AALL eNewsletter / June 2015


By this time next month, I will be hitting the ground running in Philadelphia, ready to enjoy what promises to be an informative and inspiring Annual Meeting & Conference. I hope to see many of you there, putting the “power of connection” to work first-hand. If you are unable to join us in Philadelphia, you can still participate from afar by listening in daily to the AALL Philly Edition of Law Librarian Conversations on BlogTalkRadio. AALL also plans to record and post on AALLNET the Opening General Session, featuring Keynote Speaker Terry Gross, and two education programs that will be announced soon. And, of course, you can keep up with all of the meeting’s happenings on Twitter at #AALL15.

The Annual Meeting offers not only numerous educational programs and networking opportunities but also the opportunity to attend the Business Meeting, where the annual business of the Association is conducted and the 2014 Hall of Fame recipients will be honored. Immediately following the Business Meeting will be the Members Open Forum, which provides the opportunity for all members to express opinions or ask questions. You can submit a resolution or question in advance of the meeting in addition to doing so from the floor.

While the main focus is on the upcoming Annual Meeting, there are many other exciting things happening around the Association and among our members. Thank you to all of our engaged and active advocates for taking such swift action on funding for the GPO, and also to the members who volunteered to be a part of the inaugural AALL Spectrum Editorial Board. And as for educational opportunities beyond Philly, consider sharpening your C-suite communication skills by attending the Business Skills Clinic, or learn more about copyright and fair use by checking out the AALL2go Pick of the Month. Finally, we are all mentors–official or otherwise–so the hand-picked articles on mentoring that make up this month’s For the Leader in You are applicable to all.

This is my last E-Newsletter as AALL president. What an amazing year it has been and a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget. I am so grateful to you, the members, for your support and, most of all, for the time and energy that you dedicate to advancing the Association and the profession of law librarianship. Thank you again for allowing me the privilege to serve you.

Executive Board Meeting Held June 10

The AALL Executive Board met by conference call June 10. After discussion, the board approved procedures for the AALL Meetings and Events Code of Conduct, as well as two special interest section (SIS) name changes: the former Private Law Libraries SIS (PLL-SIS) is now the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals SIS (PLLIP-SIS), and the former State, Court & County Law Libraries SIS (SCCLL-SIS) is now the Government Law Libraries SIS (GLL-SIS).

Maximize Your Professional Development—Join AALL in Philly

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into a just a few days. Register for next month’s Annual Meeting, connect with your colleagues, and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. Designed exclusively for legal information professionals like you, you’ll find no other event like it. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can’t afford to stay home. Did you know that single-day registrations are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? And great room rates are still available—but only for a limited time. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the member appreciation event, or even the great eats in Philly, make sure that you’re part of the action.

Advocacy Success! Senate Appropriations Committee Restores Funding for GPO

Thanks in part to the energetic advocacy of AALL members, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to restore funding to the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) budget in the FY 2016 Senate Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. The committee’s legislation provides $8.8 million to GPO’s Revolving Fund, funding for which had been eliminated by the House. GPO’s funding level in the Senate bill is just $1 million below the agency’s request, ensuring that GPO can continue to develop its online systems to provide permanent public access to official, authentic government information.

While this is good news, we’re not done yet! AALL will continue to pressure Congress to approve the Senate funding levels for GPO on the floor and in conference, or through whatever process the appropriations bill might take. If you haven’t already, please email your senators to ask them to support funding for both GPO and the Library of Congress in the FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill. Many thanks for your support!

Submit Resolutions and Questions for the Business Meeting and Members Open Forum in Philadelphia

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held July 20 at 3:15 p.m. during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. 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, the Executive Board 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.

AALL Appoints Inaugural AALL Spectrum Editorial Board

AALL has selected six members to serve on its new AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, whose role will be to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL Spectrum:

  • Kendal Bergman, Research Specialist on assignment at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, LAC Group, Houston, Texas
  • Daniel R. Campbell, Director, Library and Attorney Services, U.S. Court of International Trade, New York, New York
  • Bret N. Christensen, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Riverside County Law Library, Riverside, California
  • Rebecca Brady Mattson, Scholarly Communications & Faculty Services Librarian, Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Jean P. O’Grady, Director of Research & Knowledge Services, DLA Piper, Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas Sneed, Associate Law Librarian for Research and Electronic Services, Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, Atlanta, Georgia

Catherine Lemmer, AALL Spectrum‘s Editorial Director, will serve as the board’s chair.

Thank you to all who volunteered to serve on the inaugural AALL Spectrum Editorial Board!

2014 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications Now Available

The 2014 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications is now available on AALLNET. The table-based report includes details for the mean cost of titles and percentage increases over previous years for serial publications, legal periodicals, loose-leaf services, commercially published court reporters, and supplemented treatises. The purpose of the Price Index is to provide members with comparative information about past price changes to help with budgeting and collection-development decisions. In gathering information for the Price Index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. If a publisher declines to do so, its pricing is not included in the index.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee and Price Index Editor Carol Avery Nicholson for their work on this edition.

AALL Business Skills Clinic: Registration Open

The legal profession is constantly changing–how will you meet the changing demands of the workplace? The AALL Business Skills Clinic, to be held October 16-17 in Chicago, will give legal information professionals the opportunity to learn core business skills to help them make effective contributions on teams and within their larger organization. Learn from experts in the field and collaborate with colleagues in a small group setting while gaining essential skills, tools, and techniques to equip you for the road ahead. AALL members are already buzzing about this program, so register today.

Support for this program is provided by a grant from Bloomberg BNA.

AALL Education Program Review Special Committee

The AALL Education Program Review Special Committee, chaired by incoming AALL Vice President Ronald E. Wheeler, Jr., was appointed to develop a framework for AALL’s continuing education focused on advancing member education and professional development needs throughout their career. The committee will be reaching out to AALL members over the next few months to ask for feedback regarding AALL’s education offerings. The committee will host a focus group and a coffee talk titled Are You Being Served? during the upcoming Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Please contact Ronald E. Wheeler or Celeste Smith, AALL director of education, for more information.

For the Leader in You

Being a good mentor is fundamental in being a successful leader. You can invest time and energy to help develop tomorrow’s leaders through mentorship. The following articles provide more information about being an effective mentor.

“How to Be a Great Mentor” by Jacquelyn Smith

“Mentoring: An Essential Leadership Skill” by MindTools

“7 Key Qualities of an Effective Mentor” by Jayson DeMers

“5 Qualities to Look for in a Mentor” Erika Andersen

“Building Effective Mentoring Partnerships” by P. Caddick

For more in-depth reading on good effective mentoring, here are some books on the topic:

Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader: Proven Strategies for Building Excellence in Your Organization by William J. Rothwell and Peter Chee

Good Leaders Ask Great Questions: Your Foundation for Successful Leadership by John C. Maxwell

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 the difference between leading and managing. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Julie Lim.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials in the Courts

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials in the Courts: A Discussion and Analysis by Dr. Kenneth Crews.

Dr. Kenneth Crews is a respected copyright scholar, professor, and librarian, and he is one of the most vibrant and thoughtful voices in copyright law today. His emphasis is in copyright law as it relates to the needs of universities, colleges, libraries, museums, publishers, and other cultural organizations. In this webinar, Crews provides a brief overview of copyright law and the concept of fair use followed by analysis and discussion of recent copyright cases impacting academic libraries. View this webinar from January 2014 to gain valuable insight into recent copyright litigation and to discover the ways in which these decisions impact our work in higher education as we help to provide classroom resources for use by our faculty and students.

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: What’s your favorite way to stay on top of developments in the profession? The poll is open for two weeks, and results will be announced the following week in the weekly Member E-Newsletter. Results are visible as the poll progresses.

Results for the last poll:

Are you attending the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting?

70.19% – Yes
27.95% – No
1.86% – Still Undecided

Upcoming AALL Chapter Event

June 23, 2015
SCALL Annual Business Meeting
Southern California Association of Law Libraries

Member News

Melinda Kent, manager of research services at Harvard Law School Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and president of the Law Librarians of New England, was one of almost two dozen librarians, journalists, and others to testify at a rare public hearing held Monday about what Massachusetts court records should be open to the public. Kent testified in support of providing greater access to online court records. AALL also submitted written comments for the hearing.

Kurt R. Mattson has opened Union Legal Research in Phoenix. The company provides legal research, writing, and marketing services to attorneys, law firms, and other organizations nationwide. Mattson is the former director of library services and continuing education at Lionel Sawyer & Collins in Las Vegas.

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 Juergen Christoph Goedan.

Mr. Goedan, retired director of the Law Library at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany, passed away May 8. He was an active member of the International Association of Law Libraries and received AALL’s Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award (now the Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award) in 1993 for his International Legal Bibliographies: A Worldwide Guide & Critique.

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

Lisa Benenati Library Assistant, Loeb & Loeb LLP; New York, New York
Sara Benson Lecturer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Champaign, Illinois
Cheryl Bjerke Branch Librarian, U.S. Courts Library; Reno, Nevada
Phil Brown Strategic Advisor, Intelligize; Centreville, Virginia
Jeanine Cali Supervisory Program Specialist, Law Library of Congress; Alexandria, Virginia
Nicole Carlson Librarian, Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, LLP; Las Vegas, Nevada
Irene Chang Research Librarian, Paul Hastings LLP; Los Angeles, California
Kristen Cissne Fox Rothschild LLP; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Eileen Davenport William Blair; Chicago, Illinois
Tara Davis Competitive & Business Intelligence Research Specialist, Quarles & Brady LLP; Phoenix, Arizona
Priscilla Day Research & Training Librarian, Paul Hastings LLP; San Francisco, California
Stephanie DeClue Director of Knowledge Management, Sedgwick LLP; Kansas City, Missouri
Jennifer Eckel Research Librarian, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP; Washington, D.C.
Elyssa Gould Electronic Acquisitions & Serials Librarian, University of Michigan Law Library; Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ryan Jones Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library; Augusta, Maine
Rumbi Kambasha Library Assistant, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton; Washington, D.C.
Irina Kandarasheva Cataloger, Columbia University, The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library; New York, New York
Mary Kelly Research & Library Services Executive Director, Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, Virginia
Kayla Kotila Reference Librarian, K&L Gates; Washington, D.C.
Lela Lam Library Information Specialist, Baylor Law Library; Waco, Texas
Lois Langer Thompson Library Director, Hennepin County Law Library; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mandy Lee Chicago, Illinois
Joann Maguire-Chavez Supreme Court of the United States Library; Washington, D.C.
Christina Marquez U.S. District Court EDVA; King George, Virginia
Andrew Martin Chief Librarian, National Labor Relations Board; Washington, D.C.
Angela Mason Government Documents/Reference Librarian, Oliver B. Spellman Law Library, Southern University Law Center; Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Alex McNeur Virtual Librarian, Courthouse Libraries BC; Vancouver, British Columbia
Lillie Murphy Norton Rose Fulbright; Washington, D.C.
Emily Newman Digital Services Coordinator, U.S. Court of Appeals – 9th Circuit Library; San Francisco, California
Erica Nutzman Head of Technical Services, Minnesota State Law Library; St. Paul, Minnesota
Catherine Palsgraaf Citizen Access Coordinator, North Dakota Supreme Court Law Library; Bismarck, North Dakota
Jessica Petitto Syracuse University College of Law; Syracuse, New York
Joann Rutkowski Technical Services Librarian, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC; Detroit, Michigan
Chi Song Law Library Intern, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court; Bowie, Maryland
Simone Srinivasan Reference Librarian, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Chicago, Illinois
Jamal Tameem Assistant Professor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
LeighAnne Thompson Naperville, Illinois
Susan Urban Access Services Librarian, Oklahoma City University Law Library; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Beverly Wagener Law Librarian, Wood County Law Library; Bowling Green, Ohio
Laura Weidig Account Executive; Decatur, Georgia
Melissa Williams Technology/Research Librarian, Supreme Court of the United States Library; Washington, D.C.