Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name
Voting opened today on the proposal to change our name to Association for Legal Information. This morning you should have received an email message with information on how to vote that includes a unique voting PIN. If you did not receive the email, please contact Chris Siwa.
This proposal has generated a thoughtful discussion among our members, and I hope that many more will join the conversation, and that all of you will examine the rebranding materials we have made available on AALLNET.
As the voting begins, I am adding my voice to the discussion to give the main reasons why I favor the name change:
- I believe that Association for Legal Information is the best name, because it focuses on our central area of expertise rather than limiting our profession to a place or to a collection of resources.
- It is time to change our name, and Association for Legal Information more immediately communicates the scope and importance of the work performed by our members, who are the experts in legal information. The proposed name is inclusive of the many different and evolving roles members now play in the legal profession and in society. It epitomizes an energized, modern, forward-thinking profession in a way that American Association of Law Libraries does not.
- Association for Legal Information will move us forward by expanding opportunities and will help to give us a voice in the critical conversations taking place in the legal community. It will better communicate to those who have an impact on our ability to be successful–the dean, COO, court administrator, managing partner, or judge–the significant role we play in their organization.
Please keep in mind that the membership will make the final decision, and that means you. Voting is open until February 10, so please be sure to vote!
Keith Ann Stiverson