AALL eBriefing / AALL Calls on Trump Administration to End Separation of Families at the U.S. Border

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today issued the following statement from its president, Greg Lambert, calling on the Trump Administration to immediately reverse its policy regarding the separation of children from their migrant parents seeking refugee or asylum status in the United States:

“As an organization dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all, the American Association of Law Libraries is outraged by the Trump Administration’s horrific policy of separating infants and children from their parents. Funneling these children into an Orwellian system of internment camps is unconscionable,” said Lambert. “There is no due process or opportunity for these parents to appeal the Department of Justice’s decision to tear their families apart. In several reported cases, these children have become lost in the DOJ’s forced relocation system. We have not seen a policy like this in our country since people of Japanese descent, including American citizens, were forced into internment camps during World War II. However, even then, the government recognized the need to keep families together,” said Lambert.

“The majority of these asylum seekers are fleeing unimaginable violence in their native countries. I recognize U.S. law must be respected. And there is a process in place to address these asylum seekers that is not only humane and consistent with America’s long-time values of equal justice for all, but is also a more economically sound method than the creation of vast children’s  camps spread across our southern border,” said Lambert.

While serving the law library community, a core tenet of AALL’s mission is to help ensure the public has timely access to legal information to make the soundest legal arguments and decisions. This includes providing access to those seeking information that might aid in addressing their legal status or asylum requests while in the United States.

“This administration continues to take actions regarding immigrants and asylum seekers that go well beyond long-standing legal precedent and limit access to justice for those most in need of guidance and representation. AALL is committed to issues of diversity, community and collaboration. We are, as a legal organization, repulsed by this policy of separating families at the border. This practice is antithetical to AALL’s mission and sense of justice, and we call on the entire legal community to highlight this gross human rights violation and demand immediate change.”




Washington eBulletin – June 2018

A Look Ahead

AALL Advocates for Law Library Of Congress in Response to Library Realignment

On May 3, 2018, AALL wrote to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to raise concerns about the impact of the Library’s Special Announcement 18-5 “User-Centered Realignment” on the Law Library of Congress. The Special Announcement was shared with Library of Congress staff, including Law Library staff, on April 12. The realignment repositions the Law Library of Congress from a stand-alone service unit to a subunit under a new Library Collections and Services Group (LCSG). The plan raises questions about the independence of the Law Library under the new structure.

In her response dated May 18, Dr. Hayden addressed most of our concerns, including that the Law Library will maintain custody of its collections; that the Law Librarian will maintain her title and position on the Library’s Executive Committee; and that the Law Librarian will continue to develop her budget requests and maintain responsibility for collection development and reference service. We are pleased to receive assurances that the reorganization will not significantly change the operations or mission of the Law Library. We will continue to seek more information about how the new Deputy Librarian for LCSG will interact with the Law Library and the other units within LCSG. The realignment is expected to be fully implemented by October 1.

Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality; Will House Follow?

On May 16, the Senate voted 52-47 in favor of the Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval (S.J.Res.52) that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) unpopular 2017 repeal of net neutrality protections. The resolution would restore net neutrality and prevent the rule change from taking effect on June 11.

The measure will next move to the House of Representatives, where an identical resolution (H.J.Res.129) already has more than 160 co-sponsors. While passage in the House will be challenging, recent polling shows that more than 80 percent of Americans oppose repealing net neutrality. The issue is likely to come up in the midterm elections and advocates, including law librarians, need to keep the pressure on elected officials. You can write to your representative in support of the Congressional Review Act Resolution through AALL’s Legislative Action Center.

Act Now

Join the New AALL Advocates Community

The new AALL Advocates Community keeps members in the know on the latest federal and state policy news with weekly updates from the Government Relations Committee and timely action alerts from the Government Relations Office. This new community replaces AALL’s Advocacy Listserv, which was retired on April 27, 2018.

Mark Your Calendars for Advocacy Leadership in Baltimore

Be sure to save room on your Annual Meeting schedule for AALL’s advocacy training, Advocacy Leadership: Law Librarians Ignite Change (C7) on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll learn how to use your knowledge, passion, and research skills to combat attempts to erode freedom of information, net neutrality, privacy, and access to justice. You’ll also have an opportunity to join AALL’s Advocacy Team, a network of law librarians who are committed to championing legal information. This year’s program will be preceded by the AALL Public Policy Update, which will inform participants about the Association’s legislative priorities and activities.

AALL in the States

LLAW Opposes Legislative Reference Bureau Library Cuts 

Submitted by Diane Duffey, Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin Government Relations Committee Chair

The Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) is making an effort to advocate for protecting library services at Wisconsin’s Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB). The LRB is required by state statute to collect, maintain and make available legislative and government information to not only Wisconsin legislators but “citizens generally.” Recently, the positions of two LRB librarians were eliminated. LLAW is urging its members to contact their State representatives, and will be sending letters to various officials and a local newspaper which reported on the job cuts.

California Chapters Advocate for County Law Libraries 

Submitted by Rachel Green, San Diego Area Law Libraries Government Relations Committee Chair

Government Relations Committee (GRC) Chairs David McFadden (Southern California Association of Law Libraries), Judy Janes (Northern California Association of Law Libraries), and Rachel Green (San Diego Area Law Libraries) have been working together to urge the State of California to provide permanent funding for the state’s county law libraries. Until now, county law library budgets have relied on a portion of civil filing fee revenue from the courts, an amount that decreased nearly 40 percent between 2009 and 2017. On behalf of their memberships, the GRC chairs submitted letters signed by all three chapters’ presidents to Governor Brown and to state legislators, advocating for a permanent budget appropriation in the 2018 state budget. While the governor did not include such funding in his “May Revise” (an update to the annual budget), the state legislature has moved forward with an allocation in its latest state budget bill, which multiple budget committees have now approved. The GRC chairs are continuing to work together and with their memberships to advocate for this very crucial support of California’s county law libraries.

MALL Supports FDLP Modernization Act 

The Minnesota Association of Law Libraries (MALL) wrote to U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in support of the FDLP Modernization Act (H.R. 5305). AALL thanks MALL for its support.

Roundup and Review

AALL eNewsletter / May 2018



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To enhance our sustainability efforts, membership renewals are going digital. Paper invoices will no longer be sent; however, members may print invoices from their account if desired.

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022.


Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting—will you be joining your colleagues in Baltimore? Register by Friday, June 1 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can now preview the lineup of poster sessions and exhibitor showcase sessions. Hot topic programs will be announced soon.

Wondering how to convince your boss? We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) New to the conference? Get ready to rock AALL 2018. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and “the coolest city on the East Coast,” make sure that you’re part of the action.


Volunteering brings great people together—help make your Annual Meeting a success. Whether it’s registration bag stuffing, front desk check-in, collecting tickets for special events, assisting with library tours, or greeting attendees at the hospitality desk—we need you! Sign up and make a difference!


The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 25. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

During this year’s Members Open Forum, AALL Executive Board officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL, as well as its programs and activities. In addition to asking questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting. To submit a question in advance for this year’s Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.



  • Wednesday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 18
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Spend an hour online with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security. Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the dos and don’ts of handling challenging patrons who may disrupt the library. He offers practical and realistic tools which will make your law library a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor. Learn safe workplace behaviors, security measures, and how to activate your “high-risk” customer service skills.


  •  Wednesday, June 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, June 8
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Join Leigh Estabrook, dean emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, for a discussion on salary negotiation. The session will outline successful salary negotiation strategies and provide methods for determining value, as well as steps for ensuring that compensation is commensurate with performance. Concrete steps to avoid common salary negotiation pitfalls will also be discussed.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.


Are you one of the many librarians who self-identifies as an introvert? Are you tired of leadership training that just tells you to be more extroverted? Then this program is for you. Learn how you can become a better leader, while being the person you are. Don’t change yourself, change your awareness. The presenters discuss the difference between shyness and introversion, and present tips for overcoming some of the unique challenges that introverts face in leadership roles (not by telling you to change your personality type!). They also suggest ways to play on the unique strengths that you have as an introvert in leadership and provide practical suggestions for everyday use in connecting with co-workers.

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

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The keys to effective leadership are defined in many ways. One such key to leadership that is starting to gain momentum is GRIT. Angela Duckworth, the leading author on this topic, defines GRIT as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” This attribute of resilience and perseverance allows leaders to achieve their goals even when faced with adversity or failure. Utilizing GRIT in your leadership will permit you to be a more effective leader.

Below are some articles that introduce GRIT and leadership:

For more in-depth discussion 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 Valerie Aggerbeck.


  • David G. Badertscher was honored with the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
  • Femi Cadmus has taken on a new role as the Archibald C. and Frances Falk Rufty Research Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Information Services and Technology at Duke Law School. Cadmus previously served as the Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Association Dean and Professor of Practice at Cornell University Law Library.
  • Jean Mattimoe was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s May Librarian of the Month.
  • Raymond J. McKoski, adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, recently published the book Judges in Street Clothes: Acting Ethically Off-the-Bench. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the rules limiting the charitable, educational, religious, fraternal, civic, and law-related extrajudicial activities of state and federal judges.
  • Jeff B. Woodmansee, assistant professor of law librarianship research support and reference librarian, recently traveled to Katowice, Poland, to teach Researching Criminal Law at the School of U.S. Law at the University of Silesia, in a joint project that the university and three U.S. law schools (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, University of Toledo College of Law, and UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law) participated in.

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.


In this month’s member profile, Katrina Miller, law librarian at Florida State University College of Law Research Center in Tallahassee, Florida, talks rediscovering the benefits of AALL!

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


  • Judith Albert Research Analyst; Burford Capital; New York, NY
  • Joshua Amundson Grand Forks, ND
  • Reginald Blanding Pro Libra Associates Inc.; Wenonah, NJ
  • Elizabeth Moranian Bolles Harris County Law Library; Houston, TX
  • Don Boman Electronic Resources Coordinator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
  • Rebecca Charnock Director, Research Services; Cooley LLP; London, England
  • Steven M. Cohen Librarian; EPIQ Systems, Inc.; Atlanta, GA
  • Anita Dandridge Technical Services Librarian; Jones School of Law Library; Montgomery, AL
  • Cindy Goodwin Research Librarian; McGuire Woods LLP; Charlotte, NC
  • April Ham Berkeley, CA
  • Heather Hershey Digital Projects Coordinator; William A. Wise Law Library; Boulder, CO
  • Keena Hilliard Portland, OR
  • Lee Howell Library Assistant; DLA Piper; Baltimore, MD
  • William Huggins Access Services Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Elizabeth King Research Librarian; Harris Beach PLLC; Pittsford, NY
  • Maria Kuechler Knowledge Management Coordinator; Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss; Southfield, MI
  • Amy Kurlansky Reference Librarian; Hamilton County Law Library; Cincinnati, OH
  • Nicole Lemieux Librarian; Gunderson Dettmer, LLP; Redwood City, CA
  • Gretchen Lennon Enterprise Account Executive; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC
  • Anna Martin Harvard Law School Library; Watertown, MA
  • Jamie McIntyre Knowledge Services Director; Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; Boston, MA
  • Justine Morgan Manager of Knowledge Services; Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Erin Page Law Librarian; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC
  • Debra A. Pfeifer Analyst; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Margaret Purdy Law Librarian; Foley Hoag LLP; Boston, MA
  • Brandi Robertson Assistant Librarian; Homer M. Stark Law Library; Lawrenceville, GA
  • Robbie Sittel Government Information Librarian; University of North Texas Libraries; Denton, TX
  • Eric Sonnenberg Archivist for Legal Collections; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Kristen G. Toohey Law School Technology Consultant; Boston College Law Library; Newton Centre, MA

Washington eBulletin – May 2018

A Look Ahead

Fiscal Year 2019 Funding for GPO and the Library of Congress 

Just a week after AALL President Greg Lambert testified before the House of Representatives Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget requests of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Library of Congress/Law Library of Congress, the Subcommittee marked up its FY 2019 appropriations bill. The bill includes the requested level of funding for GPO, and an increase of $40 million above the FY 2018 enacted level for the Library of Congress. The increase for the Library is provided specifically for the development of new public programs and outreach, and for information technology modernization for the Library, the Copyright Office, and the Congressional Research Service. Though the Law Library’s requests are not specifically cited in the bill, they may be referred to in forthcoming report language.

The Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee hasn’t yet released a FY 2019 funding bill, which is unsurprising given the body’s more deliberative nature. Unlike its House counterpart, the Senate Legislative Branch Subcommittee doesn’t usually hold public witness hearings. AALL submitted written testimony to the Subcommittee in support of GPO and the Library of Congress/Law Library of Congress.

The Senate Legislative Branch Subcommittee recently experienced a leadership change, with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) assuming chairmanship in April. Sen. Daines became chair after former chair Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) moved over to lead the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the Judiciary. The subcommittee shifts occurred following the retirement of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss), chair of the full Appropriations Committee. The Committee is now chaired by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), with whom AALL previously worked in his role as chair of the Rules and Administration Committee. The Rules and Administration Committee has jurisdiction over GPO and the Library of Congress.

AALL will keep you informed about the potential impacts on GPO and the Library of Congress/Law Library of Congress as the House and Senate continue to consider appropriations for FY 2019.

Act Now

Join the New AALL Advocates Community

The new AALL Advocates Community will keep members in the know on the latest federal and state policy news with weekly updates from the Government Relations Committee and timely action alerts from the Government Relations Office. This new community replaces AALL’s Advocacy Listserv, which was retired on April 27, 2018. The new community is open to all AALL members.

Mark Your Calendars for Advocacy Leadership in Baltimore

Be sure to save room on your Annual Meeting schedule for AALL’s advocacy training, Advocacy Leadership: Law Librarians Ignite Change (C7) on Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You’ll learn how to use your knowledge, passion, and research skills to combat attempts to erode freedom of information, net neutrality, privacy, and access to justice. You’ll also have an opportunity to join AALL’s Advocacy Team, a network of law librarians who are committed to championing legal information. This year’s program will be preceded by the AALL Public Policy Update, which will inform participants about the Association’s legislative priorities and activities.

AALL in the States


Submitted by Judy Janes, Northern California Association of Law Libraries Government Relations Committee Chair

The Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) joined with California library chapters, the Council of California County Law Librarians (CCCLL), the San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) and the Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL), to support the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305). It represents a collaborative effort among law librarians at the California chapters to advocate collectively for library supported legislation. The FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 would ensure that members of the public have effective and long-term access to government information. It would modernize and streamline the FDLP and add reporting requirements to strengthen oversight and increase transparency. Through the work of the chapter GRC chairs, California chapters have joined forces to provide a unified and strengthened position on proposed legislation of interest to libraries.

On another note, Michele Finerty, NOCALL chapter member, and AALL Government Relations Committee chair, was awarded NOCALL’s prestigious Professional Achievement Award, for her work and commitment to advocacy over the years. Her work continues to inspire others to advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians to support free and public access to government information.

LLAW Supports FDLP Modernization Act

We are grateful to the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) which, in addition to the California associations mentioned above, wrote to House leadership in support of the FDLP Modernization Act.

Roundup and Review

  • On April 12, 2018, the House Committee on House Administration favorably reported the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, or ACMRA (H.R. 4631) alongside the FDLP Modernization Act. AALL strongly supports ACMRA and we are hopeful it will pass the House
  • The UELMA Preservation Group, an informal group of experts from states grappling with how to best preserve official electronic legal materials, released a white paper about electronic preservation strategies and case studies from California, Minnesota, and Washington, DC
  • AALL joined a letter to Senator Hatch (R-Utah) to express concern that language being developed to address access geospacial data would be detrimental to the public’s right to know