VOTING FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS OPENS OCTOBER 1
Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members opens on Tuesday, October 1 and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, October 31. Voting instructions will be emailed out to all eligible voters the morning of October 1.
Members of the Executive Board represent you and your interests as law librarians and legal information professionals. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by listening to the Candidates Forum recordings, and reading their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum.
CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
September 24, 2019
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Members will have the opportunity to ask questions during the forum via live chat. Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forum.
PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2020
The Call for Proposals for AALL’s 2020 Annual Meeting is open through October 1! The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) has compiled a list of “must-have” program topics—timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Within AALL’s Body of Knowledge domains, what cutting-edge topics or new skill sets are emerging? You might be inspired by the ideas AALL members have already shared.
Check out the quick guide for getting started, explore additional resources for program proposers, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 1. The AMPC will evaluate all submitted proposals using a comprehensive rubric, focusing on their relevance and description. We can’t wait to see your proposals!
BOOK YOUR HOUSING
Mark your calendars to join us next July 11-14 in New Orleans. Book your accommodations now and rest easy knowing that you can modify your reservation later, penalty-free.
2019 COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS / EARLY-BIRD PRICING ENDS TOMORROW
This workshop is for you. Competitive Intelligence (CI) is quickly becoming one of the must-have skill sets that is in demand at every organization. During this program, learn how to rethink your work for a competitive advantage, create processes, and learn effective analysis.
- Friday, October 18 / 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (CDT)
- Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago
- Members $450 / Nonmembers $675 (Price increases $49 after tomorrow, September 20)
- Early-Bird Deadline: Friday, September 20 (tomorrow)
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Law librarians and legal information professionals seeking to learn how to build a competitive intelligence strategy at their organizations (firm, law schools, government, and more).
Offered by the American Association of Law Libraries in partnership with
UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER BY MONDAY
TRAINING LAW FACULTY TO TEACH LEGAL TECHNOLOGY: WHAT THEY NEED TO LEARN AND WHY
Technology has become the great disrupter for professional services providers (including lawyers). Some states have formally adopted model rules regarding technology competence for lawyers, and the need for lawyers to learn how to leverage technology has continued to increase. Legal educators must consider the role of technology in the legal profession and sufficiently prepare law students to become competent lawyers who are able to practice law in today’s workplace. During this webinar, presenters will describe the current legal technology landscape and explain what law faculty need to learn about teaching legal technology to create tech-savvy lawyers.
2020 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLY TODAY
Become an effective leader by attending the 2020 AALL Leadership Academy. Discover how to expand your personal leadership style while networking with your peers. The Leadership Academy is an intensive learning experience designed to equip you with core leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader.
- March 27-28, 2020
- Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, Illinois
- Open to current AALL members only
- Application deadline: Monday, November 11
- Interactive discussions to explore core behaviors of exemplary leaders, and ways to practice those skills more frequently
- Leadership assessments that target strengths and preferences
- Small and large group collaboration
- Focused development activities and opportunities to network with colleagues
Participants will be subscribed to a private online community, receive a mentor (an AALL member) for one year to support continued growth, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities. The application process is now open—apply today!
AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT
Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is Thursday, October 31.
AALL REITERATES SUPPORT FOR UELMA
AALL President Michelle Cosby wrote to the Uniform Law Commission reiterating AALL’s support for the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in advance of a hearing before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary on September 17, 2019. AALL looks forward to continuing to work with the Uniform Law Commission to ensure that the Act is passed in as many states as possible.
NEW ADDITIONS TO AALL’S KNOWLEDGE CENTER
A new report called Open to the Public: How Law Libraries Are Serving Self-Represented Litigants Across the Country is now available in the Knowledge Center. This project highlights the valuable role law libraries play in improving access to justice in the United States. It was completed by Joan Bellistri, Sara Galligan, and the Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section (GLL-SIS), and was awarded the AALL LexisNexis Research Fund Grant in April 2019. In addition, two very helpful resources from the Research Instruction & Patron Services Special Interest Section’s (RIPS-SIS) Research Instruction Committee have been added: Legal Research Text Reviews and Legal Research Article Summaries.
COMMUNITY CORNER (NEW!)
- ALL-SIS – In fulfilling one of the goals of its strategic plan, the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) is embarking on an initiative to review its current committee structure. Please note that if you have previously served as chair of an ALL-SIS committee, you may be contacted to complete a brief questionnaire regarding your work as chair and the committee’s output over the course of your term. If you have questions regarding this review, contact ALL-SIS Chair, Lisa Goodman.
AALL seeks more news and announcements from chapters and special interests sections that may be of interest to all members. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.
- Andre Davison, research and technology manager at Blank Rome LLP in Houston, Texas, was featured on The Geek in Review earlier this month. During the episode he speaks with hosts Marlene Gebauer and Greg Lambert about his acclaimed efforts in technology, innovation, and diversity within his firm and the legal profession at large.
AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.
AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE
In this month’s member profile, Karin Johnsrud, assistant librarian for research services at the United States Supreme Court Library in Washington, DC, shares her favorite AALL memory and discusses the rewarding experience participation in special interest sections has played in her career.