AALL eNewsletter / May 2008


Welcome to our May e-newsletter. This month we announce the winners of AALL’s most prestigious awards and of the “Day in the Life” photo contest, as well as recipients of research grants. You can learn how to apply for this fall’s AALL Leadership Academy or tune in to several new online continuing education opportunities. Our Annual Meeting in Portland is rapidly approaching, so we have information about the Business Meeting and a new interim process for submitting resolutions. You can also learn about AALL’s progress on promoting authentication of electronic digital information.

AALL Announces Top Awards for Distinguished Service and Bibliographic Achievement

Bob OakleyThe 2008 Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award will honor the outstanding career of Robert (Bob) L. Oakley. His service to AALL and the profession is well known. Besides chairing numerous committees, Oakley served on the Executive Board and was elected as AALL president in 2000-2001. He was instrumental in establishing AALL’s government relations program. For 18 years Oakley served as Washington affairs representative, AALL’s advocate on Capitol Hill.

Oakley was director of Georgetown University Law Center for 25 years. Under his visionary leadership, the library became one of the largest academic law libraries in the country, with an outstanding collection and a magnificent physical facility. Always the innovator, Oakley was one of the first law librarians to automate his library, establish an online catalog, and develop a Web page for his law school.

The contributions of Bob Oakley have left an indelible mark on the profession and the Association and truly exemplify the very essence of the Gallagher Award.

Ed GrosekAALL presents the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award to Edward Grosek for his work, The Secret Treaties of History. As the title states, the book indexes treaties that nations entered into secretly. Some treaties trace back as early as 499 A.D. The result of the longtime effort of Grosek, this work includes 110 nations involved in secret treaties. The book annotates 973 secret treaties and includes an annotated bibliography, as well as an important country index. It is a unique resource that researchers in a variety of disciplines—from history to law to political science—can use.

Grosek is currently associate professor at Northern Illinois University and is in charge of the United Nations collection at the Founders Memorial Library. He has published a number of articles on government information.

Please join me in congratulating our distinguished colleagues. The June issue of AALL Spectrum will include a more complete profile of each of them. We will formally honor the Gallagher and Andrews Award winners at the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, during the Closing Banquet on Tuesday, July 15.

In Memory of Professor Roy M. Mersky

Roy M. MerskyWith great regret I announce the passing of one of the giants of our profession, Professor Roy M. Mersky, who died on Tuesday, May 6, at the age of 82. Professor Mersky had served since 1965 as professor of law and director of the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library and Jamail Center for Legal Research.

Learn more.

2008 AALL Business Meeting Agenda and Interim Resolutions Process

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held during the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Monday, July 14, from 2:15-3:15 p.m. It will be followed by the Members’ Open Forum from 3:15-3:45 p.m.

At the April Executive Board meeting, the board approved interim guidelines for submitting resolutions for consideration by the membership at the 2008 General Business Meeting. The new guidelines allow for online submission. At the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, a committee of the Executive Board will be appointed to draft a comprehensive policy on resolutions for use at future meetings.

General Business Meeting

Ann T. Fessenden, President, Presiding

1. Call to Order and Introductions Ann T. Fessenden
2. Adoption of the Standing Rules Ann T. Fessenden
3. Adoption of the Agenda Ann T. Fessenden
4. Approval of the Minutes from the 2007 Business Meeting Darcy Kirk, Secretary
5. Report on Elections Darcy Kirk
6. Report on Bylaws Vote Darcy Kirk
7. Introduction of New Board Members Ann T. Fessenden
8. Memorials Ann T. Fessenden
9. President’s Report Ann T. Fessenden
10. Vice President’s Remarks James E. Duggan
11. President’s Certificates of Appreciation Ann T. Fessenden
12. Introduction and Remarks of Special Guests Ann T. Fessenden
13. Treasurer’s Report * David S. Mao
14. Acting Washington Affairs Representative’s Report * Mary Alice Baish
15. Executive Director’s Report * Kate Hagan
16. Resolutions Ann T. Fessenden
17. New Business Ann T. Fessenden
18. Announcements and Adjournment Ann T. Fessenden

* These Reports will be attached to the agenda available at the meeting and will not be presented from the podium.

Members’ Open Forum
Monday, July 14
3:15-3:45 p.m.

A Members’ Open Forum will be held immediately at the conclusion of the Business Meeting. The Open Forum provides members with an opportunity to raise questions and discuss issues without following the requirements imposed by parliamentary procedures. Action may not be taken during the Open Forum. Issues may, however, be raised and referred to the president for further action.

AALL Seeks Vendor Relations Consultant

AALL seeks an individual to serve as a consultant to the Association as it evaluates the desirability and feasibility of creating a permanent AALL vendor relations representative position. The consultant will, through interviews with and research concerning all the stakeholders, evaluate the value that an AALL vendor relations representative could bring to the Association and its work with legal publishers. Learn more.

Take the Lead in Law Librarianship

2008 Leadership AcademyAALL is now accepting applications for the 2008 AALL Leadership Academy, to be held October 3-4 in the Chicago area.

Law librarians in the early stages of their careers can get ahead in the profession by learning their unique strengths and how they can bring value to their organizations through personal visibility.

Applications are due by June 30, and participants (fellows) will be selected and notified by mid-August. Fellows will participate in pre-engagement exercises, have an opportunity to obtain a mentor, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities.

New Continuing Education Opportunities Online

Don’t miss out on the following programs offered through Webinars and on AALLNET.

CRIV Tip: Divested Titles List

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. 9 about current publishers.

The Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal was formerly published by WG&L and is now published by West. The Truth-in-Lending Manual was also formerly published by WG&L. Any idea who publishes it now? One clue is that it’s not West. How about Wigmore on Evidence (aka Evidence in Trials at Common Law)? The Wigmore volumes all say Little, Brown, but Little, Brown, isn’t around. For answers to the current publishers of these titles and hundreds of others, consult CRIV Tools Divested Titles List.

AALL Advocates for Government Printing Office Funding

AALL Acting Washington Affairs Representative Mary Alice Baish testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s Legislative Branch Subcommittee on May 7 in support of the fiscal year 2009 budget request of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Her statement was endorsed by the American Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. It strongly supports GPO’s salaries and expenses budget ($43.42 million), which funds the Federal Depository Library Program, and Congressional printing and binding budget ($97.92 million), which funds the print publication of bills, hearings, reports, and other congressional materials.

Baish pointed out that it’s time to replace the obsolete technology of the GPO Access system with the state-of-the-art Federal Digital System (FDsys). GPO is asking for $21.2 million to launch FDsys next fall and to develop its important future enhancements. We believe FDsys is essential to GPO’s future. It will ensure that the Federal government’s electronic information will be permanently available, authenticated and versioned, and accessible through the Internet. Lastly, Baish explained to subcommittee members the enormous costs in managing the life cycle of online information and that it’s a myth to think that utilizing the Web to provide public access to reliable government information doesn’t carry a hefty price tag.

The First Anniversary of AALL’s National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information

AALL is a recognized leader on the authentication of online legal information. We have just revised the information on AALLNET to incorporate the significant progress made since the publication of our spring 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources and National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information. During the past year, we have been working with many organizations and individuals to educate them about this issue and find allies in developing digital authentication solutions. We are very pleased with the increased interest in digital authentication as a result of our leadership. Most noteworthy is the recent decision by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws to create a Study Committee on “Online Authentication of Legal Materials.” Please take a few minutes to check out our progress for yourself.

AALL Research Grants Awarded to Three Members

The AALL Research Committee selected the following grants for funding in 2008 by the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis:

  • Jill Duffy, research librarian at the U.S. Supreme Court Library, and Elizabeth Lambert, pro se staff attorney at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, are awarded $2,383 for their project, “Dissents from the Bench: A Compilation of Oral Dissents Issued by the U.S. Supreme Court Justices.”
  • Karen E. Kalnins, reference librarian at Oklahoma City University Law Library, is awarded $700 for her project, “Oral Histories of Oklahoma Judges and Attorneys.”

Congratulations to this year’s grant recipients.

Congratulations to the Winners of the “Day in the Life” Photo Contest

2008 Day In Life WinnerDuring the month of February, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. About 50 AALL members from 35 different law libraries across the country submitted nearly 130 photos to the contest. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to each and every member who participated and shared his or her photos with AALL.

Winning photographs may be viewed on AALLNET. You can also view all of the “Day in the Life” entries on AALLNET.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 100, Number 2

Law Library JournalThe Spring 2008 issue of Law Library Journal was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features a special tribute to Bob Oakley, with memories of Oakley from more than 25 of his colleagues. Other article topics include problems with current English-Spanish legal dictionaries, the history and origins of Princeton’s tradition of interdisciplinary legal scholarship, and a comparative evaluation of online machine translation systems with legal texts.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2008-2009 AALL Directory and Handbook is accurate—update your public address in the AALLNET Members Only Section by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library’s profile in the Geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library’s information.

Thanks for your help to make the 2008-2009 AALL Directory accurate and up-to-date.

2007-2008 AALL Memberships Expire May 31

The deadline for AALL membership renewal is May 31. Following is the 2008-2009 membership renewal schedule:

July 23: Expiration notices e-mailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.

August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.