AALL eBriefing / AALL Requests Your Participation

Help Shape the Future of AALL

Recently, AALL launched a comprehensive, Association-wide branding initiative with Mission Minded, a communications and branding development firm. With a focus on AALL’s vision and core purpose, the goal of this project is to better communicate the value proposition of both AALL and its members.

Through research, stakeholder interviews, and surveys, Mission Minded will work to create a compelling and effective communications plan that clearly articulates the role of law librarians in the legal profession and the communities they serve.

The first phase, research and stakeholder interviews, has been completed. The information from the first phase has been used to develop an AALL Member Survey that we will be asking all members to complete.

The survey will be sent to all AALL members on Monday, May 18.

The survey does not solicit opinions on specific AALL programs, events, or products. Rather, it will investigate what common denominators unite AALL members and will explore how members feel about AALL and the profession. The survey results will be combined with insights from discovery to date, results from past member surveys, and other external research.

The survey will close on Wednesday, May 27, so do not delay in your response. We hope to get all members to participate in this important project. Responses will remain confidential and will be reported only in the aggregate. If you have any questions, or if you do not receive the survey on Monday, please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps Proctor.

AALL eBriefing / AALL Award Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the 2015 AALL Award Recipients

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 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia 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

 Timothy L. Coggins

Associate Dean for Library and Information Services

and Professor of Law

University of Richmond School of Law Library

Richmond, Virginia


Penny A. Hazelton

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Library

and Technology Services

University of Washington Gallagher Law Library

Seattle, Washington


Sarah G. Holterhoff

Associate Professor of Law Librarianship

and Government Information/Reference Librarian

Valparaiso University Law School Library

Valparaiso, Indiana

Sarah K. Wiant

Professor of Law

Washington Lee University School of Law

Lexington, Virginia


Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award

A Bibliographical Catalog of William Blackstone 

Ann Jordan Laeuchli 

(awarded posthumously)

Associate Librarian

Yale Law School

New Haven, Connecticut

Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: 

An Annotated Digital Catalogue 


Mary Sarah Bilder

Professor of Law

Boston College Law School

Newton Centre, Massachusetts

  Charles Donahue, Jr.

Paul A. Freund Professor of Law

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, Massachusetts


Sharon Hamby O’Connor

Professor Emerita of Law

Boston College Law School

Newton Centre, Massachusetts



Hall of Fame

Ann T. Fessenden

Circuit Librarian

U.S. Court of Appeals Library

St. Louis, Missouri

James S. Heller

Director of the Law Library, Professor of Law,

and Professor of Public Policy

College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia

Phyllis C. Marion

Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources

and Professor of Law

California Western School of Law Library

San Diego, California


Victoria K. Trotta

Associate Dean for the Ross-Blakley Law Library

Ross-Blakley Law Library, Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona


AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award

“Dialectic of Transformation: The Shaping of a Name,”

AALL Spectrum, April 2014 


Christine Bowersox

Collection Management Librarian

Harris Beach PLLC

Pittsford, New York

Kristen M. Hallows

Research Librarian

Bricker & Eckler LLP

Columbus, Ohio


Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award

“What About the Majority? Considering the Legal Research

Practices of Solo and Small Firm Attorneys,”

106 Law Library Journal 377 (2014) 

Joseph D. Lawson

Deputy Director

Harris County Law Library

Houston, Texas


Law Library Publications Award

Nonprint Division

The University of Florida Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center 

Annual Report Timeline 2013/2014

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Lawton Chiles Legal Information Center

Gainesville, Florida


Avery Le

Reference Librarian

Print Division

The Law in Postcards 

 Boston College Law Library

Newton, Massachusetts


Laurel Davis

Legal Information Librarian/Curator of Rare Books

Lily Olson

Access Services Librarian


AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Awards

Open Division

Understanding the “Other” International Agreements 

Ryan Harrington

Head of Reference/Specialist in Foreign and International Law

Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library

New Haven, Connecticut

From Law in Blackletter to Blackletter Law 

Kasia Solon Cristobal

Lecturer and Reference Librarian (Student Services Coordinator)

Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law

Austin, Texas

New Member Division

Managing Disruptive Patron Behavior in Law Libraries: A Grey Paper


Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Research/Access Services Librarian

Roger Williams University School of Law

Bristol, Rhode Island

Kristen Moore

Reference Librarian

Stetson University College of Law

Gulfport, Florida

Genevieve Tung

Reference and Circulation Librarian

Rutgers University Law School Library

Camden, New Jersey


Minority Leadership Development Award

Daniella Mia Lee-Garcia


Ninth Circuit Library, United States Court of Appeals

Fresno, California


Public Access to Government Information Award

Mary Alice Baish

Superintendent of Documents

Government Publishing Office

Washington, D.C.


Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award

2012 California UELMA 

Advocacy Team


Michele M. Finerty


Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Sacramento, California

 Judy C. Janes

Director and Lecturer in Law

UC Davis Mabie Law Library

Davis, California


David L. McFadden

Senior Reference Librarian

Leigh H. Taylor Law Library, Southwestern Law School

Los Angeles, California

Lawrence R. (Larry) Meyer

Executive Director

Law Library for San Bernardino County

San Bernardino, California


Chapter Professional Development Award

2015 SANDALL Winter Institute

Authenticating Electronic Legal Materials: UELMA& Beyond

San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL)

San Diego, California


Excellence in Marketing Award

Best Brochure

How is your Law Library Funded? 

Alameda County Law Library

Oakland, California

Best Campaign

National Library Week 2014 at the Riverside County Law Library 

Riverside County Law Library

Riverside, California

Best Newsletter

CALL Bulletin

Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Chicago, Illinois

Best PR Tool Kit

Welcome to Your Law Library!

Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library

Stetson University College of Law

Gulfport, Florida

Best Use of Technology


Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL)

Chicago, Illinois


New Product Award

Legal Analytics®

Lex Machina

Josh Becker, CEO

Menlo Park, California


Emerging Leader Award

Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Research/Access Services Librarian

Roger Williams University School of Law

Bristol, Rhode Island

Emily R. Florio

Manager of Library Services

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Washington, D.C.

Jane M. Larrington

Reference Faculty Services Librarian

University of San Diego School of Law

San Diego, California


Innovations in Technology Award

Law and Legislative Digital Library

Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

Augusta, Maine


Volunteer Service Award

Donna K. Bausch

Law Librarian

Norfolk Law Library

Norfolk, Virginia

Leonette M. Williams

Associate Director of the Law Library for Collection

and Administrative Services

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Los Angeles, California


Congratulations to all of the winners!

AALL eBriefing / Candidates Announced

Candidates Announced for 2016 Executive Board Election

The 2015 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 treasurer, and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held October 1 to 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2016.

Vice President/President-Elect

Gregory R. Lambert

Chief Knowledge Services Officer

Jackson Walker LLP

Houston, TX

Diane M. Rodriguez

Assistant Director

San Francisco Law Library

San Francisco, CA


Elaine M. Knecht

Director of Information Resources

Hiscock Barclay, LLP

Buffalo, NY

Jean L. Willis

Assistant Director for Support Services

Sacramento County Public Law Library

Sacramento, CA

Executive Board Members

Pauline M. Aranas

Associate Dean, John Stauffer Charitable Trust CIO, 

& Director of the Law Library

University of Southern California Barnett Information 

Technology Center & Call Law Library

Los Angeles, CA

Madeline Cohen

Director & Circuit Librarian

U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library

Denver, CO

Mary Jenkins

Law Librarian & Director

Hamilton County Law Library

Cincinnati, OH

Meg Kribble

Research Librarian & Outreach Coordinator

Harvard Law School Library

Cambridge, MA


Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia on Monday, July 20, from 8:45-9:45 a.m., in the Exhibit Hall at the AALL Member Services Booth. In the fall, 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 / AALL Vision and Core Purpose

AALL Vision and Core Purpose

This year, the AALL Executive Board has been focusing its time on conducting a review of the Association’s programs. The purpose of this review is to best align our resources with initiatives–both present and planned–to provide the greatest value to our members and to the Association.

  • 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.

With a focus on both AALL’s vision and core purpose, the Executive Board has taken the following actions:

  • Over the next 18 months, AALL will conduct a comprehensive, Association-wide branding initiative. Mission Minded, a marketing communication firm, which specializes in nonprofits, has been selected to lead this project. The project will be conducted in two phases: brand strategy development; and creative development and implementation. The first phase will focus on research and include a survey of all members and key stakeholders. The second phase will dig further into our brand with a comprehensive communications audit. This exciting initiative will result in a reinvigorated brand with a new visual identity, unified messaging, and a refreshed website. Most importantly, it will allow AALL to effectively create compelling and effective communications to clearly articulate the role of law librarians in the legal profession and in the communities they serve.
  • AALL’s monthly education webinars are now being offered at no charge to members, a substantial member value and benefit. This was made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer, which has agreed to sponsor the monthly webinars. This initiative provides members a forum to participate in monthly education programs with their colleagues. In addition, the content will be archived on AALLNET for members to access at any time. This new benefitincreases professional education opportunities for all members, an important goal of AALL.
  • The AALL Membership Directory, available on AALLNET, now has improved search capabilities. Members can search for up-to-date information by last name, city, state, position, title, minority status, employer name, or area of responsibility. With the enhanced functionality available on AALLNET, the print version of the directory will no longer be produced.
  • AALL Spectrum will soon undergo an “extreme makeover.” The redesigned magazine will be published bi-monthly (six times per year), will have an increased page count, and will be available in print, digital, and PDF formats. An editorial board will be appointed, with the goal of developingstrategic content that reflects the emerging trends and practices occurring in the profession. The editorial board will solicit, review, select, and curate content most relevant to the professional needs of AALL members. Look for a call for volunteers for the board in early spring.
  • A review of AALL’s continuing education program and framework is currently underway. An Education Program Review Special Committee, chaired by Ron Wheeler, will begin its work this spring. The goal of the special committee is to develop a framework for AALL’s continuing education program focused on advancing member education and professional development needs throughout their careers. The other members of the special committee are Marcia Burris, Emily Florio, Greg Lambert, and Gail Warren.
  • The AALL Price Index for Legal Publications will no longer be produced. The last edition will be published online in late spring. With the significant changes taking place in how library resources are distributed and priced, the Index no longer provides the same value to members. The resources used to create it will now be utilized in other ways in support of our members.
  • The Representatives program has been restructured, allowing us to focus on more cost-effective ways to connect with other legal and library-related organizations. The program, which was created in July 2007, has served us well in the past but has become very costly at more than $50,000 a year. AALL now liaises with these organizations through joint collaborations, such as the recent C-Level Summits, shared publications, collaborative programming, and exhibit floor presence at their meetings. We also work with them regularly on public policy issues affecting both the legal and library communities.


Holly M. Riccio
AALL President