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

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%)

Sincerely,
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!

Sincerely,

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.

AALL eBriefing / Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Rebranding Initiative

The Executive Board’s recommendation to change the Association’s name to the Association for Legal Information has sparked some great discussion. To further the discussion, and to answer your questions, two Virtual Town Hall meetings have been scheduled for December.

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Online
Register now.

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. to Noon (CST)
Online
Register now.

Both sessions will be recorded and made available to members on AALLNET.

The Town Hall meetings will begin with a short presentation about the name change recommendation, 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. For the Town Hall on December 1, submit your questions no later than Monday, November 30. For the December 18 meeting, submit your questions between December 2 and 17.

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.

Sincerely,

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Recommendation Conversation

Recommendation Conversation

Last Thursday, in an eBriefing to the membership, I reported to you that the AALL Executive Board had voted unanimously to recommend a name change for consideration and a vote by the membership. The proposed name, Association for Legal Information, is now being discussed on a number of member communication channels, and as a result some questions have been raised. To be responsive to your questions, we have updated the FAQs on AALLNET.

Thank you for taking part in a thoughtful discussion about the possibility of a new name for our Association. I hope that more of you will join in the conversation, which is important to our future. We will soon be scheduling a town hall meeting to elicit member feedback, and will continue to keep you informed via eBriefing, eNews, and on the website at www.aallnet.org/rebrand .

Sincerely,

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President

AALL eBriefing / Executive Board Name Recommendation

Executive Board Name Recommendation

In my August eBriefing about the AALL Rebranding Initiative, I remarked that “rebranding” is about more than a new name; it is about shaping our reputation and our future. More importantly, I asked you to think about what our reputation is, what we want it to be, and how we can best position ourselves for success.

We started the rebranding initiative last March, and it has been an enlightening journey. As part of that journey, we considered a name change to see if a new name could better communicate the varied roles our members play in the field of legal information. After much discussion, thought, and careful consideration, at its November 7 meeting, the Executive Board voted unanimously to recommend to the membership a new name, “Association for Legal Information.”

The Board is convinced that a name change is a necessary and healthy conversation for all of us to have as we position our Association for the future. Ultimately, it is up to all of you to decide, as we plan to put this forward for a vote on January 12.

Before the voting, we will hold virtual town hall meetings to elicit member feedback, encourage dialogue on a dedicated AALL My Communities discussion board, and continue to keep you informed via eBriefings, eNews, and information posted to www.aallnet.org/rebrandVoting will begin on January 12 and results will be announced on February 11. In the meantime, we have updated the FAQs on AALLNET in anticipation of questions you may have.


AALL Vision
AALL and its members will be the recognized authority in all aspects of legal information.

AALL Core Purpose
AALL will advance the profession and the professional growth of its members.

 

I would like to thank all of the members of the Brand Working Group, who have put so much time, energy, and thoughtfulness into this project: the AALL Executive Board, Council Chairs, and representatives of the Academic Law Libraries, Government Law Libraries, and Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Sections. Their participation has ensured that we considered all points of view.

As I have talked with members of the Brand Working Group about their journeys through this process, I have noted a few things that we all have in common: our feelings about the name change have shifted dramatically over the course of the project, we are passionate about our jobs and shaping our future, and, most importantly, we are dedicated to our colleagues and our friends who are the heart of this organization and the field of legal information.

I wish that all of you could have been in the room on Saturday, November 7, where the excitement was palpable. The trepidation about change, which we all have, was surpassed by the belief that we are helping to create new opportunities for the future of the Association. I hope that as you reflect on our treasured history and look toward our unwritten future, you will embrace this as enthusiastically as the Brand Working Group and I have.

We want to hear from you. The AALL My Communities discussion board (“Association for Legal Information”) is active and I have asked the members of the Brand Working Group to kick-start the conversation. Also, we will be scheduling the dates for the Virtual Town Hall meetings soon, so please watch for the announcements. As is always the case, please feel free to contact me directly with your comments at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu, or we can arrange a phone call at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Keith Ann Stiverson
AALL President