AALL eNewsletter / October 2015


The first frost has already found its way into the Chicago suburbs, which is no surprise, but there have been other October surprises–the Cubs, for instance, who are still playing and are doing so well that even those of us who are White Sox fans feel stunned and happy. Could it really happen… could the Cubs make it to the World Series this year? The handmade signs at last Tuesday night’s game asked everyone to believe. The best one I saw summed up the fond hopes of long-suffering Cubs fans: “Party like it’s 1908!” which was the last time the Cubs won the World Series.

As the leaves start to change here in Chicago, changes abound within AALL as well. The 2015 Executive Board Election, which is currently underway, will add new faces and voices to the board. The 2015 Membership Survey will enable AALL to make changes to better serve the needs of members. AALL’s Rebranding Initiative is all about examining what change could do to improve our Association. And the September/October issue of AALL Spectrum showcased a brand new design and digital platform.

Another change that was recently announced is to have posters rather than table displays in the Activities Area at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. I received a lot of positive feedback from members who think the posters will be a great improvement, and I also heard from some who were upset or disappointed. Change is never easy, and your feedback is extremely valuable, so as the year goes on, I hope you will continue to call or write to me with your thoughts concerning the Association. Write to me at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu, or call me at 312.906.5610.

Changes to the 2015 Annual Meeting & Conference greatly improved programming, and the improvements will continue in 2016 with an even larger group of members working on your behalf to provide the training we all need to improve our skills and to deal with the new challenges we face. Happy fall!

Vote in the AALL Online Election by October 31

I urge all members to vote in the 2015 Executive Board Election. There’s still time for you to help shape the future of AALL by voting for your next vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members. The elected members of the board represent you and your interests. We have a slate of dedicated members who have agreed to be on the ballot and, if elected, commit their time and talent to moving our profession forward.

Online voting is quick and easy and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, October 31. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by reading their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the latest issue of AALL Spectrum. Once you’re ready to vote, log in with your email address and your unique voting PIN.

If you already voted in this year’s online election, thank you for your participation. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so–just a few minutes of your time makes a difference for your Association!

2015 Membership Survey—How Can AALL Better Meet Your Needs?

The 2015 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Membership Survey is your chance to tell us how AALL can better meet your needs. We strive to continually improve member benefits and value your candid feedback and insights. Survey responses will inform our strategic planning for 2016-2019.

The survey closes next Monday, October 19, at 11:45 p.m. (CDT). Information provided is confidential and will be reported in aggregate form only. Questions? Please contact AALL Membership Services at membership@aall.org.

AALL’s Rebranding Initiative: Creating Our Future

The AALL Rebranding Initiative has been moving forward using the results of the May member survey to inform the process. FAQs and a project update are available to keep you up-to-date on the progress of this project. If you have any questions or comments on these materials or the initiative, please share them with Cara Schillinger, AALL’s director of membership, marketing, and communications.

Introducing the New AALL Spectrum

The latest issue of AALL Spectrum, which debuts a brand new design and a digital platform, focuses on technology and the future of law librarianship. Among other changes, issues will now be themed and feature member profiles, interviews with vendors, book and app recommendations from readers, and more. You should receive your print copy in the mail in the next week.

Interested in supporting sustainability? Elect to receive AALL Spectrum in digital format only. Simply sign in to AALLNET, click “Edit Profile” (located under your name in the upper right portion of the homepage), click “Mail Options,” and opt to receive AALL Spectrum in digital format only. We will email you a notification as new issues are posted online.

We look forward to your feedback on the new design, the digital platform, and the new and improved content! Please send your questions or comments to Ashley St. John, AALL’s marketing and communications manager, at astjohn@aall.org.

November Webinar: Advanced Topics in Survey Design

Law librarians are increasingly involved in deploying surveys and consulting on the design of quantitative data-gathering instruments. Advanced Topics in Survey Design, the second webinar in a series on survey development, will be held November 19 at 11 a.m. (CST) and will cover core topics such as validity, reliability, and item/question types and sequencing. Topics will also include implementation of a panel design via Qualtrics and other survey deployment systems. This webinar will be useful to both novice and seasoned survey designers. Register today!

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

2016 AALL Leadership Academy—Apply by November 4

The 2016 AALL Leadership Academy, which will be held April 1-2 in Oak Brook, Illinois, is designed to equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. Applications will be accepted through November 4 for the Leadership Academy, which will include interactive discussions to explore key leadership concepts and current trends, leadership assessments that target your strengths and preferences, small and large group collaboration, focused development activities, and opportunities to network with your colleagues.

Maximize your leadership potential and attend the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy. Apply today!

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Advancing CI at Your Midsize Firm

Advancing CI at Your Midsize Firm: You’ve Got the Theory – Now What? This competitive intelligence (CI) presentation from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is full of practical information. The speakers include Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer Iris Jones, Director of Information Resources Kate Pettegrew, and Research Librarian Amy Noll of McNees, Wallace & Nurick. Using their firm as a case study, the speakers provide examples, forms, and advice to improve your firm’s competitive intelligence program. In addition to covering specific deliverables such as newsletters, reports, and intranet pages, the speakers share advice about collaborating with marketing and attorney teams and refining the deliverables over time.

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

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 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference and published in Law Library Journal. Nominations are due by December 1.

For the Leader in You

As a leader, you play a big role in building team motivation. You set high expectations and need to inspire and motivate your team to reach its potential for greatness. A team that is motivated and works together with energy and enthusiasm is much more effective and productive. The following articles offer more information about team motivation:

“Why Motivating Others Starts with Using the Right Language” by David Marquet

“25 Ways to Lead, Inspire and Motivate Your Team to Greatness” by Jonathan Long

“Team-Specific Motivation: Discovering Your Team’s Biggest Motivators” by the Mind Tools Editorial Team

For more in-depth reading on the topic of team motivation, here are some books:

The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say by David Dye

Bringing Out the Best in Everyone You Coach: Use the Enneagram System for Exceptional Results by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Ph.D.

The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon

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 enhancing the quality of the conversations you have with your team. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Jennifer Ash.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

October 21-23, 2015
ORALL Annual Meeting 2015
Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries
Fort Wayne, Indiana

October 22-24, 2015
MAALL Annual Meeting 2015
Mid-America Association of Law Libraries
Kansas City, Missouri


AALL has been advised of the death of Andrea Van Der Poll.

Ms. Van Der Poll, of Kent, Washington, was an AALL Life Member.

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

Erik Andrewsen Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joanna Averch Alpharetta, Georgia
Elizabeth Cook Seattle, Washington
Jessica Fomalont Technical Services Librarian, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Washington, D.C.
Andrew Frank Access Services Librarian, University of Richmond School of Law Library; Richmond, Virginia
Sarah Happy Manager, Training Services, Ballard Spahr LLP; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stacey Helmerich Norman, Oklahoma
Erica Hemmen Librarian, Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle, Washington
Timothy Hooge Director, Marketing, William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; Getzville, New York
Rachell McConkie Marketing Manager, EOS International; Carlsbad, California
Braulio Rodriguez Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, Florida
Eve Searls Research Attorney, Jackson Walker L.L.P.; San Antonio, Texas
Rita Stumps Cataloging & Metadata Coordinator, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library; Los Angeles, California
Cristal Trackwell Gale Serials Department; Detroit, Michigan
Kiera Vargas Charlotte, North Carolina
Brandon Wright Student Worker, Law Library of Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana