AALL eBriefing / AALL Responds to Trump Administration’s Plan to Terminate Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

AALL REMAINS COMMITTED TO CORE VALUES

Today, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) issued a press release regarding the administration’s recent action regarding Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA)–the text of the release is provided below. If you would like to contact your members of Congress you can use the AALL Action Center to voice your support for DACA.You must first log in to AALLNET to access the Action Center.

PRESS RELEASE

AALL today released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s plan to terminate the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program protected an estimated 800,000 undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children.

“We ask Congress to act quickly to establish protection for those, who through no fault of their own, were brought here as children. They deserve to have legal status in this country, which has been their only home,” said AALL President Greg Lambert.

These “Dreamers” are actively pursuing the American dream and are working to advance themselves through education, training, and service. Many are enrolled in this nation’s law and library schools. As an Association, we support their right to pursue the American dream without fear of deportation.

Our public law libraries are open to all, and AALL’s core values require that all individuals have access to justice and due process under the law regardless of immigration status. “The fear and uncertainty expressed by law students, law library patrons, and our employees, is palpable,” Lambert stated. “They deserve protection under the law, and to be valued for the contributions they have made to our nation.”

AALL remains committed to its core values, and its service to the public in making the law accessible to all.

Sincerely,

Greg Lambert
President

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Candidates Forums

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

The AALL Executive Board election is quickly approaching, and two candidates forums are scheduled in advance of the election. Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Friday, September 29. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forums by submitting questions in advance by Monday, September 11. 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. Holly Riccio, chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forums.


CANDIDATES FORUM FOR BOARD MEMBERS

September 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for Executive Board

  • June Hsiao Liebert
  • Liz Reppe
  • Karen Selden
  • Christine Sellers

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
September 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Michelle Cosby
  • Carol A. Watson

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 / Hurricane Harvey: Supporting Members and Relief Efforts

HURRICANE HARVEY: SUPPORTING OUR MEMBERS AND RELIEF EFFORTS 

Hurricane Harvey has brought devastation to the residents of Texas. Rescue operations are still underway, flood waters are not expected to peak until Wednesday or Thursday, and FEMA estimates that 30,000 need temporary shelter.

As many of you know, my family and I live in Houston. At this point, we have been lucky and have made it through without any flooding or damages. For our members affected by the hurricane, our thoughts are with you and your families during this tragedy. We hope that you are safe and have shelter and food. It is a daunting time for Texans and will be for some time. If there is anything that AALL can do, please reach out to us at 312.205.8022 or via email. I am contacting the leadership of the Houston Area Law Libraries (HALL) to identify any specific needs on the local level.

To our members outside of Texas, FEMA has asked all Americans to assist in this disaster through donations or search and rescue efforts; below are some recommendations on how to help and information from the New York Times today.

  • Donations to the Red Cross for those affected by Harvey can be made online or by texting HARVEY to 90999.
  • Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online [or by texting STORM to 51555].
  • Donations to Catholic Charities can be made online or by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777.


Additional resources

From ABC13Houston:

  • Donations to the United Way can be made by texting UWFLOOD to 41444.
  • Before you donate to a charity, make sure you know where your aid is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends checking with a charity monitoring organization like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating.
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The devastation in Texas is unprecedented and my heart goes out to all those affected. And again to our colleagues in Texas, be safe and let AALL know if we can offer assistance in the days and weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Greg Lambert
President

AALL eBriefing / AALL Responds to Violence in Charlottesville

AALL REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO EQUALITY

The events of this weekend in Charlottesville called to mind our keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson’s remarks at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin, which called on all of us to change the narrative. As librarians and legal information professionals, we are in a unique position to help change the destructive narrative of bigotry and racial superiority that is currently taking shape in America. As an association, we stand by our core values and affirm our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We must keep doing what we have always done–provide information and knowledge in support of our constitutional democracy. No matter the setting in which we work, our efforts support the U.S. justice system and our democracy each and every day. There is no room for racial, or any other form of, discrimination. I take pride in knowing I am a part of a profession that brings knowledge to action. I hope all of you do as well.

Sincerely,

Greg Lambert
President

AALL eBriefing / New LLJ Editor Selected

TOM GAYLORD SELECTED BY SEARCH COMMITTEE

Tom Gaylord, faculty services & scholarly communications librarian at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has been selected to serve as the next editor of Law Library Journal (LLJ), beginning on July 1, 2018. Gaylord will be succeeding James Duggan, who will have served a five-year term as editor. In preparation for his new role, Gaylord will work with Duggan over the next several months to learn the overall operations for the editing and production of LLJ.

“I am incredibly humbled and genuinely excited to have been selected as the next editor of Law Library Journal,” said Gaylord. “I look forward to continuing the wonderful work that James Duggan has been doing over the past five years as editor and maintaining the excellence of AALL’s flagship journal as the leading voice of our profession.”

Gaylord has served in his current position since 2014. Prior to joining Northwestern, he worked at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law as the senior research & faculty services librarian and West Group as an attorney editor. Gaylord has extensive writing and editing experience; from 2007 until January of this year he wrote a bimonthly column, “Finding Illinois Law,” for the Illinois Bar Journal.

Gaylord has presented at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and the Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science. His memberships include the Chicago Association of Law Libraries—where he currently serves as treasurer of the Executive Board—and the American Bar Association.

AALL eBriefing / Discriminatory Policies in Texas

AALL ISSUES LETTERS TO MAYORS AND CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAUS

Today, AALL issued the following letter to the mayors and directors of convention and visitors bureaus of the major cities in Texas:

We are writing to inform you that, following our 110th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, Texas from July 15-18, 2017, AALL will no longer host meetings in Texas due to recent moves by the legislature to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

Recent meetings we have hosted in Texas include San Antonio in 2005 and 2014, and Austin in July 2017. We attract approximately 3,000 attendees to our meetings, providing an economic value to the cities we visit.

This year’s legislative session ran too close to the date of our Austin meeting for us to cancel without significant financial repercussions, but we will hold no future meetings in Texas until the repeal or reversal of these discriminatory policies.

A commitment to diversity is one of AALL’s core values. The recently-signed bill to allow discrimination against LGBTQ families (HB 3859) and the pending anti-transgender “bathroom bill” expected to be taken up during the legislature’s special session, directly harm LGBTQ people. We cannot stand by as Texas enacts legislation that discriminates against this vulnerable community.

AALL is proud to call many LGBTQ people members of our Association. As president of AALL, I am personally acquainted with our progress on issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity, and deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. AALL is home to a Special Interest Section on Social Responsibilities, which includes an active Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

AALL believes that our Association, and our nation, are strongest when all people, regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, religion or national origin, come together and celebrate our differences. We urge you to work with the state legislature and Governor Abbott to embrace people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and to reverse these discriminatory policies.

Sincerely,

Ronald E. Wheeler Jr.
President

AALL eBriefing / 2017 Award Recipients Announced

The AALL Awards Program was established to publicly recognize the achievements of law librarians for their service to the profession and contributions to legal literature and materials.

Celebrate the accomplishments of your colleagues at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin where recipients of the Gallagher, Andrews, and Hall of Fame awards will be acknowledged at the Association Luncheon.

AALL is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s AALL awards:

MARIAN GOULD GALLAGHER DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

 
Richard A. Danner
Rufty Research Professor of Law
Senior Associate Dean for Information Services
Duke University School of Law
Durham, North Carolina
Karl T. Gruben
Awarded Posthumously
Associate Dean for Library & Information Services
Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Research Center
University of San Diego School of Law
San Diego, California
Gitelle Seer
Director of Library and Research Services, Retired
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP
Mahwah, New Jersey

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JOSEPH L. ANDREWS LEGAL LITERATURE AWARD

 
Shelley L. Dowling
Librarian of the Court, U.S. Supreme Court, Retired
U.S. Supreme Court Library
Williamsburg, Virginia
 
Elbridge Thomas Gerry: An Exceptional Life in Gilded Gotham
Jessica Winston, PhD
Chair, History Department and Professor of English
Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho
Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the 
Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558-1581
Richard C. Amelung, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Legal Research
Vincent C. Immel Law Library
St. Louis, Missouri
and
LLMC Staff
Kaneohe, Hawaii
The Legal Patrimony of Haiti: An Annotated Bibliography
________________________________________

HALL OF FAME AWARD

 
Catherine Lemann
Research Librarian
Law Library of Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Joyce Manna Janto
Deputy Director of the Law Library
University of Richmond School of Law
Richmond, Virginia
Melody Lembke
Associate Law Librarian for Collection Services
University of California, Irvine School of Law Library
Irvine, California
Maryruth Storer
Law Library Director
Orange County Public Law Library
Santa Ana, California
________________________________________ 

AALL SPECTRUM ARTICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD

 
Pat Newcombe
Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources
Western New England University School of Law Library
Springfield, Massachusetts
“Crowdsourcing Legal Research: The Opportunities and Challenges,”
 AALL Spectrum, May/June 2016
________________________________________

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL ARTICLE OF THE YEAR AWARD

 
Janet Sinder
Director of the Library & Associate Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn, New York
“The Effects of Demand-Driven Acquisitions on Law Library
Collection Development,”
108 Law Library Journal 155 (2016)
________________________________________

LAW LIBRARY PUBLICATIONS AWARD

 
NONPRINT DIVISION
Georgetown University Law Library
Washington, DC
A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States
 
PRINT DIVISION

 CO-CREATORS

Karina Condra
FCIL and Emerging Technologies Librarian

Peter Kersten
Intellectual Property, Environmental, and Water Law Librarian

Westminster Law Library
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, Colorado
 
Certificate in Legal Research Marketing Materials
________________________________________

AALL/LEXISNEXIS CALL FOR PAPERS AWARDS

 
OPEN DIVISION
Liz McCurry Johnson
Reference Librarian
Wake Forest School of Law
Professional Center Library
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
The Practical Obscurity of the Green Screen Terminal: A Case Study on Accessing Jury Selection Data
NEW MEMBER DIVISION
CO-AUTHORS
Annalee Hickman Moser
Law Library Fellow
Howard W. Hunter Law Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah
Felicity Murphy
Head of Student Services
James E. Faust Law Library
S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
The Reference Assistant
 
SHORT DIVISION 
CO-AUTHORS
Ingrid Mattson
Reference Librarian
Susan Azyndar
Reference Librarian
Moritz Law Library
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Collaborative Relationships between Law Librarians and 
Legal Writing Faculty
________________________________________

MINORITY LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD

 
Clanitra Stewart Nejdl 
Reference & Instructional Services Librarian
and Assistant Professor
Northern Illinois University College of Law Library
DeKalb, Illinois
________________________________________

PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AWARD

 
Laura J. Orr
Legal Research Library Consultant
Portland, Oregon
Superseded Oregon Revised Statutes 1953-1993 Digitization Project
________________________________________

CHAPTER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD

 
ONE-TIME PROGRAM
Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)
Hot or Not: You Be the Judge 
October 14, 2016, Workshop
________________________________________

EXCELLENCE IN MARKETING AWARD

 
BEST BROCHURE
 
Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
Fowler School of Law at Chapman University
Orange, California
Report of the Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library–The Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University
June 2016
BEST CAMPAIGN 
 
Harris County Law Library
Houston, Texas
Immigration Law and Internment Camps in Texas: Legal Perspectives on The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell
BEST NEWSLETTER 
 
State Law Library of Mississippi
Jackson, Mississippi
Letters from the Library
________________________________________

NEW PRODUCT AWARD

 
Casetext
Pablo Arredondo
Vice President, Legal Research
San Francisco, California
CARA
________________________________________

EMERGING LEADER AWARD

 
Ashley Krenelka Chase
Associate Director of the Law Library,
Coordinator of Legal Practice Technology,
& Adjunct Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, Florida
Joseph D. Lawson
Deputy Director
Harris County Law Library
Houston, Texas
Leanna R. Simon
Reference Librarian
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Detroit, Michigan
________________________________________

INNOVATIONS IN TECHNOLOGY AWARD

 
Sacramento County Public Law Library
Sacramento, California
Applying for Guardianship in Sacramento 
Animated Webinar Series
_________________________________

VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

 
Lawrence R. (Larry) Meyer
Law Library Director
Law Library for San Bernardino County
San Bernardino, California


Congratulations to all of the winners!

AALL eBriefing / Candidates Announced

The Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held September 29 to October 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2018.

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

Michelle Cosby
Associate Director
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN

Carol A. Watson
Director of the Law Library
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

BOARD MEMBERS

June Hsiao Liebert
Firmwide Director of Library & Research Services
Sidley Austin LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Liz Reppe
State Law Librarian Minnesota State Law Library
St. Paul, MN

Karen Selden
Metadata Services Librarian
University of Colorado Law Library
Boulder, CO

Christine Sellers

Research Specialist
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Columbia, SC

Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin on Monday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in the exhibit hall at the AALL Member Services Pavilion. In early August, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET. As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2c, a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, no later than 30 days after the date of this notice, with a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance.

Congratulations to all of our candidates!

AALL eBriefing / Access to Information Joint Letter Issued Yesterday

AALL SIGNS ON TO JOINT LETTER TO PROTECT ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

CHICAGO, February 14, 2017—Yesterday, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) partnered with OpenTheGovernment.org and more than 60 other public interest groups and associations on a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), asking OMB to issue guidance reminding agencies that they are required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) to give adequate public notice when making significant changes to information on their websites, including when information is taken down temporarily or removed. The letter comes after weeks of concern expressed by AALL and other organizations about data and other information no longer being accessible on government websites.

The letter stated:

It is crucial that agencies comply with the law, so that the public does not lose access to vital government information that helps them protect themselves and hold the marketplace and their government accountable. Failure to give adequate notice of removal could mean that years of government work on important issues are effectively lost to the public. Moreover, providing the required notice will assure compliance with the law, smooth transition issues, ensure public participation, calm fears of censorship, and will reduce litigation costs for both the government and the public interest community.

“AALL has a long-standing commitment to ensuring that governments provide reliable access to information. Our Principles and Core Values Concerning Public Information on Government Websites clearly states our belief that information published on government websites should be accessible, comprehensive, trustworthy, and preserved,” said AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr.

AALL will continue to advocate for agencies’ compliance with laws governing access and preservation, and to ensure that government information remains accessible to all.

AALL eBriefing / Reaffirming Commitment to Core Values

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED TODAY

CHICAGO, February 6, 2017—The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) expresses deep concern over President Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily suspend the refugee program and bar entry into the United States for travelers from seven countries. AALL reaffirms its adherence to its core values of lifelong learning and intellectual growth, commitment to diversity, and community and collaboration. Imperative and inherent to these values are the open exchange of ideas, the sharing of knowledge, and intellectual curiosity that comes from communicating and interacting with people of all cultural and religious backgrounds.

“It is with much sorrow and concern that AALL issues this statement,” said AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. “The administration continues to implement directives limiting access—in information, in travel, to funding—that are contrary to the betterment of society and that support a narrow understanding of the human condition.”

“Even the fear and uncertainty expressed by foreign colleagues not directly affected by the travel ban is palpable,” said Wheeler. “Our international members add breadth and depth to the AALL experience; it is unfortunate that policy is impacting this mutually beneficial exchange of information.”

AALL’s keystone professional education program, the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, draws legal information professionals, partners, and vendors from around the world. AALL is fully committed to providing a safe, welcoming environment for education, discourse, and collaboration—whether in person or online.

AALL will continue to monitor the administration for policy that is contrary to AALL’s core values, impedes libraries’ abilities to serve the public, and hinders a transparent government.