AALL eNewsletter / August 2016

The start of a new school year also signals the start of AALL’s new Strategic Directions for 2016-2019. The new Strategic Directions—knowledge, community, and leadership—will help guide our Association toward a bright and prosperous future as the recognized authority for all aspects of legal information.

Using the Strategic Directions as guideposts, I have three broad aspirations for the coming year: to expand on our commitment to diversity; to improve the quality and relevance of our educational offerings; and to find more opportunities for members to share, grow, and learn from one another. This fall we will be implementing our new brand strategy and it will be exciting to see all of our work come into fruition. Read more about the rollout below.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas; feel free to reach out to me at wheelerr@bu.edu.

AALL Branding Update

AALL’s brand strategy and messaging have been completed; the focus is now on creative development and implementation. There is a lot of excitement around the new visual identity, but there is still a lot of work to be done to implement the new brand in a thoughtful and impactful way. AALL is working with Mission Minded to finalize elements critical to the overall look and feel of AALL. This is phase one of the rollout, which will be completed this fall. Phase two will include guidance and training for AALL entities on how to incorporate the new brand standards into their publications, websites, and other printed or virtual collateral pieces. We are excited to have a brand strategy that will help us more clearly articulate our vision: “AALL and its members will be the recognized authority in all aspects of legal information.”

Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders: Election Opens September 30

The 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. View candidate biographies and statements.

Online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members opens Friday, September 30, and runs through 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on Monday, October 31. Ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members on September 30. On November 1, ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

Help shape the future of AALL with your vote!

Save the Date | National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a first-of-its-kind conference on the copyright of state legal materials on December 2, 2016, at BU Law. A surge in legislation and lawsuits on the copyright status of state legal materials has raised concerns about the principles of open government and the free accessibility and use of these materials.

We invite you to join other legal information professionals, policymakers, and copyright experts to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and to discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain. Registration is $75–register now to secure your spot.

AALL 2017 Program Ideas | Last Call

Submit Your Recommendations for “Must-Have” Programs

Building upon the success of the “must-have” programs solicited for and presented at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, what “must-have” programs should AALL 2017 feature? AALL members have great ideas–share yours through tomorrow, August 19 and see what’s already buzzing among your colleagues. Your ideas will help the Annual Meeting Program Committee identify the must-have program topics for next summer’s conference, which will be included in the Call for Proposals next month.

Review what others have suggested and cast your vote for your “must-have” program topics. Did the ideas spark inspiration? Learn more about the proposal process and turn inspiration into reality at AALL 2017.

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

OLRC Drops Proposal to Eliminate Annual Print Supplements to U.S. Code

After hearing concerns from AALL, the Office of Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) of the U.S. House of Representatives is reversing course on its proposal to eliminate the annual print supplements to the U.S. Code. Thanks to all who shared their feedback about the proposal with us; your comments had an impact. The OLRC is now considering whether changing the presentation of the print supplements (i.e., abandoning the two-column format) would negatively affect users. To share your thoughts on this proposal, contact Emily Feltren, AALL director of government relations.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Cultural Intelligence Makes a Difference: Are you Culturally Competent?

Diversity is important to organizations of all kinds but not all promote cultural competency as a core value. In this 2015 AALL Annual Meeting Program, Michele A. Lucero Villagran explains cultural intelligence and discusses challenges and opportunities that may be encountered within law libraries. She presents on four key factors in developing cultural intelligence: drive, knowledge, strategy, and action.

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

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AALL September Webinar | Register Today

Telling the Story of Research: Altmetrics at Pitt
Thursday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, September 19
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As scholars face increasing pressure to document the impact of the research they publish, libraries are perfectly positioned to apply their strengths with organization, metadata, and online systems to give their research communities new insights from alternative metrics. In this webinar, participants will learn about new tools that measure a wide range of impact from traditional citation counts to faster, broader indicators of social impact. Discover how the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has integrated Plum Analytics with its institutional repository to help legal scholars at Pitt document their total output, demonstrate the impact of their work, and tell the story of their research.

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

Save the Date | AALL Management Institute

The 2017 AALL Management Institute will be held March 30-April 1, 2017, at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago. Providing participants with the opportunity to build management skills, the Management Institute fosters a collaborative environment with colleagues from different library types, working in small group settings, to develop techniques to manage with confidence. Additional information will be forthcoming.

For the Leader in You

Before we can talk effectively about leadership, we first need to understand more about it. This month’s recommendations are focused around the principles that define leadership. While smart, capable leaders may disagree on the details, the books and articles below have many commonalities: Respect, self-reflection, communication, vision, courage, and curiosity. All are common principles that make up a great leader.

Here are some suggested articles on leadership principles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic:

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 transitioning leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program

Do you have fall program that you need help funding? Applications for the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program are now being accepted through October 19. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL entities are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal today! Visit grants program FAQs for more information.

Member News

Louis Abramovitz has joined the research analyst team at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. In his new position, Abramovitz conducts legal and business development research for attorneys, marketing, and legal support staff. He was previously a librarian at Wilkinson Baker Knauer, LLP in DC.

Rick Buckingham of the Moakley Law Library at Suffolk University Law School, Anne Rajotte from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Scott Frey from Western State College of Law were the winning team of the third annual AALL Hackathon, held July 16 during AALL’s Annual Meeting. For their winning project, the group created a “Chambot,” designed to assist laypeople in locating government documents.

AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was featured in a video from Boston University School of Law, in which he highlights the classes and resources available to BU law students at the Fineman & Pappas Law Library.

Rena Stoeber has joined the faculty of the Ruth Lilly Library at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law as a research and instructional services librarian. Stoeber was previously the faculty services librarian at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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.


Carol Joan Pedzich served as the director of library services at the Harris Beach Law Firm in Rochester, New York until her retirement in 2011. Since retiring, Pedzich spent her time volunteering and as a regular reviewer for the National Library Journal (a position she held for 20 years). She received her Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.) at Oswego and her MLIS from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo. After becoming a member of AALL in 1996, Pedzich served as an active member of the Computing Services Special Interest Section (SIS) as well as the Private Law Libraries SIS. She passed away on June 26, 2016.

The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.

Staff News

Megan Mall has joined the AALL staff as director of content strategy. Her responsibilities include creating a knowledge management system to provide information and resources to help members solve problems, develop new strategies, and stay informed about trends and developments in legal information. Megan will work to disseminate information of value to all members across their varied interests and position demands. The goal is to build community through information sharing and access to knowledge.

Previously, Megan worked at Northwestern University as a librarian, where she managed online learning materials and assisted MBA students and alumni with career-focused questions. She has also worked at Acorn Public Library, providing reference assistance, overhauling the website, and managing the department’s budget, staff, and collection. Megan is thrilled to be part of AALL and looks forward to helping members engage with the wealth of information available to them. She earned a BA in History from the University of Montana and her MLS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Celeste R. Smith, AALL’s director of education has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from ASAE. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry, held by more than 4,000 association professionals. Smith as more than 15 years of experience in training, instructional design, content development, and organizational learning and is a member of the ASAE Professional Development Council. In addition, she was recognized at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting for 10 years of service to the Association.

Welcome New AALL Members

  • John Beatty Head of Multimedia and Access Services; St. Thomas University Law Library; Syracuse, NY
  • Renee Bianco Research and Business Intelligence Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Buddhi Chauhan Law Library Director; O.P. Jindal Global University Law School; Sonepat, India
  • Rob Corrao LAC Group; Los Angeles, CA
  • Thomas Eisenmann New Haven, CT
  • Cynthia Etkin Senior Program Planner; U.S. Government Publishing Office; Washington, DC
  • Nicole Frey Information Services Coordinator; Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.; Columbia, SC
  • Mary Gardner Student; Drexel University; Sparta, NJ
  • Dennis Harlow Buffalo, NY
  • Elizabeth Hildebrand Matherne Cumming, GA
  • Cara Johnson Librarian; Gunderson Dettmer; Redwood City, CA
  • Brett Johnson Academic Tech Project Manager; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Marie Kaddell Senior Information Professional Consultant; LexisNexis; Burke, VA
  • Dianna Kim Sam Houston State University; Newton Gresham Library; Huntsville, TX
  • Cynthia Kutka Brookhaven, GA
  • Tara Long Faculty Research Librarian; Texas Southern University; Houston, TX
  • Damon Martin Reference Librarian; State Law Library of Montana; Helena, MT
  • Laurie McHenry University of North Dakota School of Law; Thormodsgard Law Library; Grand Forks, ND
  • Anna Moca Knowledge Systems Senior Manager; White & Case LLP; New York, NY
  • Neal Nagely Dallas, TX
  • Elizabeth Osborne Sales Executive; FactSet Research Systems Inc.; Burbank, CA
  • Mary Parker Assistant Director of Operations & Collections; Nova Southeastern University; Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Hans Perl-Matanzo San Juan, PR
  • Tammy Pettinato Interim Library Director; University of North Dakota School of Law; Thormodsgard Law Library; Grand Forks, ND
  • Mike Phillips Sacramento, CA
  • Elizabeth Psyck Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, MI
  • Rheny Pulungan Liaison Support Librarian; Melbourne Law School; University of Melbourne; Victoria, Australia
  • Kayla Reed Metadata and Digital Services Librarian; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Tiffany Robson Legislative Analysis; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Washington, DC
  • Yael Rosenblatt Research Services Librarian; Reed Smith LLP; New York, NY
  • Jessica Salow Paralegal II; Arizona Attorney General’s Office; Gilbert, AZ
  • Talisa Thompson Business and Human Resources Coordinator; University of Illinois; School of Information Sciences; Champaign, IL
  • Brenda Williams Student; Dayton, OH
  • Serge Yakubov Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; New York, NY