AALL eNewsletter / March 2015


Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. – Doug Larson

Whether your shoes are still full of slush or you are already dusting off your sandals, I hope the things that AALL has to offer this spring make you whistle a happy tune.

Plans are well underway for the upcoming AALL Annual Meeting in Philly, and I hope you are all starting to make your case to attend. In the meantime, consider taking advantage of the other educational opportunities AALL has to offer, including upcoming webinars on identifying security risks and part two of the user-friendly library websites series. And, as leadership is always top of mind for all of us, remember to take a look at this month’s “For the Leader in You” articles, which focus on learning from failure, and also check out the AALL CPE Pick of the Month on leadership influence.

And please pay special attention to and save the date for the inaugural AALL Business Skills Clinic. The legal industry is constantly changing, and law librarians need to be armed with the business knowledge and tools that will allow them to meet new demands and seize new opportunities. This upcoming two-day educational opportunity is designed to do just that!

AALL also offers numerous types of assistance designed to help you develop professionally, whether it is through grants covering AALL Annual Meeting registration, scholarships to attend law or library school, or research grants for large or small research projects. And remember, if you renew your AALL membership by May 31, you are automatically entered to win a complimentary AALL Annual Meeting registration, too!

Finally, please take a look at the new polls on AALLNET and share your views on a variety of issues. And if you have suggestions for poll questions, we want to know as well!

Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2015 Annual Meeting Registration

This week, AALL dues invoices for the 2015-2016 membership year were mailed to institutions and individual members. The deadline for renewal is May 31.

When you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2015 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registrations.

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022

Counting Down to the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia: July 18-21

Register Today!

Three Resources to Get You There

There are so many reasons why you belong at this year’s Annual Meeting and Conference, but you might need some help getting support to attend. AALL offers financial assistance and tips for getting your boss to say, “Yes!”

  • Annual Meeting grants: Consider applying for an AALL grant, which covers registration costs for the Annual Meeting or preconference workshops. Chapters and special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members. Don’t miss out on this critical resource–applications are due April 1.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2015 on your boss’ radar? You can’t know unless you ask. On AALLNET you’ll find tools to help your boss understand why–despite the cost and time out of the office–you can’t afford to miss out. Make a plan to get support–there’s even a sample memo to your employer.
  • Programs to convince your boss: Seal the deal. We’ve got a list of educational programs that will show how your attendance will benefit your library through the new skills you’ll develop, the latest trends you’ll learn, and the strong network of trusted colleagues you’ll build.

Your Bright Idea = One Great Poster

Have you implemented an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions have been a popular recent addition to our Annual Meeting, and your bright idea could really benefit your Annual Meeting colleagues! Find more information and submit your proposal online by April 15.

Attend Two AALL webinars in April

Security Issues in Law Libraries

Security risks in law libraries, courthouses, and law schools require an expert response. In this webinar on April 23 at 11 a.m. CDT, experienced administrators will provide guidance about how to identify security risks in law libraries, how to compile security plans that address library concerns, and where to go for assistance as the library security plan is implemented. Coverage will include digital security, protection of rare books and other special collections, and the physical security of staff and facilities. Register today.

User-Friendly Library Websites: Writing Content for the Web

Join AALL April 30 at 11 a.m. CDT for the second in a two-part webinar series covering user-friendly websites. 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. 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 website’s purpose. Register today.

These free webinars are made possible through a partnership with Wolters

AALL Elects 2015-2016 Council Chairs

The AALL special interest section (SIS) and chapter groups held elections this past month to elect the incoming SIS and Chapter Council chairs for 2015-2016.

Maryruth Storer, law library director at Orange County Public Law Library in Santa Ana, California, has been elected incoming SIS Council chair, and Philippe Cloutier, librarian at Lane Powell PC in Seattle, has been elected incoming Chapter Council chair.

We thank them for their service to the Association!

Members Speak Out for Law Libraries during AALL’s Lobby Day

Yesterday, 20 AALL members and chapter members participated in the 3rd annual AALL Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. Participants had the special opportunity to meet with their members of Congress and their staffs on issues including funding for the Government Publishing Office and Library of Congress, Freedom of Information Act reform, and updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Adding strength to their voices, many AALL members also participated in AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day, sending more than 170 messages to Capitol Hill on our policy priorities.

Didn’t participate in yesterday’s Day of Action but still want to make a difference? You can use AALL’s Legislative Action Center to write to your members of Congress and influence the most pressing policy issues that affect law libraries. Thanks for taking action!

Photo: From left to right, AALL members and Virginia residents Victoria Capatosto, Mary Kate Hunter, Cattleya Concepcion, Cameron Gowan, Anne Guha, Debbie Shrager with Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) during AALL’s 2015 Local Advocate Lobby Day. Photo courtesy of Debbie Shrager.

Save the Date: AALL Business Skills Clinic to be Held October 16-17

The legal industry is changing every day, and law librarians need to be prepared with skills that equip them for the road ahead. AALL is committed to expanding education opportunities that meet member needs, so I am pleased to announce the upcoming AALL Business Skills Clinic, a two-day intensive experience designed to give you skills in strategic planning, managerial finance, human resources, negotiations, and marketing/communications.

The program will be held October 16-17 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel in Chicago. Save the date, and stay tuned for more information. Contact Katie Brown, Chair of the Business Skills Education Task Force or Celeste Smith, AALL’s director of education, for more information.

AALL Offers Financial Assistance for Your Education—Apply by April 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with and without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship

The application deadline is April 1. Learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications. For more information, contact AALL Scholarships Committee Chair Ian Bourgoine or AALL Headquarters.

Research Grants Available—Deadline April 1

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 range of professional interests.

Congratulations to the AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant Recipients

AALL would like to congratulate the following AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant Recipients: the Northern California Association of Law Libraries and the Law Librarians of Puget Sound.

The next deadline for submission of grant applications will be May 7. Contact Celeste Smith, AALL’s director of education, for more information.

Participate in AALL’s New Polls on AALLNET

AALL offers a new 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, asks a different question on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

This week, AALL would like to know: Have you taken an online course for professional development? This poll is open for the remainder of this week, and results will be announced next Monday in the weekly Member E-Newsletter. Results are visible as the poll progresses.

AALL is also seeking suggestions for questions to feature in upcoming polls. Have a good idea for a question? Email Christopher Siwa, AALL’s director of information technology.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

April 9-11, 2015
2015 SWALL Annual Meeting
Southwestern Association of Law Libraries

April 16-18, 2015
Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Libraries

April 17, 2015
MichALL 2015 Chapter Meeting
Michigan Association of Law Libraries

April 18, 2015
NOCALL Spring Institute 2015
Northern California Association of Law Libraries

April 24, 2015
2015 Dallas Association of Law Librarians Spring Institute
Dallas Association of Law Librarians

April 24, 2015
LLNE Spring 2015 Conference
Law Librarians of New England

For the Leader in You

As strange as it may sound, learning from failure can make you a better and stronger leader. It can also keep you from repeating mistakes. But you need to be willing to acknowledge the failures and to put them into perspective so you can use them as lessons. Learning from failure requires you to be honest in assessing mistakes and to be open to constructive comments from your team. The following articles provide additional information about treating failure as a learning tool.

“When We Learn from Failure (and When We Don’t)” by Gretchen Gavett

“Learn from Failure” by Frank Kalman

“Failure is Good (When You Learn from Mistakes), Experts Say” by Tanya Lewis

“5 Things Failure Teaches You About Leadership” by Glenn Llopis

“The 4 Keys to Learning from Failure” by Guy Winch

“6 Tips for Accepting Failure and Moving On” by Jason Saltzman

The following books offer more in-depth reading on this topic:

The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams

Leadership and the Art of Struggle: How Great Leaders Grow Through Challenge and Adversity by Steven Snyder

Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed and How We Can Stick to the Plan by Francesca Gino

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each issue of E-News. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Julie Lim.

Continuing Professional Education Pick of the Month—Leadership Influence: Become a Strong Contributor

People often view leadership as intimidating and as something limited to those in obvious leadership roles. However, the speaker in Leadership Influence: Become a Strong Contributor points out that everyone has influence in their organization or library, often without even realizing it. Participants in this webinar are provided an opportunity to briefly reflect on a personal best experience, helping to set a foundational frame of reference for a time when they were influential. The program also gives information about four categories of behavior that impact people’s leadership: dominance, influence, steadiness, and conscientiousness.

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

Take Advantage of Discounted Registration for the 2015 LMA Conference

The 2015 Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference, held April 13-15 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, will offer three days of education, professional development, and networking. AALL has once again partnered with LMA to offer AALL members the conference benefits and registration discounts that full LMA members receive–simply reference your AALL membership when registering to receive the prevailing LMA member rate.

Register today! Book online at www.LMAconference.com or call 877.562.7172.

Member News

Kyle K. Courtney, copyright advisor in Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication, has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by Library Journal in its March 15 issue. The publication identified 50 outstanding individuals–and for the first time, one organization–whose efforts have not only expanded the services that libraries provide but who are transforming libraries in the 21st century. Courtney was selected because of his commitment to the profession and his development of programs enhancing fundamental legal education for librarians, especially in the realm of intellectual property and copyright.

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 Paul Lomio.

Mr. Lomio, who was director of the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford University in Stanford, California, passed away March 6. Lomio joined the law school staff as a reference librarian in 1982 and in 2005 was named director of the library. Over the course of a career spanning more than three decades, he became a specialist in legal research and the development of digital reserves. Lomio was a member of AALL for nearly 20 years.

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

Roya Bahrami Cambridge, Massachusetts
Marie Baker School Librarian, In-Tech Academy; Bronx, New York
James Britt Brighton, Massachusetts
Nicole Catlin Senior Legal and Operations Associate; St. Paul, Minnesota
Lorna Derouin Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario
Amelia Landenberger Columbus, Ohio
Lisa Lilliott MLIS Student, Simmons College; Stow, Massachusetts
Barbara Lynch-Johnson Paralegal, New Jersey Attorney General’s Library; Trenton, New Jersey
Debra Mack Library Services Manager; Chicago, Illinois
Jennifer Morley Chino Hills, California
Kacie Neu Library Technician, Perkins Coie LLP; Portland, Oregon
Lindsay Pealer Office of Legislative Counsel; Sacramento, California
Jill Sturgeon Library Fellow, University of Arizona Rogers College of Law; Tucson, Arizona
Elizabeth Sutton Research Analyst, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Washington, D.C.
Alexis Zirpoli Cataloging Services Librarian, University of Michigan Law Library; Ann Arbor, Michigan