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 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


  • 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


  • 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
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

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
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 
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

Law Librarians of New England (LLNE)
Successfully Supporting & Igniting Innovation

Excellence in Marketing Award

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

Foreign, Comparative, and International Law 
Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS)
FCIL Newsletter 
 Roger Williams University Law Library
Bristol, Rhode Island

Stress Management, Mindfulness and Wellness

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


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.


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.


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.


Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Bylaws Vote Results

Bylaws Vote Results

The proposal to change the name of American Association of Law Libraries to the Association for Legal Information has failed by a vote of 1998 (80.11 percent) opposed, to 496 (19.89 percent) in favor. A record number of members voted on this proposal, with 59.51 percent casting a ballot.

The votes were verified this morning by two members, who served as the election tellers.

A virtual town hall to provide time for further discussion and to answer any questions you may have will be held on Tuesday, February 23, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (CST). You must register to attend the town hall, and registration is open now.

Thank you to all who voted. The recommendation to change the name of the Association has started a conversation about the future of AALL, and the profession as a whole, that we hope to continue. We want to spend time this year discussing the future of law librarians in more detail. More information about this will be announced in the near future.

Ballot Survey Results
Of those who cast ballots, 90.96 percent chose to respond to our survey. Here are the results:

Type of library where currently employed:

  • Corporate – 35 (1.55%)
  • Court – 95 (4.20%)
  • County – 84 (3.71%)
  • Government – 136 (6.01%)
  • Independent – 16 (0.71%)
  • Law Firm – 724 (31.99%)
  • Law School – 1010 (44.63%)
  • Public – 15 (0.66%)
  • Solo – 2 (0.09%)
  • State – 11 (0.49%)
  • Student – 4 (0.17%)
  • Retired – 63 (2.78%)
  • Unemployed – 11 (0.49%)
  • Other – 57 (2.52%)

Years an AALL member:

  • 0-5 years – 475 (20.99%)
  • 6-10 years – 372 (16.44%)
  • 11-15 years – 375 (16.57%)
  • 16 or more years – 1041 (46.00%)

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name

Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name

Voting opened today on the proposal to change our name to Association for Legal Information. This morning you should have received an email message with information on how to vote that includes a unique voting PIN. If you did not receive the email, please contact Chris Siwa.

This proposal has generated a thoughtful discussion among our members, and I hope that many more will join the conversation, and that all of you will examine the rebranding materials we have made available on AALLNET.

As the voting begins, I am adding my voice to the discussion to give the main reasons why I favor the name change:

  • I believe that Association for Legal Information is the best name, because it focuses on our central area of expertise rather than limiting our profession to a place or to a collection of resources.
  • It is time to change our name, and Association for Legal Information more immediately communicates the scope and importance of the work performed by our members, who are the experts in legal information. The proposed name is inclusive of the many different and evolving roles members now play in the legal profession and in society. It epitomizes an energized, modern, forward-thinking profession in a way that American Association of Law Libraries does not.
  • Association for Legal Information will move us forward by expanding opportunities and will help to give us a voice in the critical conversations taking place in the legal community. It will better communicate to those who have an impact on our ability to be successful–the dean, COO, court administrator, managing partner, or judge–the significant role we play in their organization.

Please keep in mind that the membership will make the final decision, and that means you. Voting is open until February 10, so please be sure to vote!


Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name

Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name

At its November 2015 meeting, the Executive Board unanimously approved a recommendation that the Association’s name be changed to Association for Legal Information, and be submitted to members for a vote to change the bylaws to reflect the new name.

Voting will begin Tuesday, January 12 and results will be announced Thursday, February 11. Both the proposed bylaws revisions and sample ballot have been posted to AALLNET.

The name proposal is a result of the branding initiative that AALL undertook in the spring of 2015. For more information about the process, or to get involved in the conversation, listed below are additional resources.

The proposed name change has sparked some great member discussion. To further the discussion, and to answer your questions, two Virtual Town Hall meetings were scheduled for December. The first Town Hall was held on December 1, and a recording from the meeting is posted to AALLNET. The second Town Hall will be held Friday, December 18 at 11 a.m. central. 

Friday’s Town Hall will begin with a short presentation about the proposed name change, followed by a Q&A session. During the Town Hall, you will have the opportunity to ask questions by phone and by live chat.  You can also submit questions in advance to rebrand@aall.org

Register for the December 18 Town Hall

Please email rebrand@aall.org if you have any questions or would like additional information.