AALL eNewsletter / September 2015


Happy autumn, everyone: For some of us, the air is becoming crisp and we’re getting our sweaters and coats out of storage (at least that’s what we do in Chicago), but I hope you are also taking some time to think about programs for our Annual Meeting next July. The Call for Proposals is now open, and the deadline is still several weeks away. Please take a look at the list of must-have programming and this year’s rubric for evaluating proposals, which was designed based on your thoughts that were shared with the AMPC. The AMPC now consists of nearly 50 people, many of them experts in the various must-have topic areas, and they need your help to ensure that the 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference will bring us excellent programs as we help to create the future of our organizations.

Rebranding is much on my mind, and I have changed my own thinking about the power of naming and how we present ourselves as an Association. Many of us are no longer the stewards of library collections, or that is our secondary role; instead, we are marketers of our organizations, teachers of research and tech skills to a wide audience, and managers of projects that only in recent years have become the work of library staff. A colleague recently told me a story about her six-year-old daughter who hates wearing glasses. When questioned about why she didn’t like the glasses, her daughter replied “They make me look like a librarian.” We don’t think of ourselves as a stereotype, but we need to keep in mind how those outside our profession view us, even when their jokes are said with a smile.

We have the latest news for you, as well as some excellent reading suggestions from the Leadership Development Committee that I think you will find inspiring. Happy reading!

Some of you have taken the time to get in touch with me about various concerns or just to compliment a program or service of the Association. Please continue to do so. I learn so much from all of you and always enjoy hearing from you.

Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders: Election Opens October 1

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and Executive Board members opens Thursday, October 1, and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, October 31. Ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members on October 1. On November 2, ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

AALL-elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage members to learn more about the candidates before voting by visiting the biographies and statements page on AALLNET.

Your vote will not only help select future Executive Board members, it will also help shape the future of AALL!

Law Library Journal Review Special Committee

The Law Library Journal (LLJ) Review Special Committee has been appointed and charged with creating a sustainable model for the continued publication of LLJ. Chaired by Anne Klinefelter, the committee will prepare recommendations for the Executive Board’s November 7 meeting. Specifically, the committee has been asked to make recommendations regarding:

  • The migration of LLJ to a digital format while preserving the option of print-on-demand for subscribers who prefer print copies
  • A hosting platform or service to be the official digital repository of LLJ
  • Reducing the net cost of publishing LLJ without compromising its role as the scholarly journal of law librarianship

The committee’s final report and recommendations will be shared with AALL membership once they have been submitted.

Important Changes to AALL Vendor Relations

The Executive Board has made some important changes to AALL vendor relations, which will be phased in during the next several months. The vendor liaison position, which was created in 2009, has been phased out, and those responsibilities will now be handled by the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV).

CRIV members will now serve as liaisons to legal publishers and suppliers, holding regular biannual calls to exchange information about products, services, and other matters of concern to AALL members. Individual member questions, concerns, and complaints will continue to be handled by CRIV Chair Jacob Sayward.

Both the CRIV blog and The CRIV Sheet will continue to serve as communication tools for the work of CRIV. The CRIV Sheet is transitioning to a digital-only publication, which will be distributed to all members. The first digital issue of The CRIV Sheet is scheduled for publication on November 2. CRIV member Alexa Robertson serves as The CRIV Sheet editor.

A special thank you is in order for Margie Maes, who has served as the AALL vendor liaison for the past five years. Her work to develop our Vendor Relations Policy, to forge relationships with legal publishers, and to create opportunities for vendors and law librarians to discuss and educate themselves on legal information policy issues is greatly appreciated by the AALL Executive Board. Margie’s last day as vendor liaison is September 30.

AALL Passes Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries

At the Annual Business Meeting on July 20, the AALL members present voted to forward a Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries to the AALL membership for a vote. The resolution was sponsored by the Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section and the Environmental Libraries and Animal Law caucuses.

This proposed resolution was sent to the members for a vote by electronic ballot on September 1. Voting closed on the resolution at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on September 15, and AALL is pleased to announce that the resolution has passed. Of the 732 ballots returned, 643, or 88 percent, voted in favor of the proposed Resolution on Sustainability in Law Libraries.

Thank you to all members who voted!

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.

AALL Submits Comments on Extended Collective Licensing Proposal

On September 9, AALL submitted comments to the Copyright Office, drafted by the AALL Copyright Committee, on its Notice of Inquiry on the Mass Digitization Pilot Program. The Copyright Office had previously proposed the creation of a limited pilot program that would establish a legal framework known as extended collective licensing (ECL) for certain mass digitization activities. While AALL supports efforts to streamline the process for mass digitization projects, we do not believe the proposed ECL solution will solve issues related to mass digitization. It is AALL’s position that mass digitization projects that do not contain orphan works can continue under the fair use doctrine and that those with orphan works would benefit from orphan works legislation.

Eight Reasons to Propose a Program for AALL 2016

The Call for Proposals for AALL’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference is open through October 6! The Annual Meeting Program Committee has compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Perhaps you’re wondering “What’s in it for me?” Well…

  1. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience.
  2. Build your résumé.
  3. Create positive change.
  4. Share your knowledge. Use your skills to benefit others.
  5. Get involved in your association.
  6. Make new friends and professional contacts.
  7. Experience the health benefits of volunteering. (It’s a scientific fact!)
  8. Be a hero! Now is your chance to make an impact.

Propose a program! Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and then use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 6. The AMPC will evaluate all proposals using a comprehensive rubric focusing on their relevance and description.

We hope we’ve piqued your interest for Chicago, and we can’t wait to see your proposals!

AALL Business Skills Clinic—Deadline Extended to September 22

Registration for the AALL Business Skills Clinic, to be held October 16-17 in Chicago, has been extended to September 22. Learn from experts in strategic planning, human resources, negotiations, marketing and communications, performance measures, and managerial finance.

Registration for the Business Skills Clinic costs $795. Support for the program is provided by a grant from Bloomberg BNA.

Distance Learning—The New Normal for Librarians: Register by September 21

What is Distance Learning? Who’s doing it and how does it work? Is there a role for libraries? Distance learning is the new normal, and librarians need to be prepared to foster, teach, and support distance learning for their organizations. Join us September 24 at 11 a.m. (CDT) to hear Dr. Rebecca S. Trammell discuss distance learning costs, tools and strategies, and resources available to support librarians and libraries in using this flexible delivery method for instruction. Registration closes next Monday, September 21.

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

Apply Today for the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy

Applications are now being accepted through November 4 for the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy to be held April 1-2, 2016, in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Leadership Academy is designed to equip you with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to build your career as an effective leader. The program 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 by attending the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy. Apply today.

AALL Bloomberg/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program—Deadline September 24

The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program September deadline is fast approaching. Do you have a fall or winter program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through September 24. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.

AALL2go Pick of the Month—Surveys: When to Use Them and Why

In the webinar Surveys: When to Use Them and Why, Debbie Ginsburg, educational technology librarian at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, shares insights and best practices regarding creating and distributing surveys. She proposes the following steps for seeing a survey through from its creation to its distribution and review: plan, draft, test edit, distribute, analyze, and report. Also helpful is her evaluation of three popular survey tools: Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, and Google Forms.

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

Law Library Journal Winter and Spring 2015 Issues Now Available

The winter 2015 issue (vol. 107, no. 1) and spring 2015 issue (vol. 107, no. 2) of Law Library Journal are now available online and have mailed to members. The issues include an article on Harvard Law School Dean C.C. Langdell’s legacies and his lawyer’s laboratory metaphor; a case study on assessing the effectiveness of single-session legal research skill instruction; a survey of law libraries in Rwanda; and an article chronicling the career paths, education, and activities of academic law library directors revisited 25 years later, to name a few.

For the Leader in You

Creativity is born from a personal reaction to one’s environment. A creative leader’s task is to create an environment that fosters creativity by encouraging and enabling collaboration. Encouraging creativity among your team members will help you solve new problems, fix current ones, and innovate.

To learn more about creative leadership and fostering a creative work environment, here are a few articles on the topic:

“Creative Leadership Means Being Present” by Paul van ‘t Veld and Bas Verhart

“3 Ways Leaders Accidently Undermine Their Teams’ Creativity” by David Burkus

“The Most Overlooked Way of Stimulating Team Creativity” by Jake Levirne

For more in-depth reading on this topic, check out the following books:

Innovative Teams (Harvard Business Review 20-Minute Manager Series) by Harvard Business Review

Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton

Project Management Leadership: Building Creative Teams by Rory Burke and Steve Barron

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 motivating your team. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Email Jennifer Ash.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

October 7-11, 2015
WestPac and CAFLL Joint Conference
Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries
Chinese and American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries
Honolulu, Hawaii

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

Member News

Joan M. Bellistri, law library director at Anne Arundel County Public Law Library in Annapolis, Maryland, has been named a Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland 25th Anniversary Gala Partner Honoree.

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.

Get to Know Your Fellow AALL Members

Each month, AALL profiles a different AALL member on AALLNET. This month, hear from Heather Casey, international & foreign law reference librarian at Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C.

Welcome New AALL Members

Layne Aingell Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Olli Baker Graduate Student; Penn Yan, New York
Jennifer Beckley Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Erin Bleich Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
John Botherway Court Librarian, High Court of Australia Library; Kingston, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Renee Cabaruvias Information Resource Specialist, Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP; Irvine, California
Jerri Campbell Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Mari Clark Alameda, California
Kevin Corcoran Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Christine Doll Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Carolyn Ford Research Librarian, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Huston Green Children’s Services Assistant; Las Vegas, Nevada
Amber Hawkins Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Sarah Peterson Herr Research Librarian, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Janice Jones Research Librarian, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Samantha Junkins Librarian, Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal; Birmingham, Alabama
Sarah Markwardt Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Melanie Martinez Farmingville, New York
Faria Matin Access Services Library Specialist, University of North Texas-Dallas College of Law; Dallas, Texas
Nicholas Mignanelli Campton, New Hampshire
Marion Miller Reference Librarian, Stanford University, Robert Crown Law Library; Stanford, California
Clare Mulligan Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kate Sisil Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Michayla Sullivan Indianapolis, Indiana
Alicia Diaz Wrest Law Library Director, San Joaquin College of Law; Clovis, California
Brandon Wright Student Worker, Law Library of Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana
Lorraine Zebel Library Assistant, Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri