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:

Expand your knowledge base and gain new skills right from your desktop with AALL2go.

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.

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

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

AALL eNewsletter / April 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

April is a tricky month…spring tries to break out all over, but it’s cold one day then warm the next. It’s a busy month for AALL, as committees finish their work, the Executive Board meets, and we continue to plan for the exciting Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in July. This month’s e-newsletter includes both good news (announcements of the Gallagher and Andrews award recipients and the appointment of Marian Parker as AALL vendor liaison) and sad news (the death of former AALL president Francis Gates), among many other items. Happy April (and keep a sweater handy!).

Kehoe, Manz, and Puckett Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to the Profession

The AALL Awards Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award and the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award. The awards will be presented at the AALL Annual Meeting Closing Banquet in Washington, D.C., on July 28.

Patrick E. Kehoe, professor emeritus of law and retired director of the law library at American University in Washington, D.C., and Elizabeth Ann Puckett, director of the law library and professor of law at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, are both recipients of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.

William H. Manz, senior research librarian at St John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York, will receive the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award for the seventh edition of Guide to State Legislation, Legislative History, and Administrative Materials.

Marian Parker Named New AALL Vendor Liaison

AALL is pleased to announce its new vendor liaison is Marian Parker, associate dean for information services, director of the professional center library, and professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Parker has experience in both legal publishing and law librarianship, having worked as both director of professional relations and acting senior director of law schools and courts at LexisNexis/Matthew Bender & Co. Parker is excited to be appointed and started her three-year term on April 6.

Results of AALL Economic Outlook Survey

In mid-March, AALL conducted a survey of law library directors to understand how the current economic crisis is affecting the profession. The survey was intended to help determine how widespread law library staffs have been affected by layoffs, furloughs, reduction of benefits, and/or budget cuts. More than 400 members responded for a 34 percent response rate.

Overall, 23 percent of law libraries have experienced staff reductions, the overwhelming number ranging from one to five full-time employees laid off. Nearly 20 percent of law libraries have eliminated vacant positions, and more than 63 percent have a hiring freeze in place at this time. Hardest hit have been the private law libraries; 30 percent have had staff reductions, and nearly 72 percent have a hiring freeze in place. Only about 10 percent of academic law libraries have reduced their staffs, but 45 percent have a hiring freeze in place. A little more than 15 percent of state, court, and county law libraries have experienced layoffs, and 57 percent have a hiring freeze.

In terms of budget cuts, more than 60 percent of all respondents have already experienced budget cuts. Again, private law library budgets have seen the most cuts; nearly 73 percent have been cut, and about a quarter of respondents have seen cuts of 15 percent or more. Nearly half of academic law library budgets are so far untouched, and about 40 percent of state, court, and county law library budgets also have remained steady, but many anticipate cuts in the next fiscal year.

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.

In Memory of Francis Gates

With great regret, AALL announces the passing of Francis Gates. Mr. Gates had a distinguished career as the director of law libraries at the University of Southern California, Columbia University, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A long-time member of AALL, he served as president from 1980 to 1981 and was a recipient of the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He passed away on March 24 at the age of 82.

Vote for Your Favorite Day in the Life Photo

The Day in the Life of the Law Library Community photo contest is in the final stage of judging. Members of the AALL Public Relations Committee have narrowed down the nearly 150 entries to the top five in each category, and you now have the chance to vote for your favorite photos.

This week, April 13-19, AALL members will choose the best photo in each category and one best overall photo. Simply log in with your AALLNET members-only e-mail and password. Please note that you will only be able to vote once.

A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community, sponsored by the AALL Public Relations Committee, is a nation-wide photo contest that documents law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given work week. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July 2009 issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Please send any questions or comments to Public Relations Committee Chair Amy Hale-Janeke.

Register Today for April Webinar: Negotiation—Path to Collaboration

In today’s economy, many law libraries are finding ways to save money by renegotiating contracts with vendors. Join the April 22 Webinar, Negotiation—Path to Collaboration at 12 p.m. EDT to explore the mechanics of engaging in a successful negotiation process. The Webinar facilitator will be Sarah Nichols, a strategic information management consultant with 25 years of experience in strategic planning and operational effectiveness for information management, research, and library functions within the professional services sector. Register by tomorrow, April 17.

May AALL Webinar Explores Libraries and Social Software

What is social software? How and why would you use it? How do libraries use social software as a way to engage staff and patrons in a fast-changing Internet environment? Plan to attend a Webinar on social software on May 20, from 12-1 p.m. EDT as Sarah Glassmeyer, reference librarian from University of Kentucky, helps us explore social software use in a library context. Register by May 15.

Join the Moderated Discussions on Competencies of Law Librarianship

 

The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Committee will moderate a discussion on the AALL Competencies of Law Librarianship, approved by the AALL Executive Board in March 2001, to determine whether they remain relevant or require updates. All comments during the discussion will be considered by the CPE Committee in its review of the competencies.

The schedule for the discussion is:

April 20-24: Competencies One, Two, and Three

April 27-May 1: Competencies Four, Five, and Six.

Please sign up and share your thoughts.

Donna Scheeder Named as New Acting Law Librarian of Congress

AALL congratulates member Donna Scheeder on being named acting law librarian of Congress. The appointment was effective April 1. Most recently, Scheeder served the library as director of law library services. Prior to joining the Law Library of Congress, she held several positions in the Congressional Research Service. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Members-Only Free Online Education Archives

Have you seen these recent titles in the AALL online education archives? If not, be sure to log in and check out what you’ve been missing.

Editors Wanted for Two Law Library Journal Columns

Law Library Journal seeks librarians interested in writing regular columns for the Journal, beginning with the Spring 2010 issue. Interested AALL members may apply by sending a short description of the proposed subject for a column along with a writing sample to Janet Sinder, Law Library Journal editor, by May 29.

Columnists will be selected by the end of June, and the first column deadline will be in October. Deadlines change each year but are usually near the beginning of October, January, April, and July. Column length averages between 2,000 and 4,000 words, and writers must be able to meet deadlines and be willing to commit to writing for at least three issues per year.

New Book Reviews Posted on AALL Spectrum Blog

Check out the latest book reviews posted by members to the AALL Spectrum Blog. Current titles reviewed include:

  • Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, by Thomas J. Sugrue (Random House)
  • Privacy: the Lost Right, by Jon L. Mills (Oxford University Press)
  • Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own, by David Bollier (The New Press)
  • Honor & Respect, by Robert Hickey (The Protocol School of Washington)

If you’d like to be a book reviewer for the AALL Spectrum Blog, contact Spectrum Editor Mark Estes.

Take the Lead: Apply for the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy

Are you in the early stages of your career and looking to become a leader in the profession? Do you know your unique strengths? Do you know how to bring value to your organization through personal visibility?

Learn the answers to these questions and much more by applying to the AALL Leadership Academy, to be held October 16-17 in the Chicago area.

Applications will be accepted May 1-June 30, and participants (fellows) will be selected and notified by mid-August. Fellows will participate in pre-engagement exercises, have an opportunity to obtain a mentor, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities.

Welcome New Members

Damien Abbott, Delta Alpha Publishing
Mary Arnold, Holme Roberts and Owen, LLP
Ian Bourgoine
William Bryan, Louisiana Department of Justice
Alice A. Davidson, Indiana Attorney General
Brent Domann
Arthur Doucett, John Marshall Law School
Stephanie Fabricius
Kelly Fanning, Holme Roberts and Owen, LLP
William Michael Glover, III, Morgan State University
Diane Gurman, UCLA
Marilynn Hallen, Larkin, Hoffman, Daly and Lindren
Rachel Inbar, Fish and Richardson, PC
Benjamin Keele
Janine Liebert, Los Angeles County Law Library
Dinah Minkoff, Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science
Stephanie Nance, Robinson, Brandshaw and Hinson, P.A.
Shannon S. O’Connell, Williams and Connolly LLP
Margaux Patel, Brown Mackie College
Teresa Pritchard Schoch, Ikon
Refugio Ramirez, UCLA School of Law, Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library
Sonja Simpson, U.S. Courts Seventh Circuit Library
Debbie S. Steele, Jackson County Law Library
Robert Steele, George Washington University, Jacobs Burns Law Library
Manda Thomas, Charlotte School of Law

Member News

Bev Butula, assistant director of library services at Davis & Kuelthau, S.C., and Diane Duffey, director of research services at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, co-published “The Evolving Web, Part II: Challenges for Legal Professionals” in the winter 2009 issue of the Wisconsin Association for Justice’s The Verdict. Their earlier article, “The Evolving Web: Challenges for Legal Professionals,” was published in the fall 2008 issue of The Verdict.

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.

Congratulations to AALL Management Institute Participants

Late last month, 31 AALL members participated in the AALL Management Institute, held March 19-21 in Tampa, Florida. The Management Institute was a great success. Many participants shared their feedback, and here’s what a few of them had to say about the institute.

  • “We all have the opportunity of serving as mentors/coaches/advisors to one another and of turning to the group to help us develop our skills and address our challenges.”
  • “It was a great opportunity to network.”
  • “It remains the most valuable, amazing professional development event I have ever attended.”

Congratulations to the Management Institute participants—we look forward to watching your future accomplishments in law librarianship.

AALL2go Coming to a Computer Near You

AALL’s new online learning center, now called 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 your 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

A sneak peek of AALL2go will be available in early July with the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting program handouts. In late August, the full Annual Meeting content will be available on AALL2go. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit; pre-order your downloadable Annual Meeting program recordings now.

AALL Members Invited to Attend the BIALL Annual Conference

President of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Jackie Fishleigh invites all AALL members to attend the BIALL annual conference June 18-20 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Visit the BIALL Web site for conference details and a registration form.

It’s Time to Renew Your AALL Membership

The deadline for AALL membership renewal is May 31. Following is the 2009 membership renewal schedule:

May 4: Second dues invoices mailed out.

July 23: 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.

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, visit AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022).

AALL Headquarters is Moving

AALL will move its Headquarters office this summer. As of June 1, AALL’s new address will be 105 W Adams, 33rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60603. If you’re in Chicago this summer, we hope you’ll stop by and see the new digs.

Ready, Set…TWEET!

AALL is now on Twitter. Follow the AALLNET Twitter feed to get the latest AALL news. A separate 2009 Annual Meeting Twitter feed is dedicated to updates on this summer’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sign up and stay connected!

AALL eNewsletter / March 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

Spring has definitely sprung. Here in New Orleans, the azaleas and camellias are in bloom throughout the city (especially in the Garden District!), and allergies are on the rise. It’s also a time of renewal at AALL, with membership renewal notices going out and many new members joining the Association. Look for other items of interest in this March e-newsletter, and happy spring!

It’s Time to Renew Your AALL Membership

On March 16, AALL dues invoices for 2009-2010 were mailed to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31. Following is the 2009 membership renewal schedule:

March 16: First dues invoices mailed out.

May 1: Second dues invoices mailed out.

July 23: 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, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022).

AALL Dues Help for Unemployed Members

To help in these tough times, AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an “Active” membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($55 instead of $218). The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2010.

Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form or contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022) to sign up.

New Advocacy Toolkit for the 111th Congress

The Government Relations Office is pleased to announce an exciting new resource to help AALL members and chapters become effective advocates for law libraries. The Advocacy Toolkit for the 111th Congress: 2009-2010 is designed to help you learn more about AALL’s ambitious legislative agenda.

The purposes of the Advocacy Toolkit are to:

  • illustrate the many ways in which you can get involved in advocacy;
  • notify you of the latest action alert so that you can promote our legislative efforts;
  • present you with a comprehensive look at the issues and legislation we are currently working on; and
  • provide AALL members and chapters the tools you need to become effective advocates on both the federal and state levels.

The Advocacy Toolkit is available as a live document and as a PDF on the AALL Government Relations Office Web site. I encourage you to sign up for the RSS feed to receive valuable updates, learn about AALL’s latest action alert, and monitor our legislative priorities.

There’s also still time to register for AALL’s 2009 Day on the Hill: Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training on July 24. Hopefully, the toolkit and your participation in our Day on the Hill will provide you with the tools you need to join our advocacy team and help promote AALL’s policy agenda!

April AALL Webinar: Negotiation—Path to Collaboration

Do you get a sinking feeling when told you’ll have to negotiate a contract? Do you feel unprepared to actually engage in a negotiation process? Please join the April 22 Webinar, Negotiation—Path to Collaboration at 12 p.m. EDT to explore the mechanics of engaging in a successful negotiation process. The Webinar facilitator will be Sarah Nichols, a strategic information management consultant with 25 years of experience in strategic planning and operational effectiveness for information management, research, and library functions within the professional services sector. Register by April 17.

Archived Webinars Available on AALLNET

AALL members now have the chance to view five popular Webinars presented October 2008-February 2009 in the Members Only Section of AALLNET:

The links above are available for AALL members only. Nonmembers can access the 2008 Webinars and 2009 Webinars for a higher fee.

New Tools for Success Added to Wiki

Tools for SuccessWe know that many of our members have been hit hard by the economic crisis. AALL is here to offer resources to help you get through it, especially the Tools for Success in Today’s Economy wiki. We encourage you to both use the resources and add more that would help our colleagues in law librarianship. Thanks to the members who have added resources so far. Here are a few examples of recent additions:

$50 AALL Member Appreciation Discount for 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference

2009 AALL Annual MeetingDon’t miss the chance to save extra money on your AALL Annual Meeting registration. Members who register for the 2009 Conference in Washington, D.C., by March 31 will receive an additional $50 Member Appreciation Discount off the already reduced early registration rate. Register by March 31 and save up to $150!

Get More for Less

More for LessThe AALL Annual Meeting and Conference offers essential content to help you in your workplace and in your career–but you can’t be in six places at once and attend every session. This year when you register for the AALL Conference, you can pre-order the complete set of all 66 educational program recordings and the keynote speaker address in downloadable MP3 format for just $99 (members) or $149 (non-members). MP3 CDs will also be available for $199 (members) or $299 (non-members). These prices will go up after the Annual Meeting, so be sure to pre-order with your registration.

Teach-In Kits Available Next Monday

Teach-In KitThe Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS) proudly releases the 2009 National Legal Research Teach-In Kit on March 23. Each year, RIPS creates a Teach-In Kit containing fresh materials for use in your institution’s promotional and instructional activities. This year’s kit includes legal research word search puzzles, illustration charts for secondary sources, presentations on the Bluebook, administrative law, statutory research, various research assignments, and many other wonderful materials.

The 2009 Teach-In Kit will be available on the RIPS-SIS Web page. A kit overview and previous Teach-In Kits are also available at that location.

AALL Members Get Reduced Rate for Online Graduate Class

AALL members can register for a reduced rate for the new University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) LEEP distance course June 13-August 8, titled “Law Librarianship.” The course will be taught by subject specialist Stephanie Davidson, head of public services and assistant professor of library administration. Various types of law libraries and functions within the law library, including legal reference, technical services, management, and collection development will be covered. The course will meet synchronously once per week online using the LEEP learning management system, with a required on-campus session the week of June 13 in Champaign, Illinois.

AALL members can register at the reduced rate of $976 for two graduate credits. To register, contact Marianne Steadley at 217/244-2751, or e-mail Stephanie Davidson with course-related questions.

Apply Now for Research Grants

Research grants totaling up to $1,425 are available through the AALL Research Fund established by LexisNexis. The AALL Research and Publications Committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research supporting the research/scholarly agenda of the librarianship profession.

The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects covering a wide segment of professional interest, including the profession of law librarianship, law library patrons, law library services, and many other areas. Visit AALLNET for the grant application and complete guidelines.

The application deadline is March 27. For more information, see the AALL Research and Publications Committee Web site.

AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Grants

Time is running out to apply for an AALL registration grant! If you want to attend the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., don’t miss out on your chance—apply by Wednesday, April 1.

Grants are awarded to cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting or pre-conference workshops presented. 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; or
  • Students/New Members (less than five years of professional experience) who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession.

For more information, see the Grants Committee Web site.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Deadline April 15

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, is holding the first 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 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15.

Take the Lead: AALL Leadership Academy October 16-17

New law librarians in the early stages of their careers can get out in front in the profession by attending the AALL Leadership Academy, October 16-17. The academy program will develop and train law librarians for leadership roles by equipping them with the strategies and techniques needed to achieve success and professional excellence.

Dr. Barbara MackoffThe program will feature speaker Dr. Barbara Mackoff, leadership educator and widely-acclaimed expert in understanding the way leaders think. Her presentations involve each participant in identifying the foundations of his or her unique potential and learning to respond to the challenges of change. She is the author of five books, has been featured on “The Today Show” and “All Things Considered,” as well as in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and was a keynote speaker for the Special Libraries Association.

Watch for more announcements about the application process coming soon.

Nominations Committee Seeking Executive Board Nominees

Do you know someone who would make a great leader? The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and two Executive Board members. If you or someone you know is ready to take the next step, let the Nominations Committee know!

Member News

Nancy P. Johnson, law librarian and professor of law at the Georgia State University College of Law Library, made it into the Social Science Research Network’s (SSRN) top 10. Her article, “Best Practices: What First Year Law Students Should Learn in a Legal Research Class,” ranked fourth in the number of downloads since January 2009 in the legal studies category.

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

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

Ronald Bowman, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
Donyele Darrough, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library
Nicole Dyszlewski
Virginia Eldrige, Grayson County
Sarah Fagan, Social Law Library
Kathleen Gaydar, Schiff Hardin LLP
Michelle Gorospe
Heidi Gregory
Margaret Hawes
Susan Jones, Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science
Maureen Lavery
Joyce Lee
Beth Lodal, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Sara Lowe, Drake University Law Library
Daniel Mitrano, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Maureen Moran
Osei Organ, Nassau County Supreme Court Law Library
Michele Penn
Sandra Peters, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP Library
Jennifer Prilliman
Meredith Rossi, New York University Law Library
Susan Shepard-Howell
Alissa Sputore, Melbourne Law School Library
Kevin Thompson, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science
Pushya Veeramachaneni, Florida International University College of Law Library
Michael Virga, Sacramento County Public Law Library
John Winn, Sacramento County Public Law Library
Pam Zadenetz, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Ed2Go@AALLNET to Offer On-Demand Continuing Education

In response to member demand for education on-the-go, AALL is developing its new Ed2Go@AALLNET. This online learning center will be a valuable resource for downloadable education programs, Webinars, and more—whenever you need then, and wherever you are.

Ed2Go@AALLNETEd2Go will also feature MP3 download access to this year’s Annual Meeting education programs, including the keynote speaker. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit. Visit the Annual Meeting registration page to pre-order your Annual Meeting package.

Stay tuned for more information about Ed2Go@AALLNET.

AALL Headquarters is Moving

As of June 1, AALL will move its Headquarters office just a few blocks away to the Clark and Adams building in downtown Chicago. The move is an effort to reduce office rental expense, while also increasing our office efficiency. Though smaller, the new office will comprise an entire floor designed to meet AALL’s specific needs. The new space will also include a conference room where AALL can host committee and other meetings previously hosted off-site, saving additional AALL resources.

As of June 1, AALL’s new address will be 105 W Adams, 33rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60603. If you’re in Chicago this summer, we hope you’ll stop by and see the new digs.

Ready, Set…TWEET!

AALL is now on Twitter. Get up-to-the-minute AALL news by joining the AALLNET Twitter feed. A separate 2009 Annual Meeting Twitter feed is dedicated to updates on this summer’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sign up and stay connected!

AALL eNewsletter / February 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

It’s almost spring, and AALL is gearing up for a number of events that commemorate law librarianship. This February e-newsletter contains details on several activities that highlight our profession, including the March Webinar on AALL membership, our new Twitter groups, a soon-to-be launched online continuing education Web site, and several announcements about the 2009 Annual Meeting. I am pleased to note that Jonathan Zittrain, the just-announced Annual Meeting keynote speaker, has been featured on the Colbert Report.

Tools for Success in Today’s Economy

In response to the U.S. recession and its impact on law libraries, AALL has created a wiki of resources to help you succeed in today’s economy. On the wiki you will find:

  • Tips for operating your law library with a tight budget
  • Advice on negotiating contracts with vendors
  • How to interview effectively for your next job
  • And much more

AALL members can add material to the wiki, so we encourage you to use the resources and share others that will help your friends and colleagues in law librarianship.

AALL Members Receive Free Access to CALI Lessons

I’m pleased to announce that AALL is now providing members free access to the full set of online lessons hosted by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Written by expert law professors and law librarians, CALI lessons have long been a valuable supplementary learning aid for law students seeking to master course material. With more than 600 lessons covering 32 legal subject areas, these online learning opportunities feature a variety of interactive formats that make for an engaging, effective user experience. All lessons are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure quality and currency.

Although the CALI suite was designed with the educational needs of law students in mind, law librarians in both academic and non-academic settings may find that many lessons are particularly useful as refreshers, or as an entertaining introduction to a new, unfamiliar legal subject. New librarians with no prior legal background will find CALI lessons particularly helpful: the suite includes various lessons that provide the novice legal researcher with a thorough introduction to important materials.

I encourage all AALL members to utilize this valuable resource, particularly those new members with little or no exposure to legal research. You can access the CALI lessons through the Members Only Section of AALLNET.

Thanks to Penny Hazelton, professor of law and associate dean for library and computing services at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library, for proposing this collaboration with CALI.

$50 AALL Member Appreciation Discount for 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference

 

AALL wants to help during these tough economic times. Members who register for the 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C., by March 31 will receive an additional $50 Member Appreciation Discount off the already reduced early registration rate. Registration opens February 26. Register by March 31 and save up to $150!

AALL Announces 2009 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

Internet cyberlaw scholar and author Jonathan Zittrain will provide the keynote address at AALL’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Zittrain is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previously, he held the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and was a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He was also a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School.

Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, Zittrain offers ideas for developing new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true “netizens.” His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

Super Size Your AALL Annual Meeting and Conference Registration

This year when you register for the AALL Conference, you can pre-order the complete set of all 66 educational program recordings and the keynote speaker address in downloadable MP3 format for just $99 (members) or $149 (non-members). MP3 CDs will also be available for $199 (members) or $299 (non-members). This collection of educational content is valued at nearly $800! The special discounted price will not be available after the Annual Meeting, so be sure to pre-order with your registration.

Government Printing Office Releases Federal Digital System (FDsys)

Earlier this month, the Government Printing Office (GPO) announced the release of the Federal Digital System (FDsys), GPO’s new digital system that provides access to government information from all three branches of government. At this first launch, FDsys contains more than 154,000 documents and many convenient features, including the ability to download metadata. While currently in public beta testing, FDsys is scheduled to replace the antiquated GPO Access in mid-2009.

During the past year, AALL and our members have provided support and feedback to GPO in the development of the new system. In May 2008, Mary Alice Baish testified before the House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in support of GPO’s $21.2 million request for FDsys, which was a significant portion of their Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Request. In addition, many AALL members offered their comments in small focus groups with the FDsys team at the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland and more recently at GPO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. We are pleased that the FDsys developers implemented many of our suggestions, including numerous improvements to the actual design of the Web site and the option of searching by citation.

While FDsys is in public beta testing, we encourage you to explore the site, test the search capabilities, and think about improvements you would like to see. Please send your comments to the FDsys team at pmo@gpo.gov.

March AALL Webinar: Guided Tour of Your AALL Membership

So you’ve joined AALL (or are thinking about joining)—now what? Your Association has many membership benefits, services, and opportunities for you to explore. This free Webinar on March 17, from 12-1 p.m. EST, with help you navigate the landscape, learn how to make the most out of your membership, and introduce you to new members like yourself. Get a jump start and join us on a guided tour of your membership. Register by March 13.

2009 AALL Management Institute Participants

I am happy to announce the following members, who will develop the skills they need to manage with confidence at the AALL 2009 Management Institute March 19-21 in Tampa, Florida:

Elizabeth Adelman, Lorelle Renee Anderson, Sarah S. Bennett, Shari Berkowitz, Susan Boland, Kathleen Brown, Amy E. Burchfield, Femi Cadmus, Michelle Cosby, Denise Glynn, Lisa Adlene Goodman, Kevin Paul Gray, Coral Henning, Kenneth J. Hirsh, Darla W. Jackson, Karin Johnsrud, Barbara Lee Kallusky, Ann B. Kolodzey, Jennifer Laws, Susanna Leers, Kathleen A. McLeod, Barbara Ridley Monroe, Cynthia Myers, Lisa Monique Parisi, Sandra Phillips, Christy Lynn Ryan, Myra Sabel, Teresa Stanton, Tracy L. Thompson, and Jean M. Wenger.

Member News

Karen Beck, curator of rare books/collection development librarian at Boston College Law Library, is the author of A Working Lawyer’s Life: The Letter Book of John Henry Senter 1879-1884, published in both hardcover and softcover by the Lawbook Exchange.

Laura Olsen Dugan published two articles in the Wisconsin Law Journal: “Stay on top of state’s legislative activity with e-mail notification” (January 26, 2009 issue) and “Springboard state, federal and international statutory research” (February 9, 2009 issue). She is a knowledge management specialist at Quarles & Brady LLP in Madison, Wisconsin.

Bonnie Shucha, head of reference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library, will contribute a regular monthly article on legal research to the Wisconsin State Bar e-newsletter called WisBar InsideTrack. Her first article is titled “The Many Faces of Google.”

Virginia C. Thomas is the new director of the Arthur Neef Law Library at Wayne State University. She was previously law library and information technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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.

Ready, Set…TWEET!

AALL is now on Twitter. Get up-to-the-minute AALL news by joining the AALLNET Twitter. A separate 2009 Annual Meeting Twitter is dedicated to updates on this summer’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sign up and stay connected!

Coming Soon: Ed2Go @AALLNET

AALL is proud to announce it is adopting a new, powerful, state-of-the-art learning technology, which will provide a new learning gateway to all AALL members.

The new Ed2Go @AALLNET site will provide members with:

  • Online access to the AALL Annual Meeting program recordings, as well as archived Webinars, audio recordings, and video recordings
  • Continuing educational program handouts distributed electronically, adding convenience in an environmentally-friendly way
  • Advanced search capabilities, which will allow you to focus on your key areas of interest with maximum flexibility to find the materials where and when you need them
  • Online profiles so you can keep track of the continuing education programs in which you participate and determine areas where you need more education

Stay tuned for more news about when the Ed2Go @AALLNET site will be available.

AALL Seeks Vendor Liaison

AALL seeks an individual to serve as its liaison for fostering knowledge and information sharing between the law library community and legal information vendors. This individual will also work to develop programs or initiatives for sharing expertise and creating a dialogue about library-vendor issues and to communicate about legal information policy issues from the law librarian perspective.

Learn more about the position and application process.

Nominations Committee Calling for Executive Board Nominees

Do you know someone who would make a great leader? Later this month, the Nominations Committee will seek candidates for AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and two executive board members. If you or someone you know is ready to take the next step, let the Nominations Committee know!

AALL Co-Sponsors China Conference

The China-U.S. Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries will be held in Beijing, May 27-30. Sponsored by China’s Ministry of Education, AALL, and the International Association of Law Libraries, the conference presents an unprecedented opportunity for American and Chinese law librarians and legal educators to meet together and exchange views and experiences. The conference aims to deepen participants’ knowledge of each country’s legal information system and explore areas for cooperation. Group tours of China are offered post-conference. Find more information and registration details online or contact Dr. Robert Hu.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

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. In addition, the Continuing Professional Education Committee now has a grant application available that allows you to save it for later editing until it is ready to be submitted. The deadline for applications is February 27.

Government Relations Award Deadlines Extended

AALL’s Government Relations Committee extended the deadline to submit nominations for two awards. Nominations should be sent directly to GRC Chair Steve Mirsky by February 28.

  • Public Access to Government Information Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information. Recipients of this award may be any individual or organization, with the exception of members of the AALL Government Relations Office.
  • Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award recognizes an AALL member who has been an outstanding advocate and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. Members of AALL, with the exception of current members of the Government Relations Committee, are eligible for this award.

Day in the Life Photo Contest Closes Next Week

Time is running out to snap the perfect shot of law librarians in action. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest closes next Saturday, February 28.

This month AALL members have been taking a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries are due by the end of the month, February 28, and will be judged online by the AALL membership in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July 2009 issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Day in the Life site for complete contest rules, photography tips, and to view the winning photos from 2005, 2007, and 2008.

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 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form. Contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee with questions: Chair Jim Heller, James Donovan, or David Hollander.

Attend the Annual Meeting with an AALL Grant

If you want to attend the Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., 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; or
  • 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 Web site.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Still Open

The Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, is holding its first 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 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15.

New Look for LLJ

When you receive your copy of Law Library Journal vol. 101, no. 1, this month, you’ll notice that LLJ has a new design for the first time in nearly 20 years. The new look includes changes both inside and out, and the cover now lists feature articles found in the issue. We hope you enjoy LLJ’s new design.


AALL Members Get 50 Percent Discount on Computers in Libraries Conference

In this economy, bargain hunting is more important than ever, especially when it comes to professional development and continuing education. Don’t miss New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) and InfoToday’s 50 percent discount offer to AALL members attending Computers in Libraries Annual Meeting, being held March 30-April 1 in Arlington, Virginia. Regular registration for the three-day conference is $469; AALL members pay only $234.

Welcome New Members

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

Ronna Archbold, TDNet, Inc.
Caitlin Ayer, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Melissa Brown, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
John Butler
Susan Elder, U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library
Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyrightlaws.com
Briana Knox, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences
Sabrina Kramer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Tony Landolt, Reprints Desk
Judith Linwood, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Rachel Little, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research
Patty Love
Marykathryn Loveless, Buffalo Supreme Court Library
Jiachen Lu, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Michael Manasco, Samford University Cumberland School of Law Library
Mikiko Matsumura, National Diet Library
Mary Maynard, Fish & Richardson PC
Tamara Phalen, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, PC
Nicole Plana, Drexel University College of Law
Russell Rokicki, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Clair Segal, Practising Law Institute
Bart Lind Smith, Chicago Transit Authority
Andrea Staten
Jason Tubinis
Fang Wang, Texas Tech University School of Law Library
Annette Weir
Lindsay Weisbart, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Diane Youngholm