cyberspace. Moderated by Jerry Stephens of the U.S. Courts Library in Oklahoma and members of the Government Relations Committee

March 10 - 14, 2003 - "What's Going on in Library Schools?" Moderated by Barbara Fullerton, Manager of Locke, Liddell & Sapp Law Library in Dallas, Texas

February 3 - 7, 2003 - "Pro Pers/Pro Ses in the Law Library: Are You Prepared? - moderated by Amy Hale, reference librarian at the San Diego Public Law Library

January 6 - 10, 2003 - "Prisoners and the Law Library" - Moderated by: Madeline Hebert, Senior Reference Librarian, Louisiana State University

December 2 - 9, 2002 - "Making (or Keeping) Your Law Library Relevant in Today's World" - Moderated by: Rosalie Sanderson, Instructional Services Librarian, New York Law School.

May 13 - 17, 2002 - "Law Libraries of the Future"  - Moderated by Margaret Axtmann, Associate Director for Information Resources, University of St. Thomas Law Library and member of AALL's Special Committee - Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age.

April 29 - May 3, 2002 - "The Basics of Mexican Law" - Moderated by Francisco Avalos, Foreign and International Law Librarian, University of Arizona College of Law Library and Elisa Donnadieu, JD, University of Arizona College of Law Library.

November 5 - 9, 2001 - "Library Systems: What Criteria to Use When Migrating"- Moderated by: Georgia Briscoe, Associate Director and Head of Technical Services, University of Colorado Law Library and Jean Willis, Associate Director for Information Systems, San Diego County Public Law Library.

October 1 - 5, 2001 "Issues in State, Federal and Canadian Legislative Research" - Moderated by:  Connie Crosby, Librarian, WeirFoulds LLP, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Kevin Gray, Associate Director & Assistant Professor, Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington.

June 25 - 29, 2001 "Unique and Valuable Internet Legal Resources" - Moderated by:  James Murray, Satellite Librarian of the U.S. Courts Library in Spokane, Washington.

March, 26 - 30, 2001 "How to Augment the Bottom Line: Alternative Funding Sources for Law Libraries" - Moderated by:  Regina Smith, Director of the Jenkins Law Library and Donald Dunn, Dean and Professor of Law at Western New England College School of Law.

January 29 - February 2, 2001 "Taking Responsibility for Problems with Vendors".  Moderated by Chris Graesser, Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer - Chair - Committee on Relations with Information Vendors

December 4 - 8, 2000 "Cataloging Electronic Resources".   Moderated by Hope Breeze, Head of Technical Services, Duke University School of Law Library and Jean Pajerek, Head of Technical Services, Cornell Law Library

September 25  - October 6, 2000 "Foreign and Comparative Law Research".  Moderated by Christine Corcus, Associate Professor of Law, Louisiana State University.

May 15-26, 2000 "Core Competencies of Law Librarianship."  Moderated by Kay Todd, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP

April 17 - 21, 2000 "Books and Bytes: Balancing Formats in Today's Libraries."   Moderated by Joan Axelroth, Axelroth & Associates

February 7 - 18, 2000 "Coordinating Legal Research Training."  Moderated by Nancy McMurrer, University of Washington & Rachel Jones, Dickstein, Shapiro, Morin & Oshinsky

December 6 - 17, 1999 "The Technical Services Librarian of the 21st Century."   Moderated by Janet McKinney, Director of Collection Resources, Leon E. Bloch Law Library, University of Missouri - Kansas City

September 27-October 8,1999 "Reassessing Reference Services" Moderated by Christine Ryan, Head of Reference Services, Vermont Law School

June 28-July 9, 1999 "Increasing Public Confidence and Trust in the Justice System" Moderated by Judy Meadows, Director of the Montana State Law Library and Past President of AALL

May 3-14, 1999 "Law Libraries in the Depository System: Measuring Success" Moderated by Charlene Cain, Government Documents Librarian at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center Law Library, Louisiana State University

February 24-March 10, 1999 "Managing the reference inquiry as it comes in from all directions" Moderated by Mary Whisner, Head of Reference, Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law

November 9-23, 1998 "End-User Electronic Competencies" Moderated by Bobbie Studwell, Associate Dean of Library and Information Service, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library.