AALL eNewsletter / February 2017

AALL 2017 / REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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

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

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

AALL NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

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

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

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

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 1

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

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

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

APPLY FOR AN AALL ANNUAL MEETING GRANT

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

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

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

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

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

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

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

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

 

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

PERSONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING: CREATING A VISION-DRIVEN CAREER

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

 

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

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

AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

Design Thinking for Libraries: Rethinking the User Experience

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

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

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

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

For more in depth reading on the topic:

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

MEMBER NEWS

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

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

NEW MEMBERS

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

AALL eNewsletter / January 2017

VOLUNTEER FOR AN AALL COMMITTEE OR AWARD JURY TODAY

Deadline Is Sunday, January 29

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

COMMITTEES

AWARD JURIES

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

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Deadline Is Wednesday, February 1

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

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

RESOLVE TO JOIN US AT AALL 2017

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

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

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

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


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

AALL Supports New UELMA Introductions

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

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

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

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

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

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AALL/ BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

KNOWITAALL / CALL FOR CONTENT

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

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

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

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

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

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

Following are several articles on succession planning:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

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

AALL @ LEGALTECH NY

Championing Our Profession and Our Members

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

MEMBER NEWS

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

MEMORIALS

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

NEW MEMBERS

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

AALL eNewsletter / December 2016

AALL PRESIDENT MEETS WITH LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS

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

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR #GIVING

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

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE NAME CHANGE

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

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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

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

AALL @ LEGALTECH NY

Championing Our Profession and Our Members

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

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

LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

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

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

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

AALL WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

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

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

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

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

AALL LAUNCHES DAILY NEWSLETTER

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

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

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / ONLY 12 SPOTS REMAIN!

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

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

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

IFLA APPROVES STATEMENT ON PUBLIC LEGAL INFORMATION

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

AALL/ BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

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

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

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

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

MEMBERS NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

MEMORIALS

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

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

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

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

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

NEW MEMBERS

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

AALL eNewsletter / November 2016

AALL EDUCATION SURVEY / CLOSING TOMORROW!

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

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017-2018 AMPC BY DECEMBER 5

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

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

FORTHCOMING LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

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

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

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

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

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REGISTER NOW / ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING

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

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

COPYRIGHT CONFERENCE / REGISTER NOW

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COPYRIGHT OF STATE LEGAL MATERIALS

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

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

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

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

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

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

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

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

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

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

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

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

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

Following are several articles on creativity and leadership:

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

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

MEMORIAL

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

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

WELCOME NEW AALL MEMBERS

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

AALL eNewsletter / October 2016

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

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

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

 

Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders by October 31

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

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

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

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

Register Now | National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

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

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

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

Apply for a Research Grant by December 1

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

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

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

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

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

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AALL Webinars | Register Today

Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution

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

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

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

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

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

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

AALL Management Institute | Register Now

2017 AALL Management Institute

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

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

For the Leader in You

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

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

For more in depth reading on the topic:

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

Member News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials

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

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

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

Welcome New AALL Members

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

AALL eNewsletter / September 2016

This edition of the eNewsletter contains a surprising array of new involvements, new initiatives, accomplishments, and exciting ways for members to get involved with our Association and our profession. Whether in helping to create educational programming for our 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin, cosponsoring a conference to expand the conversation on the copyright of state legal materials, attending webinars, or seeking training on management skills; I am confident that there is something within AALL to spark your interest or aid you in your career development. It is AALL’s  goal to be THE destination for member education, enrichment, career development, and innovation. We have work to do to make our educational offerings the very best that they can be, but we need you and your ideas to help us get there.

I will be appointing five new special committees in the coming days to aid our Association in the achievement of our new Strategic Directions. This is work we cannot do without our best and brightest, and by that I mean you. I look forward to talking with members in the coming weeks about these new ambitious ideas. When I call on you, please do consider saying ‘yes’ to helping out.

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

AALL Executive Board Election Candidates Forums

AALL is pleased to offer a new opportunity to learn more about your Executive Board candidates in advance of the upcoming election. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated Q&As by submitting questions during the forums.

Candidates Forum for Secretary and Board Members

September 26, 2016
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for Secretary

  • Luis Acosta
  • Scott D. Bailey

Candidates for the Executive Board

  • Beth G. Adelman
  • Katherine M. Lowry
  • Catherine M. Monte
  • Jean P. O’Grady

Candidates Forum for President-Elect

September 28, 2016
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Kathleen (Katie) Brown
  • Femi Cadmus

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 Welcomes New Librarian of Congress

Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden was sworn into office on September 14, 2016, before hundreds of guests, including AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson building in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan provided welcoming remarks and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath of office. In her remarks, Dr. Hayden said, “The Library is one of the greatest gifts and legacies the Congress has given to the American people.” AALL congratulates Dr. Hayden and looks forward to working with her as the new Librarian of Congress.

Propose a Program for AALL 2017

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through October 3. 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 3. 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 housing–you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

Keynote Speaker Announced for Copyright Conference

Copyright expert Corynne McSherry will keynote the
National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials, cosponsored by AALL and Boston University School of Law, on December 2, 2016. McSherry is the legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), specializing in intellectual property, open access, and free speech issues. Her policy work includes leading EFF’s effort to fix copyright (including the successful effort to shut down the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA), promote net neutrality, and promote best practices for online expression. McSherry was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers in 2015. Register now for this special opportunity to hear from McSherry and learn about current topics in state copyright law.

Complimentary AALL 2016 Session Recordings Now Available

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

AALL2go Pick of the Month

How to Create a Positive Culture in Your Law Library (Whether or Not You’re a Manager)

Led by three extraordinary librarians, this program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting is valuable in the ongoing quest to develop the best and most positive workplace environments for ourselves and our colleagues. The program includes examples from those who have successfully fostered and/or created positive workplace cultures and provides an opportunity for everyone within an organization to be part of shaping the overall workplace culture. Consider listening with others and think about what opportunities you have to explore the skills that contribute to a positive culture in your library.

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

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AALL Webinars | Register Today

Telling the Story of Research: Altmetrics at Pitt

  • Thursday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 19
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As scholars face increasing pressure to document the impact of the research they publish, libraries are perfectly positioned to apply their strengths with organization, metadata, and online systems to give their research communities new insights from alternative metrics. In this webinar, participants will learn about new tools that measure a wide range of impact from traditional citation counts to faster, broader indicators of social impact. Discover how the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has integrated Plum Analytics with its institutional repository to help legal scholars at Pitt document their total output, demonstrate the impact of their work, and tell the story of their research.

Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution 

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

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

Save the Date | AALL Management Institute

The 2017 AALL Management Institute will be held March 30-April 1, 2017, at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago. Providing participants with the opportunity to build management skills, the Management Institute fosters a collaborative environment with colleagues from different library types, working in small group settings, to develop techniques to manage with confidence. Additional information is forthcoming.

For the Leader in You

“If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on/It outlives me when I’m gone.” – George Washington (Hamilton)

One of the most important traits of strong organizations is a well thought-out transition plan. A good transition plan will include documentation, a succession plan, and an idea of who will perform the duties of leadership when the present leadership steps down. This is important whether the organization is volunteer or for-profit. Success as a leader can be measured partially by how well you ease the transition to new leadership.

Here are some suggested articles on transitioning leadership:

For more in depth reading on the topic:

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

AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program

Do you have a fall program that you need help funding? Applications for the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program are now being accepted through October 19. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL entities are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal today! Visit grants program FAQs for more information.

Member News

Pauline Afuso was featured in an article on Minnesota Lawyer’s website, which focuses on her dedication to serving the public at the Washington County Law Library.

Amy Eaton has joined the Perkins Coie LLP team as director of library and research services. In her new role, Eaton will provide strategic direction and oversight for a comprehensive, centralized library structure being implemented at the firm. She previously served as library manager for Perkins Coie Seattle.

Sarah Glassmeyer was honored by the American Bar Association Magazine as a 2016 Legal Rebel for her work studying how government publishes law.

Professor J. Denny Haythorn has been honored by Whittier Law School by renaming its law library, Haythorn Law Library. Haythorn, who is retiring after 39 years of service, was Whittier Law School’s longest serving employee. In 1976, he established the original law library at the Hancock Park campus in Los Angeles, which served as a key component in the school gaining American Bar Association accreditation.

Jean P. O’Grady (author Dewey B Strategic) was recognized as a Legal Rebel trailblazer and featured in a Legal Talk Network podcast for leading lawyers through the current tech frontier.

Rosamond Parma, the first female president of AALL, has been inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame.

Marielena Fina was selected as the AALL Diversity Committee’s September Librarian of the Month.

Several AALL members spoke at ILTACON (International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference) last month demonstrating the impact law librarians and legal information professionals have when it comes to expanding beyond traditional library duties and embracing technology. In addition to the members attending the conference, the following AALL members spoke:

  • Julie Bozzell Chief Research and Knowledge Services Office; Hogan Lovells (Finding a Needle in a Haystack with 21st-Century Expertise Systems)
  • Marlene Gebauer Director of Knowledge Solutions; Greenberg Trauig (Learning to Prosper Using the Client Data You Already Have)
  • Katherine Lowry Director of Practice Services; BakerHostetler LLP (The Social Collaboration Tools Making a Meal Out of Email)
  • Anne Stemlar Director of Research and Knowledge Services; Goodwin Procter LLP (Using Competitive Intelligence to Improve Strategies and Decision-Making)

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

Mortimer D. Schwartz served as the director of the law library and professor of law at the University of California at Davis School of Law from 1965 to 1991, when he retired. After serving in WWII in the U.S. Navy, he obtained his JD from Boston University in 1949, and his Master’s degree in law in 1950. He received his MLIS in 1951 from Columbia University. A prolific legal scholar, he co-authored and co-edited several books on a variety of subjects: space law, legal ethics, children’s rights, pollution law, environmental law, legal history, and law library administration. When he began his career at Columbia University, he was one of only twelve law librarians in the U.S. who had degrees in both law and librarianship. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and held many leadership positions including: AALL’s Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award (1995); AALL Hall of Fame inductee (2010); founding president of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (1958-59); president of the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (1968-59); and served on AALL’s Executive Board (1966-69). He passed away on September 10, 2016.

Lee Warthen served as law librarian and adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, UT, until his retirement this past May, having spent 30 years at the institution. A longtime and active member of WestPac (Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries), he received the 2014 WestPac Distinguished Member Award for his exceptional service to the profession. Warthen was also active in several special interest sections (SIS) including: Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS, Legal Information Services to the Public SIS, and Legal History & Rare Books SIS. He passed away on September 10, 2016.

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

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Kate Cauley Media Center Coordinator; New York University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Alex Ferguson Texas Tech University School of Law Library; Lubbock, TX
  • Joel Frozena Library Manager; Keker & Van Nest LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Ian Green New York University Law Library; Brooklyn, NY
  • Richard Harrell Trinity Central Coordinator; Trinity Law School; Santa Ana, CA
  • Jessica Haught West Virginia University College of Law; Morgantown, WV
  • Lisa Heidenreich Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Saint Paul, MN
  • Marsha James Librarian; Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; New York, NY
  • Keith Lacy Austin, TX
  • Anne LeCard New York County District Attorney’s Office;  New York, NY
  • Eric Molitor Eagan, MN
  • Annalee Moser Law Library Fellow; Brigham Young University; Provo, UT
  • Christi Osterday  Outreach & User Experience Librarian; Sullivan University; Louisville, KY
  • Katerina Pringis Research Assistant; Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, FL
  • Sean Saxon Head of Technical Services; University of San Diego;San Diego, CA
  • Lillian Steuben Law Librarian; Dickinson Wright PLLC;  Detroit, MI
  • Katherine Sweeney New York, NY
  • S. K. Van Poolen University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL
  • Rita Young-Jones Law Librarian; K&L Gates LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Jamie Zagata Sales Manager; The New York Times; New York, NJ

AALL eNewsletter / August 2016

The start of a new school year also signals the start of AALL’s new Strategic Directions for 2016-2019. The new Strategic Directions—knowledge, community, and leadership—will help guide our Association toward a bright and prosperous future as the recognized authority for all aspects of legal information.

Using the Strategic Directions as guideposts, I have three broad aspirations for the coming year: to expand on our commitment to diversity; to improve the quality and relevance of our educational offerings; and to find more opportunities for members to share, grow, and learn from one another. This fall we will be implementing our new brand strategy and it will be exciting to see all of our work come into fruition. Read more about the rollout below.

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

AALL Branding Update

AALL’s brand strategy and messaging have been completed; the focus is now on creative development and implementation. There is a lot of excitement around the new visual identity, but there is still a lot of work to be done to implement the new brand in a thoughtful and impactful way. AALL is working with Mission Minded to finalize elements critical to the overall look and feel of AALL. This is phase one of the rollout, which will be completed this fall. Phase two will include guidance and training for AALL entities on how to incorporate the new brand standards into their publications, websites, and other printed or virtual collateral pieces. We are excited to have a brand strategy that will help us more clearly articulate our vision: “AALL and its members will be the recognized authority in all aspects of legal information.”

Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders: Election Opens September 30

The elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage members to learn more about the candidates before voting. View candidate biographies and statements.

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members opens Friday, September 30, and runs through 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on Monday, October 31. Ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members on September 30. On November 1, ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

Help shape the future of AALL with your vote!

Save the Date | National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a first-of-its-kind conference on the copyright of state legal materials on December 2, 2016, at BU Law. A surge in legislation and lawsuits on the copyright status of state legal materials has raised concerns about the principles of open government and the free accessibility and use of these materials.

We invite you to join other legal information professionals, policymakers, and copyright experts to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and to discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain. Registration is $75–register now to secure your spot.

AALL 2017 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 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, what “must-have” programs should AALL 2017 feature? AALL members have great ideas–share yours through tomorrow, August 19 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.

Review what others have suggested and cast your vote for your “must-have” program topics. Did the ideas spark inspiration? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2017.

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

OLRC Drops Proposal to Eliminate Annual Print Supplements to U.S. Code

After hearing concerns from AALL, the Office of Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) of the U.S. House of Representatives is reversing course on its proposal to eliminate the annual print supplements to the U.S. Code. Thanks to all who shared their feedback about the proposal with us; your comments had an impact. The OLRC is now considering whether changing the presentation of the print supplements (i.e., abandoning the two-column format) would negatively affect users. To share your thoughts on this proposal, contact Emily Feltren, AALL director of government relations.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference: Are you Culturally Competent?

Diversity is important to organizations of all kinds but not all promote cultural competency as a core value. In this 2015 AALL Annual Meeting Program, Michele A. Lucero Villagran explains cultural intelligence and discusses challenges and opportunities that may be encountered within law libraries. She presents on four key factors in developing cultural intelligence: drive, knowledge, strategy, and action.

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

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AALL September Webinar | Register Today

Telling the Story of Research: Altmetrics at Pitt
Thursday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, September 19
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As scholars face increasing pressure to document the impact of the research they publish, libraries are perfectly positioned to apply their strengths with organization, metadata, and online systems to give their research communities new insights from alternative metrics. In this webinar, participants will learn about new tools that measure a wide range of impact from traditional citation counts to faster, broader indicators of social impact. Discover how the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has integrated Plum Analytics with its institutional repository to help legal scholars at Pitt document their total output, demonstrate the impact of their work, and tell the story of their research.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

Save the Date | AALL Management Institute

The 2017 AALL Management Institute will be held March 30-April 1, 2017, at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago. Providing participants with the opportunity to build management skills, the Management Institute fosters a collaborative environment with colleagues from different library types, working in small group settings, to develop techniques to manage with confidence. Additional information will be forthcoming.

For the Leader in You

Before we can talk effectively about leadership, we first need to understand more about it. This month’s recommendations are focused around the principles that define leadership. While smart, capable leaders may disagree on the details, the books and articles below have many commonalities: Respect, self-reflection, communication, vision, courage, and curiosity. All are common principles that make up a great leader.

Here are some suggested articles on leadership principles:

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 transitioning leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program

Do you have fall program that you need help funding? Applications for the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program are now being accepted through October 19. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL entities are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal today! Visit grants program FAQs for more information.

Member News

Louis Abramovitz has joined the research analyst team at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. In his new position, Abramovitz conducts legal and business development research for attorneys, marketing, and legal support staff. He was previously a librarian at Wilkinson Baker Knauer, LLP in DC.

Rick Buckingham of the Moakley Law Library at Suffolk University Law School, Anne Rajotte from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Scott Frey from Western State College of Law were the winning team of the third annual AALL Hackathon, held July 16 during AALL’s Annual Meeting. For their winning project, the group created a “Chambot,” designed to assist laypeople in locating government documents.

AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was featured in a video from Boston University School of Law, in which he highlights the classes and resources available to BU law students at the Fineman & Pappas Law Library.

Rena Stoeber has joined the faculty of the Ruth Lilly Library at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law as a research and instructional services librarian. Stoeber was previously the faculty services librarian at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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

Carol Joan Pedzich served as the director of library services at the Harris Beach Law Firm in Rochester, New York until her retirement in 2011. Since retiring, Pedzich spent her time volunteering and as a regular reviewer for the National Library Journal (a position she held for 20 years). She received her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at Oswego and her MLIS from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo. After becoming a member of AALL in 1996, Pedzich served as an active member of the Computing Services Special Interest Section (SIS) as well as the Private Law Libraries SIS. She passed away on June 26, 2016.

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

Staff News

Megan Mall has joined the AALL staff as director of content strategy. Her responsibilities include creating a knowledge management system to provide information and resources to help members solve problems, develop new strategies, and stay informed about trends and developments in legal information. Megan will work to disseminate information of value to all members across their varied interests and position demands. The goal is to build community through information sharing and access to knowledge.

Previously, Megan worked at Northwestern University as a librarian, where she managed online learning materials and assisted MBA students and alumni with career-focused questions. She has also worked at Acorn Public Library, providing reference assistance, overhauling the website, and managing the department’s budget, staff, and collection. Megan is thrilled to be part of AALL and looks forward to helping members engage with the wealth of information available to them. She earned a BA in History from the University of Montana and her MLS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Celeste R. Smith, AALL’s director of education has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry, held by more than 4,000 association professionals. Smith as more than 15 years of experience in training, instructional design, content development, and organizational learning and is a member of the ASAE Professional Development Council. In addition, she was recognized at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting for 10 years of service to the Association.

Welcome New AALL Members

  • John Beatty Head of Multimedia and Access Services; St. Thomas University Law Library; Syracuse, NY
  • Renee Bianco Research and Business Intelligence Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Buddhi Chauhan Law Library Director; O.P. Jindal Global University Law School; Sonepat, India
  • Rob Corrao LAC Group; Los Angeles, CA
  • Thomas Eisenmann New Haven, CT
  • Cynthia Etkin Senior Program Planner; U.S. Government Publishing Office; Washington, DC
  • Nicole Frey Information Services Coordinator; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; Columbia, SC
  • Mary Gardner Student; Drexel University; Sparta, NJ
  • Dennis Harlow Buffalo, NY
  • Elizabeth Hildebrand Matherne Cumming, GA
  • Cara Johnson Librarian; Gunderson Dettmer; Redwood City, CA
  • Brett Johnson Academic Tech Project Manager; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Marie Kaddell Senior Information Professional Consultant; LexisNexis; Burke, VA
  • Dianna Kim Sam Houston State University; Newton Gresham Library; Huntsville, TX
  • Cynthia Kutka Brookhaven, GA
  • Tara Long Faculty Research Librarian; Texas Southern University; Houston, TX
  • Damon Martin Reference Librarian; State Law Library of Montana; Helena, MT
  • Laurie McHenry University of North Dakota School of Law; Thormodsgard Law Library; Grand Forks, ND
  • Anna Moca Knowledge Systems Senior Manager; White & Case LLP; New York, NY
  • Neal Nagely Dallas, TX
  • Elizabeth Osborne Sales Executive; FactSet Research Systems Inc.; Burbank, CA
  • Mary Parker Assistant Director of Operations & Collections; Nova Southeastern University; Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Hans Perl-Matanzo San Juan, PR
  • Tammy Pettinato Interim Library Director; University of North Dakota School of Law; Thormodsgard Law Library; Grand Forks, ND
  • Mike Phillips Sacramento, CA
  • Elizabeth Psyck Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, MI
  • Rheny Pulungan Liaison Support Librarian; Melbourne Law School; University of Melbourne; Victoria, Australia
  • Kayla Reed Metadata and Digital Services Librarian; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Tiffany Robson Legislative Analysis; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Washington, DC
  • Yael Rosenblatt Research Services Librarian; Reed Smith LLP; New York, NY
  • Jessica Salow Paralegal II; Arizona Attorney General’s Office; Gilbert, AZ
  • Talisa Thompson Business and Human Resources Coordinator; University of Illinois; School of Information Sciences; Champaign, IL
  • Brenda Williams Student; Dayton, OH
  • Serge Yakubov Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; New York, NY

AALL eNewsletter / July 2016

It is my absolute pleasure to serve as your AALL president for the coming year. I look forward to working with all of you on exciting projects designed to move our Association toward a bright future by establishing AALL members as the recognized experts for all aspects of law librarianship and legal information.

One of the projects we have been working on and will continue to roll out this coming year is the Association’s rebranding. Even if you weren’t able to attend the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago, I hope you were able to watch the visual identity presentation, which introduced our new logo and tagline. If you missed the live webcast, you can watch the video.

I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from both members and other attendees about the programs held during our 109th Annual Meeting & Conference. The 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee is hard at work planning next year’s conference, Forgo The Status Quo, in Austin, Texas. They are already soliciting ideas for next year’s meeting; the call for proposals will be announced in September.

I look forward to your active participation in the year ahead, and I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve. I welcome your thoughts and ideas, feel free to reach out to me at wheelerr@bu.edu.

AALL 2016 | Special Video Recordings

Whether you joined us in Chicago for the entire meeting, just a day or two, or were unable to attend, you can now watch the video of four conference highlights. Sessions include:

Stay tuned—audio recordings of additional programs will be posted to AALLNET soon.

AALL Executive Board Meeting Held July 14

The AALL Executive Board met in Chicago on Thursday, July 14, just prior to the to the start of the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. During the meeting, the Executive Board approved the following:

  • A request from the Leadership Development Committee to add an additional member to the committee.
  • Revisions to the Guidelines for Evaluating Government Information on the Web, which were submitted by the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee
  • The operating budget for FY 2016-2017, which begins on October 1, 2016.
  • The 2016-2019 strategic directions plan.
  • The discontinuation of the AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award.
  • The discontinuation of the Day in the Life photo contest.
  • The dissolution of the South Florida Association of Law Libraries, and AALL Chapter.
  • The revised standards for appellate court and state law libraries.

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

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Making the Case for Your Career: Creating Killer Cover Letters, Resumes, and LinkedIn Profiles

This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference teaches you how to prepare a resume and cover letter to help advance your career. The presenters–Carla Wale, reference librarian at Georgetown Law Library; Alena Wolotira, reference librarian at the University of Washington; Jyssica Scott, business development director at Information Governance; and Chris Jones, executive director at Information Governance–share their expert knowledge of the hiring process and recruitment, guiding job seekers through the nuts and bolts of how to present yourself on paper as well as how to promote yourself online by using LinkedIn. The panelists also provide tips and techniques to help law librarians connect their skills and talents with the needs of employers. This practical advice and insight will be useful to any law librarian looking to stand out to future employers.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section on AALLNET.

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AALL August Webinar | Register Today

Copyright Issues in Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives

Thursday, August 18 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Thursday, August 11
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As institutional repository and digital archives projects become more common and more robust, universities, museums, research institutes, and professional organizations are relying on librarians to develop more sophisticated knowledge of all aspects of these projects. One critical piece of the repository puzzle is determining how copyright law may impact the material that can be included. This webinar will discuss best practices for the most common copyright issues facing librarians when adding content to repositories and archives. Learn how to consider non-exclusive rights, fair use, and contractual language in author agreements to secure a place in your repository for faculty scholarship, law review archives, lecture and conference recordings, and special archival collections.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

For the Leader in You

Ethics is defined as the principles, values, and beliefs that govern one’s daily decisions. Leadership is the process of influencing others to achieve goals. Thus, ethical leadership is the process of influencing people through principles, values, and beliefs that embrace what has been defined as the right behavior.

How does being an ethical leader help you achieve success within your organization? The Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership says it best: “If you have integrity at the helm, committed employees, a culture that supports values and the public’s trust…Your company is strong internally, and that’s not only good for you, it’s good for your industry, your community, and the global market.”

To learn more about ethical leadership, below are suggested articles:

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. Next month we will get back to basics and focus on the principles of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Patrick Butler.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

September 29-October2, 2016
Western Pacific Chapter, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Jackson, Wyoming

October 13-15, 2016
Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

October 19-21, 2016
Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Dayton, Ohio

November 4-6, 2016
Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York Annual Meeting
Auburn, New York

Member News

John Harbison, former director of library and information management at Covington & Burling LLP, has been named executive vice president of LAC Group for the company’s LibSource business unit. Harbison spent the last 25 years of his career in management where he conceptualized and led knowledge management initiatives that have been as much about developing libraries as they have been about using technology. In these roles, Harbison created new methods and platforms to track litigation and competitive intelligence (CI), improve professional development, and deliver CLE via state-of-the-art means. In his new role, he will oversee the expansion of the company’s Library as a Service offerings for on site and virtual research librarians at law firms, corporations, and any organization wanting unparalleled research and CI.

Janet Howe Accardo, Cathryn Bowie, and Bob Oaks were named to the Fastcase 50 Class of 2016 for their contributions to the profession.

Jocelyn Kennedy, former director for library services at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is the new executive director of the Harvard Law School Library. During her five-year tenure at the University of Connecticut, the library instituted a strategic plan to fulfill its vision that “the library is everywhere.” As a result, she and her staff increased traditional and nontraditional services to faculty, students, and staff; improved outreach in person and via the web; and developed innovative service structures. She is the current chair of AALL’s Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and is a member of the Law Libraries of New England. She previously served as two-time chair of the Conference of Newer Law Librarians.

Ulysses N. Jaen, director of the law library and professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN). The SWFLN serves Lee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, and Monroe counties by facilitating resource sharing within the service area, providing ground delivery for interlibrary loan of materials, advocating for library funding, and providing a premier training venue for library personnel in Southwest Florida. Jaen joined the law school in August 2012 after serving as head of access services for the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, WV. He currently chairs AALL’s Diversity Committee and Latino Caucus.

Scott Matheson spoke on the panel “Consuming the Law,” at the House Committee on House Administration’s annual Legislative Data and Transparency Conference on June 21, 2016.

AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was selected to be chair of the Committee on Community & Inclusion at Boston University.

Jeff B. Woodmansee, has been promoted to associate professor of law librarianship at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, AR. He also serves as a research support and reference librarian, where he teaches both introductory and specialized legal research courses, including Specialized Legal Research in Criminal Law, and other topical guest lectures. In addition, Woodmansee is a member of several AALL special interest sections, including Academic Law Libraries, Research Instruction & Patron Services, and Government Law Libraries.

Joan Bellistri, director of law library at the Anne Arundel County Law Library along with Chi Song, law library intern and assistant, have spearheaded the expansion of the Family Law Self-Help Center, which provides short-term legal services to self-represented litigants, thanks to generous $9,000 and $500 grants that were received from the Access to Justice Department and the Department of Family Administration, respectively. Thanks to the grant money, the center can now offer additional space for privacy and resources to those seeking legal assistance in the areas of family law.

Janeen Williams was selected as the AALL Diversity 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.

Memorial

Peyton Ring Neal Jr. served as the president and founder of PRN Associates, a consulting and government company in Washington, DC, until his retirement in 2013. He began his career as a research attorney at the Law Library of Congress in DC, and served as assistant to the general counsel, United States Copyright Office, working on revisions that led to enactment of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. Neal was also an assistant professor of law and associate law library director at Washington College of Law, The American University in DC, from 1968 to 1972. Neal was a member of the American, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bar associations and was admitted to the Courts of the District of Columbia and Virginia, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Supreme Court. He was active in AALL, participating in several special interest sections, including Private Law Libraries, Government Documents, State, Court & County Law Libraries, and Academic Law Libraries. He was also active in other associations: American Library Association, Special Libraries Association, American Society for Information Sciences and Information Industry Association, and served on the UNC School of Information and Library Sciences Board of Visitors. He passed away on July 1, 2016.

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

Welcome New AALL Members

Kristen Arnett Access Services Librarian/Circulation Manager; Orlando, FL
Joyce Baker Research Librarian; Washington, DC
Stephanie Barnaby Evening Library Supervisor; Boston, MA
Samantha Blanquart Law Librarian; Phoenix, AZ
Mallory Breon Boston, MA
Laura Bucaro Information Services Manager; Austin, TX
William Byrnes Professor; Fort Worth, TX
Rachel Coates Resource Management Librarian; Orlando, FL
Katherine Cochrane Legal Information Librarian; Boston, MA
Rebecca Cohen Information Assistant; New York, NY
Katie Cuyler Intelligence Strategist; Toronto, Ontario
Jennifer Davis Collection Specialist; Washington, DC
Matthew Foley Research Librarian; Washington, DC
Rebecca Fordon Long Beach, CA
Marilyn French Evening Reference Librarian; Baton Rouge, LA
Hans Gregersen Cambridge, MA
Craig Griffith Research Services Librarian; Berkeley, CA
Katharine Hales Law Librarian; Denver, CO
Katherine Jenkins Law Librarian; Charlottesville, VA
Leoinid Kershteyn President Emeritus; Brooklyn, NY
Bryan Kohnen Librarian; Phoenix, AZ
Laura Kopen Client Intake Supervisor; Chicago, IL
Megan Lange Head of Marketing; New York, NY
Stephanie Maclin-Hurd Serials and Metadata Librarian; Boston, MA
Terese Man Hong Kong, China
Katherine Martinez Librarian; Austin, TX
Kate McCarthy Information Research Specialist; Grand Rapids, MI
Martha Moore Administrative Aid; Providence, RI
Emily Ngo Public Services Librarian; San Diego, CA
Katie O’Connor Reference Specialist; Washington, DC
Jennifer Pelaia Assistant Librarian Research; Washington, DC
Joana Santamor Philadelphia, PA
Dave Shumaker Reference Librarian; Toronto, ON
Dena Verhoff New York, NY
John Walsh Circulation Paraprofessional; Greensboro, NC
Donna Wheeler Administrative Assistant; Harrisburg, PA
Rhea Wilson Assistant Librarian Technical Services/Library Automation; Washington, DC
Sarah Yerger Technical Services Librarian; Philadelphia, PA

July 22, 2016
Correction: A previous version of this e-newsletter incorrectly stated that the Revisions to the Guidelines for Evaluating Government Information on the Web were submitted by the GLL-SIS, as opposed to the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee. We apologize for the error.

AALL eNewsletter / June 2016

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KEITH ANN STIVERSON

During my recent travels, I have had the great pleasure of visiting a number of law libraries, including those at American University, Seattle University, the University of Washington, the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse in Seattle, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. I met wonderful librarians, support staff, and library school students whose enthusiasm for providing great service was undiminished, even in this time of tighter budgets and dwindling resources. I learned something new during every visit, and was reminded, time and again, that our greatest resource is one another.

The AALL Annual Meeting will begin a month from now, here in Chicago, and I hope you’ve made arrangements to join us. I attended a meeting of the Local Arrangements Committee yesterday and was delighted to see a team who has spent a lot of time, effort, and imagination to ensure that you have a wonderful time here next month; thank you to the entire team chaired by Maribel Nash and Megan Butman. I have talked with members of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries—our local chapter—many of whom volunteered to help us make this a fantastic meeting. We all look forward to welcoming you to our great city next month.

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me with questions or comments. You are always welcome to send me an email at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu or call me at 312.906.5610. Best wishes.

Maximize Your Summer | Join Us in Chicago

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into 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 and ticketed SIS events to your registration through June 20. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, or the great eats in the Windy City, make sure that you’re part of the action.

Additional Hotel Rooms Now Available

There is still time to secure your housing for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting. Negotiated conference-rate rooms are now available at the nearby Swissotel and Hard Rock Hotel–but only for a limited time. Don’t wait, book your room today!

AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum | Submit Resolutions

The AALL General Business Meeting and Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m., during the Annual Meeting in Chicago. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the AALL Business Meeting must do so by June 24. 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 and 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 Members Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

AALL Appoints New AALL Spectrum Editorial Director

AALL is pleased to announce that Kristina L. Niedringhaus, associate dean of library and information services and associate professor at Georgia State University College of Law, has been appointed as the new editorial director of AALL Spectrum and chair of the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, commencing with volume 21. Kris has written and presented on topics such as legal research, teaching methods, and law library management.

She has been published in AALL Spectrum, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, and Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing and has contributed chapters for several books. Most recently, she contributed a chapter titled, “Librarian Director as Manager of Union Employees: Case Study 2: Staff Analysis,” to Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights and wrote an “Ask a Director” column for AALL Spectrum. She has also co-written several interactive lessons on legal research for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) where she is the vice president of the board of directors and chair of the CALI Legal Research Community Authoring Project.

Kris has been an AALL member since 1998. She is currently serving as a team leader on the Annual Meeting Program Committee and sits on the Nominations Committee. Previous service to AALL includes chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS) and member of the Law Library Journal (LLJ) Editor Search Task Force and LLJ and AALL Spectrum Editorial Board Advisory Committee. This year, the CS-SIS recognized Kris with the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contributions to the CS-SIS, AALL, and the profession.

AALL would like to thank Catherine Lemmer for her guidance and dedication as AALL Spectrum editorial director since August 2012. During her tenure, the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board was established, digital functionality was upgraded with enhanced PDFs and an interactive online platform, and the magazine underwent a complete redesign.

Dr. Hayden Nomination Awaits Senate Action | Write to Your Senators Today

On June 9, the Senate Rules Committee favorably reported the nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress, sending the historic nomination to the full Senate where it awaits a vote. If approved, Dr. Hayden would become the first woman and first African American, as well as one of the only librarians, to hold the position of Librarian of Congress. Please use AALL’s Legislative Action Center to ask your Senators to act now to confirm Dr. Hayden as the nation’s fourteenth Librarian of Congress.

AALL July Webinar | Register Today

Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services
Thursday, July 7 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, July 1
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Teaching users what resources are available to them and how to use them is key to marketing your collection. This webinar will discuss best practices for teaching technology to users such as students, attorneys, and staff. Learn strategies and software you can use to create a memorable instructional presentation, as well as free sources of audio and video to help make it an exciting and interactive show your users will remember. Discover dynamic ways to market your library’s digital resources to ensure users return when they need to use them.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

Congratulations to the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant Recipients

AALL would like to congratulate the following AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant recipients:

  • Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW)
  • Western Pacific Chapter (WestPac)

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Taming the Chaos: Productivity and Time Management for Law Librarians

Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Wondering where all of your time goes? This program provides information about various methods to sort through competing demands on your time. The presenters—Ashley Ahlbrand and Michelle Trumbo from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Mariah Ford from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Cheryl Niemeier from Bose McKinney & Evans LLP—will provide an overview of the strategies to optimize time and productivity, emphasizing that librarians should find the methods that work best for them. The session wraps up with a discussion of technology tools that can help with time management.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

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For the Leader in You

The essence of leadership is influence. Learning to inspire, engage, and gain the respect of your team members will help you become the kind of leader that you would like to follow.

To learn more about becoming an influential leader, here are some suggested articles:

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 E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on meeting the ethical challenges of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

Member News

Vice President/President-Elect, Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was selected as CALI’s (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) “Author of the Week.”

AALL Member John Cannan’s article “A (Mostly) Legislative History of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016,” was featured on IPWatchdog on May 20, 2016. Cannan is a research and instructional services librarian at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He wrote the piece to showcase how law librarians can illustrate their value by having legislative history ready to go once a law passes. In doing so, librarians can demonstrate their skills and knowledge in this area by compiling such histories and then proactively publishing them to the interested legal community.

AALL Member Jonathan Franklin has been appointed associate dean for library and information systems at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law. In his new position, he will oversee all aspects of information services, including the Gallagher Law Library. Franklin was previously a senior associate librarian at Michigan before joining UW School of Law where he has served as associate law library director since 2001.

The Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) reached a major milestone in August 2015 in its collaboration with the Virginia State Bar. Roger Skalbeck, associate dean for library and information services and associate professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law, whose article on legal research technologies was published in the “Law Libraries” column of the Virginia Lawyer, became the 100th article VALL has contributed to the publication.

Learn more about the AALL Diversity Committee’s June Librarian of the Month, Jim Senter.

AALL Staff News

Kylie Weller has joined the AALL staff as the membership services manager. Her responsibilities include membership recruitment, retention, and engagement strategies. Most recently, Kylie worked on membership and events at the 100 Club of Chicago. Prior to the 100 Club, Kylie spent nine years with the School of Public Service at DePaul University, where she worked with graduate students obtaining degrees in nonprofit management and public administration. While at DePaul, she earned a Masters of Education in Counseling with a specialization in college student development. In her new role as membership services manager, Kylie looks forward to delivering superior service to the members of AALL. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kylie now calls Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood home.

AALL Headquarters Closed for Independence Day

AALL’s offices will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Sarah Andeen Knowledge & Research Services Manager; Chapman and Cutler LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Emma Babler Madison, WI
  • Stephanie Barnaby Evening Library Supervisor; Boston University; Boston, MA
  • Samantha Blanquart Law Librarian; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Julieann Braun Reference Librarian; Kaye Scholer LLP; Tallahassee, FL
  • Mallory Breon Boston University; Boston, MA
  • William H. Byrnes Professor; Texas A&M University School of Law; Fort Worth, TX
  • Tanya Carlson Technical Services Coordinator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Rebecca Cohen Linklaters; New York, NY
  • Jeff Davis Reference Librarian; Thompson & Knight LLP; Dallas, TX
  • Jennifer Davis Collection Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Kaylan Ellis Technical Services Librarian; Ohio Northern University; Ada, OH
  • Matthew Foley Research Librarian; Williams & Connolly LLP; Washington, DC
  • Anthony Edward Freeman Collection Coordinator; Miles & Stockbridge PC; Baltimore, MD
  • Marilyn French Evening Reference Librarian; Southern University; Oliver B. Spellman Law Library; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Marjorie Hoomes Acquisitions Assistant; Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL
  • Katherine Jenkins Law Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Leoinid Kershteyn President Emeritus; Brooklyn, NY
  • Bryan Kohnen Librarian; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Laura C. Kopen Client Intake Supervisor; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Gilles LaJoie Executive Director; Societe Quebecoise D Information Juridique; Montreal, QC
  • Megan Lange Head of Marketing; Inside Industrial Infrastructure; New York, NY
  • Patricia Lesley Library Assistant; Miles & Stockbridge PC; Baltimore, MD
  • Bonnie Lord Burlington, VT
  • Katherine Martinez Librarian; Norton Rose Fulbright; Austin, TX
  • Emily V. Ngo Public Services Librarian; Thomas Jefferson School of Law; San Diego, CA
  • Jennifer Pelaia Assistant Librarian Research; Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
  • Jane Polson Research & Acquisitions Librarian; Mitchell Hamline School of Law; St. Paul, MN
  • Laura Riggs Acquisitions Specialist; University of Missouri-Kansas City; Kansas City, MO
  • Marcelo Rodriguez New York, NY
  • Maida Rubin Professional Services Manager; Waltham, MA
  • Tony Saadat Soutron Global; Encinitas, CA
  • Dave Shumaker Reference Librarian; WeirFoulds LLP; Toronto, ON
  • Jamie Sunnycalb Library Assistant; Charlotte, NC
  • Matt Timko ILL Coordinator and Reference Fellow; Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library; Elburn, IL
  • Dena Verhoff New York, NY

AALL eNewsletter / May 2016

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT KEITH ANN STIVERSON

The AALL Annual Meeting tops this month’s news, and I hope you will take the time to read about some of the educational offerings in the links below. Many programs are designed to help all of us—regardless of the job we now have—deal with change.

The more I think I have a handle on the so-called ‘disruption’ in the legal community/industry, the more I realize how much more there is to learn. Every time I have a conversation with anyone who provides legal information, I learn something new and get another angle I hadn’t thought about.

I no longer believe that we have figured out exactly what will happen next, but I don’t feel discouraged. This Annual Meeting is designed to help us figure out the change as it affects our particular work place. We all have the opportunity to improve upon the skills we have now, and either take the improvements back to our current job, or take them forward to the job we want. I sincerely hope you will join us in Chicago (less than two months from now!) so we can all take a journey together toward the future, which is now. Best wishes.

AALL Membership Renewal Deadline | May 31

AALL dues invoices for the 2016-2017 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 Headquarters
at 312.205.8034.

Thanks to everyone who renewed their membership by May 2 for a chance to win free AALL Annual Meeting registration. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Jesse Griffin Jr. Processing Assistant; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
  • John Hostage Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Michael Mitsukawa Associate Director, Administrative & Technology Services; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA

AALL 2016 | Time’s Running Out to Save $100

Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference–will you be joining your colleagues in Chicago? Register by Friday, June 3 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, coffee talks, and Will Evans’s keynote address.

Stay tuned for updates on coffee talks and hot topic programs. Not sure if AALL 2016 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 and discounts for students and retirees.

AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum | Submit Resolutions

The AALL General Business Meeting and Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m., during the Annual Meeting in Chicago. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 24. 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, and 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.

Ask Your Senators to Confirm Hayden as Librarian of Congress

On April 20, the Senate Rules Committee held its nomination hearing on Dr. Carla D. Hayden to be the 14th Librarian of Congress. AALL strongly supports Dr. Hayden, a librarian, to be the nation’s next Librarian; now we need you to ask your Senators to act quickly to confirm her nomination. The nomination currently sits in the Senate Rules Committee, where it will remain until the Committee sends the nomination to the full Senate. Please take just two minutes to tell your Senators that it’s time to confirm Dr. Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. AALL’s Legislative Action Center provides talking points and a sample message, making it easy to make your voice heard. Thanks in advance for speaking out!

May/June Edition of AALL Spectrum Now Online

Highlights

Arizona Enacts UELMA

This week, Arizona became the 13th state to enact the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). The Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) and members of AALL strongly supported the Act, and their effective advocacy helped to ensure its passage. Congratulations to our advocates in Arizona!

AALL Webinars | Register Today

Creating Non-Traditional Leadership Opportunities for Professional Growth and Institutional Excellence
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, May 23
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Within every organization, ensuring leadership opportunities not only provides professional growth for staff but also enriches and contributes to organizational excellence. The most successful organizations recognize that managers and high level leaders must expand leadership opportunities and identify and grow leadership possibilities within the organization’s reach. This webinar is designed to illustrate these opportunities for leading in all types and sizes of organizations—providing definitions of traditional and non-traditional leadership. It also covers short- and long-term possibilities, outlining how to create win-win opportunities for employees and the institution as a whole

Advanced Competitive Intelligence: Best Practices in Conducting CI Research
Wednesday, June 8 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, June 3
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the buzzword for business, marketing, and people research that law librarians have been providing to constituents for decades. Armed with expert research strengths, librarians can help shape or augment current CI capabilities to help deliver services that differentiate them in the marketplace. Learn the practical side of providing CI services from an expert with a background in legal and professional services librarianship that can be easily adopted into any law library setting.

These webinar programs are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Library Career Planning: Is Management Right for Everyone?

This program, from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, will help you think about library management and whether it is a good fit for your interests and skill set. Following a brief overview of the skills and responsibilities that are required for a variety of positions in the law library, you will be given the opportunity to complete a self-assessment that will help identify your strengths within the different areas. The conversation highlights the many assumptions that exist in law librarianship, which can influence your decision to take on new responsibilities.

A panel of experienced librarians share advice on career development as you consider your own aspirations. Ask yourself the questions posed by Deborah Schander, Paul Healey, Michael VanderHeijden, and Ronald E. Wheeler, and consider whether management is the right fit for you. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

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The CRIV Sheet | May 2016 Edition Now Available Online

The May 2016 edition of The CRIV Sheet, the newsletter of the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, is now available online. The edition discusses copyright law, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the latest from VRAG, recommended programs for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting, and updates from the CRIV vendor liaisons.  

If you would like to contribute to The CRIV Sheet or just share your ideas on improving vendor relations, your input is always appreciated. Please email any member of The CRIV Sheet subcommittee with your comments, letters, suggestions, and submissions: Alexa Robertson, Valerie Carullo, Charles A. Pippins II, Gilda Chiu.

For the Leader in You

Becoming a great leader isn’t something that happens overnight. You must first develop your skills and shape your leadership style over time—a process that can take a great deal of conscious effort and desire. Start your journey by taking small steps every day and eventually you will become the leader that you have always envisioned.

To learn more about beginning your personal leadership journey, here are some suggested articles:

For more in depth reading on beginning your journey to great leadership, here are some books on this area:

The Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on influential leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

AALL Chapter Events

Each Association year, members of the AALL Executive Board attend Chapter meetings to share news and information about initiatives, and to meet with members to hear their suggestions and concerns regarding issues affecting the profession and AALL. Board members enjoy these opportunities to meet with members and appreciate all of the hospitality that they extend. This year was no exception, and Executive Board members attended, or will soon attend, meetings for the following Chapters:

  • Atlanta Law Libraries Association
  • Dallas Association of Law Librarians
  • Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association
  • Houston Area Law Librarians
  • Law Librarians of Puget Sound
  • Law Library Association of Greater New York
  • Michigan Association of Law Libraries
  • Mid-America Association of Law Libraries
  • New Jersey Law Librarians Association
  • New Orleans Association of Law Librarians
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries
  • Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries
  • San Diego Area Law Libraries
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries
  • Southern California Association of Law Libraries
  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries
  • Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

Member News

John DiGilio and Katie Leonard have joined the LAC Group—a leading provider of mission-critical, outsourced library, information, and knowledge management services—as senior directors for the company’s LibSource business unit. DiGilio joins LibSource as senior director of research and intelligence from Reed Smith LLP, where he served as national manager of library research services. Leonard comes from Thomson Reuters to be LibSource’s senior director of client engagement. Both Leonard and DiGilio are long-time members of the American Association of Law Libraries, serving on several special interest sections (SIS).

Todd Melnick has been appointed director of The Maloney Library and clinical associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, effective August 1. A graduate of Brandeis University, Melnick holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, a Master of Education degree from UCLA School of Education, and an MLIS from Rutgers. He joined Fordham Law Library in 2005 after six years as a reference librarian at George Washington University School of Law. At Fordham, he led the creation of FLASH, the Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History, working with library staff, the Law School faculty, and Fordham’s student-edited law journals. FLASH contains more than 9,600 documents that have been downloaded more than 7.4 million times by readers in more than 170 countries.

Loren Turner has taken a new position as foreign, comparative and international (FCIL) law librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library. In her new role, Turner will support the research and curricular needs of the FCIL faculty, provide research assistance to law students, and teach an upper-division seminar on FCIL research. She will also serve as liaison to the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and participate in the development of the library’s extensive foreign, comparative, and international law collection. She previously served as a reference librarian and taught legal research at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Turner also serves as secretary/treasurer of AALL’s FCIL-SIS and as co-chair of the FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee.

AALL Vice President/President-Elect, Ronald E. Wheeler’s AALL Spectrum article “Soft Skills: The Importance of Cultivating Emotional Intelligence,” (January/February 2016, Volume 20, Number 3) was cited in The Silicon Flatirons Roundtable Series on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Public Policy this 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

AALL has been advised of the deaths of Beverly Burmeister, Calmer Chattoo, and Gisèle Laprise.

Beverly Burmeister served as the cataloging services librarian and assistant professor of law librarianship at Valparaiso University Law School Library from 2007 until her retirement in 2013. After working with various family and mental health agencies in Illinois and Indiana for several years, including executive roles, Burmeister switched directions by returning to school in a new field. In 2007, she received her MLS from Indiana University and began her position at Valparaiso that same year, quickly becoming a valued co-worker and friend—appreciated for her gracious manner, good humor, and common sense. During her six years as an AALL member, she served as a member of the Academic Law Libraries SIS, Online Bibliographic SIS, and as a contributor to the AALL Spectrum blog. She also volunteered for the working group on state online legal information that updated the Indiana inventory and was actively involved in the Chicago Association of Law Libraries and Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries. She passed away on May 1, 2016.

For 10 years, Ms. Chattoo served as an electronic resources/special formats catalog librarian at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL. At her institution, she was active in the Women’s Commission and in Green U initiatives—her dedication to sustainability stemming from her love of gardening. Professionally, Chattoo was active in several library associations, including the Caribbean Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries, which she joined in 1997. At AALL she participated in several special interest sections (SISs) including vice-chair/chair-elect for AALL’s Online Bibliographic Services SIS, Academic Law Libraries SIS, and Technical Services SIS, in addition to serving on the council of SIS chairs. She passed away after a brief illness on April 24, 2016.

Gisèle Laprise served as a librarian at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Montréal, Canada. A member of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, she joined AALL in 2007, where she was a member of the Private Law Libraries SIS. She passed away on November 6, 2015.

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

AALL Headquarters Closed for Memorial Day

AALL’s offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Derrik Albertelli Technical Services Librarian; Ropes & Gray LLP; Boston, MA
  • Crystal Alberthal Librarian; University of Washington; Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Nora Ballantyne Director Information Services; Department of Justice Library; Ottawa, ON
  • Elizabeth Blackburn Victoria, BC
  • Narine Bournoutian Collection Maintenance Coordinator; Columbia University; New York, NY
  • Robert Brammer Legal Reference Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Katherine Emily Britt Student; Helena, AL
  • Sandra Brown Acquisitions Librarian; Texas Southern University; Houston, TX
  • Leizel Ching Reference Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Laura Edmonston Assistant Law Librarian; Washington State Law Library; Olympia, WA
  • Stephanie Fisher International Specialist; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; New York, NY
  • Calissa Folse Library Associate; Law Library of Louisiana; New Orleans, LA
  • John Gorman Government Information Librarian; DePaul University College of Law; Chicago, IL
  • Cary Anne Hall Library Specialist; Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Rebecca Hare Information Specialist; Bloomington, MN
  • Daniel Hayes Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; New York, NY
  • Heather Holmes Assistant Law Librarian; Harris County Law Library; Houston, TX
  • Jung Hee Jin Librarian; National Assembly Library; Seoul
  • Michelle Klaw Tech Services Librarian; Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Hyang Eun Lee Director of Law Library Coordination Division; National Assembly Library; Seoul
  • Mark Leighton Research Services Specialist; George Mason University Law Library; Arlington, VA
  • Mala Muralidharan Administrator of the State Library; Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
  • Bryan Petit Collections Services Manager; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Staci Pratt Graduate Assistant; Kansas City, MO
  • Evelyn Rodriguez-Torres Serials Librarian; University of Puerto Rico Law Library; San Juan, PR
  • Nina Rosenblum Reference Librarian; Irell & Manella LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Karen Sanchez Research Assistant; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Matthew Schmidt Librarian; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Elizabeth Schutz Reference Librarian; Briggs and Morgan; Minneapolis, MN
  • Yuksel Serindag Acquisition Librarian; Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Carey Sias Systems Librarian; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, PA
  • David Smith Research Analyst; Hogan Lovells Northern Virginia LLP; McLean, VA
  • Lachelle C. Smith Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian; University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Jill Strykowski Catalog Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York, NY
  • Kaylie Vermillion Circulation Manager; Ohio State University Moritz Law Library; Columbus, OH
  • Kristy White Library Systems Specialist; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Libby Whitethread Research Resources Manager; Hogan Lovells International LLP; London
  • Adam Ziegler Manager, Special Projects; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA