Committee Charges

ALL-SIS Committee Charges

ALL-NEW (New Academic Law Librarians’ Meeting)

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  • Work with appropriate groups within AALL, including CONELL and PEGA-SIS to promote mentoring opportunities and development of resources for new academic law librarians.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Awards

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  • Annually solicit nominations for all current grants and awards being offered by ALL-SIS, other than Research Grants (see Research & Scholarship Committee). In addition to the solicitation of nominations, Awards Committee members may support the nominations process by nominating eligible ALL-SIS members for these awards.
  • Solicit and award grants for AALL’s Management Institute and Leadership Academy as they occur.
  • Arrange awards ceremony events with the assistance of the Local Arrangements Liaison for the ALL-SIS Reception.
  • After notifying the ALL-SIS Executive Board, publicly announce the winners of all awards and grants in the ALL-SIS Newsletter, ALL-SIS website, on relevant eGroups and listservs, and/or other methods as may seem best. Timely submit award recipient information to AALL for inclusion in Annual Meeting Awards Brochure.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the ALL-SIS Executive Board and other committees as warranted.

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Bluebook

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Mission: To advocate on behalf of academic law libraries for a comprehensive Bluebook that meets the needs of the Bluebook editors while considering the resources available to law libraries as they meet the needs of their student journals.

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for member input, suggestions and comments regarding the current edition of the Bluebook.
  • The Committee, on behalf of ALL-SIS, would forward information to the Bluebook editors.
  • The Committee would create a web form for members to submit comments; the committee would gather additional information as necessary prior to submitting to Bluebook editors.
  • Solicit input and suggestions for next edition of the Bluebook.
  • As the editors begin the process of compiling the next edition of the Bluebook, solicit input from the membership to submit to the editors.
  • Serve as the centralized contact for the Bluebook editors to solicit information from law librarians.
  • Expand the Model Policies for Services to Journal Staff to include individual library policies, especially as related to Bluebook issues.
  • Coordinate with appropriate Committee (Student Services).
  • Assume advocacy role within each state and work to have electronic version of that state’s legislation become an official version.
  • Develop sample letters to be submitted to appropriate state legislative group advocating for official e-versions.
  • Work with appropriate AALL Committee(s) in this goal.
  • Other projects the Task Force or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Bylaws

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  • Review the ALL-SIS Bylaws and recommend any changes to the Executive Board.
  • Review the ALL-SIS Bylaws to ensure compliance with AALL’s Bylaws and other policies.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the ALL-SIS Executive Board and other committees as warranted.

Revised 2021

CALI

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  • Assisting CALI with the development of new instructional tools including:
  • Beta testing new products and providing feedback on new and existing CALI tools,
  • Suggesting ideas for new tools or products for CALI to develop,
  • Serving as a support to help CALI come up with ways for to better engage law school members,
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Collection Development

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  • Develop and maintain collection development information for the ALL-SIS website.
  • Continue to identify and evaluate commonly used tools for selections.
  • Identify and evaluate tools for collection evaluation.
  • Plan and conduct Collection Development Roundtable.
  • Explore how e-resources are impacting collection development.
  • Explore relationship between collection development and ILL.
  • Explore developing a foreign vendors list (partnering with FCIL-SIS and/or TS-SIS).
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Continuing Education

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Purpose: The purpose of this Committee is to promote, provide, and further continuing education related to academic law libraries, outside of the AALL annual meeting. To that end, the Committee will:

  • With ALL-SIS Executive Board approval, design, create, sponsor, or facilitate inclusive continuing education opportunities, such as programs or discussions, to be held outside of the AALL Annual Meeting;
  • The Committee may identify or develop continuing education opportunities requiring funding support and, with Board approval, may submit proposal to the AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grants Program;
  • Collaborate with committees, SISs, Chapters, Caucuses, or other groups as needed;
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the Committee during the current year; and
  • Complete other projects as identified by the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board.

Revised 2021

Continuing Status/Tenure

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  • Develop and maintain the committee’s information on the ALL-SIS website.
  • Develop a “White Paper” that can be used in law schools to demonstrate why tenure or continuing status is of value for the librarian and for the institution.
  • Collect and disseminate data on librarian and library staff compensation.
  • Examine trends and inform membership of broad status and/or compensation related developments in law libraries.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Faculty Services

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  • Develop and maintain information on Faculty Services, either through periodic updates of the toolkit or generally for the ALL-SIS website.
  • Plan and conduct Faculty Services Roundtable.
  • Keep abreast of the Section members’ faculty services activities and share results on the range of faculty services provided by academic law libraries.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)

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Purpose: The Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) Committee shall review justice, diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts within ALL-SIS. The committee shall investigate ways that academic law librarianship can better promote and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. Report findings and recommend actions to the Board(s).

  • Continually reexamine and expand the definition of diversity with the goal of increasing inclusion
  • Offer assistance to the ALL-SIS board, committees, and programs to ensure diverse representation and perspectives
  • Investigate and promote pipeline initiatives for entry into academic law librarianship
  • Create and maintain archive of JEDI-related resources specific to ALL-SIS, academic law libraries, and law schools
  • Advocate for JEDI-related changes within ALL-SIS, AALL, and other organizations
  • Collaborate and communicate with established AALL groups and/or organizations and individuals outside of AALL dedicated to diversity and equity concerns, for recruitment, programming, or other purposes
  • Coordinate with ALL-SIS, AALL, and other organizations to ensure that comprehensive and coordinated JEDI-focused programming is offered
  • Complete other projects as identified by the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board
  • Submit an article to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.

Revised 2021

Legal Research & Sourcebook

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  • Plan and conduct Legal Research Roundtable at the Annual Meeting.
  • Provide a summary of each Legal Research Roundtable for the committee website.
  • Administer a survey to obtain data on how Legal Research Programs are taught in law school. Maintain longitudinal data on website so that trends can be identified.
  • Develop and maintain the Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research on the ALL-SIS website.
  • Work with Public Relations Committee to publicize the Sourcebook.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Library Marketing and Outreach

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  • Maintain and update the Marketing Tool Kit.
  • Submit appropriate articles focused on marketing and outreach for the ALL-SIS Newsletter and AALL Spectrum.
  • Undertake other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the ALL-SIS Executive Board and other committees as warranted.
  • Submit an article to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.

Revised 2021

Local Arrangements

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  • Work with the ALL-NEW Committee to arrange for their program prior to the reception.
  • Work with Public Relations Committee and Newsletter Editor to promote the reception.
  • Make arrangements for the ALL-SIS All Members Breakfast, arranging for the speaker, promotion of the event, and setting up signage. Assist the Board with menu and AV.
  • Make arrangements for the ALL-SIS Reception, working with the Board and sponsor, on location, menu, transportation, AV, signage and promotion.
  • Work with Awards Committee to arrange for their awards ceremony
  • Make arrangements for the ALL-SIS Directors’ Breakfast and the ALL-SIS Middle Manager’s Breakfast including programming, AV, signage and promotion
  • Work with Public Relations Committee, Newsletter Editor, and Website Coordinator to promote ALL-SIS events at Conference.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the Committee during the year.
  • Other projects as assigned by Board or as adopted by Committee.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Membership

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  • Identify new members of the ALL-SIS through AALL.
  • Maintain a “Welcome Kit” for new members to the SIS and send it to new members of ALL-SIS.
  • Spotlight new ALL-SIS members in the ALL-SIS Newsletter.
  • Develop recruitment information on the benefits of membership for the ALL-SIS website.
  • Work with the ALL-NEW Committee to develop a list of resources for newer law librarians.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Newsletter

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  • Identify areas to be covered in newsletter.
  • Appoint columnists.
  • Create committee columns (all committee chairs are expected to submit at least one column during the year).
  • Ensure continuing access and usability of Newsletter content.
  • Work with other committees to publicize their activities as needed.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column on the activities of the committee to the ALL-SIS Newsletter.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Nominations

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  • Annually solicit candidates for the ALL-SIS elections. There should be at least two candidates for each position.
  • Have a slate prepared by January 15th for Board approved.
  • Work with the Newsletter, Web, and Social Media Committees for promotion and announcements.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Programs

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  • Provide feedback and suggestions for members’ program (and workshop) proposals for the Annual meeting.
  • Develop and submit the section-sponsored program proposal for the Annual meeting.
  • Work with program coordinators to meet AALL deadlines.
  • Promote programs to membership on My Communities listserv and by working with the Public Relations Committee and the Newsletter Editor.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Public Relations & Marketing Committee

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  • Create and maintain Public Relations and Marketing materials that promote the work of ALL-SIS (including the ALL-SIS new member brochure and the exhibits for the CONELL Marketplace and the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall).
  • Solicit news from ALL-SIS officers and committees throughout the year.
  • Maintain a social media policy in tandem with the AALL Social Media policy; maintain a plan for managing and posting to all ALL-SIS Social Media platforms throughout the year and during the Annual Meeting.
  • Submit ALL-SIS news for each issue of the AALL Spectrum (including information about awards, election results, and Annual Meeting programs, meetings, ceremonies, and receptions).
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.

Research & Scholarship Committee

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  • Assist law librarians in their scholarship activities.
  • Promote law librarian scholarship.
  • Work with Awards Committee and other relevant committees as needed to develop and award research grants.
  • Establish a scholarship and scholarly writing mentor-mentee network.
  • Other projects the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Scholarly Communication

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  • Identify the most significant scholarly communication issues in the legal academy and libraries.
  • Recommend ways in which the SIS could provide a forum for information sharing and collaboration on such issues, including specific projects.
  • Connect with other AALL and external groups on scholarly communication issues.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Statistics

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  • Investigate how quantitative and qualitative information is gathered and reported.
  • Actively seek out information regarding news and changes about statistics and assessment issues facing law libraries.
  • Independently, or in conjunction with the Continuing Education committee, conduct regular discussions and provide continuing education opportunities regarding issues related to metrics in academic law libraries.
  • Develop resources to assist law librarians in gathering and using quantitative and qualitative information efficiently and effectively.
  • Undertake other projects as deemed necessary by the Committee or the ALL-SIS Executive Board.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the ALL-SIS Executive Board and other committees as warranted.

Revised 2021

Student Services

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  • Coordinate a student services roundtable at the Annual Meeting.
  • Create and periodically update Student Services Toolkit and post it on the committee’s website.
  • Periodically update the sample academic student services documents on the committee’s website.
  • Submit an article to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Other projects the Committee or ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the ALL-SIS Executive Board and other committees as warranted.

Revised 2021

Task Force on Best Practices for the 21st Century Law Library

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  • This group would collect data from various law schools about how they respond to current trends affecting libraries such as:
    1. shrinking student bodies (resulting in shrinking funding);
    2. balancing format;
    3. shrinking print collections, leading to
    4. dead library space;
    5. shrinking staff funding.
  • They would present a report of findings about how people are restructuring libraries to respond to these issues and recommending best practices.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.

Web Committee

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  • Keep ALL-SIS website current.
  • Develop web content and re-design ideas.
  • Work with ALL-SIS Committees and ALL-SIS Executive Board to determine new information that should be on the website.
  • Other projects the Webmaster or the ALL-SIS Executive Board has identified as necessary.
  • Submit one column to the ALL-SIS Newsletter describing the work of the committee during the current year.
  • Conduct regular outreach to the Public Relations & Marketing Committee, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, and other committees as warranted.