AALL eNewsletter / May 2015


The focus of this month’s “For the Leader in You” articles curated by the AALL Leadership Development Committee is proactive leadership. What a perfectly timed topic, as this e-newsletter highlights so many AALL opportunities–current and forthcoming–to assist law librarians in becoming more effective, proactive leaders.

Proactive leaders are strategic thinkers and also have a deep understanding of and appreciation for emotional intelligence, and the two upcoming AALL webinars–now provided at no cost to members–focus on these very areas. The upcoming inaugural Business Skills Clinic also focuses on core skills that any effective law library leader needs to have a thorough understanding of.

AALL members can hone their leadership skills through involvement in advocacy activities, and this month, your action is needed in relation to the GPO’s Revolving Fund and the USA PATRIOT Act.

And if this all wasn’t enough, the AALL Annual Meeting is fast approaching. Make sure to plan on attending, and remember: you can save $100 when you register by June 5.

I will close this month with the following recent Twitter quote from a non-law librarian:

AALL 2015: Time’s Running Out to Save $100

Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the Annual Meeting and Conference. Register by Friday, June 5 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. Find all the vital learning, Exhibit Hall solutions, and peer-to-peer connections you need to thrive by joining us in Philadelphia. If you haven’t already checked out this year’s offerings, don’t miss out–you can’t afford to stay home.

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, I and other officers 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.

Attend Two Upcoming AALL Webinars

Anticipate as a Strategic Leader

This webinar, to be held Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m. CDT, will be led by Franklin Shen, a consultant at Decision Strategies International, and will highlight one of six disciplines of strategic thinking–Anticipate. Focusing on the need for leaders to anticipate, be prepared for, and lead through change, participants will learn how to examine external and internal forces to impact strategy. Shen will discuss all six strategies of strategic thinking during an upcoming Annual Meeting program in Philadelphia. Register by May 25.

Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference

Please join us on Thursday, June 4, at 11 a.m. CDT for Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference. Cultural intelligence (CQ) is a person’s ability to successfully adapt to, and function effectively in, new or unfamiliar cultural settings. CQ isn’t specific to a particular culture, but it can have a profound impact on job performance, personal well-being, and profitability. This webinar, led by Michelle Villagran, certified cultural intelligence facilitator at Cultural Intelligence Center, will discuss an overview of CQ, how it can be used, and how to improve your own work performance using CQ. Register by June 1.

These free webinars are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL Business Skills Clinic: Registration Now Open

The legal profession is constantly changing–how will you meet the changing demands of the workplace? The AALL Business Skills Clinic will offer the opportunity to learn core business skills, including strategic planning, human resources, negotiations, marketing and communications, performance measures, and managerial finance. Learn from experts in the field who will teach you strategies to apply immediately. Collaborate with colleagues in a small group setting while gaining essential skills, tools, and techniques to equip you for the road ahead.

The Business Skills Clinic will be held October 16-17 in Chicago and will be limited to 50 participants. Support for the program is provided by a grant from Bloomberg BNA. Register today!

House Approves Cuts to GPO’s Revolving Fund: Ask Your Senators to Restore Funding

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to eliminate all funding for the Government Publishing Office’s (GPO) Revolving Fund in its FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act (H.R. 2250). Without this funding, GPO may be unable to expand FDsys content or make needed upgrades to the FDsys website.

The Senate now has the opportunity to amend the bill to restore full funding for GPO. Please contact your Senators today to urge them to oppose the cuts to GPO’s Revolving Fund in the House-approved FY 2016 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act. Express your support for full funding of GPO and, in particular, the need to fund continued improvements to their online information system through the Revolving Fund. Personalized constituent contacts are critical to our success, so be sure to customize your message.

Tell Congress to Oppose Any Extension of the USA PATRIOT Act

The USA FREEDOM Act (H.R. 2048, S. 1123) passed the House on Wednesday, May 13 by a wide margin. The bill would amend the “library records” provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, set to expire on June 1, to end the National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and institute important privacy and transparency provisions.

Your immediate action is needed on this important issue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that we would permit a vote on the USA FREEDOM Act in his chamber, though the timing of such a vote is still unclear. McConnell has also introduced two fast-track bills to extend the expiring USA PATRIOT Act provisions in the short and long term.

Using AALL’s Legislative Action Center, call your senators and representative today to urge them to oppose any extension of the USA PATRIOT Act. AALL believes that Congress should oppose any extension of the NSA’s bulk-collection program, which has already been ruled unlawful by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Using our talking points, please urge your senators to vote in support of the USA FREEDOM Act. Remember: when time is of the essence like it is today, a phone call to your legislators will carry more weight than an email or letter. Make sure your members of Congress hear from you!

Renew Your AALL Membership by May 31

AALL dues invoices for the 2015-2016 membership year have been mailed to institutions and individual members. The deadline for renewal is May 31.

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

For the Leader in You

A proactive leader is like a chess master—planning or strategizing several steps ahead to reach success. Unlike a reactive leader, a proactive leader anticipates and analyzes their workplace and social environments so they can prioritize and implement activities accordingly. A proactive leader plans goals and creates opportunities for employees to succeed while a reactive leader waits for a situation to force them to act. A proactive leader has the power to inspire employees to perform their best. Being proactive can transform your work environment to a goal-oriented, team-based atmosphere. The following articles offer more information about proactive leadership.

“Top 10 Characteristics of Proactive Leaders” by Cara Ong

“Describe the Characteristics of a Proactive Leader” by Eric Dontigney, Demand Media

“The Proactive Leader’s Checklist” by Harvy Simkovits, Business Wisdom

“Do You Have a Reactive or Proactive Style of Leadership?” by Shelley Holmes, MakeaDentLeadership.com

“Urgency vs. Importance: Reactive Leadership is Deadly” by David Hassell

The following books offer more in-depth reading on the topic of proactive leadership.

The Proactive Leader: How To Overcome Procrastination And Be A Bold Decision-Maker by David De Cremer

Leadership: 33 Lessons on How to Become A Proactive Leader and Successfully Build A Phenomenal Team by Jeffrey Morales

“Part II: Habit 1, Be Proactive,” The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

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 mentorship. Don’t miss AALL’s upcoming webinar, Anticipate as a Strategic Leader, on May 28, hosted by the Leadership Development Committee. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Julie Lim.

Continuing Professional Education Pick of the Month: Career Transitions Panel

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents its pick of the month: Career Transitions Panel.

Thinking of a career transition? This panel from the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries discusses the positions they have held at academic, court, law firm, federal agency, and corporate law libraries and the challenges they faced moving between different law library types. While many skills transfer between types of law librarianship, philosophies can vary drastically between these workplaces. Even if you are not considering a career change, this program gives viewers an idea of what it is like to work at each of these library types.

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

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, asks a different question on the second and fourth Monday of each month. This week, AALL would like to know: Have you attended any project management training? 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:

Does your library add tattle tape/security strips to books?

49.32% – Yes
5.48% – Yes, but it will be phased out
45.2% – No

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

May 27, 2015
LLOPS Monthly Meeting
Law Librarians of Puget Sound

June 4, 2015
2015 LLAGNY Annual Meeting and June Dinner
Law Libraries Association of Greater New York

June 5, 2015
2015 GPLLA Institute
Expanding the Role of Law Libraries: Increasing Our Profile & Resources without Increasing Our Budgets
Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association

June 6, 2015
LLAM Spring Fling
Law Library Association of Maryland

June 11, 2015
SANDALL Annual Business Meeting
San Diego Area Law Libraries

June 11-13, 2015
BIALL 2015 Conference
British and Irish Association of Law Librarians

Member News

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian for collections and access at Yale Law School Library, has been referenced in two articles published by The New York Times for his discovery of the earliest use of the term “African-American”: “Use of ‘African-American’ Dates to Nation’s Early Days” by Jennifer Schuessler and “The Term ‘African-American’ Appears Earlier Than Thought: Reporter’s Notebook,” also by Schuessler. Additionally, MSNBC television show “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” featured an April 21 segment citing Shapiro’s finding.

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 deaths of Christine Harvan, Ruth J. Hill, Martha Keister, and Cathryn A. O’Neill.

Ms. Harvan was head librarian at Rawle & Henderson LLP and worked at the firm since 1987. She joined AALL in 1975 and was active in the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section. She passed away March 23.

Ms. Hill was director of library services and associate professor of law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was a longtime member of the Association, joining in 1985, and she served in many capacities, including roles on various committees, special interest sections, and two terms on the Executive Board. She served as AALL secretary from 2008-2011. Ms. Hill passed away April 23.

Ms. Keister served as foreign, comparative & international law librarian at the University of Denver Strum College of Law’s Westminster Law Library in Denver until 2006. She was a member of AALL since 1980 and was active in a number of special interest sections. She passed away May 1.

Ms. O’Neill was reference librarian at the University of Massachusetts’ Dartmouth School of Law, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, until she passed away suddenly of natural causes on December 1, 2014, at age 46. She joined AALL in 2004 and served on many special interest sections during her membership.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

AALL Headquarters Closed for Memorial Day

AALL’s Headquarters and Government Relations Office will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day. We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Welcome New AALL Members

Hank Anderson Senior Librarian, AccuFile, Inc.; Boston, Massachusetts
Alana Boltz Library Technician, Stites & Harbison; Lexington, Kentucky
Sylvia Boyd-Taylor Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Chicago, Illinois
Meredith Capps Student; Alexandria, Virginia
Catherine Cotter Head Law Librarian, University of New Brunswick, Gerard V. La Forest Law Library; Fredericton, New Brunswick
Andrea Darvas Judge Trustee, Public Law Library of King County; Seattle, Washington
Mary DaSaro Senior Law Library Assistant, Klamath County Law Library; Klamath Falls, Oregon
Priscilla Day Research & Training Librarian, Paul Hastings LLP: San Francisco, California
Jason Farris Technical Services Librarian, Alston & Bird; Atlanta, Georgia
Charles Gaunce University of Texas at El Paso; El Paso, Texas
Aaron Glenn Access Services Graduate Assistant, University of South Carolina; West Columbia, South Carolina
Alison Hancock Librarian, Williams Mullen; Richmond, Virginia
Pamela Harris Reference Librarian, Alston & Bird; Atlanta, Georgia
Atarino Helieisar College of Micronesia – FSM; Kolonia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Nicole DeVendra Hughes Operations Specialist, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP; Wheeling, West Virginia
Kristyn Johnson Access Services Librarian, University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kristin Karr Administrative Law Information Systems Manager, Office of the Secretary of the State; Hartford, Connecticut
Carla Knepper Law Librarian; Waxahachie, Texas
Jade Kwong Research Librarian, Fish & Richardson P.C.; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Michelle LaLonde Coordinator, Instruction & Student Services, Wayne State University, Arthur Neef Law Library; Detroit, Michigan
Marc Lampson Public Services Attorney, Public Law Library of King County; Seattle, Washington
Sophie Le Staff Attorney, Gordon Feinblatt LLC; Baltimore, Maryland
Clara Lowther Law Librarian, Alston & Bird; Washington, D.C.
Timothy McAllister Business & Corporate Law Librarian, Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, Massachusetts
Nicole McCubbin University of Iowa Law Library; Iowa City, Iowa
Lauren Murphy Research Analyst, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Los Angeles, California
Erica Newcome Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson; San Francisco, California
Scott Petersen Research Support Assistant, Dykema Gossett PLLC; Chicago, Illinois
Lowell Rudorfer Silver Spring, Maryland
Emily Rushing Competitive Intelligence Manager, Haynes & Boone, LLP; Dallas, Texas
Richard Schulke Reference Librarian, San Francisco Law Library; San Francisco, California
Kerri Lynn Spennicchia White & Case LLP; New York, New York
Laura Weidig Account Executive; Decatur, Georgia