The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) was approved by the AALL Executive Board at the July 1979 annual meeting in San Francisco. The purpose of the Section is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on academic law libraries and to represent its members interests and concerns within the Association. See AALL’s charge to ALL-SIS.
Join and Volunteer
As the second largest SIS in AALL, ALL-SIS provides ample opportunities to get actively involved in various areas of academic law librarianship. ALL-SIS exists to promote and advance academic law librarianship topics and interests. It addresses issues affecting those who work in academic law libraries. Whether you are a director, a reference librarian, a cataloger, or a computer specialist, you will gain tremendous benefits from joining ALL-SIS.
Newer Law Librarians
ALL-SIS provides an annual grant to a newer law librarian to attend CONELL, the AALL Conference of Newer Law Librarians. The grant covers the cost of CONELL registration and a hotel room for one night. The purpose of the CONELL Grant is to promote participation by newer academic law librarians in AALL and the ALL-SIS.
The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference provides many venues for ALL-SIS networking. ALL-SIS business meetings are held at the Annual Meeting, as well as an ALL-SIS reception usually hosted at a local academic law library. These provide members opportunities to connect or reconnect with colleagues around the country. It is also a great way to meet new members and tour an academic law library. Programs and workshops add to the networking possibilities.
Representing diverse needs and addressing a broad range of topics, ALL-SIS sponsors educational programs and workshops during the AALL Annual Meeting. ALL-SIS also sponsors meetings and workshops that address issues affecting academic law library directors, middle managers, and newer academic law librarians (ALL-NEW).
ALL-SIS honors section members who have contributed to enhancing academic law librarianship.
- The Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contributions made to academic law librarianship as shown by their dedication to the advancement of law librarianship.
- The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award is presented to the author or authors who have influenced the profession through their written works.
- The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award honors an ALL-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS in areas of section activity and professional service.
ALL-SIS members are kept well informed of activities and resources through the ALL-SIS Newsletter, published three times a year. The newsletter includes a report from the chair, articles written by section members, and official AALL announcements. It also serves as a tool to voice our concerns, share ideas, as well as recount experiences that benefit section members.
ALL-SIS Community eGroup
Official ALL-SIS announcements, AALL news, and important subjects of discussions are communicated through the ALL-SIS eGroup on the My communities platform in AALLNET. When you join ALL-SIS, you are automatically added to the ALL-SIS community and eGroup.
To adjust your subscription profile or notification settings, visit AALLNET’s My Communities at http://community.aallnet.org/ and choose My Subscriptions under the My Profiles tab.
To ensure that you receive messages from your AALL eGroups, you should also add the following email addresses to your whitelist or safe senders list: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members gain the most benefits from active involvement in SIS activities. ALL-SIS has several standing committees, which provide members with limitless volunteering opportunities and a chance to contribute to the betterment of law librarianship.
If you work in an academic law library or want to become an academic law librarian, consider joining ALL-SIS. And to maximize your benefits, volunteer and make a difference.
How to Join ALL-SIS
To join any of the American Association of Law Libraries Special Interest Sections you must be an AALL Member. Not a member yet? Join AALL here.
Cost of an ALL-SIS membership is only $20.00/year. If you are already an AALL member and would like to join ALL-SIS, click here for an SIS Application or send your check to: American Association of Law Libraries, 105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603-6225.