AALL eNewsletter / December 2015


Best wishes for a lovely holiday season with family and friends. I hope you enjoy yourselves! Thank you to those who have taken the time to share your thoughts about the possibility of a new name for the Association. There are more than three weeks left before we vote, so for those of you who have not yet had an opportunity, I hope you can find the time to share your opinions.

Links to the “Association for Legal Information” discussion, the December 18 Virtual Town Hall meeting registration, and additional information are just below in the first news item. You also will find there links to the ballot and red-line of the Association bylaws. Earlier this week the Executive Board approved a suggestion to make these available immediately so that members could read them in advance of the vote.

AALL Proposed Name Change

Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name

At its November 2015 meeting, the Executive Board unanimously approved a recommendation that the Association’s name be changed to Association for Legal Information, and be submitted to members for a vote to change the bylaws to reflect the new name. Voting will begin Tuesday, January 12, and results will be announced Thursday, February 11. Both the proposed bylaws revisions and sample ballot have been posted to AALLNET.

Virtual Town Hall Meetings on Proposed Name

The proposed name change has sparked some great member discussion. To further the discussion, and to answer your questions, two Virtual Town Hall meetings were scheduled for December. The first Town Hall was held on December 1, and a recording from the meeting is posted to AALLNET. The second Town Hall will be held tomorrow, Friday, December 18 at 11 a.m. central.

Tomorrow’s Town Hall will begin with a short presentation about the proposed name change, followed by a Q&A session. During the Town Hall, you will have the opportunity to ask questions by phone and by live chat. You can also submit questions in advance to rebrand@aall.org.

Register for the December 18 Town Hall

The name proposal is a result of the branding initiative that AALL undertook in the spring of 2015. For more information about the process or to get involved in the conversation, listed below are additional resources.

Read the FAQs

View the AALL Rebranding Initiative Update

Join the “Association for Legal Information” My Communities Discussion

Watch the Executive Board Interviews: Learn About Their Journeys

January Webinar: Why Libraries Matter: A Conversation with John Palfrey

Thursday, January 21 | 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Register by Monday, January 18
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

What bold steps must law librarians take to be navigators in this digital age? John Palfrey believes librarians can be more valuable than ever before by being masters–if not creators–of the tools that make finding, creating, and storing information simpler and more effective. Join us for a candid discussion with John on his current book, BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, and how librarians can be agents of change, actively creating vital pathways to new opportunities.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

AALL Awards Program | Call for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2016 AALL Awards, and we are seeking nominations for:

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2016. Recipients will be recognized at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

AALL also offers both Annual Meeting registration grants and scholarships for library and law school tuition. Scholarships are also available for continuing education programs. The deadline for both Annual Meeting Grants and Scholarships is April 1, 2016.

Learn More About the AALL Grants Program

Learn More About the AALL Scholarship Program

Apply for all scholarship opportunities by April 1, 2016.

Vendor-supplied Records Advisory Working Group Updates

Wolters Kluwer: Wolters Kluwer is creating MARC records for their IntelliConnect collections, and several record sets are now posted on their website. The Wolters Kluwer MARC developers consulted with the VRAG team when developing the records. Customers, regardless of library type, . Monthly updates will be posted the first week of each month.

Bloomberg/BNA: The VRAG team worked with Bloomberg/BNA to help
organize their MARC record distribution methods, making it easier for catalogers
to determine which package is the right one for them based on their subscription
type. Customers, regardless of library type, may download their records.

Cassidy Cataloguing/Hein collaboration: Hein is providing the entire back file of MARC records to their Law Journal Library and Legal Classics Library (approximately 8,200+ records) at no charge, provided that the library purchases three years of update records. For more information about the program and pricing contact Hein at hein.promo@cassidycat.com.

MARC Record Developments: VRAG’s tracks vendor-supplied MARC record developments and details; the document is available at bit.ly/MARCupdates. The formation provided changes frequently and the VRAG team works to maintain accuracy. Please contact VRAG with your observations, comments, or corrections.

Our sincere thanks go to all of our amazing VRAG catalogers and their very hard work on these projects:

  • Nancy Babb, University at Buffalo
  • Virginia Bryant, George Washington University
  • Elyssa M. Gould, University of Michigan
  • Alan Keely, Wake Forest University
  • Yael Mandelstam, Fordham University
  • Sarah E. Morris Lin, Reed Smith LLP
  • Jean Pajerek, Cornell University
  • George Prager, New York University
  • Bess Reynolds, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Julie Stauffer, University of Chicago
  • Barbara Szalkowski, South Texas College of Law
  • Christopher Thomas, University of California, Irvine
  • Jonathan Tuttle, William & Mary
  • Linda Wen, American University

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach

In charge of your library’s budget, but not sure where to start? Mastering the Art of Budgeting: A Librarian’s Approach provides information about best practices in law firm library budgeting. This 2014 webinar features Monice Kaczorowski, President, AGOG Consulting LLC, and Scott Matucha, Director of Finance, at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, as well as Susan Seibert, Vice President of Professionals Library Service Inc. The speakers discuss a variety of valuable topics, including the importance of budgeting and issues to consider when you are starting out, how to use your budget as a monitoring and forecasting tool, how to work with your law firm’s financing department and communicate with management, and common problems that arise with law firm library budgeting.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

For the Leader in You

As a leader, you set goals for not only yourself, but others in order to meet organizational and departmental objectives. You are tasked with guiding your team to meet their goals in order to achieve overall success. When you have team members with varying skills this can be challenging.

Setting realistic goals for your team members and empowering them to successfully achieve those goals will propel you forward in your organization and in your career.

To learn more about setting goals and empowering your team to achieve their goals, here are some suggested articles about this topic:

For more in depth reading on the topic of setting and empowering your team to achieving their goals, here are some books on this area:

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 how effective leaders keep their team members engaged and challenged. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

2015 AALL Biennial Salary Survey Corrections

Mark Estes, chair of the AALL Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee, would like to advise that two production errors have been corrected in the 2015 AALL Salary Survey.

  • Page 28, first sentence: Firm/Corporate response count has been corrected to 16%, from 19%.
  • Page 29, Table 31: total mean library salary budget per attorney has been corrected to 2,538, from 2,962.

Digital versions have been corrected. Corrections will be sent to those who have purchased the print edition. Questions? Please contact orders@aall.org.

Give the Gift of Opportunity

During this busy time of year, as we search for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider giving a tax-deductible donation in honor of a deserving member of the law librarian profession through one of AALL’s many 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 options along with instructions for making your contribution in honor of a colleague in the profession. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Participate in AALL’s Polls on AALLNET

AALL offers a polling feature on AALLNET, giving members the opportunity to weigh in on a variety of issues. The poll, which is located on the bottom right of the homepage, will ask a different question on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

This week, AALL would like to know: Does your library have a social media policy/plan in place? The poll is open for two weeks, and results will be announced the following week in the weekly Member E-Newsletter. Results are also visible as the poll progresses.

Results for the last poll: Does your library use a content management system to manage its digital content?

40% – Yes, commercial software
10% – Yes, open source software
45% – We don’t use one
5% – Not sure

2016 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference

The Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference will be held April 11-13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The conference hosts legal marketing and business development professionals, of all levels of experience, for three days of education and networking. AALL members receive LMA member rate. If you are interested in attending, contact Camille Venturina to register.


AALL has been advised of the death of Janet Ann Hedin.

Ms. Hedin was a proud Detroit College of Law graduate, class of ’83. As a student, she worked in the DCL library. After graduation, she worked as a research attorney for Legal Aid & Defender doing criminal defense. But she was always a friend of the library, and never stopped doing special projects for the library. In 1997, she returned to the Law College as a full-time librarian. She was a respected law librarian and professor. She was a selfless volunteer of many charities and organizations, and a passionate animal lover. She passed away on November 17, 2015.

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

Barbara Arnett Seattle, Washington
Kellee Bonnell Law Librarian; Ashland County Law Library Association; Ashland, Ohio
John Canter Reno, Nevada
Diane Deng Library Manager; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; New York, New York
Angela Gonzalez-Curci Analyst; New York County District Attorney’s Office; New York, New York
Angela Griffin Technical Services Librarian; St. Thomas University Law Library; Miami Gardens, Florida
Suzanne Johnson Elkridge, Maryland
Sarah Loor Charlotte, North Carolina
Lorraine Ng Reference/Archives Librarian; Pace University School of Law Library; White Plains, New York
Tamara Smith Reference Librarian; Venable LLP; Baltimore, Maryland
Charlotte Walden Legal Research Coordinator; Dykema, PLLC; Detroit, Michigan
Hiram Williams University of North Carolina; Durham, North Carolina
Leslie Wybiral New York, New York

AALL Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL’s offices will be closed December 24-25, December 31, and January 1.