AALL eNewsletter / December 2017

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

AALL wishes happy holidays to you and your families!

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR #GIVING

AALL would like to thank everyone who generously gave monetary donations on #GivingTuesday. As you wrap up your year-end giving, we invite you to keep with the spirit and join your colleagues by making a tax-deductible donation 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.

CALL FOR AALL COMMITTEE & AWARD JURY VOLUNTEERS / FORM OPENS JANUARY 2018

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 22 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.

COMMITTEES     

AWARD JURIES

Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. The online application opens January 8, 2018. 

AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS

Nominations are now open for the 2018 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations and applications for:

Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2018. Recipients will be recognized at the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Baltimore.

JANUARY WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY

TRANSFORMING OUR LIBRARIES FROM ANALOG TO DIGITAL: A VISION FOR 2020

  • Thursday, January 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 22
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Today, most people get their information online, often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, some users may miss it entirely. Yet much knowledge only exists on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries still haven’t met this digital demand, often stymied by costs, ebook restrictions, policy risks, and missing infrastructure. However, we now have the technology and legal frameworks to transform our library system by 2020. Join Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive and Michelle Wu, associate dean for library services at Georgetown University Law Library as they discuss digital transformation.

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

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11, 2018
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

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.

 

AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law 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:

  • Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) & San Diego Area Law Libraries (SANDALL) [this is a co-sponsored program]
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL)
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

ASK THE EXPERTS: TOUGH QUESTIONS AND ESSENTIAL LESSONS ON PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Whether you embrace your role as manager or have stumbled into it accidentally, this webinar is for you. This program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting features three librarians with significant management experience discussing important topics related to personnel management. Topics covered include giving appropriate feedback, facilitating difficult conversations, and managing though change. In particular, the speakers answer participant questions about managing conflicts between subordinates and team building. The webinar concludes with a discussion about how a manager should respond to an employee who states “that’s how it has always been done.” Practical and insightful, this webinar is helpful to managers at any level and institution. *This webinar was featured in LogMeIn’s GoToStage list of top 100 webinars in the human resources category.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

When enumerating traits of outstanding leaders, humility probably isn’t the first trait that comes to mind. But substantial research confirms humility is a highly important leadership characteristic that empowers employees and increases esteem for their leaders.    

Here are some suggested articles about humility and its role in leading others:

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.

AALL HEADQUARTERS CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

AALL’s offices will be closed December 22-25 and December 29-January 1 in observance of the holidays. 

MEMBER NEWS

  • Anthony P. Amabile is the newest member of The New York Law Institute Board of Directors, where he will serve a three-year term. Amabile serves as senior global manager of research and knowledge services for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, where he manages the firm’s 22 research and knowledge centers.

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.  

MEMORIAL

  • Alfred J. Coco served as law library director and professor at the University of Denver in Colorado until his retirement in 1994, when he became professor emeritus. After earning his JD from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio and his MLL from the University of Washington in 1962, he began his career as law librarian and associate professor of law at Saint Mary’s University in Texas. Coco previously worked in private practice as a librarian and professor. A member of AALL since 1972, he held many prominent positions throughout his career, including President of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries from 1964-1965, and AALL President from 1977-1978. He received the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1995, and was inducted into the AALL Hall of Fame in 2010. His story was also featured in Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf on HeinOnline as part of An Oral History of Law Librarianship. He passed away December 14, 2017.

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Oheneba Amponsah Patent Analyst; Alexandria, VA
  • Rebecca Ensberg Reference/Technical Services Librarian; Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP; Atlanta, GA
  • Joshua Escoto Jupiter, FL
  • Amy Halverson Director of Knowledge Management; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Palo Alto, CA
  • Shawn Haught Law Library Director/Court Administrator; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Erin Lybrand-Wenz Assistant Law Librarian; California Judicial Center Library; San Francisco, CA
  • Mary Catherine Matta Student; Washington, DC
  • Kevin Rothenberg Worrell Professional Center Library; Winston-Salem, NC
  • Matt Souser Librarian; West Chester, PA