AALL eNewsletter / February 2010

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

It’s time to start thinking about attending our premier educational event, the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, July 10-13. This newsletter is full of information about registration, grants to attend the meeting, this year’s Legislative Advocacy Training, and our keynote speaker. If you’re unable to join us in Denver, you can still take advantage of AALL’s webinars, read Law Library Journal, or serve as or learn from a mentor. I encourage you to take advantage of all the benefits AALL offers its members.

Register Today for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting

Conference registration for the 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver is now open. You should have received a personalized email on February 17 announcing the official opening, including your member ID number, which you’ll need to obtain member-discounted pricing.

Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Program and Full Registration packages now include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Denver, they’ll be joining AALL!

R. David LankesR. David Lankes will be this year’s keynote speaker at the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 11. Lankes is director of the Information Institute of Syracuse, an associate professor in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and director of the library science program for the school. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society, and he has resolved to “make 2010 the year of the librarian—not the library.”

The theme of the Legislative Advocacy Training at the Annual Meeting is “Raising the Bar in Your State.” You won’t want to miss this year’s half-day session that will be held on Saturday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. It will focus on two very important AALL state initiatives: first, how to prove the value to state officials of our public law libraries that are threatened with budget cuts, and even closure; and second, to discuss the progress and challenges of AALL’s state working groups being formed to increase support for the authentication and preservation of online legal information in every state. The training is free for AALL members and members of our chapters. Please contact Emily Feldman by June 1 to reserve your spot.

2010 AALL Annual MeetingTo continue AALL’s efforts to provide a more eco-friendly Annual Meeting, we will no longer print and mail a Preliminary Program. Instead, we are proud to announce a new look for the Annual Meeting homepage. With easy navigation buttons, this robust site will provide you with all of the information you need to connect to this year’s Meeting. You can register to attend, make hotel and travel reservations, search for programs and meetings, design your own personal schedule, see who’s exhibiting, or just spend some time experiencing Denver on the Local Arrangements Committee homepage. Going “green” has never looked better!

Williams Joins Executive Board

AALL member Donna S. Williams, law librarian at the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, has joined the AALL Executive Board effective February 16 to fulfill the unexpired term of Marcus Hochstetler, who recently submitted his resignation from the board. Her term will end in July 2012. Williams was elected by the Executive Board to fill the position and will attend her first meeting of the board April 9-10 in Chicago.

The AALL bylaws, Section VIII, 8, provide the Executive Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy in elective office, with the exception of the office of president.

Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2010 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

In March, AALL dues invoices for 2010-2011 will mail out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.

This year, when you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2010 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2010-2011. Following is the 2010 membership renewal schedule:

  • March: First dues invoices mailed out.
  • May: Second dues invoices mailed out.
  • June: Final dues invoices mailed out.
  • July: Expiration notices e-mailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.
  • August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312/205-8022.

Make a Difference—Consider Running for AALL Office

AALL is looking for the next great leaders of the Association. If you, or someone you know, have proven leadership experience, commitment to law librarianship, and demonstrated ability to think strategically, please consider serving on the AALL Executive Board.

The Nominations Committee is asking members to nominate individuals who would make strong candidates for the 2010 AALL Executive Board election for the offices of vice president/president-elect, secretary, and two Executive Board members.

If you or someone you know is ready to serve on the AALL Executive Board, let the Nominations Committee know. The chair of this year’s committee is Kathy Carlson of the Wyoming State Law Library. You can email her with your nomination. The committee is accepting nominations through March 1. The election will be held in November 2010, for three-year terms beginning July 2011.

Update on LAW.GOV Proposed Repository for Legal Materials

AALL continues to work with Law Librarian of Congress Roberta Shaffer and Carl Malamud of PublicResource.Org on “LAW.GOV,” a proposed registry and repository of all primary legal materials of the United States and international governmental bodies. The three groups are working to develop a government-wide collaboration to build the repository.

The Law Library of Congress is pursuing the registration of the “LAW.GOV” domain to serve as a portal for authoritative local, state, national, foreign, and international legal and legislative information. It is planned for the site to serve as a one-stop URL and repository for this information. AALL issued a letter in support of the Law Library of Congress’ application for the domain name in early January.

PublicResource.org has been hosting a series of workshops across the country to seek input on the project. The first workshop was held on January 12 and hosted by Paul Lomio and Erika Wayne at Stanford University’s Robert Crown Law Library. The next workshop will take place on February 25 at the Columbia University School of Law.

As a result of the first workshop, Stanford’s Wayne has taken the lead in developing a prototype for a national inventory of all primary legal resources extending to all levels of government. She is working with the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) and AALL’s California Working Group to test the prototype, after which they will begin to populate the inventory with data. Once the prototype has been successfully tested, AALL’s other state working groups will begin to inventory their own states’ legal information to add to the national database. Currently, there are more than 100 AALL and chapter volunteers from 42 states and the District of Columbia involved in the working groups. More volunteers are needed, so please sign up today to join this important initiative.

NCCUSL Committee to Meet in Chicago March 5-7

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of Electronic State Legal Materials will meet in Chicago March 5-7 to discuss the current draft of Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act. The final version of the act will include a prefatory note to explain the nature of the problem that the law seeks to address, as well as comments that will help flesh-out the details. As reported in October, the committee’s reporter is Barbara A. Bintliff, and Keith Ann Stiverson attends meetings as AALL’s observer. AALL’s Government Relations and Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation (ELIAC) Committees are currently reviewing the draft, and their suggestions will be the basis for the formal comments that AALL will submit to the drafting committee.

It is gratifying to see the Association’s hard work and leadership on these issues bear fruit since the spring 2007 publication of the State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Information and our National Summit on Authentic Legal Information in the Digital Age. Thanks also to Michele Timmons, chair of the Drafting Committee and a summit delegate, who proposed that NCCUSL study these issues.

Emily Janoski-Haehlen, chair of the ELIAC Committee, has just announced that the 2009-2010 updates to the 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Information Executive Summary, along an executive summary, are now available. Thanks to all the state authors who researched and wrote the updates, Janoski-Haehlen and her hard-working committee, and especially Tina Ching, who served as editor of the updates.

Draft 2010-2013 AALL Strategic Directions

The draft 2010-2013 AALL Strategic Directions are now available for member review. Developed from information gathered from members, member entities, the Executive Board, and AALL staff over the past year, this draft outlines goals and objectives created to guide the work of the Association’s committees, special interest sections, caucuses, and chapters during the next three years.

Please review and submit comments and suggestions as an individual member or as a member of a special interest section, committee, caucus, or chapter by Friday, March 5. Multiple submissions are welcome. If you prefer, you may send comments directly to Cathy Lemann or any member of the Executive Board.

Redesigning Law Library Space in Today’s Economy

The current economic downturn combined with the cost of real estate has created a new set of challenges for law firm librarians who are planning and re-designing library space. Turning those challenges into success requires knowledge of how the library space fits into the firm’s strategic plan. Using that knowledge and working with an experienced law firm space designer/architect can enable you to develop a creative and comprehensive approach to your library’s redesign and gain acceptance from firm management.

Join the AALL webinar, Library Space: Planning for the Future on March 17, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST), and hear an architect specializing in law firm design discuss current trends and provide examples of the impact of technology on library space planning. Two librarians will discuss the space planning challenges they faced and the methodologies they found useful. Their experience will help participants evaluate design variations for main office or branch office locations.

Register by March 10.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Libraries of Hope: When Professional Competencies and Social Responsibility Connect.

AALL2goAs librarians, how do we best put information into the hands of the world? Librarians Without Borders (LWB) have developed guidelines for providing sustainable information that is tailored to each community’s language and culture. Sandra Hodgson describes sending health-related materials to Angola, and the continuing efforts of LWB, including advising those who want to send books to other countries. Jane Kenny Meyers developed similar relevancy guidelines when opening a library for street kids in Zambia. The children found a safe haven where they had the opportunity to improve their English language literacy to the point that they could seek acceptance to secondary schools where they received room and board.

Find this and more than 60 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Tap into the Wealth of Knowledge and Experience with AALL’s Mentor Program

Whether you’re a newer member looking for advice, an experienced member hoping to give back to your profession, or a mid-career member contemplating a job change, AALL’s Mentor Program is a valuable resource.

AALL’s Mentor Program provides:

  • Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on chartering their career paths as law librarians
  • Experienced members: an avenue to lend their knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of the law librarianship
  • Mid-career members: a network for law librarians who are contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility

Apply by March 1:

Last Chance to Get Three AALL Conference Recording Sets for the Price of One

For a limited time, when you purchase the full AALL 2009 Annual Meeting program recordings set, you’ll also receive the full 2008 and 2007 recording sets for free. With this purchase you’ll have access to nearly 200 educational programs developed and presented specifically for law librarians. You can purchase the sets in three ways: MP3 downloads available on AALL2go, MP3 CDs, or audio CDs.

This offer is only good until March 1 and only applies to new purchases. Additional shipping and handling charges apply for CD purchases.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

Do you have a great idea for a program for law librarians? The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant can assist you in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members are encouraged to apply. Apply online by February 25.

Last Call for Papers

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories for its annual competition:

  • Open Division — March 2 deadline: for active and retired AALL members with five or more years of experience
  • New Members Division — March 2 deadline: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years
  • Student Division — April 15 deadline: for students in library, information management, or law school; participants in this division need not be members of AALL

The winner in each division receives $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present a description of his or her research and writing process at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form. Please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee with any questions: Chair, James Donovan, David Hollander, or Connie Lenz.

Call for Applications for the AALL Research Fund

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL Research Fund, totaling up to $450. The committee will award one grant to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research/scholarly agenda of the profession of librarianship. For suggestions on possible research projects, view AALL’s Research Agenda.

Established with a generous endowment from LexisNexis in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. To apply for the grants, all applicants must provide resumes and statements of their qualifications for carrying out their projects. Apply by Friday, March 26.

Attend the Annual Meeting with an AALL Grant

If you want to attend the Annual Meeting in Denver, don’t miss out on your chance to apply for a registration grant. Grants are awarded to cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting or workshops presented at the Annual Meeting.

Two categories of registration grants are available:

  • Experienced Members (five or more years), who have a proven record of professional accomplishment and service to AALL
  • Students/New Members (less than five years of professional experience), who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession

The application deadline is April 1. For more information, see the Grants Committee website.

Canada Hosts Law Librarians from around the Globe for the 2010 Joint Study Institute

Joint Study InstituteThe Canadian Association of Law Libraries invites AALL members to attend the 2010 Joint Study Institute, “Diversity, Culture and Contrasts: Canada’s Legal Kaleidoscope,” June 20-23 in Montreal. This year’s institute theme captures the uniqueness of the Joint Study Institutes—an opportunity for law librarians from around the world to discuss common, current, and relevant issues facing us in the practice of law librarianship.

The biennial Joint Study Institutes were begun in the mid-1990s by AALL and the national law library organizations of Australia, Britain, Canada, and Ireland to bring together law librarians from the common law jurisdictions for networking and intensive instruction on the legal heritage and traditions of the host countries. The New Zealand Law Librarians’ Association has also now joined the group of sponsoring organizations. Registration for this year’s institute is now open.

Follow Us on Facebook

FacebookAALL now has a page on Facebook! Become a fan and connect with your law librarian friends around the country. You’ll also be kept up-to-date with periodic AALL announcements and news.

If you’re planning to attend the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, you can also become a fan of the conference Facebook page to share photos, Denver hot spots, and tips for making the most out of the Annual Meeting.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 102, Number 1

Law Library JournalThe Winter 2010 issue of Law Library Journal (LLJ) was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features a compilation of oral dissents of the U.S. Supreme Court, a look at the level of coverage of law review articles in academic databases; an argument for broader access to state government materials; and an annotated bibliography of sources for the legal history of Washington State. As well, Bernard Hibbitts of JURIST contributed an essay on “The Technology of Law.”

Member News

Joe Custer has been named assistant professor of law and director of the law library at St. Louis University. Custer is currently the associate director at The University of Kansas School of Law Wheat Law Library. He begins at SLU July 1.

Rita Dermody was appointed interim librarian and director of the King County Law Library, effective February 1, and Richard Stroup was appointed assistant interim director. Dermody has served as collection access services librarian since 1999 and Stroup has been patron access service librarian since 1988.

James Duggan was recently recognized by the Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science as one of the school’s Outstanding Alumni for 2009.

Laura N. Gasaway was elected to the Board of Directors for the Copyright Clearance Center.

Sarah Glassmeyer will be faculty services and outreach librarian at Valparaiso University School of Law Library starting April 1. Glassmeyer is currently a reference librarian at the University of Kentucky Law Library.

Sarah Mauldin is the new head librarian at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta. She was previously law librarian at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, also in Atlanta.

Joe D. McClure, satellite librarian for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, will retire after 28 years on March 31.

Memorials

AALL has been advised of the death of Stanley Keith Pearce and Marjorie C. Wilcox.

Mr. Pearce graduated from the University of Washington with a BA degree in Psychology in 1950; a JD in 1956; and a Master’s degree in law librarianship in 1957. He was employed at the Los Angeles County Law Library until he joined the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles in 1959, where he remained until his retirement in January 1986. Mr. Pearce served as president of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries from 1968-1969 and as a member of the AALL Executive Board from 1977-1980. He died on February 2.

Ms. Wilcox attended school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was an active member of her church and worked to provide services to the Blind. In 1968, Wilcox became executive director and law librarian for the Grand Rapids Bar Association, where she remained until her retirement in 1988. In addition to receiving the Liberty Bell Award from the bar association, Wilcox served as the first president of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries. She died on February 5.

Welcome New Members

AALL welcomes the following new members who joined our ranks in the last month:

Mary Adams, Louisiana Department of Justice
Jeannie R. Ashley, Fulton County Law Library
Jamie Baker, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library
Danielle Brooks, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center
Carolyn Brown, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Janice Brown, Staatsbiliothek
Damon Campbell, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center
Kelly Clark
Cornel Darden, Jr., University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Alexandra Lee Delgado, University of Arizona College of Law Library
Michelle Dunaway
Elizabeth Foster
Christopher L. Gilbertson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Ari Greenberg
David Hansen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library
Nickholas Harrell, Lewis and Clark College
Darlene Hull, Distribuciones Barlovento
Kristina Lambright
Eric Yong Joong Lee, YIJUN Institute of International Law
Kelly Leong
Arthur Link
Elizabeth Marshall
Jennifer Mart-Rice, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law Library
Marius Meland, Portfolio Media, Inc.
Hilary Naab, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Library
Matthew Odom, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library
Cathy Sagendorf, New York State Library Acquisitions
Ron Schwarz

AALL eNewsletter / January 2010

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

Advocacy, Education, and Leadership are AALL’s Strategic Directions. This newsletter highlights current initiatives to carry out those directions. Check out our advocacy efforts to keep law libraries open in Connecticut. We also present a variety of upcoming educational opportunities, both online through webinars and in person at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver. And our members continue to show leadership through their professional activities and extracurricular hobbies, like Fred Shapiro’s popular Yale Book of Quotations. I hope you will assist AALL to further our strategic directions.

Help AALL and SNELLA Save Connecticut Courthouse Libraries

AALL has been working closely with the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA), to oppose the announced closure of six of the 15 courthouse libraries in Connecticut. They are jointly sponsoring online petitions to save the courthouse libraries in Bridgeport, Hartford, Litchfield, Milford, and Norwich. The sixth library, at the Willimantic Courthouse, is not staffed, and its small collection will likely be moved to the local public university. Each petition includes a compelling statement by a leader of the local bar association, whose members stand ready to join forces with us. Attorneys and pro se litigants will be deprived of local access to current and historic legal materials, as well as the knowledge and expertise of professional librarians, if we do not stop these proposed closures.

The petitions are open to all residents of Connecticut. Please help spread the word so that our efforts are successful in quickly getting as many signatures as possible to keep these public law libraries open and staffed.

In addition to the petitions, on December 23, AALL and SNELLA sent joint letters to Connecticut’s Governor Rell and to the leadership of the Appropriations Committee strongly opposing the decision, which was announced by Judge Barbara M. Quinn, chief court administrator. The closures became necessary, according to Quinn, after the executive branch cut $12.9 million from the budget for the judicial branch.

2010 Annual Meeting Registration Opens Next Month

2010 AALL Annual MeetingRegistration for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held in Denver July 10-13, will open next month on February 17. AALL’s educational programming is now available for viewing online. You can sort the 66 programs and four workshops by competencies that best meet your needs.

The four days of valuable educational programming cover topics that include managing library costs, improving efficiency, and getting noticed as the professional you are. Here are a few of the many programs that will be offered in Denver:

  • The Frugal Librarian: Pinching Pennies (Relatively) Painlessly in Your Law Library
  • Bringing Increased Efficiency to Technical Services: Is EOCR for You?
  • Going Mobile : New Tools to Keep Your Library’s Information Moving
  • Research Guides 2.0: Creating Guides That Patrons Love with Less Hassle
  • What Is It You Do Again?: Marketing the Patron Services of the Traditional to the Non-traditional Librarian

Registration rates are now available online. This year we’re pleased to offer a special bonus for nonmember registration; nonmembers will receive a complimentary one-year AALL membership with the program or full registration packages.

Law Library of Congress Expresses Interest in LAW.GOV Domain Name

The Law Library of Congress, under the leadership of new Law Librarian Roberta Shaffer, is interested in acquiring the “LAW.GOV ” domain name as a new collaborative effort to provide the public with free access to legislative, regulatory, and judicial resources. AALL strongly supports the Law Library of Congress’ vision for “LAW.GOV ” as a means of fulfilling its mission to collect, manage, preserve, and service authoritative federal, state, foreign, international, and comparative law and legal information in all formats.

The creation of “LAW.GOV,” to be hosted by the Law Library of Congress and developed in collaboration with other federal agencies, is well aligned with President Obama’s goals for a more transparent and collaborative federal government. The Law Library of Congress is uniquely positioned to acquire the “LAW.GOV” domain name in light of its success in developing and maintaining important online databases, including A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, the Global Legal Information Network, and THOMAS.

2009 Grants Awarded from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is pleased to announce that two grants were funded in 2009 by the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program:

  • Susan Nevelow Mart, faculty services librarian at the University of California Hastings College of Law Library, was awarded $2,225 for her project, “The Effects of Automation on the Relevance of Citator and Digest Results in Lexis and Westlaw.”
  • Stacy Bowers, outreach and access services librarian at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Westminster Law Library, was awarded $2,775 for her project, “Reintroducing the Value of Law Librarians to Public Librarians through the Identification and Use of Emerging Technologies and Resources.”

The Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program was first established in 1996 with a generous contribution of $50,000. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business considers its contribution as an investment in research that provides a prospective look at the role of librarians, researchers, and legal information providers and yields results to which publishers can respond. The goal is to sponsor research that has a practical impact on the law library profession and inspires products and changes in the marketplace.

Learn Successful New Library Staffing Models to Meet the Needs of Your Firm

Models for delivering services and products have changed dramatically over the years. Today, our users can answer many of their own questions using the Internet; they look to librarians for complex research that requires in-depth understanding of the client’s industry and the legal issues involved. Meanwhile, management wants librarians to work closely with other departments, like marketing, to support non-traditional library activities, such as business development.

Even though service models have changed, in many instances our staffing models have not. Attend the webinar Change as Opportunity: Staffing the Library for Success on February 17, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST) to learn about eight successful staffing models and methods being used in business libraries today and how each one makes it easier to meet the service expectations of our management, users, and clients.

These models include integrating library staff with other administrative departments, embedding research librarians in practice groups, developing specializations among the staff, establishing self-serve options, outsourcing selected activities, hiring non-MLS professionals, and more. Two law librarians who have implemented new staffing models will discuss what they did, why, and the challenges they overcame along the way.

Register by February 10.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Protection of Indigenous Knowledge, Cultures, and Peoples: Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law.

AALL2goLearn about the issues that come in to play when traditional values (here, those of Native Hawaiians) come into conflict with western intellectual property regimes. For example, Disney altered the words to a Hawaiian chant used in its cartoon movie Lilo and Stitch and then copyrighted the new version. By changing the words, however, it violated the indigenous view that such chants are community property to be passed down to future generations, and, as such, should not be modified in any way that would disturb their meanings.

In this 2007 Westpac program moderated by Melody K. Mackenzie, speakers Walter M. Heen, Camille Kalama, and Maile Meyer address similar problems and outline progress made in the pursuit of indigenous cultures’ rights to determine how intellectual property will be handled.

Find this and more than 60 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Send in a Proposal for a Continuing Education Grant

Do you have an idea for a continuing education program that would benefit fellow AALL members? AALL can help with funding. The third round of the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program is coming up. Watch for the following deadlines:

  • February 25: Proposals due to AALL Headquarters. Apply now.
  • March 29: Announcement of funded grants
  • November 2010: Deadline for expenditure of funds

Get Three AALL Conference Recording Sets for the Price of One!

For a limited time, when you purchase the full AALL 2009 Annual Meeting program recordings set, you’ll also receive the full 2008 and 2007 recording sets for free. With this purchase you’ll have access to nearly 200 educational programs developed and presented specifically for law librarians. You can purchase the sets in three ways: MP3 downloads available on AALL2go, MP3 CDs, or audio CDs.

This offer is only good until March 1 and only applies to new purchases. Additional shipping and handling charges apply for CD purchases.

AALL Awards Deadline Approaching: February 1

The AALL Awards Committee recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in assuring access to legal information. The committee will consider candidates for 13 awards, including those listed below. Recipients will be recognized at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. All nominations must be postmarked before February 1.

*These new awards were approved at the November 2009 AALL Executive Board meeting.

Calling All Papers

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories for its annual competition:

  • Open Division: for active and retired AALL members with five or more years of experience
  • New Members Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years
  • Student Division: for students in library, information management, or law school; participants in this division need not be members of AALL

The winner in each division receives $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present a description of his or her research and writing process at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Articles in the Open and New Members Division must be submitted by March 2. Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by April 15. Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form.

Subscribe to AALL’s Career Center

AALL Career CenterIf you’re looking for the next step in your law library career or looking for high-quality candidates to fill open positions in your law library, be sure to visit AALL’s Career Center. Online you can:

  • Post your resume
  • Browse current listings based on criteria that match your goals
  • Search anonymously by creating a Job Agent
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed

Follow Us on Facebook

FacebookAALL now has a page on Facebook! Become a fan and connect with your law librarian friends around the country. You’ll also be kept up-to-date with periodic AALL announcements, but we promise not to clog up your feed with Mafia Wars or FarmVille requests.

Member News

Ann Hemmens joined the University of New Mexico Law Library as assistant director for public services and associate professor of law librarianship. Previously Hemmens was a reference librarian and the assistant librarian for reference services at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian for collections and access at Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Library and editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, was recently interviewed on National Public Radio. Shapiro discussed the most memorable quotations of 2009 with host Robert Siegel during the December 30 airing of “All Things Considered.”

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Memorials

AALL has been advised of the death of Fannie Fishlyn.

Ms. Fishlyn served as circulation librarian at the University of Southern California Law Library from 1972 until her retirement in 1987, where she developed the service model for the library’s outstanding document delivery and circulation services. Many law students at USC saw her as the face of the law library, and she was considered by colleagues to be an exemplary law librarian. Ms. Fishlyn’s professionalism and contributions to law librarianship and to the law school were recognized when she became the first USC law librarian to attain tenure. She was also a long-time member of AALL and served as the chair of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section from 1982-1983. Ms. Fishlyn died on January 8.

Welcome New Members

AALL welcomes the following new members who joined our ranks in the last month:

Jennifer Adams, Dalhousie University Law Library Sir James Dunn Law Library
Jean Anderson, Minnesota State Law Library
Barbara J. Deakin, St. John’s University School of Law Rittenberg Law Library
Susan Flynn, Faegre & Benson LLP
Mark Harasymiw
Scott Holcomb, Catholic University of America
Brittany Kolonay, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Abigail Lauer
Michael McArthur
Susanne Mueller-Grote, Recht Fuer Deutschland GmbH
Jaye B. Nelson, LA Law Library
Richelle Reid
Nina Rose
Karen Ryan
Amy T. Sarola, St. John’s University
Dagfinn H. Senturia, Holland & Hart LLP
Emily Shepard Smith, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Lauren Sotherden, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Stephen Spong, Bora Laskin Law Library
Stephanie A. Straw, SUNY At Buffalo Sears Law Library

AALL eNewsletter / December 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

Happy Solstice and welcome to the December eNewsletter. This issue highlights the new issue of Law Library Journal, the Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section’s revised legal research guide, and a reminder about the Call for Papers competition. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful, joyous, and productive New Year!

Sweet Home Chicago in 2016

AALL is excited to announce Chicago, home of AALL Headquarters, as the host city for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference. The Conference, including the Exhibit Hall, will be held under one roof at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, July 16-19, 2016. A list of future Annual Meeting and Conference dates and locations can be found online.

Just Released: New Edition of “How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers”

How to Research a Legal ProblemThe AALL Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section recently published a new edition of How to Research A Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers. This free, informative seven-page online guide is intended to help non-lawyers find legal rules that can resolve or prevent conflict.

Avoiding jargon throughout, the booklet covers the basic steps in legal research. It also describes basic sources of legal information, giving examples of legal encyclopedias, treatises, articles, codes, reporters, and digests. Download a free copy (or more!) today.

AALL Appears in ALA’s Legal Management

Legal ManagementAALL partnered with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) to print two ads in the October and November/December issues of its monthly journal, Legal Management. The ads promote the value of law librarians to legal administrators and feature Megan Butman, research librarian at the Chicago law firm DLA Piper. They also follow on the heels of Professional Legal Management Week (PLMW), during which AALL members Monice Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto contributed an article to the PLMW Magazine and Sarah Mauldin spoke as a panelist on the free webinar about inter-generational issues in the legal workplace. Linda Will’s article “Synergizing Relationships” also appears in the October issue of Legal Management.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 101, Number 4

Law Library JournalThe Fall 2009 issue of Law Library Journal (LLJ) was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features two AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers award-winning papers, one an analysis of the skill sets, knowledge areas, and personality characteristics of the archetypal law librarian during the last 100 years, and the other an in-depth look at the importance of the public domain. Other articles include the results of a recent leadership survey and what they say about law librarians as leaders; a bibliography and resource for research on Chinese intellectual property law; and a law firm librarian’s perspective on the 21st century law library. As always, the Fall issue also contains the business proceedings from the Annual Meeting.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Technical Issues & Practical Matters: A Law Librarian Q & A on Legal Technology.

This 2007 webinar was moderated by Robert Farmer, instructional services/research librarian at Jones School of Law Library, and presented by Catherine Sanders Reach, director of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) of the American Bar Association. Reach describes the many services provided by the LTRC that are relevant to everyone in the legal profession, especially the annual legal technology survey report on how lawyers are using technology in their practices.

Learn more about strong trends such as mobile technology and electronic discovery, as well as lawyers’ reduced reliance on paper. Among the resulting challenges are the costs of electronically-stored information and the risks associated with counting on vendors to continue to store older materials.

AALL2goFind this and more than 60 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Get Three AALL Conference Recording Sets for the Price of One!

For a limited time, when you purchase the full AALL 2009 Annual Meeting program recordings set, you’ll also receive the full 2008 and 2007 recording sets for free. With this purchase you’ll have access to nearly 200 educational programs developed and presented specifically for law librarians. You can purchase the sets in three ways: MP3 downloads available on AALL2go, MP3 CDs, or audio CDs.

This offer is only good until March 1, 2010 and only applies to new purchases. Additional shipping and handling charges apply for CD purchases.

AALL Announces New Continuing Education Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the latest AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program award recipients. Congratulations to the following AALL entities:

  • The Law Library Association of Maryland for its program on advanced research topics for law librarians
  • The Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section for a webinar program titled, “Change as Opportunity: Staffing for Success”

Stay tuned for information about the next round of grants, the deadline is February 25.

Calling All Papers

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories for its annual competition:

  • Open Division: for active and retired AALL members with five or more years of experience
  • New Members Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years
  • Student Division: for students in library, information management, or law school; participants in this division need not be members of AALL

The winner in each division receives $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present a description of his or her research and writing process at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Articles in the Open and New Members Division must be submitted by March 2. Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by April 15. Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form.

Member Address Updates

You may notice slight changes to your street address in your AALL membership profile. AALL Headquarters recently updated members’ addresses in the Association’s membership database to make them compliant with U.S. Postal Service codes. The updates to street address fields will allow mail to be delivered in a more timely fashion and reduce the chance of undelivered mail. Please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, with any questions or concerns.

Looking for a Speaker for Your Next Program?

The AALL Speakers Directory is a member-driven database that can help members locate speakers on particular topics. Members are encouraged to identify themselves or other persons as potential speakers.

Tell AALL Members about Your Upcoming Events

Spread the word about your upcoming events by posting them on the AALL Calendar of Events. Post business meetings, continuing education programs, and any other relevant events that are open to AALL members. You can even subscribe to the RSS feed, and new event postings will come to you.

Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL Headquarters and the Government Relations Office will be closed during the holiday season from December 24 to January 3. The offices will reopen on Monday, January 4.

Give the Gift of Opportunity

During this time of year as we hunt for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of your profession through one of AALL’s many funds. AALL’s scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you’ll find a list of giving options along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Member News

Barbara Golden, retired Minnesota state law librarian, was honored with Minnesota Lawyer magazine’s Outstanding Service to the Profession Award for 2009. Golden received the award in recognition of her more than 25 years of service to lawyers and judges in the state’s law library system, with the last six as state law librarian.

Yolanda P. Jones has been appointed assistant director of the Wayne State University Library System’s Arthur Neef Law Library in Detroit. She was previously assistant director of electronic and information services at Villanova University School of Law Library in Pennsylvania.

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Memorials

AALL been advised of the deaths of John Hagemann, Nancy K. Holden and Michael J. Petit.

Mr. Hagemann retired last spring after 41 years on the University of South Dakota School of Law’s faculty. During most of that time, he served as director of the McKusick Law Library. Mr. Hagemann was a long-time member of AALL and served on many special interest sections. He was a beloved figure in the South Dakota State Bar and among the many graduates of the University of South Dakota School of Law. Mr. Hagemann died on December 13.

Ms. Holden earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland, College Park, later becoming librarian at the university’s law school. From 1982 until retiring in 1994, she was librarian for the Baltimore law firm Niles, Barton & Wilmer. Ms. Holden and her husband traveled a great deal and had visited such destinations as South Africa, Russia, Iceland, and the Midway Atoll. She died on November 17.

Mr. Petit worked at Georgetown University for many years before becoming head of cataloging and bibliographic access at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He was a member of AALL since 1994 and was involved in the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and the Technical Services Special Interest Section, as well as numerous committees and chapters. Mr. Petit died on November 26.

Welcome New Members

AALL welcomes the following new members who joined our ranks in the last month.

Jane Bahnson, University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science
Tina Brooks
Nicole DeBalko
Elizabeth DeLuna
Trezlen Drake
Temitope Noah
Eric Reichert
Jeremy Rose
Kay Samuels, WeirFoulds LLP
Lynn Schlesinger, Infotrieve, Inc.

AALL eNewsletter / November 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

What can you do for AALL, and what can AALL do for you? This newsletter outlines ways you can get involved: volunteer for a committee, become a mentor, support the Government Relations Office, vote. AALL provides you with a variety of member benefits, including the Price Index, AALL2go, live webinars, and the results of a survey of economic conditions. I’m also very excited about the new awards, which will give us more opportunities to recognize our talented members. I encourage you to take advantage of all that AALL offers its members.

Please Vote by December 1

AALL Online ElectionsYou still have the chance to cast your ballot for an important election, you can vote for the next AALL vice president, treasurer, and Executive Board members. AALL needs people to be on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote.

Online voting is fast and easy, and polls are open until 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, December 1. To view the ballot, log in with the same e-mail and password you currently use for the AALLNET Members Only Section. If you forgot your password, please click here to retrieve it.

If you already voted in this year’s online election, thank you for your participation. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so, just a few minutes of your time makes a difference in your Association.

2009 Price Index in Production

I’m happy to report that all four major legal publishers will contribute pricing information for the 7th edition of the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications. The Price Index for Legal Publications Committee is responsible for producing the index and has begun to compile 2009 pricing data for the next edition, which will be released in the spring. This publication is available only to AALL members and provides comparative information about legal publishers’ pricing in order to help libraries with budgeting and collection management decisions.

In gathering information for the index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. Major publishers participating in this edition include: BNA, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee for its work on this edition.

AALL Executive Board Approves New Awards

During its November meeting, the Executive Board approved procedures for implementing new Association awards to recognize member contributions to AALL and the profession. The new awards include:

  • AALL Hall of Fame to recognize members nearing the end of their careers who have made exemplary contributions to the profession and in service to the Association
  • Emerging Leader Award to recognize newer members who have already made significant contributions to the profession and the Association
  • Volunteer Service Award to recognize the contributions of AALL’s “unsung heroes”
  • AALL Distinguished Lectureship to provide an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise
  • Innovations in Technology Award to recognize members, SISs, chapters, or law libraries for their innovative use of technology in the development and creation of an application or resources for law librarians or legal professionals

More information about these awards, selection criteria, and nomination process will soon be available on AALLNET.

December Webinar: Succeed in the New Law Firm Library Reality, Learn the Business Side of the Firm

Whether a brief but painful aberration or a whole new world for law firms, the economic events of the past year have been cataclysmic for the legal community. In order to understand the implications for firm libraries and librarians, it is important to understand the business side of law firms and how administrators view the library.

Join Barry Strauss, executive director of Wiley Rein, as he shares his insight on what it takes to be successful in the new law firm reality. Succeed in the New Law Firm Library Reality, a webinar made possible through an AALL/BNA Education Grant, will take place on December 9 at 12 p.m. Eastern. A panel of firm librarians will ask Strauss specific questions to get to the heart of the issues. Webinar participants will also have an opportunity to contribute questions during the session.

Participants will build knowledge and understanding in the areas of law firm business models, law firm administrative realities, and how administrators view the library. Participants will gain a better understanding of the business side of law firms and learn how to better position themselves and their services in the new law firm reality.

Register by December 2.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL2goAALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Who’s Your Daddy? Corporate Disclosure Documents in U. S. and Canadian Law and Practice?get a succinct overview of U.S. and Canadian securities legislation and documents.

This free, members-only program was originally presented by the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) in October 2007. Download the mp3 audio file to hear moderator Kelly Rodgers of GSI/Thomson and speakers Thomas Eikenbrod of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Ramandeep Grewal of Stikeman Elliott as they discuss securities research using SEC and SEDAR to demonstrate searching for documents in the United States and Canada.

Eikenbrod uses the Anheuser-Busch company as his U.S. search hypothetical, taking the audience through the SEC’s Edgar database to examine 10K information of all kinds. Grewal looks conceptually at the Canadian securities regulation structure, revealing the differences in sources and terminology in Canadian and U.S. securities law research.

Find this and more than 60 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Tap into a Wealth of Knowledge and Experience with AALL’s Mentor Program

Whether you’re a newer member looking for advice, an experienced member hoping to give back to your profession, or a mid-career member contemplating a job change, AALL’s Mentor Program is a valuable resource.

AALL’s Mentor Program provides

  • Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on chartering their career paths as law librarians
  • Experienced members: an avenue to lend their knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of law librarianship
  • Mid-career members: a network of law librarians for those who are contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility

Apply today:

Help Needed in Support of House PATRIOT Act Reauthorization Bill

As the December 31 sunset of the three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act quickly approaches, Congress is moving fast to extend Section 215, the so-called “library provision.” We are very pleased that the House Judiciary Committee favorably reported the USA PATRIOT Amendments Act of 2009 (H.R. 3845) that includes a provision protecting library records containing personally identifiable information. Please take action now by contacting your House representative to ask him or her to support H.R. 3845 when it goes to the House floor for a vote.

Results of AALL Economic Outlook Follow-up Survey

In mid-March 2009, AALL conducted a survey of law library directors to understand how the current economic crisis was affecting the profession. The survey was intended to help determine how widespread law library staffs had been affected by layoffs, furloughs, reduction of benefits, and/or budget cuts. Six months later, in mid-September 2009, AALL conducted a follow-up survey to see how economic conditions have changed (or not changed) for law libraries. Nearly 430 members responded for a 33 percent response rate.

Overall, the economic situation for law libraries is less severe than it was in April 2009. Staff reductions, hiring freezes, and budget cuts have slowed. However, the number of law libraries that instituted furloughs has increased, and law libraries have continued to see more staff and budget cuts than growth in the last six months.

Full results of the survey, as well as examples of what law libraries are doing to cope with the current economic situation are available on the AALL Tools for Success wiki.

Last Chance to Volunteer for an AALL Committee

AALL is accepting applications for 2010-2011 committee volunteers through December 1. Through working on committees you not only help to strengthen the profession, you also meet other colleagues who are in various stages of their careers and willing to share their experiences. Your work as a committee member helps you gain and practice useful skills that you might not find in your everyday work. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don’t hesitate?volunteer today.

AALLNET Redesign Update

The AALLNET redesign project is currently in the design phase. With the help of the AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee, AALL Headquarters staff is working with SYSCOM, the project vendor, to finalize the new website’s wireframes and overall graphic design. Headquarters has also begun planning for the integration of the Association’s new content management system, the site migration, and the website’s taxonomy, which will be used to help improve searching capabilities. The AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee anticipates that the new site will be launched at the 2010 Annual Meeting. We’ll keep you updated on progress as the design phase continues.

Siwa promoted to Director of Information Technology

AALL staff member Christopher Siwa has been promoted to director of information technology. Prior to being named director, Siwa served as AALL’s web administrator. In his new position, Siwa has taken on a number of new responsibilities including various elements of AALL’s network infrastructure, its membership database, desktop work stations, and software and hardware maintenance and upgrades. He also continues to be responsible for AALLNET and the website redesign project currently underway.

Giving Thanks and Giving to AALL

AALL Giving OpportunitiesAs we celebrate Thanksgiving next week, it’s a good time to reflect on things in our professional lives for which we’re grateful. Thanks to the support of a scholarship or grant from AALL, many of us have been able to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. And even if we ourselves haven’t been recipients of these monetary awards, we have all benefited from the wide participation that this funding brings to our profession.

If you haven’t already done so, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to one of AALL’s funds. On AALLNET you’ll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL Headquarters and Government Relations Office will be closed during the holiday season from December 24 to January 3. The offices will reopen on Monday, January 4.

LH&RB Announces Second Annual Morris Cohen Student Essay Competition

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the second annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1,000 to fund a trip to the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15. The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal, Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.”

Member News

Susan Boland, currently head of information services and associate professor at the Ruth Lilly Law Library, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, will be associate director for public and research services at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Robert S. Marx Law Library, beginning in January 2010.

In recognition of long-time director Anne Grande, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously on November 3 to change the name of the Hennepin County Law Library to the Anne W. Grande Law Library. The board recognized Grande’s lifetime of career competence and creativity, as well as her leadership in introducing electronic and online resources to enhance the collection of thousands of law books and journals in serving both legal professionals and the general public.

Grande joined AALL in 1972 and served as treasurer on the Executive Board from 1995-1998. Congratulations, Anne!

Each month, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) recognizes a federal depository library for its exemplary services and innovations in providing free public access to government information. This month, GPO honored the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library and its staff who “manage an all-around solid federal depository operation and provide many services in support of access to and use of U.S. government information resources to all library users.” Congratulations to Penny Hazelton and her superb staff for being the first law library to be featured in GPO’s monthly Depository Library Spotlight!

Congratulations and all the best to Sandy Keller, who is retiring from the University of Iowa College of Law Library after 28 years of service.

Linda Will, founder of WILL Resources, a law firm and legal resources consulting company, wrote an article for the October 2009 issue of the Association of Legal Administrator’s Legal Management titled, “Synergizing Relationships.” Her article explores how legal administrators, law librarians, and information providers must work together to ensure a firm’s long-term strategic success.

The University of Denver Law Librarian Fellowship announces the 2009-2010 Law Librarian Fellows. Please help us welcome these outstanding individuals to the AALL community.

Diane Forge Bauersfeld
Jennifer Chang
Brittany Cronin
Kimberley Dickey
Jennifer Hayden
Beth Mescall
Kathryn Croco Michaels
Nicole A. King
Andrew J. “Tig” Wartluft
R. Martin Witt

Missing Willie WestPac

Willie Westpac, WestPac chapter’s mascot, went missing at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. His friends in WestPac really miss him and would like to see him come home. He is a stuffed bison and was last seen wearing a blue Aloha shirt. If you have seen Willie, please direct him home to:

Robert Truman
Lewis & Clark Law School
10015 S.W. Terwilliger Boulevard
Paul L. Boley Law Library
Portland, OR 97219-7768

Welcome New Members

Diane Forge Bauersfeld, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Terri J. Beale, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Hunter Boone
Jennifer Chang, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Brittany Cronin, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Kimberley Dickey, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Bethany M. Dietrich, Syracuse University College of Law H. Douglas Barclay Law Library
Stacy Fowler, St. Mary’s University School of Law Sarita Kenedy East Law Library
Jennifer Hayden, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Kittie S. Henderson, EBSCO Information Services
Mariko Honshuku, Harvard Law School Library
Nicole King, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Brad LeMarr
Bronwyn McCarthy, University of Florida-Levin College of Law Chiles Legal Information Center
Rachel Merrick, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science
Anthony Miller, Florida A&M University College of Law Library
Edward Noyer, CLAS Information Services
Ann O’Brien
Timothy Paschke, Free Library of Philadelphia
Amy Rupprecht
Andrew Wartluft, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Robert Witt, University of Denver Westminster Law Library

AALL eNewsletter / October 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

The AALL election is just around the corner, so be sure to read the candidates’ biographies and statements on AALLNET and be ready to vote when the polls open on November 2. This issue also includes information about comments AALL submitted to the Federal Trade Commission and the American Bar Association Standards Review Committee on issues of importance to members. Other news of interest includes details about the upcoming November webinar, the 2009 Salary Survey, and new content on AALL2go. Also, there is still time to volunteer to serve on an AALL committee and to make a year-end donation in support of our grants and scholarship programs.

AALL Online Elections Open November 2

AALL Online ElectionsIt’s time to vote for the next AALL vice president, treasurer, and Executive Board members. AALL needs people to be on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote.

Polls open on Monday, November 2. Online voting is fast and easy, but members who wish to receive a paper ballot may do so upon request to Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, 312/205-8022. Paper ballots must be requested by tomorrow, Friday, October 16.

Election schedule:

November 2: Ballots distributed electronically to all voting members.

December 1: Deadline for receipt of all ballots at AALL. Ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

Learn about the candidates’ backgrounds and views from the biographies and statements posted on AALLNET.

AALL Leadership Academy Fellows to Discover Signatures of Leadership

Future leaders of law librarianship will gather this weekend in Chicago for the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy to learn the strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession.

AALL Leadership AcademyThe 2009 Leadership Academy Fellows are: Stacey Bowers, Elizabeth Bradsher, Kathleen Brown, Gina Catalano, Elizabeth Christian, Suzanne Corriell, Deborah Darin, Kelly Fanning, Elizabeth Farrell, Amy Flick, Alyssa Folse, Melissa Fung, Thomas Gaylord, Filiberto Govea, Phillip Gragg, Janet Hedin, Todd Ito, Tina Jagerson, Meg Kribble, Kristine Lloyd, Kurt Meyer, Steven Miller, Sarah Lin Morris, Janet Peros, Elizabeth Reppe, Holly Riccio, Josepha Roberts, Galeen Roe, Nancy Scibelli, Wanita Scroggs, Kama Siegel, Kerry Skinner, Luz Verguizas, and David Zopfi-Jordan.

Bintliff and Stiverson Participate on Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials

At its July 2009 meeting, the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) accepted the recommendation of its study committee to move forward in drafting an act that will provide guidance to states on authenticating and preserving electronic legal materials. The study committee first convened in October 2008 to determine whether it would be useful to create a uniform law to require state online legal materials, especially those considered to be official, to be authenticated and preserved.

Michele L. Timmons, Minnesota revisor of statutes and NCCUSL commissioner, chaired the study committee, and Barbara A. Bintliff participated as AALL’s observer. We are very pleased to announce that Timmons, who attended our 2007 National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information, has been named chair of the new Drafting Committee, and Bintliff has been named its reporter. Keith Ann Stiverson will serve as AALL’s official observer to the Drafting Committee. Congratulations, Barbara and Keith Ann!

AALL Submits Comments to ABA Standards Review Committee

AALL recently submitted statements to the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar on the report of the Special Committee on Security of Position and on the Comprehensive Review of Standards and Interpretations. The comments were submitted by Barbara Bintliff, AALL’s representative to the council and professor of law and director of the University of Colorado Law Library. Comments from both the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section are posted on the council’s website.

Washington Post Quotes Baish on Federal Register XML Launch

On October 5, the White House, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of the Federal Register launched the XML version of the Federal Register (FR). In its report on the launch, the Washington Post quoted Mary Alice Baish, director of the AALL Government Relations Office: “This is a win-win situation for business, the regulatory community and consumers. We see law libraries being able to use the data for empirical research by law professors who want to track agency activities. For being able to track trends in the regulated industries. Even for studies of semantics and language.”

The XML version of the FR is now available through GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys), the Federal Register website, and Data.gov. While each of these websites offers the XML for public use, it is important to note that only FDsys provides access to the official, digitally-signed PDF version of the FR. AALL asked that a disclaimer be added to all of the FR datasets and tools on Data.gov explaining this important distinction. We were pleased to see the new disclaimer language added on October 6.

AALL Submits Comments to the FTC on Prenotification Negative Option Rule

On October 8, AALL submitted comments as part of the Federal Trade Commission’s Prenotification Negative Option Rule Review. The current rule serves to protect individual consumers only. The serial nature of law library collections is such that libraries regularly receive unanticipated materials from legal publishers that have not explicitly been ordered, are unwanted, and result in significant costs to the library. The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) drafted the comments, which request that the rule be expanded to include law libraries as institutional consumers. Attachments include the texts of recent settlements by the Florida attorney general with two legal publishers for unfair publishing practices.

Learn How to Field Complex Foreign and International Law Research Questions with November Webinar

As a law librarian, you never know when you’ll be pulled into an area in which you’ve had very little exposure. Be prepared—learn how to find targeted information for complex foreign and international law research questions by attending Global Legal Research: Routes to Success, a webinar to be held November 19, 12 p.m. EDT. Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by November 13.

AALL 2009 Salary Survey Results Are In

AALL Salary SurveyThe 2009 AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics is now available online free for AALL members. With a response rate of 60.2 percent, the AALL survey is the only source for up-to-date comparative salary information for law librarians, broken out (and cross-tabbed) by position, region, education, and years of library experience. New this year, the survey also includes information on benefits offered, number of employees supervised, and billing rates and hours for law firm libraries. In trying economic times like these, rely on the AALL Salary Survey as an essential tool to preserve fair and equitable compensation for law librarians.

Check Your Mailbox for the 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook

2010 AALL DirectoryThe 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook mailed out to AALL members on Tuesday, October 6. You can expect to receive your copy in the next couple of weeks. If you don’t, please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, at 312/205-8022. Many thanks go to Wolters Kluwer Law and Business for graciously subsidizing production costs of the directory since 1940.

2008-2009 Annual Reports on AALLNET

Find out what your fellow AALL members have been doing over the past year. Annual reports of AALL chapters, committees, representatives, and special interest sections are now available on AALLNET. Congratulations on your many accomplishments in 2008-2009.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

During the last round of AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants, the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section received a grant for a program on Law Firm Economics. You could be the next grant recipient—apply for the second round of grants by the November 5 deadline.

Thank You for Responding to the Membership Survey

Congratulations to Ann Roberts, librarian at Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Ann is the lucky recipient of a $100 American Express gift card. Her name was drawn from among those who completed the AALL Membership Survey by October 2.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2009 Membership Survey. More than 1,800 members completed the survey for a response rate of nearly 41 percent. Your input will go a long way in helping AALL meet your needs and those of the law library community.

Invest in Our Future

AALL Giving OpportunitiesEnsure that our profession remains strong and vital by giving fellow law librarians the opportunity to continue their education or career development. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of our profession through one of AALL’s many funds. AALL’s scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you’ll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2010-2011 committee volunteers. Through working on committees you not only help to strengthen the profession, you also meet other colleagues who are in various stages of their careers and willing to share their experiences. Your work as a committee member helps you gain and practice useful skills that you might not find in your everyday work. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don’t hesitate—volunteer today.

Free Content on AALL2go

AALL2goCheck out the newest free content on AALL2go, our Association’s new online learning center that offers you specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for law librarians:

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2010 Annual Meeting Scheduling Forms Due November 2

2010 AALL Annual MeetingLast month the Annual Meeting Program Committee met in Chicago to select educational programs for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver: Summit 2010—Mapping Our Future. The committee selected 66 programs and four workshops, which will be detailed on AALLNET in December.

Earlier this month, all committee, SIS, and caucus chairs; chapter presidents; and affiliate groups received letters outlining the agenda for the 2010 conference, including scheduling information for your meetings and functions in Denver. Please submit your online scheduling form by November 2 to ensure that your meetings and events are listed in the preliminary Annual Meeting information on AALLNET.

Social Responsibilities SIS Book Drive a Success

Due to the generosity of AALL members, the Eleventh Annual Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section (SR-SIS) Children’s Book Drive was once again a success. This year’s recipient, Heather Hill Elementary, is located in Bowie, Maryland (just outside of Washington, D.C.), which is the 17th largest school district in the United States and one facing many economic challenges.

The school received approximately 300 books, $600 in cash/check donations, and a $1,000 donation from the SR-SIS. The school’s librarian was so thankful and appreciative that she personally accepted delivery of the books (and gave several hugs to the book deliverer), even though she was on summer vacation. Thanks to everyone involved in making this event a continuing hit and a hallmark of the SR-SIS.

Read more AALL news from caucuses, chapters, committees, members and special interest sections on AALLNET.

Member News

Saint Louis University recently honored AALL member Eileen Searls for exemplary service by naming a library storage building after her. Searls has been a member of AALL since 1952 and has served on seven committees.

AALL past president Judy Meadows recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as state law librarian of Montana. A member of AALL since 1979, Meadows has made innumerable contributions to the Association and the profession of law librarianship.

Read more AALL news from caucuses, chapters, committees, members and special interest sections on AALLNET.

Memorials

AALL has been advised of the death of Kevin M. Hale. Mr. Hale was a librarian at the State of New Jersey Law Library in Newark for two decades. As a lifelong resident of Metuchen, New Jersey, he was also a member of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society. Mr. Hale joined AALL in 2000 and was active in the New Jersey Law Librarians Association, serving on the executive board and as chair of the Government Affairs and Legal Information Committee. He died on September 12.

Welcome New Members

Elizabeth Davis Bass
Lise Bretton, City Attorney’s Law Library
Brent Capley
Andrew Christensen, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Erika Cohn
Misti L. Conway, Fox Rothschild LLP
Jason Curtis, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Kelly Del Vecchio, Sandusky Bay Law Library
Alan Diehlmann, LexisNexis
Gerald Patrick Flanagan, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Tanya Fuhrman-Wenman
Rodney Hall
Yolanda Patrice Harrison, Seton Hall University Law Library
Erin Honeycutt
Stephanie N. Huthmacher, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
Alicia Jones
Gretchen King
Kathryn Michaels, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Jeffrey Nelson, Groom Law Group, Chartered
Alexa Robertson, New York County District Attorney’s Office
Bernadette Smith, University of Maryland College of Library and Information Sciences
Jill Smith, BNA
Vicki Steiner, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
Douglas Tomasulo, U.S. Courts Library
Kathleen Walker, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Michael Wenman

AALL eNewsletter / September 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

Autumn is always a busy time of year. After the lazier days of summer, the pace picks up. There is a lot happening this fall at AALL. Below you will find information about the Leadership Academy, our efforts to gather information as we plan for the future of AALL, preliminary planning for the 2010 meeting in Denver, and upcoming educational events, including advocacy training. I encourage you to take advantage of all that AALL offers its members.

AALL Selects Leadership Academy Fellows

AALL Leadership AcademyCongratulations to the 34 AALL members selected to attend the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy: Stacey Bowers, Elizabeth Bradsher, Kathleen Brown, Gina Catalano, Elizabeth Christian, Suzanne Corriell, Deborah Darin, Kelly Fanning, Elizabeth Farrell, Amy Flick, Alyssa Folse, Melissa Fung, Thomas Gaylord, Filiberto Govea, Phillip Gragg, Janet Hedin, Todd Ito, Tina Jagerson, Meg Kribble, Kristine Lloyd, Kurt Meyer, Steven Miller, Sarah Lin Morris, Janet Peros, Elizabeth Reppe, Holly Riccio, and Josepha Roberts.

These budding leaders will convene in the Chicago area October 16-17 to learn the strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession.

October Webinar: Join AALL’s Advocacy Team

Help improve access to legal information and strengthen AALL’s voice in government decisions – join our advocacy team. If you’re interested in learning the tools you need to make your legislators to listen when you have something to say, we invite you to sign up for AALL’s free online advocacy training session, Join AALL’s Advocacy Team: How to Deliver Our Message, on Wednesday, October 14, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Speakers are Government Relations Office staff members Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman and “advocacy guru” Stephanie Vance, guest speaker at AALL’s 2009 Day on the Hill. Vance will explain how to develop and deliver a message to your representatives about the importance of free online access to Congressional Research Service reports and the digital authentication of online legal resources. Register today!

PLMW Free Webinar on Intergenerational Issues in the Legal Workplace

PLMW 2009The landscape of the workplace is changing, and the legal profession is no exception. Indeed, relationships between employees of different generations are sometimes more pronounced in the often tradition-bound legal workplace. Learn how to address the various challenges firms face in dealing with the differing priorities, attitudes, and skills of their employees. Attend From Boomers to Millennials: Intergenerational Issues in the Legal Workplace on Tuesday, October 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. The panel of experts includes AALL’s Sarah Mauldin, law librarian at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, as well as representatives from five of the other co-sponsoring legal associations. This 90-minute free program also includes a Q&A segment, which allows for the exchange of ideas from webinar participants.

Professional Legal Management Week provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

Tell Us What You Think of AALL

Last Friday AALL e-mailed you a link to a comprehensive member survey. Your responses to this survey will assist the AALL Executive Board in planning the AALL Strategic Directions 2010-2013. Thank you to everyone who already completed or started the survey. If you experienced a delay when filling out the survey, it was due to increased traffic on the system. Your response is important to us, so please try again; the system will allow you to pick up where you left off in the survey.

The goal of the survey is to get members’ candid opinions about AALL and its programs and services. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept confidential. As a thank you for your help, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card, if you complete your survey by October 2.

If you did not receive an e-mail with the survey link, please contact Julia O’Donnell, AALL director of membership marketing and communications (312/205-8018). Your participation will go a long way in helping AALL meet your needs and those of the law library community in the years to come.

Roberta Shaffer Appointed New Law Librarian of Congress

On August 20, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Roberta I. Shaffer as the new law librarian of Congress, effective August 31, 2009. In making this important appointment, he notes, “Roberta Shaffer brings to this critical management position both extraordinary vision and demonstrated leadership skills that will continue the Law Library’s historically exemplary service to Congress and to the public while addressing the challenges of providing legal research and reference services in our rapidly changing and technologically driven world.” According to a recent article in the Library of Congress Gazette, Shaffer envisions a 21st century national law library that will be a global leader in using new technologies to acquire, provide access to, and preserve current legal information.

AALL congratulates long-time member Shaffer on her appointment and looks forward to a collaborative future as she brings her remarkable energy and vision to the Law Library of Congress.

AALL Thinks Strategically

Next year the AALL 2005-2010 Strategic Directions come to an end, and AALL members, with the Executive Board Strategic Directions Committee, will craft a new Strategic Directions plan for 2010-2013. The Strategic Directions Committee has created Strategically Thinking, an AALL blog for all things futuristic. As the Association develops a new roadmap for the next three years, we need you—the members—to provide the directions, speed, and forecast. Tell us what is going on around you. What would you like to see change, and what things should we keep doing? The blog is for everyone, so feel free to share, brainstorm, and collaborate. Each week will feature a new thread mixed with “open mike” sessions. Your input is a vital resource as we set the course for the next three years.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2010-2011 committee volunteers. Committees carry out AALL’s Strategic Directions of leadership, education, and advocacy, which in turn drives our professional future. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don’t hesitate—volunteer today.

Invest in Our Future

AALL Giving OpportunitiesEnsure that our profession remains strong and vital by giving fellow law librarians the opportunity to continue their education or career development. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of our profession through one of AALL’s many funds. AALL’s scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you’ll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

More Free Videos on AALL2go

AALL2goWe continue to add new content to AALL2go, our Association’s new online learning center that offers you specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for law librarians. The convenient online format allows you to expand your knowledge base and gain new skills right from your desktop—no travel is required, and it’s available whenever you need it. Also, AALL2go is fully searchable, so you can quickly find material targeted to your areas of interest.

New content added this month include six free videos from the 2008 Annual Meeting and Conference in Portland, Oregon. Log on to view these videos:

  • A2: The Evolving Role of Law Librarians with Self-represented Litigants
  • A4: International Law and the Evolving Knowledge Society
  • C1: Conflict Resolution—In Search of the Holy Grail: “Your Mother Was a Hamster and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries!”
  • C4: Official but Not Authentic: The Future of Electronic Legal Information
  • G4: The Fourth E: The Environment and Law Libraries
  • K4: Marketing Your Library: Exploring New Technologies to Create Evolving Newsletters That Energize Your Patrons

2010 Annual Meeting Scheduling Begins Now

2010 AALL Annual MeetingThe Annual Meeting Program Committee is already hard at work reviewing 193 program and workshop proposals for the 2010 Annual Meeting, July 10-13 in Denver. The selection meeting will take place in Chicago next weekend, September 25-26, and the committee will contact those who submitted proposals by early October. Program selections and descriptions will appear in the program announcement later this year.

Next week, a letter with scheduling forms for meetings and functions will be e-mailed out to all committee, special interest section, and caucus chairs and chapter presidents outlining the agenda for 2010 Annual Meeting. Letters will also be sent to affiliate groups, such as consortiums and law schools, who scheduled events at the 2009 meeting in Washington, D.C., and exhibit groups who are currently contracted for this year’s meeting.

New this year, groups will be able to complete and submit the Preliminary Scheduling Form online. Please submit your form by the November 1 deadline to ensure listing in the preliminary program.

AALL Salary Survey Results Coming Next Month

AALL Salary SurveyThank you to everyone who participated in the 2009 AALL Biennial Salary Survey. The response rate was 53 percent—your impressive participation will ensure detailed salary breakdowns and accurate compensation information.

Association Research Inc. is now tabulating the responses, and the final report will be available on the Members Only Section of AALLNET in mid-October. Print copies are also available for order and will be delivered in late October.

Member News

The following AALL members have compiled new state bibliographies. Reba A. Best, Tennessee State Documents: A Bibliography of State Publications and Related Materials; Terrye Conroy, Stacy Etheredge, and David Lehmann, State Documents Bibliography: South Carolina; Mari Cheney, Utah Legal Resources Bibliography; Darin Fox, State Documents Bibliography – Oklahoma: A Guide to Legal Research in Oklahoma; Barbara Fritschel, State Documents Bibliography: Wisconsin; Catherine Lemann, State Documents Bibliography: Alaska; Wendy Schroeder Hitchcock and Stephanie Midkiff,State Documents Bibliography: Oregon; Rhonda R. Schwartz, North Dakota State Documents: A Selective Bibliography of Legal and Law-Related Material; Theresa Strike, Guide to New Mexico State Publications, Third Edition.

Mary Koshollek, director of information and records services at Godfrey & Kahn, SC, in Milwaukee, is featured in “What keeps you awake at night?,” an August 2009 column appearing in Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 82, No. 8.

Colorado Association of Law Libraries members Beth Mescall and Holly Pinto were featured on the cover of the August 17, 2009, issue of Law Week Colorado as key support staff for law firms.

Barbara G. Traub is now serving as interim director of the Rittenberg Law Library at St. John’s University School of Law, as well as continuing her duties as head of reference and instructional services.

Read more AALL news from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections on AALLNET.

Memorials

AALL has been advised of the deaths of Dan F. Henke and Susan J. Martin.

Mr. Henke was professor of law emeritus and law librarian at University of California. He earned his B.S. in Foreign Service and J.D. from Georgetown University and a Masters in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. Mr. Henke received the AALL Marian Gould Gallagher Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession in 1995. He served as co-founder and president of the Western Pacific Chapter, chairman of the Law Library Journal Committee, and local arrangements chair of the 1962 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Mr. Henke died on September 8.

Ms. Martin was director of the reference and research division at the L.A. Law Library. Born in Cheshire, England, she was a graduate of California State University Fullerton, Western State University College of Law, and Florida State University. Ms. Martin was a member of AALL since 2003. She died on August 8.

Welcome New Members

Florence J. Barnes, Circuit Court for Carroll County Law Library
Brandon Bellows
Lauren Bramnick, Broad and Cassell
Channa Cajero, L.A. Law Library
Katherine Chamberlain, University of Illinois College of Law
Paul Cope, Agent Legal
David Curle, Outsell, Inc.
Patricia M. Dickerson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Library and Information Studies
Kristi L. Gannon, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Erin Harper, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
Marcia Magee
Sarah Nolan, Case Western Reserve University Law School Library
Franklin Runge, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
Joshua Schneider
Lisa Watson
Jennifer Williams, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Maxine Wright, Columbia University, The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library

AALL eNewsletter / August 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CATHERINE LEMANN

Summer is winding down. If you missed the opportunity to Innovate in Washington, D.C., check out the recap below. This newsletter is full of news of exciting initiatives, including the arrival of the AALL2go online learning center, the Annual Meeting Review Special Committee, the AALLNET redesign, recognition of member achievements, and much more. Enjoy!

Chatting with Cathy: an Interview with AALL’s New President

Member Georgia D. Chadwick, director of the Law Library of Louisiana, spoke with Cathy Lemann at the 2009 Annual Meeting.

You began your career as a law librarian in New Orleans at the Law Library of Louisiana in 1991; are you a native of Louisiana?

No, I grew up as a Yankee?born in Buffalo, moved between Boston and Milwaukee a couple of times. But, my father’s family was from New Orleans so we visited often. New Orleans is where I lived most of my adult life.

Where did you receive your education and what attracted you to a career in law librarianship?

I attended Carleton College, majoring in government and international relations, and then did paralegal training in Philadelphia. I worked as paralegal in New Orleans for two and a half years and then attended Tulane University School of Law. I was able to practice somewhat part-time when my children were young.

After eight years of practicing law, I realized I was never going to be a rainmaker, which was important to succeed in the small law firm. I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could use my law degree and the office management skills I had acquired. Law librarianship offered the chance to do some of what I most enjoy, solving legal research puzzles. I attended LSU’s School of Library and Information Science part-time for almost two years as I continued to practice law.

You have been a frequent program participant and have served on many AALL committees in your 18 years as an AALL member. How did you first become involved in AALL?

While at LSU, I realized that it would be important to join a professional association to make contacts. I used the Law Library of Louisiana when doing research and Tina McLellan, a reference librarian there, told me about AALL and NOALL. I joined but wasn’t particularly active until I started working as a law librarian.

When I began work at the Law Library of Louisiana, Carol Billings expected the staff to be active in professional associations. Without Carol’s encouragement, I would not have taken on assignments with AALL, NOALL, or SEAALL.

You’ve received many awards; tell us about one that stands out to you.

In 2001 I received the State, Court and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section O. James Werner Award for Service to Persons with Disabilities for my work with AIDSLAW of Louisiana. While in library school, I took a class on service to special groups and I chose to look at materials available on HIV and AIDS. Following up on that class, I wrote a thesis about AIDS materials in public libraries. I knew people who had been affected by HIV/AIDS and was pleased to join the AIDSLAW board in 1998. AIDSLAW is a unique organization that was originally started to help people with end of life issues. Now, their primary focus is assisting low income people with HIV/AIDS to obtain public benefits, avoid discrimination, and generally live with the disease. I was very pleased to be recognized for working with AIDSLAW.

You moved to Alaska in 2006 to become the State Law Librarian. Which do you prefer: mudbugs or salmon? Tell us what you most enjoy about living in Alaska.

That’s a tough question! I could get wild Alaskan salmon in New Orleans, but only see frozen Chinese crawfish here. I definitely miss New Orleans food.

Alaska is a beautiful place that still has a frontier edge where opportunities await. I have been extremely fortunate that the Court System has sent me to visit some of the branch libraries, including Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Bethel, Valdez, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. Wherever I go, I try to get a sense of life in these remote areas. Life in Bush, Alaska can be challenging.

The winter in much of Alaska provides a sense of the power of nature. But the cold and the darkness are balanced by beautiful, long summer days. The most difficult part of living here, I have come to realize, is that it is so far from everywhere, particularly my family.

How do you commute to work? Do you listen to anything during your commute?

I try to walk to work most days when it’s not too cold or icy as it’s only a 20-minute walk. When I walk, I listen to my environment and enjoy the scenery. There is a paved trail along Cook Inlet. In the winter, there are ravens, and seagulls in the summer. Yes, I have seen moose along the trail and even in downtown.

What do your two sons think about your being AALL president?

They have both told me that they are proud of me. My sons endured my time in library school and have supported me through all my transitions. They know a bit about law libraries ? supplementation and microfiche! I like to think that they recognize my interest in promoting law librarianship and in providing opportunities to others to work with AALL.

What are you reading for fun now?

I very much enjoyed Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay. It is set in Yellowknife, Canada, so the location has a similar climate to Alaska. It’s beautifully written and infused with sounds. I also read Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a novel about early onset Alzheimer’s.

A very interesting program you moderated was “Electronic Resources Librarian?the Origin of a Species.” How is that species faring today?

As a species, electronic resources librarians have evolved. Certainly, the landscape of legal information has become much more electronic and internet based. In addition to learning how to manage and navigate various subscriptions, electronic resource librarians are likely on the cutting edge of new technologies including Twitter, wikis, blogs, and other social networking tools.

Where was the first AALL Annual Meeting you attended, and how have they changed during your career?

My first meeting was in New Orleans, 1991, while I was still practicing law. I think that 1992, San Francisco, was the last meeting not held at a convention center. I have learned that our conference is “meeting heavy,” referring to the many chapter, special interest section, and committee meetings. Because the meeting was shortened by a day in 2007, I definitely have to plan my time to take advantage of the programs, meetings, and exhibits. I certainly look forward to renewing friendships and putting faces to names. The contacts I’ve made within AALL have made me a better law librarian.

Law Librarians Innovate in Washington, D.C.

2009 AALL Annual MeetingNearly 1,700 legal information professionals gathered in Washington, D.C., last month for AALL’s 102nd Annual Meeting and Conference. The spirit of innovation was in the air as attendees learned from more than 70 educational programs and workshops packed into four days. Keynote speaker Jonathan Zittrain, internet cyberlaw scholar and author, challenged the audience during the Opening General Session with his talk on “The Future of the Library, And How to Stop It.” And the Exhibit Hall showcased products from 91 information vendors.

Photos from the 2009 meeting are now available on AALLNET. Look for more Annual Meeting wrap-up and program reviews in the upcoming September/October issue of AALL Spectrum. And purchase audio recordings of the 66 educational programs and keynote address on the new AALL online learning center, AALL2go.

AALL Members Make Their Voices Heard on Capitol Hill

On Friday, July 24, the AALL Government Relations Office and Government Relations Committee held the 2009 AALL Day on the Hill Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training in Washington, D.C. More than 75 AALL members attended the full-day training, and the event was a tremendous success. The meetings on Capitol Hill were extremely valuable in increasing AALL’s visibility, as well as establishing important new relationships with members of Congress that are vital to our effective advocacy.

IL Delegation w Rep. Danny DavisCongratulations to all of the Day on the Hill participants for making this year’s advocacy training so successful. All of the event’s resources, including speakers’ PowerPoint slides and issue briefs on AALL policy priorities, are available on AALLNET in the Government Relations Office’s Advocacy Toolkit.

(Pictured above, from left to right: Diana Koppang, Todd Ito, Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL-7), Beth Lodal, and Keith Ann Stiverson.)

AALL Government Relations Office Has Moved

As of August 17, the AALL Government Relations Offices will no longer be located in Georgetown University. The office’s new contact information is:

25 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20001
Fax: 202/737-0480

Mary Alice Baish
Director, Government Relations Office
mbaish@aall.org
202/942-4237

Emily Feldman
Advocacy Communications Assistant
efeldman@aall.org
202/942-4233

AALL2go Opens This Week

AALL2goI am very pleased to announce that AALL2go, our new online learning center, is open for business! The new site offers you specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for law librarians. The convenient online format allows you to expand your knowledge base and gain new skills right from your desktop?no travel is required, and it’s open 24/7. Also, AALL2go is fully searchable, so you can quickly find material targeted to your areas of interest.

The site includes:

  • Audio recordings from the 2009, 2008, and 2007 AALL Annual Meeting and Conferences
  • Seven free videos from this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference
  • Coming soon: archived webinars and other recorded continuing education program from 2006 to present, including more than 50 free programs for AALL members

Congratulations to AALL2go Download Winners

During the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, we raffled off coupons for a free download on AALL2go. Congratulations to the following winners.

Jeff Berns, Ben Carlson, Nancy Dulniak, Elizabeth Farrell, Benita Ghura, Ann Hemmens, Emily Janoski-Haehlen, John Jensen, Sally Kelley, Jane Larrington, Lynn Monkres, Sarah Montgomery, Patti Morgan, Carol Avery Nicholson, Raquel Ortiz, Han Ouyang, Susan Panasik, Bess Reynolds, Carolyn Scott, Monica Sharum, Karen Skinner, Jamie Sommer, Rebecca Trammell, Donna Trimble, and Carl Yirka.

Vendor Selected for AALLNET Redesign

I’m pleased to announce that the AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee recently selected SYSCOM, Inc., to design a new website for our Association. SYSCOM will work with the special committee and AALL Headquarters to design a new site that will include a content management system and many Web 2.0 tools, including blogs, wikis, and the ability to comment or rate content. SYSCOM will meet with AALL staff in mid-September to begin the discovery process. I will keep you updated as more progress is made toward the new AALLNET.

Discovering the Real Value of Your Information Contracts

You know what you pay for your subscriptions, but what is the real value of the content within your contracts? Accessing and obtaining information has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, but vendor contracts for this content have remained unchanged. Bottom line: yesterday’s contracts won’t work in today’s economic climate. Learn tactics and techniques to review and evaluate your own contracts intelligently by attending Discovering the Real Value of Your Information Contracts, a webinar to be held September 16, 12 p.m. EDT.

Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by September 9.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 101, Number 3

Law Library JournalThe Summer 2009 issue of Law Library Journal (LLJ) was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features a 2007 update of a survey of minority law librarians first conducted in 1992; a survey and analysis of the most important research tasks for new attorneys in law firms; an assessment of the status of the Freedom of Information Act since 2000; and a description of the experience of running the Web 2.0 Challenge from the Computing Services Special Interest Section.

Law Library Journal Announces New Columnists

Starting with the Winter 2010 issue, four new columns will appear in Law Library Journal. Readers can look forward to columns from Raquel Gabriel on diversity; Lynne Maxwell on management; Darla Jackson on technology; and Phillip Gragg and Christine Sellers, who will face off point/counterpoint-style on hot topics for law librarians. Each of the columns will appear two or three times a year. Other columns that will continue to appear in each issue are “Practicing Reference” by Mary Whisner, and “Keeping Up with New Legal Titles,” compiled by Creighton J. Miller, Jr. and Annmarie Zell.

Camilla Tubbs Appointed to Depository Library Council

Public Printer Robert C. Tapella announced last month the appointment of five new members to the Government Printing Office’s Depository Library Council, including AALL member Camilla Tubbs. Composed of 15 members, each of whom serves a three-year term, the council’s role is to advise the public printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program. Tubbs joins members Tory Trotta and Sally Holterhoff on the council.

Tubbs is head of instructional services and a reference and government documents librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. She specializes in U.S. federal legal research, legislative history, anti-discrimination law, and the rights of minorities. Tubbs is also an advocate for permanent public access to authentic government information. She was recently named chair of the AALL Government Relations Committee. Congratulations, Camilla!

New Members Appointed to Nominations Committee

The AALL Executive Board appointed three members in July 2009 to serve two-year terms on the AALL Nominations Committee, the body that chooses the candidates for the Executive Board elections:

Kelly Browne, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Sacramento, CA
Kathy Coon, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Allen Moye, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL

They join continuing members Chair Kathy Carlson of Wyoming State Law Library, Cheyenne; Karl T. Gruben of University of San Diego; Joyce A. McCray Pearson of the University of Kansas, Lawrence; and Frosty Owen of Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia. The continuing members will serve their terms until July 13, 2010.

Next summer, the seven-member committee will present a slate of suitable candidates for the 2010 elections to the AALL Executive Board. They will choose two candidates to vie for the position of vice president/president-elect, two candidates for secretary, and four candidates to contend for two open seats on the Executive Board. In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates who reflect the diversity of AALL’s membership, thus ensuring that the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders, and minorities.

For more information about the nomination process or to propose possible nominees for the 2010 elections, please contact Kathy Carlson, chair of the 2009-2010 Nominations Committee.

Annual Meeting Review Special Committee Meets in Washington, D.C.

The newly appointed Annual Meeting Review Special Committee, led by Chair Kim Serna, conducted its first meeting in Washington, D.C., during the Annual Meeting and Conference. The committee will contact AALL members in the next few months to solicit input and gather ideas regarding various aspects of the Annual Meeting. Watch for more information to come.

Last Call for Summit 2010 Programs

2010 AALL Annual MeetingWere you inspired in Washington, D.C.? Do you have a great idea for a program next year? It’s not too late to propose a program for the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver. Use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit online by August 23.

Do you have a Bright Idea?

LightbulbAALL gives funding to assist Association entities in providing continuing education programs. Grants help fund speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or webinars. Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant. Fill out an online application and submit your proposal by September 3.

Start Making Plans for Professional Legal Management Week, October 5-9

PLMW 2009Professional Legal Management Week (PLMW) provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

AALL members are encouraged to plan and promote events for the week. The Professional Legal Management Week website includes resources to help you set up events, including a fact sheet, suggestions for planning events, a flyer, logos, and advertisements. Coming out in the fall, ALA is publishing the third edition of Professional Legal Management Week Magazine, which will include an article by AALL members Monice M. Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto. And a webinar slated for the week of October 5-9 will feature AALL member Sarah Mauldin as a panelist.

Member News

Bonnie Shucha and Heidi Yelk published “A Guide to Wisconsin Legal Information Sources” in the July issue of the Wisconsin Lawyer.

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Welcome New Members

Nathan Brill
James Robert Browning, II
Palmer Calabrese, Nova Southeastern University
Cynthia Condit
Irene M. Crisci, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center
Ledja Cullen, Golden Gate University School of Law Library
Adrienne DeFord
Steven Ellis, Daniel A Cracchiolo Law Library
Katherine Eriksen, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Laura Frost, Clark County Law Library
Timothy Gallina
Laura A. Gaudio, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP
L. Elliot Hibbler
Olivia Ivey, U.S. Department of Labor Library
Peter Kersten
Konya Lafferty, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Molly McKenna, Westlaw Business
Meredith A. McNett, University of Utah S.J. Quinney Law Library
Jenna O’Rourke, ACE American Insurance Company
Scott Reed
Angela Smircic, Dallas County Law Library
Sara Thomas, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
Valencia Thomas, Fox Rothschild LLP
Kristin Whitman, Landon IP
Mary Yu, King County Law Library
Rosemary Zankiw, Fox Rothschild LLP
Emanuel Zoberman

AALL eNewsletter / July 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

Welcome to my last “From the desk of” eNewsletter as AALL president. It has been a distinct pleasure serving the Association this past year, but I also look forward to handing over the AALL gavel to Cathy Lemann, who will edit these e-newsletters for the next year. I hope to see many of you next week at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. For those of you who cannot attend, please see below for details of AALL2go, our new online learning center. And to everyone: my heartfelt thanks for your member participation, support, and friendship. You have made this past year both memorable and gratifying!

New Online Career Center Opens Today

Today, AALL is launching a new and improved interactive job board, the AALL Career Center. Designed specifically for law libraries and legal information professionals, the AALL Career Center offers members and the profession at large a highly-targeted resource for online recruitment.

AALL Career CenterFor job seekers, the AALL Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in law librarianship. As an AALL member, you can post your resume and browse jobs based on criteria that best match your career goals. You can also post confidentially or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. A Job Agent notifies you via e-mail when jobs matching your criteria are posted, eliminating the need to visit your account daily to track new postings.

For employers, both members and non-members can use the AALL Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers will be able to post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent, which e-mails qualified candidates daily. In addition, online reporting provides job activity statistics to track each job posting’s return on investment.

AALL2go Is Almost Here!

AALL2goGet ready for the arrival of AALL’s new online learning center, AALL2go. In mid-August, the center will be fully functional with all AALL educational content available. AALL2go will offer you ultimate flexibility and freedom to pursue professional education on your schedule, with search capabilities that allow you to focus on key areas of interest and find materials where and when you need them.

AALL Annual Meeting attendees will get a preview of AALL2go in Washington, D.C., at the AALL Member Services Booth. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit; pre-order your downloadable Annual Meeting program recordings today.

2009 Online Salary Survey Responses Due July 31

On July 7, the questionnaires for the 2009 version of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics were e-mailed to all law library directors and heads of law libraries.

You may complete the entire survey online by following the link provided in the e-mail. You also may save your answers and return as often as you need until July 31 using your e-mail address and unique password. If you prefer to complete the survey in writing, you may download and print a PDF version of the questionnaire.

The Biennial Salary Survey is an important resource for AALL members, especially in today’s economic climate. To ensure detailed salary breakdowns that members need, we strongly urge all who receive the questionnaire to participate in the survey. We also ask that members encourage their library directors to complete the questionnaires by July 31.

The survey will be carried out in complete confidentiality by Association Research, Inc., a professional research firm in Rockville, Maryland, that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations.

The 2009 Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics will be available for purchase and shipment in October; $110 for AALL members and $175 for nonmembers. The final report will also be available online in the Members Only section of AALLNET free of charge. The Association is accepting advance orders by e-mail at orders@aall.org, by fax at 312/431-1097, or by calling AALL Headquarters at 312/205-8022.

Last Chance—Renew Your Membership by August 1

AALL members have valuable new Association benefits to look forward to this year, including:

  • A new and improved AALL Career Center
  • AALL2go, our new online learning center coming in August
  • Redesigned AALLNET coming in early 2010

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other valuable member services. On July 20 expiration notices will be e-mailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 1 expired members will lose access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application forms on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022.

Mark Your Calendar: Professional Legal Management Week, October 5-9

2009 Professional Legal Management WeekProfessional Legal Management Week (PLMW) provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

AALL members are encouraged to plan and promote events for the week. The Professional Legal Management Week Web site includes resources to help you set up events, including a fact sheet, suggestions for planning events, a flyer, logos, and advertisements. Coming out in the fall, ALA is publishing the third edition of Professional Legal Management Week Magazine, which will include an article by AALL members Monice M. Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto.

Library at Rutgers Law School–Newark Receives Grant

The Law Library at Rutgers School of Law–Newark has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) that will help preserve old and rare books in its collections for future generations. IMLS will donate to Rutgers a core set of conservation books and online resources designated the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. Among the library’s holdings in need of preservation and care are manuscripts and books in the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley (1870–1892) collection, Garden State Bar Association archives, National Bar Association archives, and some rare books such as those on English law dating back to the 16th century.

Member News

Frank G. Houdek was appointed interim dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Law, effective July 1. Houdek was formerly associate dean for academic affairs in the school of law.

Kathleen Kelly, librarian at Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP in Minneapolis, has been appointed to the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Linda Tesar will be the new head of technical services at William and Mary’s Wolf Law Library in August. Tesar is currently the technical services/systems librarian at Vanderbilt University’s Alyne Queener Massey Law Library.

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Welcome New Members

Theresa A. Baker, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Bart Dalton
Joan Dalton, Arizona Attorney General’s Office
Victoria Fleischer, University of Cincinnati College of Law Robert S. Marx Law Library
Rick L. Fought, Arkansas Supreme Court Library
Jane Freeman, Bennett Jones SLP
Caitlin V. Johnson
Kim Laru, San Diego County Public Law Library
Melissa Levine, Alston & Bird
Jessica Lundgren, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Genevieve Nicholson, Lewis and Roca LLP
Susan Seibert, Professionals Library Service, Inc.
Steven Singer, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Legal Research Center
Daniel Skinner
Elizabeth Sullivan, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Patrick Tracy, Western New England College School of Law Library
Nancy Vinsel
Nicole Wigen, Office of the General Council Law Library
Caralee Witteveen-Lane, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library Grand Rapids/WMU Campus

AALL eNewsletter / June 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

It’s a little over a month until the 2009 Annual Meeting, and I am so excited that many of you will join me in Washington, D.C., to “innovate” our careers and professional lives through the exciting educational programs and networking opportunities. This month’s e-newsletter highlights many upcoming AALL programs, including our new Online Career Center, AALL2go, and the Leadership Academy. I look forward to seeing you in D.C.!

Become Inspired…Inspire Others

It’s no secret that our profession—and law librarians as individuals—are facing difficult budget cuts, resource reallocations, staffing decisions, and personal stress. The good news is that we’re all in this together. The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is our chance to come together, share our stories, get advice, learn new ways to approach our problems, improve our skills, and revitalize our passion for law librarianship.

2009 AALL Annual MeetingI hope that you’ll join 1,500 of your colleagues in Washington, D.C., from July 25-28, and be inspired by the programs presented by your colleagues, as well as by your conversations with the law librarians you’ll meet from all around the country. The ideas and stories you share will have an equally inspirational effect on the AALL attendees you meet. There’s still time to register online; you may also register on site at the Washington Convention Center. Affordable day passes are available to members located in the D.C. area. Please remember that you must be registered to attend any of the meetings, educational programs, or social events. I hope to see you there!

AALL Launches New Online Career Center

I’m proud to announce that on July 16, AALL will launch a new and improved interactive job board, the AALL Career Center. With its focus on law libraries and legal information professionals, the AALL Career Center will offer members, and the profession at large, a highly-targeted resource for online recruitment.

For job seekers, the AALL Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in law librarianship. In addition to posting your resumes, AALL members will be able to browse or view jobs based on criteria that best match your career goals. You can also post confidentially or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify you via e-mail when jobs matching your criteria are posted, eliminating the need to visit the site daily to track new postings.

For employers, both members and non-members can use the AALL Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers will be able to post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create a Resume Agent which e-mail them qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting’s return on investment.

Preview AALL2go Next Month

AALL’s new online learning center, AALL2go, is almost ready for primetime. A portion of the new site will open on July 8 with the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting program handouts. In mid-August it will be fully functional with all AALL educational content available.

AALL2goAALL2go will offer AALL members ultimate flexibility and freedom to get professional education on your schedule. Search capabilities will allow you to focus on key areas of interest and find materials where and when you need them.

AALL Annual Meeting attendees will get a preview of AALL2go in Washington, D.C., at the AALL Member Services Booth. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit; pre-order your downloadable Annual Meeting program recordings today.

Did You Renew Your Membership for 2009-2010?

AALL’s new membership year began this month, and it promises to be an exciting year for the Association, as we are offering valuable new member services in the coming months. AALL members can look forward to:

  • A new and improved AALL Career Center coming in late July
  • AALL2go, our new online learning center coming in August
  • Redesigned AALLNET coming in early 2010

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other valuable member services. On July 20 expiration notices will be e-mailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 1 expired members will lose access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application forms on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022.

Prepare for the Next Step in Your Career

In today’s economy, it is more important than ever to make sure you have the qualities, skills, and abilities necessary to compete and succeed. Be proactive: find out what employers are looking for and what you can do to reach the next step in your career by joining your colleagues for Preparing for the Next Step in your Career, a Webinar to be held June 26, 12 p.m. EDT.

Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by June 22.

Competitive Intelligence: Working Side by Side with Marketing

The economic downturn has made business and competitive intelligence more important than ever for law firms. Library and marketing departments need to work together to achieve both short- and long-term strategic goals of the firm. Join us for Competitive Intelligence: Working Side by Side with Marketing, a Webinar to be held on July 15 at 12 p.m. EDT. A panel of competitive intelligence experts will present case studies and explain how to work collaboratively in managing the expectations of all involved in intelligence collection and application.

Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by July 9.

2009 Online Salary Survey Is Coming: Watch Your E-Mail Inbox

The questionnaires for the 2009 version of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics will be e-mailed on July 7 to all law library directors and heads of law libraries.

We are pleased to again offer an online version of the survey. You may complete the entire survey online by following the link provided in the e-mail. You also may save your answers and return as often as you need until July 31 using your e-mail address and unique password. If you prefer to complete the survey in writing, you may download and print a PDF version of the questionnaire.

The Biennial Salary Survey is an important resource for AALL members, especially in today’s economic climate. To ensure detailed salary breakdowns that members need, we strongly urge all who receive the questionnaire to participate in the survey. We also ask that members encourage their library directors to complete the questionnaires by July 31.

The survey will be carried out in complete confidentiality by Association Research, Inc., a professional research firm in Rockville, Maryland, that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations.

The 2009 Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics will be available for purchase and shipment in October; $110 for AALL members and $175 for nonmembers. The final report will also be available online in the Members Only section of AALLNET free of charge. The Association is accepting advance orders by e-mail at orders@aall.org, by fax at 312/431-1097, or by calling AALL Headquarters at 312/205-8020.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile Before the End of June

Help ensure that your listing in the 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook is accurate—update your public address in the AALLNET Members Only Section by June 30.

Did you change jobs or your name this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information or your last name online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information or last name.

Library directors, do you need to update your library’s profile in the Geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library’s information.

Thanks for your help in making the 2009-2010 AALL Directory accurate and up-to-date.

Apply for the AALL Leadership Academy by June 30

Don’t miss your change to be considered for the career-building 2009 AALL Leadership Academy, to be held October 16-17 in the Chicago area.

2009 AALL Leadership AcademyLaw librarians in the early stages of their careers can get ahead in the profession through participation in the Academy as they learn their unique strengths and how to bring value to their organizations through personal visibility.

Apply by June 30—participants (fellows) will be selected and notified by mid-August. Fellows will participate in pre-engagement exercises, have the opportunity to obtain a mentor, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities.

Wanted: Your Thoughts on Competencies of Law Librarianship

The Continuing Professional Education Committee is currently reviewing AALL’s Competencies of Law Librarianship to ensure they are still relevant today. The committee is still seeking comments and suggestions on the competencies’ language and encourages all members to participate. Visit the AALL Tools for Success wiki to view and post your comments on the core competencies and specialized competencies.

ALA Seeking Feedback on Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies

The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA) invites AALL members to comment on its Standards for Accreditation of Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies (2008), and in particular on the recommendations of the Library Education Task Force in its final report issued January 13 to the ALA Executive Board for referral to COA. Visit the Standards Review blog to post your comments.

It’s Not Too Soon to Plan for 2010

2010 AALL Annual MeetingAALL is already accepting program proposals for the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver. Attendees of Summit 2010: Mapping Our Future will discover together, as a professional community, how to renew ourselves, plan for our institutions, and build for the challenges we face. One of the best ways to do this is to share positive success stories and fresh innovations with your colleagues.

Consider proposing a program about your recent accomplishments and pioneering efforts that, if shared with others, might advance the entire law library profession. You may 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 the August 23 deadline. Helpful resources include:

AALL Headquarters Has a New Address

This week AALL Headquarters moved to a new office. Please remember to update your records with the new address:

AALL
105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603

Our phone numbers remain the same:

Phone: 312.939.4764
Fax: 312.431.1097

If you’re in Chicago this summer, we welcome you to stop by and check out the new space.

Member News

Vicenç Feliú has been appointed law library director at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, effective July 1. Feliú was formerly assistant director for public services and associate librarian for foreign, comparative, and international law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Lee F. Peoples was recently named director of the Oklahoma City University Law Library, effective July 1, 2010. He is currently associate professor of law library science and director of international programs at the same institution. Peoples’ article, “The Citation of Wikipedia in Judicial Opinions,” is also being published in volume 12 of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology (2009).

Nathan Rosen is the new information resource manager for the New York office of Morrison & Foerster. Rosen was formerly vice president in Credit Suisse’s legal & compliance department.

Ron Wheeler was recently granted a title change by the Provost of Georgia State University in Atlanta. Wheeler is now the associate director of the Georgia State University College of Law Library. He was formerly the associate director for public services.

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Welcome New Members

Tawnie Anderson, West, a Thomson Reuters business
Anne Koch Baland, Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, PA
Natalie Bejarano, Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc.
Nicholas Benca, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Library
Veronica F. Berglind, Thompson Coburn LLP
Laura Brown, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein LC
B.P. Chauhan, Jindal Global Law School
Diana Clarke, Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library
Robert Cunningham, Appellate Division Law Library
Emily Daniels, Butzel Long
Leah Granger, University of California School of Law Library
Iantha Haight
Wendy Holmes, Davis LLP
Jeff Huber, University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science
Kim Keenan, National Bar Association
Robin Kojima, Continuing Education of the Bar
David Lee, University of Houston O’Quinn Law Library
Lynn Lendabarker, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C.
Edna Lewis, University of California School of Law Library
Sherry Leysen
Sophie Lobey, Council of Europe
Alicia Lopez, Irell & Manella LLP
Carol A. McGee, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Sharon S. McGrath, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Shira Megerman, University of Missouri-Kansas City Leon E. Bloch Law Library
Susan Miller
Laura Moorer, Public Defender Service for D.C.
Ashley Moye, Charlotte School of Law
Guy Oliver
Pamela Repp, Butzel Long
Kenneth J. Rodriguez, George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library
Ben Ruby, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Library
Zinta Saulkalns, University of Maryland College of Library and Information Sciences
Lynda L. Schoop
Abrari Sidi, Department of Justice Library
Tracy Stone
Dale Swensen, Brigham Young University Howard W. Hunter Law Library
Amy Towell, Hopkins Bruce Research Corp
Nathan White, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP
Toby Willis-Camp, Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries
Stephanie A. Woebkenberg, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

AALL eNewsletter / May 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

Late May is a time when many people here in New Orleans start to plan their summer vacations (apparently folks are looking to escape the upcoming tropical heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast). This month’s e-newsletter contains lots of ideas to help you plan for your future, including several educational Webinars; our new online learning center, AALL2go; and the second year of the AALL Leadership Academy. Plus, there’s only two months to go before the 2009 Annual Meeting, and excitement is building for what promises to be an extraordinary educational and social event in Washington, D.C., this July. Hope to see many of you soon!

New Membership Year Begins June 1? Renew by May 31

As the only national association dedicated exclusively to law librarians’ needs and interests, AALL can tap into the power of the law library community to provide you with resources you need to weather the current economy and to ensure that the profession remains as strong and vital as ever. Your membership in AALL both strengthens the profession and provides you with essential career resources, such as continuing education, networking, and advocacy. Be sure to renew your membership by May 31.

AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed ($55 instead of $218). Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application forms on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022.

AALL Headquarters is Moving June 13

To prepare for the big move, Headquarters e-mail and telephone service will be down Friday, June 12. Barring any technical glitches, we’ll be up and running again on Monday, June 15. AALL’s new address will be 105 W. Adams St., Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603; phone/fax numbers and e-mail addresses will not change.

It’s Not Too Late to Save $100 on Your Annual Meeting Registration

2009 AALL Annual MeetingThere’s still time to take advantage of the early registration rate for this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Don’t miss out?register by June 1 and save $100.

AALL Business Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The AALL Business Meeting will be held during the Annual Meeting on Monday, July 27, beginning at 2:15 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the Members’ Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 3:45 p.m.

During the April Executive Board meeting, the board approved guidelines for submitting resolutions for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting. The guidelines allow for online submission of a resolution by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters for consideration by the membership.

The Members’ Open Forum will be moderated by Cornell H. Winston and offers the opportunity for members to comment or make suggestions on any issue or topic related to AALL and the profession. In addition, this year members may provide comment regarding the Association’s Strategic Directions for 2010-2013 during the forum. The Executive Board has just begun its work on the next Strategic Directions plan, and it seeks input from all members as part of the planning process.

New Edition of the Price Index Now Available

The AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, 6d., is now available in the Members Only Section of AALLNET. This year’s Price Index includes 2008 pricing information for more than 500 titles. The table-based report also includes details for the mean cost of titles and percentage increases over previous years for serial publications, legal periodicals, loose-leaf services, commercially published court reporters, and supplemented treatises.

The purpose of the Price Index is to provide members with comparative information about past price changes in order to help with budgeting and collection development decisions. In gathering information for the Price Index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. If a publisher declines to do so, its pricing is not included in the Index. For this reason, Thomson West pricing is not included in this edition.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee for its work on this edition.

Save Time and Money with Your Next License Agreement Negotiation

Negotiating licensing agreements for e-resources is often a burden. The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU) allows libraries and publishers to forgo the traditional negotiation process in favor of using a set of “common understandings.” AALL’s June Webinar, The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU): Can It Work in My Library?, to be held June 9, 1 p.m. EDT, is sponsored by the New England Law Library Consortium with a grant from the AALL/BNA Continuing Professional Education Grants Program. Hear how both librarians and publishers feel about SERU and how SERU is used in practice.

Registration fees are only $10 for AALL members and non-members. Register by June 5.

Preparing for the Next Step in Your Career

In today’s economy, it is more important than ever to make sure you have the qualities, skills, and abilities necessary to compete and succeed. Be proactive: find out what employers are looking for and what you can do to reach the next step in your career by joining your colleagues for Preparing for the Next Step in Your Career, a Webinar to be held June 26, 12 p.m. EDT. Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by June 22.

Take the Lead: Apply for the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy

You have the potential to become a leader in law librarianship. Learn how to maximize your unique skills and talents to get ahead in the profession by attending the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy, October 16-17, at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Train for leadership roles by acquiring both the self-awareness and strategies you need to emerge as a leader within your organization and the profession. Academy participants will use self-assessment tools, group exercises, case studies, and skill practice to develop key signatures of leadership. Selected fellows will participate in pre-engagement exercises, be matched with a mentor, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities.

Applications are due by June 30.

Continuing Professional Education Committee Awards Grants

The Continuing Professional Education Committee awarded AALL/BNA Continuing Professional Education Grants to the following programs:

These programs will be available on AALL2go this summer.

AALL2go Coming to a Computer Near You

AALL2goAALL’s new online learning center, AALL2go, is under development and on its way. The new site will feature valuable downloadable educational content 24/7, offering you ultimate flexibility and freedom to get professional education on your schedule. Features of the learning center include:

  • Online access to the AALL Annual Meeting program recordings, as well as archived Webinars, audio recordings, and video recordings, along with accompanying program handouts
  • Advanced search capabilities so you can focus on key areas of interest and find materials where and when you need them
  • Online profiles so you can track your individual continuing education progress

AALL2go will be available in early July with the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting program handouts. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit; pre-order your downloadable Annual Meeting program recordings today.

Congratulations to the Winners of the “Day in the Life” Photo Contest

2009 Day in the Life WinnerDuring the month of February, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. Nearly 30 AALL members from 23 different law libraries across the country submitted 82 photos to the contest. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to each and every member who participated and shared his or her photos with AALL.

Winning photographs may be viewed on AALLNET. You can also view all of the “Day in the Life” entries on AALLNET.

Board Approves Resolution on OCLC Transfer of WorldCat Records

During the April Executive Board meeting, the board approved a resolution regarding OCLC’s recent changes to the transfer of WorldCat records. The resolution asks that OCLC reconsider this policy change.

AALL Member Testifies at Federal Hearing

On May 6, Roger V. Skalbeck, vice chair-elect of AALL’s Copyright Committee, testified during the U.S. Copyright Office’s triennial rule-making hearing in Washington, D.C., on proposed exemptions to Section 1201 of the Copyright Act. Also speaking on behalf of the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association, Skalbeck requested in his statement that the media faculty exemption be broadened to include faculty of law and the health sciences. Georgetown University Law Professor Rebecca Tushnet posted an excellent summary of the hearing on her blog.

Mary Alice Baish, director of the AALL Government Relations Office, testified the previous day at the public witness hearing held by the House Appropriations Committee Legislative Branch Subcommittee in support of the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) FY 2010 budget request. Her statements stressed the importance of funding GPO’s $8 million request for the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 101, Number 2

Law Library JournalThe Spring 2009 issue of Law Library Journal was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue explores the role of the academic law library in 21st century legal education; economics and electronic resources in the law library print collection; the meaning of the term “lawyering”; and an alternative model for how attorneys should conduct research.

Executive Board Materials Available Online

The April Executive Board agenda books and the October Executive Board minutes are now available on AALLNET in the Members Only section.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook is accurate?update your public address in the AALLNET Members Only Section by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library’s profile in the geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library’s information.

Thanks for your help in making the 2009-2010 AALL Directory accurate and up-to-date.

New Blog for Unemployed Law Librarians

After her reference librarian position was recently eliminated from a South Carolina law firm, AALL member Christine Sellers knew that she wanted to stay connected to the law library profession and at the same time help fellow AALL members and colleagues cope with the current economic downturn. She created the Law Librarians of Leisure Blog to “gather statistics, post jobs and advice, and provide a place where we can stay connected.” Members of the law library community are encouraged to read and contribute to Law Librarians of Leisure; Christine also posted a survey for librarians who recently lost their jobs. E-mail Christine with any questions or suggestions.

Law Library Journal Seeks New Columnists

Law Library Journal is looking for librarians interested in writing regular columns for LLJ. As of the final issue of Volume 101, Diane Murley and Jean Holcomb are giving up their columns. Both have done a fantastic job but have decided to pass the torch to other willing writers.

If you are interested in becoming a regular columnist, please send a short description of the proposed subject for a column and a writing sample to LLJ Editor Janet Sinder by Friday, May 29. Columnists will be selected by the end of June, and the first column deadline will be in October. Column deadlines change each year, but are usually around early October, January, April, and July. Column length averages between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Columnists must be able to meet deadlines and be willing to commit to writing for at least three issues per year.

Member News

AALL members Cheryl Niemeier and David Selden were among 12 recipients of the 2008 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Presidential Citation honoring SLA “Knowledge to Go Green” Champions, presented in early 2009. Niemeier was recognized for “demonstrating the role of green practices in a white collar environment and for linking book reuse and recycling with a global charitable mission.” Selden earned the honor “for his strong commitment to using green practices and developing measurable small changes to make an impact and then communicating the results to his organization.”

Laura Olsen Dugan and Nancy E. Scibelli published an article titled “Info on the Go: Legal research via your handheld device” in the Wisconsin Law Journal on April 27. Dugan is a knowledge management specialist and knowledge management liaison at Quarles & Brady, LLP, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Scibelli is an information specialist and knowledge management liaison at Quarles & Brady, LLP, in Milwaukee.

Michelle Rigual was recently named the new director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Rigual will begin her new position at Wesleyan on August 1; she is currently associate director and assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Law Library, in Albuquerque.

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Kristina Alayan, University of Washington
David Arkle, ReferenceLegal
Traci Bailey, Underwood, Wilson, Berry, Stein & Johnson PC
Peter Berkery, Jr., Oxford University Press-Law Division
Sabina Besic, Suffolk University Law Library
Dorothy Blok, Stikeman Elliott, LLP
Willa Broughton
Laura Brown, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC
Edwin Clinton Butler, Law Library for San Bernardino County
Christina Cavouras, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Laurie Chartoff, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Jessica Cunningham
Charles Dooley
Alicia Dyer, Oakland County Probate Court
Lou Flavio, TBS Inc.
Kathryn Frey, University of Pittsburgh Barco Law Library
Timothy Gatton
Christina George
Lauren Gluckman, Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University
Ning Han, Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science
Linda Johnsen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pamela Kaufman, Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at Stamford
Chris Koustourlis, Fox Rothschild, LLP
Chester G. Kozikowski, III, Boston College Law Library
Eliza Land
Lara Leaf, Michigan State University College of Law
Patrick Lopez, Phoenix School of Law
Adriana Mark, St. John’s University School of Law Rittenberg Law Library
Danny Norris, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library
Amy Pearce, University of Wyoming George W. Hopper Law Library
Julie Reynolds
Lesley Wilson, Baylor Law Library
Elise Y. Wong,University of San Francisco School of Law Dorraine Zief Law Libraray
Jason Zarin