AALL eNewsletter / February 2015


Although Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, July and the 108th AALL Annual Meeting will be here before we know it. Please take a look at the schedule of programs, events, speakers, and other opportunities to connect with your colleagues. There is something for everyone, so please join me in Philadelphia and experience the Power of Connection!

Before we get to Philly, there are myriad opportunities to be on the lookout for in the meantime, including volunteering for a committee or a newly created award jury. Or tap into your creative side and submit an entry in this year’s Day in the Life Contest. (Remember, you can submit photos and videos.) If you want to brush up on your advocacy skills, consider participating in AALL’s Lobby Day next month.

Upcoming education offerings abound, too! AALL will be holding a two-part webinar series on creating user-friendly websites starting next month. And, if you missed it, the AALL2go Pick of the Month is all about imaginative and exciting teaching techniques. Finally, the Leadership Development Committee has curated a list of excellent articles on effective communication skills.

Registration Open for the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting

Join us in historic Philadelphia July 18-21 for the 108th Annual Meeting & Conference—registration is now open!

So many exciting learning opportunities are on tap for Philly, from the keynote address by Terry Gross to the dozens of “must-have” programs on timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Check out all the sessions, and start making plans to join us.

This year’s Exhibit Hall will provide you with the contacts and the latest tools to keep you at the top of your game. We’re setting the stage with Association events that include the Saturday Opening Reception, a complimentary attendee lunch in the Exhibit Hall (sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business), the Thomson Reuters and AALL Member Appreciation Event on Monday, and the Association Luncheon (sponsored by LexisNexis) on Tuesday. Early risers can start the day with rejuvenating morning yoga, and the rest of us can catch the day’s highlights by tuning into Law Librarian Conversations on Blog Talk Radio–Philly Edition with host Rich Leiter.

While you’re exploring our Annual Meeting site, check out our tips for getting your boss to say “yes,” or apply for a registration, SIS, or chapter grant. You can make your hotel and travel reservations, see who’s exhibiting, or spend some time getting to know the City of Brotherly Love. Watch for more details about our Annual Meeting in next week’s first edition of the Annual Meeting Update.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee or Award Jury by February 27

AALL is currently seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 27 committees or award juries. Consider lending your time and talent to AALL. It is through the work of our committees and award juries that AALL is able to support the profession and recognize our members’ achievements.

Some of the benefits of volunteering include:

  • A significant role in advancing the profession
  • An opportunity to enhance the value of AALL within the legal profession
  • The chance to collaborate and work with your colleagues

Please volunteer by February 27. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship.

The Economic Value of Law Libraries Report

On January 23, The Economic Value of Law Libraries report was distributed to members. This research-based report was developed by the AALL Economic Value of Law Libraries Special Committee, working with study team HBR Consulting. Bob Oaks served as chair of the special committee.

The committee wants to hear your feedback about implementing the recommendations in the report. Member insights will be incorporated into an Annual Meeting session on the topic. Additionally, we will elaborate on many of the report’s features over the next several months.

Read the first communication about the research rationale for the report and the different ways to articulate value.

Two-Part Webinar Series on User-Friendly Websites

User-Friendly Library Websites: Site Navigation & Design

Libraries are treasure chests overflowing with useful and valuable information. In so many ways, the library’s website IS the library, and it deserves to be designed with care. 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. Join us March 19 at 11 a.m. CST for the first session in a two-part webinar series with Aaron Schmidt from Influx Library User Experience Consulting covering user-friendly websites. In this session, attendees will walk through multiple law library websites with an eye on web design principles and best practices. Attendees will be challenged to think critically about site navigation and begin to design with fresh eyes. Register today for this free webinar sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

User-Friendly Library Websites: Writing Content for the Web

Join us for the second session in a two-part webinar series covering user-friendly websites on April 30 at 11 a.m. CST. 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 site’s purpose. Register today for this free webinar sponsored by Wolters Kluwer.

Participate in AALL’s Lobby Day on March 18

Fill up your tank, book your train ticket, or board a bus. In just four short weeks, AALL will host its third Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Register by March 1 to help to influence the legislation that affects your profession. It’s educational, rewarding, and, most of all, fun.

Participants in this full-day event will receive in an intensive training on advocacy skills, communication, and policy issues before heading to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress and/or their staff. Priorities include digital privacy, Freedom of Information Act reform, and funding for the Government Publishing Office. The Lobby Day program is free of charge, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Participants are responsible for providing their own transportation and lodging.

If you’re unable to join your fellow AALL members in our nation’s capital on March 18, you can still help to magnify the impact of these meetings by participating in our simultaneous Virtual Lobby Day. Register by March 16 and you’ll receive personalized, targeted information, including sample messages and talking points, to use when contacting your member of Congress by phone or email.

Join us in taking action for law libraries on March 18.

Apply for an AALL Annual Meeting Grant

AALL Annual Meeting Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or workshops associated with the Annual Meeting. Individuals eligible for the Experienced Member Grant are active members with five or more years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Individuals eligible for the Student/New Member Grant are active members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership or student members of AALL or an AALL chapter.

Be sure to submit your application by April 1.

Last Chance to Submit to the 2015 Day in the Life Contest

The 2015 Day in the Life Contest, sponsored by the AALL Public Relations Committee, is accepting submissions through February 28. The contest invites AALL members to submit a wide range of photographs and videos of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing everything else that law librarians do in a given day.

Photos and videos can be from any time since March 1, 2014. Entries will be judged online through membership voting in April. We look forward to seeing a day in the life at your library.

Research Grants Available

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis.

Established with a generous endowment from LexisNexis in July 2000, the grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide segment of professional interest.

For the Leader in You

Being an effective communicator is part of a good leader’s repertoire that motivates their team for peak performance. Having an effective communication style in a workplace supports an open exchange of information where new, innovative ideas can flourish. Following are articles about communicating effectively.

“10 Communication Secrets of Great Leaders” by Mike Myatt

“Effective Communication In The Workplace For Motivation, Solutions And Success” by Employee-Motivation-Skills.com

“20 Ways to Communicate Effectively With Your Team” by Valentine Belonwu

“How To Communicate Effectively At Work” by Susan Adams

“Effective Communication in the Workplace” by BOMI International

“5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators” by Susan Tardanico

For more in-depth reading on how to be an effective communicator, check out the following books:

Mastering Communication at Work: How to Lead, Manage, and Influence by Ethan F. Becker and Jon Wortmann

Communication Skills: The Ultimate Guide To Improve Your Communication Skills And Get Your Ideas Across by William Wyatt

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler.

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 failure as a learning tool for being a leader. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Julie Lim.

Members Testify in Support of Maryland UELMA

AALL Past President Steve Anderson testified on Wednesday before the Maryland Health and Government Operations Committee in support of Maryland’s Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act (UELMA). Testifying alongside Anderson were AALL members Mary Jo Lazun and Joan Bellistri on behalf of the Law Library Association of Maryland.

AALL2go Pick of the Month—So You Think You Can Teach: Keeping the Audience Awake and Learning Alive

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: So You Think You Can Teach: Keeping the Audience Awake and Learning Alive.

We all value efficient and effective legal research skills, but we all also know that teaching these skills in a captivating manner is challenging. Have you been looking for some fresh ideas for your training session, seminar presentation, or class? Have you been searching for ways to come up with imaginative, clear, and exciting teaching techniques that engage your audience? Look no further. This program can help you change a dull legal research lecture into something captivating.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members at AALL2go. Please remember to log in with your AALL2go password.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

February 20, 2015
Bridging the Spectrum: The Seventh Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice
Law Librarians Society of Washington, D.C. (LLSDC)

February 27-28, 2015
SCALL Institute 2015: Thriving in the Network Economy
Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL)

March 10-April 14, 2015 (every Tuesday for six weeks)
2015 LLNE Legal Research Instruction Program
Law Librarians of New England (LLNE)

March 13, 2015
Professional Development Workshop 2015—Search & Connect: Library Essentials for Success
Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS)

Member News

AALL members Mary Jenkins, Gail Partin, and Sally Wise recently published an article titled “Creating a Legal Research Audit: Assessing Competency” in the February 2015 issue of NALP’s PD Quarterly.

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.

Welcome New AALL Members

Justin Omid Abbasi, Bellevue, Washington
Jane Bu, Winston & Strawn, Washington, D.C.
Victoria Lynn Capatosto, Assistant Librarian, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Washington, D.C.
Katherine Craig, Acquisitions and Digital Resources Librarian, Roger Williams University School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island
Stephanie Crosson, Student, Chapman University Law Library, Orange, California
Sarah E. Davies, Library Assistant, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee
Julie Essex-Webster, Subscriptions Specialist, Fidelity Investments, Westlake, Texas
Anna Franz, Rare Book Fellow, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library, New Haven, Connecticut
Christiana French, Library Manager, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Louisville, Kentucky
Dustin Green, Getzville, New York
Sierra K. Johnson, Durham, North Carolina
David Keller, Sausalito, California
Tameca Levermore, Senior Library Assistant, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, Columbia, South Carolina
Jennifer Marie Lubejko, Access Services Librarian, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago
Melanie Marinaccio, Law Library Assistant, Berks County Law Library, Reading, Pennsylvania
Michael McHenry, Director of Research & Knowledge Services, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston
Gabby Montano, Library Technician, Supreme Court Law Library, Santa Fe, New Mexico
George O’Connor, Principal, The O’Connor Law Firm, Brea, California
Christine Bates Pasour, Reference Librarian, Belmont, North Carolina
Charles Perkins, Washington, D.C.
Linda Streed Prihoda, Law Librarian, Carlton County Law Library, Carlton, Minnesota
Bailey N. Schrupp, Student, University of Louisville Law Library, Louisville, Kentucky
Christina Smith, Harker Heights, Texas
Laura Michelle Summers, Circulation Senior Assistant, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis
Courtney Anne Toiaivao, Law Librarian, K&L Gates, Boston
Colleen Varela, Director of Attorney Development & Resources, Snell & Wilmer LLP, Phoenix
Richard Weinstein, San Diego
Christine Yaniga, Senior Research Librarian, Segal Company, New York
Amanda Rowan Zerangue, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas