AALL eNewsletter / November 2018

AALL 2019

PROGRAMMING UPDATE

Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2019. 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!

ANNOUNCING SHON HOPWOOD AS 2019 KEYNOTE

Shon Hopwood’s path to becoming associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and co-owner of Prison Professors L.L.C. is somewhat unusual. His journey began not at a law school, but rather, federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners while serving a 12-year sentence for bank robberies. While incarcerated, he prepared two petitions for certiorari, which were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court—he also won cases for other prisoners in federal courts across the country. Learn more about Shon.


Mark your calendars and book your housing—you don’t want to miss the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

PROBLEM SOLVER. STREAMLINER. INNOVATOR.

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE LIKE THAT?

AALL members are constantly finding new ways to better support their stakeholders, staff, and colleagues—and sometimes even small endeavors can result in big improvements. But too often, their solutions roll out with little acknowledgement. You may have heard about our upcoming AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative. We’re assembling a dynamic lineup of presenters comprised of AALL members and other thought leaders, and we’re on the lookout for members who have addressed workplace challenges by putting creative ideas into action. If you know an unsung AALL member behind a unique solution, we want to hear about them!

SAVE THE DATE

  • AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative
  • April 25-26, 2019
  • Chicago

Join legal information professionals to learn how to amplify your skills and resources, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation. Registration announcement coming soon.

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING / REGISTER TODAY

  •  Tuesday, December 4, 2018 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, November 30
  • Member – Free

Learn about how you can influence your members of Congress and build productive, long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff at our next online advocacy training, “The ABCs of Advocacy: Law Librarians and the 116th Congress.” You’ll learn about AALL’s policy priorities and what the makeup of the new Congress means for our issues, identify upcoming opportunities for action, and come away with proven strategies for delivering an effective message to your members of Congress.

AALL STATE OF THE PROFESSION SURVEY / RESPONSES DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

The inaugural AALL State of the Profession Survey was sent to members with expertise in law libraries and equivalent organizations on November 8. The goal of the project is to deliver a report to identify, clarify, and support the value of your individual and collective roles. Jamie Baker, a member of the advisory group that created the survey, explains why your input is crucial.

If you haven’t received an invitation, please contact ARI at ari@associationresearch.com with the following subject line: AALL State of the Profession Survey Requests. Those who complete the survey can opt in to get a 10 percent discount on the final report and/or to win a $100 gift card.

Additional information can be found on AALLNET.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EDITOR INSIGHTS: A WEBINAR PANEL ON PUBLISHING YOUR WRITING

  • Wednesday, December 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 7
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Have you ever wondered what it takes to get an article published? Have you thought about writing but weren’t sure where to start? There is enormous interest in producing scholarship, but many of us struggle with making time, developing topics, and staying motivated. This webinar includes a panel of editors from five major law library publications, who will demystify the writing and publication process by providing insight into what makes a good article, what the editors look for when they review submissions, and how to build collaborative relationships with your editors. The panelists will discuss the unique attributes of different publications and help authors think strategically about publication avenues. They will also share tips for writing and producing scholarship, trends, and areas in need of more research and exploration.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

LIMITED SPACES LEFT

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March 28-30, 2019
  • Hotel Palomar, Chicago, IL
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Register by Monday, February 25

Don’t miss this opportunity!
The next AALL Management Institute is in 2021.

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

The AALL LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for 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 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 (under the heading “Recipients” 2000-2017, at the bottom of page) 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 published. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

SAVE THE DATE / AALL DAY ON THE HILL

  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Washington, DC

Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration for AALL Day on the Hill will open in early 2019.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

LIGHTNING LESSONS: RESEARCH INSTRUCTION IN A FLASH
Are your patrons too busy to learn about research? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting session, while geared toward academics, has plenty of ideas for librarians from all library types on how to engage users and teach them small bits of information very quickly. Following a brief description of their slightly different methods of capture and training, co-presenters AJ Blechner from the Harvard Law School Library and Heather Joy from the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library at Chapman University reenact a couple of example lessons and share how to create lightning lessons, including issues to consider when implementing them.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Fear of failure can often creep in for those of us who are constantly trying to identify new ways to best meet the needs of our users. The fear of little-to-no participation in a workshop can cause you to rethink if it’s worth the time and effort to plan and promote. Moreover, the thought that a website revision may irritate some loyal users can prevent you from trying to integrate more innovate features and tools. The fear of failure can be debilitating at times, sapping all creativity and rendering the best librarians unable to maximize their efforts toward enhancing resources and services. However, failure doesn’t have to be this way. True leaders are those who see failure not as something to fear and avoid at all costs, but instead as something that will happen more often than not on the way to success. Simply put, if you’re not failing every now and then, then you’re not innovating.

Below are some resources that discuss leadership and failure:

This book provides for a 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 T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  •  Tiffany L. Camp was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s November Librarian of the Month.
  • Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer’s latest “The Geek in Review” podcast features an interview with AALL Executive Director Vani Ungapen.

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, Thomas Sneed, associate professor and director of the Law Library at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, talks the AALL Career Center, community, and how KnowItAALL keeps him informed.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Allison Belanger Student; St. Petersburg, FL
  • Joshua Bruegger Assistant Research Librarian; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Overland Park, KS
  • Ivelisse Colon System Librarian; Law Library of Montgomery County; Norristown, PA
  • Nicola Dixon Library Operations Manager; Pepper Hamilton LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Mark Francis CaseMine LLC
  • Jennifer Friedman Head of Acquisitions and E-Resources Management; UCLA Law Library; Los Angeles, CA
  • Sean Harrington Fowler School of Law, Chapman University; Seal Beach, CA
  • Joseph Kalet Head Librarian; San Luis Obispo County Law Library; San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Joanne Munro Morristown, NJ
  • April Dawn Park Legal Librarian & Litigation Paralegal; Glankler Brown, PLLC; Memphis, TN
  • Christie Schauder Digital Solutions Coordinator; WilmerHale; Boston, MA
  • Michele Wallbrett Library Manager/Paralegal; Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP; San Diego, CA
  • Bianca White Research Attorney; LexisNexis; Miamisburg, OH

AALL eNewsletter / October 2018

VOTE FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS BY OCTOBER 31

The 2018 Executive Board Election is open—online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, October 31.

AALL elected 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 candidates forums for president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members.

Vote today and help shape the future of AALL!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2019-2020 AMPC / FORM OPENS OCT. 22

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans 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 22—watch for the announcement.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN PRACTICE: FROM DRAWING BOARD TO ACTION

  • Thursday, November 15 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 12
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Register button

The nebulous world of Knowledge Management (KM) can keep us so bogged down in the question of “What is KM?” that we can’t seem to move to the next step of planning for KM initiatives. To drive your success with KM, you must pick the right goal and understand how your plan fits into your organization’s strategic goals, culture, and structure. A successful and sustainable KM initiative is tailored to those organizational factors and includes active involvement from champions for your initiatives. Join us for a program on designing a road map for a specific KM project, including setting realistic goals and timelines. We will also explore a case study of a successful KM project currently in place.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Limited to 50 participants

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

The AALL LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for 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 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 published. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

SAVE THE DATE / AALL DAY ON THE HILL

  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • Washington, DC

Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration for AALL Day on the Hill will open in early 2019.

AALLNET UPDATE / KNOWLEDGE CENTER REORGANIZED

In an effort to improve the Knowledge Center’s usability, it is now structured around topic areas such as Professional Development, Technology, and Copyright & IP. Each resource is tagged using AALL’s recently revised taxonomy to make it easy to explore and locate content. Take a look to find SIS tutorials and teach-ins, research guides, and more!

Please contact Megan Mall, director of content strategy, with any questions or recommendations.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

FROM CONCEPT TO DELIVERABLE: BUILD YOUR OWN LAW LIBRARY CHATBOT
Tired of answering the same question over and over again? Want to put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for you? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting program, which featured presenters Saskia Mehlhorn and Robert Brammer, offers one way to do so. Following an introduction to AI and discussing possible unauthorized practice of law issues, the program covers the mechanics of creating a simple chatbot. The speakers use Chatfuel to demonstrate how to create a chatbot that helps users get answers to basic questions or find information about the library, using the chatbot for the Library of Congress as an example. Considering the rapid growth of messenger apps, this may be an important option for assisting researchers.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Good leaders know how to delegate. Letting go of control can be a challenge for many, but effective leaders know when and how to allocate duties. Delegating the work helps leaders manage their time more efficiently, provide opportunities for team members to grow, and allows them to focus on high-level tasks and needs.

For more guidance on how leaders can effectively delegate, here are a few recommended articles:

These books provide 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 T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  • AJ Blechner was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s October Librarian of the Month.
  • Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer’s “The Geek in Review” podcast was named one of law’s best by Nicole Black at MyCase.

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, Jessica King, reference services manager at Perkins Coie in Seattle, Washington, discusses the benefits of attending AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Strategies & Analysis training.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Derek Antler University of San Diego; San Diego, CA
  • Mirwais Mohammad Asef Reference Librarian; Western State University ; Irvine, CA
  • Thomas Baer Reference Librarian; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, PA
  • Trish Chatterly Collection Strategies Coordinator ; University of Alberta Libraries; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Kendel Croston Director; Stark County Law Library Association; Canton, OH
  • Melinda Elder Director of Knowledge & Research Services; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry ; Houston, TX
  • Ann Flournoy Student; Fort Worth, TX
  • Stella Gibbs Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Washington, DC
  • Amy Gregory Assistant Law Librarian; Washington County Law Library; Hillsboro, OR
  • Cindy Lynn Grisham Public Services Librarian; Arkansas Supreme Court Library; Little Rock, AR
  • Claire Lecompte Librarian; Universite De Sherbrooke; Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
  • Kristen Matteucci Reference Librarian; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, P
  • Viviana Mendiola Attorney; State of Florida – Administrative Office of the Courts; Miami, FL
  • Sarah E. New Web Services Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Julianne Odin Student; St. John’s University, Division of Library and Information Science; Lindenhurst, NY
  • Genevieve Parente University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Michele Renee Ramos Librarian; Richmond, CA
  • Jillyann Sanchez-Herman Acquisition Specialist; Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL
  • Carole L. Steinfeld Faculty Scholarship Repository Coordinator; Columbia University; New York, NY
  • Mike Sweeney Rogue Librarian; Philadelphia, PA
  • Susan Trombley Outreach Librarian; Minnesota State Law Library; St. Paul, MN
  • Le’Shawn R. Turner Reference Librarian; Oklahoma City University Law Library; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Matthew Von Hendy Principal and Founder; Green Heron Documentation Services LLC; Rockville, MD
  • Keelan Weber Head of Cataloging and Resources Management; University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Lincoln, NE
  • Michael Whitlow University of Denver; Denver, CO
  • Leanne Yoder Director; Tucson, AZ

AALL eNewsletter / September 2018

VOTING FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS OPENS OCTOBER 1

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members opens on Monday, October 1 and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 31. Voting instructions will be emailed out to all eligible voters that morning.

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 on AALLNET. You can also listen to the recordings from the treasurer’s forum and the Executive Board members candidates forum.

CANDIDATES FORUM FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

September 25, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Members will have the opportunity to ask a question during the forum via live chat. Keith Ann Stiverson, chair of the Nominations Committee, will serve as moderator for the forum.

PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2019

The Call for Proposals for the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting is open through Monday, October 1! Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) has 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 our resources for program proposers, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 1. The AMPC will evaluate all submitted proposals using a comprehensive rubric, focusing on their relevance and description. We can’t wait to see your proposals!

Mark your calendars and book your Washington, DC accommodations—you won’t want to miss the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

PRIVACY & USER DATA COLLECTION

  • Thursday, September 27 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 24
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60Libraries collect data on users—from who they are to what they do as they interact with the library and its services—and utilize that data for various purposes. Technology that allows tracking on an entirely new scale heightens concerns about user privacy. Are those concerns universal? Are all libraries affected in the same way? How can librarians think constructively and proactively about best practices regarding what data they collect, what they do with it, and how long they keep it? This webinar will open participants up to ideas of user privacy and organizational priorities to enable them to discover the privacy concerns relevant to their own institution.

THINK LIKE A VULCAN: FIVE QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN EVALUATING EXPERTS, INFORMATION SOURCES & DATA

  • Wednesday, October 17 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 12
  • Member – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Vulcans are smart, objective, and don’t assume anything. They don’t trust data unless they’ve reviewed and analyzed the primary documents themselves. They don’t try to read people’s minds or guess their intentions. When confronted with the chaos of information gathering, they dig in and calmly ask simple, direct questions. Typical Vulcans are comfortable being critical of their fellow travelers and giving their opponents the benefit of the doubt. In this webinar, learn how to decode sources, data, and jargon, and use Vulcan-like strategies in your day-to-day work.

2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The 2019 AALL Management Institute will provide managers with skills that help them excel in their roles, support organizational strategy, and solve business issues. From engaging staff for high performance to building partnerships, this three-day institute will take your management skills to the next level.

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact.

DETAILS

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • $875 / AALL Members
  • Limited to 50 participants

TOPICS

  • Managerial Leadership: Principles and Practices
  • Improving Your Effectiveness as a Managerial Leader
  • Tools for Effective Communication
  • Engaging Staff for High Performance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Decision-making and Consensus Building
  • Creating and Maintaining Organizational Culture
  • Transforming Libraries: Inspiring Change and a Shared Vision
  • Creating a Culture of Commitment and Candor
  • Championing the Library’s Role and Building Partnerships
  • Professional Development Planning

FACULTY

Maureen Sullivan is an educator and organization development consultant whose practice focuses on the delivery of consulting and training services to libraries and other information organizations. She has extensive experience with organization development, strategic planning, management skills and leadership development, introducing and managing organizational change, work redesign, and the identification and development of competencies.

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 October 15.

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL 2018 session recordings sponsored by LexisNexis.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

WHAT’S IN THE BLACK BOX?: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE ALGORITHMS FOR WESTLAW, LEXISNEXIS, AND FASTCASE
Have you attempted to run identical searches on various research platforms only to find that you receive significantly different results from each service? This 2018 AALL Annual Meeting program, coordinated and moderated by Susan Nevelow Mart and featuring speakers Ed Walters (Fastcase) and Tito Sierra (LexisNexis Legal & Professional), gave insight into the mystery of the various search engines. This session builds on one of 2016’s most popular sessions and includes an update from Mart and her research on how algorithms work.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When we think of leaders, we usually think of those in management positions with formal supervisory responsibilities. But those who aren’t managers can be leaders too. That is, non-managers can lead by exerting influence, particularly in organizations such as libraries that value collaboration among staff.

Below are two brief resources that discuss leading without explicit authority:

This book provides 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 T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Kristina Alayan has been appointed Director of the Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. Alayan previously served as Head of Reference and Adjunct Professor at the E.B. Williams Law Library at Georgetown University Law Center.

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

  • Sarah Leverette was a trailblazer for women in the legal field and a pioneer among South Carolina women in law. She was the only woman in her graduating law class at the University of South Carolina in 1943, following just two women who finished ahead of her. Her many accolades include working for a quarter-century as the first female faculty member at USC’s law school, serving as commissioner and chairwoman of the S.C. Industrial Commission (now the Workers Compensation Commission), and leading the influential League of Women Voters. She was given the Martha Browning Dicus award for public interest law by the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, and was an honorary member of AALL and mentor to many law librarians. She passed away August 29, 2018.
  • Carolyn A. Moore was a longtime law librarian. Toward the end of her career, she served as librarian for the Chicago Municipal Reference Library. One of her career highlights was receiving the Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award in 1995-1996 from the Chicago Association of Law Libraries. She passed away March 12, 2018.

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, Kevin Carey, technical services librarian at the Ohio State University Moritz Law Library in Columbus, Ohio, discusses connecting with peers through AALL’s dynamic member search.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Rachel Bates Acquisitions Supervisor; Northeastern University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Bryn Bowen Director of Information Services; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York, NY
  • Rafael Figueiredo Division General Counsel & Director, Legal Operations; Santa Fe Gas LLC; Houston, TX
  • Sarah Fischer Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Vinson & Elkins LLP; Houston, TX
  • David Gee Deputy Librarian and Academic Services Manager; Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; University of London; London, England
  • Jeffrey Giles Research Librarian; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York, NY
  • Katelyn Rose Golsby Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Elizabeth Hadden-Peck Research Librarian; Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Minneapolis, MN
  • Emily McCutcheon Knoxville, TN
  • Chelsey Mckimmy University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science; Coralville, IA
  • Brittany Noel Delaney Morris-Easley Houston, TX
  • James Mullen Manager/RISPG; Profit Recovery Partners; Costa Mesa, CA
  • Priscilla O’Carroll Reference Librarian; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York, NY
  • Heather O’Dea Research Services Assistant; Paul Hastings LLP; New York, NY
  • Nor Ortiz University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science; Chapel Hill, NC
  • Lori A. Rowland Head of Access Services; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Philadelphia, PA

AALL eNewsletter / August 2018

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUM

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 Monday, October 1. 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. When submitting your question, please indicate at which candidate forum(s) you would like the question to be asked.

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

Candidates Forum for Treasurer
September 12, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
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CANDIDATES FOR TREASURER

  • Joy Shoemaker
  • Cornell H. Winston

Candidates Forum for Executive Board
September 18, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
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CANDIDATES FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Angela T. Baldree
  • Emily M. Janoski-Haehlen
  • Joseph D. Lawson
  • Jason R. Sowards

Candidates Forum for President-Elect
September 25, 2018
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
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CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

  • Emily R. Florio
  • Marlene Gebauer

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 2019 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 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore, what “must-have” programs should AALL 2019 feature? AALL members have great ideas—share yours through tomorrow, August 17 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 2019.


Mark your calendars and book your Washington, DC accommodations—you won’t want to miss the 112th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

GETTING DECLARATIONS ON PRIOR ART FOR PATENT LITIGATION

  • Wednesday, August 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

In Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings and in patent litigation, lawyers need to prove that prior art was available to the public before the application date of the patent in question. Legal information professionals supporting work in this area need to provide the proof. If you’ve ever been asked to get a date-stamped copy of an article or book or a declaration about the date on which an item was made available to the public, this session is for you. Learn why declarations are important and how lawyers use them. Explore why library date stamps are no longer sufficient on their own, as well as how to get a declaration and who can provide them. The discussion will also include how to overcome some of the barriers to proving the date of availability.

PRIVACY & USER DATA COLLECTION

  • Thursday, September 27 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 24
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Libraries collect data on users—from who they are to what they do as they interact with the library and its services—and utilize that data for various purposes. Technology that allows tracking on an entirely new scale heightens concerns about user privacy. Are those concerns universal? Are all libraries affected in the same way? How can librarians think constructively and proactively about best practices regarding what data they collect, what they do with it, and how long they keep it? This webinar will open participants up to ideas of user privacy and organizational priorities to enable them to discover the privacy concerns relevant to their own institution.

SAVE THE DATE / 2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Chicago, IL

Managers (including aspiring managers) will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across the country, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques that have long-term value and impact. Registration for the 2019 AALL Management Institute will open soon—stay tuned!

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.

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AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

SMARTPHONE SUCCESS & TERRIFIC TABLETS: GETTING MORE PRODUCTIVITY FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE/TABLET DEVICE
Randall Dean, “Email Sanity Expert” and author of Taming the E-mail Beast discusses how to use technology to most effectively promote productivity. This fun and informative 90-minute program features tips on managing your email, your time, managing passwords, Wi-Fi printing, and translation and law reference apps. There is also a discussion surrounding apps that Dean calls “Power Hogs” and ways to manage them.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

All law librarians know that our days rarely go as planned. Whether it’s a rush research request from a faculty member or an attorney, a database crashing, or an unplanned meeting; a law librarian’s day is constantly interrupted. However, many experts believe that this randomness improves our problem-solving and creative thinking. Instead of pushing against all of the chaos in our profession, we need to embrace it and realize that it can lead us to better results. Researchers also point to different ways to introduce disruption in our decision-making process to bring about improved outcomes.

Below are resources that introduce disruption and leadership:

This book provides a 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 T.J. Striepe.

STAFF NEWS

Paula Davidson headshotThe AALL Executive Board has appointed staff member Paula Davidson, Director of Finance & Administration, to serve as AALL Interim Executive Director beginning October 1. Current Executive Director Kate Hagan’s last day is September 28, and Davidson’s appointment will provide for a smooth transition once a permanent Executive Director is named to lead AALL later this fall.

MEMBER NEWS

  • AALL Past President Greg Lambert’s 3 Geeks and a Law Blog was ranked the number one resource blog for legal content by a recent Microsoft/ABA survey (see page 6!).

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, Amy Emerson, director of the law library & assistant professor of law at Villanova University School of Law Library in Pennsylvania, talks becoming a library advocate
through AALL’s Government Relations materials.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Daniela Majorie Akama dos Reis Librarian; Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Roland Cabiles Reference Librarian; Fresno County Law Library; Fresno, CA
  • Laura Chuang Web Services Librarian; Goodmans LLP; Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Hildy Dworkin Library Director; New York, NY
  • Jake Gottfredson University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Jake Heller CEO Casetext; San Francisco, CA
  • Manu Kapoor New York, NY
  • Patrice Kugler Account Director, Marino PR; Wolters Kluwer; New York, NY
  • Christine Moua Librarian; Perkins Coie LLP; Washington, DC
  • Thoma Murphy Unit Director – CIO; University of Michigan Law Library; Ann Arbor, MI
  • Christian Nappo Cape Coral, FL
  • Stella Naulo Law Librarian; Christian & Barton, LLP; Richmond, VA
  • Jenny Pedersen Community Librarian; Deschutes Public Library; Bend, OR
  • Margaret Rodriguez Library Resources Manager; LAC Group; Los Angeles, CA
  • Christie Schauder Member Services Librarian
  • Eytan Schiller Head of Research and Development; CourtAlert; New York, NY
  • Sara Sprague Owner; Sprague & Hixson LLP; Roanoke, VA
  • Clare Stanton Communications & Outreach; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Leslie Strauss Law Librarian; DuPage County Law Library; Wheaton, IL
  • James Wasicek Research Librarian; Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
  • Wendy Willis Librarian U.S. International Trade Commission-Law Library; Washington, DC

AALL eNewsletter / July 2018

AALL 2018 / CONFERENCE WRAP-UP

This week, nearly 3,000 attendees, exhibitors, and speakers convened in Baltimore for the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Whether you joined us there or were following the action from home, the conference featured programs galore, a dynamic exhibit hall, and countless networking opportunities. Another new CONELL class was established, and keynote speaker John Waters delivered a raucous kick-off to the conference, setting a lively tone for the busy days that followed. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to access the audio recordings of most conference programs.

AALL CROWNS INNOVATION TOURNAMENT WINNERS

AALL’s Innovation Tournament (sponsored by Bloomberg Law) saw finalists present their innovation plans to a rapt audience, which also included a panel of judges. By the end of the hour, audience members cast their votes for their favorite innovation plan, and winners were awarded $2,500 each to implement their innovations. Congratulations to:

  • Audience Choice Winner: Todd T. Ito & Scott Vanderlin from the University of Chicago D’Angelo Law Library (Browser Extension (Superseed) to Determine the Version of a Cited Statute)
  • Judges’ Choice Winner: Ayyoub Ajmi from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (Using CiviCRM as a Comprehensive Case Management Tool)Even though the dust has barely settled in the wake of this year’s conference, we’re already looking ahead to AALL 2019 in Washington, DC. You can book your accommodations now and rest easy knowing that you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the programs you’d like to see next year either. Check out the “must-have” program topic suggestions already percolating, and add your own as well. Stay tuned for the Call for Proposals at the end of the summer, and mark your calendars to join us next July 13-16.

AALL 2018 IN THE NEWS

Following the completion of the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting, the Association has received a lot of positive media coverage. Here are a couple highlights:

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION / CANDIDATES’ BIOS & STATEMENTS NOW ONLINE

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members opens October 1 and runs through October 31. AALL-elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage members to learn more about the candidates before voting opens by visiting the biographies and statements page on AALLNET.

DID YOU RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP?

Don’t lose access to all that AALL offers—renew your AALL membership by August 1. AALL is the only national association exclusively dedicated to law librarians and other legal information professionals, and we are stronger and more successful together. 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 now 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.

UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

GETTING DECLARATIONS ON PRIOR ART FOR PATENT LITIGATION

  • Wednesday, August 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, August 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

In Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings and in patent litigation, lawyers need to prove that prior art was available to the public before the application date of the patent in question. Legal information professionals supporting work in this area need to provide the proof. If you’ve ever been asked to get a date-stamped copy of an article or book or a declaration about the date on which an item was made available to the public, this session is for you. Learn why declarations are important and how lawyers use them. Explore why library date stamps are no longer sufficient on their own, as well as how to get a declaration and who can provide them. The discussion will also include how to overcome some of the barriers to proving the date of availability.

SAVE THE DATE / 2019 AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

  • March, 28-30, 2019
  • Chicago, IL

Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. From transforming libraries and nurturing staff for new roles and responsibilities to developing a strategic plan for the library, law library managers have a lot on their plates. The 2019 AALL Management Institute provides participants with the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in small group settings, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Additional information will be forthcoming.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

THE LAW LIBRARY AS TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY
This 2017 AALL Annual Meeting program addresses the different ways in which our libraries are laboratories of technology that empower students, law clerks, and associates to learn tech that will make them successful lawyers and advocates. This program explores the types of technologies that should be available in these labs, the space requirements, and how to find funding to support these innovative learning and software practice tools, apps, and more.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

“Flow,” a term coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihályi, is the state of deep immersion in an activity that is inherently gratifying. Csikszentmihályi became interested in the concept after noticing how some artists become totally engrossed in their work—so much so, that they seemed to lose perception of time. Flow is a satisfying state often resulting in innovative and outstanding work. As librarians, we’ve all experienced the joy of flow at various times when working on particularly rewarding projects. As leaders, we can use the concept of flow to enhance our organization’s outcomes and make our colleagues’ jobs more rewarding.

Below are some articles that discuss the concept of flow and its use in team settings:

These books provide 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 T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Kenton Brice, Femi Cadmus, Patrick DiDomenico, Kate Hagan, Brian Kuhn, Saskia Mehlhorn,and Jeff Ward were recognized as the 2018 Fastcase 50, which honors a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, judges, law librarians, bar association executives, and people from all walks of life.
  • Kathryn Fitzhugh was among a few black female legal professionals recognized by the W. Harold Flowers Law Society Inc. as a “legal pioneer and living legend” during the society’s annual banquet.
  • Mary Jenkins was recently named Manager, Research Solutions at AccuFile, Inc. She now leads AccuFile’s virtual research service, AccuDesk.
  • Stephanie Wilson has been appointed Interim Director of the Supreme Court Law Library at the New Mexico Supreme Court in Santa Fe. Wilson currently serves as Law Librarian Senior at the Supreme Court Law Library.

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

George S. Grossman began his legal career with the American Bar Foundation, even before he graduated from law school in 1966. In addition, his work in law libraries began before completing his Master of Library Science in 1971. Throughout his career, he has held many positions, including law librarian, library director, and professor of law in Utah, Minnesota, Illinois, and California. He influenced law students and lawyers throughout the country as editor of the “Library Highlights” column of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. He retired in 2006 as professor of law emeritus from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Coming from the technical side of libraries, Grossman’s interests were always forward-thinking, and his works highlight his ability to peer into the future of law librarianship. He was also deeply concerned about social justice issues. He was a founder of the Contemporary Social Problems Special Interest Section and had a special interest in the rights of Native Americans, publishing extensively on this topic.

His AALL participation included membership in committees dealing with the preservation and indexing of periodical literature, ethics, and employment practices. For the ABA, he served on the Committee on Law School Facilities and on the Committee on Libraries. Grossman was honored during the Association Luncheon at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting with induction into the AALL Hall of Fame. He passed away on July 11, 2018.

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, Christine Bowersox, training and research librarian at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York talks community and the value of AALL membership.

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

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Javii Austin Research & Electronic Services Librarian; Paul Hastings LLP; Washington, DC
  • Juan Aviles Investment Analyst; Volta Global LLC; Miami, FL
  • Mark Banaszak Reference Librarian Venable LLP; Baltimore, MD
  • Jonathan Briggs Assistant Law Librarian; Fort Bend County Law Library; Richmond, TX
  • Kristin Brook Legal Product Developer Thomson Reuters, Legal; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Toby Brown Chief Practice Management Officer ; Perkins Coie LLP; Seattle, WA
  • Justin Brownstone VP of Sales & Litigation Counsel; Gavelytics; Santa Monica, CA
  • Abby Buckingham Technical Services Librarian; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; New York, NY
  • Clara Chan Content Services Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Collins Hunton & Williams; Washington, DC
  • Robert Combs Senior Manager, Research & Knowledge Services; Bloomberg Law, Inc.; Bethesda , MD
  • Candace S. Cooper Librarian; U.S. Courts Library; Raleigh, NC
  • Laura Darkins Legislative/Research Librarian; Goodwin Procter LLP; Washington, DC
  • Marilia De Souza De Mello Regional Court, 1st Region; Brasilia, Brazil
  • Ciaran Essex Research & Training Librarian; Fisher & Phillips LLP; Portland, OR
  • Tom Eyres Fair Oaks, CA
  • Sarah Fahy Global Head; Allen & Overy LP; London, United Kingdom
  • Jana Felberbaum Research Services Coordinator; Loeb & Loeb LLP; New York, NY
  • Roger Andrew Fitzgerald Director of Practice Support; Gibbons, P.C.; Newark, NJ
  • Christiana French Library Manager; Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Louisville, KY
  • Christopher Galanos Graduate Student; Chatham, IL
  • Michael Gavan Know How Team Leader & Research Librarian; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Jenny Gesley Foreign Law Specialist; Law Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Johnny Mark Gill Law Librarian; Cook County Law Library; Chicago, IL
  • Reeves Gillis Senior Research Analyst; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC; Boston, MA
  • Nicole Gitau KM Specialist; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Elena Gonzalez Department of Justice of Puerto Rico; Miramar, Puerto Rico
  • Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski University of Maryland College of Library and Information Sciences; College Park, MD
  • Valerie Gragg Reference Librarian; San Diego Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • David L. Gunn RIS Manager; Hunton & Williams; Washington, DC
  • Itai Gurari CEO; Judicata; San Francisco, CA
  • Laurie Hall Superintendent of Documents; U.S. Government Publishing Office; Washington, DC
  • Jon Hartnett Reference Librarian; Hunton & Williams; Washington, DC
  • Jacqueline Hassefras Library Technician; Frontenac Law Association; Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Margaret Hennessey Business Intelligence Project Manager; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Wanda Hightower Assistant to the Director of the Law Library; Nova Southeastern University; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  •  Cynthia Hiris Research Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York, NY
  • Trish Hoskins Senior Knowledge Information Systems Librarian; Fish & Richardson P.C.; Minneapolis, MN
  • Mary Howard Librarian White & Case; Los Angeles, CA • Ian Hunter Shearman & Sterling; London, United Kingdom
  • Justin Iverson Law Librarian; Clark County Law Library; Las Vegas , NV
  • Jenna Johnson Technical Services Assistant Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York, NY
  • Isaias Jurado Research Analyst; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison ; New York, NY
  • Sunghun Kim Legal Research Officer; National Assembly Library; Yongsangu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Gillian Kistler Senior Library Assistant; Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; Columbia, SC
  • Sarah Kober Law Librarian; Godfrey & Kahn, SC; Milwaukee, WI
  • Chris Krueger Judge; Sacramento County Public Law Library; Sacramento, CA
  • Jeff Lambert Attorney; Austin, TX
  • Rajah Lehal Clausehound Inc.; Toronto, Canada
  • Paul Leighton Senior Director, Legal Division; Casetext; San Francisco, CA
  • Stephanie Martinez Strategic Partnerships; Casetext; San Francisco, CA
  • Maria Mascolo Research Librarian; Winston & Strawn; Washington, DC
  • Stephen Mayeaux Legal Information Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Charmaine M. Metallo Librarian; U.S. Courts Library; U.S. Courthouse; Baltimore, MD
  • Kimberly T. Miller Reference Librarian, Faculty & Outreach Services; Syracuse University College of Law; Syracuse, NY
  • Rebecca D. Newton Sr. Research Analyst; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • David Nicholson Librarian; Hunton & Williams; Los Angeles, CA
  • Katherine Orr JD Candidate; Philadelphia, PA
  • Amanda Ostrowitz CEO; Regs Technology; Denver, CO
  • Nicholas Perugini Library Assistant; Covington & Burling LLP; New York, NY
  • Christina Peura Legal & Business Research Analyst; K&L Gates; Washington, DC
  • Michelle Racine Stacey IM & Research Analyst; Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer; Calgary, Canada
  • Norma A. Redhead Resource Services Specialist; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Marco Ruiz Research Analyst; Sidley Austin LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Lori Ruth Senior Research Librarian; Covington & Burling LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Martha Schmidt University of Maryland College of Library and Information Sciences; College Park, MD
  • Ronnie Schulman Research Analyst; Sidley Austin LLP; Washington, DC
  • Changsoo Seoung Regal Research Officer; National Assembly Library; Seoul, South Korea
  • Jill Sidford Librarian; Alexandria, VA
  • Wendy Smith Santa Fe, NM
  • Laurisa Stubblefield Circulation and Accounts Librarian; Lewis and Clark Law School; Portland, OR
  • Deborah Totaram Assistant Librarian; Hunton & Williams; New York, NY
  • Robin Traylor KM Research Analyst; Gibbons, P.C.; Newark, NJ
  • Maggie Tresslar Research Librarian; Baker & McKenzie LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Kaye Waelde Reference Librarian; Thompson & Knight LLP; Dallas, TX
  • Quinterrion Waits Research & Information Management Librarian; Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL
  • Michael Weintraub Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Joseph C. Williams Senior Manager of Information Resources; Day Pitney LLP; Hartford, CT
  • Babak Zarin Catholic University of America; Fredericksburg, VA
  • Emanuel Zoberman Library Director; William D Block Memorial Law Library; Waukeegan, IL

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