AALL eBriefing / Defining ROI Digital White Paper Now Available

DEFINING ROI: LAW LIBRARY BEST PRACTICES

Today the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) released a digital white paper titled Defining ROI: Law Library Best Practices. Building on AALL’s 2015 The Economic Value of Law Libraries report, the white paper provides proven strategies and solutions to help you demonstrate value and return on investment (ROI) in your libraries.

Today’s legal market demands that legal information professionals identify, measure, and communicate the benchmarks and metrics of value. AALL members who served as authors have mined their own experiences to share their measures for success, creating engaging and practical guides for defining ROI. The articles draw from renowned historical sources such as the Five Laws of Library Science by S. R. Ranganathan, as well as highlight the contemporary knowledge of Don Draper, the iconic fictional ’60s ad man from the TV show Mad Men. The goal of this white paper is to spark creativity and innovation for measuring value within the profession.

“The white paper encourages all AALL members to take the ‘value challenge,’ embracing the role of knowledgeable leaders, in addition to being skilled researchers,” said AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. “Librarians must be able to manage legal information resources effectively and efficiently, as this is vital to their organization’s overall goals,” he added.

The genesis for the white paper came from AALL past president Holly Riccio, who sought to continue the work of the Economic Value of Law Libraries Special Committee that began under Steve Anderson’s term as AALL president. AALL members Holly Riccio, director of knowledge management, Nossaman LLP; Jean P. O’Grady, director of research and knowledge services, DLA Piper; and Gregory R. Lambert, chief knowledge officer, Jackson Walker LLP, served as editors for this publication.

In addition, AALL extends a sincere thank you to Fastcase, a provider of next-generation legal research, for its generous support in the production of the white paper.

Sincerely,

Ronald E. Wheeler Jr.
AALL President

 

AALL eBriefing / AALL Executive Board Election Results

YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2016 AALL Executive Board Election. This year, 1,344 AALL members (33%) cast ballots and elected the following:

VICE PRESIDENT / PRESIDENT-ELECT
(JULY 2017 – JULY 2018)

Femi Cadmus
Edward Cornell Law Librarian, Associate Dean for Library Services,
& Professor of Practice
Cornell University Law Library

Ithaca, NY

 SECRETARY
(July 2017 – July 2020)

Luis Acosta
Law Library of Congress
Chief, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Division II
Washington, DC
 
BOARD MEMBERS
(July 2017 – July 2020)
Beth Adelman
Director, Charles B. Sears Law Library,
Vice Dean for Legal Information Services
The University at Buffalo State University of New York
Buffalo, NY
Jean P. O’Grady
Director of Research & Knowledge Services
DLA Piper
Washington, DC


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,

Katherine K. Coolidge, Esq.
AALL Secretary

AALL eBriefing / Debuting Our New Brand

ALIGNING COMMUNICATIONS WITH STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Today the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) officially launched our new brand, which promises to “champion our profession and our members.” The new brand strategy—comprised of a visual identity, tagline, and messaging—will support our strategic goals to foster knowledge, community, and leadership and allow us to create compelling and effective communications that clearly articulate the role of law librarians in the legal profession and in the communities they serve.

Our new brand is the culmination of almost two years of work that included extensive research, multiple opportunities for member input, and thoughtful consideration of the history of the legal information profession, as well as its rapid evolution over the last decade. The sum of the logo, visuals, and words we use will enable us to establish and maintain a clear, unified brand identity within AALL and to the public.

  • The new logo nods to the past with blue as the dominant color; conveys collaboration with the linked letters, “AALL”; and suggests a future focus with the orange forward slash.
  • The new visual identity will feature members prominently on AALLNET, on our social media pages, in promotional brochures, and more.
  • The new tagline, “Your Legal Knowledge Network,” positions AALL as the resource for legal information professionals to gain invaluable professional support, as the go-to source for employers to find legal problem solvers, and as an information hub for accessing legal information that is every citizen’s right.
  • The new messaging will be woven into all written materials to create a single, compelling voice that champions our profession and our members.

AALL’s new brand honors our past, embraces our present, and emboldens our future as legal information professionals. The knowledge and talent of our members, combined with their unrivaled dedication to service, make our whole legal system stronger. I have never been more proud to be a law librarian.

Sincerely,

Ronald E. Wheeler Jr.
AALL President

 

AALL eBriefing / Get to Know Your Executive Board Candidates / Voting Opens Tomorrow

AALL offers several ways for you to get to know the Executive Board candidates running to represent you and your interests as a legal information professional.

The election opens tomorrow and will close at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Information to access the online ballot, including your unique voting PIN, will be emailed tomorrow. 

Your vote helps shape the future of AALL.

Candidates for President-Elect

Kathleen (Katie) Brown
Femi Cadmus

Candidates for Secretary

Luis Acosta
Scott D. Bailey

Candidates for Executive Board

Beth G. Adelman
Katherine M. Lowry
Catherine M. Monte
Jean P. O’Grady

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Election Candidates Forums

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

AALL is pleased to offer a new opportunity to learn more about your Executive Board candidates in advance of the upcoming election. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated Q&As by submitting questions in advance or during the forums.

Candidates Forum for Secretary and Board Members
September 26, 2016
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for Secretary

  • Luis Acosta
  • Scott D. Bailey

Candidates for Executive Board

  • Beth G. Adelman
  • Katherine M. Lowry
  • Catherine M. Monte
  • Jean P. O’Grady

Candidates Forum for President-Elect
September 28, 2016
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Kathleen (Katie) Brown
  • Femi Cadmus

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
  • Submit questions via:
  • *Email – by September 14, 2016
  • *Live Chat – during the forum

Additional Resources 

AALL eBriefing / 2016 AALL 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 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago where recipients of the Gallagher and Andrews awards will be acknowledged at the Association Luncheon and Hall of Fame inductees will be acknowledged at the AALL Business Meeting.

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

Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award

  S. Blair Kauffman
Law Librarian and Professor of Law
Yale Law School
New Haven, Connecticut
 
Judith M. Wright
Retired
D’Angelo Law Library
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois 
____________________________________________

Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award

Michael H. Roffer
Associate Librarian and Professor of Legal Research
Mendik Library
New York Law School
New York, New York
 
The Law Book: From Hammurabi to the International Criminal Court, 
250 Milestones in the History of Law
____________________________________________

   Hall of Fame Award

Mark E. Estes
Law Library Director
Alameda County Law Library
Oakland, California
 
Hazel L. Johnson
Richmond Library Supervisor, Retired
McGuireWoods LLP
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
 
Frank Yining Liu
Associate Dean for Legal Programs, Director of the Duquesne Center
for Legal Information and Allegheny County Law Library, 
and Professor of Law 
Duquesne University School of Law
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
Merle J. Slyhoff
Collection Development Librarian
University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
____________________________________________

AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award

CO-AUTHORS
Jason Hawkins
Research Librarian
Thurgood Marshall Law Library
Francis King Carey School of Law
University of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland

David E. Matchen, Jr. 
Circulation/Reference Librarian
University of Baltimore Law Library
University of Baltimore School of Law
Baltimore, Maryland
 
“Faced With Crisis: The Importance of Establishing a Comprehensive 
Crisis Management Plan,”

AALL Spectrum
, November/December 2015
____________________________________________

Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award

Laura J. Ax-Fultz
The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University,
Dickinson Law
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
 
“Igniting the Conversation: Embracing Legal Literacy as the Heart 
of the Profession,” 107 Law Library Journal 421 (2015)
____________________________________________

Law Library Publications Award

Nonprint Division

Jacobs Burns Law Library
The George Washington University Law School
Washington, D.C. 
 
A Legal Miscellanea: The Gazette of the Jacob Burns Law Library
 
Print Division
The Library at Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lexington, Virginia
 
Celebrating Scholarship at W&L
____________________________________________

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards

Open Division
James M. Donovan
Director and James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law
University of Kentucky College of Law
Lexington, Kentucky 

Diversity: So How is AALL Doing?
 
New Member Division
CO-AUTHORS
Avery Le
Emerging Technologies and Repository Librarian
 
Taryn Marks
Faculty Services and Reference Librarian
Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, Florida
 
Increasing Article Findability Online:
The Four C’s of Search Engine Optimization
 
Short Form Division 
CO-AUTHORS
Susan Azyndar
Reference Librarian
 
Ingrid Mattson
Reference Librarian
Moritz Law Library
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
 
Show and Tell in the Legal Research Classroom: 
Screencasting as an Effective Presentation Format
____________________________________________

Minority Leadership Development Award

Janeen Williams
Reference Librarian
North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

____________________________________________

Public Access to Government Information Award

Florida Academic Law Libraries

F.A.L.L. Digitized Legal Collections

____________________________________________

Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award

Sandra Levin
Executive Director
LA Law Library
Los Angeles, California

___________________________________________

Chapter Professional Development Award

ONE-TIME PROGRAM 
Law Librarians of New England (LLNE)
 
Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation
____________________________________________

Excellence in Marketing Award

BEST BROCHURE 
 Florida State University College of Law Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida
 
Research Center Pocket Guide
  BEST CAMPAIGN  
Harris County Law Library
Houston, Texas
 
Harris County Law Library Centennial Celebration

BEST NEWSLETTER  
Foreign, Comparative, and International Law 
Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS)
 
FCIL Newsletter 
 
BEST PUBLIC RELATIONS TOOL KIT 
 Roger Williams University Law Library
Bristol, Rhode Island

Stress Management, Mindfulness and Wellness

BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY  
Riverside County Law Library
Riverside, California
 
Bad Day at the Office Bob
____________________________________________

New Product Award

Ravel Law
Daniel Lewis
CEO and Co-Founder
San Francisco, California
 
Judge Analytics
____________________________________________

Emerging Leader Award

Susan David deMaine
Research and Instructional Services Librarian
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Indianapolis, Indiana
 
Sarah Morris Lin
Library Systems Librarian
Reed Smith LLP
San Francisco, California
 
Andrew M. Winston
Legal Reference Specialist
Law Library of Congress
Washington, DC. 
____________________________________________

Innovations in Technology Award

William A. Wise Law Library, University of Colorado Law School
Boulder, Colorado
Colorado Session Laws Digital Archive
____________________________________________

Volunteer Service Award

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


Congratulations to all of the winners!

AALL eBriefing / Candidates Announced for Executive Board Election

The 2016 AALL Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect, one candidate to serve as secretary, and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held September 30 to October 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2017.

Vice President/President-Elect

Kathleen (Katie) Brown
Associate Dean for Library Services
Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte, NC
Femi Cadmus
Edward Cornell Law Librarian &
Associate Dean for Library Services
Cornell University Law Library
Ithaca, NY

Secretary


Luis Acosta
Law Library of Congress
Chief, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Division II
Washington, DC
Scott D. Bailey
Global Director of Research Services
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Washington, DC

Board Members


Beth Adelman
Director of the Law Library &
Vice Dean for Legal Information Services
The University at Buffalo
State University of New York
Buffalo, NY
Katherine M. Lowry, JD
Director of Practice Services
Baker Hostetler LLP
Cincinnati, OH
Catherine M. Monte
Chief Knowledge Officer
Fox Rothschild LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Jean P. O’Grady
Director of Research & Knowledge Services
DLA Piper
Washington, DC

Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago on Monday, July 18, 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, not later than 30 days after the date of this notice, a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance.

Congratulations to all of our candidates!

AALL eBriefing / Branding Initiative

Tagline Survey and Discussion Boards

Now that the vote on the name has been held, we will remain as the American Association of Law Libraries, and move on with our next step in the branding project, which is tagline development. We want to include your insights, so we developed a five-question survey to gather member perspectives about what our tagline should communicate. The tagline, like other aspects of branding, should express what we want our reputation to be with all of our stakeholders.

The goal of a tagline is to quickly and clearly communicate to everyone what we do and the value we offer. With that in mind, your suggestions for positive and compelling words and phrases that communicate value are important to the success of this project.

The survey will be open March 2 through March 15 and the results will be used to help develop our tagline. Your thoughtful consideration and participation will help shape the future of the Association and the profession as we better communicate who we are and what we do.

Begin the Survey

We welcome you to share your stories about how you, or another librarian, has demonstrated value on the “AALL Branding Initiative” My Communities discussion (please use “Story:” at the beginning of the subject line). Stories help illustrate the benefits of law librarians clearly and concisely and will be incorporated into our messaging. We also encourage you to use this new e-community for any comments you may have. The “Association for Legal Information” My Communities discussion has been closed and archived.

Join the Discussion

Learn more at www.aallnet.org/rebrand.

Sincerely,

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / March 1 Virtual Town Hall

Continuing the Conversation

In an effort to continue the conversation about the AALL rebranding initiative, a second virtual town hall will be held next Tuesday, March 1, at 2:00 p.m. (CST).

Register Now

Watch the recording from the February 23 town hall.

Additionally, an “AALL Rebranding Initiative” My Communities discussion has been created. Your comments are important; please continue to share them with us. The “Association for Legal Information” My Communities discussion will be archived after the March 1 town hall.

I am thrilled by the participation. A lively discussion has begun, and it is clear that members want to have input, and to be a part of a conversation about the future of our Association and the profession as a whole. It is a critical time for all of us, and your participation is vital.” AALL President Keith Ann Stiverson, AALL E-briefing, February 17

The result of the AALL rebranding initiative will be a more vibrant and cohesive brand that will better communicate our members’ value and the value of the profession. It is an exciting time for our organization. Your thoughtful consideration and participation will help shape the future of the Association and the profession.

Learn more at www.aallnet.org/rebrand.

Sincerely,

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Moving On to Advance Our Profession

Moving On to Advance Our Profession

The results of the bylaws vote were announced last Thursday and, as most of you know, the recommendation that we change our name to “Association for Legal Information” was defeated–80 percent opposed to 20 percent in favor. A record 60 percent of you responded and I am thrilled by the participation. A lively discussion has begun, and it is clear that members want to have input, and to be a part of a conversation about the future of our Association and the profession as a whole. It is a critical time for all of us, and your participation is vital.

I have spent much of the time since the vote reading your comments, and it is clear that many of you were dissatisfied with the recommended name. Many wanted the name to have more direct references to people, many were worried about the proposed name’s acronym being confused with another organization, and many wanted to retain our name because of its long history and strong brand. The vast majority of the comments repeat this again and again: “We do not want to take ‘library’ out of our name; if we do, use ‘librarian’ instead.”

Many of you were also frustrated with the process, feeling that it did not include all of you in the discussion. I regret that, and want to assure you that the branding group and the Executive Board worked with the best of intentions. As a result, we can walk away from this with an even greater understanding of our members and the importance of how they identify themselves professionally; this greater understanding will inform the remainder of the project.

I would also like to clarify the extent and the goal of the rebranding initiative. Everything a company or organization does defines its brand. From its logo to the text on a webpage, from the way a phone is answered to the verbiage in an out-of-office reply. Brand is the combination of everything an organization communicates, directly and indirectly. The goal of this project is to champion the profession and the people who work in it. This will be reflected in a myriad of ways. Recommending a new name as part of the process was only one consideration.

Now that the vote is over, I hope that we can take what is positive–a large number of engaged, energetic members–and use our energy to help create a great future for AALL.

We will have the first town hall next Tuesday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. (CST), where we will answer your questions and listen to your comments. We will also soon begin working on tagline and message development, which are important aspects of rebranding. I hope you will join in as we ask for your ideas and your success stories.

The Association for Legal Information My Communities discussion will be archived after the town halls, and replaced by a new community so that we can discuss other aspects of rebranding. Your suggestions and your stories are important; so we will be asking for you to share them with us in the community.  

Please contact me if you have questions or want to discuss something. All the details are not yet in place, but we will be making more announcements very soon. Thank you for taking so much time to express your opinions in the comments after you voted, which has been very helpful.

Join in for the first town hall, by registering today. A second town hall will be scheduled very soon.

Sincerely,

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President