AALL eNewsletter / April 2016


It is exciting to see a new slate of candidates for the Executive Board! I’m sure that all of you join me in thanking them for their willingness to serve the Association. It is a time commitment that more than pays for itself in the satisfaction of making a difference in helping to chart the future of AALL. Congratulations and best wishes to all our candidates.

Now that we think we’ve settled into normal spring weather in Chicago, local planning for the 2016 Annual Meeting seems a little easier. I heard a rumor that the Chicago Association of Law Libraries is planning a bar trivia event that everyone will be invited, details are still to come. A new, larger Ferris wheel is set to open at Navy Pier on May 27. You may already know that the first one was built in Chicago in 1893 to serve as a landmark for the World Columbian Exposition. The new one will have temperature-controlled gondolas, padded seats, and will be able to carry 180 more passengers per ride than the old one that was dismantled last fall. I hope to see you soon in our fair city!

AALL Executive Board Spring Meeting

The AALL Executive Board met in Chicago, April 7-9 for both a strategic planning session and Board meeting. The agenda for the Board meeting is available on AALLNET. The Board approved a number of action items, which are detailed here. They also heard reports from the SIS and Chapter Council Chairs, as well as the officers, Executive Director, and Director of Government Relations.

Candidates Announced for Executive Board Election

The 2016 AALL Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect, one candidate to serve as secretary, and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held September 30 to October 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2017.

Vice President/President-Elect

Kathleen (Katie) Brown
Associate Dean for Library Services
Charlotte School of Law
Charlotte, NC

Femi Cadmus
Edward Cornell Law Librarian &
Associate Dean for Library Services
Cornell University Law Library
Ithaca, NY


Luis Acosta
Law Library of Congress
Chief, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Division II
Washington, DC

Scott D. Bailey
Global Director of Research Services
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Washington, DC

Executive Board Members

Beth Adelman
Director of the Law Library &
Vice Dean for Legal Information Services
The University at Buffalo State
University of New York
Buffalo, NY

Katherine M. Lowry, JD
Director of Practice Services
Baker Hostetler LLP
Cincinnati, OH

Catherine M. Monte
Chief Knowledge Officer
Fox Rothschild LLP
Philadelphia, PA

Jean P. O’Grady
Director of Research & Knowledge Services
DLA Piper
Washington, DC

Come “Meet the Candidates” during an informal session at the 2016 Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago on Monday, July 18, from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in the exhibit hall at the AALL Member Services Pavilion. In early August, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET. As provided in the AALL Bylaws, Section VI 2c, a member may also be nominated for any office by submitting to the secretary, no later than 30 days after the date of this notice, a nominating petition signed by two percent of the members and the nominee’s written acceptance.

Renew Your AALL Membership Early

AALL dues invoices for the 2016-2017 membership year have been mailed to institutions and individual members. The deadline for renewal is May 31.

When you renew your AALL membership early–by May 2–you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference registrations.

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

AALL 2016 | Calling All Procrastinators

Sure, you could wait to register for AALL 2016, but if you do, you might miss out on preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed SIS events–many of which are already filling up. Several programs have been added or updated since registration opened–have you checked out the lineup lately? Need to see it in print?

Don’t forget to register by June 3 to save $100 on conference registration.

Why Attend?

We asked last year’s attendees to share their best moments from the conference:

  • “I am still fairly new to the profession, so I don’t know a lot of people. It was really great to meet people in person. I even met some of the ‘big names’ who are always writing blog posts, so that was neat.”
  • “Networking with librarians and vendor representatives that I do not regularly visit. I use this as a basis in my letter to my employer so I can attend the meeting. The AALL Annual Meeting is the perfect ground to reconnect and recharge those relationships.”
  • “[I] was not able to attend AALL for several years. This was my first time back and I really appreciated it. Seeing colleagues and concentrating my energies on the “big picture” is energizing in a special way. I’m looking forward to next year’s meeting in my home town, Chicago!”

What’s the Buzz?

Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? Informal Coffee Talk discussions will be held on Monday morning, July 18, where attendees can brainstorm, sound off, and share their challenges, experiences, and ideas. Send your ideas by May 15.

Submit Resolutions and Questions

The AALL General Business Meeting will be held July 18 at 3:30 p.m., followed immediately by the Members Open Forum. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 26. During this year’s Members Open Forum, AALL officers will be available to respond to member questions. 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 Members Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing on Librarian of Congress Nominee

On Wednesday, April 20, Dr. Carla Hayden testified before the Senate Rules Committee in support of her nomination by President Obama to be the fourteenth Librarian of Congress. She was introduced with much praise by Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulksi and Ben Cardin along with former Senator Paul Sarbanes, and received a warm welcome from the committee. Dr. Hayden spoke eloquently about her desire to bring her skills and experiences as a librarian to the position. Senators asked questions about her vision for the Library, her priorities (technology infrastructure is her top priority), copyright, and public access to Congressional Research Service reports (which AALL strongly supports). AALL joined a broad coalition calling on members of the Rules Committee to act quickly to move her nomination to the full Senate for consideration. AALL believes that Dr. Hayden’s background as a librarian and demonstrated commitment to preserving the public trust will be a great asset to the institution.

AALL Webinars | Register Today

Organize Better with Mobile Apps
Thursday, April 28 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, April 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Are you making the best use of your mobile devices for organizing your daily routines? You may be concerned about privacy and security, hesitant to use cloud services, or just haven’t had the time to find the best practices to make it all work successfully. This webinar will help you set up a system that makes it easy to access your information from anywhere, back-up your important information securely, and organize your to-do lists effectively. Learn best practices for security for different types of information using apps such as Dropbox, 1 Password, Wunderlist, and Evernote. Learn how you can apply this knowledge immediately and begin working more effectively.

Creating Non-Traditional Leadership Opportunities for Professional Growth and Institutional Excellence
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, May 23
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Within every organization, ensuring leadership opportunities not only provides professional growth for staff but also enriches and contributes to organizational excellence. The most successful organizations recognize that managers and high level leaders must expand leadership opportunities and identify and grow leadership possibilities within the organization’s reach. This webinar is designed to illustrate these opportunities for leading in all types and sizes of organizations–providing definitions of traditional and non-traditional leadership. It also covers short- and long-term possibilities, outlining how to create win-win opportunities for employees and the institution as a whole.

These webinar programs are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants | Deadline May 5

The AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program‘s May deadline is fast approaching. Do you have a spring program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through May 5. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.

AALL2go Pick of the Month Telling Your Story with Data Visualizations and Infographics

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.

Graphics which 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 librarians the opportunity to efficiently organize complex data into visuals that can be consumed and understood at a glance. In this webinar, participants will learn how to dramatically enhance library services and instruction via the creation and analysis of infographics and other visual representations of data. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section on AALLNET.

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Leader In You

Introspection, the process of looking within oneself, is an important trait for leaders to possess. It is a quality that allows you to see your limits, strengthening your inner ethics and improving your empathy.

To learn more about developing self-awareness and improving your management of others, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

The Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on simple steps you can take immediately to improve your leadership skills. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

AALL Recognizes 2016 Leadership Academy Fellows

The 2016 AALL Leadership Academy was held April 1-2 in Oak Brook, Illinois. Forty-five AALL members participated in the Academy and will work with mentors over the next year to continue to hone their leadership skills and make an impact in their careers and within AALL. Many Academy fellows will attend the AALL Annual Meeting in July and will be wearing ribbons that identify them as such–please take some time to greet them. In addition, some Academy fellows will also be presenting on programs during the conference. Please join AALL in congratulating the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy fellows. View the latest fellows and photos from the event.

Member News

Mary Alice Baish will retire from her position as superintendent of documents for the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) at the end of April. Baish has been a librarian for more than 30 years, previously serving as the director of AALL’s Government Relations Office before joining the GPO in 2011. As superintendent of documents, Baish worked tirelessly to promote policies to ensure permanent public access to information from all three branches of government including developing the National Plan for Access to U.S. Government Information based on input from AALL, other library associations, and members of the Federal Depository Library Program. In recognition of her work, Baish was the 2015 recipient of AALL’s Public Access to Government Information Award.

Catherine A. Lemmer has been appointed library director of Lake Forest Library in Illinois, effective May 14, 2016. Lemmer has 15 years of experience in both private and public libraries. Most recently, she served as assistant director of information services at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She also worked at the Indiana State Library as the project manager and inspire coordinator for Evergreen Indiana, and served as assistant director and head of reference at the Galesburg Public Library. An active member of AALL, Lemmer currently serves as the editorial director of AALL Spectrum, and as chair of the AALL LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee.

Scott Matheson, associate librarian for technical services at the Lillian Goldman Library at Yale Law School, has been selected to serve as the next Depository Library Council (DLC) chair. In his current position at the Lillian Goldman Library, Matheson oversees library technical services including acquisitions, serials control, cataloging, and electronic resource management. An AALL member since 2000, Matheson previously served as chair of the Government Relations Committee (2007-2008) and the Government Documents Special Interest Section (2005-2006). Matheson was appointed to DLC in 2014.

Christine Mathias has joined the staff of the San Diego Law Library as a reference librarian. After earning a law degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Mathias started her own law firm in Vermont, specializing in nonprofit and employment law. She has been working at Northeastern University School of Law Library and the Social Law Library. She is currently pursuing her MLIS from Simmons School of Library and Information Science.

Deborah L. Rusin, director of library and research services at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago, IL, has been recognized as an inductee to the National Association of Professional Women’s 2015-2006 VIP Woman of the Year Circle. Rusin received the prestigious distinction for her leadership in business.

Beth Williams, library director at the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School, has been appointed to the new class of the Depository Library Council (DLC). As a member of DLC, Williams will advise the GPO director and superintendent of documents on matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program. She will join AALL members Melissa Bernstein and Scott Matheson on DLC.

AALL seeks more news about members’ achievements, job changes, and connections with the legal information community. Please send your news to Heather Haemker, AALL publications manager.


AALL has been advised of the death of Gary Yessin.

Mr. Yessin served as a reference librarian at the Florida A&M University Law Library in Orlando, FL. Gary was previously an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries, having joined in 2000. He participated in several special interest sections (SISs) including AALL’s Academic Law Libraries SIS, Research Instruction & Patron Services SIS, Computing Services SIS, Private Law Libraries SIS, and the Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS. He passed away on February 22, 2016.

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Megan Anthony; Evanston, IL
  • Katherine Baer; Reference Librarian; Latham & Watkins; Washington, DC
  • Melissa Boyd; Librarian; Columbus Metropolitan Library; Columbus, OH
  • Viorela Bryant; Corporate Librarian; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York, NY
  • Anita Calderon; Research Manager; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Eduardo Colón; San Juan, PR
  • Gretchen Croll; Research and Information Operations Specialist; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Wheeling, WV
  • Sandra Dawson; Research Librarian; DLA Piper; San Diego, CA
  • Melissa Doebele; Library Assistant; University of Kansas; Lawrence, KS
  • Robyn Drivon; County Counsel; Sacramento County Public Law Library; Sacramento, CA
  • Justin Edgar; Access Services Librarian; University of California; San Francisco, CA
  • Melissa Edwards; Clinton Township, MI
  • Roberta Fox; Competitive Intelligence Librarian; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Laura Fox; Director of Research & Custom Solutions; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
  • Jamie Furillo; Research Librarian; DLA Piper; New York, NY
  • Erin Gow; Assistant Professor of Legal Bibliography; University of Louisville Law Library; Louisville, KY
  • Deborah Grimm; Director of Research & Library Services; Husch Blackwell LLP; Kansas City, MO
  • Marcia Hannon; Cataloging/Reference Librarian; Kansas Supreme Court Law Library; Topeka, KS
  • Kate Hobner; Associate Law Librarian; Baltimore County Circuit Court Law Library; Towson, MD
  • Heather Hummons; Head of Access Services; DePaul University College of Law; Chicago, IL
  • Eliscia Kinder; Library Assistant; WilmerHale; Boston, MA
  • Kari Koehler; Merchant & Gould; Minneapolis, MN
  • Anne Levy; Librarian; Krieg DeVault Alexander & Capehart LLP; Indianapolis, IN
  • Lisa Lovello; Library Associate; David R. Poynter Legislative Research Library; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Abigail Miller; University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library, Jamail Center for Legal Research; Austin, TX
  • Heather Mitchell; Technical Services Librarian; Rutgers University Law School Library; Camden, NJ
  • Camelia Naranch; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Jeffrey Nelson; Research Services Manager; Squire Patton Boggs; Miami, FL
  • Mariana Newman; Los Angeles, CA
  • Katherine Ott; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Kenna Salinas; Metairie, LA
  • Christina Sirois; Manager of Information and Library Services; The Brattle Group; Cambridge, MA
  • Justine Sjoholm; Library Specialist; Latham & Watkins LLP; New York, NY
  • Travis Spence; Head of Technical Services; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Lei Tan; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • John Tuma; Library Manager; Riddell Williams P.S.; Seattle, WA
  • Karlee Vanlaanen; Library Assistant; Foley & Lardner LLP; Milwaukee, WI