AALL eBriefing / AALL Executive Board Election Results

YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2018 AALL Executive Board Election. This year, 1135 AALL members (30%) cast ballots and elected the following:

VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT
(JULY 2019-JULY 2020)

Emily R. Florio
Director of Research & Information Services
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Washington, DC

TREASURER
(JULY 2019-JULY 2022)

Cornell H. Winston
Law Librarian & Records Center Supervisor
United States Attorney’s Office
Los Angeles, CA

BOARD MEMBERS
(JULY 2019-JULY 2022)

Emily Janoski-Haehlen
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Institutional Excellence
Director of the Law Library
University of Akron
Akron, OH

Jason Sowards
Law Librarian & Director
Nevada Supreme Court Law Library
Carson City, NV

Congratulations to our successful candidates and thank you to all who ran for office. It is this commitment and dedication that makes the profession, and especially AALL, a strong and vibrant community.

Sincerely,

Luis Acosta
AALL Secretary

AALL eBriefing / 2019-2020 AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2019-2020 AALL ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) needs your talents and skills to help make the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in New Orleans a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Please volunteer to help shape programming for AALL’s premier educational event.

The structure of the AMPC provides more opportunities for members to volunteer. The two types of AMPC volunteers are Team Leaders and Content Team Members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile.

Content Team Members provide expertise in six content areas:

  1. Professionalism + Leadership at Every Level
  2. Research + Analysis
  3. Information Management
  4. Teaching + Training
  5. Marketing + Outreach
  6. Management + Business Acumen

The AMPC will determine “must-have” programs within these content areas, and, in many cases, the focus for the topic (e.g., the basics, best practices, trends, or related technology).

Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? Please submit your application by Friday, November 9. You can make a difference!

Sincerely,


Michelle Cosby
AALL Vice President

AALL eBriefing / AALL Announces New Executive Director

As many of you know, after 11 years of dedicated service, AALL’s Executive Director Kate Hagan announced her retirement earlier this year. We’ll miss Kate, and we thank her for her many years of dedicated, steady stewardship of AALL.

This also marks a new beginning for the Association. As our industry faces new opportunities and challenges regarding technology, legislation and oversight, education and recruitment—among other issues—the ability to secure a fresh perspective from a new executive director in charge of our long-term planning could not be better timed.

Following a thorough and thoughtful search, your board of directors has invited Oolagamani (Vani) Ungapen to join us as AALL’s new executive director.

In addition to her undergraduate and graduate degrees in law, Vani brings to the executive director role more than 14 years of experience in management positions with other professional trade associations. Most recently, Vani was the manager of global education and membership for the National Association of Realtors. Prior to that, she served as director of global business and legislative research with Florida Realtors.

In these positions, Vani was tasked with leading each organization’s approach to continuing education and certification programming, creating educational programming, and serving as a liaison on public policy between the association and members of the legislature. In addition, Vani played a key role in the strategic planning of Florida Realtors’ legislative and global agenda. Her varied responsibilities and cumulative experience in association management make Vani an ideal choice as our next executive director.

It’s also worth noting that Vani began her professional career as a law clerk after earning a bachelor’s in law from the University of Manchester School of Law in England and a master’s degree in law from Stetson University College of Law in Florida.

In the weeks and months ahead, as you have an opportunity to engage with Vani, I hope you will extend to her the warm and inviting welcome that is a hallmark of our organization. I know she is looking forward to engaging with all our members and integrating into the fabric of AALL.

Vani’s first official day on the job will be October 15.

All the best,

Femi Cadmus
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Candidates Forums

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

The AALL Executive Board election is quickly approaching, and three candidates’ forums are scheduled in advance of the election. Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Monday, October 1. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forums by submitting questions in advance. To submit a question in advance, email it to candidatesforum@aall.org.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Keith Ann Stiverson, chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forums.

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR TREASURER

September 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

CANDIDATES FOR TREASURER

  • Joy Shoemaker
  • Cornell H. Winston

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR BOARD MEMBERS

September 18, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

CANDIDATES FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Angela T. Baldree
  • Emily M. Janoski-Haehlen
  • Joseph D. Lawson
  • Jason R. Sowards

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

September 25, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

  • Emily Florio
  • Marlene Gebauer

Format

  • Each candidate will make an opening statement
  • Each question will be posed to each candidate
  • Questions submitted in advance will be shared with the candidates
  • Forums will be recorded and available on AALLNET

Questions

  • Members are limited to one question each and will not be identified
  • Questions should be related to AALL, law librarianship, and a candidate’s work experience
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

Additional Resources

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL eBriefing / AALL Launches Body of Knowledge as Industry Benchmark for Professional Success

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today announced the launch of the AALL Body of Knowledge (BoK). The BoK serves as a universal benchmark for legal information professionals’ career development by defining the competencies and skills—within each of six domains of expertise—needed for success.

“As the only national association dedicated to keeping law librarians and legal information professionals ahead of the curve, AALL is proud to release our Body of Knowledge,” said AALL President Femi Cadmus. “The BoK serves as a blueprint for our members’ professional growth and as a tool in their myriad roles.”

The BoK covers six crucial domains where law librarians need to excel: professionalism and leadership at every level, research and analysis, information management, teaching and training, marketing and outreach, and management and business acumen. Each domain is defined by the requisite competencies and skills for mastery. Through these elements, the BoK assists legal information professionals in identifying strengths and opportunities. Members will also find enormous value in the application of these standards in crafting job descriptions, writing performance evaluations, designing curricula, and developing training programs.

All AALL professional development content will be designed around the BoK’s domains including AALL Annual Meeting & Conference programs, publications, webinars, and resources.

As the profession evolves, the BoK will be updated to reflect any changes. For more information about the BoK, please visit www.aallnet.org/bok.

eBriefing / AALL and LexisNexis Meet to Discuss Member Concerns

In response to the June 7 letter sent by AALL’s attorney to LexisNexis, AALL and Lexis leadership met in Chicago on July 2. Those in attendance were Greg Lambert, AALL president, Kate Hagan, AALL executive director, James P. Fieweger, AALL counsel, and Lexis representatives Sean Fitzpatrick, managing director of North American research solutions, Paul Speca, vice president, large law & law school markets, Jeffrey Pfeifer, vice president, product management, and Logan Breed, counsel.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss member concerns regarding a recent LexisNexis sales practice that ties access to its electronic and print publication products to the purchase of a license to Lexis Advance.

AALL had a series of questions it wanted addressed regarding the new policy. Specific questions included the terms of the policy, why the policy was put in place at this time, and why members who were able to purchase stand-alone Lexis print and electronic products in the past are now required to purchase Lexis Advance for access to those products. 

Lexis advised AALL it is unable to discuss any product packaging or pricing matters, except with their customers, since each relationship is customized to meet the firm’s needs, and because Lexis has negotiated NDAs with all of its customers.

They also reiterated their earlier statement: “As we retire Lexis.com this year and upgrade users to Lexis Advance, we will more fully leverage our platform that consolidates all content and tools to one ecosystem.”

AALL also could not confirm what markets the new sales policy affects, but to date, we have only heard from law firm members regarding this change.

AALL President Greg Lambert strongly urged Lexis leadership to reconsider the new practice. While we do not anticipate that will occur, he further urged that they communicate fully to the membership and to their individual customers at the local level the specifics of this new sales practice and how it will affect them when renewing their Lexis contracts.

AALL will continue to pursue any rights we might have in addressing these product-tying policies. In the meantime, it is important members are aware that the Lexis strategy of tying its print and electronic products to the purchase of Lexis Advance is an issue affecting the legal information marketplace. Members, especially those working in law firms, should work with firm leadership to inform them of these changes and the implications for the firm’s legal information and research needs. Members should also communicate directly with their assigned Lexis representatives to discuss what terms and conditions may or may not be available to them as customers of Lexis.

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.”

 

 

 

AALL eBriefing / AALLNET Migrating to a New Platform

AALLNET MIGRATING TO A NEW PLATFORM

AALLNET has been undergoing a planned migration to an improved content management system, WordPress, which will be completed next week. Throughout the process, our priority was to create an improved user experience.

The new platform supports the user experience with:

  • a modernized interface
  • more intuitive navigation
  • improved search functionality
  • a new knowledge center
  • consistent SIS navigation

Beta testing of the site is wrapping up, and an announcement will go out to all members once the migration is complete and AALLNET goes live. That announcement will include information highlighting some of the changes and new features included in the migration.

We look forward to the launch of AALLNET and its new platform, and the improved experience it will bring to members, stakeholders, and the public.

AALL eBriefing / Statement On Net Neutrality Re: Law Libraries & Access To Justice

December 14, 2017

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) denounces today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to repeal U.S. net neutrality rules.

Today’s action undermines a fundamental principle of our democracy, and that is equal access by the public to government information. This action allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block users, slow access, and charge more for certain content. In short, ISPs are now able to determine what information the public can access, what it cannot, and at what cost.

Without net neutrality, law libraries, whose crucial mission relies on the ability to provide users with equitable access to up-to-date online legal information, may not be able to pay the fees for preferred access. These users are not just attorneys but researchers, self-represented litigants, students and small business owners. Without net neutrality, ISPs will have the ability to stifle innovation and suppress free expression.

Net neutrality provides all Internet users with equal access to lawful content on the web, regardless of an ISP’s opinion of the material. AALL strongly urges Congress to act to reverse today’s ill-considered decision by the FCC.

Greg Lambert
President of AALL
Chief Knowledge Services Officer, Jackson Walker

AALL eBriefing / 2018-2019 AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2018-2019 AALL ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The AALL Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) needs your talents and skills to help make the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Please volunteer to help shape programming for AALL’s premier educational event.

The structure of the AMPC provides more opportunities for members to volunteer. The two types of AMPC volunteers are Team Leaders and Content Team Members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile.

Content Team Members provide expertise in six content areas:

  1. Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level
  2. Research & Analysis
  3. Information Management
  4. Teaching & Training
  5. Marketing & Outreach
  6. Management & Business Acumen

The AMPC will determine “must-have” programs within these content areas, and, in many cases, the focus for the topic (e.g., the basics, best practices, trends, or related technology).

Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? Please submit your application by Friday, November 10. You can make a difference!

Sincerely,

Femi Cadmus
AALL Vice President