AALL eNewsletter / July 2017

AALL 2017 / CONFERENCE WRAP-UP

This week, nearly 3,000 attendees, exhibitors, and speakers convened in Austin for the 110th AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. Whether you joined us there or were following the action from home, the conference featured programs galore, an expansive exhibit hall, and countless networking opportunities. Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson brought the house down—and then brought everyone to their feet—recounting his experiences defending some of America’s most vulnerable people. You can view his presentation now. In a few weeks, you’ll be able to access the audio programs of the other conference programs.

AALL CROWNS INAUGURAL INNOVATION TOURNAMENT WINNERS

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

  • Judges’ Choice Winner: Katherine Lowry Baker & Hostetler LLP (Attorney-Facing Chatbot)
  • Audience Choice Winner: Jennifer Wondracek University of North Texas-Dallas (Virtual Reality Lab with Public Speaking Apps)

Even though the dust has barely settled in the wake of this year’s conference, we’re already looking ahead to AALL 2018 in Baltimore. You can book your accommodations now and rest easy, knowing that you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the programs you’d like to see next year either. Check out the “must-have” program topic suggestions already percolating, and add your own as well. Stay tuned for the Call for Proposals at the end of the summer, and mark your calendars to join us next July 14-17.

AALL 2017 IN THE NEWS

Following the completion of the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting, the Association has received a lot of positive media coverage. Here are a couple highlights:

AALL ISSUES LETTERS REGARDING DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES IN TEXAS

Last Friday, AALL released a letter to the mayors and directors of convention and visitors bureaus of the major cities in Texas announcing that AALL will no longer host meetings in Texas due to recent moves by the legislature to discriminate against LGBTQ people. We strongly believe that our Association, and our nation, are strongest when all people, regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, religion, or national origin, come together and celebrate our differences. The letter is available on AALLNET under eBriefing.

Watch AALL President Greg Lambert on CBS Austin

AALL URGES FCC TO PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY

AALL filed comments this week with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to the FCC’s rulemaking on net neutrality. AALL joined the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies to urge regulators to protect an open internet by maintaining the strong, enforceable net neutrality rules already in place. Our comments describe the many ways libraries use and depend on an open internet to serve their communities.

AALL LAUNCHES COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidely Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $450; Nonmembers – $675

Want to be a strategic legal information professional that helps create a competitive edge for your organization? Attend AALL’s Competitive Intelligence Foundations program. This program is designed to prepare professionals on how to establish and maintain a competitive intelligence function for a law firm. Attendees will learn how to construct a competitive intelligence function, create processes, and learn effective analysis frameworks to establish a competitive intelligence function within their organization. Registration is open to all members and nonmembers but is limited to 40 attendees.

SAVE THE DATE / 2018 AALL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

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

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

AALL WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

LAW LIBRARIANS AS CHANGE AGENTS: IMPLEMENTING SUSTAINABILITY

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

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

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

Two law librarians, each with extensive experience working with technologies, take you through important shifts in the practice of law, legal education, and the tools that support both. This program is great for any law librarian hoping to get exposure to a range of technologies, and can be listened to in parts or as a whole. For academic librarians, there is an interesting discussion on the unbundling of education into component services (think certifications versus degrees), and the role of technology in teaching students from afar. There is also insightful discussion on adaptive tools that facilitate the incorporation of dynamic formative assessments to test learning and offer timely feedback. For the futurist, the last part of the program predicts which technologies, namely virtual reality, will eventually become part of legal education and practice.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Self-assessment is an important part of being a strong leader. It is important to know your own strengths and weaknesses before you evaluate others and those of your organization. Knowing yourself well can inform how you manage your team, how you assess your team’s strengths, and how you manage yourself.

To learn more about self-assessment, take a look at the resources below:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to leadership without burnout. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

UPCOMING AALL CHAPTER EVENTS

October 18-20, 2017
Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio

October 19-21, 2017
Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 19-21, 2017
Western Pacific Chapter, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Boise, Idaho

MEMBER NEWS

  • Sarah Lin, library systems librarian at Reed Smith, was awarded the 2017 Online Bibliographic Services & Technical Services Special Interest Sections’ Funding Research Opportunities Grant. Lin proposed a potential partnership between California law firms and law school libraries’ de-accessioned materials and the possible fulfillment of acquisition needs for Northern California county law libraries. If her investigation proves viable, Lin will create a web interface whereby Northern California libraries can connect and arrange materials distribution.
  • Lee F. Peoples, the Frederick Charles Hicks professor of law and law library director of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, was named interim dean of the law school.
  • Endia Sowers Paige was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s July Librarian of the Month.

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

MEMORIALS

  • Charlotte Bynum served as a reference librarian at Tulane Law Library from 2004-2010. She also served as assistant director of Tulane Law Library following Hurricane Katrina. Bynum was a graduate of Tulane University Law School. Shortly after obtaining her degree, she became a clerk with the United States District Court, EDIA, before moving over to the private sector at Dewey Ballantine LLP. In addition to her work as a law librarian, she often traveled abroad to promote legal reserch and scholarship, as well as the development of law libraries for judicial bodies in other countries. She passed away June 20, 2017, following a long battle with cancer.
  • Stephen Ligda served as AALL’s director of finance and administration from May 1994 until his retirement in May of 2006. He returned to AALL as interim executive director from November 2006 to July 2007. Ligda was awarded honorary membership in AALL at the 2007 AALL Annual Meeting; an honor that has only been presented a number of times in the Association’s history. In addition to his dedication to the Association, he served as a charter member of the Chicago Archdiocese Pastoral Council of Catholic Bishops; was a longtime chair of the Most Holy Redeemer Parish Liturgy Committee, and was the recipient of the 2012 Archdiocese of Chicago “Christifideles” Award. He passed away June 29, 2017.
  • Debbie Maglione served as a legal research professional for 38 years. She worked as a librarian at Brobeck, Howrey; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garret & Dunner, LLP, and most recently, as a research analyst at Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP in Menlo Park, California. She was also a long-time member of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL). She passed away June 22, 2017.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Clare Bailey Collection Management Supervisor; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
Robin Bienemann Research Technology Coordinator; Chicago, IL
Catherine Bittle Director; Delaware County Libraries; Media, PA
Diana Bracho Student; Union, NJ
Rebecca Bryan Knoxville, TN
Amanda Bullington Catalog & Serials Librarian; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
Jennie Marie Durán EEO Investigator; Champaign, IL
Cecilia Feltis Collection Management Supervisor; Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, DC
Shivani Finney Dallas, TX
Vanessa Freeman Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
Masoud Gerami Managing Director; Justis Publishing Ltd.; London, England
Nila Germain Arnold & Porter LLP; London, England
Peter Grant Patents and Trademarks, Assistant Administrator; Arizona State Library; Archives and Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
Elisa Graydon Systems and Metadata Librarian; Providence, RI
Deborah Hamilton Strategic Services Librarian; El Paso County Law Library; Pikes Peak Library District; Colorado Springs, CO
Aidan Hawes Head of Sales; Justis Publishing Ltd.; London, England
Becca Heiser Research Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
Kayla Jenkins Archives Associate; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Brooklyn, NY
Renae Johnson Electronic Resources & Technical Services Librarian; Larkin Hoffman; Minneapolis, MN
Karen Kalnins U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Library; Saint Louis, MO
Andrew Kretschmar Head of Access Services; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
Amy Latalladi-Fulton Librarian; Groom Law Group, Chartered; Washington, DC
Alicia Loo Assistant Director, Library Services; Supreme Court of Canada; Ottawa, ON
Matthew Neely Birmingham, AL
Jodi Nelson Research Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
Sonja Nordstrom Downers Grove, IL
Roger Northam County Law Librarian; Washington County Law Library; Fayetteville, AR
Adam Peskowitz Manager of Research & Competitive Intelligence; Dechert LLP; Washington, DC
Lydia Ramirez Law Librarian; Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin; Houston, TX
Lena Rieke Las Vegas, NV
Angela Shepherd Lead Research Analyst; Ballard Spahr LLP; Philadelphia, PA
Kristi Tanner Head of Access Services; Emory University; Atlanta, GA
Samuel Williams ReferenceIntern;University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA

AALL eNewsletter / June 2017

MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER / JOIN US IN AUSTIN

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into a just a few days. Register for next month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, connect with your colleagues, and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can’t afford to stay home. Did you know that single-day registrations are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? You can still add preconference workshops (including CONELL) and ticketed SIS events to your registration through June 19. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and the barbecue, make sure that you’re part of the action.

     

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP / NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it’s addressing a staff member’s performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian’s job. Register for “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Last chance to register; June 19 deadline.

AALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

AALL BUSINESS MEETING & MEMBERS OPEN FORUM / SUBMIT RESOLUTIONS BY JUNE 23

The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 23. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

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

AALL SUBMITS COMMENTS ON ACCESS TO ADJUDICATION MATERIALS ON AGENCY WEBSITES

AALL submitted comments to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Committee on Administration and Management in response to its study on Adjudication Materials on Agency Websites. We urged the Committee to strengthen its recommendations on the online dissemination of decisions and supporting materials issued and filed in federal adjudicative proceedings by placing greater emphasis on the importance of information life-cycle management. In particular, we urged the Committee to consider adopting language from AALL’s Principles and Core Values Concerning Public Information on Government Websites. The recommendations will be considered at ACUS’s upcoming Plenary Session on June 16, 2017.

AALL TO JOIN INTERNET-WIDE DAY OF ACTION TO PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY

AALL will join major websites, internet users, and online communities in a mass day of action to save net neutrality on July 12, 2017. Working together with a broad network of pro-net neutrality organizations, we will provide tools to make it easy for you to take action. Learn how you can join us and spread the word! Don’t want to wait until July 12 to get involved? You can write to your member of Congress in support of net neutrality today using our Action Center.

AALL WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

PRIVACY AND SECURITY: GETTING BEYOND THE FEAR AND HYPE

  • Wednesday, June 21 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday,
    June 16
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

If you read today’s headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. What do we need to know about privacy policies, location data, encrypted messaging, and targeted advertising? What measures allow us to have some control and sense of security? While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground. Mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to be able to use them in order to be productive and enjoy creative activities. During this webinar, we will discuss these topics and many others such as data backup, password managers, device and identity theft, mobile payment, touch ID and more. Learn how to cut through the media hype, what you can do to be proactive, and walk away with resources to take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.

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

AALL SPECTRUM APPOINTS NEW EDITORIAL BOARD

AALL has selected three new members to serve on its AALL Spectrum Editorial Board for a two-year term starting in July 2017. The purpose of the editorial board is to help develop, solicit, and curate content for AALL Spectrum:

  • Alana Bevan Library Manager; Holland & Knight LLP; Washington, DC
  • Holly Riccio Knowledge Management Director; Nossaman LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Julia Taylor Section Head, Knowledge Services Group; Library of Congress; Washington, DC

Current board members who have agreed to stay on an additional year are:

  • Kendal Bergman Research Librarian; Fish & Richardson P.C.; St. Paul, MN
  • Rebecca Brady Mattson Scholarly Communications & Faculty Services Librarian; Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University; University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Sneed Associate Law Librarian for Research and Electronic Services; Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library; Atlanta, Georgia

Kristina L. Niedringhaus, AALL Spectrum‘s Editorial Director, will continue to serve as the board’s chair. Thank you to outgoing members Daniel R. Campbell, Bret Christensen, and Jean P. O’Grady for their hard work and service on the board over the last two years.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

THINKING AHEAD: ENCOURAGING STRATEGIC THINKING IN THE LIBRARY

Your organization’s leadership is thinking strategically about their direction and next steps, and perhaps you should too. This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting uses a strategic thinking framework to help you evaluate and plan how you can support your organization. During the program, Greg Lambert provides the law library perspective while Franklin Shen presents Decision Strategies International’s six disciplines needed to succeed in uncertain times, from anticipating what is on the horizon to learning from past experience.

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

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

An effective leader fosters the goals and careers of the people working with them and encourages them to work together to achieve better results. One of the ways to be an effective leader is to create a productive team environment.

Below are some resources that can help in the process of team building:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to self-assessment. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Steve Anderson, director of the Maryland State Law Library, is the 2017 recipient of the AALL Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service. The award is in recognition of Anderson’s work with the Howard County Early Onset and Newly-Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and many other activities that address quality of life issues for people suffering from Parkinson’s.
  • Dennis Kim-Prieto was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s June Librarian of the Month.
  • Sarah Lamdan has authored a new book titled Environmental Information: Research, Access & Environmental Decision Making, which helps environmental information seekers locate, obtain, and make sense of environmental records, documents, and pieces of data.

MEMORIALS

  • Bess Reynolds served as electronic resources manager at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP until her retirement February 2016. Reynolds was a technical services professional with twenty years of experience in law libraries, as well as the financial services industry. She worked with cutting-edge library technology to support the information needs of AmLaw 50 law firms, specializing in the implementation of new technologies to enhance discovery of the firm’s print and digital resources. During her time at Debevoise, she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Electronic Resources Department, including policy development and creating procedures for all aspects of technical services, and managing the library’s integrated library system. She was also one of the first non-lawyer members of the New York Law Institute Board and had become one of the foremost experts in the law librarian profession on ebooks and OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) technology. She was also a frequent speaker at the AALL Annual Meeting, in addition to Law Librarians of Greater New York and Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section (PLLIP-SIS) meetings. In 2016, the PLLIP-SIS awarded her with the Hall of Fame Award as well as the 2014 Advocate of the Year Award. She also received the 2013 Fastcase 50 Award. She passed away June 11, 2017.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Mark Anderson Research Assistant; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Menlo Park, CA
  • Christopher Atkins Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP; Greensboro, NC
  • Bryan Azuekwu Washington, DC
  • Clare Bailey Collection Management Supervisor; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
  • Robin Bienemann Research Technology Coordinator; Chicago, IL
  • Frances Bishop Sandy Springs, GA
  • Amanda Bullington Catalog & Serials Librarian; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
  • Aslihan Bulut Librarian for International, Foreign and Comparative Law; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Owen Byrd Chief Evangelist & General Counsel; Lex Machina; Menlo Park, CA
  • Rebecca Cleaver Technical Services Librarian; Bennett Jones SLP; Calgary, AB
  • Melanie Cline Research Specialist; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Karen Coghlan Weymouth, MA
  • Roger Cumberbatch Reference Assistant; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York, NY
  • Magalie Desince Associate Director of Research & Information; New York, NY
  • Tania Diaz Marrero Cataloger; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Hannah Doenges Student; University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Laura Doutsas Assistant Director; Lucas County Law Library; Toledo, OH
  • Cecilia Feltis Collection Management Supervisor; Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, DC
  • Andrew Filippone Research and Resource Specialist; Goldberg Segalla LLP; Buffalo, NY
  • Nicole Fisher Quarles & Brady LLP; Chicago, IL
  • David Fitch Relationship Manager; S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chicago, IL
  • Nicole Fuentes Attorney and Head of User Research; Casetext; Palo Alto, CA
  • Nila Germain Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, DC
  • Elisa Graydon Systems and Metadata Librarian; Providence, RI
  • Victor Guerrero Research Librarian; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Deborah Hamilton Strategic Services Librarian; El Paso County Law Library; Pikes Peak Library District; Colorado Springs, CO
  • Sarah Hardware Library Manager; Miami, FL
  • Brian Harkins Reference Attorney; Social Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Neill Harris Quarles & Brady LLP; Milwaukee, WI
  • Brian Hart Research Analyst; Morrison & Foerster, LLP; Denver, CO
  • Rebecca Hawes Faculty Services Coordinator; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Becca Heiser Research Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
  • Chanki Hong National Assembly Library; Seoul, South Korea
  • Kayla Jenkins Archives Associate; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Brooklyn, NY
  • Jessica Jones Reference Attorney; Social Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Karen Kalninf U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Library; Saint Louis, MO
  • David Kamien CEO; Livingston, NJ
  • Jamie Klausner Legal Researcher; Baker & Hostetler LLP; Cleveland, OH
  • Meredith Kostek Law Librarian; Coupeville, WA
  • Joanna Kozakiewicz Manager, Library Reference Services; Toronto, ON
  • Andrew Kretschmar Head of Access Services; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
  • Mija Lee Section Chief; National Assembly Library; Seoul, South Korea
  • Lisa Lee Senior Electronic Services Librarian; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Alicia Loo Assistant Director, Library Services; Supreme Court of Canada; Ottawa, ON
  • Cortlan Martin Business Development S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chicago, IL
  • Dean Mason London, UK
  • Thomas McClain Deputy District Attorney; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office; El Cajon, CA
  • Ashlie Mildfelt Electronic Resources Management & Serials Librarian; Tarlton Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Matthew Neely Birmingham, AL
  • Jodi Nelson Research Knowledge Analalyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Edison, NJ
  • Roger Northam County Law Librarian; Washington County Law Library; Fayetteville, AR
  • Pamela Outwin Librarian; ASRC Federal Primus; Alexandria, VA
  • Michele Penn Law Librarian; Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library At New Haven; New Haven, CT
  • Marsha Perry Acquisitions/Serials; Duke University School of Law; Durham, NC
  • Lydia Ramirez Law Librarian; Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys at Law; Atlanta, GA
  • Marjorie Richmond Legal Reference Librarian; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York, NY
  • Renee Roman Sacramento County Public Law Library; Sacramento, CA
  • Michael Schachtman Louisiana State Bar Association; New Orleans, LA
  • Kate Shearer Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Toronto, ON
  • Lillian Shivers Digitization Specialist Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Dallas, TX
  • Jackie Traher LLRC Deputy Director; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Anand Upadhye Casetext; Palo Alto, CA
  • Carolyn Vinyard Research Analyst; Bricker & Eckler LLP; Columbus, OH
  • Samuel Williams Reference Intern; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA

AALL eNewsletter / May 2017

AALL 2017 / TIME’S RUNNING OUT TO SAVE $100

Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting –will you be joining your colleagues in Austin? Register by Friday, June 2 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can now preview the lineup of poster sessions, exhibitor showcase sessions, discussion dens, and Bryan Stevenson’s keynote address.

Not sure if AALL 2017 is on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask! Keep in mind that flexible registration options are available, including single-day passes, special savings for students and retirees, and group discounts. Stay tuned for updates on hot topic programs.     

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOP / NAVIGATING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it’s addressing a staff member’s performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian’s job. Register for “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Attendance is limited; be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline.

AALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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

AALL BUSINESS MEETING & MEMBERS OPEN FORUM / SUBMIT RESOLUTIONS BY JUNE 23

The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 23. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

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

AALL PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO PASSING OF TEXAS SENATE BILL 4

Colleagues,

The AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin is quickly approaching, and we have put together a robust slate of educational programs and networking opportunities for attendees to choose from. We also have an inspiring keynote speaker in Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy.

I want to acknowledge that members may be concerned about the recent passage of Texas Senate Bill 4 that bans “sanctuary cities” in the state. Indeed, many members have contacted me to express their concern. I share this concern. Austin itself is currently considered to be a sanctuary city. The law is scheduled to take effect after our conference, on September 1. Because our meeting is just a few months away, we cannot move the meeting from Austin without severe financial impact to the Association.

We are indeed living in interesting times and know that much of what is happening is of concern to many of us as citizens. As an organization, one of our core values is diversity and inclusion. With that core value in mind, I hope you will join us in Austin for an opportunity to meet with your peers and demonstrate the strength of our community.

CELEBRATING 17 UELMA ENACTMENTS

With the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in Maryland on May 4, 2017, UELMA has now been enacted in 16 states and Washington, DC. Many thanks go to AALL past president Steve Anderson, members Joan Bellistri, Mary Jo Lazun, Chi Song, and the Law Library Association of Maryland for their years of advocacy that led to this latest success.

To reflect the new enactments, AALL has updated our UELMA Enactment Chart, which includes information about the covered materials, cost, and effective date of the act in each state.

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR SEARCH

APPLY BY MAY 22

Law Library Journal Editor James Duggan has notified AALL that he will end his term as editor in July 2018 with the completion of volume 110. In preparation for his departure,AALL will conduct a search for the next editor–a volunteer position that comes with an honorarium. The appointment has a five-year term and is renewable.

The editor is responsible for selecting and editing content for each quarterly issue of Law Library Journal. The editor also serves as an ex-officio member of the Law Library Journal Board of Editors.

The qualified candidate must have a bachelor’s degree and MLS and/or JD; demonstrated ability as a writer and/or editor; excellent communication and negotiation skills; substantial experience in the law library profession; and membership in AALL with a record of involvement and active participation.

View Complete Job Description

View Law Library Journal Fact Sheet

Applications will be accepted until May 22, and interviews will be conducted virtually in June. To help with the transition, the candidate selected will begin in September 2017, working with Duggan until July 2018.

Send your cover letter and resume to AALL Executive Director Kate Hagan via email or mail: AALL, 105 West Adams Street, Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Hagan at 312.205.8016.

AALL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

DEADLINE IS MAY 31

AALL dues invoices for the 2017-2018 membership year have been mailed to all institutions and individual members, and reminder notice invoices have been sent. Don’t miss out on the networking, continuing professional education, and career resources that your membership in AALL affords you–renew today.

The deadline for renewal is May 31. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Membership Services at 312.205.8034.

Thanks to everyone who renewed their membership by May 1 for a chance to win free AALL Annual Meeting registration. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Scott Dewey Faculty Research Librarian; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis, MN
  • Melissa Morgan Librarian; Bryan Cave LLP; Washington, DC
  • Kris Turner Reference and Technology Services Librarian; University of Wisconsin; Madison, WI

AALL WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

PRIVACY AND SECURITY: GETTING BEYOND THE FEAR AND HYPE

  • Wednesday, June 21 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, June 16
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

If you read today’s headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. What do we need to know about privacy policies, location data, encrypted messaging, and targeted advertising? What measures allow us to have some control and sense of security? While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground. Mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to be able to use them in order to be productive and enjoy creative activities. During this webinar, we will discuss these topics and many others such as data backup, password managers, device and identity theft, mobile payment, touch ID and more. Learn how to cut through the media hype, what you can do to be proactive, and walk away with resources to take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

HARVESTING DEMOCRACY: ARCHIVING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEB CONTENT AT END OF TERM

What happens to federal government websites when there is a change in administration? Have you noticed missing government websites/pages since the inauguration in January? Wondering what you can do to help preserve web content when there is a change in administrations? This program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting will fill you in on what is being done to ensure that the executive branch web content is preserved. Beginning in 2008, a team of organizations joined forces to create the “End of Term Web Archive.” Learn from the experts what the Archive includes, and how they were able to harvest vast amounts of government web content.

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

FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

The best and strongest leaders want others to follow after them. They recognize that spark in others, cultivating and nurturing it until the person blooms into the leader they were meant to be. Encouraging others to become leaders requires listening, coaching, and mentoring. It requires giving them safe opportunities to show their leadership skills and helping the future leader navigate rebuilding after failure. These may be as small as encouraging the person to take initiative on a project to as large as mentoring them to become a manager.

Here are some suggested articles on encouraging others to become leaders:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on team-building. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

STAFF NEWS

Pam Reisinger, AALL’s director of meetings, celebrated twenty years with the Association on May 14. Throughout this time, Pam has planned every AALL Annual Meeting and dozens of committee and executive board meetings since 1997—making site recommendations to the board, negotiating contracts, and managing the coordination of thousands of conference meetings and events. AALL congratulates Pam on this impressive milestone and honors her dedication and service to AALL.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Jeffrey Nelson was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s May Librarian of the Month.
  • Pauline Afuso and other law librarians have been active in opposing a bill that could result in diverting library fees into construction projects.

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

SPECIAL INTEREST SECTION NEWS

PARTICIPATE IN CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCUSSION

The Legal Information Services to the Public SIS (LISP-SIS), Government Law Libraries SIS (GL-SIS), Social Responsibilities SIS (SR-SIS), and Research Instruction & Patron Services SIS (RIPS-SIS) are co-hosting a five-day moderated online discussion this month and would like to invite all AALL members to join. The discussion, to be held May 22-26, will focus on critical conversation about social justice. At the beginning of each day, a moderator will pose a question or series of questions to the group to generate a discussion. This year’s schedule includes:

  • Monday, May 22: Law Library Inclusiveness
  • Tuesday, May 23: Unconscious Bias & Microaggressions
  • Wednesday, May 24: Law Librarian’s Role in Social Discourse
  • Thursday, May 25: Critical Thinking about Sources of Information
  • Friday, May 26: Stereotyping in Law Libraries

Those interested in participating can log into AALLNET, click on the dropdown under ‘Member Communities’ then click on ‘My Communities.’ Use the search bar at the top and type in “Critical Conversations about Social Justice” to access the discussion. To learn more about the topics, contact Nicole P. Dyszlewski.

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

MEMORIALS

  • Betty Kern served as acquisitions librarian at the Law Library of Louisiana for 20 years until her retirement. Her contributions to both the profession and AALL were numerous—she served as chair of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (1994-1995); served as Local Arrangement Chair in 1991 for AALL’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans; and was a member of several committees and special interest sections, including Government Law Libraries SIS. She also served as a founding member and president of the New Orleans Association of Law Libraries chapter. She passed away May 13, 2017.
  • Diana (Duerler) Mercer served as a librarian at the Ohio Supreme Court Law Library, a position she held for twenty-six years. She earned her library certificate from Ohio Dominican College, and a Master’s in History from Kent State University and a Master in Arts from Wright State University. She was a member of AALL since 1998. She passed away December 22, 2016.

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

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD CHAPTER VISITS

On Friday, May 19, Board member Emily Florio will attend the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL) chapter meeting at Detorit Mercy Law in Detorit, Michigan, and Treasurer Jean Willis will attend Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS) May 31 at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • T.K. Adkins Metadata Librarian; Boston University; Boston, MA
  • Christopher Bishop Chapel Hill, NC
  • Kate Cunningham Collections & Acquisitions Project Manager; The University At Buffalo State University of New York; Buffalo, NY
  • Danielle Dascher Lynbrook, NY
  • Jennifer Dixon Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian; Fordham University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Christopher Elkin Manager of Research Services; Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.; Saint Paul, MN
  • Gayle Fischer Librarian for Islamic Law; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Keta Harmon Cumberland School of Law Library; Birmingham, AL
  • Sarah Hunter Senior Researcher; New York, NY
  • Matthew Matkowski Wheaton, IL
  • Joseph Nugent South Bend, IN
  • Ron Palmer Library Research Supervisor; King & Spalding LLP; Houston, TX
  • Rebecca Pressman Reference Librarian; Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; White Plains, NY
  • Shameema Rahman Legal Reference Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Will Rehling Librarian; O’Connor and Associates; San Francisco, CA
  • Jillian Rittersbacher Research & Technical Services Librarian; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Denver , CO
  • Vance Sharp San Diego Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Morgan Stillo Research and Training Specialist; Holland & Knight LLP; Brandon, FL
  • Donna Thayer Director of Library Services; Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP; Austin, TX
  • Mitzi Townes Collection Development Librarian; North Carolina Central University School of Law Library; Durham, NC

AALL eNewsletter / April 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD SPRING MEETING

The AALL Executive Board held its spring meeting in Chicago, April 7-8. During the meeting they approved the following:

  • The appointment of members Scott Childs and Joseph Custer to the Nominations Committee for a two-year term beginning in July 2017.
  • The Association’s form 990 for filing with the IRS.
  • Funding in the amount of $134,000 over a two-year period, to retain a public relations firm with the goal of increasing AALL and member visibility within the legal profession and the general public.
  • The Association’s budget guidelines for fiscal year 2017-2018.
  • The dissolution of the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee, effective July 2018.
  • Cleveland as the site for the 2021 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.
  • The Association’s membership marketing plan for 2017-2018.
  • A recommendation from the Nominations Committee to eliminate candidate’s videos from the Conduct of Election Policy and to add an online Candidates Forum.

CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION

The Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held September 29 to October 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2018.

VICE PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

Michelle Cosby
Associate Director
University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Carol A. Watson
Director of the Law Library
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

BOARD MEMBERS

June Hsiao Liebert
Firmwide Director of Library & Research Services
Sidley Austin LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Liz Reppe
State Law Librarian
Minnesota State Law Library

St. Paul, MN

Karen Selden
Metadata Services Librarian
University of Colorado Law Library

Boulder, CO

Christine Sellers
Research Specialist
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Columbia, SC
Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin on Monday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., in the exhibit hall at the AALL Member Services Pavilion. In early August, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET. As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2c, a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, no later than 30 days after the date of this notice, with a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance.

RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP BY MAY 1

ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT TO WIN

AALL dues invoices for the 2017-2018 membership year have been mailed to institutions and individual members. The deadline for renewal is May 31. 

When you renew your AALL membership early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference registrations.

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

ADVOCATE FOR LAW LIBRARIES / AALL’S VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, AALL members will join together for our annual Virtual Lobby Day to send a unified message to Capitol Hill in support of AALL’s top policy priorities:

  • Saving the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Legal Services Corporation from elimination.
  • Opposing legislative changes that would weaken the Copyright Office.
  • Supporting the Federal Communications Commission’s current net neutrality rules.
  • Enacting updates to protect the privacy of electronic communications.

Participating in Virtual Lobby Day couldn’t be easier; all you need is five minutes to influence your members of Congress. Mark your calendars now, and we’ll send an email on April 26 with all of the information you need to participate. If you can’t join us on April 26, please visit our Legislative Action Center at any time to take action on our top issues. Thank you in advance for speaking out for law libraries.

AALL 2017 / CALLING ALL PROCRASTINATORS

Sure, you could wait to register for AALL 2017, but if you do, you might miss out on preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed SIS events—many of which are already filling up. Need a little extra incentive? Register by June 2 to save $100. Plus, group discounts are available. Make plans to join your colleagues now!

WHY ATTEND?

We asked last year’s attendees to share their best moments from the conference:

  • “It was meeting everyone. I was an overseas attendee but everyone was so friendly. I continued to meet attendees in the airport leaving Chicago!”
  • “Meeting someone while standing in line for a vendor presentation. The person works in a completely different type of library that I don’t normally work with, but she had some great ideas that she shared with me that would be useful in my library.”
  • “My best “moment” was more of a collection of events that caused me to leave Chicago more inspired and enthusiastic about my role in my profession and chosen path than any other AALL meeting I’ve attended in the past. These occasions, combined with nothing short of STELLAR programming, reinvigorated me in a way I don’t recall experiencing before. Even as I write this, I still have that “jazzed” feeling about the profession and my place in it.”

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON PBS NEWSHOUR

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and keynote speaker at AALL 2017, was featured this month in PBS NewsHour’s “Brief But Spectacular” series. He discussed the legacy of slavery and racial-based violence, and the impact of silence. Make plans to hear him in person in Austin this summer.

SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS

AALL 2017 offers several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—lend your voice to the conversation!

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT

Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—AALL’s innovation tournament is a new opportunity to showcase your ideas. If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Apply by May 5! 

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

DISCUSSION DENS

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


UELMA ENACTED IN WEST VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON, DC

AALL celebrated the recent enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in West Virginia and Washington, DC. Thanks to the support of AALL advocates and our chapters, the number of enactments has reached 15. The act also recently passed the legislatures of Maryland and Washington state and awaits signature by those states’ governors.

These enactments give us special reason to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of AALL’s National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information, which was held in Chicago, April 20-21, 2007. The summit brought together 50 delegates from the judiciary, the legal community, state governments, and AALL leaders to discuss the findings of AALL’s State-By-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, and explore solutions to ensure access to trustworthy state legal materials. The summit led to further study by the Uniform Law Commission, and the eventual approval of UELMA by the Uniform Law Commission and American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

LIBRARY AND MARKETING: ALWAYS BE CROSS-SELLING

  • Tuesday, April 25 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
  • Register now
  • AALL Members and Nonmembers – Complimentary

The American Association of Law Libraries and the Legal Marketing Association are co-sponsoring a second webinar panel discussion on strengthening the relationship between library and marketing departments within the firm. Panelists will discuss resources and compare approaches for identifying opportunities and collaborating to strengthen the firm’s competitive advantage. This webinar is co-sponsored by the AALL Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section CI Group and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Competitive/Market Intelligence Special Interest Group.

LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP

  • Wednesday, May 17 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 12
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60

Librarians are challenged to innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing professional landscape. In an increasingly unstable and unpredictable world and workplace, one of those challenges is leading in times of crisis. Crises can come in all forms, from minor workplace dysfunction to major institutional disruptions and beyond, but effective leaders will leverage them to learn and achieve personal growth. The commonality among these experiences is being subjected to a crucible moment—surviving it and learning from that experience. During this webinar, Steven J. Bell will share insights into acknowledging our personal crucibles and offer advice for how we can learn from them to become better crisis leaders.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 27

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s member magazine. Serving as advisers to the AALL Spectrum editorial director, the board is integral in identifying, shaping, and delivering information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.

Content for AALL Spectrum relates to six general content areas:

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

Applicants for the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more content areas, a strong professional network, and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the Editorial Board Member job description, and for more information visit the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 27. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL ARCHIVE NOW AVAILABLE ON AALLNET

William S. Hein & Co. Inc. has provided AALL with all the PDFs for volumes 1- 91 (1908-1999) of Law Library Journal. The archives are now available through the LLJ archive on AALLNET.

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT AWARD

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipient.

  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

PRACTICAL MAGIC: CAPTURING INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE

All libraries have caches of knowledge about their institution—either purposefully compiled or passively accumulated. Sometimes information is a pile of dusty brochures, some old WordPerfect files, or someone’s hand-scribbled notes. None of these forms are ideal, but what’s worse is when that information is not recorded at all, and lives only in the minds of your colleagues. During this presentation, the presenters discuss how they’ve sought out and organized information at their own institution, as well as how they use it to help support day-to-day operations, events, donor relations, and exhibits.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Creating a happy work environment might sound like a challenge, but realistically, a happy workplace should be easy for a leader to create simply by knowing your employees. Getting to know your employees and what makes them happy is an important first step in creating a healthy environment. Keeping your employees and co-workers happy and healthy also leads to more productivity. A good leader will create and nurture a happy, healthy, and productive workplace.

Here are some suggested articles on creating happy work environments:

For more in depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on how to encourage others to become leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Ed Edmonds and Frank G. Houdek have authored a new book titled Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statues, and Other Legal Events, which traces the effects the law has had on the national pastime.
  • Denise C. Mines has taken the position of campus librarian at Keiser University Flasgship Campus in West Plam Beach, Florida.
  • Michael Saint-Onge has taken the position of regional director, research and library services at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Los Angeles, California.
  • Jootaek “Juice” Lee was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s April Librarian of the Month.

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

MEMORIAL

  • Helen Skuggedal Reed served as a librarian for the William H. Miller Law Library in the Vanderburgh Circuit and Superior Courts. Most recently, she worked as an instructor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Evansville. She was also a principal organist and harpsichordist for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and organist of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. She passed away March 19, 2017.

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

NEW MEMBERS

  • Patricia Altamirano Web & Print Resources Coordinator; Dallas County Law Library; Dallas, TX
  • Kathryn Baratto Circulation Department Stacks Manager; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis , MN
  • Melanie Becic Office Manager; Trial Guides LLC; Portland, OR
  • Jonathan Burns Singapore, Malaysia
  • Angie Chapa Law Librarian; Hidalgo County Law Library; Edinburg, TX
  • Judith Cohn Reference Librarian; William Blair & Company LLC; Chicago, IL
  • Andrea Cronin Technology Librarian; Medfield, MA
  • Jillian Eaton Director of Research Analysis & Technical Services; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.; Memphis, TN
  • LiMin Fields Manager of Research and Knowledge Services; Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox; Washington, DC
  • Anne Franzblau Brooklandville, MD
  • Jolie Gralick Maple Shade, NJ
  • Laura Hafeman Digital Access Specialist; Quarles & Brady LLP; Milwaukee, WI
  • Hannah Hartsorn San Francisco, CA
  • Wendi Hoffenberg Research & Reference Specialist; WilmerHale; Boston, MA
  • Victoria Isyanova Senior Law Library Technician; California Judicial Center Library; San Francisco, CA
  • Lora Johns Library Intern; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Jake Kubrin Metadata Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Christina Lowry Legal Reference Librarian; University of Toledo; Toledo, OH
  • Sara McMahon South Hadley, MA
  • Wendy Melis Librarian; World Bank Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Logan Migliore University of New Mexico Law Library; Albuquerque, NM
  • Aaron Murphy Reference & Research Specialist; Gordon Feinblatt LLC; Baltimore, MD
  • Courtney Nguyen Reference Librarian; San Francisco Law Library; San Francisco, CA
  • LaQuanda Onyemeh High Point, NC
  • Alia Plasencia-Bishop Research Attorney; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Austin, TX
  • Nicole Reynolds Digital Collections Librarian; University of Kentucky Law Library; Lexington, KY
  • Shannon Sabo Marketing Manager; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; Getzville, NY
  • Vanessa Seeger Outreach Librarian; Hamilton County Law Library; Cincinnati, OH
  • Laura Spence Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP; Washington, DC
  • Jillian Taylor Librarian; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, ON
  • Daryl Thompson Michigan State University College of Law; East Lansing, MI
  • Jennifer Thornhill Law Librarian; Law Society of Newfoundland Library; St. John’s, NF
  • Amy Tomaszewski Reference Librarian; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Champaign, IL
  • Siobhan Tronco Research Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Michele Wales Founder; FocusedIP, LLC; Lancaster, VA

AALL eNewsletter / March 2017

REGISTER FOR AALL’S ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING & VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY

  • Thursday, April 20 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Attend AALL’s online advocacy training, where you’ll learn the most effective ways to influence your members of Congress during these busy days on Capitol Hill. You will also hear about AALL’s top policy priorities, including access to government information, copyright reform, and privacy. Then, mark your calendars for AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 26, where you can help raise the profile of law libraries and our important policy issues by sending coordinated messages to Capitol Hill through our Legislative Action Center and social media. If you fill out our Lobby Day survey before April 17, we’ll send you personalized tips and information to help maximize your influence.

COUNTING DOWN TO AALL 2017 / July 15-18

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

THREE RESOURCES TO GET YOU THERE

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

  • Annual Meeting grants: Consider applying for an AALL Annual Meeting grant, which covers registration costs for the Annual Meeting or preconference workshops. Chapters and special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members. Don’t miss out on this critical resource—applications are due April 1.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2017 on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask. We’ve got tools to help your boss understand why—despite the cost and time out of the office–you can’t afford to miss out. Make a plan to get support—there’s even a sample memo to your employer.
  • Show the value: Seal the deal by sharing essential programming with your boss. We’ve got a list of educational programs that will show how your attendance will benefit your library through the new skills you’ll develop, the latest trends you’ll learn, and the strong network of trusted colleagues you’ll build.

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT

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

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

Apply by May 5. Applications will be evaluated later this spring; a group of finalists will be selected to present their innovation plans to attendees and a special panel of judges at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting.

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

POSTER SESSIONS

Have you pioneered a new program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions are a popular conference feature, and this year’s selections will once again be on display in the exhibit hall—your good idea could benefit your fellow colleagues. Submit your proposal online by April 14.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—whether you’re new to the profession, eager to learn how to navigate difficult conversations, or trying to make the best use of the data you collect. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

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

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

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

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

PERSONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING: CREATING A VISION-DRIVEN CAREER

  • Wednesday, March 29 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, March 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60

Have you thought about what you want to get out of your career and how you’re going to achieve it? A recent study determined that librarians don’t have a clear professional or personal vision statement. Learning how to strategically focus your energy and resources and properly set goals can help you lead a purposeful life and build a foundation for a fulfilling career. In this fun and transformative webinar, participants will explore the why, what, and how of personal strategic planning, and learn how to develop a plan for both professional and personal success. Participants will also learn techniques to modify habits and counter procrastination. This webinar will benefit law librarians and legal information professionals at all stages in their careers.

SMARTPHONE SUCCESS AND TERRIFIC TABLETS

  • Tuesday, April 18 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Thursday, April 13
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60

We spend plenty of time with our smartphones, but are we maximizing their potential when it comes to managing our productivity? Are you ready to learn what apps, services, and functions could help you turn your Droid, iPhone/iPad, and/or Windows device into a productivity workhorse? In this final webinar in our productivity series, Randy Dean will discuss the apps and peripheral devices that can take your smartphone (or tablet) from “cool” to “critical” when it comes to productivity, time, project, people, and email management. Explore how a new configuration of productivity apps and services has the potential to make your smart devices even more powerful than your traditional laptop/desktop computers.

SAVE THE DATE / SECOND JOINT WEBINAR WITH LMA

  • Tuesday, April 25 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

The American Association of Law Libraries and the Legal Marketing Association are co-sponsoring a second webinar panel discussion on strengthening the relationship between library and marketing departments within the firm. Stay tuned—registration will open soon.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD / CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 27

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

AALL SPECTRUM NEEDS YOU

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s member magazine. Serving as advisers to the AALL Spectrum editorial director, the board is integral in identifying, shaping, and delivering information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.

Content for AALL Spectrum relates to six general content areas:

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

Applicants for the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more content areas, a strong professional network, and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the Editorial Board Member job description, and for more information visit the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 27. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

WHY LIBRARIES MATTER: A CONVERSATION WITH JOHN PALFREY

Are you oftentimes confronted with the attitude “We don’t need a library; everything is on Google?” John Palfrey takes the opposite position, stating that libraries and the services they offer are even more important in the age of Google and the ever-growing digital information explosion. The technological growth in the creation, storage, and dissemination of information will call on professionals with the skills to search, curate, and navigate the growing world of online content. This webinar provides valuable insight into how to be part of this exciting new world.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Almost everyone will deal with a challenging or difficult colleague at some point. This is a person who, whether because of their mannerisms, work ethic, or personality makes it difficult to work with them on a regular basis. Whether the person is on a committee with you or is an everyday needle in your side, it is important to develop the skills necessary to cope with challenging co-workers or supervisors. In addition to this summer’s preconference workshop, “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” the materials below will help you develop those skills.

Here are some suggested articles on dealing with challenging colleagues:

For more in depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on ways to create happiness at work. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich or Emily Janoski-Haehlen.

MEMBER NEWS

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

NEW MEMBERS

  • Glen-Peter Ahlers Sr. Associate Dean for Information Services; Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, FL
  • Carolyn Bach Senior Manager, Librarian Relations; LexisNexis; Miamisburg, OH
  • Susan Benton Head of Technical and Collections Services; University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD
  • Justin Bowman Account Manager; Wolters Kluwer North America, Westborough, MA
  • Megan Brown Acquisitions & E-Resources Librarian; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
  • Judy Cohn William Blair & Company; Chicago, IL
  • Chris Cox Business Systems Coordinator; San Diego Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Scott Dewey Faculty Research Librarian; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis, MN
  • Richard Ducey Enfield, CT
  • Dylan Dunn Tallahassee, FL
  • Helen Garner Information Resources Librarian; Bodleian Law Library, Oxford, England
  • Emma Gibbons Acquisitions Librarian; Tulane University Law Library; New Orleans, LA
  • Marisa Glazier-Simila Research Assistant; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Millwaukee, WI
  • Holli Howard Library Technician for Public Services; Magnolia, AR
  • Leigh Jones Cumberland School of Law Library; Birmingham, AL
  • Courtney Keaton Research Specialist; Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe; Washington, DC
  • Kimberly Kunaniec University of California at Santa Barbara; Ventura, CA
  • Jesse Lambertson Head of Cataloging; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Sarah Larsen Outreach Librarian; Minnesota State Law Library; St. Paul, MN
  • Rachel Lewis Research Specialist; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Houston, TX
  • Gina Linden Research Specialist; Dentons Canada LLP; Edmonton, AB
  • Deborah Meleski Director of Legal Research Center; Winstead PC; Austin,TX
  • Dinah Minkoff Research/Reference Librarian; Seton Hall University Law Library; Newark, NJ
  • Andrea Muto Research Services Librarian; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Brooke Nichols Seminole, TX
  • Carole Prietto Law Center Archivist; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Jane Sanchez Law Librarian of Congress; Law Library of Congress ; Washington, DC
  • Edward Sanchez Library Associate; Dallas Public Library; Dallas, TX
  • Christopher Todd Cataloging/Systems Librarian; University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Library; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Siobhan Tronco Research Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Ken White Business Intelligence Research Specialist; Washington, DC

AALL eNewsletter / February 2017

AALL 2017 / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registration for the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is now open! We champion our profession and our members, and AALL 2017 will celebrate the innovators and highlight the skills, talents, and attributes that provide added value and meaning for our organizations. Join us in Austin and return to your workplace inspired, energized, and connected.

  • Inspired. AALL members are problem solvers of the highest order who help define the dozens of must-have programs, part of the robust slate of educational programs designed to empower an evolving profession. Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will share his experiences defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, recounting stories of heartbreak and encouragement.
  • Energized. There’s no better place to embrace the radical transformation of the legal industry than in Austin, an innovation hub that celebrates its eclecticism, a music mecca, and a first-time host to AALL. This year’s Exhibit Hall will be buzzing with the latest tools to keep you at the top of your game, as well as exhibitor showcase sessions, daily prize drawings, poster sessions, and discussion dens.
  • Connected. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community; connect with your peers to gain perspective only they can provide.

Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. Book your accommodations through AALL’s housing partner to get the best rates, and relax knowing you can always make adjustments later without penalty. See what’s in store at AALL 2017, and start making plans to join us.

AALL NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

The AALL Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming Executive Board elections. To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination forms on AALLNET at bit.ly/EBnominations. Nominations are due by Friday, March 17.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2017 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2018-2019), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2018-2021). In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates who reflect the diversity of AALL’s membership, thus ensuring the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders, and minorities.

For the 2017 elections, ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members of the Association in October. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters at the beginning of November and election results will be announced immediately.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

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

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

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

APPLY FOR AN AALL ANNUAL MEETING GRANT

AALL Annual Meeting Grants cover registration costs at either the meeting or workshops associated with the meeting. Individuals eligible for the Experienced Member Grant are active members with five or more years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Individuals eligible for the Student/New Member Grant are active members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership, or student members of AALL or an AALL chapter. Be sure to submit your application by April 1.

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing a sustainable model for the continued publication of Law Library Journal without compromising its role as a well-respected scholarly journal.

As announced in the April 2016 eNewsletter, at its spring meeting the AALL Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee to offer increased functionality and shift primary access to the digital edition of LLJ. The changes will provide an invaluable resource to members while reducing costs and environmental impact, specifically:

  • As part of our continued partnership with HeinOnline, Law Library Journal will include 20,000+ active links to cited content that is part of the HeinOnline collections (some exclusions apply).This enhancement will be available to all AALL members via the access point on AALLNET.
  • With Vol. 109, No. 1 (Winter 2017), Law Library Journal will be delivered to members in digital-format via an email announcement as soon as each digital edition is available online. The Journal will continue to be published in print; members who wish to continue receiving print edition may subscribe at the discounted rate of $35 per volume year ($90 savings).

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

LIBRARY AND MARKETING: WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?

  • Thursday, February 23 / 12:00 p.m. (CST)
  • Register today
  • AALL Members – Complimentary

 

In a panel discussion, legal marketers and law librarians come together to speak about ways in which the relationship between these two departments can be strengthened for the mutual benefit of the firm. This webinar is co-sponsored by the AALL Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section CI Group and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Competitive/Market Intelligence Special Interest Group.

PERSONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING: CREATING A VISION-DRIVEN CAREER

  • Wednesday, March 29 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, March 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60

 

Have you thought about what you want to get out of your career and how you’re going to achieve it? A recent study determined that librarians don’t have a clear professional or personal vision statement. Learning how to strategically focus your energy and resources and properly set goals can help you lead a purposeful life and build a foundation for a fulfilling career. In this fun and transformative webinar, participants will explore the why, what, and how of personal strategic planning, and learn how to develop a plan for both professional and personal success. Participants will also learn techniques to modify habits and counter procrastination. This webinar will benefit law librarians and legal information professionals at all stages in their careers.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

Design Thinking for Libraries: Rethinking the User Experience

Gain practical guidance on how to develop programming or create spaces that meet patron needs. Presented at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting, Chicago Public Library colleagues set out to learn how their patrons view and use the library with the goal of innovating (or adjusting) services and outreach. With their focus on building empathy for patrons and openness to brainstorming and running simple experiments, the librarians were able to introduce low cost programs to bring patron groups together, or reimagine spaces to suit the needs of diverse users. Learn how you can design what is feasible, viable, and desirable, while gaining buy-in from library leadership, colleagues, patrons, and other stakeholders.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Creating safe and inclusive environments in the workplace is a goal for many leaders. In doing so, it is important to be cognizant of diversity and foster a multicultural understanding in the workplace and plan a diversity agenda that is right for the organization. Supportive and nurturing environments are crucial to a healthy workplace and workforce.

Here are some suggested articles on creating safe and inclusive environments:

For more in depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on how to deal with challenging colleagues. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Carolyn Brown was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s February Librarian of the Month.
  • David S. Mao has resigned from his position as deputy librarian of Congress, closing an 11-year tenure at the institution where he also served as acting librarian of Congress. He has accepted a position with the Georgetown University Law Center as assistant vice president of administration and Law Center chief of staff, a position in which he’ll oversee administration of the law school.
  • Holly Riccio has been selected as a member of ILTA’s (International Legal Technology Association) inaugural Talent Council.
  • Kris Turner has been appointed head of reference at the University of Wisconsin Law Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Turner previously served as reference and technology services librarian at her institution.

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

NEW MEMBERS

  • Susan Benton Head of Technical and Collections Services; University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD
  • Teresa Bodwell Burnham Arizona Summit Law School; Phoenix, AZ
  • Kira Brennan Library Specialist; University of North Texas-Dallas; Dallas, TX
  • Linda Butterfield Senior Director; FTI Consulting; Chicago, IL
  • Tim Campbell Vice President; Minesoft Ltd; Merrick, NY
  • Maryanne Conte Senior Research Coordinator; Navigant Consulting; Brooklyn, NY
  • Stanley Dempsey Golden, CO
  • Richard Flamm Berkeley, CA
  • Linda Friedman Research Specialist; Tax Analysts; Falls Church, VA
  • LeTroy Gardner University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
  • Alisha Hennen Access Services/Assessment Librarian; Roger Williams University School of Law; Bristol, RI
  • Michelle Hudson Science and Social Science Data Librarian; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Betsy Jayasuriya Chief Librarian, Main Library; U.S. Department of Justice; Washington, DC
  • Tanya Johnson Reference Librarian; University of Connecticut School of Law Library; Hartford, CT
  • Krystin Mavity Research Specialist II; Kutak Rock LLP; Omaha, NE
  • Megan Moltrup Research Librarian; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Washington, DC
  • Melissa Morgan Librarian; Bryan Cave LLP; Washington, DC
  • Henry Rose Poway, CA
  • Sherwin Sabado Research & Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Palo Alto, CA
  • Roshni Santiago Library Assistant; White & Case LLP; Washington, DC
  • Sadie Snyder Minnesota Office of Attorney General; Saint Paul, MN

AALL eNewsletter / January 2017

VOLUNTEER FOR AN AALL COMMITTEE OR AWARD JURY TODAY

Deadline Is Sunday, January 29

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 25 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.

COMMITTEES

AWARD JURIES

Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. You can also access this information from the AALL Leadership Volunteer Form. The online application process is easy and only takes a few minutes. Volunteer today—deadline is January 29.

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Deadline Is Wednesday, February 1

Nominations are now open for the 2017 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations/applications for:

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2017. Recipients will be recognized at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin.

RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2017

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

  • Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards
  • Knowledge Management for 21st Century Information Professionals
  • Making Sense of Intelligence: Analyzing and Writing a Report on a Prospective Business Target
  • Teaching Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence Skills
  • The Axis of Access: How New Tools Pose a Challenge to Traditional Legal Research
  • The Court’s Perspective: What the Judge Can Tell Librarians About Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs)
  • The Linchpin Librarian: Becoming an Indispensable and Integrated Resource in Your Organization
  • Watson in the Law Library: Using AI and Machine Learning to Build the 21st Century Library
  • Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies Such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms
  • You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data On Your Laptop

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

Read President Ronald Wheeler’s eBriefing About Texas Senate Bill 6.


Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL Supports New UELMA Introductions

With many state legislatures convening this month, AALL is working with the Uniform Law Commission, our members, and our chapters to support introductions of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). UELMA has already been introduced this session in Maryland, New York, Texas, and Washington, with several more introductions expected during the coming weeks. You can track the progress of UELMA on the Uniform Law Commission’s website and find advocacy resources on AALLNET.

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing s sustainable model for the continued publication of Law Library Journal without compromising its role as a well-respected scholarly journal.

As announced in the April 2016 eNewsletter, at its spring meeting the AALL Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee to offer increased functionality and shift primary access to the digital edition of LLJ. The changes will provide an invaluable resource to members while reducing costs and environmental impact, specifically:

  • As part of our continued partnership with HeinOnline, Law Library Journal will include 20,000+ active links to cited content that is part of the HeinOnline collections (some exclusions apply). This enhancement will be available to all AALL members via the access point on AALLNET.
  • With Vol. 109, No. 1 (winter 2017), Law Library Journal will be delivered to members in digital-format via an email announcement as soon as each digital edition is available online. The Journal will continue to be published in print; members who wish to continue receiving print edition may subscribe at the discounted rate of $35 per volume year ($90 savings).

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

Cataloging 411: Tools To Manage Materials In Today’s Libraries

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 23
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Cataloging is still a vital component of modern collection management, no matter the format. Whether you’re loading vendor e-book records or adding URLs to formerly held print titles, this webinar will introduce attendees to the virtual toolbox today’s catalogers use at both academic and private law libraries. From MarcEdit to OCLC, RDA to the Cataloging Calculator, and from subject cataloging to vendor records, this session will lift the curtain and leave attendees with the information they need to ensure their institutions utilize every resource at their disposal.

MANAGING YOUR TIME, PROJECTS, PEOPLE, IDEAS, AND EMAIL USING MS OUTLOOK

  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 13
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

In part two of our series on productivity, Randy Dean delves into Microsoft Outlook-specific strategies for the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain) affecting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects and tasks, maintaining traction when dealing with tasks and interruptions, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and improving your time/relationship management by improving your calendar and contacts management. Dean revisits some key tips from December’s “Taming the Email Beast: Key Strategies for Managing Your Email Overload” webinar, providing Outlook users with a full set of skills in all five of the main Outlook functions to create better time, people, project, and information management.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL/ BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

KNOWITAALL / CALL FOR CONTENT

Last month we launched KnowItAALL, a daily newsletter that aims to connect you to news that further engages your library, legal, technological, and professional expertise. We also hope that it succeeds in supporting your passion for law librarianship.

Do you know of a blog or website that you would like to recommend to members? If so, please pass it along to Megan Mall, director of content strategy. Material written by members is of particular interest.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

Teaching Adults: Taking Next Steps To Improve Your Next Teaching Moment

In this webinar, Pat Wagner, an educator and producer at Pattern Research, Inc., explores best practices in adult education. Concepts covered include classroom applications of education theory as well as practical solutions to common problems such as lack of engagement, time constraints, and low enrollment. Throughout the discussion, Wagner effectively promotes the adoption of a student-centered approach to research instruction while providing advice, tools, and techniques to enhance your next training session or course. Don’t miss the helpful (and free) instructional design resources highlighted at the program’s conclusion.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When a leader in the library steps down, retires, or takes a position elsewhere, having a strategic succession plan to implement will ensure that the library is prepared to meet changing and emerging organizational needs. Succession planning is generally defined as a range of activities focused on both internal and external talent development to fill anticipated needs for leadership and other key personnel. If your organization does not have a succession plan, take a look at these helpful articles to start the process of developing one.

Following are several articles on succession planning:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on creating safe and inclusive environments. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL @ LEGALTECH NY

Championing Our Profession and Our Members

  • January 31-February 2 ,2017
  • New York Hilton Midtown

AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech, which is now part of Legalweek, The Experience, to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending.

AALL has partnered with LegalPros, an educational area of focus at LegalWeek, The Experience specifically for legal professionals like our members. This unique forum will give you a chance to network with knowledge managers, librarians, paralegals, manager of research departments, and more to explore actionable strategies that will help you deliver on your firm’s goals.

AALL members Jean P. O’Grady and Greg Lambert will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel. Register today and save more than $500. Enter promotional code 30DMP06 at checkout to save 30 percent on a MasterPass.

We look forward to seeing you there.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Anne R. Bernardo, director of the Tulare County Public Law Library in Visalia, California, has been re-elected to serve as president of the California Library Services Board in 2017. The 13-member state board determines policy for and authorizes allocation of funds from programs of the California Library Services Act; the state librarian also acts as the board’s chief executive officer. The board serves as the State Advisory Council on Libraries for the Federal Library Services and Technology Act.
  • Alex Berrio Matamoros was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s January Librarian of the Month.

MEMORIALS

  • Dorothy A. Divilbiss served as librarian of the Missouri Supreme Court until her retirement in 1994. Following the death of her husband in 1967, Divibiss returned to work while also earning her college degree from the University of Missouri (MU). She received her Bachelor’s in library science in 1973. That same year she accepted an appointment as librarian of the Missouri Supreme Court. While there she was elected president of the Missouri Association of Law Libraries and later as President of the Southwest Association of Law Libraries. She was also a charter member of the Missouri Supreme Court Historical Society, serving as secretary, treasurer, and assistant editor of the organization’s publication The Journal. She passed away on December 22, 2016.
  • Karl Gruben worked as a professor of law, associate dean for library and information services, and as director of the Pardee Legal Research Center at the University of San Diego in California. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history in the early 1970s, before receiving his LLS from the University of Texas in 1973. Gruben worked as a professional law librarian at the State Law Library in Austin, Texas, until 1977, when he began a long tenure as librarian, then director, and finally firm-wide director of libraries with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he remained for 25 years. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2009. He passed away November 22, 2016 after a 14-month battle with lung cancer.
  • Donna L. Haverkamp served as a law librarian for Pinellas County until her retirement. She was a member of the American Association of Law Libraries from 1992-2013. She passed away December 10, 2016.The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

NEW MEMBERS

  • Michelle Adams-Walton Leander, TX
  • Kelly Booker Analyst; Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP; Washington, DC
  • Rachel Coffin Research and Information Services Specialist; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Washington, DC
  • Shay Elbaum Boston, MA
  • Katherine Fish Research Librarian; Bowman and Brooke LLP; Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel A. Forman Librarian; United Nations, Geneva , Switzerland
  • Alisa Holahan Tarlton Fellow; University of Texas, Jamail Center for Legal Research; Austin, TX
  • Gayle M. Isaac Law Librarian; Whatcom County Law Library; Bellingham, WA
  • Richard Kim Systems and Emerging Technology Librarian; Yeshiva University; New York, NY
  • Margarita Perez Martinez Cataloger/Metadata Librarian; University of Miami School of Law Library; Coral Gables, FL

AALL eNewsletter / December 2016

AALL PRESIDENT MEETS WITH LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS

On December 12, AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., AALL Executive Director Kate Hagan, and Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren met with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in Washington, DC. During the meeting, President Wheeler spoke about AALL’s current priorities, including our innovation incubator and diversity initiatives. We also shared AALL’s public policy positions, which include our support for adequate funding for the Library of Congress. AALL looks forward to working with the new Librarian on areas of mutual interest.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR #GIVING

AALL would like to thank everyone who generously gave monetary donations on #GivingTuesday. We invite you to keep with the spirit and join your colleagues by giving to support AALL’s grant and scholarship programs—help nurture the next generation of legal information professionals with financial support for education and continued professional development. Thank you for championing our profession by generously supporting the education of our members with your contribution.

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE NAME CHANGE

Last month, AALL’s Executive Board voted to approve the request from AALL’s Diversity Committee to change its name to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The intention of the name change is to broaden the understanding of the committee’s mission, making it clear that AALL celebrates the benefits and possibilities of a diverse, complex membership and supports actions to sustain that richness. The committee invites all AALL members to participate in a brief survey by January 15 and to join The Commons—the online community hosted by the committee which serves as a platform for an open discussion of diversity.

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations are now open for the 2017 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations for:

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2017. Recipients will be recognized at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin.

AALL @ LEGALTECH NY

Championing Our Profession and Our Members

  • January 31-February 2 ,2017
  • New York Hilton Midtown

AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech NY to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending. AALL members Jean P. O’Grady and Greg Lambert will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel.

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing s sustainable model for the continued publication of Law Library Journal without compromising its role as a well-respected scholarly journal.

As announced in April’s eNewsletter, at its spring meeting the AALL Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee to offer increased functionality and shift primary access to the digital edition of LLJ. The changes will provide an invaluable resource to members while reducing costs and environmental impact, specifically:

  • As part of our continued partnership with HeinOnline, Law Library Journal will include 20,000+ active links to cited content that is part of the HeinOnline collections (some exclusions apply). This enhancement will be available to all AALL members via the access point on AALLNET.
  • With Vol. 109, No. 1 (winter 2017), Law Library Journal will be delivered to members in digital-format via an email announcement as soon as each digital edition is available online. The Journal will continue to be published in print; members who wish to continue receiving print edition may subscribe at the discounted rate of $35 per volume year ($90 savings).

AALL WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

Cataloging 411: Tools to Manage Materials in Today’s Libraries

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 23
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Cataloging is still a vital component of modern collection management, no matter the format. Whether you’re loading vendor e-book records or adding URLs to formerly held print titles, this webinar will introduce attendees to the virtual toolbox today’s catalogers use at both academic and private law libraries. From MarcEdit to OCLC, RDA to the Cataloging Calculator, and from subject cataloging to vendor records, this session will lift the curtain and leave attendees with the information they need to ensure their institutions utilize every resource at their disposal.

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

AALL LAUNCHES DAILY NEWSLETTER

Earlier this month, AALL launched KnowItAALL, our daily newsletter, to connect you to news that further engages your library, legal, technological, and professional expertise. We also hope that KnowItAALL supports your passion for law librarianship.

The newsletter was launched after beta testing with 10 percent of randomly selected members. We will continue fine-tuning the newsletter, and look forward to your continued involvement. Please send your thoughts and comments to Megan Mall, director of content strategy.

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / ONLY 12 SPOTS REMAIN!

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by February 3, 2017

The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event.

IFLA APPROVES STATEMENT ON PUBLIC LEGAL INFORMATION

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has approved a new Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information in the Digital Age, drafted by AALL members Sally Holterhoff and Marisol Floren with assistance from AALL members Anne Burnett, Leslie Street, and Claire Germain. The statement, which was written on behalf of the IFLA Law Libraries Section, addresses issues related to public access to electronic legal information, including official status, authentication, and preservation. This policy statement has resulted from years of focus and effort on the part of the Law Libraries Section, which became an official IFLA section in 2005.

AALL/ BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

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

  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)
  • Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC)

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH: Leave Treasure Hunts to Pirates: Using Research Plans and Logs to Create Experiential Legal Research Courses

Cassie Rae DuBay, Robert Linz, Anne Lucke, and Donna Wolff discuss a teaching method that uses research plans and logs to help students develop “practice ready” skills in legal research courses. The benefits of using research plans and logs in the law firm setting are also explored. Consider the American Bar Association standards that set out the requirements for experiential courses in law schools, and discover how you can implement the use of research plans and logs to make your courses more practical for students. The panelists also share their experiences using this strategy and describe the process for incorporating this method into the classroom. This program is ideal for any law librarian who wants to highlight the role of planning and analysis in legal research instruction.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Simmering beneath the surface of the library work environment is passive-aggressive behavior. Change, reduced budgets, and increased uncertainty can bring forth anger, and poorly managed anger can take the form of passive-aggression. Left unchecked, this can lead to incomplete projects, poor morale, and bullying in the workplace. Managing your emotions and providing leadership to help others manage theirs is the best prevention.

Following are several articles to help you learn how to avoid passive-aggressive behavior:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on succession planning. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich or Emily Janoski-Haehlen.

MEMBERS NEWS

Joan S. Howland, Roger F. Noreen professor of law and associate dean for information and technology at the University of Minnesota Law School, received the 2017 Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She will be acknowledged during the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, celebrated his 50th year as a librarian on Wednesday, November 23. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing, and library services, and reports to a ten-member board that includes nine attorneys and one judge. He spent 26 years working for the Birmingham Public Library, starting as a page and working his way up to library assistant before becoming branch head and finally department head.

Avery Le was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s December Librarian of the Month.

The following six AALL members have been appointed to serve on the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information 2017-2018 Executive Committee:

  • Carol A. Watson (Chairperson, 2016-2019) University of Georgia School of Law
  • Sara Sampson (Chairperson-Elect, 2017-2020) Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
  • Pauline Aranas (Immediate Past Chairperson, 2015-2018) University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Barbara H. Garavaglia (Executive Committee Member, 2015-2018) University of Michigan Law School
  • Susan Nevelow Mart (Executive Committee Member, 2016-2019) University of Colorado Law School
  • Patrick J. Charles (Executive Committee Member, 2017-2020) Gonzaga University School of Law

MEMORIALS

Mary Ann Roman served as a law librarian for Barnes and Thornburg in Indianapolis, Indiana, and taught classes at the Indiana University Law School until her retirement. She earned her MLS degree from Marian College and was a member of AALL since 1976. In addition, she was a member of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section from 1996 to 1999. She passed away October 15, 2016.

Robert S. Ryan served as a librarian at Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP in Los Angeles, California, until his retirement in 2013. Ryan earned his JD from Albany Law School and promptly began a 40-year career as an attorney and an assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor, before becoming a law librarian. He passed away November 19, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Anita Martin Steele served as professor of law emerita at Seattle University. She received her JD in 1971 from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she obtained a degree in Law Library Science from the University of Washington in 1972. Shortly after, she joined the faculty of a brand-new law school at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, serving as director of the law library and assistant professor of law. Throughout her time there, she was promoted to associate professor and then to professor, while remaining law library director, until her retirement in 1999. She passed away on December 4, 2016.

Barbara A. White was a librarian in Albuquerque, New Mexico until her retirement. A member of the American Association of Law Libraries since 1996, White became a lifetime member upon her retirement. She passed away November 15, 2016.

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

NEW MEMBERS

  • Kristin Brandt MLIS Student; Davis, CA
  • Laura Caringella Bain & Company; Chicago, IL
  • Teria Curry Manager; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Linthicum, MD
  • Bonita Dueck MLIS Student; Calgary, AB
  • Alyson Foster Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Silver Spring, MD
  • Joyce Green Deputy General Counsel; Oklahoma Supreme Court; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kacie Hardin Research Services Assistant; Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.; Indianapolis, IN
  • Jackie Lemmer Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Elizabeth Manriquez Intern; University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Kathleen McCarthy MLIS Student; Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Sarah McClain Director; State Law Library of Montana; Helena, MT
  • Amy Rowland Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Amy Stabler Research Analyst; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Ed Walters CEO; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC

AALL eNewsletter / November 2016

AALL EDUCATION SURVEY / CLOSING TOMORROW!

How can you maximize your value to your organization? How can you best anticipate your stakeholders’ needs and move them to the next level? The answers to these questions evolve over time, and so must AALL’s educational offerings. In order to shape learning opportunities that address your needs, we need your input. You are invited to participate in a survey and share the topics and focus areas that affect you most—in your workplace and in your professional growth. This anonymous survey will close this Friday, November 18.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017-2018 AMPC BY DECEMBER 5

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Lend your talents and skills to the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Please volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together on the AMPC is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? Please submit your application by Monday, December 5.

FORTHCOMING LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing a sustainable model for the continued publication of Law Library Journal without compromising its role as a well-respected scholarly journal.

As announced in April’s eNewsletter, at its spring meeting the AALL Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee to offer increased functionality and shift primary access to the digital edition of LLJ. The changes will provide an invaluable resource to members while reducing costs and environmental impact, specifically:

  • As part of our continued partnership with HeinOnline, Law Library Journal will include 20,000+ active links to cited content that is part of the HeinOnline collections (some exclusions apply).This enhancement will be available to all AALL members via the access point on AALLNET.
  • With Vol. 109, No. 1 (Winter 2017), Law Library Journal will be delivered to members in digital-format via an email announcement as soon as each digital edition is available online. The Journal will continue to be published in print; members who wish to continue receiving print edition may subscribe at the discounted rate of $35 per volume year ($90 savings).

More information about how to subscribe to the print edition and the HeinOnline enhancements will be coming next week.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

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

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 28
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

The complexities of personnel management cut across all types of libraries and impact staff at all levels of the profession. Whether you are just starting to manage student workers or have supervisory responsibility for an entire multinational firm’s library personnel, this program is for you. Three librarians with significant management experience in government, law firm, and academic settings will share best practices and valuable lessons for personnel management. Jump start the discussion—ask the experts by submitting questions you have about personnel management ahead of the webinar.

TAMING THE EMAIL BEAST: KEY STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING YOUR EMAIL OVERLOAD

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, December 12
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless email. Without a system for getting “control of the beast,” professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. Learn a proven system for taming your email account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal “email infrastructure.” This webinar will provide ways to eliminate quick, useless emails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate much of that annoying junk and spam. In addition, get technical tips for more efficiently managing your email using market-leading software like MS Outlook and/or Gmail. This webinar will be the first of a three-part series on productivity.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

REGISTER NOW / ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CST)

Wondering what the results of the election will mean for law libraries? Register now for AALL’s upcoming online advocacy training, “Advocates and Influencers: How Law Librarians Can Impact the New Congress and New Administration.” Learn about what to expect from the political landscape of 2017, how you can help promote AALL’s policy priorities, and what strategic opportunities will raise your profile to decision makers at the federal level. Registration is free for AALL and chapter members.

COPYRIGHT CONFERENCE / REGISTER NOW

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COPYRIGHT OF STATE LEGAL MATERIALS

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 / 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Register by Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Registration is $75

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a first-of-its-kind conference on the copyright of state legal materials. We invite you to join other legal information professionals, policymakers, and copyright experts to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and to discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain.

The National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials will feature keynote speaker Corynne McSherry, lunch speaker Sarah Jeong, and a full slate of copyright experts on three panels: legal status, operational issues, and advocacy and inspiration. Panelists include librarians, law professors, technologists, and practitioners. Register today to reserve your spot!

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by February 3, 2017

The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event.

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research agenda.

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH: ROMAN LAW, ROMAN ORDER, AND RESTATMENTS

Marylin Raisch, associate law librarian for Internationals and Foreign Law at the Georgetown University Law Library, along with professor emeritus Timothy Kearley, University of Wyoming, and Angela Spinazzè, ATSPIN consulting, discuss the rich and historic journey of understanding an esoteric aspect of the law from the Justinian Code to the Restatements. This program provides a special opportunity for legal information professionals to enrich their deep knowledge of the Restatements from extensively knowledgeable speakers.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Being creative is fundamentally about advancing change, as well as being innovative and inspiring. Leaders are often faced with the challenge of implementing change and garnering support and approval of that change. The real challenge lies in being creative when your well is dry. Below are some helpful resources on fostering creativity.

Following are several articles on creativity and leadership:

Still haven’t read enough about creativity and leadership? Check out these books:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on how to avoid being passive-aggressive. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

MEMORIAL

Susan Levinkind was a legal librarian for California Rural Legal Assistance and the Superior Court of San Jose, until her retirement, when she became known as “the lesbian tax mom” to more than 100 clients. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, she received her library degree from Columbia and a JD from Western New England College of Law. A life-long activist, she participated in Vietnam War and antinuke protests, as well as environmental, anti-racist, and feminist organizations. She also was active in promoting lesbian visibility. She passed away on October 29, 2016.

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

WELCOME NEW AALL MEMBERS

  • Brittany Adams Special Collections, Digitization, and Archival Resources Law Librarian; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; Chicago, IL
  • Alyson Atkins Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP; Greensboro, NC
  • Nancy Bellafante Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Philadelphia, PA
  • Daremy Butler Baton Rouge, LA
  • Alex Ferguson Texas Tech University School of Law Library; Lubbock, TX
  • Julie Hall Administrative Director of Training, Technology, and Support; California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.; Marysvile, CA
  • Catherine Hester Public Services Law Librarian; University of Mississippi School of Law; University, MS
  • Anastasia Housley Tucson, AZ
  • Kelly Johnson Circulation Supervisor/Faculty Liaison; Boston University; Boston, MA
  • Gail McDonald Reference Librarian; Fordham University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Aizul Ortega Technical Services Supervisor; Travis County Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Shara Parkomaki Librarian/Director; Ashtabula County Law Library; Jefferson, OH
  • Marie Robb Academic Account Manager; Thomson Reuters; Eagan, MN
  • Robert Rodriguez Redondo Beach, CA
  • Michelle Tsoi Murray Nova Southeastern University; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Lisa von Wiegen Lexington, KY
  • John Yanchak Wheeling, WV

AALL eNewsletter / October 2016

As I navigate the various involvements, events, and activities coming my way as AALL President, I am increasingly impressed by how much every aspect of what the Association does is dependent on the time, commitment, and expertise of our members, YOU. I encourage everyone to get involved and stay involved. That means, first and foremost, you must vote in the AALL Online Election by October 31st. We also have numerous webinars forthcoming and a super-exciting National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials that my home institution, Boston University, is co-hosting with AALL on the banks of the Charles River. Also, consider registering for the 2017 AALL Management Institute which, at this point, has prepared a whole generation of librarians on management skills. It always gets rave reviews!

There is a lot going on, but I encourage you to stay engaged, stay informed, and make use of the valuable resources that AALL provides for you, our members.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to reach out to me anytime at wheelerr@bu.edu.

 

Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders by October 31

AALL urges all members to vote in this year’s Executive Board election. There’s still time for you to help shape the future of the Association and vote for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members. The elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians.

We have a slate of dedicated members who have agreed to be on the ballot and, if elected, commit their time and talent to moving our profession forward.

Online voting is quick and easy and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, October 31. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates’ backgrounds and views from their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum. You can also listen to the recordings from the vice president candidates forum and the secretary and Executive Board members candidates forum. Once you’re ready to vote, log in with your email address and your unique voting PIN.

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

Register Now | National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST)
Boston University School of Law
Register by Monday, November 28, 2016
Registration is $75

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a first-of-its-kind conference on the copyright of state legal materials. We invite you to join other legal information professionals, policymakers, and copyright experts to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and to discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain.

The National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials will feature keynote speaker Corynne McSherry, lunch speaker Sarah Jeong, and a full slate of copyright experts on three panels: legal status, operational issues, and advocacy and inspiration. Panelists include librarians, law professors, technologists, and practitioners. Register today to reserve your spot!

Apply for a Research Grant by December 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research agenda.

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Library Privacy Laws and Drafting a Privacy Policy

Privacy continues to be a hot topic, both in and out of libraries. This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting is a primer for creating a privacy policy for your library. This program features a thorough overview of privacy law by Sarah Lamdan, while Julie Jones covers issues relating to privacy in government libraries and the types of information that may implicate privacy concerns. Rachel Gordon closes out the program by discussing how to create a privacy policy customized to your library. This program is a great starting point for those thinking about privacy issues in the library, and what can be done to protect our patrons’ privacy interests.

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

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AALL Webinars | Register Today

Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution

  • Thursday, October 27 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, October 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Teaching technology in a legal practice course doesn’t have to be daunting. Join Christina Glon as she shares insights from Emory’s successful Technology in Legal Practice course. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to implement your own course and evolve ideas for the future. This program will also feature concrete examples of successful implementation and how participants can easily add them into their own course, and will provide insight to firm librarians on what precisely law schools are teaching students about technology.

Ask the Experts: Tough Questions and Essential Lessons on Personnel Management

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 28
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

The complexities of personnel management cut across all types of libraries and impact staff at all levels of the profession. Whether you are just starting to manage student workers or have supervisory responsibility for an entire multinational firm’s library personnel, this program is for you. Three librarians with significant management experience in government, law firm, and academic settings will share best practices and valuable lessons for personnel management. Jump start the discussion by submitting issues you’d like to see addressed during the webinar.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL Management Institute | Register Now

2017 AALL Management Institute

  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel | Chicago, IL
  • Register by February 3, 2017

Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. From transforming libraries and nurturing staff for new roles and responsibilities to developing a strategic plan for the library to building partnerships, law library managers have a lot on their plates. The AALL Management Institute provides managers (including aspiring managers) the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence.

For the Leader in You

Many of the traits that are associated with leadership, such as charisma, having a wide social circle, and commanding the center of attention tend to be associated with extroverts. Introverts often possess a quieter, calmer disposition which, while different, can be just as effective. Introverts are people who need alone time to recharge. Following are some resources on leading for introverts. Introverts will learn more about how to be great leaders; extroverts will learn how to work more effectively with an introverted leadership style.

Here are some suggested articles to help you learn about introverted leadership:

For more in depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on fostering creativity. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

Member News

Rhea Ballard-Thrower has been appointed associate professor and executive director of Howard University Libraries. Ballard-Thrower previously served as associate professor and director of the Howard University School of Law Library.

Jennifer Dalglish has received the Oregon State Bar President’s Public Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the bench and bar by individuals who are not members of the Oregon State Bar. Dalglish will receive the award on December 8th during the Bar’s annual awards luncheon.

Yolanda P. Jones was featured on the Law Librarians of Congress’s In Custodia Legis blog where she discusses the influence of libraries throughout her life, roles along the way, and gratitude for her colleagues.

Holly Riccio has been selected as a member of ILTA’s (International Legal Technology Association) Information Management Content Coordinating Team for 2017.

Michael Widener shares Yale Law School’s collection of rare Italian law books—the largest outside of Italy, and the subject of a current exhibition.

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

Memorials

Robert “Bob” Kelly Sr. was a former law library director and associate professor for the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up in Chicago, he initially attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake for seminary school. However, as he neared the end of his schooling and was preparing to become a priest, he became severely ill with tuberculosis and was deemed too ill for priesthood. A priest then advised him to look into a degree related to libraries. He received his master’s in library sciences from Rosary College, now Dominican University, before pursuing a law degree from DePaul University, where he was working as a librarian. Kelly became the director of DePaul University’s Law Library in 1950. In 1973, he became the law library director at Creighton, where he stayed until his retirement. He passed away on September 28, 2016.

Jennifer S. Murray was the deputy juvenile court administrator for the Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Her academic accomplishments were extensive, and included a JD from Arizona State University and an MLS from the University of Arizona. An AALL member since 1998, she was a member of the State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section (SIS) and the Research Instruction & Patron Services SIS. With a career spanning 18 years, Murray’s career in law included positions with the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Southern California, Greenberg and Traurig LLP, Arizona Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, where she worked until month prior to her death. She passed away on July 29, 2016, after a ten year battle with cancer.

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

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Stephanie Chavez Law Librarian; Yolo County Law Library; Citrus Heights, CA
  • Sara DeCamp Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Dana DeFebbo Web Services Librarian; University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research; Austin, TX
  • Tracy Eaton Southlake, TX
  • Christine Ford Seattle, WA
  • Mark Frongillo Medford, MA
  • Anna Gault Technical Services Librarian; Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library; Columbus, OH
  • David Haendler Philadelphia, PA
  • Keslie Kandt Denver, CO
  • Victoria Levy Reference Librarian; McGuireWoods LLP; Richmond, VA
  • Laura Mancini Director of Library Services; Oakland County Law Library; Pontiac, MI
  • Julia Messina Library Systems Assistant; Balch & Bingham LLP; Birmingham, AL
  • William Monroe Media/Instructional Technology Librarian; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Elizabeth Osborne Information Specialist; Wahab Public Law Library; Virginia Beach, VA
  • Maya Swanes Seattle, WA