AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD SPRING MEETING
The AALL Executive Board held its spring meeting in Chicago, April 7-8. During the meeting they approved the following:
- The appointment of members Scott Childs and Joseph Custer to the Nominations Committee for a two-year term beginning in July 2017.
- The Association’s form 990 for filing with the IRS.
- Funding in the amount of $134,000 over a two-year period, to retain a public relations firm with the goal of increasing AALL and member visibility within the legal profession and the general public.
- The Association’s budget guidelines for fiscal year 2017-2018.
- The dissolution of the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee, effective July 2018.
- Cleveland as the site for the 2021 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.
- The Association’s membership marketing plan for 2017-2018.
- A recommendation from the Nominations Committee to eliminate candidate’s videos from the Conduct of Election Policy and to add an online Candidates Forum.
CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION
The Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the AALL Executive Board. Members will vote for one candidate to serve as president-elect and two candidates to serve as Executive Board members. The election will be held September 29 to October 31, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2018.
Los Angeles, CA
St. Paul, MN
RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP BY MAY 1
ONLY 12 DAYS LEFT TO WIN
AALL dues invoices for the 2017-2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.205.8022.
ADVOCATE FOR LAW LIBRARIES / AALL’S VIRTUAL LOBBY DAY IS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, AALL members will join together for our annual Virtual Lobby Day to send a unified message to Capitol Hill in support of AALL’s top policy priorities:
- Saving the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Legal Services Corporation from elimination.
- Opposing legislative changes that would weaken the Copyright Office.
- Supporting the Federal Communications Commission’s current net neutrality rules.
- Enacting updates to protect the privacy of electronic communications.
Participating in Virtual Lobby Day couldn’t be easier; all you need is five minutes to influence your members of Congress. Mark your calendars now, and we’ll send an email on April 26 with all of the information you need to participate. If you can’t join us on April 26, please visit our Legislative Action Center at any time to take action on our top issues. Thank you in advance for speaking out for law libraries.
AALL 2017 / CALLING ALL PROCRASTINATORS
Sure, you could wait to register for AALL 2017, but if you do, you might miss out on preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed SIS events—many of which are already filling up. Need a little extra incentive? Register by June 2 to save $100. Plus, group discounts are available. Make plans to join your colleagues now!
We asked last year’s attendees to share their best moments from the conference:
- “It was meeting everyone. I was an overseas attendee but everyone was so friendly. I continued to meet attendees in the airport leaving Chicago!”
- “Meeting someone while standing in line for a vendor presentation. The person works in a completely different type of library that I don’t normally work with, but she had some great ideas that she shared with me that would be useful in my library.”
- “My best “moment” was more of a collection of events that caused me to leave Chicago more inspired and enthusiastic about my role in my profession and chosen path than any other AALL meeting I’ve attended in the past. These occasions, combined with nothing short of STELLAR programming, reinvigorated me in a way I don’t recall experiencing before. Even as I write this, I still have that “jazzed” feeling about the profession and my place in it.”
KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON PBS NEWSHOUR
Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and keynote speaker at AALL 2017, was featured this month in PBS NewsHour’s “Brief But Spectacular” series. He discussed the legacy of slavery and racial-based violence, and the impact of silence. Make plans to hear him in person in Austin this summer.
SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS
AALL 2017 offers several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—lend your voice to the conversation!
Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—AALL’s innovation tournament is a new opportunity to showcase your ideas. If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Apply by May 5!
AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of this event.
Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about best practices. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you now find yourself in? Informal “Discussion Den” chats will be held throughout the conference, and we’re looking for great discussion topics. Send your ideas to AALL by May 15.
UELMA ENACTED IN WEST VIRGINIA AND WASHINGTON, DC
AALL celebrated the recent enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA) in West Virginia and Washington, DC. Thanks to the support of AALL advocates and our chapters, the number of enactments has reached 15. The act also recently passed the legislatures of Maryland and Washington state and awaits signature by those states’ governors.
These enactments give us special reason to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of AALL’s National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information, which was held in Chicago, April 20-21, 2007. The summit brought together 50 delegates from the judiciary, the legal community, state governments, and AALL leaders to discuss the findings of AALL’s State-By-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, and explore solutions to ensure access to trustworthy state legal materials. The summit led to further study by the Uniform Law Commission, and the eventual approval of UELMA by the Uniform Law Commission and American Bar Association’s House of Delegates.
AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY
LIBRARY AND MARKETING: ALWAYS BE CROSS-SELLING
- Tuesday, April 25 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)
- Register now
- AALL Members and Nonmembers – Complimentary
The American Association of Law Libraries and the Legal Marketing Association are co-sponsoring a second webinar panel discussion on strengthening the relationship between library and marketing departments within the firm. Panelists will discuss resources and compare approaches for identifying opportunities and collaborating to strengthen the firm’s competitive advantage. This webinar is co-sponsored by the AALL Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section CI Group and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Competitive/Market Intelligence Special Interest Group.
LEARNING FROM CRUCIBLE MOMENTS: LESSONS IN CRISIS LEADERSHIP
- Wednesday, May 17 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
- Register by Friday, May 12
- AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60
Librarians are challenged to innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing professional landscape. In an increasingly unstable and unpredictable world and workplace, one of those challenges is leading in times of crisis. Crises can come in all forms, from minor workplace dysfunction to major institutional disruptions and beyond, but effective leaders will leverage them to learn and achieve personal growth. The commonality among these experiences is being subjected to a crucible moment—surviving it and learning from that experience. During this webinar, Steven J. Bell will share insights into acknowledging our personal crucibles and offer advice for how we can learn from them to become better crisis leaders.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD
APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 27
AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s member magazine. Serving as advisers to the AALL Spectrum editorial director, the board is integral in identifying, shaping, and delivering information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.
Content for AALL Spectrum relates to six general content areas:
- Best Practices
- Career Development
- Information Technology
- Management & Leadership
- Transformation of Law
Applicants for the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more content areas, a strong professional network, and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the Editorial Board Member job description, and for more information visit the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board webpage.
Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 27. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.
LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL ARCHIVE NOW AVAILABLE ON AALLNET
William S. Hein & Co. Inc. has provided AALL with all the PDFs for volumes 1- 91 (1908-1999) of Law Library Journal. The archives are now available through the LLJ archive on AALLNET.
AALL/BLOOMBERG BNA CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT AWARD
Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipient.
- Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
All libraries have caches of knowledge about their institution—either purposefully compiled or passively accumulated. Sometimes information is a pile of dusty brochures, some old WordPerfect files, or someone’s hand-scribbled notes. None of these forms are ideal, but what’s worse is when that information is not recorded at all, and lives only in the minds of your colleagues. During this presentation, the presenters discuss how they’ve sought out and organized information at their own institution, as well as how they use it to help support day-to-day operations, events, donor relations, and exhibits.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
Creating a happy work environment might sound like a challenge, but realistically, a happy workplace should be easy for a leader to create simply by knowing your employees. Getting to know your employees and what makes them happy is an important first step in creating a healthy environment. Keeping your employees and co-workers happy and healthy also leads to more productivity. A good leader will create and nurture a happy, healthy, and productive workplace.
Here are some suggested articles on creating happy work environments:
- “A Happy Office Is A Serious Business: The Science Of Workplace Morale” by Rob Asghar
- “5 Simple Steps That Create a Happy Workplace” by Minta Zetlin
- “4 Ways to Improve Your Office’s Work Environment” by Shannon Gausepohl
For more in depth reading on the topic:
- Managing for Happiness: Hames, Tools, and Practices to Motivate Any Team by Jurgen Appelo
- The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
- Unlocking Happiness at Work: How a Data-driven Happiness Strategy Fuels Purpose, Passion, and Performance by Jennifer Moss and Shawn Achor
To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Next month our focus will be on how to encourage others to become leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.
- Ed Edmonds and Frank G. Houdek have authored a new book titled Baseball Meets the Law: A Chronology of Decisions, Statues, and Other Legal Events, which traces the effects the law has had on the national pastime.
- Denise C. Mines has taken the position of campus librarian at Keiser University Flasgship Campus in West Plam Beach, Florida.
- Michael Saint-Onge has taken the position of regional director, research and library services at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Los Angeles, California.
- Jootaek “Juice” Lee was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s April Librarian of the Month.
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.
- Helen Skuggedal Reed served as a librarian for the William H. Miller Law Library in the Vanderburgh Circuit and Superior Courts. Most recently, she worked as an instructor of organ and harpsichord at the University of Evansville. She was also a principal organist and harpsichordist for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and organist of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. She passed away March 19, 2017.
The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.
- Patricia Altamirano Web & Print Resources Coordinator; Dallas County Law Library; Dallas, TX
- Kathryn Baratto Circulation Department Stacks Manager; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis , MN
- Melanie Becic Office Manager; Trial Guides LLC; Portland, OR
- Jonathan Burns Singapore, Malaysia
- Angie Chapa Law Librarian; Hidalgo County Law Library; Edinburg, TX
- Judith Cohn Reference Librarian; William Blair & Company LLC; Chicago, IL
- Andrea Cronin Technology Librarian; Medfield, MA
- Jillian Eaton Director of Research Analysis & Technical Services; Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C.; Memphis, TN
- LiMin Fields Manager of Research and Knowledge Services; Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox; Washington, DC
- Anne Franzblau Brooklandville, MD
- Jolie Gralick Maple Shade, NJ
- Laura Hafeman Digital Access Specialist; Quarles & Brady LLP; Milwaukee, WI
- Hannah Hartsorn San Francisco, CA
- Wendi Hoffenberg Research & Reference Specialist; WilmerHale; Boston, MA
- Victoria Isyanova Senior Law Library Technician; California Judicial Center Library; San Francisco, CA
- Lora Johns Library Intern; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
- Jake Kubrin Metadata Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
- Christina Lowry Legal Reference Librarian; University of Toledo; Toledo, OH
- Sara McMahon South Hadley, MA
- Wendy Melis Librarian; World Bank Law Library; Washington, DC
- Logan Migliore University of New Mexico Law Library; Albuquerque, NM
- Aaron Murphy Reference & Research Specialist; Gordon Feinblatt LLC; Baltimore, MD
- Courtney Nguyen Reference Librarian; San Francisco Law Library; San Francisco, CA
- LaQuanda Onyemeh High Point, NC
- Alia Plasencia-Bishop Research Attorney; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Austin, TX
- Nicole Reynolds Digital Collections Librarian; University of Kentucky Law Library; Lexington, KY
- Shannon Sabo Marketing Manager; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; Getzville, NY
- Vanessa Seeger Outreach Librarian; Hamilton County Law Library; Cincinnati, OH
- Laura Spence Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP; Washington, DC
- Jillian Taylor Librarian; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, ON
- Daryl Thompson Michigan State University College of Law; East Lansing, MI
- Jennifer Thornhill Law Librarian; Law Society of Newfoundland Library; St. John’s, NF
- Amy Tomaszewski Reference Librarian; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Champaign, IL
- Siobhan Tronco Research Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
- Michele Wales Founder; FocusedIP, LLC; Lancaster, VA