The Computing Services SIS (CS-SIS) had a great year in 2016-17. The Board met regularly and kept everything humming, members worked diligently on committees to provide great resources to our members, and we provided an excellent slate of small-group and large-group activities for the Annual Meeting. At the end of April 2017, CS has 398 members, 8 committees, and 47 active members on those committees.
CS had a banner Annual Meeting!
The Board decided to expand the opportunities members have to connect with each other, so instead of just one Round table event, we sponsored three. Each were well attended, so we’ll likely continue this in the future. The Recruitment and Involvement Committee coordinated:
- Sunday, 7/16/17 12:45 pm: Collaboration: Librarians Sharing Their Coding Knowledge (facilitated by Thomas Drueke)
- Sunday, 7/16/17 5:15 pm: Utilizing Instructional Technology in the Classrooms (facilitated by Debbie Ginsberg)
- Monday, 7/17/17 3:30 pm: Digitization Initiatives and Building Institutional Repositories (facilitated by Nick Szydlowski)
AALL has moved from a ‘table’ to a ‘poster’ experience in the Exhibit Hall. This year, the Outreach committee did a fabulous job of creating a great poster experience. They created a poster that we can re-use for years to come but is flexible enough to add new material to. They asked members to contribute photos of themselves for visual interest and fun, and created a selfie space for members to “See Yourself in CS.”
The Recruitment and Involvement Committee was chaired by Mark Popielarski and the poster was created by Tawnya Plumb.
In addition to the Roundtables, CS members organized another great Cool Tools Café educational program. We lost funding for the Alphabet Soup Reception this year, but the SIS’s involved put together some dine-arounds for members to meet up. And as always, Karaoke with Ken was a major hit!
CS members are always heavily involved in the programming at large for AALL. This year, CS members presented in 24 different programs at the Annual Meeting.
We had great attendance at the CS Breakfast and Business Meeting with forty-three members and sponsors attending. We all enjoyed breakfast and a short business meeting followed by the passing of the Beanie.
Awards and Grants Committee
Vicki Szymczak, Library Director & Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii, was the 2017 recipient of the CS-SIS Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award.
The Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award honors a CS-SIS member who has made outstanding contributions to the SIS, to AALL, and who is well regarded for their service to the profession. The inaugural award recipient was Ken Hirsh, in whose honor the award is named.
Vicki has been an active member of both CS-SIS and AALL. She has served on the CS board as both President (2008-2009) and Secretary/Treasurer (2003-2007). In AALL, Vicki currently serves on the Copyright Committee. Vicki regularly presents and moderates programs about topics relevant to CS members at the AALL Annual meeting. In all she does, Vicki is known as an enthusiastic and generous member of our community.
CS also awarded four Annual Meeting Grants.
Three for experienced librarians:
- Elizabeth Outler, Head of Technical Services, Barry University School of Law Library
- Deborah Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Hadi Amjadi, Systems Librarian, Golden Gate University
One for students & new librarians:
- Jonathan Germann, Digital Services Librarian, Georgia State University College of Law Library
The Grants & Awards Committee was chaired by Jean Willis.
This year, the CS Education Committee worked to make some of CS’s signature content available to AALL as a whole. They created a YouTube channel for CS, recorded presentations of the tools presented in our Cool Tools Café. The videos were sent out over the course of the year to keep members interested in fresh content.
The Education Committee was chaired by Kristopher Turner.
After much planning on how to make it run, the Blog Committee has the CS blog up and going! Find new blog content at http://blog.cssis.org/.
The following served as officers for the year: Chair: Cindy Bassett, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Jessica de Perio Wittman, Secretary/Treasurer: Kara Young, Members-At-Large: Patrick Butler and Alex Berrio Matamoros, and Immediate Past-Chair: Kincaid C. Brown. Incoming officers for the next year will include Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Tawnya Plumb, Secretary/Treasurer: Jonathan Germann, and Member-At-Large: Mari Cheney.
Cynthia Bassett, CS Chair, 2016-17
The Computing Services SIS had another successful Annual Meeting. We sponsored a hot topics session, a workshop, and organized a great Cool Tools Café educational program. Other CS activities at the Annual Meeting included the Joint Reception (CS/OBS/RIPS/TS), Karaoke with Ken, and the Breakfast and Business Meeting.
The Hot Topics program was a presentation and discussion of the Case Analysis Research Assistant functionality of Casetext and its utility in legal research. Pablo Arredondo, Vice-President for Legal Research of Casetext, presented. Cool Tools Café was a “Must-Have Program” and again well attended this year. Kurt Meyer and Jessica Hanes coordinated over twenty presentations into two slates over the B and C time slots.
Approximately fifty CS members attended the Breakfast and Business Meeting. Topics discussed included the implementation of the CS strategic plan and CS governance, the website migration, committee and Treasurer reports, and awards.
Awards and Grants Committee
Kris Niedringhaus was awarded the 2016 Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award. Kris has contributed to CS and AALL in numerous ways, including involvement in over 20 AALL or CALI educational programs, two stints on the CS-SIS Executive Board including as Chair, serving on the CALI Executive Board, and serving on AMPC and more than a dozen CS committees.
CS also awarded three Annual Meeting Grants:
- Two for experienced librarians: Mari Cheney and Kris Niedringhaus
- Grant for students & new librarians: Lacy Rakestraw
The Grants & Awards Committee was chaired by Jean Willis.
The CS Education Committee presented an AALL-wide webinar in July. “Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services” with presenters Beverly Butul and John Cannan was a success with a high attendance.
The Education Committee was chaired by Kristopher Turner.
Strategic Plan Implementation & CS Governance
The Board spent a lot of time this year advancing the strategic plan and Executive Board practices.
Changes implemented this year included:
- Regular conference call meetings for the Board
- Liaisons between Board members and CS committees
- The Chair studied existing CS documentation and wrote a report on Succession Planning and Archives with recommendations. The report recommended a consolidation of documentation currently spread between individuals, the website, and the wiki. All documentation will now be housed in a CS Executive Board Google Drive account. The Chair also began to implement the requirement for committee chairs to write documentation to aid in succession planning.
- In Spring 2016, the Website Content Review Taskforce was convened to review the content and organization of the CS website. In 2016-17, the Board will focus on updating the website based on these recommendations including re-organizing the website and integrating appropriate wiki content into the website. Out-of-date wiki content will be archived.
- The first Vice-Chair Project was undertaken this year. The Vice-Chair submitted an AALL webinar proposal that was ultimately not selected.
- The Executive Board reviewed the existing CS committee structure and reviseed the Program Planning Committee and reworked the Communications Committee into the Blog Committee.
Tom Boone, the CS webmaster, completed the migration to AALL’s content management system. The CS blog will continue to function on a separate platform, but will display on the AALL CS page.
The following served as officers for the year: Chair: Kincaid C. Brown, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Cynthia Bassett, Secretary/Treasurer: Kara Young, Member-At-Large: Patrick Butler, and Immediate Past-Chair: Caroline Young. Incoming officers for the next year will include Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Jessica de Perio Wittman, and Member-At-Large: Alex Berrio Matamoros. We thank Caroline Young for chairing the Nominations Committee and providing an excellent slate of candidates.
Kincaid C. Brown, CS-SIS Chair, 2015-16
The Computing Services SIS had a productive year. The CS sponsored a Roundtable, an Educational Program and a Workshop at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Other CS activities at the Annual Meeting included the Cool Tools Café, Karaoke with Ken, the Joint Reception (CS/OBS/RIPS/TS), and the CS-SIS Breakfast and Business Meeting.
The CS-SIS Roundtable: Hot Topics in Law Library Technology was a big success. The following topics were discussed: Social Media in Libraries, Mobile Apps for Law Librarians and Lawyers, Practice Readiness Technology, and Cloud Based Computing in Law Libraries. The following CS members and leaders agreed to lead a session: KC Brown, Patrick Butler, Susanna Leers, Jackie McCloud, Charlotte Schneider, Kara Young and Jean Willis.
CS also sponsored the AALL program Uncovering Discovery Systems: Digging Beyond the Hype and Gripe. This was extremely well received and was named a “must-see.” Special thanks to Nancy Babb and Iain Barksdale for coordinating and speaking, as well D. Prano Amjadi, Matthew L. Zimmerman and Kristina Anderson for speaking.
Additionally, CS co-sponsored the preconference workshop: AALL Hackathon: Connecting Legal Information and many members participated.
The Cool Tools Café was also very well attended and there were many positive comments about the new format this year. A much larger space was provided this year which helped with noise control. Each station has a large monitor and there was also a large presentation screen for the whole room. There were almost twice as many presenters this year. The changes were praised by both the attendees and presenters. Special thanks to Kara Young for coordinating and to Jackie McCloud who assisted.
The Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting was well attended. Our own CS member Kenneth J. Hirsh, Director, Law Library and Information Technology and Professor of Practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law spoke about the Evolving Roles for Law Librarians and Legal Technologists. Committee Reports and the Treasurer’s Report were also heard before the official Board Transition.
Tom Boone, our webmaster reported that the migration is nearly complete. The content has been migrated and now he is in the process of cleaning up. The CS blog will continue to function on a separate platform. Special thanks to Tom Boone for his exceptional assistance in getting the website migrated.
Awards and Grants Committee
Meg Kribble was awarded the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award for 2015. Meg’s service contributions are too numerous to list here but suffice it to say that Meg has served on the CS-SIS Board in nearly every capacity, including Member at Large and Chair. Meg has also contributed a great deal of volunteer service to AALL serving in such capacities as: Member of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2012 conference in Boston, serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Copyright Committee, and member of the Appointments Committee. She is a true asset to the profession!
We continued our practice of providing grants to worthy AALL members to attend the Annual Meeting. The Grants Committee, chaired by Kristina L. Niedringhaus, who was assisted by Vice-Chair Jean Willis awarded grants to the following members:
- AALL CS-SIS Annual Meeting Grant for Students and New Librarians – Jessica Burkhardt, Fox Rothschild LLP
- AALL CS-SIS Annual Meeting Grant for Experienced Librarians – Barbara Ginzburg, Washburn University School of Law Library
The Education Committee chaired by Alex Berrio Matamoros and Lucy Fazzino served as Vice-Chair. The committee initiated discussions of offering webinar programming around computing services related topics, submitted a proposal to the CS-SIS board request approval for such programming began discussions with Celeste Smith, Director of Education for AALL, regarding webinar programming; and intends to offer the first webinar in Fall 2015.
The Communications Committee chaired by Patrick Butler has been contributing to the CS-SIS blog and continuing to submit communications through social media platforms. The major initiative of the year was the design and distribution of the Communications Survey to the CS membership and the resulting proposal to the Board. A survey was designed to identify how the membership would most like to receive information and identify what information is most important. The survey went out to the membership in March. The Communications Committee then submitted a proposal to the Board to make changes to the communication methods, remove unused methods of communication, and bolster membership participation based on the results of the survey. The proposal was approved and will be carried out in the next year.
Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee was chaired by Debbie Ginsburg. The Committee finalized the Strategic Plan and Implementation Document and submitted it to the Board and it was approved. It is now in place for 2015-17. The Plan builds on the work done the previous year which included four strategic goals: Education, Communication, Administration, and Year-Long Programs. A fifth goal of Succession Planning was added with a new charge to the Chair, Vice-Chair and Immediate-Past-Chair in particular which includes mandatory Board meetings, designated liaisons to committees, a 2-year project for the Vice-Chair and for the Past-Chair to contribute documentation.
The following served as officers for the year: Chair: Caroline Young, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Kincaid Brown, Secretary/Treasurer: Ellen Qualey Jacquette, Members-At-Large Elizabeth Farrell and Patrick Butler, and Immediate Past-Chair: Susanna Leers. Incoming officers for the next year will include Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Cynthia Bassett, Secretary/Treasurer: Kara Young; and Member-At-Large: Vicki Steiner. Thank you Susanna Leers for chairing the Nominations Committee and providing an excellent slate of candidates.
Caroline Young, CS-SIS Chair, 2014-15
Computing Services SIS sponsored a roundtable, an educational program and a workshop at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The Cool Tools Café was reconfigured by providing a table, large monitor and seating area for each presenter. The changes were praised by both the attendees and presenters.
The Roundtable discussions on “Hot Topics in Law Library Technology” were led by CS-SIS board members and committee chairs. Topics included “Teaching Technology to Law Students,” “Discovery Layers,” “Providing computing hardware & services to faculty,” “Institutional Repositories & Open Access,” and “Free law online.”
Computing Services participated in the CONELL Marketplace and in the exhibits area. Jean Willis, Chair of our Membership Committee, and her committee organized both events. There were 55 attendees at the Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting. The CS-SIS Strategic Planning Committee (Chair Debbie Ginsberg, Meg Kribble, Jacquelyn McCloud, Kristina Niedringhaus, and Caroline Young) led a brainstorming activity that engaged all attendees in discussing CS-SIS’s future. Participants discussed and presented suggested projects falling under CS-SIS’s four strategic goals: Education, Communication, Administration, and Year-Long Programs. Members shared their ideas with the larger group. The committee will incorporate these suggestions into the CS-SIS Strategic plan.
Following recommendations from the Website Task Force, a CS-SIS website migration team has been formed to move the CS website to the AALLNET with the assistance of the AALL’s IT Director and the CS webmaster.
Awards and Grants Committee
Jean Willis was awarded the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award. Jean has, with great personal warmth and energy, served the Section and AALL in many capacities. She was a unanimous choice among the Executive Board members. We continued our practice of providing grants to worthy AALL members to attend the Annual Meeting. The Grants Committee, chaired by Monica Sharum, awarded grants to the following members:
The Library Student and New Librarian grant was given to:
Artie Berns. Student at the University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign.
Librarians with 3+ years in service to the profession:
Debbie Ginsberg. Educational Technology Librarian, Chicago-Kent College of Law Library.
The Education Committee chaired by Alex Berrio Matamoros surveyed CS-SIS members on what educational programming they wish to see and the committee will use the information for upcoming programs.
The Communications Committee chaired by Elizabeth Farrell plans to unify CS-SIS Social Media accounts, and has been working on increasing the SIS’s presence on Twitter leading up to the conference. They will also be involved as we migrate the CS-SIS website over to the AALLNET platform.
The following served as officers for the year: Susanna Leers. chair; Caroline Young. vice chair/chair-elect; Ellen Qualey Jacquette. secretary/treasurer; Kincaid Brown and Elizabeth Farrell, member s-at-large; and Jason Eiseman. immediate past chair. Incoming officers for the next year will include Kincaid Brown as vice chair/chair-elect and Patrick Butler as incoming member-at-large. We thank Jason Eiseman for chairing the Nominations Committee and providing an excellent slate of candidates.
Susanna Leers, CS-SIS Chair, 2013-14
Jason Eiseman, Chair 2012-2013
August 12, 2013
The officers of the Computing Services Special Interesting Section during 2012-13 were Jason Eiseman, Chair; Susanna Leers, Vice Chair; Meg Kribble, Past Chair; Cynthia Bassett, Secretary/Treasurer; Kincaid Brown, Member at Large; and Tom Boone, Member at Large. In 201314, our officers are Susanna Leers, Chair; Caroline Young, Vice Chair; Jason Eiseman, Past Chair; Ellen Qualey, Secretary/Treasurer; Elizabeth Farrell, Member at Large; and Kincaid Brown, Member at Large.
The Section’s 2013 Annual Breakfast and Business Meeting was held on Monday July 15 at 7:00am. CSSIS is thankful to the meeting’s sponsors: Bloomberg Law/Bloomberg BNA, William S. Hein & Co., LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer Law and Business.
The annual Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Award for outstanding service was presented to Debbie Ginsberg. CSSIS awarded grants to attend the Annual Meeting to Members Merri Hartse, Patrick Butler, and Kara Young. Member at Large Tom Boone and Awards & Grants Committee Chair Monica Sharum participated in the selection of AALL’s Innovations in Technology Award.
In response to the new programming process created by AALL, CS still sponsored additional educational opportunities at the annual meeting. The section sponsored a program on responsive web design, held a “popup meeting” where CS members brainstormed creative ways to approach difficult problems, and the CS Emerging Technologies subcommittee again proposed and put on the popular “Cool Tools Cafe.”
In addition, CS brought in a user experience specialist to speak at the annual breakfast meeting. Lada Gorlenko a Research and Strategy Lead at Artefact, a leading User Experience company in Seattle spoke about “USER RESEARCH FOR NONRESEARCHERS: HOW TO GET STARTED AND KEEP GOING.” CSSIS once again hosted the annual social outing Karaoke with Ken during the Annual Meeting and participated in the jointly sponsored “Alphabet Soup” reception with
The section also initiated an important recruitment initiative, spearheaded by Jean Willis. This year we sent an email to all new AALL members informing them about our section and the benefits of membership.