Committee Reports

  • 2014-2015

    2014–2015 ALL-SIS Committee Annual Reports

    ALL-NEW

    The 2014/15 ALL-NEW Committee membership includes Beth Adelman, Christine Ciambella, Whitney Curtis, Patricia Dickerson, Susan Lewis, Taryn Rucinski, Loren Turner, and Stephanie Ziegler.

    The ALL-NEW Committee is planning the ALL- NEW Roundtable event, which is scheduled for Sunday July 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room PCC 203A. The theme of this roundtable is networking. The roundtable event will have two formats. The first half will include three speakers. They will discuss how networking impacted their careers. The second half of the event will include an opportunity to network with attendees and members of the committee.

    The Committee is preparing a flyer to advertise the event. It will be distributed during CONELL Marketplace. In addition, the Committee is creating a networking toolkit that will be distributed to Roundtable attendees.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Beth Adelman
    2014/15 ALL-NEW Chair

    Awards

    The ALL-SIS Awards Committee is pleased to have selected the annual award and grant winners listed below.

    Awards:

    • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award: James M. Donovan, Carol A. Watson & Caroline Osborne, The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews, Edison 2015- 03A, http://www.jptos.org/news/375/100.html.
    • The ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award: Merle J. Slyhoff, Collection Development Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Biddle Law Library.
    • Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship: Blair S. Kauffman, Law Library Director and Professor of Law, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library.

    Grants:

    • Active Member Stimulus Grant: Susan David deMaine, Research & Instruction Librarian, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Ruth Lilly Law Library & I-Wei Wang, Reference Librarian, University of California Law School, Boalt Hall Library.
    • Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Karen Selden, Metadata Services Librarian, University of Colorado Law School.
    • CONELL Grant: Grace Lee, Law Library Intern, University of Washington School of Law, Gallagher Law Library

    We are looking forward to honoring this distinguished group in Philadelphia at the ALL-SIS Awards Ceremony and Reception. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19th in the Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon E.

    This past winter ALL-SIS was also able to award two grants for members to attend the Management Institute in March. The recipients are Brendan E. Starkey, Associate Director for Library Services at Chapman University Fowler School of Law and Ellen Frentzen, Assistant Librarian for Administration at Boston University’s Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries.

    The 2014-2015 committee members are: Kathleen Darvil (chair); Carol Bredemeyer; Joyce Manna Janto; Tawnya Plumb; Nancy Strohmeyer; and Michael Whiteman. Additional information on ALL-SIS awards and grants, including past recipients, can be found at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/awards.

    Bluebook

    The Bluebook Committee reorganized this year and created a full agenda to be carried out over the next couple of years and to then continue forward. The Committee consists of a librarian from each of the Bluebook schools, one non-Bluebook school academic librarian, and a liaison from PLL-SIS. The Committee was expanded to include a private sector librarian to address issues related to the “Blue Pages.”

    Plans set forth for 2014-15 included:

    • Program to introduce next edition of The Bluebook (due spring 2015)
    • Establish relationship with current Bluebook editors
    • Create Community page for committee
    • Contact members to explain clearinghouse role of Committee and to solicit input on new edition for program
    • Create procedures to communicate member questions to editors
    • Create procedures to communicate editor questions to members

    The program, The Bluebook, Five Years and an Edition Later: Connecting Librarians and Editors, was approved by the 2015 AALL Program Committee, and will be held on Tuesday, July 21, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Room PCC 103A. It will pair editors and law librarians in an open exchange of issues and changes to the new edition. Bluebook editors were contacted and all supported the relationship. A preliminary Community Page was created and will be populated as we move forward.

    Next year the Committee will focus on the clearinghouse aspect of the Committee while establishing procedures for communicating between our members and the editors.

    Members of the Committee include Merle Slyhoff, Chair, University of Pennsylvania; Deborah Heller, Columbia; Kumar Jayasuriya, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver; Dennis Kim-Prieto, Rutgers; John Nann, Yale; and George Taoultside, Harvard.

    CALI

    The ALL-SIS CALI Committee held a meeting at the AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio. The main topic of discussion was on where the committee should focus its energies, as the original purpose of the CALI committee has been subsumed by a CALI advisory committee with a longer timespan. This advisory committee reviews, updates, and critiques CALI legal research lessons and works best with members who have served and have longer experience working with the CALI lessons. The ALL-SIS CALI Committee is fortunate to have Sarah Glassmeyer, CALI’s Director of Community Development and a former academic law librarian, serving as CALI’s liaison to the committee.

    A number of interesting ideas were presented for the committee’s focus going forward.

    Promoting CALI Author as a useful pedagogical tool for law librarians who teach legal research. Not everyone is aware that CALI Author is a powerful piece of software that can be used to create online, interactive lessons for law students and other learners. CALI Author allows users to create a variety of different sorts of questions that can help students learn, including multiple choice questions, true-false questions, pairing and ranking questions, and even essay questions. CALI Author also allows authors to provide explanatory feedback that helps students understand sometimes subtle differences between right and wrong answers.

    An offshoot of this idea is to promote the use of available CALI lessons, that have gone through an exhaustive review process, and tailoring them to fit specific classroom situations. CALI allows faculty to edit lessons that already exist, so long as they get CALI’s approval. This can potentially make for an easier way to incorporate CALI’s interactive lessons into a legal research class with having to start from scratch to create lessons.

    Another idea was to possibly look at ways that academic law librarians might make use of CALI’s A2J software, that CALI has developed and distributes with help from the Center for Access to Justice & Technology (CAJT). A2J Author can be downloaded by faculty and law librarians at CALI-member law schools. It is currently used mainly by clinics and legal aid attorneys to create computer-based, self-guided A2J interviews for use by unrepresented litigants and others in need. A2J interviews walk users through a step-by-step question-and-answer process that helps to make sense of confusing legal procedures and create a usable legal form. A2J Author has been used and demonstrated by a number of law school clinic projects, and the ALL-SIS CALI Committee sees potential expanded uses for this software. As an example, librarians who teach legal research might be able to use A2J to develop research pathfinders, walking students through the process of asking research questions and guiding them to the various resources that can be used to answer these questions most efficiently. Other uses for this sort of step-by-step process might also be considered.

    One ambitious idea that the committee also came up with is starting an academic journal geared towards law librarians who are especially interested in technology and its uses for both legal research and legal education. The focus of such a journal would be on computer software, programming, educational technologies, and other technologies that are being developed and used by technologically-inclined law librarians in law schools throughout the country.   Again, this is an ambitious idea and more of a long- term project that has the potential to serve the needs of the geekier edge of academic law librarianship in the future.

    These and a number of other ideas are under development by the ALL-SIS CALI Committee. We continue to discuss and develop these ideas and expect them to result in a long-term strategic plan as the committee moves forward.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Susanna Leers
    Chair, ALL-SIS CALI Committee

    Collection Development

    The Collection Development Committee has been communicating about the continuation of various projects taken on in 2013.

    1. Collection Development Toolkit, 2013-15: Much like the useful toolkits established by many other ALL-SIS committees, the Committee has decided to create a toolkit for those interested in collection development. This year, we moved forward with the toolkit, and have gathered articles focused on topics related to collection development. Those gathering readings have provided annotations, and we are creating an annotated bibliography before moving on to other portions of the toolkit. If you have a topic you’d like to see included or would like to draft a portion of the toolkit, please contact the Committee’s chair, Theo Belniak, tbelniak@buffalo.edu. Your expertise and opinions are welcome.
    2. Updating the Committee’s Webpages on AALLnet.org, 2013-15:
      1. Collection Development Policies on File with the Committee, 2013-15: After last year’s work of attempting to contact all of the ABA-accredited law schools to update the collection of policies gathered on the Committee’s webpage, we have now updated all the policies that we were sent by institutions, http://www.aallnet.org/ sections/all/storage/committees/colldev/cdpolicies-protected.aspx. ALL-SIS’s webmaster, Creighton Miller, was invaluable in this process. For those that have replied to our call for your collection development policy, thank you! This compilation is a useful community resource, and couldn’t exist without you. If your institution has updated its collection development policy recently, please feel free to forward the link to your policy or a PDF to your policy to the Committee’s chair, Theo Belniak, tbelniak@buffalo.edu.
    3. Resources and Links, 2013-2015: The Committee is working on revising its AALLnet.org pages in order to update available resources, links and contact information in 2014-2015. Please let us know if you would like to add a resource for your colleagues to this page.
    4. 2015 Annual Roundtable Discussion: As in past years, the Committee will be hosting a roundtable. This year’s roundtable slot is: Monday, July 20, 2015 at 3:15-4:30p.m., location: Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon E. The conversation is always interesting and inspiring, and it is a good peek into how others are thinking about and working with collections. We hope to see you there!

    Faculty Services

    The 2014-2015 ALL- SIS Faculty Services Committee includes Valerie Aggerbeck, Pam Brannon, Lance Burke, Maureen Cahill, Cassie DuBay, Brittany Persson, Charles Pipins, Timothy Von Dulm and Candle Wester; and is co-chaired by Morgan Stoddard and I-Wei Wang. The committee focused on two major tasks: (1) reviewing, revising, and updating the Faculty Services Toolkit (last revised by the 2010-2011 committee), and (2) planning the 2015 Annual Meeting’s Faculty Services Roundtable.

    In reviewing the ALL-SIS Faculty Services Toolkit to assess whether revision was needed, the committee identified a number of suggestions for improvements and updates. In the four years since the 2011 Toolkit was published, there have been some changes in library services and the tools used to manage, administer, and market faculty services, as well as website redesigns and other innovations at many of the institutions used as examples in the Toolkit. Thus, a new and updated Toolkit seems timely and relevant.

    In order to provide current information and best practices, the committee decided to start by canvasing the libraries at all of the 180 ABA-accredited law schools in the United States individually, gathering information both via the libraries’ websites and personal contact with their librarians; in addition, the committee has solicited and received Toolkit contributions via the ALL-SIS Member Community, and has at its disposal information from the 2013 Faculty Services Survey results and recent job postings.

    It is hoped this comprehensive effort will build on and expand the efforts of the 2010-2011 committee. Once complete, the new Toolkit (along with an archived copy of the 2011 Toolkit) will be available at the ALL-SIS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/storage/committees/faculty/toolkit) (login required).

    Finally, the committee planned the Faculty Services Roundtable for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The discussion topics include:

    1. Working with Students for Faculty Services:
      • What tips do librarians have for teaching and managing student research assistants in the library?
      • How do libraries provide training and research support to faculty members’ research assistants?
      • Have you hired a research assistant of your own to assist with any library projects for faculty?
      • Are there other ways that libraries involve students in the provision of faculty services?
    2. Outreach & Marketing:
      • How can librarians be more proactive in promoting library services or initiating contact?
      • Tips for building stronger relationships with faculty and particular hurdles for library liaisons.
      • How do you seek input or suggestions from faculty about current services or desired/future services?
      • How does your library communicate major news or library updates?
      • How do you get faculty inside the library? Does this matter to you or just that they utilize library services?
    3. Empirical Legal Research:
      • How do libraries support faculty performing empirical research, particularly if you don’t have the resources to hire a dedicated empirical specialist?
      • To what extent do you support faculty empirical research? For example, do you locate data sets, help them run statistical software, or have GRAs code data?
      • Have you or your law school sought out partnerships with other departments, librarians or faculty on your campus to provide empirical research support?
      • How have you (or other librarians at your school) educated yourself on conducting/supporting empirical research?

    The 2015 Faculty Services Roundtable will be held on Sunday, July 19th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 203B. We look forward to a lively and engaging discussion of these topics.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Morgan Stoddard, Georgetown University Law Library
    I-Wei Wang, UC Berkeley School of Law Library
    Co-Chairs

    Legal Research & Sourcebook

    The ALL-SIS Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee has nearly completed the long-term project of updating and revising the Sourcebook and its policies. In response to some feedback from AALL members, we have reevaluated our current attribution policy, submission guidelines, and review policy. The committee, in designated working groups, developed these new standards to help broaden solicitation material formats, keep Sourcebook content fresh, and use a new contributor-directed permissions policy to increase submissions. Finalizing the language and approving these policies will be the first step of the new committee for the 2015-2016 term.

    Currently the Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee is getting ready to host our roundtable discussions in Philadelphia. We hope many of you will join us to discuss current trends in assessment, legal research instruction, and the new ABA standards.

    Michelle Hook Dewey, Chair

    Library Marketing & Outreach

    The 2014-2015 Marketing & Outreach Committee members include: Margaret Jane Ambrose, Karin Johnsrud, Heather Joy, T.J. Striepe, Dana Rubin, and the committee outgoing chair is Shira Megerman.

    The committee focused this year on updating the toolkit from 2013 (found at: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/storage/Marketing-Outreach-Toolkit-2013) by soliciting and collecting materials on AALLNET in the different categories of the toolkit. We then provided the materials to Creighton Miller (as webmaster) to update the toolkit. Creighton and I are still working to better organize the information in a way that makes the toolkit more user-friendly. Look for the updated toolkit in the near future!

    The committee also held a roundtable at the annual meeting that was well attended. This year, the tables were themed based on the toolkit. Therefore, the topics were: Branding and Identity; Marketing and Outreach Plans; Marketing Tools and Examples; Social Media; and, Usability and User Studies. I was unable to attend due to a death in the family, and Karin Johnsrud, with very little notice, stepped up and ran the entire meeting (a very big thank you to Karin for all her continued support throughout the past two years on this committee).

    The notes from this meeting can be found on the committee website. This is only the second year for this committee, and as it grows, I expect new and exciting ideas will come from the wonderful leadership to follow.

    Shira Megerman, Chair

    Membership

    The Membership Committee is charged with maintaining a “Welcome Kit” and sending this information to new members of ALL-SIS. The committee revised the Welcome Kit and sent it to new members, who were identified with the assistance of ALL-SIS Secretary-Treasurer, Susan David DeMaine.

    The Committee prepared and submitted two new member profiles to the ALL-SIS Newsletter. Committee member Anupama Pal wrote a profile of Jonathan Roundtree, who is a reference librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This profile appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of the Newsletter. Committee member Janeen Williams wrote a new member profile of Michaella Levandoski. Michaella is graduating from North Carolina Central University with a JD/MLS dual degree and is currently working as a reference assistant at the Law Library. The profile appears in the Summer 2015 issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter.

    Committee members included Deborah Heller, Wendy Law, Minerva Mims, Anupama Pal, and Janeen Williams.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Matt Steinke, Chair

    Newsletter

    The 2014-2015 Newsletter Advisory Board consisted of I-Wei Wang (Chair), Yasmin Sokkar Harker, Marlene Harmon, Ben Keele, Jocelyn Kennedy, Ruth Levor, Nina Scholtz and Thomas Sneed. Jocelyn was also our Board Liaison.

    The three regular issues this year were published on September 15, 2014, January 5, 2015 and June 15, 2015; the Election special issue was published on March 11, 2015.

    This year, the Newsletter published:

    • 20 regular (or semi-regular) feature columns by Advisory Board members, including the Law Librarian in the Dark DVD review series by Yasmin; Ruth’s Great Ideas from the Halls of Academe, featuring innovative and successful law library initiatives from around the ALL-SIS world; a PLL-SIS collaboration, The Collaborative Law Librarian spearheaded by Thomas; Asked & Answered, my semi-regular compilation of survey responses (formerly known as Survey Roundup); and new column Law Libraries as Publishers, by Ben. Marlene and Nina continued to pull together your Member News section and Jocelyn coordinated the Committee Spotlight, together giving ALL-SIS members and committees a chance to highlight their activities and accomplishments.
    • 11 articles contributed by non-Advisory Board member authors, on topics ranging from teaching legal research, to student services, to library space design, to library management,
    • 14 program reviews covering program sessions from the 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference in San Antonio. These included 12 contributions by non-Advisory Board member reviewers.
    • Candidate statements for the 4 section members running for 2 positions in the 2015 election for ALL- SIS Executive Board.
    • 14 annual committee reports for ALL-SIS committees.
    • In memoriam articles commemorating the lives and achievements of past ALL-SIS members Nancy P. Johnson (Winter 2015) and Paul Lomio (Summer 2015) who passed away during the year.

    Both the Advisory Board authors and our outside contributors have continued to build on the strong visual presentation of our Newsletter articles, providing images and graphical elements that both enrich the content and enhance the visual appeal of the publication, while also reflecting the creativity and dynamism of our authors and readership.

    In our first year under new editorship, aside from modifying the layout and design of the Newsletter, we have focused on adjusting Advisory Board workflows and publication schedules. With this volume 34 of the Newsletter, we modified the issue schedule so that the Winter issue (which in the past was put together in January and typically published in mid-February) was completed before the holidays and posted at the beginning of the year. This schedule worked well and will be continued for future volumes.

    A plan for the future is to introduce an additional regular issue in the Spring (coming out around the same time as the special Election issue, which is limited to presenting candidate information for the ALL-SIS elections), making the Newsletter a true quarterly publication. Based on the number of unsolicited contributions received, it is hoped this schedule will produce timely and engaging content.

    Archived copies of the Newsletter continue to be collected online both on the ALL-SIS website (http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/resources/newsletter/archives) and as part of Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline (where all issues since the inception of the Newsletter, with the exception of Volume 1, and Volume 2, Issue 1, are available).

    Finally, thanks go to Jocelyn and the ALL-SIS Board for support and guidance during the 2014-2015 year.

    Respectfully submitted,

    I-Wei Wang, UC Berkeley School of Law Library
    Chair & Editor

    Nominations

    The 2014-2015 ALL-SIS Nominations Committee was comprised of three members: Irene Crisci (Chair), Kristina Alayan, and Wendy Law. The Committee started its work in February, issuing a call for nominees and volunteers for the positions of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer.

    After the call for nominations was sent to the ALL- SIS membership the next step was to choose the candidates for this year’s election. Criteria normally considered when selecting candidates include geographic diversity, previous work for ALL-SIS and AALL, length of ALL-SIS membership and anything demonstrating the ability to responsibly serve as an officer.

    The Committee received numerous nominations for each position. The collection of nominees was as geographically diverse as possible with no adjustments from the Committee. All nominees were highly qualified. At the same time all of the nominees had demonstrated a commitment to serving AALL and ALL-SIS. As a result, weeding nominees was fairly difficult.

    The Committee chose two names for each office to forward to the Secretary/Treasurer for the election. Nonetheless, the nominations process went very well and we were fortunate to have a uniformly well- qualified list of nominees.

    The final slate was as follows:

    • For Vice-Chair/Chair Elect—Prano Amjadi, Santa Clara University School of Law, and Jessica Wimer, University of California, Irvine School of Law
    • For Executive Board Member-at-Large—Patrick Meyer, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, and Kate Irwin-Smiler, Wake Forest University School of Law

    As Chair I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Committee for their hard work and, above all else, responsiveness. Their willingness and enthusiasm for serving made my job both easy and pleasurable.

    Irene Crisci, Chair

    Programs

    The 2014-15 ALL-SIS Programs Committee (consisting of Jodi Collova, Michele Knapp, Kelly Leong, Katie Miller, Merle Slyhoff and Carissa Vogel) had a very productive year. As detailed in our Committee Spotlight report in the Fall issue of the ALL-SIS Newsletter, the Programs Committee again maintained a Speaker’s Database for ALL-SIS members to help connect program developers with potential speakers, and we also had an incredibly successful Program Submission Review initiative—we received program drafts from 11 ALL-SIS members, and each draft was reviewed and commented on by two Programs Committee members. This all took place in a very small window of time in late September, and Committee members rose to the challenge to review and return these to the members before the program submission deadline in early October. We hope that ALL-SIS members found this service useful and constructive.

    Simultaneously, a subcommittee met to discuss the independently sponsored SIS program. Based on the results of the ALL-SIS interest survey conducted last summer, we identified some key areas of interest for ALL-SIS members. Considering the theme of this year’s conference was “The Power of Connection,” and given that many ALL-SIS members indicated an interest in collaboration, we decided to curate a program based on collaboration in academic law libraries. Members of the subcommittee suggested potential speakers and we decided that Brian Mathews, Associate Dean of the Virginia Tech University Libraries and author of the blog The Ubiquitous Librarian, would be a good fit. Please take a minute to read Michele’s article on Dean Mathews in the ALL-SIS Newsletter, and we look forward to welcoming all ALL-SIS members to this program on Sunday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m.

    The Programs Committee requires a great deal of work in an already busy time period for academic librarians, and I am very much indebted to the hard work and dedication of Jodi, Michele, Kelly, Katie, Merle and Carissa for the meetings, projects and communication they participated in over the past year. Significant thanks are also owed to our Committee board liaison, Cindy Guyer, and the entire ALL-SIS Executive Board, for helping us arrange the sponsored program; further thanks to our AMPC liaison, Elizabeth Outler, for her help and guidance during the program proposal process.

    We look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia this summer!

    Research & Scholarship

    The 2014-2015 ALL-SIS Research and Scholarship Committee consists of the following members: Amy Taylor, Heather Simmons, Dennis Kim-Prieto, Hadas Livnat, Ashley Krenelka Chase, Mary Ann Neary, Brian Anderson, Donna Spears, Bonnie Shucha, Shawn Friend, Xin (Sherry) Chin, and Carla Wale, ex officio. The committee met in San Antonio and also held a conference call in the beginning of the academic year.

    In the past year, we focused on two main projects:

    • Finalize the application process and award the first ALL-SIS Research Grant(s)
      The committee modeled the application process after the AALL Research Grant with the following provision: The maximum amount of grant money available is $2,000. This $2,000 amount will be dispersed among the recipient(s) at the discretion of the review committee. Each grant awarded will be for a minimum of $250. Applications are considered under a blind review process, and our recommendations are submitted to the ALL-SIS Executive Board. The Executive Board will either approve the subcommittee recommendations, decline to make awards, or return the applications to the subcommittee for the further consideration. Applications were due on February 6, 2015. We awarded one grant to Jason Zarin for A Comparision of Case Law Results Between Bloomberg Law’s Automated Annotated Statutes and Traditional Human-Curated Annotated Codes.
    • Continue with the mentor/mentee program
      The mentor/mentee project continued to match mentors and mentees. The committee also began implementation of an overhaul of the mentor/mentee process, which will make the process much more streamlined and useful in the coming year.

    Lastly, the committee began using the My Communities feature of AALLnet to store documents and keep an institutional record of our committee.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Amy Taylor, Chair

    Statistics

    The 2014 -2015 Statistics Committee consisted of Alexandra Lee Delgado, Chair, Cracchiolo Law Library, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; Susan Azyndar, Moritz Law Library, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Lisa Goodman, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University Law Center; Lisa Junghahn, UC Irvine Law Library; Chuck Marcus, UC Hastings Law Library; Beth Mobley, Gould Law Library, Touro Law Center. Our Board Liaison was Lauren M. Collins. Lisa Goodman and Beth Mobley are the only members whose terms continue into the next year.

    The Statistics group did not have an active year. The group received an inquiry from the ALL-SIS Task Force on Legal Skills and Knowledge for Practice needs some help with qualitative data from its surveys. A committee member responded to this request; however, ultimately the committee was not involved in the analysis.

    Members of the committee reviewed the Statistics Committee charge:

    • Solicit ALL-SIS member input on problems found with ABA, ARL, and questionnaires.
    • Work on proposing understandable definitions for statistics questions on ABA and ARL questionnaires. Work with the liaison to the Committee on Law Libraries of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar to report concerns about questionnaires.
    • Investigate how online reference transactions and any other quantitative information is gathered and reported.
    • 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.

    Although the committee does not deem it necessary to recommend changes to its purpose or term, members believe that the committee’s name may imply to others that the committee provides empirical support. We suggest information about the committee’s charge be supplemented with more information about past accomplishments and activities as examples.

    We suggest the next constituency of this committee consider proposing the following changes in the charge for submission and review by the ALL-SIS Executive Board:

    • Work on proposing understandable definitions for statistics questions on ABA and ARL questionnaires as demonstrated by our FAQs and supplemental instructions for the annual questionnaires.
    • Investigate through statistical surveys how online reference transactions and any other quantitative information is gathered and reported.

    With only two members continuing and new members anticipated, members of the committee discussed two possible action items for the upcoming year:

    • One action item would be to help in AALL webinars. One suggestion is a training that will help librarians feel more confident advising faculty and lawyers in finding data.
    • The second action item involves reference statistics. This item emerged from activities of members in their own institutions. There seems to be a great difference among libraries and librarians on categorizing transactions, particularly complex ones. The suggestion for the next committee is to perhaps investigate how online reference transactions and any other quantitative information is gathered and reported.

    Respectfully submitted,
    The Statistics Committee

    Strategic Planning 2017-2019

    The Strategic Planning has begun a review of the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, comparing it to the current AALL Strategic Directions to look for any discrepancies or omissions, as well as any items in need of revision or deletion. We also sent a query to the ALL-SIS Executive Board to find out what the board would like to see in the next version of the Strategic Plan. In the upcoming year we will work to solicit the input of the ALL-SIS membership through various means, including online surveys, blog posts, and possible attendance at regional chapter meetings.

    Amanda Runyon, Chair

    Student Services

    This year the Student Services Committee updated the Student Services Toolkit, including information on:

    We also hosted a “Question a Day” on the AALL My Communities e-mail for a week in February, asking Student Services librarians to offer guidance and insight on certain aspects of Student Services in their libraries. The questions and responses are posted on our website as ALL-SIS Student Services “Question a Day” (February 9-13, 2015).

    Margaret Krause
    ALL-SIS Student Services Committee, Chair

  • 2013-2014

    2013–2014 ALL-SIS Committee Annual Reports

    ALL-NEW

    Shawn Friend
    Florida Coastal School of Law

    The 2013-2014 ALL-NEW Committee is chaired by Shawn Friend. Members include: Beth Adelman, Christine Ciambella, Whitney Curtis, Patricia Dickerson, Sara Gras, Loren Turner, and Stephanie Ziegler.

    The ALL-NEW committee is striving to build off of the success of last year’s roundtable event in Seattle by planning another informative roundtable and also working to create new programs and resources for new members to the profession. These projects are ongoing and are expected to help build more support for new librarians as they enter into the profession.

    Outside of the roundtable, the committee is working on two main projects. The first project is creating a “cheat sheet” for new librarians that will include quick information about ‘go to’ resources members have found useful for answering questions. The committee hopes to post the cheat sheet online once it is complete. The committee’s second project is developing a tool kit for new librarians. This kit will provide new librarians with contact information of committee members so new librarians can begin building their network, the cheat sheet, and a round-up of tips and information gained from this year’s roundtable.

    The planned roundtable for this year is building upon the success of last year. Topics for this year are still being decided, but the committee hopes to include topics new librarians might be afraid to ask questions about and also topics that will help them build a solid foundation as they begin their career.

    ALL-NEW is also working with Gen X / Gen Y to assist new law librarians with building their support structure and promote the activities of each SIS. ALL-NEW is also hoping to work with any new librarians who are interested in having a conference buddy during their first conference. ALL-NEW is excited about the projects we have started and is looking forward to the future.

    And remember, if you see a new librarian wandering around, especially in San Antonio, welcome them to the profession and give them a heads up on the best social events to attend!

    Awards

    Irene Crisci
    Gould Law Library
    Touro Law Center

    The ALL-SIS Awards Committee recognizes deserving librarians with Awards and Grants, and was very active this year.

    The 2013–2014 ALL-SIS Awards committee consisted of Irene Crisci, Touro Law Center; Kathleen Darvil, Brooklyn Law School; Joyce Janto, University of Richmond, School of Law; Cathy Wagar, Loyola University New Orleans; Michael Whiteman, N.K.U. Chase College of Law; Annmarie Zell, N.Y.U. Law School.

    GRANTS: The Executive Board approved a grant in the sum of $750 for a librarian to attend the Leadership Academy in April. In addition, the Executive Board authorized two (2) $1000 stimulus grants this year to assist with costs associated with attending the Annual Meeting, and two (2) $500 CONELL grants. This year’s grant recipients were:

    • Active Member Stimulus Grant: Ronald E. Wheeler, University of San Francisco, School of Law;
    • Regular Member Stimulus Grant: Laura Ross, Touro Law Center;
    • CONELL Grant: Tara Mospan, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Arizona State Uni-versity;
    • CONELL Grant: Matthew E. Flyntz, student, University of Washington;
    • AALL Leadership Academy: Patrick Butler, University of Connecticut, School of Law.

    AWARDS: The ALL-SIS Awards Committee was pleased to receive a number of awards nominations. After much deliberation, the committee selected the following award recipients:

    • 2013 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship: Janet Sinder, Brooklyn Law School;
    • 2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award: Barbara Traub, St. John’s University, School of Law;
    • 2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award: Cindy Guyer, University of Southern California, Gould School of Law.

    RECOGNITION OF WINNERS: These grant and award winners will be recognized at the ALL-SIS Reception and Awards Ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library, St. Mary’s University School of Law, during the 2014 AALL meeting.

    Bylaws

    Lynn Wishart
    Yeshiva Univ.
    Cardozo Law Library

    In July 2013 the SIS membership voted to adopt revised ALL-SIS Bylaws that conformed to the AALL Model Bylaws and current SIS practices and also defined some new practices.

    The 2013-14 Bylaws Committee suggested that one new article be considered for addition to the bylaws. The proposed bylaw, “Antidiscrimination,” conforms to the AALL Bylaw adopted in February 2014. If approved by the Executive Board and adopted by ALL-SIS, its inclusion as Article III would necessitate the renumbering of existing Articles III through IX to become Articles IV through X.

    Members of the 2013-14 Bylaws Committee were Emily Lawson, Ronald Wheeler, Sue Kelleher, and Lynn Wishart, chair.

    CALI

    Sara Sampson
    Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    This year was the first year for the reconfigured CALI committee. The committee’s charge was to work with CALI to develop new instructional tools. To that end, the committee met at the 2013 Annual meeting and brainstormed ideas for the coming year. We decided to focus on developing ways to promote CALI, coming up with new ideas for using CALI resources, supporting our members’ attendance at the CALI conference, and brainstorming new tools and lessons. During the meeting, we identified technology basics, document preparation, and courtroom technology as potential new CALI lessons. The committee proposed, and the ALL-SIS board approved, a CALI travel grant to be adminis-tered by the awards committee.

    The committee also issued a Call for Ideas to Promote CALI tools and resources. These materials can still be submitted to the committee.

    Members included Ashley Ahlbrand, Lorell Anderson, Kevin Baggett, Iain Barksdale, Shannon Kemen, Susanna Leers, Alex Berrio Matamoros, and Michael Roffer.

    Respectfully submitted.

    Sara Sampson, Chair

    Collection Development

    Theodora Belniak
    S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law School

    The Collection Development Committee held a conference call in the beginning of the academic year to determine its direction and goals for the next few years. Through our conversations, we decided to tackle the following projects over the course of 2013-2015:

    • Four moderated e-forum discussions via the MyCommunities platform in 2013-2014.
    • A collection development toolkit.
    • Updating the ALL-SIS Collection Develop-ment Committee’s collection development policy page.
    • Updating the resources and links listed on the ALL-SIS Collection Development page.
    • Planning the roundtable for this year’s annual conference.
    E-Forum Discussions, 2013-14

    The wonderful discussions generated at the annual meetings’ Collection Development roundtable and the ALCTS e-forums served as inspiration for the Committee’s e-forums. The Committee moderated four discussions via MyCommunities in 2013-2014. The topics and dates we decided on were:

    • E-books and consortial agreements, October 21-23, 2013, moderated by Susan Gualtier, Maureen Garmon, and Kevin Carey.
    • Patron-driven acquisitions, December 9-11, 2013, moderated by Rebecca Mattson and Diana Jaque.
    • Changing ABA standards, February 10-12, 2014, moderated by Jane Woldow, Patricia Fox, and Theo Belniak.
    • Collection development in different institu-tions, April 14-16, 2014, moderated by Helen Wohl, Michelle Cosby, and Theo Belniak.

    Although the Committee established a special community in MyCommunities, “ALL-SIS Collection Development E-Forums,” for the discussions and 120 members signed up for the community, the conversations were less lively than the Committee expected. The Committee plans to deploy a short survey to the special community’s members to define barriers to participation and potential topics for future forums.

    Collection Development Toolkit, 2013-15

    Much like the useful toolkits established by many other ALL-SIS committees, the Committee has decided to create a toolkit for those interested in collection development. This year, we established a rough outline for the toolkit, and are currently gathering articles focused on topics related to collection development.

    If you have a topic you’d like to see included or would like to draft a portion of the toolkit, please contact the Committee’s chair, Theo Belniak, tbelniak@buffalo.edu. Your expertise and opinions are welcome.

    Updating the Committee’s Webpages on AALL-net.org, 2013-15
    Collection Development Policies on File with the Committee, 2013-15

    This year, Committee members have attempted to contact all of the ABA-accredited law schools to update the collection of policies gathered on the Committee’s webpage, http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/storage/committees/colldev/cdpolicies-protected. The Committee chair is working with ALL-SIS’s excellent webmaster, Creighton Miller, to update the page with the new policies over the next few months.

    For those who have replied to our call for your collection development policy, thank you! This compilation is a useful community resource, and couldn’t exist without you.

    If your institution has updated its collection development policy recently, please feel free to forward the link to your policy or a PDF of your policy to the Committee’s chair, Theo Belniak, tbelniak@buffalo.edu.

    Resources and Links, 2013-2015

    The Committee plans to revise its AALLnet.org pages in order to update available re-sources, links, and contact information in 2014-2015. Preliminary work in 2013-14 included a cursory review of the pages made available by the Committee. Discussion of next steps will occur after this year’s annual meeting.

    2014 Annual Roundtable Discussion

    As in past years, the Committee will be hosting a roundtable. This year’s roundtable slot is:

    • Monday, July 14, 2014 at 5:30pm, location TBA.

    The Committee had a conference call scheduled for May 29th to discuss the roundtable and other projects, so stay tuned for an announcement about the topics and format of the roundtable before the annual meeting.

    The conversation is always interesting and inspiring, and it is a good peek into how others are thinking about and working with collections. We hope to see you there!

    Committee Members: Theodora Belniak (chair), Kevin Carey, Michelle Cosby, Patricia Fox, Maureen Garmon, Susan Gualtier, Diana Jaque, Rebecca Mattson, Helen Wohl, and Jane Woldow.

    Faculty Services 

    Christina Tsou
    Univ. of California at Irvine, and
    Seth Quidachay-Swan
    University of Michigan

    The 2013-2014 ALL-SIS Faculty Services Committee consists of the following members: Lance Burke, Maureen Cahill, Walt Cook, Katy Stein, Morgan Stoddard, Timothy Von Dulm, I-Wei Wang, and Candle Wester. Seth Quidachay-Swan and Christina Tsou are Co-Chairs of the committee. In the past year, the committee focused on three main projects: (1) improving the Faculty Services Committee website with recommended changes and updated information; (2) compiling and summarizing the responses to the 2013 Faculty Services Survey; and (3) preparing for the 2014 Annual Meeting’s Faculty Services Roundtable.

    The website project entailed reviewing the cur-rent ALL-SIS Faculty Services website to deter-mine which changes were appropriate. Not only was the formatting changed but outdated and ir-relevant information, such as old meeting minutes, was removed. All links to faculty services web-pages from various law schools were also up-dated. The new committee website is available at: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/committees/pages/faculty-svcs.html.

    The survey project involved reviewing the 75 responses from the 2013 Faculty Services Survey, categorizing the responses, and tabulating or otherwise presenting the data graphically. A summary report was produced and posted onto the new committee website. This survey was particularly useful and timely because it updated a previous 2005 survey and provided information about developing trends and the changing dynamics of faculty services in academic law libraries.

    Lastly, the committee planned for the upcoming Faculty Services Roundtable at the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. This year, there will be three roundtable discussions: (1) the role of non-traditional faculty services and how to expand their use in libraries; (2) the divide between different generations of faculty members and how to best meet each group’s needs with new technologies; and (3) a look at innovative new approaches to providing faculty ser-vices. The Roundtable will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in HBGCC-Room 007D. We look forward to a lively discussion of these topics and the opportunity to learn from our colleagues.

    Legal Research & Sourcebook

    Deborah Schander
    Georgia State University College of Law Library

    The Legal Research & Sourcebook Committee began its year with another successful roundtable at the AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle. This lunchtime session featured 10 tables, each discuss-ing various aspects of legal research instruction and training, including demonstrating multiple platforms during classroom time, creating complex research exercises, flipping the classroom, and teaching non-JD students. The roundtable also featured a chance to discuss the results of the ALL-SIS Task Force on Identifying Skills and Knowledge for Legal Practice’s report. The notes from this session are available on the committee’s webpage.

    The committee will be hosting this year’s roundtable at the San Antonio Annual Meeting as well. Come join us on Monday, July 14 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in the Marriott Rivercenter-Salon K. More information about the roundtable will be distributed to ALL-SIS members closer to the Annual Meeting.

    Thanks to the time and efforts of Creighton Miller, the ALL-SIS webmaster, the Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research was successfully migrated to the new AALLNET website platform this year. One significant change as a result of this migration is that the Sourcebook can now be accessed with an AALLNET login rather than a separate username and password, as required in the past.

    The committee also took a serious look at the current content in the Sourcebook, discussing ways to keep submissions as up-to-date and useful as possible. Due to ongoing development and changes to legal research platforms and materials, the Sourcebook must also continue to provide current materials to ALL-SIS members too. All current Sourcebook authors are invited to consider updating their existing materials; and new submissions are always welcome as well! Materials may be submitted at any time to the current committee chair.

    Committee Members: Deborah Schander (chair), Jane Bahnson, Jan Bissett, Catherine Deane, Michelle Hook Dewey, George Jackson, Karen Skinner, Marsha Stacey, Roberta Woods.

    Library Marketing & Outreach

    Shira Megerman
    Univ. of Florida College of Law

    Original Charge
    • Create a report and compile appropriate materials to assist academic law libraries in marketing their services to their patrons. If possible, compile a marketing toolkit with resources libraries can customize to their own needs. The Task Force will make all of their materials available online for ALL-SIS members.
    • By December 1, 2012 deliver to the Executive Board a finalized report that will be made available to ALL-SIS members.
    • Authors on the White Paper, toolkit, and members of the Task Force included Amanda Runyon, Chair (University of Michigan), Carol A. Watson (University of Georgia), Cindy Dabney (Indiana University–Bloomington), Liz McCurry Johnson (Wake Forest University), Emily Lawson (University of Houston), Shira Megerman (University of Florida), Jamie Sommer (Northwestern University), T.J. Striepe (University of Georgia), Michele Thomas (University of Arkansas—Little Rock).
    White Paper

    The Task Force completed and submitted a White Paper to Law Library Journal, and it was published in the Fall 2013 issue.

    • Marketing and Outreach in Law Libraries: A White Paper, 105 Law Libr. J. 525 (Fall 2013)
    Toolkit
    • The online toolkit is found at: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/storage/Marketing-Outreach-Toolkit-2013
    • Designed to accompany the White Paper, the toolkit expands on theories discussed in the White Paper and provides concrete examples for members.
    • The information in the toolkit was collected in several different ways. General research was conducted on marketing and outreach for libraries, and a bibliography was compiled. Requests were made to different communities on AALLNET, and the Task Force was therefore able to collect actual items used by different libraries, such as job descriptions, annual reports, brochures, etc. The Task Force also hosted a roundtable discussion at the 2012 and 2013 annual conferences, and the committee plans on hosting one again this year. The discussion notes from those meetings can be added to the toolkit for members to discover what marketing and outreach techniques worked, and which failed at different libraries. Moving forward, it is projected the committee will do most of its work through the expansion of the toolkit.

    Upon recommendation of the Task Force upon its close in July 2013, the ALL-SIS Executive Board, transitioned the task force into a committee, and members were appointed. As this was the first year of the committee, the charge was to continue the work of the task force, and a new charge to be determined as the committee develops.

    Committee Members: Shira Megerman, Chair (University of Florida), Rob Beharriell (Nova Southeastern University), Cindy Dabney (Indiana University—Bloomington), Liz McCurry Johnson (Wake Forest University), Karin Johnsrud (Supreme Court Library), Thomas “TJ” Striepe (University of Georgia).

    Membership

    Lisa M. Parisi

    Hello everyone,

    Here is a rundown of the committee’s responsibilities completed this year. The basic charge of the ALL-SIS Membership Committee is listed at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/committees/charges#membership The Committee work includes sending the Welcome Kit (email) to each new member, and writing profile articles for the newsletter. We began our outreach to members when we received the ALL-SIS roster from Meg Butler, Secretary-Treasurer. Several of our committee members volunteered to send out the ALL-SIS welcome kits to new members and the other members divided up new-member articles, spotlighting members for the newsletters.

    The committee also brainstormed and submitted suggestions to the AALL Recruitment to Law Librarianship special interest section to help in their efforts to revamp and update the SIS website this year.

    Respectively Submitted,

    Lisa Parisi, Sarah Gotschall, Adeen Postar, Deborah Heller, Matthew Steinke, Minerva Mims

    Newsletter

    Barbara Gellis Traub
    St. John’s University

    The 2013 – 2014 Newsletter Committee consisted of Barbara Gellis Traub, Chair, Rittenberg Law Library, St. John‘s University School of Law; Marlene Harmon, University of California Berkeley Law Library; Jocelyn Kennedy, University of Connecticut Thomas J. Meskill Law Library; Ruth Levor, University of San Diego Legal Research Center; Taryn Rucinski, Pace University School of Law Library; Margaret Schilt, University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library; Nina Scholtz, Cornell University Law Library; and Thomas Sneed, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library. Our Board Liaison was Leah Sandwell-Weiss. Our three regular issues this year were published on October 10, 2013, February 4, 2014, and approximately June 20, 2014; the election issue was published on March 10, 2014.

    Highlights of this year’s issues:

    • At the suggestion of new committee member Ruth Levor, we inaugurated a new column, “Great Ideas from the Halls of Academe”, in which Ruth solicits and shares successeful (and not-so-successful) library innovations. Ideas shared included the University of San Diego’s Info Station, innovations in teaching legal research by the librarians at the University of San Francisco Zief Law Library, and the Excellence in Research program at Texas Tech.
    • Committee members and 15 other ALL-SIS members wrote articles covering more than 25 programs and other activities at the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle (Fall issue). In addition the winners of the CONELL grants shared their experiences.
    • In addition to our regular columns, the Winter issue published 7 articles submitted by non-Committee members. These articles covered:
      • “Spreading Holiday Cheer as Exams Draw Near” (Kristen R. Moore, Stetson University College of Law);
      • “Augmenting Reality in the Law Library” (April Hathcock, University of South Carolina School of Law);
      • “PORTT: The Legal Research Certification Program at Penn State Law” (Laura J. Ax-Fultz, Penn State Dickinson School of Law);
      • “Promoting the Law Library as a Gathering Place” (Mary Ann Neary and Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Boston College Law School);
      • “Meeting with Local Colleagues to Dis-cuss Ideas for Teaching Legal Research” (Michelle Cosby, North Carolina Central University School of Law);
      • “Combining Forces” (Nicole Belbin, Western New England University School of Law); and
      • Flipped Classrooms (Susan M. Boland, University of Cincinnati Law Library).
    • Articles in the Spring/Summer issue include an “Chat Services in Academic Law Libraries” (Ingrid Mattson, Moritz Law Library, Ohio State University); “Leadership Academy 2014” (Patrick Butler, University of Connecticut School of Law); and “ALL-SIS Sourcebook for Teaching Legal Research (Karen Skinner, Univ. of Southern California Gould School of Law on behalf of the Sourcebook Committee). The Spring/Summer issue also includes ALL-SIS Committee Annual Reports, regular co-umns, and a preview of the Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

    Committee members (and former committee members) again contributed welcome advice (including much critical proof-reading) and articles:

    • Yasmin Sokkar Harker continued “Law Librarian in the Dark” (a favorite of mine) in the Fall and Spring/Summer issues with reviews of “A Flash of Genius” and “The House I Live In.”
    • Thomas continued the “Collaborative Law Librarian” column which appeared in Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer issues. The first PLL-SIS contribution appeared in the Winter issue: Sarah Mauldin of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta wrote “Why Johnnie Can’t Word Process.”
    • Taryn reviewed “Igniting Faculty Services in Your Library” program from the 2013 Annual Meeting, and contributed an article about Administrative Agency Bluebook Citations to the Winter Issue.
    • Margaret reviewed the AALL Leadership Training at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
    • Ruth’s column appeared in all three issues, sharing many innovative ideas.
    • Marlene and Nina revitalized our Member News column by soliciting lots of announce-ments for all three issues.

    Again this year, we had a good number of articles submitted by librarians who were not on the Newsletter Committee. I hope this trend continues in the future. Reviews of 2013 Annual Meeting programs were written by Deborah Schander, Susanna Leers, Kim Castellano, Benjamin Keele, I-Wei Wang, Jennifer Allison, Brendan Starkey, Jennifer Noga, Jackie Magagnosc, Anna Endter, Edward Hart, Marsha Stacey, Alicia Jones, and Shaun Jamison. Articles published in the Winter and Spring/Summer issues are highlighted above.

    A major housekeeping matter was the collection of all print copies of the Newletter in order for them to be posted to Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline. We were able to obtain all issues since the inception of the newsletter, with the exception of Volume 1, and Volume 2, Issue 1. According to Richard Spinelli from HeinOnline the collection will be released June 30, 2013.

    Thank you to all the authors, whether members of the committee or not. Your work and scholarship is greatly appreciated by colleagues, I am sure. Thanks also to Lauren, Leah, and the ALL-SIS Board for support and guidance during the 2013-2014 year. Finally, I want to especially thank Leah Sandwell-Weiss for her friendship and guidance over the last four years. I could not have done this without you! I now give up responsibility for the ALL-SIS Newsletter to our new Editor, I-Wei Wang. Best of Luck!

    Respectfully submitted,
    Barbara Gellis Traub
    Chair & Editor, ALL-SIS Newsletter
    June 2014

    Nominations

    Edward T. Hart
    U.N.T. Dallas College of Law

    The 2013-2014 ALL-SIS Nominations Committee was comprised of three members: Edward Hart (Chair), Jane Larrington, and Donna Nixon.

    The Committee started its work in December, issuing a call for nominees and volunteers for the positions of Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect and Secretary-Treasurer.

    After the call for nominations was sent to the ALL-SIS membership the next step was to choose the candidates for this year’s election. Criteria normally considered when selecting candidates include geographic diversity, previous work for ALL-SIS and AALL, length of ALL-SIS membership, and anything demonstrating the ability to responsibly serve as an officer.

    The Committee received numerous nominations for each position. The collection of nominees was as geographically diverse as possible with no adjustments from the Committee. All nominees were highly qualified. At the same time all of the nominees had demonstrated a commitment to serving AALL and ALL-SIS. As a result, weeding nominees was fairly difficult.

    The Committee chose two names for each office to forward to the Secretary/Treasurer for the election. Nonetheless, the nominations process went very well and we were fortunate to have a uniformly well-qualified list of nominees. The final slate was as follows:

    • For Vice-Chair/Chair Elect the candidates were:
      • Michelle Cosby—North Carolina Central University
      • Jocelyn Kennedy—University of Connecticut
    • For Secretary-Treasurer the candidates were:
      • Kelly Leong—Duke University
      • Susan David deMaine—Indiana University-Indianapolis

    As Chair I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Committee for their hard work and, above all else, responsiveness. Their willingness and enthusiasm for serving made my job both easy and pleasurable.

    Public Relations

    Valerie Aggerbeck
    Univ. of St. Thomas School of Law

    The ALL-SIS Public Relations committee met at the AALL annual meeting in Seattle, where we discussed our work for the coming year and divided tasks.

    One role of the committee is to solicit news from ALL-SIS officers and committees throughout the year and submit it to AALL Spectrum. One of our committee members emailed ALL-SIS officers throughout the year requesting information about awards, meetings, and other news; unfortunately, we received few responses to our inquiries.

    Second, the committee reviewed the ALL-SIS brochure to make sure it was up-to-date.

    Finally, the committee was in charge of selecting and ordering the items (and the sayings on the items) to be given away at AALL in San Antonio. We chose great ones this year so make sure to stop by the ALL-SIS table at the CONELL Marketplace and at the Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall.

    Additional information on the ALL-SIS Public Relations committee, including brochures, can be found on its website at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/committees/pages/public-relations.html.

    I would like to thank each of the committee members for their excellent work. The 2013–2014 ALL-SIS Public Relations committee included Esther Cho, Georgetown University; Adrienne DeWitt, North Carolina Central University; Julia Jaet, Marquette University; and Eric Young, Nova Southeastern University.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Valerie Aggerbeck
    Chair, ALL-SIS Public Relations Committee

    Research & Scholarship

    D.R. Jones
    Univ. of Memphis

    During this year the Research and Scholarship Committee successfully implemented the Scholarly Writing Mentor Program, which is a scholarly writing network and support program for law librarians. At least 40 mentees were paired with mentors during the year for advice and consultation on their writing projects. The program is the work of the Scholarly Writing Mentor Program Sub-Committee (Carla Wale, Chair). Law librarians interested in participating as a mentee or mentor are encouraged to email LawLibariansMentor@gmail.com.

    Committee members organized and presented an informative AALL webinar entitled What’s in Your Toolbox?: Tools to Organize Your Research, Scholarship, or Professional Writing. The webinar was presented on May 22, 2014. The coordinator for the program was committee member Ellen Richardson. Committee Chair D.R. Jones was the moderator and committee members Carla Wale, Ben Keele and Jordan Jefferson were speakers. Also speaking in the webinar were Sherry Leyson and Tim Gallina. The webinar focused on tools to help librarians organize, write, edit and share their scholarship and professional writing.

    The Grant Program Sub-Committee (Ben Keele, Chair) is developing a research and scholarship grant program.

    The Research and Scholarship Committee maintains a wiki to provide information and resources for law librarians interested in scholarship. The wiki is available at http://lawlibrarianswrite.pbworks.com/.

    Student Services

    Frances M. Brillantine
    Catholic Univ. of America

    ALL-SIS Student Services Web Page

    Joe Mitzenmacher and Erin Schlicht re-vamped the Student Services web page by organizing and adding content, including materials from past programs and roundtable discussions.

    Student Services Toolkit

    Amy Ash, Stacy Etheredge, Rob Beharriell, Frances Brillantine, Margaret Krause and Jacob Sayward continued the work begun on this project by the 2012-2013 committee, compiling job de-scriptions, a student services bibliography, infor-mation on marketing, and information on services offered to students. The Toolkit was posted to the Student Services website in February.

    Student Services Websites & User Guides

    Jackie Woodside and Maureen Moran updated this resource by adding links to all defined student service pages for all ABA-accredited law libraries. They also edited and updated the user guide section of the page to include only user guides that are not directly linked from student services websites.

    Roundtable Discussion at AALL in San Antonio

    The Student Services Roundtable at AALL will take place on Monday, July 14, at 5:30pm. Margaret Krause, Joe Mitzenmacher, Jacob Sayward and Rob Beharriell will moderate discussions on a variety of topics. Notes from the roundtable will be posted on the Students Services website after the meeting.

    2013-2014 Committee Members

    Frances Brillantine, Chair (Catholic University of America);
    Amy Ash (Thomas M. Cooley);
    Rob Beharriell (NOVA Southeastern University);
    Stacy Etheredge (West Virginia University);
    Margaret Krause (Georgetown University);
    Joe Mitzenmacher (Loyola University – Chicago);
    Maureen Moran (University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law);
    Jacob Sayward (Fordham University);
    Erin Schlicht (University of Minnesota); and
    Jackie Woodside (University of California, Irvine).

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

    Kristina L. Niedringhaus
    Georgia State Univ.

    The Task Force was charged with collecting data from various law schools about how they are responding to current trends affecting libraries such as shrinking student bodies, shrinking budgets, choice of format, and space concerns. The Task Force has identified several existing sources of information such as the ABA Take Offs, a survey conducted by TS-SIS in 2011-2012, and ARL survey data. In addition, the Task Force has directed a survey for academic law library directors and is currently seeking IRB approval to administer the survey.

    Members of the Task Force will host a roundtable at the San Antonio Annual Meeting to discuss findings thus far and seek input from attendees. The roundtable will be on Sunday, July 13, 2013, 5:30-6:30pm.

    I would like to thank each of the Task Force members for their work on this project. The 2013-2015 Task Force consisted of Kristina L. Niedringhaus, Georgia State University, Co-chair; Rhea Ballard-Thrower, Howard University, Co-chair; Barbara Bintliff, University of Texas; Ken Hirsh, University of Cincinnati; Eric Parker, Northwestern University; Phebe Poydras, Indiana Tech; David Zopfi-Jordan, University of Minnesota.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Kristina L. Niedringhaus
    Co-chair, ALL-SIS Task Force on Identifying Best Practices for the 21st Century Academic Law Library

    Task Force on Identifying Skills & Knowledge for Legal Practice

    Susan Nevelow Mart Univ. Colorado

    The Task Force on Identifying Skills & Knowledge for Legal Practice is putting the finishing touches on its second report, comparing practitioner and librarian responses to the surveys we prepared on legal research practices and on the opinions of new associates’ research skills. The report will focus on the statistically significant differences in the responses made by practitioners and by librarians. An appendix will summarize the librarian responses, and both the practioner report and the full survey instruments from 2013 are available if you click on the task force name.

    The Task Force will continue its work on the qualitative analysis of our survey responses and will report those findings in 2015. The Task Force is also working on a survey on legal research offerings, both first year and advanced, and will have its report ready for 2015.

  • 2012-2013

    2012–2013 ALL-SIS Committee Annual Reports

    Awards

    Jane Larrington
    Univ. of San Diego
    Legal Research Center

    The ALL-SIS Awards Committee was very active again this year. The ALL-SIS offered a new grant in the amount of $1000 for a member to attend the 2013 AALL Management Institute. The Executive Board authorized two $1000 stimulus grants again this year to assist with costs associated with attending the Annual Meeting. We also offered two $500 CONELL grants. This year’s grant recipients were:

    • AALL Management Institute – Maribel Hilo Nash
    • Active Member Stimulus Grant – Frances M. Brillantine
    • Regular Member Stimulus Grant – Emily Roberts
    • CONELL Grant – Stacy Posillico
    • CONELL Grant – Isaac Samuels

    The ALL-SIS Awards Committee was pleased to receive a number of awards nominations. After much deliberation, the committee selected the following award recipients:

    • 2013 Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship — Judith M. Wright
    • 2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Service Award — Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
    • 2013 ALL-SIS Outstanding Article Award — Lee F. Peoples

    These grant and award winners will be recognized at the ALL-SIS Reception and Awards Ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington Law School, during the 2013 AALL meeting.

    I would like to thank each of the committee members for their excellent work. The 2012–2013 ALL-SIS Awards committee consisted of Jane Larrington, University of San Diego, Chair; Irene Crisci, Touro College; Lisa Goodman, Texas Wesleyan University; Matthew M. Morrison, Cornell University; Cathy Wagar, Loyola University (New Orleans); Annmarie Zell, New York University.

    Additional information on ALL-SIS awards and grants can be found at the ALL-SIS Awards Committee website at http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/committees/awards/index.asp

    Respectfully submitted,

    Jane Larrington
    Chair, ALL-SIS Awards Committee

    CALI

    Kris Niedringhaus
    Georgia State Univ.
    College of Law Library

    The CALI Committee has been busy this year working in conjunction with Sarah Glassmeyer, Director of Content Development at CALI, to review lessons and recruit new authors. Since AALL 2012 ten new legal research CALI lessons have been reviewed by the Committee and 7 new lessons have been updated and republished under CALI’s Reviser Project. The CALI Reviser Project was started several years ago to provide updating for lessons that the original authors no longer wished to update. The Reviser Project is an excellent way to try out being a CALI author without committing to writing an entire lesson. More information about the CALI Reviser Project is available at http://www.cali.org/Revisers. You can sign up for an RSS feed to be updated when new CALI lessons are published or revised. Sign up and see a list of lessons at http://www.cali.org/lessons_new or http://www.cali.org/lessons_updates. CALI will once again be hosting a booth in the exhibit area at AALL in Seattle and CALI staff and authors will be available throughout the conference to speak with you about being an author, reviser, or using the lessons in your teaching. Stop by the booth to learn more about CALI lessons and other CALI projects such as Classcaster, eLangdell or InstaPoll.

    Collection Development

    Lisa Junghahn
    Harvard Law School Library

    The ALL-SIS Collection Development Committee met at the annual meeting in Boston, where we discussed our work as selectors and acquisition librarians. One thing that flowed from our conversation is that one role of the Committee is to act as a support group for our collections work. To that end, this year, we communicated among ourselves as a friendly way to discuss collection policies, practices, trends and disasters – mostly on meta-plans for collecting within libraries.

    In March, an active committee member sent an email requesting our collective wisdom on the question of stewardship in the collection as it relates to ABA standards, budgets and space constraints. Different committee members responded. From this discussion, the Committee developed the below coffee talk to be held at this year’s annual AALL meeting:

    “Where Do We Begin? What the Proposed Revisions to ABA Standard 606 Will Mean for Your Collection – and Your Budget”?

    The coffee talk is open to all and will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 in the convention center. Check here for the exact location: http://www.aallnet.org/conference/education/coffee-talks.html.

    In addition, there will be a Collection Development roundtable hour on Monday, July 15 at 5:30 pm. Check here for information on location: http://aall2013.crowdcompass.com/activities/7P0UHk5bso.

    The roundtable is an open forum and the conversation will be directed by those who come. Some potentially interesting areas of focus may be on what, if anything, libraries are doing with ebooks – including effect on budgets, cataloging, platforms, technologies, managing updates, and tracking user statistics. Another possible topic is how libraries are considering the stewardship of materials they no longer own.

    Potential projects for the coming year are: to create a list of cooperative and other collaborative collection programs; and update the committee’s website of materials, including collection development policies (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/committees/colldev/index.asp).

    Faculty Services 

    Jessica Wimer
    Law Library of Univ. of California – Irvine

    The 2012-2013 ALL-SIS Faculty Services Committee members include: Maggie Adams, Walt Cook, Bill Ketchum, Lisa Peters, Katy Stein, Seth Quidachay-Swan, Christina Tsou, Stefanie Weigmann, and Clare Willis, and the committee is chaired by Jessica Wimer.

    The committee focused on three areas: (1) reviewing the Faculty Services Committee website and recommending changes and updates, (2) updating the 2005 Faculty Services Survey and distributing a new survey, and (3) planning the 2013 Annual Meeting’s Faculty Services Roundtable.

    The first task was reviewing the current ALL-SIS Faculty Services website to assess whether any changes should be made when the website moves to a new format. The committee identified a number of suggestions for improvements, but since the status of the ALL-SIS website migration is still being finalized, these suggestions will be passed along to next year’s committee for review.

    Second, the committee decided to update the 2005 Faculty Services Survey and distribute a new survey to the ALL-SIS community. Changes in technology have caused significant changes in library services in the past few years, making a new survey relevant and informative. After reviewing feedback provided in the original survey, the committee decided to shorten the survey in addition to updating the questions. The revised survey was distributed May 15, 2013, and within the first week the committee received 50 responses.

    Finally, the committee planned the Faculty Services Roundtable for the 2013 Annual Meeting. The following five topics will be discussed: (1) marketing library services to faculty, (2) instructing faculty on new ways to access traditional resources (e.g. WestlawNext, Lexis Advance, library catalogs using discovery platforms, etc.), (3) roles librarians can/should play in assisting faculty with substantive course content, (4) emerging issues with distance learning (from working with faculty and LLM students, to training RAs who are off-sight), and (5) promoting faculty scholarship and online repositories. The 2013 Faculty Services Roundtable will be on Sunday, July 14th, at 12:30. We look forward to a good turnout and to discussing these topics.

    Membership

    Colleen Manning
    Florida Coastal School of Law
    Library & Technology Center

    This year, the Membership Committee was re-created as a separate Committee. It was formerly combined with the ALL-NEW Committee. The Chairs for both the Membership and ALL-NEW Committees determined the best way to maintain a healthy relationship between the two Committees was to have each Chair serve as a member of the other Committee. This worked well and we recommend that this collaboration be continued in the future.

    The Membership Committee updated the “Welcome Kit” that is sent to each new member of our Special Interest Section. In the past, new members would be identified from the AALL E-Newsletter. The Committee worked with AALL Headquarters to determine a more thorough and timely method to identify new members to our Special Interest Section. New members can now be identified by an ALL-SIS Executive Board Member by searching the ALL-SIS roster maintained by AALL Headquarters. The Secretary-Treasurer, Meg Butler, ran the list approximately every month enabling the Committee to send the “Welcome Kit” in a timely manner. The instructions for running the roster search will be maintained and communicated to each incoming Chair of the Membership Committee.

    The Membership Committee is charged with spotlighting members in the ALL-SIS Newsletter. Formerly, as the Membership Committee was combined with the ALL-NEW Committee, the spotlight was always about a brand new member to the Special Interest Section. The Committee intends to expand the spotlight to include not only brand new members but also members that have been with the Special Interest Section a while. Two members of our Special Interest Section are spotlighted in this edition of the Newsletter.

    While two of our Committee members are now on sabbatical, the remaining members are working to create suggestions for a “New Members” section of the ALL-SIS Website that will include information from the “Welcome Kit,” the ALL-SIS brochure, and an invitation to contact any of the members of the Membership Committee with questions.

    Finally, while the Public Relations Committee is responsible for the Special Interest Section Table in the exhibit hall during the annual meeting, the members of the Membership Committee decided that attending members of our Committee should commit to help staff the Table as much as possible.

    Respectively Submitted,

    Colleen Manning, Chair; Lisa Parisi, Nona Beisenherz, Sarah Gotschall, Adeen Postar, Carissa Vogel

    Newsletter

    Barbara Gellis Traub
    St. John’s University
    Rittenberg Law Library

    The 2012 – 2013 Newsletter Committee consisted of Barbara Gellis Traub, Chair, Rittenberg Law Library, St. John‘s University School of Law; Yasmin Sokkar Harker, CUNY Law School Library; I-Wei Wang, U.C. Berkeley School of Law Library; Margaret Schilt, University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library; Thomas Sneed, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library; Theodora Belniak, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Charles B. Sears Law Library; Taryn Rucinski, Pace University School of Law Library; and Karen Schneiderman, University of Hawaii School of Law Library. Our Board Liaison was Leah Sandwell-Weiss. The three regular issues this year were published on October 11, 2012, March 6, 2013, and approximately June 27, 2013; the election issue was published on March 11, 2013.

    Highlights of this year’s issues:

    • At the suggestion of committee member Thomas Sneed, we inaugurated a new column, “The Collaborative Law Librarian,” which Thomas has written and will continue to write. The column is to be shared with authors from the PLL-SIS as an exchange of information.
    • Committee members and 7 other ALL-SIS members wrote articles covering more than 13 programs and other activities at the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston (Fall issue).
    • In addition to our regular columns, the Winter issue published 4 articles submitted by non-Committee members. These articles covered “Teaching Legal Research and Writing to International Students” (Ingrid Mattson, Ohio State Moritz Law Library); Researching the Financial Crisis (Gail Whittemore, Pace Law Library); video collections on demand (Terry McCormack, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law Library); and “A Caveat to the Past” (Christine George, S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Law Library).
    • Articles in the Spring/Summer issue include an “Update on Proposed Revisions to ABA Standard 603” (Scott Pagel, George Washington Jacob Burns Law Library); the new ALL-SIS Scholarly Writing Mentor Program (Carla P. Wale, Northern Illinois Shapiro Law Library); a “New Website for State Online Legal Information” (Deborah Norwood, George Washington Jacob Burns Law Library); and Harvard’s Outreach Showcase Showdown held in March (Lisa Junghahn, Harvard Law Library).

    Committee members again contributed welcome advice (including much critical proofreading) and articles:

    • Yasmin continued “Law Librarian in the Dark” (a favorite of mine) in the Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer issues with reviews of the TV series Battlestar Galactica, Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Bansky Film, and Ken Burns: The Central Park Five. The review of Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Bansky Film was written by guest columnist Alex Berrio Matamoros (C.U.N.Y. School of Law Library).
    • I-Wei continued the “Survey Roundup” in the Spring/Summer issue.
    • Thomas inaugurated the “Collaborative Law Librarian” column which appeared in Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer issues.
    • Margaret updated us on the work of the ALL-SIS Task Forces during the 2012-2013 academic year.
    • Theo reviewed 2012 Annual Meeting (AM) programs about E-stats (A-4) and dealing with stress.
    • Taryn reviewed “The New FDLP” program from the Annual Meeting, and contributed an article about the new FOIAOnline.
    • Thomas reviewed an AM program about Law Library Research Assistant Programs.
    • Yasmin reviewed AM program J-1 about Teaching though Questions and Controversy.

    Again this year, we had a good number of articles submitted by librarians who were not on the Newsletter Committee. I hope this trend continues in the future. Reviews of 2012 Annual Meeting programs were written by Ingrid Mattson, David Lehmann, Christine George, Jennifer Allison (2 reviews), Kelly Leong, Jennifer Mart-Rice, Steven Miller, and Kumar Jayasuria. Articles published in the Winter and Spring/Summer issues are highlighted above.

    A major housekeeping matter was the collection of all print copies of the Newletter in order for them to be posted to Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline. We were able to obtain all issues since the inception of the newsletter, with the exception of Volume 1, and Volume 2, Issue 1. According to Richard Spinelli from HeinOnline the collection will be released June 30, 2013.

    Thank you to all the authors, whether members of the committee or not. Your work and scholarship is greatly appreciated by colleagues, I am sure. Finally, thanks go to Leah and the ALL-SIS Board for support and guidance during the 2012-2013 year.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Barbara Gellis Traub
    Chair & Editor

    Nominations

    Ronald Wheeler
    Univ. of San Francisco
    Zeif Law Library

    The 2012-2013 ALL-SIS Nominations Committee was comprised of three members. Ron Wheeler and Joan Stringfellow were Chair and Vice Chair respectively, and Ed Hart was our third Committee member.

    The Committee started its work in late November. Last year, the Committee had seven members, but on the advice of the ALL-SIS Chair, the Committee Chair reduced that number to three. The Chair made sure all three chosen members were willing to participate, and let the others know that they would not be needed this year. The first task confronting the committee was writing the call for nominations. Drawing from the previous year’s call for nominations, the Committee drafted a new one which included more detailed descriptions of the positions available this year (Vice Chair/Chair Elect and Member-at-large).

    After the call for nominations was sent to the ALL-SIS membership the next step was to choose the candidates for this year’s election. Criteria normally considered when selecting candidates include geographic diversity, previous work for ALL-SIS and AALL, length of ALL-SIS membership, and anything demonstrating the ability to responsibly serve as an officer. Additionally, this year, the Chair expressed a desire to provide opportunities for participation to newer members or members who have not had the chance to become more involved. People who have recently served as officers or in other leadership capacities were excluded in the interest of making sure such positions are accessible to others.

    The Committee received numerous nominations for each position. The collection of nominees was as geographically diverse as possible with no adjustments from the Committee. All nominees were highly qualified. At the same time all of the nominees had demonstrated a commitment to serving AALL and ALL-SIS. As a result, weeding nominees was fairly difficult.

    The Committee chose two names for each office to forward to the Secretary/Treasurer for the election. Nonetheless, the nominations process went very well and we were fortunate to have a uniformly well-qualified list of nominees. The final slate was as follows:

    • For Vice-Chair/Chair Elect the candidates were:
      • Elizabeth Outler – University of Florida
      • Christine Hepler – University of Maine
    • For Member-at-Large the candidates were:
      • Cindy Guyer – University of Southern California
      • Susan David deMaine – Indiana University-Indianapolis

    As Chair I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Committee for their hard work and, above all else, responsiveness. Their willingness and enthusiasm for serving made my job both easy and pleasurable.

    Programs

    Shannon S. Burchard
    Univ. of San Francisco
    Zief Law Library

    Programs Committee members Shannon Burchard (Chair), Yasmin Sokkar Harker (Vice-Chair), David Armond, John Cannan, Christine Hepler, Elizabeth Outler, and Kate Irwin-Smiler worked diligently to review and provide feedback for 7 proposed programs and workshops from the ALL-SIS membership submitted for the 2013 AALL Annual Meeting. Of those for which the committee provided feedback, one program and one workshop were tentatively accepted. The accepted workshop is: W2: Classroom Makeover: Renovate Your Class with Technology That Promotes Hands-On Learning

    Additionally, ALL-SIS, by separate review, accepted A7: It’s All About the Money: Rethinking the Way We Teach Cost-Effective Legal Research

    With the changes in programing made by the AMPC, the Programs Committee was asked to be flexible with the new process. Where in the past, the committee offered priority ranking to programs submitted to the AMPC, it was asked to act in an advisory role. The committee promoted on the listserve the submission of programs and offered our services for review and editing. Additionally, we were asked to submit only one ALL-SIS sponsored program to the conference.

    For the up-coming year, the committee should be able to revise the committee handbook in light of the AMPC changes as there is now one year of the new system to use for guidance.

    Research & Scholarship

    D.R. Jones
    Univ. of Memphis

    The Research and Scholarship Committee is a new committee, created in July 2012. The Committee has been very productive this year thanks to the hard work and creativity of the committee members (Andrea Alexander, Michael Chiorazzi, Susan deMaine, Jordan (Gilberton) Jefferson, Benjamin Keele, Anne Klinefelter, Sarah Lamdan, Catherine Lemmer, Ellen Richardson, Taryn Rucinski, Carla Wale).

    The Committee has established the Scholarly Writing Mentor Program, which is a scholarly writing network and support program for law librarians. More details on this program appear in an article in the June 2013 ALL-SIS newsletter. The program is the work of the Scholarly Writing Mentor Program Sub-Committee (Carla Wale, Chair). The Committee will be promoting the Scholarly Writing Mentor Program at the AALL 2013 Annual Meeting. Law librarians interested in participating as a mentee or mentor are encouraged to email LawLibariansMentor@gmail.com.

    The Research and Scholarship Committee now has a wiki to provide information and resources for law librarians interested in scholarship. The wiki is available at http://lawlibrarianswrite.pbworks.com/. The creation and maintenance of the wiki is the work of the Web Presence Sub-Committee (Jordan (Gilberton) Jefferson, Chair).

    The Grant Program Sub-Committee (Ben Keele, Chair) drafted a proposal to establish a research and scholarship grant program. The proposal was sent to the ALL-SIS Board in May 2013 for review and advice on future development of the program.

    Student Services

    Morgan M. Stoddard
    Georgetown Law Library

    The ALL-SIS Student Services Committee had a productive year and its members worked diligently on four projects, described in detail below.

    Meeting the Needs of Students and Their Future Employers

    Maureen Cahill, Patricia Dickerson, and Erin Schlicht coordinated with the ALL-SIS Task Force on Identifying Skills & Knowledge for Legal Practice to develop a great program for the annual meeting, “Meeting the Needs of Students and Their Future Employers: Discussions on Legal Research Instruction and Student Services Inspired by Practitioner Feedback.” This program will begin with a panel discussion of a recent survey of librarians and legal practitioners about research skills and training and access to and use of research resources. The panel will be followed by roundtable discussions of how the survey results inform considerations of the law school curriculum, advanced legal research courses, and other research instruction. The program will take place on Tuesday, July 16, 10:15am-11:45am. We hope to see you there!

    Student Services Websites & User Guides

    Frances Brillantine and Jennifer Prilliman updated the committee’s former “Bank of Sample Student Services Documents” and transformed it into a new collection, “Student Services Websites & User Guides.” This new resource, available on the committee’s website (http://www.aallnet.org/sis/allsis/committees/students/ documents.asp), will enable librarians to readily locate information on the various services offered to students at different law school libraries.

    Student Services Toolkit

    Amy Ash, Rob Beharriell, Heather Casey, Stacy Etheredge, and Morgan Stoddard worked on creating a Student Services Toolkit. The Toolkit will contain a wealth of information, including information on services offered to students, job descriptions of student services positions, marketing to students, and a bibliography. Work on the Toolkit is in progress, and it will eventually be posted to the committee’s website.

    Student Services Online Discussion

    In March 2013, the committee hosted an online discussion on the ALL-SIS listserv about student services. The discussion covered several topics, such as orientation activities, outreach to student organizations, and mobile technology, and participants shared many excellent ideas. The discussion was coordinated by Rob Beharriell, Heather Casey, and Morgan Stoddard, and the questions and responses will be posted to the com mittee’s website.

    Committee Members: Morgan M. Stoddard, Chair (Georgetown University), Frances Brillantine, Vice Chair (Catholic University), Amy D. Ash (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), Rob Beharriell (Nova Southeastern University), Maureen Cahill (University of Georgia), Heather Casey (Georgetown University), Patricia Dickerson (North Carolina Central University), Stacy Etheredge (West Virginia University), Jennifer S. Prilliman (Oklahoma City University), Erin Schlicht (University of Minnesota).

    Task Force on Scholarly Communication

    Michelle Pearse, Harvard Law School Library

    As of the time of this newsletter, the Scholarly Communication Task Force was finalizing the report required by it’s charge with review by members, other contributors, and other entities identified for potential partnering in activities. Major themes emanating of the recommendations are: law-specific education/training; consumer advocacy; facilitating existing projects by member motivation and collaboration; and serving as an information clearing-house and discussion facilitator for collaborative activities and information sharing.

    A web page was created for sharing information from the report, including appendices, tables, etc. http://scholarlycommunication.weebly.com At some point, this page could be adapted and/or migrated to the AALLNet server (and the ALL-SIS website) with certain sections even password-protected and to some other more easily editable and collaborative form such as a wiki. There is also a pre-populated Zotero group library https://www.zotero.org/groups/allsisscholcomm/items which includes references cited in the report as well as additional readings.

    Pending final approval, some general recommendations from the report include:

    • Continue with website/clearinghouse for use by ALL-SIS members. It could be easily editable by all ALL-SIS members and AALL members more generally.
    • Appoint standing committee or continuing task force to move forward with some of the recommendations of this report. This group could include chairs from existing committees and groups (e.g. faculty services, programs, continuing education, collection development, Bluebook, liaison to ABA and AALS).
    • Explore professional development programming recommendations in conjunction with planning programs for next year’s annual meeting.

    The task force looks forward to review of the report by the Board, as well as feedback and action items on the recommendations.

    Task Force on the Use of Mobile Technology

    Jennifer L. Wondracek, University of Florida Legal Information Center

    The ALL-SIS Task Force on the Use of Mobile Technology was charged to “draft a report to help academic law libraries evaluate mobile technologies and determine how to best use them to meet the needs of their patrons.” After a year of hard work, the Task Force completed its study and drafted a white paper entitled Evaluating Mobile Technology: The Formula for Success. The paper and five accompanying Excel spreadsheets were submitted to the ALL-SIS Executive Board on May 14th.

    According to the white paper, the first step in successfully evaluating mobile technology is for a library to have a Master Technology Plan. Such a plan includes conducting a S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analysis and drafting a Technology Vision Plan for the library. The Task Force embraced the idea that it is of little use to evaluate technology without first knowing:

    • Why the devices are needed/wanted,
    • How the devices are to be used,
    • Who the users are going to be, and
    • What the other needs the of the library’s patrons are.

    Once a Master Technology Plan is adopted, librarians may use the knowledge within this white paper and its accompanying spreadsheets to evaluate and compare different mobile technology devices. Librarians can identify the criteria that are most important to them to make the comparisons and assign them specific weights. The devices are then ranked according to how well the device meets the stated trait or criteria. A formula is provided that calculates which device would be best for the library. All of this is done in spreadsheet format and is explained in the paper. Different spreadsheets have been prepared for tablets, e-readers, and smartphones, as well as one for generic technology.

    The paper’s appendices provide suggested technology resources, including online sources for locating information about technology, and the bibliography of articles used in putting the paper together.

    The white paper and spreadsheets (with working formulas) should be available for download soon from the ALL-SIS website.

    This paper would not have been completed without the hard work of the committee, and I would like to thank all of the committee members: Karina Condra, Whitney Curtis, Jez Gaddoura, Jamie M. Keller, Nichelle J. Perry, Carla Wale, and Michael Whiteman.

    [EDITOR’S NOTE: The white paper and accompanying spreadsheets (with working formulas) are now available on the ALL-SIS website at http://www.aallnet.org/sections/all/committees/pages/mobile-technology.html.]

    Webmaster

    Creighton J. Miller, Jr.
    Washburn University
    School of Law Library

    As the ALL-SIS Webmaster for 2012-13, I worked with the Executive Board, Newsletter Editor, and various committees to update and maintain information across the ALL-SIS website. With the support of the Taskforce to Review & Update the ALL-SIS Web Presence, I have also worked to move the section’s web presence onto AALL’s primary web platform, AALLnet. During the summer and fall of 2012, AALL performed an automated migration of SIS websites into its Symplicity content management system (CMS) and provided training webinars for SIS webmasters. Since that time, I have been diligently cleaning up hundreds of pages of ALL-SIS web content, arranging them within the CMS’s unique file structure, and adjusting the graphics and layout to work with AALLnet display templates. This process is ongoing, but should be completed during the summer of 2013. When the migration is complete and the new site is launched, the section’s online content will be linked more closely to the AALL brand and should fit more comfortably within the AALLnet structure. Among other benefits, this will allow AALL members to access most ALL-SIS resources using their general membership login credentials, rather than the separate username and password employed over the past three years.