AALL eNewsletter / April 2015


Last week, the AALL Executive Board held the first of many meetings with branding firm Mission Minded to begin the work on our rebranding initiative. When brainstorming about what law librarianship means today, one of the comments was “It’s not your grandma’s library.” This month’s e-news is chock full of examples of ways that AALL is embracing the future of law librarianship and preparing members for professional progress and success.

The Nominations Committee has assembled another strong slate of candidates for our upcoming election. Look for more information about the candidates, and remember to vote when the time comes. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of AALL.

Educational opportunities abound, starting with the upcoming Annual Meeting. Register today to take advantage of preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed special interest section events, many of which are already filling up. Also, check out the upcoming webinars and mark your calendar for the inaugural AALL Business Skills Clinic. Remember, AALL monthly webinars are now free to members, so don’t forget to renew your membership soon, too!

For your commute or Sunday morning reading, take a look at the articles on innovation hand-picked by the Leadership Development Committee in this month’s For the Leader In You.

Finally, the entries in this year’s AALL Day in the Life Contest are certainly illustrative of the fact that our profession is innovative, creative, and even fun. Look at the photos, watch the videos, and cast your vote for your favorites. It’s not your grandma’s library, indeed!

Candidates Announced for 2016 Executive Board Election

The 2015 AALL Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect, one candidate to serve as treasurer, and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held October 1-31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2016.

Vice President/President-Elect


  • Elaine M. Knecht, Director of Information Resources, Hiscock Barclay, LLP, Buffalo, New York
  • Jean L. Willis, Assistant Director for Support Services, Sacramento County Public Law Library, Sacramento, California

Executive Board Members

  • Pauline M. Aranas, Associate Dean, John Stauffer Charitable Trust CIO, and Director of the Law Library, University of Southern California Barnett Information Technology Center & Call Law Library, Los Angeles
  • Madeline Cohen, Director & Circuit Librarian, U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library, Denver
  • Mary Jenkins, Law Librarian & Director, Hamilton County Law Library, Cincinnati
  • Meg Kribble, Research Librarian & Outreach Coordinator, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on Monday, July 20, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the AALL Member Services Booth. In the fall, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET. As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2c, a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, not later than 30 days after the date of this notice, a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance

Congratulations to all of our candidates!

Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2015 Annual Meeting Registration

AALL dues invoices for the 2015-2016 membership year have been mailed to institutions and individual members. The deadline for renewal is May 31.

When you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2015 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registrations.

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

Calling All Procrastinators!

Sure, you could wait to register for AALL 2015, but if you do, you might miss out on preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed SIS events—many of which are already filling up. And did you know you can book your conference housing before you register? Do it today while hotel options are still plentiful. And don’t forget to register by June 5 to save $100 on conference registration.

Why Attend?

We asked last year’s attendees to tell us about their best moments at the conference, and here are a few:

  • “It was great to be able to hear such respected experts at AALL. I’ve already been applying what I learned during the workshop to my job.”
  • “Running into old friends, striking up new acquaintances, sitting at the roundtables during sessions, and brainstorming.”
  • “Being able to talk to other solo librarians and firm librarians…it’s lonely being the only librarian in my workplace!”
  • “One-on-one or small group chats with colleagues in similar positions.”
  • “The energy in the room at the Access to Justice program. It is wonderful that librarians are finally getting a seat at the table; we have been in the trenches for many years!”
  • “Although the programs are very good, probably the best moments are reconnecting with former colleagues and also with the vendors. Some of the most productive moments are meetings with other directors.”

Last Call for Coffee Talk Topics

Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you find yourself in now? Informal Coffee Talk discussions will be held on Monday morning where attendees can brainstorm; sound off; and share their challenges, experiences, and ideas. Send your ideas to annualmeeting@aall.org by May 1.

Submit Resolutions and Questions

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held July 20 at 3:15 p.m. during the Annual Meeting. It will be followed immediately by the Members Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 4:30 p.m.

Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 26. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

During this year’s Members Open Forum, AALL 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.

Attend Two AALL Webinars in April

Security Issues in Law Libraries

Security risks in law libraries, courthouses, and law schools require an expert response. In this webinar on April 23 at 11 a.m. CDT, experienced administrators will provide guidance about how to identify security risks in law libraries, how to compile security plans that address library concerns, and where to go for assistance as the library security plan is implemented. Coverage will include digital security, protection of rare books and other special collections, and the physical security of staff and facilities. Register by April 20.

User-Friendly Library Websites: Writing Content for the Web

Join AALL April 30 at 11 a.m. CDT for the second in a two-part webinar series covering user-friendly websites. The job of a website, whether internal or external, is to help people accomplish tasks without being overwhelmed or distracted by a glut of information. In this session, attendees will learn about writing content for the web, how human behavior affects usability, and how to write content that aligns with the website’s purpose. Register by April 27.

These free webinars are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

Anticipate as a Strategic Leader: Registration Opens April 17

On May 28 at 11 a.m. CDT, join Franklin Shen, a consultant with Decision Strategies International, for Anticipate as a Strategic Leader, a webinar that will introduce you to the six elements of strategic thinking and then highlight one of those elements: Anticipate. Focusing on the need for leaders to anticipate, be prepared for, and lead through change, participants will learn how to examine outside and inside forces and expand strategic thinking capability.

Registration will open this Friday, April 17. Please check AALLNET for more information.

CPE Program Grants Deadline—May 7

Are you busy planning fall programs? Applications for AALL/Bloomberg BNA CPE Grants are now being accepted. All AALL entities are welcome to apply, including chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming year-round. The next deadline for grant applications is May 7.

Save the Date: AALL Business Skills Clinic to be Held October 16-17

The legal industry is changing every day, and law librarians need to be prepared with skills that equip them for the road ahead. AALL is committed to expanding education opportunities that meet member needs, so I am pleased to announce the upcoming AALL Business Skills Clinic, a two-day intensive experience designed to give you skills in strategic planning, managerial finance, human resources, negotiations, performance measures, and marketing/communications.

The program will be held October 16-17 in Chicago at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel. Save the date, and stay tuned for more information. Contact Katie Brown, Chair of the Business Skills Education Task Force, or Celeste Smith, AALL’s director of education, for more information.

Advocacy Efforts to Oppose Proposed Closure of Vermont State Law Library

On April 6, the Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) chapter of AALL sent a letter to the Vermont Senate Committee on Appropriations urging members of the committee to oppose proposed budget cuts that would result in the closure of the Vermont State Law Library. Facing a state budget shortfall of $113 million for fiscal year 2016, the Vermont legislature has proposed across-the-board cuts to state agencies and programs, including slashing nearly $500,000 from the Department of Libraries’ budget. The Vermont State Law Library, which has an annual budget of just over $150,000 this year, is the only law library in the state whose mission is dedicated to serving the public. AALL is working in coordination with LLNE, the State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section, and members in Vermont to oppose the law library’s closure.

UELMA Online Advocacy Training to be Held May 13

Registration is open for AALL’s next online advocacy training, “Progress Report: UELMA Advocacy in 2015 and Beyond,” on Wednesday, May 13 at noon EDT. Since it was approved by the Uniform Law Commission in July 2011, the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) has been introduced in 20 legislatures and become law in 12 states. In this 30-minute training, we’ll assess progress made on UELMA, including common advocacy challenges and strategies for success from the AALL members and chapters who have played an instrumental role in advancing the Act. Register today to learn more about shepherding UELMA through the legislative process and to identify opportunities to help enact UELMA in your state. This training is complimentary for AALL and chapter members.

Lend Your Expertise—Apply to Serve on the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board

AALL seeks applicants to serve on its inaugural 2015-2016 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, established to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s magazine. The AALL Spectrum Editorial Board will serve as a group of advisors to the AALL Spectrum editorial director and will be integral in identifying, shaping, and publishing information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.

In order to provide the most valuable information that will support AALL members in their work as legal information professionals, content for AALL Spectrum will relate to five general content areas: leadership, education and research, technology, business skills, and AALL member news. Applicants for the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more of these content areas, as well as a strong professional network and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors.

Please submit your application by Thursday, April 30.

Voting is Open for the 2015 Day in the Life Contest

It’s time to vote for your favorites in the annual AALL Day in the Life Contest!

Nearly 60 entries were received in this year’s contest. The finalists were selected by Public Relations Committee members, who ranked each entry based on quality, creativity, professionalism, and the spirit of law librarianship. The top five entries for each category were then selected based on the committee’s rankings.

Vote for your favorites today! Voting is open until April 18.

For the Leader in You

Innovation leadership has the power to inspire employees, solve problems within an organization, advance an organization’s goals, and drive transformational change. Creating a culture of innovation will help you retain your top talent and make your team more adaptive to change. To learn more about creating a culture of innovation, AALL’s Leadership Development Committee suggests the following articles:

“Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders” by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman

“5 Ways Leaders Enable Innovation in Their Teams” by Glenn Llopis

“Innovation Leadership as a Key Skill in Business” by Teodora Lazarova

“Successful Innovation Leaders ‘Make Their Organizations Ready And Willing To Perform'” by Roger Trapp

“Innovation Leadership: How to use innovation to lead effectively, work collaboratively, and drive results” by David Horth and Dan Buchner

“Becoming a Leader Who Fosters Innovation” by David Magellan Horth and Jonathan Vehar

“Together We Innovate” by Rob Cross, Andrew Hargadon, Salvatore Parise and Robert J. Thomas

For more in-depth reading on the topic of innovation leadership, the following books are recommended:

Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation by Linda Hill, Greg Brandeau, Emily Truelove, and Kent Lineback

“Unlocking the Slices of Genius in Your Organization: Leading for Innovation” by Linda Hill, Linda A., Maurizio Travaglini, Greg Brandeau, and Emily Stecker; Chapter 21 in Handbook of Leadership Theory and Practice

Connective Behaviors That Spur Innovation: EMC West Coast Women’s Leadership Forum: Driving Innovation by EMC West Coast Women’s Leadership Forum.

The Innovative Leader: How to Inspire Your Team and Drive Creativity by Paul Sloan

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Next month our focus will be on proactive leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Jennifer Ash.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

April 16-18, 2015
Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Libraries

April 17, 2015
MichALL 2015 Chapter Meeting
Michigan Association of Law Libraries

April 18, 2015
NOCALL Spring Institute 2015
Northern California Association of Law Libraries

April 24, 2015
2015 Dallas Association of Law Librarians Spring Institute
Dallas Association of Law Librarians

April 24, 2015
LLNE Spring 2015 Conference
Law Librarians of New England

May 12, 2015
ALLA 2015 Annual Meeting
Atlanta Law Libraries Association

May 14, 2015
CALL 2015 Annual Meeting
Chicago Association of Law Libraries

May 15, 2015
ALLUNY 2015 Spring Institute
Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York

Continuing Professional Education Pick of the Month—Courtroom Technology: Trends and Practical Insights

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents its pick of the month: Courtroom Technology: Trends and Practical Insights.

Traditional courtrooms are rapidly becoming relics of the past. Many lawyers no longer mount exhibits on foam core boards, pass paper documents among jury members, or write on paper easels and whiteboards. Thomas Bruton, the Clerk of the Court for U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, offers insight into the technology being deployed in courtrooms across the country from his experience upgrading evidence presentation equipment in 50 courtrooms. This webinar from December 2014 provides practical insight into the successes and pitfalls of planning courtroom technology and will help you consider your role in preparing students and attorneys for the courtrooms of today.

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

Invest in Your Future

AALL offers numerous opportunities for you to help enhance the profession of law librarianship by contributing to grant, scholarship, and research funds. AALL’s scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation, in turn, makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you’ll find a list of giving opportunities with instructions for making your contribution. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Member News

Carol Bredemeyer, assistant director for faculty services at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, was honored for her 2014 AALL Hall of Fame Award in the University of Kentucky’s School of Library and Information Science Spring 2015 newsletter.

Yael Mandelstam, head of cataloging at Fordham University Law Library, will speak in a program during the American Library Association Annual Conference to be held June 25-30 in San Francisco. The program, “Coming to Terms with the New LC Vocabularies: Genre/Form (Literature, Music, General), Demographic Groups and Medium of Performance” will be held Monday, June 29, and will discuss the context, development, and practical application of these new vocabularies and fields.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Ashley St. John, AALL marketing and communications manager.


AALL has been advised of the death of Brad LeMarr.

Mr. LeMarr, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, passed away January 20. LeMarr joined AALL in 2009 and was involved in a number of special interest sections.

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

Andrew Bennett Law Librarian, Fort Bend County Law Library; Richmond, Texas
Shawn Blanchard Circulation Manager, Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, Florida
Yael Bronner New York, New York
Cliff Bushin Librarian; Ontario, Canada
Jiyoung Chae National Assembly Library; Seoul, South Korea
Jourdan Corbitt Business & Legal Research Analyst, DLA Piper LLP; San Francisco, California
Timothy Dannay Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Connecticut School of Law Library; West Springfield, Massachusetts
Ginger Dicke Librarian, Sedgwick LLP; Los Angeles, California
Bonnie Gallagher Law Librarian II, Connecticut Judicial Department Law Library; Middletown, Connecticut
Nicole DeVendra Hughes Operations Specialist, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP; Wheeling, West Virginia
Angela Jaffee Senior Research and Reference Specialist, WilmerHale; Washington, D.C.
Janet Kearney Student; Mandeville, Louisiana
Tracey Murphy Assistant Director Technical Services, Duval County Law Library; Jacksonville, Florida
Chanteyl Newman Office Services Manager, Clark County Law Library; Las Vegas, Nevada
Anne Rajotte Reference Librarian, University of Connecticut School of Law Library; Hartford, Connecticut
Neeri Rao Faculty Services Librarian, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, Ohio
Lynne Rhys State Law Librarian, New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library; Santa Fe, New Mexico
Wickliffe Shreve Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mark Torchiana Co-Founder, Courtroom Insight; San Francisco, California
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