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.
Gregory R. Lambert
Chief Knowledge Services Officer
Jackson Walker LLP
Diane M. Rodriguez
San Francisco Law Library
San Francisco, CA
Elaine M. Knecht
Director of Information Resources
Hiscock Barclay, LLP
Jean L. Willis
Assistant Director for Support Services
Sacramento County Public Law Library
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
Director & Circuit Librarian
U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library
Law Librarian & Director
Hamilton County Law Library
Research Librarian & Outreach Coordinator
Harvard Law School Library
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 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