AALL eNewsletter / August 2015


Dear Colleagues: It is a pleasure to serve you as AALL president, and I look forward to working with you in the coming year.

I’ve heard only enthusiastic compliments about the programs held at our 108th Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia, and the 2016 Annual Meeting Program Committee is already hard at work to build on the success achieved this year. Thank you for contributing your ideas for next year’s meeting in Chicago; the call for proposals will be announced next month.

The Executive Board, council chairs, and other leaders from the membership have been working on a rebranding initiative that asks all of us to consider whether our name lives up to the reality we are now living. You can learn more about this by reviewing the project update and FAQ, which we will keep up-to-date on our progress. I hope you’ll take some time to consider the questions we are trying to answer: What do we want our reputation to be? We know who we are and what we are capable of, but is all of that expressed in the name we have had since 1906? Rebranding is about reputation and about conveying our value to others.

As the legal community and our profession continue to undergo massive change, let’s see it as an opportunity and react positively. I chose Make It New: Create the Future for our 2016 theme to highlight the fact that we are the knowledge professionals who have more skills than most of our colleagues in the organizations we serve. We are the people who can truly help move our organizations forward into the future, so let’s do it. Look around your organization to see what you can do to help solve its challenges, and then share your successes with all of us.

We’ve pulled together a lot of news for you, as well as reading suggestions from the Leadership Development Committee. Enjoy!

I look forward to your active participation in the year ahead, and I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve. Let me hear from you!

AALL’s Rebranding Initiative: Creating Our Future

Over the past several months, the AALL Rebranding Initiative has been moving forward using the results of the May member survey to inform the process. FAQs and a project update are available to keep you up-to-date on the progress of this project. If you have any questions or comments on these materials or the initiative, please share them with Cara Schillinger, AALL’s director of membership, marketing, and communications.

Missed AALL 2015 in Philly? Complimentary Session Recordings are Available on AALL2go

At last month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share information and resources. As an AALL member, you can now access all of the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Philly or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–your “power of connection” is just a few clicks away.

These AALL 2015 session recordings were sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

Executive Board Action

Executive Board Meeting Held July 16

The AALL Executive Board met July 16 prior to the Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia. At that meeting the board voted to form a task force to look at the format and frequency of Law Library Journal. The board also reviewed a draft of the FY2015-16 budget which will be voted on by the board in August. Also approved was a revised AALL Government Relations Policy.

Executive Board to Meet August 24

The Executive Board will meet via conference call next Monday, August 24, to consider approval of the AALL budget for FY 2015-2016. In addition, the board will consider an application to form a new entity, the Law Repositories Caucus, and a motion to amend a previous action taken at the July Executive Board meeting to appoint a task force to review Law Library Journal. The Executive Board meeting agenda is now available on AALLNET.

Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders: Election Opens October 1

AALL 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 by visiting the biographies and statements page on AALLNET.

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members opens Thursday, October 1, and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, October 31. Ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members on October 1. On November 2, ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

Your vote will not only help select future Executive Board members, it will also help shape the future of AALL!

AALL Proposed Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries

At the Annual Business Meeting on July 20, the AALL members present voted to forward a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries to the AALL membership for a vote. The resolution was sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section and the Environmental Libraries and Animal Law caucuses.

Online voting opens on Tuesday, September 1, and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, September 15. You can participate in discussion about the resolution on its community page on AALLNET.

Thank You for Your AALL 2016 Topic Ideas—Stay Tuned for September Call for Proposals

AALL expresses thanks to all who contributed and voted on ideas for “must-have” programs at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference! The Annual Meeting Program Committee is in the process of finalizing the slate, and the selected topic ideas will be featured in next month’s call for proposals. In the meantime, visit our Proposer Resources page for more information, and check back for updates.

Exciting Changes to AALLNET

Last month, AALL My Communities was upgraded with a new responsive design, and now AALLNET is responsive too! With the goal of providing users an intuitive and consistent experience across all platforms, AALLNET’s responsive design went live yesterday afternoon. This means both AALLNET and My Communities will automatically reconfigure to fit the size of your device (i.e., desktop, tablet, or smart phone).

A successful website is always evolving and improving, and we will continue to incorporate new elements as identified through member feedback and association trends. If you have any questions or encounter any problems, please contact support@aall.org.

September Webinar: Distance Learning—The New Normal for Librarians

What is Distance Learning? Who’s doing it, and how does it work? Is there a role for libraries? Distance learning is the new normal, and librarians need to be prepared to foster, teach, and support distance learning for their organizations. Join us for this complimentary webinar September 24 at 11 a.m. (CDT) to hear Dr. Rebecca S. Trammell, professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, discuss distance learning costs, tools and strategies, and resources available to support librarians and libraries in using this flexible delivery method for instruction. Registration is now open.

AALL webinars are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL Business Skills Clinic: Two Weeks Left to Register

Do you have the skills necessary to meet the changing demands of the workplace? The AALL Business Skills Clinic, which will be held October 16-17 in Chicago, will equip you with core business skills. Learn from experts in strategic planning, human resources, negotiations, marketing and communications, performance measures, and managerial finance.

Registration for the AALL Business Skills Clinic costs $795 and closes September 3. Support for the program is provided by a grant from Bloomberg BNA.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Security Issues in Law Libraries

In the webinar Security Issues in Law Libraries, Michelle Rigual, director of the University of New Mexico Law Library; Richard Parris, chief security officer of the District of Columbia Courts; and James G. Durham, deputy director of the Maryland State Law Library, share insights and best practices regarding keeping patrons, employees, and items safe at law libraries. The active shooter training and response video recommended by Parris, Run Hide Fight (approximately six minutes), will be of interest to library staff who want to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. The presenters advocate being proactive by providing training for staff and creating and practicing an emergency plan.

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

For the Leader in You

The best leaders don’t adopt one leadership style; they adjust and adapt to suit their surroundings. The workplace and the team you manage are in constant motion, acting and reacting to internal and external forces. Don’t limit yourself to a single leadership style; learn how to be an effective leader for a variety of situations. To learn more about being an agile leader and the various leadership styles, check out the following articles about this topic:

“The Agile Leader: Adaptability” by Bruna Martinuzzi

“The Five Dimesions of Learning – Agile Leaders” by Kevin Cashman

“Stop ‘Doing Agile’ Start ‘Being Agile'” by Jim Highsmith

“Ten Tips for Agile Leaders” by Jonathan Rasmusson

“6 Leadership Styles, and When You Should Use Them” by Robyn Benincasa

“The Six Leadership Styles for Effective Team Performance” by Daniel Goleman

“6 Management Styles and When Best to Use Them – The Leaders Tool Kit” by Ros Cardinal

The following books provide more in-depth reading on the topic of innovation leadership:

Becoming an Agile Leader by Victoria V. Swisher

Leadership Agility: Five Levels of Mastery for Anticipating and Initiating Change by William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs

The Agility Advantage: How to Identify and Act on Opportunities in a Fast-Changing World by Amanda Setili.

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

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

October 7-11, 2015
WestPac and CAFLL Joint Conference
Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries
Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries
Honolulu, Hawaii

October 21-23, 2015
ORALL Annual Meeting 2015
Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries
Fort Wayne, Indiana

October 22-24, 2015
MAALL Annual Meeting 2015
Mid-America Association of Law Libraries
Kansas City, Missouri

Member News

In honor of Martha W. Keister, who passed away May 1, the Colorado Association of Law Libraries has established the Martha W. Keister Memorial Travel Grant. The grant was created to honor Keister’s warm, kind, and generous spirit, by assisting and inspiring current and future generations of law librarians with their educational endeavors. Keister served as foreign, comparative & international law librarian at the University of Denver Strum College of Law’s Westminster Law Library in Denver until 2006 and was a member of AALL since 1980.

Retiring Washington County Law Librarian Laura Orr was recognized in the Hillsboro Tribune‘s August 12 “Legal EASE” column for her years of and ongoing commitment to access to justice.

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 deaths of Diana Pierce and Elaine T. Sciolino.

Ms. Pierce was director of library and research services at Brown Rudnick LLP in Boston. She was a member of AALL since 1993. Ms. Pierce passed away June 3.

Ms. Sciolino was a research specialist at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York and worked previously at a number of additional major law firm libraries in the New York City area. She passed away July 21.

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

Get to Know Your Fellow AALL Members

Each month, AALL profiles a different AALL member on AALLNET. This month, hear from Anne Lucke, law librarian at the National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado.

Welcome New AALL Members

Sandra Avila Resource Management Librarian, Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, Florida
Yasmeen Bakht Manager of Training and Outreach Services, Dechert LLP; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Travis Baptist Research Specialist, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Daniel Burniston Head of Technical and Collection Services, University of South Dakota, McKusick Law Library; Vermillion, South Dakota
Peggy Faltin Cassell Research Services Specialist, Kutak Rock LLP; Omaha, Nebraska
Michele Gallagher Business Intelligence Analyst, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
David Gray CEO, Casebriefs; Boca Raton, Florida
Jeanne Hanrahan Cataloguer, Catholic University of America; Washington, D.C.
Melissa Hyland The University of North Carolina Law Library; Huntersville, North Carolina
Bethany Jennings Reference Librarian, Utah State Law Library; Salt Lake City, Utah
Andrew Jones Parker Clifton & Berish; Macon, Georgia
Kathy Kelly Librarian, Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett; Erie, Pennsylvania
Colleen Kennedy Highland Heights, Kentucky
Kristin Keyes Knowledge Solutions Research Services Manager, Greenberg Traurig; Sacramento, California
Don Killinger Detroit, Michigan
Stephan Licitra Librarian I, State Law Library of Montana; Helena, Montana
Rosemary Lowther Director of Knowledge Development, Barley Snyder, LLC; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Debbie Millward Manager of Information Resources, Lawson Lundell LLP; Vancouver, British Columbia
Stacey Mitchell MLIS Student; Olathe, Kansas
Loren Newman Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, Massachusetts
Emily Dust Nimsakont Head of Cataloguing & Resource Management, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Schmid Law Library; Lincoln, Nebraska
Seiji Ohashi El Paso, Texas
Katherine Orth Acquisitions Assistant, The University of North Carolina Law Library; Chapel Hill, N.C.
Corinne Perez Travis County Law Library; Austin, Texas
Tom Quinn Deal Point Data; Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Syeda Razeen Reference Librarian, Locke Lord LLP; Chicago, Illinois
Sean Rebstock Library Collections Analyst, Foley & Lardner LLP; Chicago, Illinois
Richard Reiben, Senior Solutions Consultant, Ravel Law; New York, New York
Patrick Roughen Durham, N.C.
Genna Saloff New York, New York
Melissa Sievers Law Librarian, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP; Rochester, New York
Rebekah Skiba Ave Maria School of Law Library; Naples, Florida
Tamara Sofia-Cerilli Ann Arbor, Michigan
Kate Stockert Law Librarian, K&L Gates; Seattle, Washington
Paige Testerman Fort Worth, Texas
Virginia Walker Director of Library Services, Ray Quinney & Nebeker, P.C.; Salt Lake City, Utah