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

AALL eNewsletter / January 2009

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

Welcome to a brand new year! This month’s e-newsletter contains news from AALL’s Government Relations Office; important deadlines for awards, grants, and writing competitions; and introduces our new marketing and communications manager, Hillary Baker! Also, look for an opportunity to travel to China for a conference on U.S.-China Legal Information and Law Libraries. Best wishes for a peaceful and fulfilling new year!

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.

2008 Grants Awarded from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is pleased to announce that two grants have been funded in 2008 by the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program:

  • Scott Frey, reference librarian at Western State University College of Law Library, has been awarded $1,500 for his project, “A Search Engine for Law-Related Public Domain Electronic Books”
  • John Doyle, associate law librarian at Washington and Lee University Law School Library, has been awarded $3,804 for his project, “Law Review Submissions”

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

AALL Submits Statement to the Obama-Biden Transition Team on Public Policy Positions

In early December, to fulfill President-elect Barack Obama’s goal of greater public participation and transparency in government, his transition team extended an open invitation to organizations and individuals to meet with the team and submit formal comments. AALL submitted a Statement on our Public Policy Positions for the new administration and Congress on December 23.

The statement reflects AALL’s strong commitment, as articulated in our Government Relations Policy, to the importance of the public’s right to access government information as a basic tenet of our democracy; the need to preserve the historic balance in copyright law between rights of holders and users; and the protection of the privacy of library users and all Americans. Mary Alice Baish, director of AALL’s Government Relations Office, and our Government Relations Committee, Copyright Committee, and Electronic Legal Information Access and Citation Committee all contributed content to the report.

Change is in the air in Washington, and this is a very exciting time for AALL. I invite you to carefully read this important position paper. It will serve as the roadmap for the work of our Government Relations Office and policy committees during the next few years. Included among our specific policy goals are support for the following:

  • Adequate annual funding to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts for no-fee public access to PACER
  • A public domain citation system for legal information
  • The enactment of “Orphan Works” legislation to allow libraries to digitize and make publicly available materials whose copyright owners cannot be found despite extensive and costly searches
  • The repeal of the USA PATRIOT Acts Section 215 (the so-called “library” provision), which is due to sunset on December 31, 2009

Make Your Voice Heard: Attend AALL’s Day on the Hill

We really do need your help to make sure we get off to a strong start with the new Congress. Please join the AALL Advocacy Team by attending our Day on the Hill: Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training 2009. This special event will take place right before the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Friday, July 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is offered to all AALL members at no cost. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to learn about AALL’s policy agenda and make your voice heard with members of your congressional delegation. What could be a better way to start off your Annual Meeting than a day on Capitol Hill?

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.

February Webinar—C-ing is Believing: Next Steps for Library Success

Communication plays an important role in our daily lives. It is key to our success with C-level management (CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, etc.). Log in to C-ing is Believing: Next Steps for Library Success on Tuesday, February 17, from 12-1 p.m. (EST), and learn how a librarian should interact with the C-people to earn their respect and provide a clear understanding of the value the law library brings to their organization. Register online by February 12.

Save the Date: 2009 AALL Leadership Academy October 16-17

AALL Leadership AcademyNew law librarians in the early stages of their careers can take the lead in the profession by attending the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy, October 16-17. The academy program will teach participants to identify the source and foundations of their unique potential as leaders and prepare them to take on leadership roles in their institutions and in the profession. The program includes a year of mentoring from an AALL leader following the academy. Stay tuned for more details coming soon…

AALL Awards Deadline Approaching: February 1

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

Send in a Proposal for a Continuing Education Grant

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

  • February 21Proposals due to AALL Headquarters
  • February 25-March 14Review of proposals
  • March 20Announcement of funded grants
  • December 28Deadline for expenditure of funds

A Day in the Life Photo Contest 2009 Starts February 1

Get ready for your close up. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest starts on February 1 (less than three weeks away!).

2008 Day In Life WinnerDuring the month of February, AALL members are invited to take 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, and they will be judged online through membership voting 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.

Calling All Papers

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

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

The winner in each division receives $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present a description of his or her research and writing process at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

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

New AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Grant Category Created

InnovateThe AALL Grants Committee announces the creation of a new Annual Meeting/Workshop Grant category. Grants are now awarded in two categories:

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

Previously, only newer members and students were encouraged to apply. The committee felt that many experienced members are also in need of assistance in order to attend AALL Annual Meetings or an extra workshop.

Annual Meeting and Workshop Grants are awarded to cover the Annual Meeting registration fee or the registration fees for workshops presented at the Annual Meeting. Vendors, AALL, and AALL individual members provide the funds for grants. The deadline to apply is April 1.

LHRB-SIS Announces the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces 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.

New Look for LLJ

Law Library JournalWhen you receive your copy of Law Library Journal vol. 101, no. 1, next 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.

RIPS Launches New Blog

The AALL Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section recently launched a new blog, RIPS Law Librarian. Check it out to find recent postings on how hard economic times affect libraries, the top 100 education-related blogs, a new bibliography on legal writing, and more.

Welcome New Members

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

Judy Andresen
M. K. Balachandran, Amity University
Tracy Braun, University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Melia Cossette
Jan Grillet, Wilmerhale LLP
Mary E. Hudson, California State University-Fullerton
Jootaek Lee, University of Miami School of Law Library
Steve Mitchel, Howrey LLP
Joanne Perry
R. K. Sabharwal, Amity University
Mahesh Kumar Sharma, Amity University
Rajpal Sirohi, Amity University

Subscribe to AALL’s Job Hotline

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

Welcome AALL’s New Marketing and Communications Manager

Hillary BakerI am pleased to announce that Hillary Baker has joined the AALL Headquarters staff in the new position of marketing and communications manager. Hillary started on January 5 and is already busy managing AALL’s publications, including AALL Spectrum and Law Library Journal, and assisting with the Association’s e-communications and marketing efforts. Hillary comes to AALL from Northeast Iowa Community College, where she served as associate director of marketing and most recently as a grant writer.

AALL eNewsletter / December 2008

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

This December eNewsletter contains, among other items, information about a new Webinar, grant recipients, and new members that have joined AALL. As we close out 2008, I want to thank everyone for continuing to support AALL with your membership dues and contributions to grants, scholarships, and other programs that enrich the professional lives of law librarians. We are a better association because of all of you. During this magical time of year, please also be sure to think of those less fortunate, and lend a hand if possible. Have a wonderful holiday season, and have a peaceful and joyous New Year!

AALLNET Redesign Underway

Thank you to everyone who completed AALL’s recent survey of your opinions about the future of AALLNET. More than 850 members submitted valuable information about what they like and don’t like about the current Web site and, most importantly, about what they’d like to see on the new site.

The AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee met in Chicago yesterday to review the findings of and recommendations based on the AALLNET survey, interviews with AALL members, and questionnaires completed by committee members and staff. The recommendations included purchasing a content management system, improving member self-service resources, and implementing online communities, among others.

As we go forward, these findings and recommendations will determine the request for proposal (RFP) that AALL will send out to various Web site design vendors. We will continue to update you as the special committee makes progress toward the AALLNET redesign.

Economic Impact Survey

AALL has partnered with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to take part in a study of how the current economic climate is affecting associations. About 3,000 randomly-selected AALL members will receive a survey from John Graham of ASAE (subject line: The Value of Associations in a Challenging Economy) asking how the current economic conditions will impact your decisions to continue membership, attend meetings, participate in education programs, etc. The survey will take place approximately December 8-January 16. The survey results will help AALL in prioritizing and budgeting current and future projects in the coming year.

If you receive the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. The information will help your Association remain prepared and strong during these uncertain times.

Support Greater Government Transparency and Accountability

Support Greater Government Transparency and AccountabilityMore than a year ago, AALL Government Relations Office staff joined other open government advocates to begin a discussion on transparency recommendations for the next U.S. president and Congress in order to provide a new roadmap for openness in the federal government. Many AALL members also participated in the project through focus groups held around the country. The resulting report, “Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-elect Obama and Congress,” was delivered to President-Elect Obama’s transition team the day after the election. It includes more than 70 prioritized recommendations on issues relating to national security and secrecy, usability of government information, and how to create an environment for greater transparency.

Since the recommendations reflect AALL’s Government Relations Policy on open government, we were among the first groups to sign on to the report. In addition, AALL’s Government Relations Committee and Technical Services Special Interest Section, nine of our chapters (CoALL, GPLLA, LLOPS, NOCALL, SANDALL, SCALL, SFALL, SNELLA, and WestPac), and more than 75 individual law librarians have also endorsed it. The report will be published in January, so a few weeks remain for you to join your colleagues and speak out in support of greater government transparency and accountability.

Librarianship Named “Best Career” in 2009

Some welcome news is today’s tough economy, U.S. News and & World Report last week named librarianship as a “Best Career 2009.” The overview dispels the image of librarians as “mousy bookworms,” reporting that librarians have become “high-tech information sleuths, helping patrons plumb the oceans of information available in books and digital records, often starting with a clever Google search but frequently going well beyond.” Special librarianship in particular is named the field’s fastest-growing job market.

January Webinar—Take the Lead: Journey to Authentic Leadership

2008 AALL Leadership AcademyPutting leadership learning into practice requires a commitment to the journey. Log in to Take the Lead: Journey to Authentic Leadership on January 29, from 12-1 p.m. (EST), to learn how 2008 AALL Leadership Academy fellows are taking what they learned and driving results at their institutions. This Webinar is free for AALL members.

Save the date for February’s Webinar: C-ing is Believing—Next Steps for Library Success, on February 17.

AALL Announces New Continuing Education Grant Recipients

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

  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) for its upcoming program, Using CI to Stay Ahead of the Curvework. The program will cover the unique aspects of gathering competitive intelligence information and using the data to identify and spot future trends and upcoming legal issues.
  • Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL) for its program, Spotlight on Your Career: Building Your Professional Network. The program will focus on using Web 2.0 tools, most notably social networking Web sites and blogs, to help build business relationships and establish and promote one’s professional image.

Stay tuned for information about the next round of grants (deadline February 27).

2009 Annual Meeting Program Announcement Released

2009 Annual Meeting Preliminary ProgramStart planning your schedule for the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., with the Program Announcement, published as an insert in the December 2008 issue of AALL Spectrum. The announcement details the 66 programs and four workshops that will be offered July 25-28 in D.C. The four days of valuable educational programming will include:

  • “Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo…County, Court, Academic, Private—Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
  • I Want My Web 2.0: Lessons from the Web 2.0 Challenge Everyone Can Use (or “Get Your MySpace for Nothing and Your RSS for Free”)
  • The 80/2050 Challenge: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Organizations’ Impact on Climate Change
  • Running a Business: Practical MBA Solutions for Your Library
  • Taming Information Overload: Addressing Law Firm Current Awareness Needs

Executive Board Meeting Books Available Online

The AALL Executive Board meeting books are now available online in the Member’s Only Section of AALLNET. Currently the 2008 fall meeting book is available. Future books will be added after the meetings.

Call for Nominations for 2009 AALL Awards

Law librarians are on the forefront when it comes to assuring access to legal information. AALL recognizes individual members and others who excel in that endeavor through awards highlighting their accomplishments. Recipients will be recognized at the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Be sure to send in your nominations for the following awards by February 1.

Get Ready for Your Close Up: A Day in the Life Photo Contest 2009

Charge up your camera battery and start scoping out the perfect shot. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest is coming up in February 2009.

2008 Day In Life WinnerDuring the month of February, AALL members will take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries will be due by the end of the month, and they will be judged online by the 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.

Welcome New Members

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

Kristyna Carroll, Drexel University College of Law
Melanie C. Cofield, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research
Lily Hsu-Waren, Thomson Reuters, Scientific
Eugene D. Hsue, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Margaret Hutchinson, High Court of Australia Library
Margo Jeske, University of Ottawa Law Library
Haruka Kawanaka, Gakushuin University Law and Economics Library
Brian McCarthy, Round Table Group
Saskia Mehlhorn
Rachel Nelson, Holland & Hart LLP
Justin Robak, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Barbara Taylor, Scott County Law Library
Kate Vranich, The Research Investment, Inc.

Member News

Mark Estes is the new director of the Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library in Oakland, California. He was previously director of library services at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, in Denver.

Meg Kribble is now reference librarian, Anglo-American law, and outreach and community relations specialist at Harvard Law School. She was previously a reference librarian at Nova Southeastern University.

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.

Printing Error in December AALL Spectrum

You may have already noticed the printing error on the paper copy of the Members’ Briefing in the December issue of AALL Spectrum. Due to a printer error, the file name appears over the text on all four pages; the online version of the Members’ Briefing is correct. AALL Spectrum apologizes for the error. AALL staff worked with the printer to receive compensation for the error and to ensure that it does not occur again in the future.

Member Address Updates

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

Looking for a Speaker for Your Next Program?

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

Tell AALL Members about Your Upcoming Events

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

Give the Gift of Opportunity

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

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

AALL eNewsletter / November 2008

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

November is a month of anticipation, as we look forward to the coming winter holidays and express our thankfulness (especially in the current economic climate!). This November eNewsletter is full of news from the recent AALL Executive Board meeting and highlights Webinars and publications that can assist AALL members with their day-to-day work. Please consider volunteering for an AALL committee…and don’t forget to vote. Happy Thanksgiving!

Please Vote by December 1

AALL Online ElectionsRecord numbers of Americans participated in a historic presidential election this month. AALL members still have the chance to cast ballots in an important election; you can vote for the next AALL vice president 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, Monday, 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 participated 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.

AALL Creates New Vendor Relations Representative Position

At its October meeting, the AALL Executive Board approved a recommendation to create an AALL vendor relations representative position. The recommendation was made by Professor Penny A. Hazelton, professor of law and associate dean for library and computing services at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library, who was selected to serve as a consultant to the Association to evaluate the desirability and feasibility of creating such a position.

The individual selected to serve as the representative will be responsible for fostering knowledge and information sharing between the law library community and legal information vendors. The representative 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. A position description and application procedures are currently being developed and will be posted to the membership soon.

Changes for AALL Headquarters and Washington Affairs Office

At its fall meeting last month, the AALL Executive Board approved the creation of a Membership Marketing and Communications Department at AALL Headquarters. This new department will allow AALL to create a comprehensive marketing and communications plan; integrate the Association’s communications, including print publications, AALLNET, and electronic communications; and conduct research and data collection of members’ interests and needs. Ultimately this department will improve member communications and services.

The department will be directed by Julia O’Donnell, AALL’s previous director of publications and now director of membership marketing and communications. Also part of the team will be Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, and a marketing and communications manager, who Headquarters is in the process of hiring. We hope to have the new department assembled by the end of December.

Also at the fall meeting, the Executive Board approved a name change for the AALL Washington Affairs Office; it is now the AALL Government Relations Office. The name change is a result of member research, which indicated that the new name will more accurately reflect the broad scope of the office, which includes advocacy efforts at national, state, and local levels. The name change will require a transition process as we work to update AALLNET and related material. This process will take place over the next several months.

Last, but certainly not least, Mary Alice Baish was named director of the Government Relations Office. Mary Alice will serve as the chief staff person for AALL’s advocacy efforts, promoting AALL’s information policy agenda.

December Webinar: Budgeting During Hard Economic Times

There is one thing many Americans can agree upon these days: our country is facing some tough economic times. Law Firm Library Budgeting During Hard Economic Times, to be held December 11 from 12-1 p.m. (EST), will teach you about the general budgeting process and give you advice on writing a successful budget proposal. It will also discuss tips and tricks to employ when there is an immediate need to trim costs, such as an economic downturn. Finally, you will learn to balance user expectation, management expectation, and librarian expectation. Register online before December 8.

Save the date for January’s Webinar—Take the Lead: Journey to Authentic Leadership, January 29, 12-1 p.m. (EST).

Manage with Confidence

Manage with ConfidenceFrom dealing with difficult people, to developing a strategic plan for the library, to building partnerships, new law library managers have a lot on their plates. The AALL Management Institute, to be held March 19-21, 2009, in Tampa, Florida, will provide new and aspiring managers with the opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues from all types of law libraries and develop the skills you need to manage with confidence today.

Learn how to:

  • Build and nurture a professional network
  • Develop effective communication
  • Negotiate and handle difficult situations
  • Develop a strategic plan
  • Take on project management
  • Champion the library’s role within the institution and build partnerships.

The application deadline is December 15. Apply online today!

What Do You Want for the New AALLNET?

Last week AALL members received an invitation to take a survey of their opinions of the future of AALLNET. Thank you to everyone who already completed or started the survey.

The goal of the survey is to get members’ candid opinions about the Association’s Web site so the AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee can create a new site that best serves our members’ needs. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept confidential. Please complete the survey by December 3.

If you did not receive an e-mail with the survey link, please contact Kim Rundle (312/205-8028). Your participation will go a long way in helping to create a Web site that works for you.

AALL Discussion List Software Upgrade

AALL Headquarters will upgrade our discussion list software this weekend and all AALL discussion lists will be down starting at 12 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, November 22. AALLNET and the AALL Online Election will not be affected by this downtime. Normal operations for the discussion lists will resume at 9 a.m. Central Time on Monday, November 24. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AALL Web Administrator Chris Siwa at 312/205-8030.

AALL Members Star in New FDLP Video

The Federal Depository Library Program recently released its video, Easy As FDL: Free Information, Dedicated Service, and Limitless Possibilities, to demonstrate what makes federal depository libraries so unique and essential to the American public. The video stars AALL members from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Law Library, Bill Sleeman, information services librarian, and Jeffrey Elliott, circulation/reference librarian, as well as Mary Alice Baish, director of the AALL Government Relations Office.

The video is available for you to distribute as you choose. Post it to your library’s Web site, various social media sites, social networking sites, or in your presentations. You may also ask local government offices and educational institutions to place it on their Web sites.

Join AALL’s Full-Day Advocacy Training in 2009

The AALL Government Relations Committee and Government Relations Office are pleased to invite you to our full-day Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training, AALL Day on the Hill: Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training 2009. This special event will take place on Friday, July 24, 2009, just before the start of the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

With the beginning of a new administration and a new Congress quickly approaching, now’s the time to join AALL’s advocacy team. By attending this advocacy training, you’ll have the chance to network with colleagues, learn how to advocate for law libraries, and improve your communications skills. We are especially pleased to announce that advocacy guru Stephanie Vance will lead a morning session on the tips and tricks of effective advocacy. In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to exercise your new advocacy skills by participating in meetings on Capitol Hill with your own congressional delegation.

Whether you’re new to advocacy or a seasoned veteran, the AALL Day on the Hill is the perfect opportunity to learn how to support AALL’s policy agenda and make your voice heard. Please register today by contacting AALL Advocacy Communications Assistant Emily Feldman.

2009 Annual Meeting Schedule Online November 24

InnovateAll AALL Annual Meeting and Conference meeting, program, and function listings that were submitted to AALL Headquarters will be available for viewing on AALLNET beginning November 24. Please take this opportunity to ensure that your event is listed, and review the schedule for any potential conflicts for your attendees. If your event has an Executive Board member or AALL staff liaison, be sure to coordinate with their schedules as well.

To ensure listing in the Annual Meeting Preliminary Program, send any schedule changes no later than December 1 to Pam Reisinger, director of meetings.

Joint LLAGNY-ELIAC Authentication Program

The Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) presented on November 6, in conjunction with AALL’s Electronic Legal Information Access and Citation (ELIAC) Committee, a program at the New York County Lawyers Association in New York City regarding how findings of AALL’s 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources can be adopted in the State of New York.

The program presented a panel of representatives from AALL, ELIAC, and two agencies of New York State government. Panelists discussed the Authentication Report and possible approaches, strategies, and challenges to authenticating and otherwise validating, in accordance with accepted standards, New York State primary source legal information published on the Web. Criminal Law Library Blog provides more detailed information.

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

Book Reviews Posted on AALL Spectrum Blog

AALL Spectrum is expanding its book reviews to the new AALL Spectrum Blog. Posting reviews to the blog allows us to publish more reviews and publish them faster. Current and upcoming reviewed titles include:

  • Electronic Discovery and Records Management Guide, by Jay Grenig (West)
  • Honor & Respect, by Robert Hickey (The Protocol School of Washington)
  • Intellectual Property Culture, by Eric M. Dobrusin and Ronald A. Krasnow (Oxford University Press)
  • Now What Makes Juries Listen, by Sonya Hamlin (West)

Of course, more book reviews require more reviewers. Contact Mark Estes if you’d like to be a book reviewer for the AALL Spectrum Blog.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 100, Number 4

Law Library JournalThe Fall 2008 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’s Centennial Feature includes recommended reading lists of LLJ articles from eight AALL special interest sections. Other article topics include the Presidential Signing Statements controversy and its implications for library professionals; the library of James Harlan of Kentucky, father of John Marshall Harlan; and a selected bibliography and resource guide on global climate change.

Also, the 2007-2008 reports of AALL chapters, special interest sections, committees, and representatives, previously located in the Fall issue of Law Library Journal, are now available on AALLNET. Reports are sorted by year and by group for easy reference.

Friends of the Law Library of Congress Present 2008 Wickersham Award

Library of Congress Wickersham AwardI recently had the pleasure of serving on the committee for the Friends of the Law Library of Congress’ 2008 Wickersham Award. I attended the dinner, which was held in Washington, D.C., on October 30. The Wickersham Award, first given in 1996, recognizes an individual who exemplifies “exceptional public service and dedication to the legal profession.” This year’s honoree was Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who very graciously accepted the award, noting that she was probably the only Wickersham recipient who was also in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. AALL Executive Director Kate Hagan and Director of the AALL Government Relations Office Mary Alice Baish also attended, and it was great to see so many AALL members on hand for this very special evening.

Photo from left to right: Sandra Day O’Connor, retired Supreme Court associate justice, and John Terzano, Chair of the 2008 Wickersham Award Dinner.

Law Library for San Bernardino County Wins 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year Award

FDLP AwardLast month, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) named California’s Law Library for San Bernardino County as the 2008 Federal Depository Library of the Year. Public Printer Robert C. Tapella presented the award to the Honorable Keith D. Davis, president of the library’s board of trustees, during the Fall Depository Library Council Meeting in Arlington, Virginia. Joining Judge Davis in accepting the award was Law Library Director Lawrence Meyer. On November 12, Tapella visited the Law Library for San Bernardino County to recognize the staff for its dedication to providing public access and for its commitment to the depository library program. Congratulations to the Law Library for San Bernardino County for receiving this prestigious honor!

Photo from left to right: Victoria Trotta, former AALL president, associate dean for information technology at the Arizona State University Law Library, and member of the Federal Depository Council; Lawrence R. Meyer, director of the San Bernardino County Law Library (SBCLL); Robert Tapella, U.S. public printer; and George Carter, SBCLL reference librarian.

Last Chance to Volunteer for an AALL Committee

AALL is accepting applications for 2009-2010 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.

Giving Thanks and Giving to AALL

As 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 options along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

AALL eNewsletter / October 2008

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

October is a busy month for all of us…from meeting deadlines at work to celebrating the full force of autumn and Halloween, law librarians have lots to do. This month’s eNewsletter reflects this sense of activity and contains reminders of upcoming surveys, directories, grant money availability, and writing competitions. Our AALL election is also coming up, so please remember to vote!

AALL Online Elections Open October 27

AALL Online ElectionsBefore you cast your ballot for the next U.S. president, you can vote for the next AALL vice president 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, October 27. Online voting is fast and easy, but members who wish to receive a paper ballot may do so upon request to Christopher Siwa, AALL Web administrator, 312/208-8030, by Monday, October 20.

Election schedule:

October 27: 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.

Congratulations to the First AALL Leadership Academy Fellows

2008 Leadership AcademyEarlier this month, 35 AALL members participated in the first AALL Leadership Academy, held October 3-4 in Oakbrook, Illinois. The Leadership Academy was a great success, with many fellows sharing positive feedback regarding their experiences. Facilitator Dr. Barbara Mackoff was very pleased with the enthusiasm and hard work that the AALL members put into the entire academy, which was a highly engaging and intensive leadership experience.

Congratulations to the first AALL Leadership Academy Fellows—we look forward to seeing you take the lead in law librarianship in the near future. The next AALL Leadership Academy will be held in October 2009, and details about the event will be available soon.

Barbara Bintliff Appointed Observer to Study Committee on Authentication of Online State Legal Materials

Barbara BintliffI am pleased to announce that Barbara Bintliff, Nicholas Rosenbaum Professor of Law and Director of the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was selected to be an observer to the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Authentication of Online State Legal Materials. The study committee will report to the Uniform Law Commission whether to recommend the formation of a drafting committee to prepare a proposed uniform or model law regarding the authentication of online state legal materials. This study committee’s formation was a direct result of http://www.aallnet.org/summit/”>AALL’s National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information, held April 20-21, 2007. Congratulations to Barbara!

Legislative Success and Challenges

As the 110th Congress comes to a close, AALL’s Washington Affairs Office has good and bad news to report. First the good news: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reopened five libraries to the public on September 30 in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, and the newly-combined EPA Headquarters Repository and Chemical Library in Washington, D.C. AALL first met with EPA officials in spring 2006 to express our opposition to the library closures.

Unfortunately, our goal to enact orphan works legislation this year has been less successful. The House Judiciary Committee leadership refused to agree to certain provisions that we believe are necessary to create an effective solution. Key among these in the House bill (H.R. 5889) is the “dark archive” provision, because its requirements would be extremely burdensome for libraries.

We fared much better on the Senate side, which passed the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 (S. 2913) without the “dark archive” provision and referred it to the House Judiciary Committee on September 27. The House and Senate may hold a lame-duck session in mid-November, in which case the Washington Affairs Office will pressure the House Judiciary leadership to accept the Senate amendments. If we aren’t successful, we’ll continue efforts to enact orphan works legislation in the 111th Congress next year.

Twenty Essentials for the Effective Speaker

Do you need to present to key stake holders, engage your audience, get buy-in for your idea or project, or all of the above? Prepare for your presentation by attending the Twenty Essentials for the Effective Speaker Webinar on October 23 at 12 p.m. EDT. Register by October 20.

Tracy Everett, southwest regional client relations manager for Littler Mendelson, brings more than 20 years of experience in business development and marketing for professional service firms to the Webinar. A certified trainer in effective presentation skills, she has presented to attorneys and other professionals in a wide variety of industries.

Coming Soon: AALLNET Survey

A brief survey of AALL members’ opinions of the future of AALLNET is currently in development and slated to be e-mailed to the membership in mid-November.

AALLNET is perhaps the most important communication tool we have for AALL members. The goal of the survey is to get members’ candid opinions so the AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee can create a Web site that best serves our members’ needs.

Look for the survey in your inbox in the coming weeks. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept confidential. Your participation will go a long way in helping to create a Web site that works for you.

Check Your Mailbox for the 2008-2009 AALL Directory and Handbook

Our partners at Wolters Kluwer Law and Business recently notified us that the 2008-2009 AALL Directory and Handbook mailed out to AALL members on October 1. You can expect to receive your copy in the next couple of weeks. If you don’t, please contact Vanessa Castillo, AALL meeting services assistant, at 312/205-8011. Many thanks go to Wolters Kluwer Law and Business for graciously subsidizing production costs of the directory since 1940.

SCCLL-SIS Releases Resource Guide on Management Essentials

SCCLL-SIS Resource Guide on Management EssentialsThe State, Court, and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section (SCCLL-SIS) recently published a new resource guide in its Law Library Insights series. Third in a series of four guides, Management Essentials in the Public Law Library discusses key management principles for public law libraries.

The guide explores five core principles of management through insightful articles written by members of the SCCLL-SIS:

  • Budget/financial planning and negotiation
  • Working with the board
  • Community relations
  • Service development and collection rebalancing
  • Managing resources.

The guides are available for purchase online.

PLL-SIS Awarded Continuing Education Grant

We are pleased to announce the latest AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program award recipient. Congratulations to the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section for its Webinar program, Budgeting During Hard Economic Times, which will be held on December 11.

The second round of grants are due November 7:

  • November 7: Proposals due to AALL Headquarters
  • November 10-21: Review of proposals
  • December 4: Announcement of funded grants
  • September 2009: Deadline for expenditure of funds.

2009 Annual Meeting Scheduling Forms Due November 1

InnovateLast month the Annual Meeting Program Committee met in Chicago to select programs for the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.: Innovate. The committee selected 66 programs and four workshops, which will be detailed in the Annual Meeting Program Announcement in the December issue of AALL Spectrum.

Earlier this month all committee, SIS, and caucus chairs; chapter presidents; and affiliate groups received letters outlining the agenda for the 2009 conference, including scheduling forms for your meetings and functions in Washington, D.C. Scheduling forms are due at AALL Headquarters by November 1 to ensure that your meetings and events are listed in the Preliminary Program that mails with the March issue of Spectrum.

Grant Money Available for Research that Supports Law Librarianship

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grants Program. A single grant of up to $5,000, or multiple grants totaling $5,000, may be awarded. The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research and scholarly agenda of the profession of law librarianship. The application deadline is November 3.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2009-2010 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.

Deadlines: If you are volunteering for the Annual Meeting Program Committee, please submit by October 31. All others, please submit by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don’t hesitate—volunteer today.

The Call for Papers Has Begun

Have you been thinking about writing an article of interest to law librarians? The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories for active and retired members (Open Division), recent graduates (New Member Division), and students in library, information management, or law school (Student Division).

The winner in each division receives $750 generously donated by LexisNexis plus the opportunity to make a presentation about his or her research and writing process at a program during the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Articles in the Open and New Members Division must be submitted by March 2, 2009. Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by April 15, 2009. Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form.

LHRB-SIS Announces the Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

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

Save the Date: AALL Management Institute March 19-21

I’m pleased to announce that AALL is bringing back our successful Management Institute, which was first held in March 2007. The 2009 Management Institute will be held March 19-21, 2009, in Tampa, Florida. The three-day program, facilitated by respected organization development consultant Maureen Sullivan, will present leading-edge strategies, equip you with essential tools necessary for management roles, and increase your ability to manage effectively. The action-learning approach includes lecture, case studies, small group discussion, self-assessment tools, journaling, and skills practice. Applications will be accepted starting in November—stay tuned for more details.

Member Address Updates

In the coming months you may notice slight changes to your street address in your AALL membership profile. AALL Headquarters is currently updating members’ addresses in the Association’s membership database to make them compliant with U.S. Postal Service codes. The updates to street address fields will allow mail to be delivered in a more timely fashion and reduce the chance of undelivered mail. Please contact AALL Membership Coordinator with any questions or concerns.

Four LLAM Members Honored as “Unsung Legal Heroes”

The Maryland Daily Record recognized four members of the Law Library Association of Maryland (LLAM) as Unsung Legal Heroes for 2008. Trevor Rosen, librarian at Shapiro, Sher, Guinot & Sandler in Baltimore, received top honors. Other recognized heroes include Tonya Baroudi, law librarian at the Prince George’s County Circuit Court Law Library in Upper Marlboro; Bernice Bernstein, acquisitions librarian at the Maryland State Law Library in Annapolis; and Ronelle Manger, head librarian at DLA Piper US LLP in Baltimore. Congratulations to these outstanding LLAM members!

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

New SIS News Editor

John CannanI’m pleased to announce that John Cannan, assistant law librarian for the Montgomery County Circuit Court Library, will take over as the new SIS News editor for AALL’s online news section. Be sure to send John your news and announcement about SIS events and accomplishments to be posted on AALLNET. Thanks also to Melissa Serfass, electronic resources/reference librarian at the University of Arkansas At Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law UALR/Pulaski County Law Library, for her many years serving as the SIS News editor.

Celeste Smith Named AALL Director of Education

Celeste Smith was recently promoted to AALL Director of Education. Celeste has been a part of the AALL staff since June 2006. She directs AALL’s continuing professional education initiatives, programs, and events, including the Continuing Professional Education Grants Program, Webinars, audio/video broadcasts, the AALL Leadership Academy, the AALL Management Institute, and much more. Congratulations, Celeste!

AALL eNewsletter / September 2008

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES DUGGAN

September is a time for change, as leaves begin to change color and eventually fall, schools start back, and we anticipate a new season filled with challenges and possibilities. Please “check out” the possibilities listed in this September eNewsletter, and happy fall!

AALL Online Elections Coming Up

AALL Online ElectionsThe AALL Online Election is fast approaching. AALL needs people to be on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote. Please take this opportunity to learn about the candidates’ backgrounds and views from the biographies and statements posted on AALLNET.

We will open the polls for voting on Monday, October 27. Online voting is fast and easy, but members who wish to receive a paper ballot may do so upon request to Christopher Siwa, Web administrator, 312/208-8030, by Monday, October 20.

Here is the election schedule:

  • October 27: 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.

GPO Seeks Comments from FDLP Community

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is developing a new strategic plan for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), focusing on how it will look in 10 to15 years. The AALL Washington Affairs Office and Government Relations Committee (GRC) encourage all law libraries that participate in the program to submit comments, which will be incorporated into discussions at the upcoming fall meeting of the Depository Library Council in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20-22.

Directors of federal depository libraries should have received a letter from Acting Superintendent of Documents Richard G. Davis asking for comments on the value of the FDLP in a mostly electronic environment. Please respond to this letter by September 30. The letter is available on the GPO Strategic Plan Web page, as the first item under “Related Links.”

Please also forward your comments to GRC Chair Steve Mirsky. Committee members will use your input for future efforts on FDLP issues to ensure that your concerns are fully addressed.

New York Times Article Highlights the Loss of Federal Electronic Government Information

In his front-page article, “In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion,” published September 13, Robert Pear of the New York Times succinctly describes the challenges of preserving online federal government information. The article captured a key concern raised by AALL in a letter to Congress last April about the National Archives and Records Administration’s decision to not harvest agency Web sites at the end of the Bush administration. Pear also quoted AALL Acting Washington Affairs Representative Mary Alice Baish and her worry that huge amounts of information from the past eight years will disappear when a new administration is sworn in next January. Read more about the article in AALL’s Washington Blawg.

Twenty Essentials for the Effective Speaker

Do you need to present to key stake holders, engage your audience, get buy-in for your idea or project, or all of the above? Prepare for your presentation by attending the Twenty Essentials for the Effective Speaker Webinar on October 23 at 12 p.m. EDT. Registration opens September 22.

Tracy Everett, southwest regional client relations manager for Littler Mendelson, brings more than 20 years of experience in business development and marketing for professional service firms to the Webinar. A certified trainer in effective presentation skills, she has presented to attorneys and other professionals in a wide variety of industries.

2008 Annual Meeting Educational Videos Available on AALLNET

The following 2008 AALL Annual Meeting programs are now available in the CPE Audio/Video Broadcasts section in the Members Only Section of AALLNET:

  • A-2: The Evolving Role of Law Librarians with Self-Represented Litigants
  • A-4: International Law and the Evolving Knowledge Society
  • C-1: Conflict Resolution–In Search of the Holy Grail: “Your Mother Was a Hamster and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries!”
  • C-4: Official but Not Authentic: The Future of Electronic Legal Information
  • G-4: The 4th E: The Environment and Law Libraries
  • K-4: Marketing Your Library: Exploring New Technologies to Create Evolving Newsletters that Energize Your Patrons

These videos are available for a limited time, so don’t miss the opportunity for continuing education on AALLNET.

Customer Service Training Offered Online

Excellent Customer Service @ Your Law Library is a Web-based, interactive customer service program that provides an alternative training method for new staff, paraprofessional staff, and others who work at public service desks within law libraries. It is a basic course on customer service, with additional tips on legal advice in the law library. Don’t forget to do the survey when you have completed the program.

This program was made possible by the AALL/BNA Continuing Professional Education Grants Program and Washoe County Law Library, with assistance from Sierra Nevada Community Access Television.

AALL Selects Leadership Academy Fellows

AALL Leadership AcademyCongratulations to the 35 AALL members selected to attend the 2008 AALL Leadership Academy: Cynthia Bassett, John Beatty, Alicia Brillon, Bret Christensen, Whitney Curtis, Jennifer Davitt, Marin Dell, Catherine Dunn, Cheryl Fischer, Eugene Giudice, Cameron Gowan, Deborah Hackerson, Edward Hart, Maggie Hobden, Paul Howard, Robert Hudson, Diana Jaque, James Kelly, Laura La Rose, Theresa (Tracy) Leming, Sarah Mauldin, Teresa Miguel, Melanie Oberlin, Elizabeth Outler, Sara Paul, Jessica Randall, Ryan Saltz, Courtney Selby, Christine Sellers, Monica Sharum, Aperna Sherman, Matthew Steinke, Amy Taylor, Candle Wester-Mittan, and Annmarie Zell.

These budding leaders will convene in the Chicago area October 3-4 to learn the self-awareness and strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession. Stay tuned for information about the AALL 2009 Leadership Academy.

PLMW Hosts Webinar on Greening the Legal Profession

PLMWProfessional 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.

AALL members are invited to attend the free Webinar on creating an environmentally friendly office, to be held September 23 at 2 p.m. EDT. The session will offer “green tips” for the myriad of services that legal professionals provide in their organizations. Register today!

2009 Annual Meeting Scheduling Begins Now

Innovate The Annual Meeting Program Committee is hard at work reading 182 program proposals in preparation for the selection meeting in Chicago this weekend, September 19-20. The committee will contact those who submitted proposals by early October. Program selections and descriptions will appear in the Program Announcement in the December issue of AALL Spectrum.

Next week a letter will be mailed out to all committee, SIS, and caucus chairs; chapter presidents; and affiliate groups, outlining the agenda for the 2009 conference, including scheduling forms for your meetings and functions in Washington, D.C.

Scheduling forms are due at AALL Headquarters by November 1 to ensure that your meetings and events are listed in the Preliminary Program that mails with the March issue of Spectrum.

Grant Money Available for Research that Supports Law Librarianship

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grants Program. A single grant of up to $5,000, or multiple grants totaling $5,000, may be awarded. The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research and scholarly agenda of the profession of law librarianship. The application deadline is November 3.

Apply for Funding for Your Next Educational Programming

The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program gives funding to assist AALL entities in providing ongoing quality continuing educational programming. Grants assist with funding speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or Webinars. Applications for the next round will be accepted until November 7.

Timeline:

  • November 7: Proposals due to AALL Headquarters
  • November 10-21: Review of proposals
  • December 4: Announcement of funded grants
  • September 2009: Deadline for expenditure of funds.

Watch for announcements of future grant application deadlines.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2009-2010 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.

Deadlines: If you are volunteering for the Annual Meeting Program Committee, please submit by October 31. All others, please submit by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don’t hesitate-volunteer today.

Read the New AALL Spectrum Blog

AALL SpectrumAnother blogger recently joined the ever-expanding blogosphere-AALL Spectrum‘s very own Editorial Director Mark Estes. Check out the new AALL Spectrum Blog and start a conversation about one of the articles in the newest issue of Spectrum. Mark hopes to hear from you soon.

Continuing Education Online: Take the Web 2.0 Challenge

What is Flickr? How are libraries using wikis? What is Second Life? The AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section offers an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The Web 2.0 Challenge provides a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians by directing them in hands-on use of these technologies.

To access this and other free continuing professional education programs, log on to the AALLNET Members Only Section and click on CPE Audio/Video Broadcasts under Membership Benefits on your personal page.

LLAW Members Publish Article and Book Chapter

Two members of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) have been busy publishing. Bev Butula‘s article “Online Options for Researching Attorneys” was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on August 11.

Amy Bingenheimer authored “Convergence: Information, Technology, and Training in Today’s Law Firm Library,” Chapter Five in How to Manage a Law Firm Library: Leading Librarians on Providing Effective Services, Managing Costs, and Updating and Maintaining Resources (Inside the Minds), April 2008, Aspatore Publishing, ISBN: 9780314991805.

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

Tell AALL Members about Your Upcoming Events

You can share information about your future business meetings, continuing education programs, and any other events that would interest fellow AALL members in the AALL Calendar of Events. The calendar allows members to learn about events that chapters, special interest sections, committees, and caucuses are putting on. If you have any suggestions or comments about the calendar, please send them to the Continuing Professional Education Committee.

AALL’s 100-Year History Detailed in New Book

AALL CentennialAs part of the AALL Publications Series, William S. Hein and Company recently published FIRST CENTURY One Hundred Years of AALL History, 1906-2005, by Frank G. Houdek. The 240-page book tells the story of what happened between the time that AALL first met in 1906, with 10 in attendance, to its 2006 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, where about 3,000 individuals gathered to participate in the Association’s centennial celebration. It highlights, on a year-to-year basis, many of the key moments and individuals that comprise AALL’s first century.

Tell Us Your Thoughts on Vendor Relations

AALL is conducting a short survey to learn AALL members’ opinion about vendor relations. The survey will be sent Monday, September 22, on behalf of Penny Hazelton (AALL President, 1990-91), who was recently retained by the Association to evaluate the desirability and feasibility of creating a permanent AALL vendor relations representative position. Please take time to complete the survey, as your opinion is very important and will help in the evaluation process.

AALL’s Salary Survey – We need your opinion!

The Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee is gearing up to work on the 2009 AALL Biennial Salary Survey and seeks your ideas and feedback to make next year’s survey even more useful to you. Law librarians’ compensation is not only important to us as professionals, but also to the economic health and viability of our staffs, libraries, and to the continued growth of our profession. So let’s start a conversation about the AALL Salary Survey with the Law Librarian Compensation Listserv (Comp Chat). We want to hear how the current Salary Survey works for you and how we can make the next survey even better. Subscribe today.

AALL eNewsletter / August 2008

MESSAGE FROM JAMES DUGGAN

Your August eNewsletter is chock-full of information, including announcements about professional opportunities and resources, a call for advocacy on funding for the Law Library of Congress, our announcement of the ALA/LCA Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship, and a reminder of the upcoming application deadline for the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program.

An Energizing Meeting

David PogueAALL’s 101st Annual Meeting gave attendees the chance to feel energized about their profession, explore new possibilities in law librarianship, and evolve in their careers. Beautiful Portland, Oregon, provided a backdrop for nearly 2,000 attendees to choose from among more than 70 educational programs and workshops packed into four days. Keynote speaker David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times, enthralled the audience during the Opening General Session, as he predicted the new gadgets and gizmos that will change our lives. And the Exhibit Hall showcased products from 112 information vendors.

AALL took progressive steps this year to “green” the conference, lessening the negative impacts of the event on our environment. Registration bags made of recycled materials included a refillable water bottle to use in place of disposable cups at the water stations; print-on-demand kiosks for handout materials featured double-sided printers and post-consumer recycled paper; plastic name badges were collected and recycled; and much more.

Photos from the 2008 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.

Take Action and Help Ensure Funding for the Law Library of Congress

The AALL Washington Affairs Office needs your immediate help to ensure passage of H.R. 6589, the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act, to increase funding for the Law Library of Congress. By taking action, you can help to ensure that our nation’s Law Library of Congress becomes the great law library that legal researchers, members of the public, and Congress deserve!

This bill, which AALL and the American Bar Association (ABA) have been working toward for many years, will authorize a one-time, additional $3.5 million for the Law Library of Congress and its own separate line item in the federal budget beginning in fiscal year 2010. H.R. 6589 will also establish the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Support Program, which will allow outside funding to be raised and provided to the law library for new enhanced services, such as interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery.

Please contact your House representative now to ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 6589. It is especially important that you contact your representative if he or she is on either the Committee on House Administration or the House Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. Please see our Action Alert for a sample message and contact information for committee members. As always, thank you for your help!

New Edition of the Price Index Now Available

The AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, 5d. is now available in the Members Only Section of AALLNET.

This year’s Price Index includes 2007 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. Thomson West pricing is not included in this edition, as the company declined to provide pricing information.

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

Attend the Concluding Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds Webinar

AvatarA legal community is developing in virtual world Second Life. Discover the innovative implications of such virtual worlds for the library services profession through the concluding session of Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds. Beginning in April 2008, participants in this free, self-paced AALL/BNA-sponsored online workshop have explored the opportunities and challenges inherent in using Second Life to build a virtual presence for their libraries.

To be held August 27, the final seminar of the series will report on participants’ projects, usage statistics, and lessons learned, and present conclusions about the usefulness of Second Life to law librarians. Speakers will include coordinator Kate Fitz, public services librarian at Sacramento County Public Law Library, and other interested workshop participants. Register today to reap the benefits of participants’ findings.

Apply for Funding for Your Next Educational Programming

The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program gives funding to assist AALL entities in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming. Grants assist with funding speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or Webinars. Applications for the next round will be accepted until September 5.

Timeline:

September 5—Proposals due to AALL Headquarters
September 8-19—Review of proposals
October 1—Announcement of funded grants
June 2009—Deadline for expenditure of funds.

Watch for announcements of future grant application deadlines.

Editor Needed for SIS News on AALLNET

Want to help provide AALL members with the inside scoop on the Association’s special interest sections? Apply to become AALLNET’s “SIS News” editor.

The “SIS News” editor reports on the latest happenings in AALL’s special interest sections, such as major events, new programs, and local leadership success. Previously located in AALL Spectrum, these postings are now listed on AALLNET for members’ convenience.

If you would like to assist AALL in keeping members updated on SIS activity, please send a writing sample and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to Kate Hagan, AALL executive director, by September 12.

Candidates Sought for Law Librarian of Congress

The Librarian of Congress has begun a nationwide search for qualified candidates for the position of Law Librarian in the Library of Congress. Learn more about this important leadership position at the job posting.

2008 Joint Study Institute Brings Together Law Librarians from around the Globe

The 2008 Joint Study Institute (JSI), “Harmonization and Confrontation: Integrating Foreign and International Law into the American Legal System,” was held at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on June 25-28.

2008 Joint Study Institute The JSI was a great learning and networking opportunity for all participants. Attendees shared overwhelmingly positive feedback on the JSI programs and speakers, as well as the tours and fabulous dining experiences. Many have expressed continued excitement and interest in the topics covered and anxiously await JSI 2010. For a glimpse into the JSI, check out event photos on AALLNET.

New Members Appointed to Nominations Committee

The AALL Executive Board appointed three members in July 2008 to serve on the 2009-2010 AALL Nominations Committee, the body that chooses the candidates for the Executive Board elections:

Kathy Carlson, Wyoming State Law Library
Joyce A. McCray Pearson, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library
Frosty Owen, Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia

They will commence their two-year terms on January 1. They join continuing members Chair Sandra Marz of Washoe County Law Library, Reno, Nevada; Alison F. Alifano of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York; Karl T. Gruben of St. Thomas University Law Library, Miami Gardens, Florida; and Donna S. Williams of the California Court of Appeal-6th District, San Jose. The continuing members will serve their terms until December 31, 2009.

Next summer, the seven-member committee will present a slate of suitable candidates for the 2009 elections to the AALL Executive Board. They will choose two candidates to vie for the position of vice president/president-elect, two to run for treasurer; 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 2009 elections, please contact Sandra Marz, chair of the 2008-2009 Nominations Committee.

ALA/LCA Scholarship Honors the Memory of Bob Oakley

Last year, the library community lost one of its most distinguished members when AALL Washington Affairs Representative and Georgetown University Law Library Director Robert L. (Bob) Oakley died unexpectedly.

Bob OakleyIn Bob’s honor, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have created the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. With your generous support, we can provide an annual $3,000 scholarship to support advanced study for librarians on intellectual property, public policy, and copyright issues and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. We anticipate the first Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to be awarded during the ALA 2009 Annual Conference.

Donations can be made online at ALA or mailed care of the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship Fund, American Library Association, Attn: Development Office, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

Gift Acceptance Policy Adopted

At the July 2008 Executive Board Meeting, an AALL Gift Acceptance Policy was approved. Developed to ensure that all gifts and contributions are structured most appropriately to benefit both the donor and AALL, this policy establishes evaluation standards for all gifts, as well as a formal process for carrying out the evaluation. If you have any questions in regards to the policy, please contact Executive Director Kate Hagan.

Continuing Education Online: Technical Issues and Practical Matters

How are law librarians using Web 2.0? What are the biggest changes and challenges in legal technology? Catherine Sanders Reach, director of the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center, provides a brief update on current issues and advances in legal technology in her videotaped November 2007 program, Technical Issues and Practical Matters: A Law Librarian Q&A on Legal Technology. The program includes information about the ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center and how ALA is using the latest legal technology on its Web site.

To access this and other free continuing professional education programs, log on to the AALLNET Members Only Section and click on CPE Audio/Video Broadcasts under Membership Benefits on your personal page.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 100, Number 3

Law Library JournalThe Summer 2008 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 centennial timeline of LLJ by former editor Frank Houdek that highlights events, actions, and individuals that have played prominent roles in the journal’s history. Other article topics include the future of print collections in a digital age, an annotated bibliography of legal education and technology, a five-year statistical analysis of AALL job placement listings, and an evaluation of Wikipedia’s usefulness in academic settings.

Mark Your Calendar: Professional Legal Management Week, October 6-10

Professional 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).

2008 PLMWAALL 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. You can also learn about an upcoming free Webinar on creating an environmentally friendly office, to be held September 23 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Coming out next month, ALA is publishing the second edition of Professional Legal Management Week Magazine, which includes AALL member Barbara Cornwell Holt’s article, “The Role of Law Librarians in the Professional Development of Associates.”

Get Your First Pick for Hotel Rooms in Washington, D.C.

InnovateLooking forward to conferencing with colleagues in our nation’s capitol next July? Get your pick of hotel rooms while supporting AALL by booking your housing in advance for our 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. As displayed on our map of AALL hotels, each official conference hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.

By making your reservations through the AALL housing desk, you are helping to increase AALL’s value in negotiating future Annual Meeting and Conference business. Book online today to secure a first-choice room!

AALL eNewsletter / June 2008

MESSAGE FROM ANN FESSENDEN

Your June eNewsletter contains all the latest information on our upcoming Annual Meeting in Portland, several educational opportunities, and news about national recognition received by two of our members. Also, learn how you can voice your opinion about the direction of our Washington Affairs Office by participating now through July 2 in a special blog.

What Do AALL’s Government Advocacy Efforts Mean to You?

Since AALL established its Washington Affairs Office (WAO) nearly 20 years ago, our Association has been well represented in the nation’s capital. Through the efforts of the WAO, AALL has had a voice on state-level information policy issues and at the international level as well. As a result of the recent passing of Bob Oakley, who had served as AALL Washington affairs representative since 1989, AALL needs to consider the immediate options and long-term outlook for this highly-valued endeavor.

The Washington Affairs Office Review (WAOR) Special Committee, which I appointed in February, has developed a short-term blog as one of several ways to gather feedback from AALL members. The AALL Beyond the Beltway Blog begins today and will continue through July 2. Each day a new question will be posted for discussion. Members of the committee will serve as responders on the blog.

Please take this opportunity to share your views and experiences concerning government relations, public information advocacy, and/or the Washington Affairs Office. Your feedback will assist members of the WAOR Special Committee as they carry out their charge.

Navigating Portland’s MAX Light Rail for Annual Meeting Attendees

Are you attending AALL’s Annual Meeting in Portland next month? Don’t get lost on the way: transportation is necessary to and from most conference hotels and the Oregon Convention Center. The MAX Light Rail train—free within downtown Portland, including the convention center—is available for this purpose; directions for navigating this system are provided below. Allow a minimum of 25 minutes to get from the downtown hotels to the convention center.

To the Oregon Convention Center: Free MAX Light Rail service is available from downtown hotels and the Doubletree Lloyd Center. From downtown, take the Red Line (toward Portland International Airport) or Blue Line (toward Gresham) to the Convention Center stop. The Courtyard by Marriott-Lloyd Center, Holiday Inn, and Red Lion Convention Center hotels are within walking distance of the convention center.

From the Oregon Convention Center to the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower: Cross the tracks from the convention center to board the Red Line (toward Beaverton) or Blue Line (toward Hillsboro) heading west to downtown. Disembark at the Pioneer Square stop and turn left to 6th Avenue. Turn right, travel two blocks to the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.

The MAX Light Rail will also get you from the airport to conference hotels quickly and inexpensively. Watch your e-mail inbox for the June Annual Meeting Update e-newsletter and more news to know before you go to Portland.

New Format for Members’ Open Forum

I am pleased to announce that we will try a new, more interactive format for the Members’ Open Forum in Portland. The Members’ Open Forum is held each year immediately following the AALL Business Meeting and provides an opportunity for members to raise questions and discuss issues without following the requirements imposed by parliamentary procedures. Under the new format, the AALL Executive Board will respond to questions and comments when it appears that this would be helpful. Karl Gruben, law library director and professor of law at St. Thomas University Law Library, will serve as moderator for the Open Forum, which is scheduled for Monday, July 14, from 3:15-3:45 p.m.

2008 AALL Business Meeting Agenda

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held during the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, July 14, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. This year, you may submit resolutions online for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting. The deadline to submit resolutions online is Sunday, July 13, at 2:15 p.m.

Agenda
General Business Meeting

Ann T. Fessenden, President, Presiding

1. Call to Order and Introductions Ann T. Fessenden
2. Adoption of the Standing Rules Ann T. Fessenden
3. Adoption of the Agenda Ann T. Fessenden
4. Approval of the Minutes from the 2007 Business Meeting Darcy Kirk, Secretary
5. Report on Elections Darcy Kirk
6. Report on Bylaws Vote Darcy Kirk
7. Introduction of New Board Members Ann T. Fessenden
8. Memorials Ann T. Fessenden
9. President’s Report Ann T. Fessenden
10. Vice President’s Remarks James E. Duggan
11. President’s Certificates of Appreciation Ann T. Fessenden
12. Introduction and Remarks of Special Guests Ann T. Fessenden
13. Treasurer’s Report * David S. Mao
14. Acting Washington Affairs Representative’s Report * Mary Alice Baish
15. Executive Director’s Report * Kate Hagan
16. Resolutions Ann T. Fessenden
17. New Business Ann T. Fessenden
18. Announcements and Adjournment Ann T. Fessenden

* These Reports will be attached to the agenda available at the meeting and will not be presented from the podium.

Members’ Open Forum
Monday, July 14
3:15-3:45 p.m.

A Members’ Open Forum will be held immediately at the conclusion of the Business Meeting. The Open Forum provides members with an opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues without following the requirements imposed by parliamentary procedures. Action may not be taken during the Open Forum. Issues may, however, be raised and referred to the president for further action.

Apply for the AALL Leadership Academy by June 30

Don’t miss your chance to be considered for the career-building 2008 AALL Leadership Academy, to be held October 3-4 in the Chicago area.

Law 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.

2008 Leadership AcademyApplications are due by June 30, and 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.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile before the end of June

Help ensure that your listing in the 2008-2009 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 to make the 2008-2009 AALL Directory accurate and up-to-date.

Sign Up for Next Month’s Webinar: The Evolving Role of the Solo Librarian

For those of you not attending the 2008 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference next month, you will have the chance to tune into a live Webinar of the conference program, The Evolving Role of the Solo Librarian: How to Do It All Without Losing Your Mind, on Monday, July 14, at 9:45 a.m. PDT.

During the 45-minute program, Lauri R. Flynn, library manager at Gunderson Dettmer, and Sue H. Johnson, librarian at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP, will present and discuss the results of a survey of solo librarians—particularly those in law firm settings. You will be able to compare the experiences of your colleagues and how their roles have changed. Use this knowledge to effectively work with changes and develop opportunities in your own workplace.

Register today! Payment must be received by July 7 in order to participate in the Webinar.

CS-SIS Hosts Web 2.0 Challenge Online Course

Are you interested in learning about applications like blogs, wikis, and Second Life, but don’t have a lot of time? Take the Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS) Web 2.0 Challenge!

The Web 2.0 Challenge—a free, comprehensive, and interactive online course—will use hands-on exercises to introduce law librarians to many kinds of social technologies in just 1-3 hours per week for five weeks. The course will take place between July 21 and August 18, immediately following the AALL Annual Meeting.

AALL Member Named One of Law Firm Inc.’s Innovators of 2008

Mary Kay JungPrivate Law Libraries Special Interest Section member Mary Kay Jung has been named one of Law Firm Inc.’s Innovators of 2008. Erik Sherman’s article on page 22 of the May/June 2008 issue of Law Firm Inc. commends Jung, director of library services at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, for doubling her firm’s SDI news feeds while cutting costs in half. Jung would like to thank her library staff for its group effort toward this innovation. Congratulations to Thompson Coburn law library for its recognition in “the business magazine for law firm executives.”

Sally Holterhoff Appointed to Depository Library Council

I am very pleased to inform you that Public Printer Robert C. Tapella has announced the appointment of five new members to the Government Printing Office’s Depository Library Council, including our Immediate Past President Sally Holterhoff. 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.

Sally HolterhoffAssociate professor of law librarianship and government information/reference librarian at Valparaiso University Law Library, Holterhoff has worked with federal documents and the depository program for more than 25 years; she served a previous term on the Depository Library Council from 1987-1990. Holterhoff has exhibited a continual commitment to ensuring the authenticity and reliability of online legal resources. Among her key presidential initiatives was the very successful National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information convened by AALL in April 2007. Congratulations, Sally!

Visit the New AALL Member Services Booth in Portland

New this year, AALL will host a Member Services Booth in the Exhibit Hall during the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland. Stop by the booth to explore your Association and learn what AALL can do for you, then take a break in the comfy lounge area and network with your colleagues. The booth will serve as a gateway to the AALL Activities Area, where you will find information about AALL committees, special interest sections, chapters, caucuses, and much more. The raffle drawings, Meet the Candidates forum, and awards recognition will all take place in the booth area. Additionally, the AALL Archives exhibit will feature a retrospective of Bob Oakley’s career and advocacy work for AALL.

Visit the Member Services Booth early to pick up a free AALL lanyard made from 100 percent organic cotton (supplies are limited); return to the booth on Tuesday, July 15, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. to celebrate Law Library Journal‘s 100th volume year with birthday cake and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

Meet the AALL Executive Board Candidates in Portland

Earlier this month, the AALL Nominations Committee presented the slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board election, which will be held November 3-December 1, 2008. Successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2009. You can get to know these candidates face-to-face during the Meet the Candidates forum at the 2008 Annual Meeting in Portland on Tuesday, July 15, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the AALL Member Services Booth in the Exhibit Hall. This is your chance to ask questions and find out each candidate’s vision for AALL before you vote in November.

Washington Affairs Office Negotiates Crucial Orphan Works Bills

Through the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), AALL has been involved in intense negotiations on the Hill for the House and Senate orphan works bills (H.R. 5889/S. 2913), which intend to enable the use of copyrighted works without permission when their copyright owners cannot be identified. This legislation must address several key issues in order to create a feasible program that benefits libraries, particularly in the area of mass digitization projects. As the rigid requirements potentially established by these bills for qualifying searches and archiving could possibly burden libraries, we support the need for orphan works legislation while aiming to ensure that the procedures for such works do not limit their ultimate accessibility.

One of our primary concerns is that the bills are intended to enable someone to use an orphan work after conducting a “qualifying search” for the owner; however, if the threshold requirements for a “qualifying search” are too difficult for libraries to meet, they simply will not take advantage of the legislation, and orphan works will remain relatively inaccessible to the public. A second major concern lies in what we refer to as the “dark archive,” the “Notice of Use” provision in H.R. 5889 relating to a filing. These requirements would be excessively burdensome for libraries, as they mandate that users file a “notice of use” detailing their qualifying searches with the Copyright Office; this would drive up compliance costs significantly.

AALL Acting Washington Affairs Representative Mary Alice Baish has been working closely with the AALL Copyright Committee in monitoring developments during the negotiations. When they conclude, the committee will make the decision whether AALL should support, oppose, or remain neutral on these bills.

CRIV Tip: Negotiating Internet Subscriptions

The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors member Robert Myers, manager of serials and collections access at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, presents CRIV Tip No. 10 about negotiating Internet subscriptions.

Are you a newer librarian or in a new position and negotiating an Internet subscription for the first time? Are you sure you are asking the vendor the important questions that need clarification before signing the agreement? Consult CRIV Tools Checklist for the Negotiation of Internet Subscriptions for a sampling of issues that should be addressed in the negotiation process.

Did You Renew Your Membership for 2008-2009?

The deadline for AALL membership renewal was May 31. You still have time to renew before you miss out on valuable member services. Following is the 2008-2009 membership renewal schedule:

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.