AALL eNewsletter / December 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

AALL wishes happy holidays to you and your families!

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR #GIVING

AALL would like to thank everyone who generously gave monetary donations on #GivingTuesday. As you wrap up your year-end giving, we invite you to keep with the spirit and join your colleagues by making a tax-deductible donation 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.

CALL FOR AALL COMMITTEE & AWARD JURY VOLUNTEERS / FORM OPENS JANUARY 2018

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 22 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.

COMMITTEES     

AWARD JURIES

Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. The online application opens January 8, 2018. 

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS

Nominations are now open for the 2018 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations and applications for:

Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2018. Recipients will be recognized at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore.

JANUARY WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

TRANSFORMING OUR LIBRARIES FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL: A VISION FOR 2020

  • Thursday, January 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 22
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Today, most people get their information online, often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, some users may miss it entirely. Yet much knowledge only exists on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries still haven’t met this digital demand, often stymied by costs, ebook restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. However, we now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. Join Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive and Michelle Wu, associate dean for library services at Georgetown University Law Library as they discuss digital transformation.

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

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11, 2018
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

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

  • Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) & San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) [this is a co-sponsored program]
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL)
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

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

Whether you embrace your role as manager or have stumbled into it accidentally, this webinar is for you. This program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting features three librarians with significant management experience discussing important topics related to personnel management. Topics covered include giving appropriate feedback, facilitating difficult conversations, and managing though change. In particular, the speakers answer participant questions about managing conflicts between subordinates and team building. The webinar concludes with a discussion about how a manager should respond to an employee who states “that’s how it has always been done.” Practical and insightful, this webinar is helpful to managers at any level and institution. *This webinar was featured in LogMeIn’s GoToStage list of top 100 webinars in the human resources category.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When enumerating traits of outstanding leaders, humility probably isn’t the first trait that comes to mind. But substantial research confirms humility is a highly important leadership characteristic that empowers employees and increases esteem for their leaders.    

Here are some suggested articles about humility and its role in leading others:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

AALL HEADQUARTERS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

AALL’s offices will be closed December 22-25 and December 29-January 1 in observance of the holidays. 

MEMBER NEWS

  • Anthony P. Amabile is the newest member of The New York Law Institute Board of Directors, where he will serve a three-year term. Amabile serves as senior global manager of research and knowledge services for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where he manages the firm’s 22 research and knowledge centers.

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

  • Alfred J. Coco served as law library director and professor at the University of Denver in Colorado until his retirement in 1994, when he became professor emeritus. After earning his JD from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and his MLL from the University of Washington in 1962, he began his career as law librarian and associate professor of law at Saint Mary’s University in Texas. Coco previously worked in private practice as a librarian and professor. A member of AALL since 1972, he held many prominent positions throughout his career, including President of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries from 1964-1965, and AALL President from 1977-1978. He received the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1995, and was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2010. His story was also featured in Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline as part of An Oral History of Law Librarianship. He passed away December 14, 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

  • Oheneba Amponsah Patent Analyst; Alexandria, VA
  • Rebecca Ensberg Reference/Technical Services Librarian; Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Joshua Escoto Jupiter, FL
  • Amy Halverson Director of Knowledge Management; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Palo Alto, CA
  • Shawn Haught Law Library Director/Court Administrator; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Erin Lybrand-Wenz Assistant Law Librarian; California Judicial Center Library; San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Catherine Matta Student; Washington, DC
  • Kevin Rothenberg Worrell Professional Center Library; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Matt Souser Librarian; West Chester, PA

AALL eNewsletter / November 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD NOVEMBER 3

The AALL Executive Board met in Chicago on Friday, November 3. During the meeting, the Executive Board approved the following:

  • A request to add vice chairs to AALL Juries. Appointments will take place in spring of 2018.
  • Revisions to the Annual Meeting Site Selection Policy to include updated language that is in compliance with AALL’s antidiscrimination policy, as provided in Article III of the bylaws.
  • Development of an Innovation Bootcamp education program to be held in fall 2018.
  • The 2017-2018 AALL Strategic Directions action plan.
  • The July 2017 Executive Board Meeting minutes.
  • The Board tabled a request to reinstate financial support for AALL Liaisons to the ALA’s Subject Analysis Committee (SAC); ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA); and the MARC Advisory Committee (MAC). This item was tabled so the Board could gather additional information, in consultation with the SIS Council.
  • An AALL Body of Knowledge to serve as the framework for all professional development programs and content.
  • A George A. Strait fellowship, in addition to the Strait scholarship. A new committee will be appointed this spring to oversee the new fellowship program

The Executive Board book and related materials are available on AALLNET.

GEORGE A. STRAIT SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWS COMMITTEE

At the November meeting, the Executive Board approved the formation of the George A Strait Scholarship and Fellows Committee. The committee will award the existing scholarship and also oversee a newly established fellowship. The selected fellow will be matched with a host institution based on interest and availability that can provide a rich and fulfilling work experience. This committee will be appointed at the next appointments committee meeting in March 2018 and begin work in July 2018.

AALL 2018 PROGRAMMING UPDATE

NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS

Thanks again to all who proposed a program or workshop for AALL 2018. The Annual Meeting Program Committee(AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC’s content team leaders met in Chicago last week to select and schedule the programming for next year, including the must-have programs that AALL members requested. The AMPC is in the process of contacting proposers, and programs will be announced later this winter–stay tuned!

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you don’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS 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 which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have an upcoming research project that may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines indicate, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

DECEMBER WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

EASILY DISTRACTED? HARNESS TECH TO BE MORE EFFICIENT

  • Wednesday, December 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, December 8
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Many librarians have multiple projects, competing priorities, and feel the stress of being the chief cook and bottle washer. The relentless march of technology fuels the stress along with the ongoing need to learn how to use new software and hardware. This session is about making technology work for you rather than the other way around. This webinar will discuss multitasking myths and how to stay focused on one task at a time to boost productivity. We’ll also share tools designed to make life easier and help you become more efficient in your workflow.

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CAPTIVATE: PRESENTATIONS THAT ENGAGE AND WIN OVER TODAY’S AUDIENCES

Do you feel like your instructional approach needs a refresh? Want to improve the style of your training sessions? Longing for a better connection with your audience? During this session, Steve Hughes, a communications consultant, engagingly covers how to open big, develop the skills to think on your feet, weave storytelling principles into your presentations, and project confidence. The hour-long session includes an introduction to concepts like SPARQ and SOAR, which provide an actionable framework for enhancing your presentations. Practical considerations such as how to make eye contact with audiences of varying size and attention-grabbing ideas for introductions are also covered.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Since the dawn of community living, humans have engaged in storytelling. Early ancestors took to drawing on cave walls to describe tales of both victory and defeat. Hunting stories of the day’s spoils have been shared around the campfire since the discovery of flame. The act of drawing, telling, or writing our stories seems innate to the human experience.

Storytelling is used by people to educate, share culture, earn trust, and instill communal values. This is why developing strong storytelling skills can be a key asset to any leader. Learning techniques for constructing good narratives will engage listeners and help leaders drive their message. Numerous leadership experts have espoused as to how storytelling is beneficial for setting a vision, motivating individual behavior, and earning the confidence of those whom they lead. To quote author Warren Bennis, “The right anecdote can be worth a thousand theories.” If this is true, then learning how to craft that anecdote is essential to effective leadership.

For more guidance on the value of storytelling for leaders, along with some storytelling tips, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Janice Henderson was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s November 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

  • Keith Andrew Berthrong served as systems librarian for the Community College of Philadelphia Library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He previously served as electronic services librarian at Drexel University—a position he held for nine years. He was also a member of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section. He passed away October 13, 2017.
  • Paul Rothman began his career as a lawyer before working with his father Fred at Fred B. Rothman Law Books in Denver, Colorado. He later assumed management and ownership of the business before eventually selling its assets to the William S. Hein Company. He was featured on the Hein Blog series “An Oral History of Law Librarianship” on November 13, 2015. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan and earned a Masters of Tax Law at New York University. He was a member of AALL since 1985. He passed away October 24, 2017.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Jeremy Atie Research Assistant; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; New York, NY
  • Paul Atwood Legal Information Services Manager; Office of the General Counsel; Oakland, CA
  • Samantha Best Librarian; Dallas, TX
  • Beth Bland Technical Services Librarian; Davis & Kuelthau, SC; Milwaukee, WI
  • Jieun Chang Burke, VA
  • Joshua Desautels Santa Rosa, CA
  • Randi Flaherty Special Collections Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Erin Grimes Law Library Fellow; California Western School of Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Rachel Hradecky Public Services & Outreach Librarian; Holland & Knight LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Dale Jachlewski Research Analyst Sidley Austin LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Sharon Kube American Bar Association; Chicago, IL
  • Michelle Penn Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona, Rogers College of Law; Tucson, AZ
  • Mary Quackenbush Librarian; Sacramento, CA
  • Ellie Slade Ramona, CA
  • Debi Slate President & COO; Dispute Resolution Data; Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Lisa Smilnak Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian; Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Kasey Sorenson Research Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Travis Wise Senior International Tax Counsel; Google Inc., San Jose, CA

AALL eNewsletter / October 2017

VOTE FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS BY OCTOBER 31

The 2017 Executive Board Election is open—online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect and Executive Board members runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 31.

Members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by reading their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum. You can also listen to the recordings from the president-elect candidates forum and the executive board members candidates forum.

Vote today and help shape the future of AALL!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2018-2019 AMPC / FORM OPENS OCT 23

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers two different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? The AMPC volunteer form opens Monday, October 23—watch for the announcement.

2018 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLY NOW

Discover how to build your personal leadership style while networking with your peers in this intensive learning experience designed to elevate your career with essential leadership skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Legal information professionals with up to 10 years of experience

DETAILS

  • April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, IL
  • For Members only / $699
  • Apply by Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Limited to 45 participants

LEARN

  • Leadership models, concepts, and myths
  • Leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategies for difficult conversations
  • Core leadership values
  • Motivational leadership
  • Influence and workplace ethics

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS 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, which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds 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. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

MAKING THE MOST OF IT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT IR MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, October 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Managing an institutional repository (IR) can be an exciting and rewarding responsibility. In this webinar, colleagues experienced in IR management will discuss several challenges and present tips and tools they’ve used to successfully tackle them. Experts will discuss efficiency and output geared toward results, along with methods to get the most use out of information collected for IR—structuring it for multi-use purposes and approaches for getting crucial information from faculty authors. In addition, participants are encouraged to share instruments and methods they use to enhance the efficiency of their IR management.

BEYOND BITCOIN: WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR LAW LIBRARIANS?

  • Thursday, November 16 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 13
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Isn’t blockchain just for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Actually, these distributed databases can do much more than track funds. Being resistant to change but also transparent, blockchains can be used to store all kinds of data, particularly legal data. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the basics of blockchain—what it is, how it’s created, and how it’s being used today. We will also explore how blockchains are incorporated into legal research and practice—from legal contracts to real estate transactions and authenticating documents.

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

AALL ARCHIVES POLICY REVISED

The Executive Board revised the AALL Archive Policy this past summer at the July 2017 Executive Board Meeting.

Material for the archives should be sent directly to the AALL Archive Contact at Headquarters, accompanied by a letter that briefly identifies the material and describes the activity to which it relates. Questions should be sent directly to archive@aall.org.

AALL RELEASES NEW MEMBERSHIP VIDEOS

AALL has added membership videos to our Membership page to help convey what the Association is and its value to the profession. You’ll find:

Where Legal Problem Solvers Go to Solve Problems

Welcome New Members

Who We Are

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CUBAN LAW AND LEGAL RESEARCH: A SNAPSHOT DURING THE DESHIELO

Are you intrigued by recent relations between Cuba and the United States? Have you wondered where business relationships between the two countries will go? Do you have associates, clients, or students wanting to travel to Cuba? How do you help them with Cuban Legal Research? This AALL 2017 Annual Meeting panel discusses all of these topics. Jorge Piñon from the University of Texas at Austin, Marisol Florén Romero from Florida International University, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns from Yale Law School take you in-depth, providing great political and business insight into the legal research process for Cuba, including a straightforward assessment of the authority and reliability of legal research resources. The group also discusses possible future scenarios, including the state of Cuba today, events impacting transition in Cuba, and business challenges.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Great leaders have many attributes, but one stands above the rest: they are all highly trusted. Many leaders have a compelling vision, good communication skills, and effective management techniques. This does not necessarily mean, however, that their employees trust them. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest mistakes leaders can make is to assume that others will trust them simply by virtue of their title. Trust is earned, and it takes time. It can be a challenge, but ultimately, it creates a healthy, productive environment with high morale, output, and retention.

Here are some suggested articles on creating trust in the workplace:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will shift to storytelling as a tool for leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Ann Lee was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s September Librarian of the Month.
  • Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was a featured speaker at the Virginia Library Association/Virginia Association of Law Libraries joint conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Stacy Anderson Operations Specialist; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP; Wheeling, WV
  • Loyd Auerbach Librarian Relations Consultant; LexisNexis; Martinez, CA
  • Eric Berg KM Research Analyst; Fox Rothschild LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Samantha Best Librarian; Dallas, TX
  • Amy Bruce Research Services Manager; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA
  • Ana Delgado Legal Research Librarian; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Randall Flaherty Special Collections Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Michelle Hopkins Law Library Associate; Brown County Law Library; Georgetown, OH
  • Sharon Kube Marketing; American Bar Association; Chicago, IL
  • Molly Lentz-Meyer Digital and Archival Librarian; University of Richmond School of Law Library; Richmond, VA
  • Ashley Matthews Reference Librarian; George Mason University Law Library; Arlington, VA
  • Kaia Olatunde Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian; University of California; San Francisco, CA
  • Nathan Pedersen Community Librarian; Deschutes Public Library; Bend, OR
  • Lisa Smilnak Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian; Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Kasey Sorenson Research Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Rachel Triplett Law Librarian; Brown County Law Library; Georgetown, OH
  • LeShawn Turner Supreme Court of Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Nathifa Williams Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, ON
  • Travis Wise Senior International Tax Counsel; Google Inc.; San Jose, CA

AALL eNewsletter / September 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

Don’t miss out on learning more about your candidates for the 2017 AALL Executive Board election before voting opens on Friday, September 29. In preparation for the election, two candidates’ forums were scheduled. The forum for the President-Elect candidates will be held Monday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. Central—register now. The forum for Executive Board candidates was held on Sepetmber 18. If you missed the forum, be sure to listen to the recording on AALLNET.

Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Holly Riccio, chair of the Nominations Committee, serves as moderator for the forums.

CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT

  • Michelle Cosby
  • Carol A. Watson

Format

  • Each candidate will make an opening statement
  • Each question will be posed to each candidate
  • Questions submitted in advance will be shared with the candidates
  • Forums will be recorded and available on AALLNET

Questions

  • Members are limited to one question each and will not be identified
  • Questions should be related to AALL, law librarianship, and a candidate’s work experience
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

Additional Resources

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL SENDS LETTERS IN SUPPORT OF PRIVACY PROTECTIONS, OPEN ACCESS TO RESEARCH

AALL signed on to coalition letters to members of the House and Senate urging them to vote “no” on reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it is not significantly reformed. AALL has long raised concerns about this surveillance law permitting collection of international communications, but we have become more concerned about the privacy implications since learning that the government has been using the law to allow it to access and use the content of Americans’ communications without a warrant.

AALL also joined 13 national and regional library, publishing, funding, research and advocacy organizations in support of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (H.R. 3427 and S. 1701), which requires open access to the results of most federally funded research. The bills provide a mechanism to ensure that manuscripts of peer-reviewed scientific articles reporting on taxpayer-funded research can be freely accessed and used by members of the public.

View the letters on AALLNET.

AALL CONTINUING EDUCATION

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS

Advance your leadership skills without leaving the office. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will help you improve your effectiveness.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Directors
  • Department heads
  • Supervisors
  • Solo librarians
  • Anyone interested in improving his or her skills

DETAILS

  • October 3-27, 2017 (live sessions will be held on October 3, October 10, and October 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT)
  • Online
  • Members $325 / Nonmembers $488
  • Register by Friday, September 29

LEARN

  • Leading through change
  • Leading through challenge and conflict
  • Communicating brand value to key stakeholders

COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS

Be the person who creates a competitive edge at your organization. Learn to establish and maintain a strategic competitive intelligence (CI) function in a law firm—from development to implementation—at AALL’s inaugural CI course.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Those looking to make an impact and expand library services
  • Professionals interested in being key contributors in a changing and complex legal market

DETAILS

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Sidely Austin LLP / Chicago
  • Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
  • Register by Monday, October 2
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

LEARN

  • Define core CI concepts, ethics, and legal basis for CI development
  • Identify and define intelligence needs for establishing a CI function
  • Leverage primary and secondary collection and use
  • Implement a CI program
  • Integrate a CI/business research with strategic intent

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Discover how to build your personal leadership style while networking with your peers in this intensive learning experience designed to elevate your career with essential leadership skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Legal information professionals with up to 10 years of experience

DETAILS

  • April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, IL
  • For Members only / $699
  • Apply by Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Limited to 45 participants

LEARN

  • Leadership models, concepts, and myths
  • Leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategies for difficult conversations
  • Core leadership values
  • Motivational leadership
  • Influence and workplace ethics

PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2018

The Call for Proposals for the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through Monday, October 2. Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience and make an impact on your profession.

Propose a program! Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 2. The AMPC will evaluate all proposals using a comprehensive rubric focusing on their relevance and description. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Mark your calendars and book your Baltimore accommodations–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

LIBRARIANS AS ESSENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE EDISCOVERY TEAM

  • Thursday, September 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Librarians are well known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills. Now, librarians are also effectively expanding their capabilities into the eDiscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that eDiscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations. This shift not only impacts firms, but also academia, courts, and nonprofits. Participants will learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s eDiscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical to eDiscovery work.

MAKING THE MOST OF IT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT IR MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, October 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Managing an institutional repository (IR) can be an exciting and rewarding responsibility. In this webinar, colleagues experienced in IR management will discuss several challenges and present tips and tools they’ve used to successfully tackle them. Experts will discuss efficiency and output geared toward results, along with methods to get the most use out of information collected for IR—structuring it for multi-use purposes and approaches for getting crucial information from faculty authors. In addition, participants are encouraged to share instruments and methods they use to enhance the efficiency of their IR management.

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

CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS

AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal.

Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2Go Pick of the Month:

LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP

Dr. Steven Bell, is known as a respected researcher and university librarian within the field. His qualifications include a PhD in Education, a long list of publications about teaching and technology, and several speaking engagements. In this webinar, Dr. Bell gives a comprehensive overview of competent leadership strategies, highlighting the importance of contacting Human Resources prior to hiring or terminating staff, and discussing the importance of stability, trust, and being reflective in a crisis situation.

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

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MEMBER NEWS

  • Michael Widener, rare book librarian at Yale Law School, has co-curated an exhibit with Grolier Club in New York titled “Law’s Picture Books.” The exhibit presents the law in an entirely new light, as an aesthetic realm quite different from our conventional view of legal texts.

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 THE SCHOLARLY INTEREST SURVEY

Are you interested in resources for research and scholarship? The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section Research & Scholarship Committee is conducting a brief, seven question survey of AALL membership to learn more about commonly perceived obstacles to research and scholarship, as well as the kinds of support that would assist and promote projects. The data collected will help the committee as they develop new ways to encourage scholarly endeavors.

MEMORIAL

  • David Merkin spent his entire 36-year career at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York. He served in a number of roles at Shearman & Sterling, including library clerk and his more recent appointment as manager of research and information services. Merkin was an active AALL member, serving as a member of the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section as both a member and speaker. He also served as a past president and chair of the archives committee for the Law Library Association of Greater New York. He was regarded and respected for his immense knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of U.S. and international practice areas, topics, and jurisdictions. He passed away September 8, 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

  • Aya Asano KM/Training Specialist; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Bevington Reference Librarian; Utah State Law Library; Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sean Coleman Client Success Manager; Intelligize; New York, NY
  • Gillian I. Ellis Research Specialist; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
  • Ariel Erbacher Research Librarian & Lecturer-in-Law; Cornell University Law Library; Ithaca, NY
  • Maria Theresa Gardella Student; Clinton Township, MI
  • Jeannine Gelpi Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
  • Sarah Hodo Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Birmingham, AL
  • Joshilyn Hoisington Student; Kentwood, MI
  • Steven Philip Kovalan Senior Analyst; ALM Legal Intelligence; Arlington, VA
  • Raymond J. McKoski Adjunct Professor; John Marshall Law School ; Lindenhurst, IL
  • Helen Mok Librarian; Parlee McLaws LLP, Calgary, AB
  • Megan Molinaro Knowledge Management Research Specialist; Sedgwick LLP; Kansas City, MO
  • Cassandra Patterson Reference and Outreach Services Librarian; Charleston School of Law; Charleston, SC
  • Courtney Pinkard Jones School of Law Library; Montgomery , AL
  • Maaike Ravesteijn Client Relations Manager; Bloomberg BNA; Washington, DC
  • Aaron Jacob Retteen Texas A&M University School of Law; Tallahassee, FL
  • James Riley Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Susann E. Rutledge Research Manager; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
  • Joanne Santino New England Library Manager; Nixon Peabody LLP; Boston, MA
  • Karen Sawatzky Director of Legal Resources; Law Society of Manitoba; Winnipeg, MB
  • Caitlyn Stephens Cataloging/Metadata and Resource Sharing Librarian; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Julie Swanson Reference Librarian; Locke Lord LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Liz Wallach Special Projects Manager; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
  • James Ward National Account Executive; Thomson Reuters, Legal; Washington, DC
  • Michael Whitlow Graduate Assistant University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL
  • Oi-May Wong Research Analyst; Morrison & Foerster, LLP; New York, NY

AALL eNewsletter / August 2017

AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS

The AALL Executive Board election is quickly approaching, and two candidates’ forums are scheduled in advance of the election. Learn more about the candidates before voting opens on Friday, September 29. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated forums by submitting questions in advance. To submit a question in advance, email it to candidatesforum@aall.org.

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

Candidates Forum for Board Members

September 18, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for the Executive Board

  • June Hsiao Liebert
  • Liz Reppe
  • Karen Selden
  • Christine Sellers

Candidates Forum for President-Elect

September 25, 2017
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Michelle Cosby
  • Carol A. Watson

Format

  • Each candidate will make an opening statement
  • Each question will be posed to each candidate
  • Questions submitted in advance will be shared with the candidates
  • Forums will be recorded and available on AALLNET

Questions

  • Members are limited to one question each and will not be identified
  • Questions should be related to AALL, law librarianship, and a candidate’s work experience
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

Additional Resources

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL 2018 PROGRAM IDEAS / LAST CALL

SUBMIT YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR “MUST-HAVE” PROGRAMS

Building upon the success of the “must-have” programs solicited for, and presented at, the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, what “must-have” programs should AALL 2018 feature? AALL members have great ideas–share yours through tomorrow, August 18 and see what’s already buzzing among your colleagues. Your ideas will help the Annual Meeting Program Committee identify the must-have program topics for next summer’s conference, which will be included in the Call for Proposals next month.

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2018.

Mark your calendars and book your Baltimore accommodations–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2017 SESSION RECORDINGS

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Austin or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “forgo the status quo” are just a few clicks away.

AALL 2017 session recordings are sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

AALL Joins Re:CREATE

AALL has joined Re:Create, a diverse coalition of trade associations, not-for-profits, advocacy groups, and think tanks advocating for balanced copyright rules. Launched in 2015, Re:Create works to ensure copyright laws are simple and transparent, while also advocating for innovation, creativity, education, and economic growth. The organization focuses on engagement with legislators about the need to support exceptions and limitations, such as fair use, safe harbors, curbing statutory damages, and combating abusive copyright enforcement practices. “A fundamental principle of AALL’s mission is ensuring access to relevant legal information as a matter of justice,” noted AALL executive director Kate Hagan. “As a member of the Re:Create Coalition, we not only broaden our reach, but add to the important chorus of those advocating for modern and fair copyright laws. Our membership in Re:Create also demonstrates our support for the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of law libraries and others who benefit from such laws.” See our press release for more information.

AALL BIENNIAL SALARY SURVEY / RESPONSES DUE AUGUST 24

YOUR ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED

An invitation to participate in the 2017 AALL Salary Survey was sent out at the beginning of the month to all members. The Association asks everyone to pitch in and participate to ensure the survey is as complete and useful as possible.

If you are identified as being in a director-level role, you should have received an invitation to participate in the survey. The link in the email contains background information on the survey as well as instructions.

If you are not in a director-level role, but received the email, please share it with the person in charge of your compensation. This could be a director, a department head, or human resources representative.

Thank you for ensuring that you and your organization are represented. Contact Megan Mall AALL’s director of content strategy, with questions.

NEW LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITOR SELECTED

TOM GAYLORD CHOSEN BY SEARCH COMMITTEE

Tom Gaylord, faculty services & scholarly communications librarian at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, has been selected to serve as the next editor of Law Library Journal (LLJ), beginning on July 1, 2018. Gaylord will be succeeding James Duggan, who will have served a five-year term as editor. In preparation for his new role, Gaylord will work with Duggan over the next several months to learn the overall operations for the editing and production of LLJ.

“I am incredibly humbled and genuinely excited to have been selected as the next editor of Law Library Journal,” said Gaylord. “I look forward to continuing the wonderful work that James Duggan has been doing over the past five years as editor and maintaining the excellence of AALL’s flagship journal as the leading voice of our profession.”

Gaylord has served in his current position since 2014. Prior to joining Northwestern, he worked at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law as the senior research & faculty services librarian and West Group as an attorney editor. Gaylord has extensive writing and editing experience; from 2007 until January of this year he wrote a bimonthly column, “Finding Illinois Law,” for the Illinois Bar Journal.

Gaylord has presented at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and the Dominican University Graduate School of Library & Information Science. His memberships include the Chicago Association of Law Libraries–where he currently serves as treasurer of the Executive Board–and the American Bar Association.

EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS ONLINE COURSE / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

  • Tuesday, October 3-Friday, October 27, 2017 (Online)
  • Register by Friday, September 29
  • Members – $325 / Nonmembers – $488

As a legal information professional, it is important to position you and your organization for long term success. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will help you improve your management effectiveness, help you manage change and resolve conflict, build relationships and cultivate brand value with your key stakeholders, and learn how to “know the business” of those you serve and what’s important to them. Attendees will also learn from experts in the field, engage with a small group of fellow peers, and learn practical skills that can be applied immediately.

AALL LAUNCHES COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

  • Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Tuesday, October 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP / Chicago, IL
  • Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
  • Attendance is limited to 40 attendees

Want to be a strategic legal information professional who 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 create processes and learn effective analysis frameworks to establish a competitive intelligence function within their organization.

AALL WEBINARS / 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.

LIBRARIANS AS ESSENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE EDISCOVERY TEAM

  • Thursday, September 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Librarians are well known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills. Now, librarians are also effectively expanding their capabilities into the eDiscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that eDiscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations. This shift not only impacts firms, but also academia, courts, and nonprofits. Participants will learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s eDiscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical to eDiscovery work.

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

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.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

TELLING THE STORY OF RESEARCH: ALTMETRICS AT PITT

Do you read news articles, blogs, or social media? Speakers Lauren B. Collister and Timothy S. Deliyannides say that it is important to “capture the life cycle of scholarship.” In just under an hour, you will discover how to keep track of online-only data.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

In today’s technology-driven world where knowledge abounds and communication never ceases, burnout has become one of the leading causes of workplace dissatisfaction, stress, unhappiness, and health problems. One survey even suggested that an employee in a leadership role typically feels the effect of burnout after a short six months. One way to combat burnout at work is to know your capacity as a leader in your workplace or organization, and try not to exceed it.

Below are some resources that provide ideas and insights into how to prevent leaders from burning out:

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 each issue of E-News. Next month our focus will shift to servant leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Emma Babler has taken the position of reference and technology librarian at the University of Wisconsin Law School Library. Babler previously served at the University of Las Vegas, Wiener-Rogers Law Library, where she worked closely with faculty and presented at several conferences.
  • Brian C. Barnes, who previously served as interim director of the law library at Loyola University New Orleans since 2013, has assumed the post permanently. Barnes first joined Loyola in 2010 as the law library’s deputy director.
  • Deanne Fix, manager of library and information services at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. in St. Louis, Missouri, and member of the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section was featured in the Missouri Lawyer Weekly (Bar Magazine) in the “Unsung Legal Heroes 2017” supplement.
  • Deborah Schwarz was profiled in an article from the LA Times called, “How I Made It: This Reluctant Librarian Has a Taste for Disruption.”

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

  • Marian F. Parker enjoyed a distinguished thirty-five year career in higher education at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation. She served as professor of law and director of the law library at New York University, associate law librarian at Harvard University, associate professor and director of the law library at University of Tulsa, associate director of the law library at SUNY Buffalo, research librarian and professor of law at Duke University, and retired from Wake Forest University as associate dean and law professor. Parker earner her JD from Wake Forest in 1978 and her MLIS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1979. She passed away March 9, 2017, after an extended period of declining health.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Jones Addo Law Librarian; New Jersey State Library; Trenton, NJ
Mohammed Alotaibi Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Bakr Alsulami Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Orin Armstrong Esq. St. Cloud, MN
Saad Asiri Student; Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Abdullah Baosman Santa Clara University; San Jose, CA
Seth Brostoff Reference Librarian; University of Florida, Levin College of Law Legal Information Center; Gainesville, FL
Ross Bulla President; The Treadstone Group, Inc.; Denver, NC
Susan Cunningham Director; U.S. & Global Market Strategy; Key Biscayne, FL
Lise Deary General Counsel; Covington & Burling LLP; Los Angeles, CA
Sarah Felsen Librarian; Colorado Supreme Court Library; Denver , CO
Martina Haines Slippery Rock, PA
Susan Hanley Librarian; Peaks Island, ME
John Harrington CEO; Propylon; New York, NY
Christopher Huber Student; Santa Clara University; Santa Clara, CA
Nicole Moss Assistant Librarian; Preti Flaherty; Portland, ME
Elizabeth Oyster Attorney; Lancaster, VA
Sabrina Pacifici Knowledge Manager, Senior Librarian; Office of Financial Research; Washington, DC
Ken Petre II Librarian; Sherwood, AR
Andrea Rasmussen Ropes & Gray; Boston, MA
Kyle Smith Director; S&P Global Market Intelligence; New York, NY
Tamie Tobe Reference Librarian ; Nixon Peabody LLP; Washington, DC
Alex Valdivia Tech Services Librarian; Riverside County Law Library; Riverside, CA

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