AALL eNewsletter / May 2018

AALL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

DEADLINE IS JUNE 1

Don’t lose all that AALL offers—renew your AALL membership by June 1. Our members are problem solvers of the highest order and enable AALL to offer the knowledge, community, leadership, and resources you need to stay ahead of the curve.

NEW UPGRADE & PAYMENT OPTION

Championship Upgrade
Are you a champion for our profession and our members? Consider adding the Championship Upgrade to your renewal. Committed ambassadors to the profession and the Association can add the $75 championship upgrade through the membership application when renewing.

Sustaining Member Option for Retirees
As a retired member you have a new option to renew your membership with AALL. The Sustaining Membership allows you to enjoy the benefits of AALL without having to renew each year. Sustaining Members pay a onetime renewal rate of $425. (Note: Sustaining Memberships are purchased in the AALL Store.) It also makes a nice gift!

DIGITAL FIRST

To enhance our sustainability efforts, membership renewals are going digital. Paper invoices will no longer be sent; however, members may print invoices from their account if desired.

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022.

AALL 2018 / TIME’S RUNNING OUT TO SAVE $100

Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting—will you be joining your colleagues in Baltimore? Register by Friday, June 1 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can now preview the lineup of poster sessions and exhibitor showcase sessions. Hot topic programs will be announced soon.

Wondering how to convince your boss? We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) New to the conference? Get ready to rock AALL 2018. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and “the coolest city on the East Coast,” make sure that you’re part of the action.

AALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteering brings great people together—help make your Annual Meeting a success. Whether it’s registration bag stuffing, front desk check-in, collecting tickets for special events, assisting with library tours, or greeting attendees at the hospitality desk—we need you! Sign up and make a difference!

AALL BUSINESS MEETING & MEMBERS OPEN FORUM / SUBMIT RESOLUTIONS BY JUNE 25

The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 25. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

During this year’s Members Open Forum, AALL Executive Board officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL, as well as its programs and activities. In addition to asking questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting. To submit a question in advance for this year’s Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

LIBRARY SECURITY: BETTER RESPONSES, SAFER LIBRARIES, EMPOWERED STAFF

  • Wednesday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 18
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Spend an hour online with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security. Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the dos and don’ts of handling challenging patrons who may disrupt the library. He offers practical and realistic tools which will make your law library a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor. Learn safe workplace behaviors, security measures, and how to activate your “high-risk” customer service skills.

COMPENSATING LEADERS: SALARY NEGOTIATING TIPS

  •  Wednesday, June 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, June 8
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Join Leigh Estabrook, dean emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, for a discussion on salary negotiation. The session will outline successful salary negotiation strategies and provide methods for determining value, as well as steps for ensuring that compensation is commensurate with performance. Concrete steps to avoid common salary negotiation pitfalls will also be discussed.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory U.S.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

INTROVERTS AS LEADERS
Are you one of the many librarians who self-identifies as an introvert? Are you tired of leadership training that just tells you to be more extroverted? Then this program is for you. Learn how you can become a better leader, while being the person you are. Don’t change yourself, change your awareness. The presenters discuss the difference between shyness and introversion, and present tips for overcoming some of the unique challenges that introverts face in leadership roles (not by telling you to change your personality type!). They also suggest ways to play on the unique strengths that you have as an introvert in leadership and provide practical suggestions for everyday use in connecting with co-workers.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The keys to effective leadership are defined in many ways. One such key to leadership that is starting to gain momentum is GRIT. Angela Duckworth, the leading author on this topic, defines GRIT as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” This attribute of resilience and perseverance allows leaders to achieve their goals even when faced with adversity or failure. Utilizing GRIT in your leadership will permit you to be a more effective leader.

Below are some articles that introduce GRIT and leadership:

For more in-depth discussion on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • David G. Badertscher was honored with the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
  • Femi Cadmus has taken on a new role as the Archibald C. and Frances Falk Rufty Research Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Information Services and Technology at Duke Law School. Cadmus previously served as the Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Association Dean and Professor of Practice at Cornell University Law Library.
  • Jean Mattimoe was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s May Librarian of the Month.
  • Raymond J. McKoski, adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, recently published the book Judges in Street Clothes: Acting Ethically Off-the-Bench. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the rules limiting the charitable, educational, religious, fraternal, civic, and law-related extrajudicial activities of state and federal judges.
  • Jeff B. Woodmansee, assistant professor of law librarianship research support and reference librarian, recently traveled to Katowice, Poland, to teach Researching Criminal Law at the School of U.S. Law at the University of Silesia, in a joint project that the university and three U.S. law schools (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, University of Toledo College of Law, and UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law) participated in.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Katrina Miller, law librarian at Florida State University College of Law Research Center in Tallahassee, Florida, talks rediscovering the benefits of AALL!

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Judith Albert Research Analyst; Burford Capital; New York, NY
  • Joshua Amundson Grand Forks, ND
  • Reginald Blanding Pro Libra Associates Inc.; Wenonah, NJ
  • Elizabeth Moranian Bolles Harris County Law Library; Houston, TX
  • Don Boman Electronic Resources Coordinator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
  • Rebecca Charnock Director, Research Services; Cooley LLP; London, England
  • Steven M. Cohen Librarian; EPIQ Systems, Inc.; Atlanta, GA
  • Anita Dandridge Technical Services Librarian; Jones School of Law Library; Montgomery, AL
  • Cindy Goodwin Research Librarian; McGuire Woods LLP; Charlotte, NC
  • April Ham Berkeley, CA
  • Heather Hershey Digital Projects Coordinator; William A. Wise Law Library; Boulder, CO
  • Keena Hilliard Portland, OR
  • Lee Howell Library Assistant; DLA Piper; Baltimore, MD
  • William Huggins Access Services Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Elizabeth King Research Librarian; Harris Beach PLLC; Pittsford, NY
  • Maria Kuechler Knowledge Management Coordinator; Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss; Southfield, MI
  • Amy Kurlansky Reference Librarian; Hamilton County Law Library; Cincinnati, OH
  • Nicole Lemieux Librarian; Gunderson Dettmer, LLP; Redwood City, CA
  • Gretchen Lennon Enterprise Account Executive; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC
  • Anna Martin Harvard Law School Library; Watertown, MA
  • Jamie McIntyre Knowledge Services Director; Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; Boston, MA
  • Justine Morgan Manager of Knowledge Services; Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Erin Page Law Librarian; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC
  • Debra A. Pfeifer Analyst; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Margaret Purdy Law Librarian; Foley Hoag LLP; Boston, MA
  • Brandi Robertson Assistant Librarian; Homer M. Stark Law Library; Lawrenceville, GA
  • Robbie Sittel Government Information Librarian; University of North Texas Libraries; Denton, TX
  • Eric Sonnenberg Archivist for Legal Collections; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Kristen G. Toohey Law School Technology Consultant; Boston College Law Library; Newton Centre, MA

AALL eNewsletter / April 2018

AALL PRESIDENT ADVOCATES FOR GPO & LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FUNDING NEEDS BEFORE U.S. HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE

Greg Lambert Testifying On April 17, AALL President Greg Lambert testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, advocating in support of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget requests of the Government Publishing Office and the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress. Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-Kans.) and Ranking Member Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) were receptive to Lambert’s remarks, responding with their own comments about the importance of easily accessible and searchable government information. You can watch the webcast recording of Greg’s testimony on the Subcommittee’s YouTube channel.

AALL 2018 / NO MO’ FOMO

Sure, you could wait to register for AALL 2018, but if you do, you might miss out on preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed SIS event—many of which are already filling up. Need more incentive? How about:

Still on the fence? We asked AALL 2017 attendees to share their best moments from the conference:

  • “Meeting other folks around the U.S. and hearing their stories about trying to keep the profession viable, alive, and thriving.”
  • “Realizing that another attendee (familiar but not otherwise known well) had encountered very similar challenges over the past year as I had.”
  • “I’ve heard people credit CONELL with introducing them to lifelong friends and colleagues, and thought it sounded a little hokey. But I feel like I had a great cohort. We kept running into each other throughout the conference at programs, meetings, and receptions, met up for meals, and bonded very quickly. I do think we’ll keep in touch and become both valuable resources as well as good friends in the future.”
  • “Really, just getting out and meeting people in the job is my favorite part of AALL. I am a newer librarian, so my professional network is smaller than many of the more entrenched personalities. Going to the Meetings allows me to expand it [my network] in ways I could not do otherwise.”

So now you might be thinking, “I’m all in. But I how do I convince my boss?” We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) Make plans to join your colleaguesregister now!

SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS

AALL 2018 offers several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—lend your voice to the conversation!

POSTER SESSIONS / DEADLINE EXTENDED
Have you pioneered an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions are a popular feature at the Annual Meeting, and a great way to contribute to the learning opportunities in Baltimore. We’ve already received some terrific proposals—if your good idea could benefit your colleagues, why not share it? Find more information and submit your proposal online by next Friday, April 27.

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT / ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT!
AALL members are innovating the legal information profession, and the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is where so many great ideas converge. This will be especially true at AALL 2018, which will feature the culmination of AALL’s second innovation tournament, where finalists will pitch their projects and prizewinners will be determined. If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Apply by May 4!

AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of this event.

DISCUSSION DENS
Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about best practices. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? Informal “Discussion Den” chats will be held throughout the conference, and we’re looking for great discussion topics. Send your ideas to AALL by May 15.

FDLP MODERNIZATION ACT PROGRESSES

AALL members responded to our call for action during last week’s Virtual Lobby Day in support of favorable markup and passage of the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305). The House Committee on House Administration approved H.R. 5305 during its markup on April 12, adopting an Amendment In the Nature of a Substitute (AINS) to make technical corrections and minor changes based on suggestions from AALL, the American Library Association, and the Association of Research Libraries. A tracked changes version of the bill is available on AALLNET. We’ll need to continue pressure from AALL members to urge leadership to bring the bill to the House floor, so please take action now if you haven’t already.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

DIVERSITY DIALOGUES: HIDDEN DISABILITIES & VISIBLE SOLUTIONS

  • Thursday, April 26 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, April 23
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60


People with hidden disabilities can face challenges in the workplace stemming from the invisibility of their condition. Workplace activities that aim to foster teamwork can have an unintended exclusionary effect, and a lack of awareness regarding hidden disabilities could actually be limiting the engagement, involvement, and contributions of team members. Join us in a discussion led by Leigh Fickling, an expert in disability management, to increase awareness on hidden disabilities and workplace dynamics, including disclosure and accommodations. Attendees will learn how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, acquire actionable steps to create a more inclusive environment, as well as common awareness solutions to promote diversity on a broader scale.

LIBRARY SECURITY: BETTER RESPONSES, SAFER LIBRARIES, EMPOWERED STAFF

  • Wednesday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 18
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Spend an hour online with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security. Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the dos and don’ts of handling challenging patrons who want to disrupt the library. He offers practical and realistic tools which will make your law library a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor. Learn safe workplace behaviors, security measures, and how to activate your “high-risk” customer service skills.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS / ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY

  • May 10-11
  • Register by next Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Limited spots remain


This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg Law.

UELMA PRESERVATION GROUP RELEASES WHITE PAPER

The UELMA Preservation Group, an informal group of experts from states grappling with how to best preserve official electronic legal materials, has released a white paper about electronic preservation strategies and case studies from California, Minnesota, and Washington, DC, to demonstrate compliance with the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). The UELMA Preservation Group is led by Leah Prescott, associate law librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Georgetown Law Library, with participation from AALL members, the AALL Government Relations Office, state officials, the Government Publishing Office, and others.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s member magazine. Serving as advisers to the AALL Spectrum editorial director, the board is integral in identifying, shaping, and delivering information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.

Content for AALL Spectrum relates to six general content areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Career Development
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Management & Leadership
  • Transformation of Law

Applicants for the 2018-2020 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more content areas, a strong professional network, and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the job description, and for more information visit the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 26. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.

Volunteer Now

RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP EARLY

When you renew your AALL membership earlyby May 1—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference registrations.

NEW UPGRADE & PAYMENT OPTION

Championship Upgrade
Are you a champion for our profession and our members? Consider adding the Championship Upgrade to your renewal. Committed ambassadors to the profession and the Association can add the $75 championship upgrade through the membership application when renewing.

Sustaining Member Option for Retirees
As a retired member you have a new option to renew your membership with AALL. The Sustaining Membership allows you to enjoy the benefits of AALL without having to renew each year. Sustaining Members pay a onetime renewal rate of $425. (Note: Sustaining Memberships are purchased in the AALL Store.) It also makes a nice gift!

DIGITAL FIRST

To enhance our sustainability efforts, membership renewals are going digital. Paper invoices will no longer be sent; however, members may print invoices from their account if desired.

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board, to help solicit, edit, and curate the content of the Journal. Assisting the Law Library Journal editor, the board is integral in reviewing content and preparing it for publication.

Applicants for the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board should have strong proofreading skills, a proficiency in Bluebooking, and a desire to work with your peers. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the job description, and for more information visit the Law Library Journal Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 26.

Volunteer Now

JOIN THE NEW AALL ADVOCATES COMMUNITY

The new AALL Advocates Community will keep members in the know on the latest federal and state policy news with weekly updates from the Government Relations Committee and timely action alerts from the Government Relations Office. This new community replaces AALL’s Advocacy Listserv, which will be retired on April 27. The new community is open to all AALL members.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

LIBRARY AND MARKETING: ALWAYS BE CROSS-SELLING
Do you have a good relationship with the marketing team at your firm or corporation? Library/marketing collaboration can help your business improve its competitive advantage and can also give your department an edge by linking you to the business development and competitive intelligence functions at your workplace. You’ll learn a lot from this webinar and from the unique perspectives of your colleagues in the marketing world. Have a listen and start making marketing connections in your own firm.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

You’re a library director/manager, and you’ve worked your way up. But your staff is younger and they may have different work styles, values, and goals. Or vice-versa, you’re a younger manager in charge of staff who may belong to an older generation. Generation X’ers are now assuming more leadership positions, and we know that each generation leads differently, with their own unique styles. Each generation has different goals and expectations. How do you handle staff of varying generations?

Below are some articles on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Greg Lambert was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management. He joins fellow member Jean P. O’Grady, who was inducted in 2014.
  • Nicole M. Downing, Jesse D. Griffin, and Aaron S. Kirschenfeld have received the University of North Carolina (UNC) Katherine R. Everett Law Library’s highest annual honor, the Katherine R. Everett Award of Merit, which recognizes staff who have stepped up in significant ways to address the needs of the library and its users.
  • Errol A. Adams was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s April Librarian of the Month.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Jason Sowards, law librarian at the Nevada Supreme Court Law Library in Carson City, Nevada discusses creating smaller networks of colleagues with similar interests!

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Taylor Aberasturi Graduate Student; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies; Madison, WI
  • Paul Charas Salem, OR
  • Robert Dessau Founder & CEO; Voxgov; New York, NY
  • Eric Michael Earhart Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Assistant; University of Iowa Law Library; Iowa City, IA
  • Cathy Genero Research Librarian ; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Boston, MA
  • Melanie Gorscak Knowledge Management Coordinator; Nossaman LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Elizabeth Hickey Legal Analyst; LexisNexis; Charlottesville, VA
  • Nicholas Lamb Research Specialist; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Manhasset, NY
  • Kristina Martinez Catholic University of America; Washington, DC
  • Christine G. Noble Research Librarian; Snell & Wilmer LLP; Denver, CO
  • Lisanne Paprota Librarian; Segal Company; Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Christine Riggi Evening Supervisor; The University At Buffalo State University of New York; Buffalo, NY
  • A. E. Rooks Broomfield, CO
  • Suzanne Rosin Research Librarian; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Theresa Schwake Riverside County Law Library; Riverside, CA
  • Melissa Seelye Scholarly Publishing and Systems Librarian; University of Michigan Law Library; Ann Arbor, MI
  • Angela Sinhart Cataloging Clerk; Fordham University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Pamela G. Smith Assistant Law Librarian; Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University; Carlisle, PA
  • Ying Zhang Librarian; Ropes & Gray; Washington, DC

AALL eNewsletter / March 2018

AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

DEADLINE IS TODAY

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The deadline for grant applications is today, March 15!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE FORMED

A search committee to find a new executive director for AALL has been appointed by AALL President Greg Lambert. The committee will be chaired by Gail Warren, AALL past treasurer, and include members: Steve Anderson, Femi Cadmus, Michelle Cosby, Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, Greg Lambert, David Mao, and Julie Pabarja.

Current Executive Director, Kate Hagan has informed the Executive Board of her plans to resign her position effective September 30.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The deadline for applications is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, contact AALL Scholarship Award Jury Chair Steve Anderson or AALL Headquarters.

COUNTING DOWN TO AALL 2018 / JULY 14-17

Learning opportunities abound at this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, from the preconference workshops on Saturday to the return of the innovation tournament on Tuesday and everything in between. Join your colleagues and register today!

THREE RESOURCES TO GET YOU THERE

Even with this year’s solid lineup of educational offerings, you might need some help getting support to attend. AALL offers financial assistance and tips for getting your boss to say, “Yes!”

  • Annual Meeting grants: Consider applying for an AALL Annual Meeting grant, which covers registration costs for the Annual Meeting or preconference workshops. Special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members, and some chapters do as well. Don’t miss out on this critical resource—applications due April 1.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2018 on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask. We’ve got tools to help your boss understand why—despite the cost and time out of the office—you can’t afford to miss out. Make a plan to get support—there’s even a sample memo to your employer.
  • Show the value: Seal the deal by sharing essential programming with your boss. We’ve got a list of educational programs that will show how your attendance will benefit your library through the new skills you’ll develop, the latest trends you’ll learn, and the strong network of trusted colleagues you’ll build. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got you covered.)

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT

A few creative go-getters ready to pitch their ideas—ideas that beat out all the others to reach this stage. A panel of judges comprised of the industry’s thought leaders, waiting to be wowed. A rapt audience, eager to see who will sink or swim. It’s the showcase of a major network (legal knowledge network, that is), truly “must-see” stuff. It’s not Shark Tank. It’s the return of AALL’s innovation tournament!

Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—leverage this new opportunity to showcase your ideas. If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Some serious shark cred comes with those prizes, too.

Apply by May 4. Applications will be evaluated later this spring; a group of finalists will be selected to present their innovation plans to attendees and a special panel of judges at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting.

AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of this event.

POSTER SESSIONS

Have you pioneered a new program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions are a popular conference feature, and this year’s selections will once again be on display in the exhibit hall—your good idea could benefit your fellow colleagues. Submit your proposal by April 13.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—whether you’re new to the profession, trying to update or make the best use of the data you manage, or are interested in initiating projects in your firm. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 18 deadline.

UPCOMING ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING / REGISTER TODAY

ADVOCATING FOR INFORMATION POLICY CHANGE ON CAPITOL HILL

  • Wednesday, April 11 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, April 9
  • Members – Free

Members of Congress are currently debating key information policy issues that could change how law libraries access, use, and preserve government and legal information. Issues include how the Government Publishing Office provides permanent public access to tangible and electronic information; how the Federal Depository Library Program should function in the digital age; and whether government data and government-funded research should be more open to the public. Join AALL’s online advocacy training to learn how you can influence your members of Congress to modernize current laws to benefit law libraries and their users. The training will prepare you to take action during AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 12, 2018.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

GRIT AND GROWTH MINDSET: TOOLS FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREER

  • Thursday, March 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Have you wondered what grit and mindset have to do with professional success? These traits can be taught and leveraged to enhance professional skills for career advancement. Learn the science behind these non-cognitive traits, including tools to assess levels of grit and growth mindset, and explore methods to incorporate them into individual career development, team dynamics, and the culture of work environments.

DIVERSITY DIALOGUES: HIDDEN DISABILITIES & VISIBLE SOLUTIONS

  • Thursday, April 26 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, April 23
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Hidden disabilities are often a double burden on the affected population. People with hidden disabilities often face challenges in the workplace because they aren’t required to disclose a disability after being hired. Join us in a discussion led by Leigh Fickling, an expert in disability management, to increase awareness on hidden disabilities and workplace dynamics, including disclosure and accommodations. Attendees will learn how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, acquire actionable steps to create a more inclusive environment, as well as common awareness solutions to promote diversity on a broader scale.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg Law.

AALL APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE FILLS VOLUNTEER SPOTS

The AALL Appointments Committee met March 2-3, 2018, and selected the incoming committee and jury members for 2018-2019. The newly appointed members will be notified of their charge by the end this month.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY

AALL members know what it takes to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of legal information. AALL Spectrum—our bimonthly member magazine—helps members learn about one another and from one another. The AALL Spectrum Editorial Board provides critical insights to ensure that AALL Spectrum delivers the content members want and need.

WE NEED YOU

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s member magazine. Serving as advisers to the AALL Spectrum editorial director, the board is integral in identifying, shaping, and delivering information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.

Content for AALL Spectrum relates to six general content areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Career Development
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Management & Leadership
  • Transformation of Law

Applicants for the 2018-2020 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more content areas, a strong professional network, and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the job description, and for more information visit the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 26. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.

Volunteer Now

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY
APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community.

Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY

Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve. Law Library Journal—the official journal of AALL—provides scholarly articles on law, legal materials, and librarianship. The Law Library Journal Editorial Board provides critical insights to ensure the Journal delivers the consistent and reliable content you need.

WE NEED YOU

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board, to help solicit, edit, and curate the content of the Journal. Assisting the Law Library Journal editor, the board is integral in reviewing content and preparing it for publication.

Applicants for the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board should have strong proof reading skills, a proficiency in Bluebooking, and a desire to work with your peers. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the job description, and for more information visit the Law Library Journal Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Friday, April 26.

Volunteer Now

RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP EARLY

When you renew your AALL membership earlyby May 1—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference registrations.

NEW UPGRADE & PAYMENT OPTION

Championship Upgrade
Are you a champion for our profession and our members? Consider adding the Championship Upgrade to your renewal. Committed ambassadors to the profession and the Association can add the $75 championship upgrade through the membership application when renewing.

Sustaining Member Option for Retirees
As a retired member you have a new option to renew your membership with AALL. The Sustaining Membership allows you to enjoy the benefits of AALL without having to renew each year. Sustaining Members pay a onetime renewal rate of $425. (Note: Sustaining Memberships are purchased in the AALL Store.) It also makes a nice gift!

DIGITAL FIRST

To enhance our sustainability efforts, membership renewals are going digital. Paper invoices will no longer be sent; however, members may print invoices from their account if desired.

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

HOT TOPIC: HOW THE LEGAL MARKET CONTINUES TO CHANGE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE GREAT RECESSION
Some may argue that the Great Recession of 2008 was simply a moment in time and that we are “over it.” This presentation from the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting states that the legal profession is still feeling the effects of the Great Recession. This is evident in a number of ways, specifically, in terms of what clients will pay for legal services, who will be able to attend law school, and what sort of job opportunities will be available to law school graduates. This presentation is a useful tool for the research librarian who wants to better understand the changes occurring in the business of law, and how this understanding can be tied to career development and marketability.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Congratulations! You have finally landed a coveted leadership position. Now what? You may be wondering what you can do to be an effective leader, earn the trust and respect of your employees, and create meaningful change within your organization. It’s important to have realistic expectations of both yourself as a new leader and your staff as they adjust to someone new in a leadership role. Whether you’re starting out as a leader in an organization new to you or taking on a leadership role in your current organization, it is a good idea to read up on what you can do to make the transition easier on everyone in order to be successful in your new role.

Below are some articles with tips for new leaders and managers:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Pablo Arredondo and Owen Byrd will be presenting at CodeX FutureLaw 2018 April 5 at Stanford Law School on the topic “Legal Innovation Lightning Round II,” while Marlene Gebauer and Jean O’Grady will be presenting “Using AI to Power “Push” Legal Research.”
  • Madeline Cohen has been appointed assistant director of the Westminster Law Library and associate professor in university libraries at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. She previously served as director of the U.S. Courts Library for the Tenth Circuit in Denver.
  • Femi Cadmus was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s March Librarian of the Month.
  • Tim Lewis was featured on Alabama.com in the article “In the Fight Over Net Neutrality, Librarians Call for Action,” published February 19.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMORIAL

Richard DannerRichard A. Danner, past AALL president, died on February 22, 2018. Danner has long been recognized as a leader in the profession. He served as AALL’s president in 1990 and his remarkable service to the Association goes well beyond his role as president. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and honors from AALL for this work, including the Hall of Fame award in 2014 and the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service award in 2017. Danner was also a recognized scholar for law librarianship. He wrote for a wide variety of journals and published several books. In 2012, he received the Joseph A. Andrews Bibliographical Award for co-editing the International Association of Law Libraries Handbook of Legal Information Management. In addition, he served as editor of the Law Library Journal for 10 years.

He retired on July 1, 2017 as the senior associate dean for information services and the director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library after more than 35 years at Duke Law. Most recently, in January, he was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information for his exemplary contributions to scholarship in the field. Known as an innovator in legal information, and as an advocate for open access to legal information, he was one of the first people to argue for the advancement of open access publication of academic law reviews. Notably, all of Duke University’s journals have been online and free for all users since the late 1990s.

AALL Spectrum featured Danner in its July/August 2017 issue for his legal scholarship and selection as a Marian Gould Gallagher award honoree.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Kendal Bergman, research librarian at Fish & Richardson P.C. in Minneapolis, Minnesota discusses mentoring and its importance in professional development!

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Katie Barrett Fuller Research Librarian; McNees, Wallace & Nurick; Harrisburg, PA
  • Amanda Burton Reference Librarian; Locke Lord LLP; Dallas , TX
  • Brandy Ellis Student; University of Washington; Seattle, WA
  • Traci Emerson St. Paul, MN
  • Lauren Flood Assistant Law Librarian; Vero Beach, FL
  • Suzanne M. Habib Training and Outreach Manager; Duane Morris LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Adria Harris Supervisor of Library Services; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Geraldine Kalim Circulation & Reference Associate; George Mason University Law Library; Alexandria, VA
  • Alan I. Kaminer Associate Law Librarian; Fairfax Public Law Library; Vienna, VA
  • Martha McConnell Law Librarian; Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
  • Jacob Nunnally Assistant Director for Access & Collection Services; Hofstra University Law School Library; Hempstead, NY
  • Ashley Perkins Reference Librarian; Perkins Coie LLP; Seattle, WA
  • Maggie Schoff Bloomington, IN

AALL eNewsletter / February 2018

LOGGING INTO THE NEW AALLNET

Earlier this week, we completed our planned migration of AALLNET to an improved content management system. We invite you to visit AALLNET and its new and improved user experience. As you navigate AALLNET, we’d like to remind you of a few important changes:

  • Reset Your AALLNET Password: On the old platform, as well as the new platform, member passwords are encrypted for security purposes and cannot be easily retrieved. In order to log into AALLNET for the first time on the new platform, you will need to create a new password (your email address is your username). If you have any issues creating a password or logging in, please contact Membership Services.
  • 24-hour Login Session Timeout: With an increase in data breaches this day and age, AALL is no longer offering the option to save your login information for 14 days. In an effort to keep your personal information secure, logins will automatically expire after 24 hours.

We are committed to providing the best experience possible so please visit AALLNET and feel free to share your feedback with us.

AALL NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, MARCH 12

The AALL Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming Executive Board elections. To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination form on AALLNET. Nominations are due by Monday, March 12.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2018 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2019-2020), two candidates for the position of treasurer (2019-2022), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2019-2022).

For the 2018 election, ballots will be distributed electronically in October to all voting members of the Association. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters at the beginning of November, and election results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

AALL 2018 PREVIEW

PROGRAM LINEUP NOW AVAILABLE

It’s time to make plans to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Baltimore. You can now preview the slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming you won’t find anywhere else—including dozens of must-have programs requested by AALL members. Below is just a sample of what’s in store at AALL 2018:

Explore the complete program lineup and start planning your own schedule for Baltimore—registration will open very soon.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER & TROUBLEMAKER

As an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, and Baltimore native, John Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. While he is most well-known for breaking boundaries of acceptable filmmaking—his movies often cover topics of drugs, queers, abortion, and religion—Waters achieved box office and critical success for writing and directing Hairspray, which was adapted into a long-running Broadway musical. An accomplished writer, photographer, and visual artist (exhibiting at last year’s Venice Biennale), he has published several volumes of his journalistic exploits, screenplay collections, and artwork. An openly gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride. He has also authored a string of hysterically funny, bestselling books, including last year’s Make Trouble and 2015’s hitchhiking diary, Carsick. His live one-man engagements around the country are deliciously raucous and un-PC.

Join us this summer for Waters’ keynote address, “This Filthy World,” on Sunday, July 15 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

AALL thanks this year’s gold sponsors, Bloomberg Law and LexisNexis, for their generous support of the keynote address.

BOOK NOW TO GET THE HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE

The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s sightseeing hub, offering sweeping views of the city (Top of the World Observation Level) and a collection of historic warships (docked below)—it also conveniently features the Hilton Baltimore, AALL’s headquarters hotel. This downtown hotel connects directly to the Baltimore Convention Center, is close to restaurants and shopping, and is a quick 15 minutes from the BWI Airport. It is also located next to Camden Yards (home to the Baltimore Orioles). Reserve your room at the Hilton (or another one of AALL’s nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy the ultimate in convenience—at specially negotiated rates. Then rest easy, knowing you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

MANAGING STUDENT AND VOLUNTEER WORKERS

  • Thursday, February 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Student and volunteer workers are often indispensable parts of library operations. Managing part-time employees, particularly those who are new to law libraries, can present unique challenges and requires a hands-on approach. This webinar will discuss how to effectively manage and bring out the best in your student and volunteer staff through the use of scheduling technologies, robust training programs, and other managerial tools. This program is designed for library supervisors, librarians, and other professionals who work with part-time library staff.

GRIT AND GROWTH MINDSET: TOOLS FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREER

  • Thursday, March 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Have you wondered what grit and mindset have to do with professional success? These traits can be taught and leveraged to enhance professional skills for career advancement. Learn the science behind these non-cognitive traits, including tools to assess levels of grit and growth mindset, and explore methods to incorporate them into individual career development, team dynamics, and the culture of work environments.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg Law.

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community.

Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

SCREENCASTING: ADDING NEW TOOLS FOR REFERENCE AND RESEARCH
Have you looked for ways to spotlight your skills and research centers? Have you delivered the same how-to training session to new co-workers and research center users? Have you thought “there must be a way to make training sessions digitally available at the exact time that a researcher needs the information?” Creating screencast videos can be helpful for your users, but did you know that these videos can also provide you with statistics on how many times they’re viewed? This program provides best practices and tips for creating a professional screencast video. This educational video is helpful for researchers in the following areas: firms, government centers, academic environments, special research centers, and public research centers.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The last few decades have seen significant gains in representation of women leaders in law libraries. Despite this improvement, however, there is still a disparity within the library profession between the percentage of women in leadership roles and women in administrative roles. Women remain vastly under-represented in director positions in academic, court, and law firm libraries. This issue is due in part to gendered expectations, women’s family roles, and exclusion from professional development networks. Enacting laws and policies that address work/life imbalances, providing more robust women-to-women networks, and addressing gendered expectations may help level the playing field for women. While women are obvious stakeholders this month, ultimately, everyone in organizations benefits from women leaders and improved leadership, in general.

Here are some suggested articles on gendered expectations and how women can negotiate some of these expectations to advance in the workplace:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Steve Barkan, Voss-Bascom professor of law and director of the law library at the University of Wisconsin Law School, will be retiring this spring.
  • Meg Butler was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s February Librarian of the Month.
  • Bonnie Shucha has been appointed associate dean for library and information services and director of the law library at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She previously served as reference and electronic services librarian, head of reference, assistant and associate director for public services, and mostly recently, as deputy director at the school.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMORIAL

  • Nancy Mahood Weiss served as law librarian at Washington County Law Library from 2001 until her retirement in 2010. She earned her MLS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 before moving to Washington with her husband. Before earning her MLS, she worked as a librarian at Marin County Library (1968-1970), as a children’s librarian at Dormont Public Library (1971-1974), as a young adult and reference librarian at Citizens Library (1974-2001), and at W&J Archives (1986-1987). During her time as a law librarian, she was known for her meticulous research skills. An AALL member from 2001-2011, she was active in the Government Law Library Special Interest Section (then the SCCLL-SIS). She passed away January 18, 2018.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

CHAPTER NEWS

  • Nicole Dyszlewski and the Service Committees for Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) and Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) partnered up to raise funds for the New England Innocence Project (NEIP). Since 2000, the NEIP has been promoting criminal justice reform and exonerating the wrongfully convicted in the New England area. Thanks to generous donations, the LLNE Service Committee raised $3,850 to help NEIP provide legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted in the New England area. This amount was matched anonymously, so a total of $7,700 was donated to this worthy cause.
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Spring Institute will be held March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the California Museum in Sacramento, California. This year’s Institute is focused on advocacy for all librarians. The keynote speaker is Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary, whose talk will focus on the county law library funding crisis. Learn more and register today.

For additional chapter and AALL events, visit the calendar on AALLNET.

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

AALL member Kim NayyerIn this month’s member profile, Kim Nayyer, associate university law librarian and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada discusses the importance of diversity in AALL and her goal of running an annual family 8K!

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Betsy Appleton Tarlton Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Casey Brennan Paralegal; Adler Pollock & Sheehan; Providence, RI
  • Chris Cafaro Orlando, FL
  • Kelsey Cox McHenry, IL
  • Ann Dallair Library Graduate Student; Milbury Public Library; Milbury, MA
  • Gina Dietz KM Research Analyst; Fox Rothschild LLP; Philadelphia , PA
  • Leonard Fikes Fayetteville, NC
  • Gerard Fowke Law Librarianship Intern; Seattle , WA
  • Don Gray Associate Attorney; Meuleman Law Group, PLLC; Boise, ID
  • Suzarah Guevara Abbott; Abbott Park, IL
  • Rachel Hludzinski Technical Services Librarian; Duane Morris LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Ewa Komar Supervisor; Library Update Inc.; Belle Rose, NJ
  • Jennifer O’Donnell Research Librarian; Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Diane Phillips Manager, Research Systems & Apps; Goodwin Procter LLP; Boston, MA
  • Aimee Pittman Gonzales, LA
  • Kerri Rowe Law Library Fellow; University of Colorado Law School; William A. Wise Law Library; Aurora, CO
  • Sarah Sherman Librarian; Supreme Court of Illinois Library; Chicago, IL
  • Julia Sullivan North Kingstown, RI
  • Shannon Teichmann Law Librarian; Grayson County; Sherman, TX
  • Yana Verenich Technical Services Coordinator; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Jenni Wallace Arlington, VA\
  • Ellen Weppelman Brooklyn, OH
  • Sharalyn Williams Public Services Librarian; Gonzaga University; Spokane, WA
  • Danitta Wong Metadata & Serials Specialist; Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP; Boston, MA
  • Sarah Zimmerman Benton City, WA

AALL eNewsletter / January 2018

VOLUNTEER FOR AN AALL COMMITTEE OR AWARD JURY TODAY

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 22 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.

COMMITTEES

AWARD JURIES

Volunteer Now

Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. You can also access this information from the AALL Leadership Volunteer Form. The online application process is easy and only takes a few minutes. Volunteer today—deadline is January 26.

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS

Nominations are now open for the 2018 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations/applications for:

Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1. Recipients will be recognized at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore.

GEORGE A. STRAIT SCHOLARSHIP & FELLOWS COMMITTEE / CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 George A. Strait Scholarship & Fellows Committee to help identify, shape, and develop the next generation of law librarians. The George A. Strait Scholarship & Fellows Committee will be responsible for developing and implementing the application procedures and timeline for both the George A. Strait scholarship and newly-created fellowship awards. The committee will also identify and work with law libraries to place current and future fellowship recipients. Once these tasks have been established, the committee will review, select, and award both the scholarship and fellowship awards.

Please consider lending your time and expertise to AALL–submit your application by February 2. 

Volunteer Now

RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2018

This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Baltimore. A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with must-have topics in mind–programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is just a sample of what you’ll find in Baltimore:

  • Powered by AI, Built in the Law Library
  • Diverse Interactions: Addressing Race and Implicit Bias in Legal Research Instruction
  • Blockchain Is So 2017: Legal Cryptotech for the Modern Librarian
  • From Concept to Deliverable: Build Your Own Law Library Chatbot
  • Teaching Tech: The New Frontier
  • Medical Marijuana: A Growing Reality
  • Reference Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Telling Your Story: Using Metrics to Display Your Value
  • What’s in the Black Box?: An Inside Look at the Algorithms for Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Fastcase
  • Training the Lawyers of Tomorrow Through the Clinics of Today: Three Models for Practical Library Services in Clinical Law School Settings and Beyond

A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens later this winter, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

TRANSFORMING OUR LIBRARIES FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL: A VISION FOR 2020

  • Thursday, January 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 22
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Today, most people get their information online, often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, some users may miss it entirely. Yet much knowledge only exists on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries still haven’t met this digital demand, often stymied by costs, ebook restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. However, we now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. Join Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive and Michelle Wu, associate dean for library services at Georgetown University Law Library as they discuss digital transformation.

MANAGING STUDENT AND VOLUNTEER WORKERS

  • Thursday, February 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Student and volunteer workers are often indispensable parts of library operations. Managing part-time employees, particularly those who are new to law libraries, can present unique challenges and requires a hands-on approach. This webinar will discuss how to effectively manage and bring out the best in your student and volunteer staff through the use of scheduling technologies, robust training programs, and other managerial tools. This program is designed for library supervisors, librarians, and other professionals who work with part-time library staff.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg Law.

2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY PARTICIPANTS SELECTED

The AALL Leadership Academy is designed to equip participants with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to become an effective leader. Participants for the 2018 Leadership Academy have been selected and will attend the leadership academy, April 13-14, in Oakbrook, IL. Those selected include:

Jamie Baker
Jennifer Baker
Erik Beck
Emily Benton
AJ Blechner
Caroline Bracco
Stewart Caton
Kevin Carey
Mathew Cooper
Abigail Deese
Laurel Evans
Eliza Fink
Carolyn Floyd
Christina Glon
Elizabeth Graham
Cynthia Guyer
Marcia Hannon
Jordan Jefferson
Tanya Johnson
Zanada Joyner
Sarah Kammer
Andrew Lang
Kelly Leong
Amy Lipford
Tatyana Livshits
Doug Malerba
Shira Megerman
Molly Olsen
Patrick Parsons
Allison Reeve
Richard Reid
Elizabeth Schiller
Ariel Scotese
Matt Timko
Courtney Toiaivao
Scott Uhl
Scott Vanderlin
Chenfang Yang
Stephanie Ziegler
Congratulations to the 2018 AALL Leadership Academy participants.

AALL/ BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

SERVING LAW STUDENTS BEYOND TRADITIONAL LIBRARY HOURS

Are you looking for ways to communicate and serve your millennial students and associates? This 2017 AALL Annual Meeting program, coordinated and moderated by Austin Williams and featuring speakers Carol Bredemeyer and Michelle Wu, provided advice on how best to serve students outside of traditional library hours. Using streaming services, ebooks, seamless access to digital content and more, law librarians can learn options for services for their students that match what is available in many current business models.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Shhh. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of great leadership. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but the point is many of us librarians struggle to close our mouths and listen. Leaders who fail to actively listen can miss opportunities to build trust and gain insight from employees. At your next meeting, make it your goal to say less and listen more. Your attention might be what your employees hear the loudest.

Below are articles on listening as a leadership tool:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Robert Corrao has been named the next CEO of LAC Group. Corrao previously served as LAC Group president, reporting to Deborah Schwarz. In his new role, he will continue to build the company into a larger information services organization.
  • Deborah Schwarz has been named chief strategy officer, a newly created position, for LAC Group. Schwarz, who started LAC Group in 1986, growing the company from a one-person consultancy into an information management firm, previously served as the company’s CEO. In her new role, Schwarz will focus on developing new business, maintain select client relationships, and will work closely with Corrao on strategy developments and execution.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager. 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Erica Adams Analyst; Oakland, CA
  • Charlie Amiot Seattle, WA
  • Heather Ashby Sr. Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Akerman LLP; Washington, DC
  • Jordan Bradford Technology Consultant; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA
  • Sam Butcher Law School Library Digital Repository Assistant; University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI
  • Roxanna Choe Princeton, NJ
  • Rebekah Everest Seattle, WA
  • Katharine Fischer Emerging Resources Librarian; Harris Beach PLLC; Pittsford, NY
  • Denise Gevaudan Librarian; Babst Calland; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Danielle Lewis Seattle, WA
  • Pam McKinney Chicago, IL
  • Lynn Olson Alexandria, VA
  • Izzy Schiller President; CourtAlert; New York, NY
  • Meagan Tomchik Severn, MD
  • Matthew Tuegel Senior Library Associate; Saint Louis University; Saint Louis, MO
  • Lee Weixelbaum Manager of Library Systems; White & Case LLP; Tampa, FL
  • Kathleen Weston William H. Miller Law Library; Evansville, IN

AALL eNewsletter / December 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

AALL wishes happy holidays to you and your families!

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR #GIVING

AALL would like to thank everyone who generously gave monetary donations on #GivingTuesday. As you wrap up your year-end giving, we invite you to keep with the spirit and join your colleagues by making a tax-deductible donation to support AALL’s grant and scholarship programs—help nurture the next generation of legal information professionals with financial support for education and continued professional development. Thank you for championing our profession by generously supporting the education of our members with your contribution.

CALL FOR AALL COMMITTEE & AWARD JURY VOLUNTEERS / FORM OPENS JANUARY 2018

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 22 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.

COMMITTEES     

AWARD JURIES

Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. The online application opens January 8, 2018. 

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS

Nominations are now open for the 2018 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations and applications for:

Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2018. Recipients will be recognized at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore.

JANUARY WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

TRANSFORMING OUR LIBRARIES FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL: A VISION FOR 2020

  • Thursday, January 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 22
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Today, most people get their information online, often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, some users may miss it entirely. Yet much knowledge only exists on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries still haven’t met this digital demand, often stymied by costs, ebook restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. However, we now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. Join Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive and Michelle Wu, associate dean for library services at Georgetown University Law Library as they discuss digital transformation.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11, 2018
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

 

AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.

AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipients for the fall round of grants:

  • Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) & San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) [this is a co-sponsored program]
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL)
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

ASK THE EXPERTS: TOUGH QUESTIONS AND ESSENTIAL LESSONS ON PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Whether you embrace your role as manager or have stumbled into it accidentally, this webinar is for you. This program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting features three librarians with significant management experience discussing important topics related to personnel management. Topics covered include giving appropriate feedback, facilitating difficult conversations, and managing though change. In particular, the speakers answer participant questions about managing conflicts between subordinates and team building. The webinar concludes with a discussion about how a manager should respond to an employee who states “that’s how it has always been done.” Practical and insightful, this webinar is helpful to managers at any level and institution. *This webinar was featured in LogMeIn’s GoToStage list of top 100 webinars in the human resources category.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When enumerating traits of outstanding leaders, humility probably isn’t the first trait that comes to mind. But substantial research confirms humility is a highly important leadership characteristic that empowers employees and increases esteem for their leaders.    

Here are some suggested articles about humility and its role in leading others:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL HEADQUARTERS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

AALL’s offices will be closed December 22-25 and December 29-January 1 in observance of the holidays. 

MEMBER NEWS

  • Anthony P. Amabile is the newest member of The New York Law Institute Board of Directors, where he will serve a three-year term. Amabile serves as senior global manager of research and knowledge services for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where he manages the firm’s 22 research and knowledge centers.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.  

MEMORIAL

  • Alfred J. Coco served as law library director and professor at the University of Denver in Colorado until his retirement in 1994, when he became professor emeritus. After earning his JD from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and his MLL from the University of Washington in 1962, he began his career as law librarian and associate professor of law at Saint Mary’s University in Texas. Coco previously worked in private practice as a librarian and professor. A member of AALL since 1972, he held many prominent positions throughout his career, including President of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries from 1964-1965, and AALL President from 1977-1978. He received the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1995, and was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2010. His story was also featured in Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline as part of An Oral History of Law Librarianship. He passed away December 14, 2017.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.  

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Oheneba Amponsah Patent Analyst; Alexandria, VA
  • Rebecca Ensberg Reference/Technical Services Librarian; Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Joshua Escoto Jupiter, FL
  • Amy Halverson Director of Knowledge Management; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Palo Alto, CA
  • Shawn Haught Law Library Director/Court Administrator; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Erin Lybrand-Wenz Assistant Law Librarian; California Judicial Center Library; San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Catherine Matta Student; Washington, DC
  • Kevin Rothenberg Worrell Professional Center Library; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Matt Souser Librarian; West Chester, PA

AALL eNewsletter / November 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD NOVEMBER 3

The AALL Executive Board met in Chicago on Friday, November 3. During the meeting, the Executive Board approved the following:

  • A request to add vice chairs to AALL Juries. Appointments will take place in spring of 2018.
  • Revisions to the Annual Meeting Site Selection Policy to include updated language that is in compliance with AALL’s antidiscrimination policy, as provided in Article III of the bylaws.
  • Development of an Innovation Bootcamp education program to be held in fall 2018.
  • The 2017-2018 AALL Strategic Directions action plan.
  • The July 2017 Executive Board Meeting minutes.
  • The Board tabled a request to reinstate financial support for AALL Liaisons to the ALA’s Subject Analysis Committee (SAC); ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA); and the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC). This item was tabled so the Board could gather additional information, in consultation with the SIS Council.
  • An AALL Body of Knowledge to serve as the framework for all professional development programs and content.
  • A George A. Strait fellowship, in addition to the Strait scholarship. A new committee will be appointed this spring to oversee the new fellowship program

The Executive Board book and related materials are available on AALLNET.

GEORGE A. STRAIT SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWS COMMITTEE

At the November meeting, the Executive Board approved the formation of the George A Strait Scholarship and Fellows Committee. The committee will award the existing scholarship and also oversee a newly established fellowship. The selected fellow will be matched with a host institution based on interest and availability that can provide a rich and fulfilling work experience. This committee will be appointed at the next appointments committee meeting in March 2018 and begin work in July 2018.

AALL 2018 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS

Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018. The Annual Meeting Program Committee(AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC’s content team leaders met in Chicago last week to select and schedule the programming for next year, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. The AMPC is in the process of contacting proposers, and programs will be announced later this winter–stay tuned!

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you don’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have an upcoming research project that may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines indicate, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

DECEMBER WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EASILY DISTRACTED? HARNESS TECH TO BE MORE EFFICIENT

  • Wednesday, December 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 8
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Many librarians have multiple projects, competing priorities, and feel the stress of being the chief cook and bottle washer. The relentless march of technology fuels the stress along with the ongoing need to learn how to use new software and hardware. This session is about making technology work for you rather than the other way around. This webinar will discuss multitasking myths and how to stay focused on one task at a time to boost productivity. We’ll also share tools designed to make life easier and help you become more efficient in your workflow.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CAPTIVATE: PRESENTATIONS THAT ENGAGE AND WIN OVER TODAY’S AUDIENCES

Do you feel like your instructional approach needs a refresh? Want to improve the style of your training sessions? Longing for a better connection with your audience? During this session, Steve Hughes, a communications consultant, engagingly covers how to open big, develop the skills to think on your feet, weave storytelling principles into your presentations, and project confidence. The hour-long session includes an introduction to concepts like SPARQ and SOAR, which provide an actionable framework for enhancing your presentations. Practical considerations such as how to make eye contact with audiences of varying size and attention-grabbing ideas for introductions are also covered.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Since the dawn of community living, humans have engaged in storytelling. Early ancestors took to drawing on cave walls to describe tales of both victory and defeat. Hunting stories of the day’s spoils have been shared around the campfire since the discovery of flame. The act of drawing, telling, or writing our stories seems innate to the human experience.

Storytelling is used by people to educate, share culture, earn trust, and instill communal values. This is why developing strong storytelling skills can be a key asset to any leader. Learning techniques for constructing good narratives will engage listeners and help leaders drive their message. Numerous leadership experts have espoused as to how storytelling is beneficial for setting a vision, motivating individual behavior, and earning the confidence of those whom they lead. To quote author Warren Bennis, “The right anecdote can be worth a thousand theories.” If this is true, then learning how to craft that anecdote is essential to effective leadership.

For more guidance on the value of storytelling for leaders, along with some storytelling tips, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Janice Henderson was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s November Librarian of the Month.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMORIALS

  • Keith Andrew Berthrong served as systems librarian for the Community College of Philadelphia Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He previously served as electronic services librarian at Drexel University—a position he held for nine years. He was also a member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section. He passed away October 13, 2017.
  • Paul Rothman began his career as a lawyer before working with his father Fred at Fred B. Rothman Law Books in Denver, Colorado. He later assumed management and ownership of the business before eventually selling its assets to the William S. Hein Company. He was featured on the Hein Blog series “An Oral History of Law Librarianship” on November 13, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Masters of Tax Law at New York University. He was a member of AALL since 1985. He passed away October 24, 2017.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James DugganLaw Library Journal editor.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Jeremy Atie Research Assistant; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Paul Atwood Legal Information Services Manager; Office of the General Counsel; Oakland, CA
  • Samantha Best Librarian; Dallas, TX
  • Beth Bland Technical Services Librarian; Davis & Kuelthau, SC; Milwaukee, WI
  • Jieun Chang Burke, VA
  • Joshua Desautels Santa Rosa, CA
  • Randi Flaherty Special Collections Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Erin Grimes Law Library Fellow; California Western School of Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Rachel Hradecky Public Services & Outreach Librarian; Holland & Knight LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Dale Jachlewski Research Analyst Sidley Austin LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Sharon Kube American Bar Association; Chicago, IL
  • Michelle Penn Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law; Tucson, AZ
  • Mary Quackenbush Librarian; Sacramento, CA
  • Ellie Slade Ramona, CA
  • Debi Slate President & COO; Dispute Resolution Data; Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Lisa Smilnak Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian; Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Kasey Sorenson Research Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Travis Wise Senior International Tax Counsel; Google Inc., San Jose, CA

AALL eNewsletter / October 2017

VOTE FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS BY OCTOBER 31

The 2017 Executive Board Election is open—online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect and Executive Board members runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 31.

Members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by reading their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum. You can also listen to the recordings from the president-elect candidates forum and the executive board members candidates forum.

Vote today and help shape the future of AALL!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2018-2019 AMPC / FORM OPENS OCT 23

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers two different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? The AMPC volunteer form opens Monday, October 23—watch for the announcement.

2018 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLY NOW

Discover how to build your personal leadership style while networking with your peers in this intensive learning experience designed to elevate your career with essential leadership skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Legal information professionals with up to 10 years of experience

DETAILS

  • April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, IL
  • For Members only / $699
  • Apply by Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Limited to 45 participants

LEARN

  • Leadership models, concepts, and myths
  • Leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategies for difficult conversations
  • Core leadership values
  • Motivational leadership
  • Influence and workplace ethics

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (an endowment established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

MAKING THE MOST OF IT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT IR MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, October 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Managing an institutional repository (IR) can be an exciting and rewarding responsibility. In this webinar, colleagues experienced in IR management will discuss several challenges and present tips and tools they’ve used to successfully tackle them. Experts will discuss efficiency and output geared toward results, along with methods to get the most use out of information collected for IR—structuring it for multi-use purposes and approaches for getting crucial information from faculty authors. In addition, participants are encouraged to share instruments and methods they use to enhance the efficiency of their IR management.

BEYOND BITCOIN: WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR LAW LIBRARIANS?

  • Thursday, November 16 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 13
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Isn’t blockchain just for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Actually, these distributed databases can do much more than track funds. Being resistant to change but also transparent, blockchains can be used to store all kinds of data, particularly legal data. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the basics of blockchain—what it is, how it’s created, and how it’s being used today. We will also explore how blockchains are incorporated into legal research and practice—from legal contracts to real estate transactions and authenticating documents.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

AALL ARCHIVES POLICY REVISED

The Executive Board revised the AALL Archive Policy this past summer at the July 2017 Executive Board Meeting.

Material for the archives should be sent directly to the AALL Archive Contact at Headquarters, accompanied by a letter that briefly identifies the material and describes the activity to which it relates. Questions should be sent directly to archive@aall.org.

AALL RELEASES NEW MEMBERSHIP VIDEOS

AALL has added membership videos to our Membership page to help convey what the Association is and its value to the profession. You’ll find:

Where Legal Problem Solvers Go to Solve Problems

Welcome New Members

Who We Are

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CUBAN LAW AND LEGAL RESEARCH: A SNAPSHOT DURING THE DESHIELO

Are you intrigued by recent relations between Cuba and the United States? Have you wondered where business relationships between the two countries will go? Do you have associates, clients, or students wanting to travel to Cuba? How do you help them with Cuban Legal Research? This AALL 2017 Annual Meeting panel discusses all of these topics. Jorge Piñon from the University of Texas at Austin, Marisol Florén Romero from Florida International University, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns from Yale Law School take you in-depth, providing great political and business insight into the legal research process for Cuba, including a straightforward assessment of the authority and reliability of legal research resources. The group also discusses possible future scenarios, including the state of Cuba today, events impacting transition in Cuba, and business challenges.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Great leaders have many attributes, but one stands above the rest: they are all highly trusted. Many leaders have a compelling vision, good communication skills, and effective management techniques. This does not necessarily mean, however, that their employees trust them. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest mistakes leaders can make is to assume that others will trust them simply by virtue of their title. Trust is earned, and it takes time. It can be a challenge, but ultimately, it creates a healthy, productive environment with high morale, output, and retention.

Here are some suggested articles on creating trust in the workplace:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to storytelling as a tool for leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Ann Lee was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s September Librarian of the Month.
  • Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was a featured speaker at the Virginia Library Association/Virginia Association of Law Libraries joint conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Stacy Anderson Operations Specialist; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP; Wheeling, WV
  • Loyd Auerbach Librarian Relations Consultant; LexisNexis; Martinez, CA
  • Eric Berg KM Research Analyst; Fox Rothschild LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Samantha Best Librarian; Dallas, TX
  • Amy Bruce Research Services Manager; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA
  • Ana Delgado Legal Research Librarian; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Randall Flaherty Special Collections Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Michelle Hopkins Law Library Associate; Brown County Law Library; Georgetown, OH
  • Sharon Kube Marketing; American Bar Association; Chicago, IL
  • Molly Lentz-Meyer Digital and Archival Librarian; University of Richmond School of Law Library; Richmond, VA
  • Ashley Matthews Reference Librarian; George Mason University Law Library; Arlington, VA
  • Kaia Olatunde Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian; University of California; San Francisco, CA
  • Nathan Pedersen Community Librarian; Deschutes Public Library; Bend, OR
  • Lisa Smilnak Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian; Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Kasey Sorenson Research Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Rachel Triplett Law Librarian; Brown County Law Library; Georgetown, OH
  • LeShawn Turner Supreme Court of Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Nathifa Williams Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, ON
  • Travis Wise Senior International Tax Counsel; Google Inc.; San Jose, CA

AALL eNewsletter / September 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

Don’t miss out on learning more about your candidates for the 2017 AALL Executive Board election before voting opens on Friday, September 29. In preparation for the election, two candidates’ forums were scheduled. The forum for the President-Elect candidates will be held Monday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. Central—register now. The forum for Executive Board candidates was held on Sepetmber 18. If you missed the forum, be sure to listen to the recording on AALLNET.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Holly Riccio, chair of the Nominations Committee, serves as moderator for the forums.

CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

Michelle Cosby

Carol A. Watson

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
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

Additional Resources

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL SENDS LETTERS IN SUPPORT OF PRIVACY PROTECTIONS, OPEN ACCESS TO RESEARCH

AALL signed on to coalition letters to members of the House and Senate urging them to vote “no” on reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it is not significantly reformed. AALL has long raised concerns about this surveillance law permitting collection of international communications, but we have become more concerned about the privacy implications since learning that the government has been using the law to allow it to access and use the content of Americans’ communications without a warrant.

AALL also joined 13 national and regional library, publishing, funding, research and advocacy organizations in support of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (H.R. 3427 and S. 1701), which requires open access to the results of most federally funded research. The bills provide a mechanism to ensure that manuscripts of peer-reviewed scientific articles reporting on taxpayer-funded research can be freely accessed and used by members of the public.

View the letters on AALLNET.

AALL CONTINUING EDUCATION

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Advance your leadership skills without leaving the office. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will help you improve your effectiveness.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Directors
  • Department heads
  • Supervisors
  • Solo librarians
  • Anyone interested in improving his or her skills

DETAILS

  • October 3-27, 2017 (live sessions will be held on October 3, October 10, and October 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT)
  • Online
  • Members $325 / Nonmembers $488
  • Register by Friday, September 29

LEARN

  • Leading through change
  • Leading through challenge and conflict
  • Communicating brand value to key stakeholders

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS

Be the person who creates a competitive edge at your organization. Learn to establish and maintain a strategic competitive intelligence (CI) function in a law firm—from development to implementation—at AALL’s inaugural CI course.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Those looking to make an impact and expand library services
  • Professionals interested in being key contributors in a changing and complex legal market

DETAILS

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Sidely Austin LLP / Chicago
  • Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
  • Register by Monday, October 2
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

LEARN

  • Define core CI concepts, ethics, and legal basis for CI development
  • Identify and define intelligence needs for establishing a CI function
  • Leverage primary and secondary collection and use
  • Implement a CI program
  • Integrate a CI/business research with strategic intent

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Discover how to build your personal leadership style while networking with your peers in this intensive learning experience designed to elevate your career with essential leadership skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Legal information professionals with up to 10 years of experience

DETAILS

  • April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, IL
  • For Members only / $699
  • Apply by Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Limited to 45 participants

LEARN

  • Leadership models, concepts, and myths
  • Leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategies for difficult conversations
  • Core leadership values
  • Motivational leadership
  • Influence and workplace ethics

PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2018

The Call for Proposals for the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through Monday, October 2. Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience and make an impact on your profession.

Propose a program! Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 2. The AMPC will evaluate all proposals using a comprehensive rubric focusing on their relevance and description. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Mark your calendars and book your Baltimore accommodations–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

LIBRARIANS AS ESSENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE EDISCOVERY TEAM

  • Thursday, September 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Librarians are well known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills. Now, librarians are also effectively expanding their capabilities into the eDiscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that eDiscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations. This shift not only impacts firms, but also academia, courts, and nonprofits. Participants will learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s eDiscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical to eDiscovery work.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT IR MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, October 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Managing an institutional repository (IR) can be an exciting and rewarding responsibility. In this webinar, colleagues experienced in IR management will discuss several challenges and present tips and tools they’ve used to successfully tackle them. Experts will discuss efficiency and output geared toward results, along with methods to get the most use out of information collected for IR—structuring it for multi-use purposes and approaches for getting crucial information from faculty authors. In addition, participants are encouraged to share instruments and methods they use to enhance the efficiency of their IR management.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal.

Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2Go Pick of the Month:

LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP

Dr. Steven Bell, is known as a respected researcher and university librarian within the field. His qualifications include a PhD in Education, a long list of publications about teaching and technology, and several speaking engagements. In this webinar, Dr. Bell gives a comprehensive overview of competent leadership strategies, highlighting the importance of contacting Human Resources prior to hiring or terminating staff, and discussing the importance of stability, trust, and being reflective in a crisis situation.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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MEMBER NEWS

  • Michael Widener, rare book librarian at Yale Law School, has co-curated an exhibit with Grolier Club in New York titled “Law’s Picture Books.” The exhibit presents the law in an entirely new light, as an aesthetic realm quite different from our conventional view of legal texts.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTION NEWS

PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHOLARLY INTEREST SURVEY

Are you interested in resources for research and scholarship? The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section Research & Scholarship Committee is conducting a brief, seven question survey of AALL membership to learn more about commonly perceived obstacles to research and scholarship, as well as the kinds of support that would assist and promote projects. The data collected will help the committee as they develop new ways to encourage scholarly endeavors.

MEMORIAL

  • David Merkin spent his entire 36-year career at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York. He served in a number of roles at Shearman & Sterling, including library clerk and his more recent appointment as manager of research and information services. Merkin was an active AALL member, serving as a member of the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section as both a member and speaker. He also served as a past president and chair of the archives committee for the Law Library Association of Greater New York. He was regarded and respected for his immense knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of U.S. and international practice areas, topics, and jurisdictions. He passed away September 8, 2017.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Aya Asano KM/Training Specialist; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Bevington Reference Librarian; Utah State Law Library; Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sean Coleman Client Success Manager; Intelligize; New York, NY
  • Gillian I. Ellis Research Specialist; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
  • Ariel Erbacher Research Librarian & Lecturer-in-Law; Cornell University Law Library; Ithaca, NY
  • Maria Theresa Gardella Student; Clinton Township, MI
  • Jeannine Gelpi Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
  • Sarah Hodo Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Birmingham, AL
  • Joshilyn Hoisington Student; Kentwood, MI
  • Steven Philip Kovalan Senior Analyst; ALM Legal Intelligence; Arlington, VA
  • Raymond J. McKoski Adjunct Professor; John Marshall Law School ; Lindenhurst, IL
  • Helen Mok Librarian; Parlee McLaws LLP, Calgary, AB
  • Megan Molinaro Knowledge Management Research Specialist; Sedgwick LLP; Kansas City, MO
  • Cassandra Patterson Reference and Outreach Services Librarian; Charleston School of Law; Charleston, SC
  • Courtney Pinkard Jones School of Law Library; Montgomery , AL
  • Maaike Ravesteijn Client Relations Manager; Bloomberg BNA; Washington, DC
  • Aaron Jacob Retteen Texas A&M University School of Law; Tallahassee, FL
  • James Riley Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Susann E. Rutledge Research Manager; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
  • Joanne Santino New England Library Manager; Nixon Peabody LLP; Boston, MA
  • Karen Sawatzky Director of Legal Resources; Law Society of Manitoba; Winnipeg, MB
  • Caitlyn Stephens Cataloging/Metadata and Resource Sharing Librarian; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Julie Swanson Reference Librarian; Locke Lord LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Liz Wallach Special Projects Manager; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
  • James Ward National Account Executive; Thomson Reuters, Legal; Washington, DC
  • Michael Whitlow Graduate Assistant University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL
  • Oi-May Wong Research Analyst; Morrison & Foerster, LLP; New York, NY

AALL eNewsletter / August 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

The AALL Executive Board election is quickly approaching, and two candidates’ forums are scheduled in advance of the election. Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Friday, September 29. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forums by submitting questions in advance. To submit a question in advance, email it to candidatesforum@aall.org.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums
via live chat. Holly Riccio, chair of the Nominations Committee,
will serve as moderator for the forums.

Candidates Forum for Board Members

September 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for the Executive Board

  • June Hsiao Liebert
  • Liz Reppe
  • Karen Selden
  • Christine Sellers

Candidates Forum for President-Elect

September 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Michelle Cosby
  • Carol A. Watson

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
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

Additional Resources

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL 2018 PROGRAM IDEAS / LAST CALL

SUBMIT YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR “MUST-HAVE” PROGRAMS

Building upon the success of the “must-have” programs solicited for, and presented at, the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, what “must-have” programs should AALL 2018 feature? AALL members have great ideas–share yours through tomorrow, August 18 and see what’s already buzzing among your colleagues. Your ideas will help the Annual Meeting Program Committee identify the must-have program topics for next summer’s conference, which will be included in the Call for Proposals next month.

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2018.

Mark your calendars and book your Baltimore accommodations–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2017 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

AALL Joins Re:CREATE

AALL has joined Re:Create, a diverse coalition of trade associations, not-for-profits, advocacy groups, and think tanks advocating for balanced copyright rules. Launched in 2015, Re:Create works to ensure copyright laws are simple and transparent, while also advocating for innovation, creativity, education, and economic growth. The organization focuses on engagement with legislators about the need to support exceptions and limitations, such as fair use, safe harbors, curbing statutory damages, and combating abusive copyright enforcement practices. “A fundamental principle of AALL’s mission is ensuring access to relevant legal information as a matter of justice,” noted AALL executive director Kate Hagan. “As a member of the Re:Create Coalition, we not only broaden our reach, but add to the important chorus of those advocating for modern and fair copyright laws. Our membership in Re:Create also demonstrates our support for the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of law libraries and others who benefit from such laws.” See our press release for more information.

AALL BIENNIAL SALARY SURVEY / RESPONSES DUE AUGUST 24

YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED

An invitation to participate in the 2017 AALL Salary Survey was sent out at the beginning of the month to all members. The Association asks everyone to pitch in and participate to ensure the survey is as complete and useful as possible.

If you are identified as being in a director-level role, you should have received an invitation to participate in the survey. The link in the email contains background information on the survey as well as instructions.

If you are not in a director-level role, but received the email, please share it with the person in charge of your compensation. This could be a director, a department head, or human resources representative.

Thank you for ensuring that you and your organization are represented. Contact Megan Mall AALL’s director of content strategy, with questions.

NEW LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR SELECTED

TOM GAYLORD CHOSEN BY SEARCH COMMITTEE

Tom Gaylord, faculty services & scholarly communications librarian at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has been selected to serve as the next editor of Law Library Journal (LLJ), beginning on July 1, 2018. Gaylord will be succeeding James Duggan, who will have served a five-year term as editor. In preparation for his new role, Gaylord will work with Duggan over the next several months to learn the overall operations for the editing and production of LLJ.

“I am incredibly humbled and genuinely excited to have been selected as the next editor of Law Library Journal,” said Gaylord. “I look forward to continuing the wonderful work that James Duggan has been doing over the past five years as editor and maintaining the excellence of AALL’s flagship journal as the leading voice of our profession.”

Gaylord has served in his current position since 2014. Prior to joining Northwestern, he worked at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law as the senior research & faculty services librarian and West Group as an attorney editor. Gaylord has extensive writing and editing experience; from 2007 until January of this year he wrote a bimonthly column, “Finding Illinois Law,” for the Illinois Bar Journal.

Gaylord has presented at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and the Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science. His memberships include the Chicago Association of Law Libraries–where he currently serves as treasurer of the Executive Board–and the American Bar Association.

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS ONLINE COURSE / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

  • Tuesday, October 3-Friday, October 27, 2017 (Online)
  • Register by Friday, September 29
  • Members – $325 / Nonmembers – $488

As a legal information professional, it is important to position you and your organization for long term success. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will help you improve your management effectiveness, help you manage change and resolve conflict, build relationships and cultivate brand value with your key stakeholders, and learn how to “know the business” of those you serve and what’s important to them. Attendees will also learn from experts in the field, engage with a small group of fellow peers, and learn practical skills that can be applied immediately.

AALL LAUNCHES COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago, IL
  • Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

Want to be a strategic legal information professional who helps create a competitive edge for your organization? Attend AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Foundations program. This program is designed to prepare professionals on how to establish and maintain a competitive intelligence function for a law firm. Attendees will learn how to create processes and learn effective analysis frameworks to establish a competitive intelligence function within their organization.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

LAW LIBRARIANS AS CHANGE AGENTS: IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABILITY

  • Thursday, August 24 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 21
  • AALL Members – Complimentary / Nonmembers – $60

Law librarians have an opportunity to become organizational leaders in sustainability and justice to catalyze action to improve communities. Using AALL’s recent sustainability resolution as a guide, learn how to be change agents by increasing organizational management’s commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies to integrate sustainability into an organization and how to leverage their research, communication, and project planning skills to facilitate an action plan. You’ll also hear from an expert about successful sustainability achievements within a law firm setting.

LIBRARIANS AS ESSENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE EDISCOVERY TEAM

  • Thursday, September 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Librarians are well known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills. Now, librarians are also effectively expanding their capabilities into the eDiscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that eDiscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations. This shift not only impacts firms, but also academia, courts, and nonprofits. Participants will learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s eDiscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical to eDiscovery work.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.

SAVE THE DATE / 2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

  • Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL

Attention all legal information professionals in the early stages of your career–maximize your leadership potential by attending the 2018 AALL Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is designed to equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. The program will include interactive discussions to explore key leadership concepts and current trends, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities, and opportunities to network with your colleagues. The application process will open in September. More information will be forthcoming.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

TELLING THE STORY OF RESEARCH: ALTMETRICS AT PITT

Do you read news articles, blogs, or social media? Speakers Lauren B. Collister and Timothy S. Deliyannides say that it is important to “capture the life cycle of scholarship.” In just under an hour, you will discover how to keep track of online-only data.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

In today’s technology-driven world where knowledge abounds and communication never ceases, burnout has become one of the leading causes of workplace dissatisfaction, stress, unhappiness, and health problems. One survey even suggested that an employee in a leadership role typically feels the effect of burnout after a short six months. One way to combat burnout at work is to know your capacity as a leader in your workplace or organization, and try not to exceed it.

Below are some resources that provide ideas and insights into how to prevent leaders from burning out:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month our focus will shift to servant leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Emma Babler has taken the position of reference and technology librarian at the University of Wisconsin Law School Library. Babler previously served at the University of Las Vegas, Wiener-Rogers Law Library, where she worked closely with faculty and presented at several conferences.
  • Brian C. Barnes, who previously served as interim director of the law library at Loyola University New Orleans since 2013, has assumed the post permanently. Barnes first joined Loyola in 2010 as the law library’s deputy director.
  • Deanne Fix, manager of library and information services at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri, and member of the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section was featured in the Missouri Lawyer Weekly (Bar Magazine) in the “Unsung Legal Heroes 2017” supplement.
  • Deborah Schwarz was profiled in an article from the LA Times called, “How I Made It: This Reluctant Librarian Has a Taste for Disruption.”

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.

MEMORIALS

  • Marian F. Parker enjoyed a distinguished thirty-five year career in higher education at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. She served as professor of law and director of the law library at New York University, associate law librarian at Harvard University, associate professor and director of the law library at University of Tulsa, associate director of the law library at SUNY Buffalo, research librarian and professor of law at Duke University, and retired from Wake Forest University as associate dean and law professor. Parker earner her JD from Wake Forest in 1978 and her MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1979. She passed away March 9, 2017, after an extended period of declining health.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Jones Addo Law Librarian; New Jersey State Library; Trenton, NJ
Mohammed Alotaibi Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Bakr Alsulami Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Orin Armstrong Esq. St. Cloud, MN
Saad Asiri Student; Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Abdullah Baosman Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Seth Brostoff Reference Librarian; University of Florida, Levin College of Law Legal Information Center; Gainesville, FL
Ross Bulla President; The Treadstone Group, Inc.; Denver, NC
Susan Cunningham Director; U.S. & Global Market Strategy; Key Biscayne, FL
Lise Deary General Counsel; Covington & Burling LLP; Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Felsen Librarian; Colorado Supreme Court Library; Denver , CO
Martina Haines Slippery Rock, PA
Susan Hanley Librarian; Peaks Island, ME
John Harrington CEO; Propylon; New York, NY
Christopher Huber Student; Santa Clara University; Santa Clara, CA
Nicole Moss Assistant Librarian; Preti Flaherty; Portland, ME
Elizabeth Oyster Attorney; Lancaster, VA
Sabrina Pacifici Knowledge Manager, Senior Librarian; Office of Financial Research; Washington, DC
Ken Petre II Librarian; Sherwood, AR
Andrea Rasmussen Ropes & Gray; Boston, MA
Kyle Smith Director; S&P Global Market Intelligence; New York, NY
Tamie Tobe Reference Librarian ; Nixon Peabody LLP; Washington, DC
Alex Valdivia Tech Services Librarian; Riverside County Law Library; Riverside, CA