AALL PRESIDENT ADVOCATES FOR GPO & LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FUNDING NEEDS BEFORE U.S. HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE
On April 17, AALL President Greg Lambert testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee, advocating in support of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget requests of the Government Publishing Office and the Library of Congress and Law Library of Congress. Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-Kans.) and Ranking Member Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) were receptive to Lambert’s remarks, responding with their own comments about the importance of easily accessible and searchable government information. You can watch the webcast recording of Greg’s testimony on the Subcommittee’s YouTube channel.
AALL 2018 / NO MO’ FOMO
Sure, you could wait to register for AALL 2018, but if you do, you might miss out on preconference workshops, library tours, and ticketed SIS event—many of which are already filling up. Need more incentive? How about:
- A conference kickoff with Baltimore royalty
- The kind of tech cred you can only earn at “one of the leading legal technology conferences“
- A last day packed with just as many educational opportunities as last year, but in an optimized schedule to maximize your time
- Getting a room at the hotel of your choice—but not for long
- A savings of $100 if you register by June 1
Still on the fence? We asked AALL 2017 attendees to share their best moments from the conference:
- “Meeting other folks around the U.S. and hearing their stories about trying to keep the profession viable, alive, and thriving.”
- “Realizing that another attendee (familiar but not otherwise known well) had encountered very similar challenges over the past year as I had.”
- “I’ve heard people credit CONELL with introducing them to lifelong friends and colleagues, and thought it sounded a little hokey. But I feel like I had a great cohort. We kept running into each other throughout the conference at programs, meetings, and receptions, met up for meals, and bonded very quickly. I do think we’ll keep in touch and become both valuable resources as well as good friends in the future.”
- “Really, just getting out and meeting people in the job is my favorite part of AALL. I am a newer librarian, so my professional network is smaller than many of the more entrenched personalities. Going to the Meetings allows me to expand it [my network] in ways I could not do otherwise.”
So now you might be thinking, “I’m all in. But I how do I convince my boss?” We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) Make plans to join your colleagues—register now!
SHARE YOUR GREAT IDEAS
AALL 2018 offers several opportunities to tackle current issues and share ideas and experiences—lend your voice to the conversation!
POSTER SESSIONS / DEADLINE EXTENDED
Have you pioneered an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions are a popular feature at the Annual Meeting, and a great way to contribute to the learning opportunities in Baltimore. We’ve already received some terrific proposals—if your good idea could benefit your colleagues, why not share it? Find more information and submit your proposal online by next Friday, April 27.
INNOVATION TOURNAMENT / ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT!
AALL members are innovating the legal information profession, and the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is where so many great ideas converge. This will be especially true at AALL 2018, which will feature the culmination of AALL’s second innovation tournament, where finalists will pitch their projects and prizewinners will be determined. 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 4!
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.
FDLP MODERNIZATION ACT PROGRESSES
AALL members responded to our call for action during last week’s Virtual Lobby Day in support of favorable markup and passage of the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5305). The House Committee on House Administration approved H.R. 5305 during its markup on April 12, adopting an Amendment In the Nature of a Substitute (AINS) to make technical corrections and minor changes based on suggestions from AALL, the American Library Association, and the Association of Research Libraries. A tracked changes version of the bill is available on AALLNET. We’ll need to continue pressure from AALL members to urge leadership to bring the bill to the House floor, so please take action now if you haven’t already.
UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY
DIVERSITY DIALOGUES: HIDDEN DISABILITIES & VISIBLE SOLUTIONS
- Thursday, April 26 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
- Register by Monday, April 23
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
People with hidden disabilities can face challenges in the workplace stemming from the invisibility of their condition. Workplace activities that aim to foster teamwork can have an unintended exclusionary effect, and a lack of awareness regarding hidden disabilities could actually be limiting the engagement, involvement, and contributions of team members. Join us in a discussion led by Leigh Fickling, an expert in disability management, to increase awareness on hidden disabilities and workplace dynamics, including disclosure and accommodations. Attendees will learn how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, acquire actionable steps to create a more inclusive environment, as well as common awareness solutions to promote diversity on a broader scale.
LIBRARY SECURITY: BETTER RESPONSES, SAFER LIBRARIES, EMPOWERED STAFF
- Wednesday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
- Register by Friday, May 18
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Spend an hour online with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security. Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the dos and don’ts of handling challenging patrons who want to disrupt the library. He offers practical and realistic tools which will make your law library a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor. Learn safe workplace behaviors, security measures, and how to activate your “high-risk” customer service skills.
AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS / ONE WEEK LEFT TO APPLY
- May 10-11
- Register by next Friday, April 27
- Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
- Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
- Limited spots remain
This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.
UELMA PRESERVATION GROUP RELEASES WHITE PAPER
The UELMA Preservation Group, an informal group of experts from states grappling with how to best preserve official electronic legal materials, has released a white paper about electronic preservation strategies and case studies from California, Minnesota, and Washington, DC, to demonstrate compliance with the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). The UELMA Preservation Group is led by Leah Prescott, associate law librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections at Georgetown Law Library, with participation from AALL members, the AALL Government Relations Office, state officials, the Government Publishing Office, and others.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY
AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 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 2018-2020 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 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 26. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.
RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP EARLY
NEW UPGRADE & PAYMENT OPTION
Are you a champion for our profession and our members? Consider adding the Championship Upgrade to your renewal. Committed ambassadors to the profession and the Association can add the $75 championship upgrade through the membership application when renewing.
Sustaining Member Option for Retirees
As a retired member you have a new option to renew your membership with AALL. The Sustaining Membership allows you to enjoy the benefits of AALL without having to renew each year. Sustaining Members pay a onetime renewal rate of $425. (Note: Sustaining Memberships are purchased in the AALL Store.) It also makes a nice gift!
To enhance our sustainability efforts, membership renewals are going digital. Paper invoices will no longer be sent; however, members may print invoices from their account if desired.
If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at email@example.com or 312.205.8022.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY
AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board, to help solicit, edit, and curate the content of the Journal. Assisting the Law Library Journal editor, the board is integral in reviewing content and preparing it for publication.
Applicants for the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board should have strong proofreading skills, a proficiency in Bluebooking, and a desire to work with your peers. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the job description, and for more information visit the Law Library Journal Editorial Board webpage.
Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 26.
JOIN THE NEW AALL ADVOCATES COMMUNITY
The new AALL Advocates Community will keep members in the know on the latest federal and state policy news with weekly updates from the Government Relations Committee and timely action alerts from the Government Relations Office. This new community replaces AALL’s Advocacy Listserv, which will be retired on April 27. The new community is open to all AALL members.
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
LIBRARY AND MARKETING: ALWAYS BE CROSS-SELLING
Do you have a good relationship with the marketing team at your firm or corporation? Library/marketing collaboration can help your business improve its competitive advantage and can also give your department an edge by linking you to the business development and competitive intelligence functions at your workplace. You’ll learn a lot from this webinar and from the unique perspectives of your colleagues in the marketing world. Have a listen and start making marketing connections in your own firm.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
You’re a library director/manager, and you’ve worked your way up. But your staff is younger and they may have different work styles, values, and goals. Or vice-versa, you’re a younger manager in charge of staff who may belong to an older generation. Generation X’ers are now assuming more leadership positions, and we know that each generation leads differently, with their own unique styles. Each generation has different goals and expectations. How do you handle staff of varying generations?
Below are some articles on the topic:
- “Generation X in the Workplace: Age Diversity Issues in Project Teams” by Electa W. Mulvanity
- “Leadership Style: The X Generation and Baby Boomers Compared in Different Cultural Contexts” by Huichun Yu and Peter Miller
- “Who is Going to Lead Us: None Other Than the Forgotten Generation – Generation X” by Paul Dannar
To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL eNewsletter and Education Update. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.
- Greg Lambert was inducted into the College of Law Practice Management. He joins fellow member Jean P. O’Grady, who was inducted in 2014.
- Nicole M. Downing, Jesse D. Griffin, and Aaron S. Kirschenfeld have received the University of North Carolina (UNC) Katherine R. Everett Law Library’s highest annual honor, the Katherine R. Everett Award of Merit, which recognizes staff who have stepped up in significant ways to address the needs of the library and its users.
- Errol A. Adams 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.
AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE
In this month’s member profile, Jason Sowards, law librarian at the Nevada Supreme Court Law Library in Carson City, Nevada discusses creating smaller networks of colleagues with similar interests!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
- Taylor Aberasturi Graduate Student; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies; Madison, WI
- Paul Charas Salem, OR
- Robert Dessau Founder & CEO; Voxgov; New York, NY
- Eric Michael Earhart Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Assistant; University of Iowa Law Library; Iowa City, IA
- Cathy Genero Research Librarian ; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Boston, MA
- Melanie Gorscak Knowledge Management Coordinator; Nossaman LLP; Los Angeles, CA
- Elizabeth Hickey Legal Analyst; LexisNexis; Charlottesville, VA
- Nicholas Lamb Research Specialist; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Manhasset, NY
- Kristina Martinez Catholic University of America; Washington, DC
- Christine G. Noble Research Librarian; Snell & Wilmer LLP; Denver, CO
- Lisanne Paprota Librarian; Segal Company; Lawrenceville, NJ
- Christine Riggi Evening Supervisor; The University At Buffalo State University of New York; Buffalo, NY
- A. E. Rooks Broomfield, CO
- Suzanne Rosin Research Librarian; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Philadelphia, PA
- Theresa Schwake Riverside County Law Library; Riverside, CA
- Melissa Seelye Scholarly Publishing and Systems Librarian; University of Michigan Law Library; Ann Arbor, MI
- Angela Sinhart Cataloging Clerk; Fordham University Law Library; New York, NY
- Pamela G. Smith Assistant Law Librarian; Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University; Carlisle, PA
- Ying Zhang Librarian; Ropes & Gray; Washington, DC