ARCHIVED: Roger H. Parent's Informal Notes - 6/27/1997

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June 27, 1997

Congressional Information Service Will Fund A New Annual Scholarship In Memory Of James F. Connolly

Thanks to a close working relationship between Mary Alice Baish, Assistant Washington Affairs Representative, and Diane H. Smith, Director Market Research, CIS, the publisher has offered AALL the opportunity to offer its members a new annual scholarship of $3000 to be named in memory of James F. Connolly. Mr. Connolly was a CIS executive who maintained close ties to law librarians for many years. The scholarship will be announced in Baltimore and will be awarded for the first time in 1998. CIS has asked that the scholarship be awarded to a law librarian who is interested in pursuing a law degree, and that preference be given - to the extent possible - to a librarian who has demonstrated an interest in government publications.

Salary Survey Mailed To All 1384 Library Directors And Heads Of Libraries In AALL's Membership

The 1997 Salary Survey instruments were mailed on June 23rd to 1384 law library directors and heads of law libraries. (Academic - 193 librarians; State, Court & County - 271 librarians; and Firm & Corporate - 920 librarians). Once again AALL is in partnership with the Association of Research Libraries and Gordon Black Corp. to prepare the second edition. Susanne Zumbro, who served as the AALL member consultant on the 1995 survey and who will chair the Statistics Committee next year, has agreed to consult once again on this project. Her knowledge of the process and the tables that were published in 1995 will be invaluable.

The response deadline of August 8th is earlier than in 1995. The results will be published by October 31st so that they will be most useful to those librarians who rely on the data to prepare their 1998 fiscal year budgets. The 1997 Salary Survey will be priced at $75 for members (a $15 increase over 1995) and $115 for non-members. Sales of 548 copies are required to cover AALL's direct costs.

Registrations For Chapter Roundtables In Baltimore Significantly Exceed Expectations

For the first time AALL staff worked with members to prepare and offer eight roundtables exclusively for Chapter leaders on topics ranging from Web Sites to Membership Development. [See the full list of topics in the May 9th Informal Notes]. Twenty two Chapters have responded to the invitations and to some prompting from Sally Holterhoff, Chair Council of Chapter Presidents. Sally spent several hours at headquarters meeting with the staff on June 13th reviewing the plans for each roundtable. She believes that the topics and contents will address real interests and needs among the Chapters.

As of July 8th all roundtables will be well attended. As many as 24 people have registered for the three roundtables on Finance, Education, and Meeting Management.

Marketing AALL Membership to Law Firm Libraries

Membership Coordinator, Kate Kasprzyk reports that this past May, AALL made a pioneering effort towards recruiting new members. A Membership Kit was sent to approximately 90 law librarians employed in private firms across the nation. These 90 law libraries, listed in a directory of nationwide law firms, were not represented in the AALL membership database.

This Membership Kit included a cover letter by PLL chair, Mike Saint-Onge, an introductory letter to AALL by President-Elect, Judy Meadows, a Preliminary Program for the Annual Meeting, a recent issue of AALL Spectrum, Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section newsletter, PLL Perspectives, a Benefits Flyer, a Membership Fact Sheet, and an application to join (of course!).

As a follow-up to this mailing, Membership Coordinator, Kate Kasprzyk called the prospects to glean the impact of the Membership Kit. Overall, the response was positive. All of the prospects who were reached remembered receiving the information; those who actually read over the prospectus were very impressed. In fact, five people actually said they were processing their applications. About 90% of the prospects reached were interested in AALL and thought it would benefit their career; however, many factors were holding them back.

The most common objection to joining was the cost of membership and lack of funding from institutions. Other prospects were satisfied with membership in their local chapters and did not feel the need to join a national organization. A few prospects did not think they were eligible because they didn't have an MLS degree and interestingly, a few people did not even consider themselves law librarians as they were randomly delegated to take over that position in their firm. After a little clarification some of these prospects ended the conversation by stating they were strongly considering membership.