AALL eNewsletter / December 2007


Happy holidays and welcome to our December eNewsletter! This month’s issue provides several contest and award opportunities, the name of the winner of our Membership Survey drawing, and the latest winners in our Continuing Education Grants Program. Also be sure to see announcements about the latest issues of Law Library Journal and the AALL Washington E-Bulletin and the availability of Spectrum on HeinOnline. And it’s not too late to take our Membership Survey—find out how below. Also be sure to see how to review and update your member profile on AALLNET. Best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a happy and productive 2008!

AALL Membership Survey Still Open

Congratulations to Jean Weerasinghe, director of library services at Courts Administration Service in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Jean is the lucky recipient of a $100 American Express gift card. Her name was drawn from among those who completed the AALL Membership Survey by November 30.

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the 2007 Membership Survey so far. To date, 1,733 members have completed the survey for a response rate of nearly 38 percent.

If you have not completed the survey, there is still time to tell us what you think about the Association. You should have received a final e-mail reminder today with a link to the survey, which will remain open until December 31. It should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept confidential. Your input will go a long way in helping AALL meet your needs and those of the law library community.

AALL Washington E-Bulletin Released

The AALL Washington Affairs Office (WAO) recently released the latest issue of its e-newsletter, The AALL Washington E-Bulletin. Each issue covers current Action Alerts (take action now on the Presidential Records bill!), updates on the recent activities of the WAO, news from AALL chapters, and a section of interesting reading material. The E-Bulletin will be distributed via the AALL Advocacy discussion list (click here if you wish to subscribe) and will also be posted to the WAO Web site.

Fall Issue of Law Library Journal Wraps up Volume 99

Law Library JournalThe Fall 2007 issue of Law Library Journal, vol. 99, no. 4, was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; the issue is also available on AALLNET. This edition includes, among others, articles about the role of academic law librarians in promoting democracy; stories of self-represented litigants; and why librarians, not vendors, should teach CALR to first-year students.

New this year, the reports of AALL chapters, special interest sections, committees, and representatives, previously located in the Fall issue of Law Library Journal, are now available on AALLNET. Reports are sorted by year and by group for easy reference.

AALL Announces New Continuing Education Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the latest AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program award recipients. Congratulations to the following AALL members and entities:

  • Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section for a two-part Web seminar series on cost recovery
  • Southern California Association of Law Libraries for a program on assessing and navigating legal risk in law libraries
  • Kate Fitz, public services librarian at Sacramento County Public Law Library, for a program that serves as an introduction to Second Life law librarianship
  • Melanie Solon, law librarian at Berks County Law Library, and the Pennsylvania County Law Librarians for a program on answering the common pleas of the self-litigant
  • Colorado Association of Law Libraries for a spotlight program focusing on career: travel tips for the road to success.

Stay tuned for information about the next round of grants (deadline February 23).

HeinOnline Offers AALL Spectrum Archives to AALL Members

AALL SpectrumHeinOnline recently partnered with AALL to add AALL Spectrum to HeinOnline. The initial release includes Volumes 1-11 (1996-2007) and is available to AALL members for free through the Members Only Section of AALLNET. The AALL Newsletter (the predecessor to Spectrum) will also be added to HeinOnline in late January 2008. Full issues of Law Library Journal, dating back to the first issue in 1908, are already available through HeinOnline and in the AALL Members Only Section.

CRIV Tip: Publisher Terminology

The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors member Robert Myers, manager of serials and collections access at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, presents CRIV Tip No. 4 about publisher terminology.

Do you know the difference between an “approval plan” and a “package plan” or a “firm order” and a “standing order?” Need a quick refresher on publisher terminology? Consult CRIV Tools Beginning Glossary of Publishing Terms.

AALLNET Maintenance Work in January

AALLNET, including chapter, special interest section, committee, and caucus Web sites and discussion lists, will be down for regular maintenance starting at 8 p.m. CST on Friday, January 11. Normal operations will resume at 8 a.m. CST on Monday, January 14. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact AALL Database/Network Administrator Charles Reese (312/205-8024) or AALL Web Administrator Chris Siwa (312/205-8030).

Let Your Marketing Efforts Shine

It’s time to show off the best of your PR and marketing efforts for the 2008 AALL/Thomson West Excellence in Marketing Awards. These awards serve to recognize exceptional public relations efforts in raising the visibility and value of law librarianship, as well as provide examples of successful marketing strategies for all AALL members. The contest is open to any individual, group, library, consortium, special interest section, caucus, chapter, or any other group affiliated with AALL. Award categories include:

  • Best Brochure
  • Best Newsletter
  • Best Campaign
  • Best PR Tool Kit
  • Best Use of Technology

Entries are due February 1, 2008. For more information, check out the Excellence in Marketing Awards Web site. Please feel free to contact Julie Jones, AALL Public Relations Committee chair, with any questions (607/255-5858).

Calling all Public Access Pioneers

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) invites AALL members to nominate an individual, organization, or institution for the Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award. The Association presents the award annually to recognize special efforts in promoting or preserving public access to government information.

The GRC received a record-breaking number of nominations last year, and picking the winners was especially difficult. Please help make our work even more difficult this year by nominating a great public access pioneer or project that you know about.

Nominations must be submitted by February 1. For contest details, including a list of past winners, visit AALLNET or contact GRC ChairScott Matheson.

Get Ready for Your Close Up: A Day in the Life Photo Contest 2008

Day in the LifeDust off your cameras and start scoping out the perfect shot. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest is coming up in February 2008.

During the month of February, AALL members will take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries will be due by the end of the month, and they will be judged online by the membership in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July 2008 issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland.

Visit the Day in the Life site for complete contest rules, photography tips, and to view the winning photos from 2005 and 2007.

2008 Joint Study Institute Coming Together

JSIThe program sessions for the 2008 Joint Study Institute (JSI), scheduled for June 25-28 in Washington, D.C., are set, and speakers are being confirmed. The JSI will feature presentations on the examination and use of international law in U.S. court decisions; federalism, or the relationship between the law of the federal and state governments; digitization of the world’s legal materials; and many more. Accommodations will be at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, with program sessions and meals scheduled for Eric E. Hotung International Law Building at Georgetown University Law Center. Several tours and special meals are planned. Hotel registration is now open, and conference registration will open on January 2.

The biennial Joint Study Institutes were begun in the mid-1990s by AALL and the national law library organizations of Australia, Britain, Canada, and Ireland to bring together law librarians from the common law jurisdictions for networking and intensive instruction on the legal heritage and traditions of the host countries. The New Zealand Law Librarians’ Association has also now joined the group of sponsoring organizations. Visit the JSI Web site to learn more.

Update Your Membership Profile Today

Did you change jobs this year? Do you have new contact information? Don’t wait—update your membership profile today in the AALLNET Members Only Section. While in the Members Only Section, you can also manage your e-mail and print subscriptions and change delivery options under “Mail Options.”

Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. You must contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/939-4764, extension 210, to update your employer information. Also, please remember that in most cases, if your employer paid your dues (Institutional membership), your membership will not follow you to your new job.

2007 AALL Salary Survey Correction

In the 2007 AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics, Table 32 on page 28 was labeled incorrectly. The label above the columns on the right-hand side should read, “Average Information Budget per Attorney” and not “Total Library Salary Budget per Attorney.”

This table was corrected in the online version of the survey, and hard copy versions will include an errata page. AALL apologizes for the error.