AALL eNewsletter / February 2019

AALL NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, MARCH 4

The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming Executive Board elections. To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination form on AALLNET. Nominations are due by Monday, March 4.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2019 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2020-2021), two candidates for the position of secretary (2020-2023), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2020-2023).

For the 2019 election, ballots will be distributed electronically in October to all voting members of the Association. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters at the beginning of November, and election results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

AALL 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AALL 2019 will showcase the innovators and highlight the expertise, talents, and value of legal information professionals. This year’s robust agenda offers a wide range of programming that includes dozens of must-have programs requested by AALL members.

Get the skills you need for professional growth, share ideas, connect with providers of the tools and services that keep you at the top of your game, and network with colleagues from law libraries of all types. Gain insight from the very people who understand the exact issues you face every day. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community.

Celebrate excellence in the profession and return to your workplace energized with new strategies to benefit your library and its users. Make your case to attend.

BOOK NOW TO GET THE HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE

Boasting a forward-thinking design that reflects its vibrant setting and a LEED® Silver-certification, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is a new addition to the downtown scene. Ideally located near Penn Quarter and Chinatown, it’s just blocks from the National Mall monuments and Smithsonian Museums. Best of all, guests have direct access to the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse. Reserve your room now at the Marriott Marquis (or at one of AALL’s nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy specially negotiated rates. Then rest easy, knowing you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free.

Join us July 13-16 in Washington, DC to capitalize on our strengths.

AALL CALLS ON CONGRESS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM

AALL is advocating for the passage of the Electronic Court Records Reform Act (H.R. 1164), introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. This legislation would, for the first time, allow free access to electronic federal court records through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system and improve the efficiency and transparency of the courts. AALL coordinated a letter signed by 15 other organizations—including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Data Coalition, and the Project on Government Oversight—urging passage of the bill. Read AALL’s press release.

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP / APRIL 25-26

REGISTER BY TUESDAY, APRIL 2

  • April 25-26
  • Register by Tuesday, April 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 50 attendees

The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative is designed specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation.

Learn how to:

  • Identify areas or projects for improvement
  • Employ design concepts core to innovation practices
  • Use a service design methodology tailored to libraries
  • Pitch your ideas and solutions to supporters and stakeholders
  • Navigate risk and challenges to project implementation
  • And more

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

  • Thursday, February 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Generational divides in the workplace are not new. The four generations most commonly represented in our workplaces are Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. Unsurprisingly, communication styles, personal values, and expectations about work and life vary widely in the multi-generational workplace. This webinar will explore how to best synergize these groups whose generations are defined by everything from the assassination of JFK to the 2009 market meltdown. Participants will also explore how to maximize generational diversity for workplace success within organizations.

FROM ACCESS TO ACCESSIBILITY—PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR NAVIGATING COMMON LAW CONTENT (VENDOR SHOWCASE)

  • Tuesday, March 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Wednesday, March 6
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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Until very recently, access to primary authorities online has been less than comprehensive. Today, we have the ability to access millions of authorities from a single website. However, these are more documents than any human could process in a lifetime. How do we process this volume of data across jurisdictions to locate the information we need? Furthermore, how will this change over the next few years, and what will the future of legal research look like? This webinar will examine recent transformation in the dissemination of legal content and discuss what this means for users in practical terms.

DEVELOPING A DATA SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE

  • Wednesday, March 27 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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When trying to leverage data within your work, how do you know where to start? One approach is to learn tips and techniques for developing a data science perspective for approaching your work. During this webinar, learn how to understand the data in front of you using scenario-based examples, as well as techniques to apply to your work. Lastly, learn about ongoing digital-based learning opportunities to better understand how to leverage data for your projects.

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT
BY APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

AALL DAY ON THE HILL / REGISTER NOW

Join your colleagues for an advocacy training and lobby day to champion legal information and the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries. Then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of professional advocacy for AALL; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.

DETAILS

  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17
  • Open to AALL members only – Free
  • 80-person limit

AALL STATE OF THE PROFESSION SURVEY UPDATE

The AALL State of the Profession executive summary will be released soon. The full report will be published in late March. Additional updates will be posted to AALLNET.

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 March 19.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • AALL Scholarship
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarship & Fellowship
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship

The deadline for applications is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, please contact AALL Headquarters.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS AMONG US
Are you a caregiver for young children, aging parents, or an ailing spouse? Do you anticipate being in a caregiver role? Are you in the “sandwich generation,” where you are caring for people on both ends of this spectrum at the same time? Chances are, if you aren’t a caregiver yourself, you work with someone who is. This session will help you think about, understand, plan for, and assist caregivers at work. Learn about the support systems (federal, state, and local) that may be available for you or your employees—from paid time off and flexible schedules to insurance coverage, backup emergency care, and FMLA—plus, get access to industry-wide best practices.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Strong leaders need to invest in their own professional development and this includes learning the art of self-management. Self-management is the ability to prioritize goals, decide what must be done, and be accountable to complete the necessary actions. This concept can be instrumental in both assisting leaders as they develop structures by which to lead and in an effort to strengthen their ability to lead by example.

To learn more about this concept and how it can impact your own leadership abilities, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For more comprehensive reading suggestions on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Barbara Bintliff received the AALS Section of Law Libraries and Legal Information Award at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January. Bintliff, the director of the Tarlton Law Library and Jamail Center for Legal Research and the Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law, was honored for her contributions to teaching and scholarship.
  • AALL President Femi Cadmus and Emily Florio were featured in the Corporate Counsel Business Journal this past January, where they discuss access, advocacy, and advancement in AALL.
  • Larry Guthrie, inter-library loan librarian at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
  • Dwight King was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s February Librarian of the Month.

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.

MEMORIAL

  • Donna Purvis’ career in law librarianship spanned more than 30 years. Her career began as an associate librarian at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison from 1977-1981, before she became the branch manager at The Bank of America Law Library in 1981. In 1987, she served as library branch manager at Baker & McKenzie until 2000, before switching to the firm Morrison & Foerster as their firm-wide library manager. Her final professional transition was serving as library relations consultant for LexisNexis before retiring in 2011. Purvis was also deeply committed to the law librarian community. She was a member of AALL since 1979, where she served as a past president as well as member at large for the Northern California Association of Law Libraries and held multiple committee chair positions over the years. In addition, she served as past co-chair of the AALL Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals (PLLIP) Special Interest Section Education Committee and as a presenter at several AALL Annual Meetings. Her focus was on the importance of showing the value of law libraries and law librarians to firm management. She was also a frequent speaker at PLLIP educational seminars and was a past member of the West Advisory Board and Head Librarians’ Group. She passed away February 7, 2019.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Tom Gaylord, Law Library Journal editor.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Lacy Rakestraw, director of the St. Louis County Law Library in Clayton, Missouri, talks about the power of her AALL network and the importance of CRIV (Committee on Relations with Information Vendors).

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Aamir Abdullah Sugar Land, TX
  • Sara Bensley
  • Christina Blood Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Kathryn Boudouris Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Kristin Anne Crane Research Analyst; Lane Powell PC; Seattle, WA
  • Maria Elizabeth Danna Supervisor; Oakland County Law Library; Pontiac, MI
  • Jack Dorr Legal & Business Research Analyst; K&L Gates; Washington, DC
  • Ashley Evans Stewart Alaska State Court Law Library; Anchorage, AK
  • Sidney A. Lanier Catalog & Archives Librarian; Syracuse University College of Law Library; Syracuse, NY
  • Grace Lo University of Washington, The Information School; Seattle, WA
  • Nathan James Marr Librarian/File Clerk; Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC; Seattle, WA
  • Beth Maser President; History Associates; Rockville, MD
  • Brandi Taylor Osborne Law Librarian; Ward and Smith, PA; New Bern, NC
  • Elias Royal Technical Services Librarian; St. Thomas University Law Library; Miami Gardens, FL
  • Olivia Rae Smith JD and MLIS Candidate; Babylon, NY
  • Sydney Taylor Laguna Hills, CA
  • Judith Gabrielle Theodori Manager, Information Resources; Exponent; Menlo Park, CA
  • Kassie Tibbott Coordinator; Community Legal Information Center; Vermont Law School; Julien and Virginia Cornell Library; South Royalton, VT
  • Van Bich Tran Associate Director; Social Science Research Council; Brooklyn, NY
  • Anna Katherine Wherren Legal Reference Librarian; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Deborah Wiesehan Librarian; Patchogue-Medford Library; Patchogue, NY
  • Rachel Bates Wilfahrt Director of Competitive Intelligence; Access/Information, Inc.; Denver, CO

Washington eBulletin – February 2019

A Look Ahead

New Congress Considers Transparency Legislation

While Congress spent much of January focused on reopening the federal government from the longest shutdown in history, the House of Representatives and Senate continued to attend to the daily business of legislating–including holding hearings and passing bills.

On January 17, AALL celebrated passage of the bipartisan Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act (H.R. 150) in the House. The GREAT Act would modernize federal grant reporting and increase transparency for grant-making agencies and the public. It awaits action in the Senate. AALL also applauded the reintroduction of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (S. 195, H.R. 736) to improve access to reports mandated by Congress through the establishment of a searchable central website managed by the Government Publishing Office. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation was introduced by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) on January 19 and January 23, respectively.

These legislative actions come on the heels of the enactment of the OPEN Government Data Act, which was signed by President Trump on January 14 as part of the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (P.L. 115-435). The new law promotes greater distribution of and public access to federal government data by defining data, machine-reliability, and open license in government; creating standards for making federal government data available to the public; and requiring the federal government to use open data to improve decision-making.

While the second round of negotiations to fund the government for the current fiscal year will undoubtedly dominate the headlines in the coming weeks, AALL expects the introduction of additional legislation supporting a more open and transparent government. Specifically, we anticipate the reintroduction of the Electronic Court Records Reform Act that would improve the federal courts’ electronic records system and require that all federal court documents be searchable, machine-readable, and available free of charge through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system.

Act Now

AALL Day on the Hill / Registration Now Open

Join AALL on Capitol Hill to influence information policy issues and harness our collective voice for the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of professional advocacy for AALL; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.

DETAILS

  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17
  • Open to AALL members only – Free
  • 80-person limit

Roundup and Review

  • AALL issued an eBriefing on the impact of the partial federal government shutdown.
  • AALL joined the American Civil Liberties Union and several other organizations on an amicus brief supporting the idea that the First Amendment guarantees the public a right of access to judicial records through PACER. The brief was filed in response to National Veterans Legal Services Program et al v. United States of America.
  • We submitted comments to the Copyright Office on modernizing the Office’s registration system.

AALL eBriefing / Call for Nominations / Executive Board Candidates

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

2019 ELECTION

The AALL Executive Board works to champion the legal information profession and our members. They do this by defining AALL’s strategic directions and by creating results through initiatives that support those goals.

The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming Executive Board elections. To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination form on AALLNET. Nominations are due by Monday, March 4.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2019 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2020-2021), two candidates for the position of secretary (2020-2023), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2020-2023).

For the 2019 election, ballots will be distributed electronically in October to all voting members of the Association. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters at the beginning of November, and election results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

AALL Education Update / February 2019

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP / REGISTER NOW

JOIN THE ADD+VENTURE INITIATIVE

  • April 25-26 
  • Register by Tuesday, April 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 50 attendees

The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative is designed specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, create new value, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation. Whether you’re early in your career and ready to give your solutions wings or a decision maker committed to maximizing the talents of your team, you’ll want to join us. 

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

This month we are highlighting Annie Downey, associate college librarian and director of research services from Reed College Library, who will be presenting on library service design, how to identify and respond to user needs and expectations, and how to co-create solutions with clients.

Annie Downey headshotDowney has written and presented on service design, critical librarianship, information literacy, K-20 library instruction, assessment, and academic library administration. Her books include Getting Started in Service Design: A How-To-Do-It Manual For LibrariansLibrary Service Design, and Critical Information Literacy: Foundations, Inspiration, and Ideas. She was a 2016 fellow of the Leading Change Institute, was awarded (with Joe Marquez) the first Future of Libraries Fellowship in 2017 from the American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries, and was named a 2018 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

Check out our current lineup of innovators, and check back regularly as new presenters are added:

SPEAKERS

  • David Shonthal Senior Portfolio Director; Business Design Practice; IDEO
  • Beth Williams Senior Director; Robert Crown Law Library & Senior Lecturer in Law; Stanford Law Library
  • Carlos Gámez Senior Director of Innovation; Thomson Reuters Labs
  • Annie Downey Associate College Librarian and Director of Research Services; Reed College Library
  • Kristen Sonday Co-Founder & COO; Paladin 
  • David Whelan Director; Legal Information & the Great Library Law Society of Ontario

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2019

This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Washington, DC. A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with must-have topics in mindprogramming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is just a sample of what’s in store: 

  • Finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles: Best Practices for Alerts
  • Technology Contracts: Tips for Uncovering and Negotiating the “Devil in the Details”
  • DIY API: From Inception to (Successful) Implementation
  • The Federal and State Court Analytics Market—Should the Buyer Beware? What’s on the Horizon?
  • Showing the ROI of Your Law Firm Library
  • Things You Need to Know Before Moving to a New ILS
  • Leading, Energizing, and Developing Staff Through Times of Change
  • Social Media as Primary Sources for Government Information
  • How Law Librarians Negotiate Salary
  • Cards Against Case Law! and Other Ways to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement

A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens later this winter, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there! 

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

  • Thursday, February 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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Generational divides in the workplace are not new. The four generations most commonly represented in our workplaces are Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. Unsurprisingly, communication styles, personal values, and expectations about work and life vary widely in the multi-generational workplace. This webinar will explore how to best synergize these groups whose generations are defined by everything from the assassination of JFK to the 2009 market meltdown. Participants will also explore how to maximize generational diversity for workplace success within organizations. 

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE WORKSHOP SERIES

Interested in the next Competitive Intelligence (CI) Foundations or CI Strategies workshop? Let us know now and be the first to find out when it will be offered.

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

SHARE YOUR IDEAS

Do you have an idea for a webinar? Are you, or is someone you know, an expert on a subject important to legal information professionals? We want to hear from you! We’re looking for programs on relevant and emerging topics, as well as current or cutting-edge best practices in legal information and library services. Webinar proposals should fall into one of the six AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK) domainsSubmit your ideas, suggestions, or proposals.

MEET THE AALL BOK AMBASSADORS

Are you looking to learn more about how the BoK can help you pursue your career goals? The following members have committed to serve as our BoK Ambassadors. BoK Ambassadors (along with AALL education staff) are available to answer questions about the BoK and assist you in determining ways you can implement the BoK in your career planning.  

  • Susan David deMaine Assistant Director for Information Services; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • James G. Durham Deputy Director; Maryland State Law Library
  • Elaine M. Egan Director of Global Libraries & Information Services; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • Deborah Ginsberg Educational Technology Librarian; IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Carol Watson Director of the Law Library; University of Georgia

SHARE YOUR STORIES

For the next few months, AALL will feature ways members are using the BoK. We are interested in how you are using the BoK for career planning and putting it into practice at your organization. Please share your stories with us. 

COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away. 

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 AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

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 March 19.

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WEBINARS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

PICK OF THE MONTH

Selected by AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee

MANAGING CHALLENGING PATRON BEHAVIOR: STOP, COLLABORATE, AND LISTEN
The manifestations of challenging patron behavior may vary by library type, but at some point, all information professionals must contend with it. This practical session discusses best practices for creating and implementing policies on difficult patron behavior and library security. This session also offers strategies on how to effectively de-escalate a situation where a patron is exhibiting disruptive behavior. 

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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See what else is available on-demand.

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

For many of us, the arrival of a new year signals a time to reconsider priorities and make commitments to the things we deem important. And, yes, a new year can be an appropriate time to formulate leadership resolutions. 

Below are some articles that discuss leadership-related resolutions for 2019:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.

AALL eNewsletter / January 2019

VOLUNTEER FOR AN AALL 2019-2020 COMMITTEE OR AWARD JURY TODAY!

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship and legal information. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 25 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.

COMMITTEES

AWARD JURIES

THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING

  • A significant role in advancing the profession
  • An opportunity to enhance the value of AALL within the legal profession
  • The chance to collaborate and work with your colleagues

Volunteer Now

Please use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. You can also access this information from the AALL Leadership Volunteer Form. The online application process is easy and only takes a few minutes. Volunteer today—deadline is January 28.

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS

Nominations are now open for the 2019 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations and applications for:

Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1. Recipients will be recognized at the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC.

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP / REGISTER NOW

JOIN THE ADD+VENTURE INITIATIVE

  • April 25-26
  • Register by Tuesday, April 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 50 attendees

In a world where legal information is fast-moving and constantly evolving, AALL members have unique roles as industry drivers, constantly finding new ways to deliver greater value to stakeholders and colleagues. How do you put your ideas into action? The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative is designed specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, create new value, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation. Whether you’re early in your career and ready to give your solutions wings or a decision maker committed to maximizing the talents of your team, you’ll want to join us for this 1.5-day event to learn how to:

  • Identify improvement opportunities in your workplace
  • Create or refine services using a service design methodology tailored to libraries
  • Strategically pitch your solution to those whose support you need
  • Navigate unforeseen challenges to implementation
  • Practically test and measure the success of your project
  • Connect to a network of proactive problem solvers
  • Build internal and external partnerships to raise the profile of your services
  • Invigorate your workplace’s culture to promote ingenuity and cooperation

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2019

This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Washington, DC. A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with must-have topics in mind—programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is just a sample of what’s in store:

  • Finding a Needle in a Stack of Needles: Best Practices for Alerts
  • Technology Contracts: Tips for Uncovering and Negotiating the “Devil in the Details”
  • DIY API: From Inception to (Successful) Implementation
  • The Federal and State Court Analytics Market—Should the Buyer Beware? What’s on the Horizon?
  • Showing the ROI of Your Law Firm Library
  • Things You Need to Know Before Moving to a New ILS
  • Leading, Energizing, and Developing Staff Through Times of Change
  • Social Media as Primary Sources for Government Information
  • How Law Librarians Negotiate Salary
  • Cards Against Case Law! and Other Ways to Enhance Student Learning and Engagement

A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens later this winter, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

EXPAND YOUR CAREER AND ENGAGE WITH YOUR PEERS

  • Wednesday, January 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 21
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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Expand your network, think creatively, and enhance your skills. Opportunities to grow your career don’t just exist within the confines of your day-to-day position. Have you ever discovered a new way of solving a problem using something you’ve learned in another context? Join your peers and learn how to increase opportunities for professional growth, expand your network through involvement, and prepare for new career horizons.

INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

  • Thursday, February 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Register button

Generational divides in the workplace are not new. The four generations most commonly represented in our workplaces are Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. Unsurprisingly, communication styles, personal values, and expectations about work and life vary widely in the multi-generational workplace. This webinar explores how best to synergize these disparate groups whose generation is defined by everything from the assassination of JFK to the 2009 market meltdown. Participants will also explore how to maximize generational diversity for workplace success within organizations.

AALL SPECTRUM / EDITOR SEARCH

APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15

AALL Spectrum Editor Kristina L. Niedringhaus has notified AALL that she will end her term as editor in July 2019 with the completion of volume 23. In preparation for her departure, AALL is conducting a search for the next editor—a volunteer position. The appointment has a three-year term and is renewable.

The editor leads the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board members, who serve as a group of advisers, to help shape, solicit, review, and select content for each issue of the magazine. The editor will set up monthly meetings to discuss upcoming issues and along with the board, will come up with topics (related to the theme of each issue) on current and emerging trends that will be of interest to members (in all three areas of government, private, and academic law libraries). The editor will also identify possible authors, chapters, or special interest sections that could be reached out to. The goal is to publish content that will support AALL members in their work as legal information professionals.

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Applications will be accepted until February 15 and interviews will be conducted via conference call at the end of February. To help with the transition, the candidate selected will sit on the remaining conference calls for volume 23, working with Niedringhaus and the editorial board until July 2019.

TO APPLY

Send your cover letter and resume to AALL Publications Manager Heather Haemker via email. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Haemker at 312.205.8038.

AALL DAY ON THE HILL / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Join AALL on Capitol Hill to influence information policy issues and harness our collective voice for the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of professional advocacy for AALL; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.

DETAILS

  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17
  • Open to AALL members only – Free
  • 80-person limit

POSSIBLE ISSUES:

  • Access to justice
  • Balance in copyright law
  • Greater access to government information
  • Openness in government
  • Protection of privacy

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 March 19.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

MANAGING CHALLENGING PATRON BEHAVIOR: STOP, COLLABORATE, AND LISTEN
The manifestations of challenging patron behavior may vary by library type, but all information professionals encounter some patron behavior that is challenging. This practical session discusses best practices for creating and implementing policies on difficult patron behavior and library security. This session also deals with personal strategies on how to effectively de-escalate a situation where a patron is exhibiting disruptive behavior.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

For many of us, the arrival of a new year signals a time to reconsider priorities and make commitments to the things we deem important. And, yes, a new year can be an appropriate time to formulate leadership resolutions.

Below are some articles that discuss leadership-related resolutions for 2019:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email T.J. Striepe.

AALL @ LEGALWEEK NY 2019

Join AALL at Legalweek NY 2019 for Knowledge Manager Day on Thursday, January 31. The day of learning and networking kicks off with a welcome reception and continues with several interactive educational sessions tailored specifically to knowledge managers including two sessions presented by AALL members:

  • “From Conversation to Conversion: Getting Lawyers to Use New Tools” and
  • “Joining Forces—Create Client-Centric Knowledge Management.”

AALL members receive:

  • complimentary access to the exhibit show floor at Legalweek (use code EPP00000170)
  • a 30% discount to attend all educational sessions (use code 3MP00000170)

Register today and join us as we celebrate the key players that help law firms win and keep the business of law moving forward.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Cas Laskowski was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s January Librarian of the Month.
  • David Whelan’s blog David Whelan Explorations with Information and Technology was honored by the 2018 Clawbies: Canadian Law Blog Awards for Best Law Blog and was considered for the Best Canadian Law Blog.

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.

MEMORIAL

  • Eileen Searls served as professor of law emerita at St. Louis University School of Law from 2000-2019. She earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 and her MSLS from the University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies in 1951. She began her career at Yale Law Library as a cataloger from 1951-1952, before becoming director and professor of law at St. Louis University Omer Poos Law Library, a position she held from 1952-1999. While at St. Louis, she was the first female to be promoted to full professor in 1964 and the first to receive tenure. Searls became a member of AALL in 1952. She received the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1999, and was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2010. Some of her major achievements include co-founding AALL’s Law Library Microform Consortium in 1976 and the Mid-American Law School Library Consortium in 1980, to name but a few. She passed away January 6, 2019.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Tom Gaylord, Law Library Journal editor.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, .

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Joel Auringer University of Tulsa College of Law; Tulsa, OK
  • Elliot Campbell Research Assistant, Document Delivery; Fish & Richardson P.C.; Minneapolis, MN
  • Daniel Warren Cardwell Law Student; Riverview, FL
  • Teresa Cassella Law Librarian; Brevard County Law Library; Viera, FL
  • Elyse H. Fox Law Librarian; Legal Information Services; Charlotte, NC
  • Susanna French Metadata & E-Resources Librarian; University of Connecticut School of Law Library; Hartford, CT
  • Laura Helmick Research Services Librarian; Reed Smith LLP; Houston, TX
  • Joseph Henderson Long Beach, CA
  • Shea Ann L. Herzog Law Library Administrator; Shea Ann Herzog; Springfield, OH
  • Marjorie Jassin Vice President; Law Library Management Inc.; Riverhead, NY
  • Kristin Kimura Librarian; Perkins Coie LLP; Seattle, WA
  • Christine Lentz Research Analyst; Morrison & Foerster LLP; San Diego, CA
  • Majid Majd Law Librarian of Congress; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Robert Marriott Mount Pleasant, SC
  • Anahit Petrosyan Los Angeles Law Library; Los Angeles, CA
  • Chad Reverman Research Analyst; Fish & Richardson P.C.; Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary Shelly Student; Dearborn, MI
  • Daniel Smallwood Ark Group; Peoria, IL
  • Lida Hoskins Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP; Nashville, TN
  • Jeremy D. Watson Library Systems Librarian; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Qijie Zhang-Klein Librarian; Library of Congress; Washington, DC