AALL eNewsletter / December 2016


On December 12, AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., AALL Executive Director Kate Hagan, and Director of Government Relations Emily Feltren met with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in Washington, DC. During the meeting, President Wheeler spoke about AALL’s current priorities, including our innovation incubator and diversity initiatives. We also shared AALL’s public policy positions, which include our support for adequate funding for the Library of Congress. AALL looks forward to working with the new Librarian on areas of mutual interest.


AALL would like to thank everyone who generously gave monetary donations on #GivingTuesday. We invite you to keep with the spirit and join your colleagues by giving to support AALL’s grant and scholarship programs—help nurture the next generation of legal information professionals with financial support for education and continued professional development. Thank you for championing our profession by generously supporting the education of our members with your contribution.


Last month, AALL’s Executive Board voted to approve the request from AALL’s Diversity Committee to change its name to the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. The intention of the name change is to broaden the understanding of the committee’s mission, making it clear that AALL celebrates the benefits and possibilities of a diverse, complex membership and supports actions to sustain that richness. The committee invites all AALL members to participate in a brief survey by January 15 and to join The Commons—the online community hosted by the committee which serves as a platform for an open discussion of diversity.


Nominations are now open for the 2017 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations for:

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2017. Recipients will be recognized at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin.


Championing Our Profession and Our Members

  • January 31-February 2 ,2017
  • New York Hilton Midtown

AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech NY to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending. AALL members Jean P. O’Grady and Greg Lambert will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel.


As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing s sustainable model for the continued publication of Law Library Journal without compromising its role as a well-respected scholarly journal.

As announced in April’s eNewsletter, at its spring meeting the AALL Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee to offer increased functionality and shift primary access to the digital edition of LLJ. The changes will provide an invaluable resource to members while reducing costs and environmental impact, specifically:

  • As part of our continued partnership with HeinOnline, Law Library Journal will include 20,000+ active links to cited content that is part of the HeinOnline collections (some exclusions apply). This enhancement will be available to all AALL members via the access point on AALLNET.
  • With Vol. 109, No. 1 (winter 2017), Law Library Journal will be delivered to members in digital-format via an email announcement as soon as each digital edition is available online. The Journal will continue to be published in print; members who wish to continue receiving print edition may subscribe at the discounted rate of $35 per volume year ($90 savings).


Cataloging 411: Tools to Manage Materials in Today’s Libraries

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 23
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Cataloging is still a vital component of modern collection management, no matter the format. Whether you’re loading vendor e-book records or adding URLs to formerly held print titles, this webinar will introduce attendees to the virtual toolbox today’s catalogers use at both academic and private law libraries. From MarcEdit to OCLC, RDA to the Cataloging Calculator, and from subject cataloging to vendor records, this session will lift the curtain and leave attendees with the information they need to ensure their institutions utilize every resource at their disposal.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with
Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.


Earlier this month, AALL launched KnowItAALL, our daily newsletter, to connect you to news that further engages your library, legal, technological, and professional expertise. We also hope that KnowItAALL supports your passion for law librarianship.

The newsletter was launched after beta testing with 10 percent of randomly selected members. We will continue fine-tuning the newsletter, and look forward to your continued involvement. Please send your thoughts and comments to Megan Mall, director of content strategy.



  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by February 3, 2017

The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event.


The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has approved a new Statement on Government Provision of Public Legal Information in the Digital Age, drafted by AALL members Sally Holterhoff and Marisol Floren with assistance from AALL members Anne Burnett, Leslie Street, and Claire Germain. The statement, which was written on behalf of the IFLA Law Libraries Section, addresses issues related to public access to electronic legal information, including official status, authentication, and preservation. This policy statement has resulted from years of focus and effort on the part of the Law Libraries Section, which became an official IFLA section in 2005.


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. The next deadline for grant applications is March 15.

AALL would like to congratulate the following grant award recipients for the fall round of grants:

  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)
  • Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC)

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH: Leave Treasure Hunts to Pirates: Using Research Plans and Logs to Create Experiential Legal Research Courses

Cassie Rae DuBay, Robert Linz, Anne Lucke, and Donna Wolff discuss a teaching method that uses research plans and logs to help students develop “practice ready” skills in legal research courses. The benefits of using research plans and logs in the law firm setting are also explored. Consider the American Bar Association standards that set out the requirements for experiential courses in law schools, and discover how you can implement the use of research plans and logs to make your courses more practical for students. The panelists also share their experiences using this strategy and describe the process for incorporating this method into the classroom. This program is ideal for any law librarian who wants to highlight the role of planning and analysis in legal research instruction.

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

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Simmering beneath the surface of the library work environment is passive-aggressive behavior. Change, reduced budgets, and increased uncertainty can bring forth anger, and poorly managed anger can take the form of passive-aggression. Left unchecked, this can lead to incomplete projects, poor morale, and bullying in the workplace. Managing your emotions and providing leadership to help others manage theirs is the best prevention.

Following are several articles to help you learn how to avoid passive-aggressive behavior:

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 succession planning. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich or Emily Janoski-Haehlen.


Joan S. Howland, Roger F. Noreen professor of law and associate dean for information and technology at the University of Minnesota Law School, received the 2017 Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She will be acknowledged during the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Gary Johnson, director of the Shelby County Governmental Law Library, celebrated his 50th year as a librarian on Wednesday, November 23. In his current role, he directs the county law library’s operations, including budgeting, staffing, and library services, and reports to a ten-member board that includes nine attorneys and one judge. He spent 26 years working for the Birmingham Public Library, starting as a page and working his way up to library assistant before becoming branch head and finally department head.

Avery Le was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s December Librarian of the Month.

The following six AALL members have been appointed to serve on the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information 2017-2018 Executive Committee:

  • Carol A. Watson (Chairperson, 2016-2019) University of Georgia School of Law
  • Sara Sampson (Chairperson-Elect, 2017-2020) Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
  • Pauline Aranas (Immediate Past Chairperson, 2015-2018) University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Barbara H. Garavaglia (Executive Committee Member, 2015-2018) University of Michigan Law School
  • Susan Nevelow Mart (Executive Committee Member, 2016-2019) University of Colorado Law School
  • Patrick J. Charles (Executive Committee Member, 2017-2020) Gonzaga University School of Law


Mary Ann Roman served as a law librarian for Barnes and Thornburg in Indianapolis, Indiana, and taught classes at the Indiana University Law School until her retirement. She earned her MLS degree from Marian College and was a member of AALL since 1976. In addition, she was a member of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section from 1996 to 1999. She passed away October 15, 2016.

Robert S. Ryan served as a librarian at Hill, Farrer & Burrill LLP in Los Angeles, California, until his retirement in 2013. Ryan earned his JD from Albany Law School and promptly began a 40-year career as an attorney and an assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor, before becoming a law librarian. He passed away November 19, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Anita Martin Steele served as professor of law emerita at Seattle University. She received her JD in 1971 from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she obtained a degree in Law Library Science from the University of Washington in 1972. Shortly after, she joined the faculty of a brand-new law school at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, serving as director of the law library and assistant professor of law. Throughout her time there, she was promoted to associate professor and then to professor, while remaining law library director, until her retirement in 1999. She passed away on December 4, 2016.

Barbara A. White was a librarian in Albuquerque, New Mexico until her retirement. A member of the American Association of Law Libraries since 1996, White became a lifetime member upon her retirement. She passed away November 15, 2016.

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


  • Kristin Brandt MLIS Student; Davis, CA
  • Laura Caringella Bain & Company; Chicago, IL
  • Teria Curry Manager; Northrop Grumman Corporation; Linthicum, MD
  • Bonita Dueck MLIS Student; Calgary, AB
  • Alyson Foster Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Silver Spring, MD
  • Joyce Green Deputy General Counsel; Oklahoma Supreme Court; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Kacie Hardin Research Services Assistant; Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.; Indianapolis, IN
  • Jackie Lemmer Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Elizabeth Manriquez Intern; University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Kathleen McCarthy MLIS Student; Deerfield Beach, FL
  • Sarah McClain Director; State Law Library of Montana; Helena, MT
  • Amy Rowland Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Amy Stabler Research Analyst; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Ed Walters CEO; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC