AALL eNewsletter / November 2015


It has been a busy but productive month for the Association, and I want to thank all of you who have weighed in on the proposal that we change our name to Association for Legal Information. We won’t vote on the proposal until January, so there is plenty of time to share your opinions with all of your colleagues on the community discussion page. Please contribute to the conversation!

To further add to the conversation, we are close to setting the date and time for a virtual town hall meeting and I hope you will be able to attend. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu or let’s arrange to talk by phone if you have questions.

Best wishes to all of you for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Executive Board Recommends Name Change

On November 5, the AALL Brand Working Group met to consider a name change for the Association and to participate in a messaging and tagline session with Mission Minded, AALL’s brand development consultant.

After that session, at the AALL Executive Board meeting on November 7, the Executive Board unanimously approved a name change for the Association, “Association for Legal Information.” The recommended name will now be voted on by AALL members. An AALL E-briefing was sent to members on November 12, reporting the Board’s action, which also served as the beginning of the 60-day notice period to members. After the 60-day notice, voting will be open on January 12 for 30 days. The results of the vote will be announced on February 11.

Several members of the AALL Executive Board were interviewed on November 7 to recount their journeys through the rebranding process and capture their feeling about the recommended name change.

Watch the Interviews

For additional information about the rebranding process or to get involved in the conversation:

Read the FAQs

View the AALL Rebranding Initiative Update

Join the “Association for Legal Information” My Communities Discussion

AALL Executive Board Actions

On November 7, the Executive Board met and took the following actions:

  • Approved the following consent items: revisions to the sponsorship, vendor relations, and personnel policies.
  • Unanimously approved a name change for the Association, to be voted on by the membership. The proposed name is Association for Legal Information.
  • Approved the report and recommendations from the Scholarships Review Special Committee.
  • Approved the request from the Bylaws Review Special Committee for an extension of time to submit its report and recommendations in December 2015.
  • Approved the request from the Law Library Mass Digitization Task Force for an extension of time to submit its report and recommendations in spring 2016.
  • Approved the request from the Education Program Review Special Committee for an extension of time to submit its report and recommendations until April 2016.
  • Approved the request from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee for an extension of time to submit its report and recommendations in December 2015.

Volunteer for the 2016-2017 AMPC

The 2016-2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) needs your talents and skills to make the 2017 Annual Meeting in Austin a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Please volunteer to help plan AALL’s most important annual educational event!

The new structure of the AMPC provides more opportunities for members to volunteer. The two types of AMPC volunteers are AMPC Team Leaders and AMPC Content Team Members.

Content Team Members provide additional expertise in the six general content areas that have been identified:

1. Data and Content Management
2. Marketing, Communications, and Advocacy
3. Leadership, Administration, and Career Development
4. Research
5. Teaching and Training
6. The Business of Law

The general content areas will be fleshed out by the AMPC to determine “must-have” programs that cover an appropriate level of expertise for the topic (e.g., the basics, best practices, the future, or technology related to the topic area).

Please submit your application today! You can make a difference.

Lambert, Willis, Jenkins, and Kribble Elected to AALL Executive Board

AALL welcomes its newest Executive Board members who will take office in 2016. Thank you to all of the Executive Board candidates and to everyone who voted in the election.

Gregory R. Lambert, chief knowledge services officer at Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, Texas, was elected vice president/president elect for 2016-2017. He will assume the presidency at the conclusion of the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin.

Jean L. Willis, assistant director for support services at the Sacramento County Public Law Library in Sacramento, California, was elected to a three-year term as treasurer. She will serve from July 2016 to July 2019.

Mary Jenkins, law librarian and director at the Hamilton County Law Library in Cincinnati, Ohio, was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Board. She will serve from July 2016 to July 2019

Meg Kribble, research librarian and outreach coordinator at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Board. She will serve from July 2016 to July 2019.

Read the Press Release

AALL 2016 Programming Update

Thanks to all who proposed a program or workshop for 2016. The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) reviewed all submissions using a detailed evaluation rubric, and the AMPC’s content area team leaders met in Chicago last weekend to select and schedule programming for next year, including the must-have programs AALL members have requested. Proposers will be notified about the status of their proposals within the next few weeks, and programs will be announced later this winter… stay tuned!

The CRIV Sheet | November 2015 Edition Now Available Online

The November 2015 edition of The CRIV Sheet, the newsletter of the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, is now available online. The edition features coverage of vendor relations programming at the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Philadelphia.

Download the PDF

View the Flipbook

The CRIV Sheet has “gone green” with Volume 38 and is now digital-only; issues will be now available as PDFs and as flipbooks. Also available online, the CRIV Blog highlights recent news about information vendors and recent CRIV successes.

If you would like to contribute to The CRIV Sheet or just share your ideas on improving vendor relations, your input is always appreciated. Please email any member of The CRIV Sheet subcommittee with your comments, letters, suggestions, and submissions: Alexa Robertson, Valerie Carullo, CJ Pippins, Gilda Chiu.

Apply for a Research Grant by December 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 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 annual 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.

Access the grant application and complete guidelines here. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

Submit Your Nomination for the AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award

The Distinguished Lectureship Award Jury seeks nominations for the AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award. This award is an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise with other members in a prestigious setting. The lecture, which can be on a topic of the individual’s own choosing, will be presented at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference and published in Law Library Journal. Nominations are due by December 1.

December Webinar: Telling Your Story with Data Visualizations and Infographics

Graphics that visually represent information or concepts are often easier for people to understand and digest than standalone statistics or prose. Innovative free tools and applications offer the opportunity to efficiently organize complex data into visuals that can be understood at a glance. Join us on December 16 at 11 a.m. (CST) to learn how to dramatically enhance library services and instruction via the creation and analysis of infographics and other visual representations of data. Anyone who has a story to tell to attorneys, faculty, students, funding institutions, public patrons, or any other group will benefit from this introduction to data visualizations and infographics.

Register Now

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Using Succession Planning and Knowledge Transfer to Connect the Generations

As baby boomers retire, law libraries across the nation are experiencing a “changing of the guard.” As these workplace shifts occur, there is a risk of significant loss of organizational knowledge. Effective succession planning and facilitation of knowledge transfer can help to alleviate problems resulting from generational transitions.

This program, from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting, provides a chance to consider the need for succession planning in your own library. Consider listening with others in your library thinking about the opportunities you may have for institutional knowledge management.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

ALL-SIS Faculty Services Toolkit Now Online

The updated ALL-SIS Faculty Services Toolkit is brought to you by the hard work of the very dedicated 2014-2015 ALL-SIS Faculty Services Committee

The committee welcomes feedback and would love to hear what you find useful or what you would like to see in future toolkit updates. Email ALL-SIS Faculty Services Committee Chair Cassie Rae DuBay.

For the Leader in You

“It’s not what you say, but how you say it”. When it comes to leadership communication it is all about the delivery. Workplace leaders who communicate effectively with their team and with management improve their chance of success in meeting business goals. The effectiveness of your communication can be derailed by the tone and tenor of you voice. Speech quirks undermine your delivery, making you sound less assured and indecisive.

Improving your communication skills will help you to foster the understanding and trust necessary to encourage others to follow you making you an effective leader.

To learn more about leadership communication, here are articles about this topic.

“Leadership Is a Conversation,” by Boris Groysberg and Michael Slind.

“Healthy Conversations to Improve Staff Engagement,” by Culture Leadership Group.

“How 2 Common Speech Quirks Can Destroy Your Reputation at Work,” by Shana Lebowitz.

“11 TED Talks on Effective Communication in the Workplace,” by Tim Eisenhauer.

For more in depth reading on the topic innovation leadership, here are some books on this area:

Leadership Communication, by Deborah Barrett.

Leadership Communication: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: What the human/equine relationship can teach you about being a better leader, by Ginger Lapid-Bodga Ph.D.

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 accomplishing your goals as a leader. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Jennifer Ash.

Grant Applications for IFLA and WLIC Now Being Accepted

The American Library Association (ALA) will provide 50 $1,000 scholarships to help a diverse group of librarians, library staff, and library students in the United States attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 13-19, 2016.

Fellowship grants will be provided to individuals in the early or middle stages (20 years or fewer) of their careers who are not already actively engaged in IFLA. The project will help to ensure the next generation of participants and leaders on the global stage from the United States fully represents the diversity in the community and country. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States will be eligible to receive scholarships. The scholarships will help cover costs related to travel, hotel, meals, and registration. Interested parties are invited to apply by the deadline of December 31, 2015.

AALL Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL’s office will be closed November 26 and 27 for Thanksgiving. Offices will reopen on Monday, November 30.

Member News

Scott Uhl has joined the staff at The University of Minnesota Law Library as technology innovation and reference librarian. Scott joins the library from the University of Colorado Law School where he was a law library fellow. He earned his J.D. at the University of Minnesota Law School, his M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, and his B.A. in philosophy at the University of Minnesota.

In his new role he will serve as a member of the library’s reference team and will lead the implementation of innovative technologies to enhance delivery of services to the law school community; manage and develop the University of Minnesota Law School Scholarship Repository; and participate in the development of the library’s website.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Cara Schillinger, AALL membership, marketing, and communications director.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of William J. Beintema, Vivian Bryan (Taylor), Mario A. Ceresa, Nancy Lenahan, Linda Lockwood, Irwin G. Manley, Peter Nycum, Kathryn Bates Turner, J.D.

Mr. Beintema began his career as the assistant director of the law library at the University of Miami, Florida; later he was the director of the law library at Oklahoma City University for six years; and he retired from law librarianship after 26 years as the director of the law library at University of Tennessee. He was a member of AALL and went to 45 consecutive Annual Meetings. He was also a member of the Southeastern Chapter of AALL and received lifetime membership and appreciation award for his contributions to the Association. Mr. Beintema had been a member of AALL since 1971. He passed away November 12, 2015.

Ms. Bryan went back to college later in life, graduating in 1970 with her Master of Library Science degree and becoming the State of Vermont law librarian. Upon retirement, she volunteered at the Norwich University Krietzberg Library for the next 20 years. She was an AALL Life Member. She passed away on August 24, 2014.

Mr. Ceresa was professor emeritus at Michigan State University College of Law. He passed away April 2, 2015. Born in Puerto Padre, Cuba, he served as a public defender for 10 years. After leaving Cuba for Ann Arbor, Michigan, he began his career at the University of Michigan Law Library as a library page. He completed his Master of Library Science in 1970, and accepted the position of library director and assistant professor with the Detroit College of Law that same year. He passed away April 2, 2015.

Ms. Lenahan, was a retired librarian at the Schaffer Law Library of Albany Law School, Albany, New York. She worked for 20 years as reference librarian, government documents librarian, and had served as the electronic services librarian at the time of her retirement in 2007. She was a longtime member of AALL, a distinguished librarian and mentor, and a dear and generous friend to her associates. She passed away December 24, 2014.

Ms. Lockwood was an AALL member from 2011-2014.

Mr. Manley was an AALL Life Member. He had been a AALL member since 1968.

Mr. Nycum was a professor of law emeritus, retired associate dean, and the law library administrator at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He passed away on October 5, 2015.

Mrs. Turner was the law librarian at the Yolo County Law Library in Woodland, California. She dedicated her career to serving the legal needs of the poor, ill, and elderly. She passed away November 2, 2015.

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

Anya Adair New Haven, Connecticut
Tammy Bearden Research Systems and Services Supervisor; Stinson Leonard Street LLP; Kansas City, Missouri
Deadra Boardman Research Librarian; Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Clara Cabrera Research and Reference Specialist Team Lead; WilmerHale; New York, New York
Ellie Campbell Reference and Instruction Law Librarian; University of Mississippi School of Law; University, Mississippi
Katie Dunn Electronic Resources Librarian; University of Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin
Allison Eicher Acquisitions Library and Adjunct Professor; Michigan State University College of Law; East Lansing, Michigan
Joel Frozena Hanson Bridgett LLP; San Francisco, California
Kirsten Lilly Morgantown, West Virginia
Amanda Lynam New York, New York
Amy Mather Student; Knoxville, Tennessee
Muthukumar Ramalingam Director; DexPatent; Newark, Delaware
Madelyn Robbins Librarian; Fanwood, New Jersey
Jay Santiago Research Librarian; Crowell & Moring LLP; Washington, D.C.
Emily Siess Law Librarianship Student; Tacoma, Washington
Raymond Solga Reference Librarian; New York County District Attorney’s Office; New York, New York
Charlotte Stichter Managing Editor; Law Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.
Larry Story Assistant Law Librarian; Norfolk Law Library; Norfolk, Virginia
Angela Wille Law Librarian; Madison County Law Library; Edwardsville, Illinois