AALL wishes happy holidays to you and your families!
AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP: ADD+VENTURE INITIATIVE
In a world where legal information is fast-moving and constantly evolving, AALL members have unique roles as industry drivers, constantly finding new ways to deliver greater value to stakeholders and colleagues. How do you put your ideas into action? The AALL Innovation Bootcamp: Add+Venture Initiative is designed specifically for legal information professionals—cutting through the jargon and offering real-world examples of how you can amplify your skills and resources, create new value, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation. Whether you’re early in your career and ready to give your solutions wings or a decision maker committed to maximizing the talents of your team, you’ll want to join us for this 1.5-day event to learn how to:
- Identify improvement opportunities in your workplace
- Create or refine services using a service design methodology tailored to libraries
- Strategically pitch your solution to those whose support you need
- Navigate unforeseen challenges to implementation
- Practically test and measure the success of your project
- Connect to a network of proactive problem solvers
- Build internal and external partnerships to raise the profile of your services
- Invigorate your workplace’s culture to promote ingenuity and cooperation
Join us for this Add+Venture—April 25-26, 2019 in Chicago.
Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.
CALL FOR AALL COMMITTEE & AWARD JURY VOLUNTEERS / FORM OPENS JANUARY 2019
AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship and legal information. AALL is seeking volunteers to serve on one of its 24 committees and award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.
- AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee
- Awards Committee
- Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
- Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV)
- Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL) Committee
- Continuing Professional Education Committee
- Copyright Committee
- Diversity & Inclusion Committee
- Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee
- Government Relations Committee
- Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee
- Leadership Development Committee
- AALL Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant Program Jury
- AALL Spectrum Article of the Year Award Jury
- Annual Meeting Grant Awards Jury
- Annual Meeting Poster Session Award Jury
- Emerging Leader Award Jury
- Excellence in Community Engagement Jury
- Innovations in Technology Award Jury
- Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award Jury
- LexisNexis Research Grant Jury
- New Product Award Jury
- Scholarship Awards Jury
- Volunteer Service Award Jury
Please 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 7, 2019.
AALL AWARDS PROGRAM / CALL FOR NOMINATIONS & APPLICATIONS
Nominations are now open for the 2019 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations and applications for:
- Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award
- Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award
- Hall of Fame Award
- AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Award (please note different deadlines)
- Emerging Leader Award
- Excellence in Community Engagement Award
- Innovations in Technology Award
- Minority Leadership Development Award
- New Product Award
- Public Access to Government Information Award
- Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award
- Volunteer Service Award
Apply or nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2019. Recipients will be recognized at the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC.
UPCOMING WEBINAR / REGISTER TODAY
EXPAND YOUR CAREER AND ENGAGE WITH YOUR PEERS
- Wednesday, January 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
- Register by Monday, January 21
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Expand your network, think creatively, and enhance your skills. Opportunities to grow your career don’t just exist within the confines of your day-to-day position. Have you ever discovered a new way of solving a problem using something you’ve learned in another context? Join your peers and learn how to increase opportunities for professional growth, expand your network through involvement, and prepare for new career horizons.
SAVE THE DATE / AALL DAY ON THE HILL
- Friday, July 12, 2019
- Washington, DC
Mark your calendars for AALL Day on the Hill: Advocacy Leadership Training & Lobby Day, taking place just before the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Washington, DC. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries, and then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. Issues may include copyright, access to legal information, open government, and privacy. Registration will open in early 2019.
AALL SPECTRUM / EDITOR SEARCH
APPLY BY FEBRUARY 15
AALL Spectrum Editor Kristina L. Niedringhaus has notified AALL that she will end her term as editor in July 2019 with the completion of volume 23. In preparation for her departure, AALL is conducting a search for the next editor—a volunteer position. The appointment has a three-year term and is renewable.
The editor leads the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board members, who serve as a group of advisers, to help shape, solicit, review, and select content for each issue of the magazine. The editor will set up monthly meetings to discuss upcoming issues and along with the board, will come up with topics (related to the theme of each issue) on current and emerging trends that will be of interest to members (in all three areas of government, private, and academic law libraries). The editor will also identify possible authors, chapters, or special interest sections that could be reached out to. The goal is to publish content that will support AALL members in their work as legal information professionals.
Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2019 and interviews will be conducted via conference call at the end of February. To help with the transition, the candidate selected will sit on the remaining conference calls for volume 23, working with Niedringhaus and the Editorial Board until July 2019.
Send your cover letter and resume to AALL Publications Manager Heather Haemker via email. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Haemker at 312.205.8038.
AALL @ LEGALWEEK NY 2019
Join AALL at Legalweek NY 2019 for Knowledge Manager Day on Thursday, January 31. The day of learning and networking kicks off with a welcome reception and continues with several interactive educational sessions tailored specifically to knowledge managers including two sessions presented by AALL members:
- “From Conversation to Conversion: Getting Lawyers to Use New Tools” and
- “Joining Forces–Create Client-Centric Knowledge Management.”
AALL members receive:
- complimentary access to the exhibit show floor at Legalweek (use code EPP00000170)
- a 30% discount to attend all educational sessions (use code 3MP00000170)
Register today and join us as we celebrate the key players that help law firms win and keep the business of law moving forward.
NOW AVAILABLE / COMPLIMENTARY AALL 2018 SESSION RECORDINGS
At this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Baltimore or not. You can easily listen to sessions from your desktop or on the go—take advantage of this complimentary member benefit, just a few clicks away.
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
Beyond Bitcoin: What is Blockchain and What Will it Mean for Law Librarians?
Blockchain is not limited to purchasing items with cryptocurrencies. In fact, Distributed Ledger Technology, a type of Blockchain, is already having an impact on the legal community—it is used to track and store data on individual’s educational achievements, track titles on property, authenticate government documents, create wills or contracts, and keep inventory of goods and their locations. During their presentation, Debbie Ginsberg and Dan Blackaby provide an in-depth look at the many uses of Blockchain.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
FOR THE LEADER IN YOU
As we reflect on the year, many of us wish we had been more present in our personal lives and more deliberate in our work lives. We resolve to finally figure out how to have a better work/life balance, or at least to better integrate the two, in the year to come. As leaders, we can work toward a better work/life balance for ourselves and encourage our colleagues and employees to do the same. While modeling a work/life balance is one of the best ways to inspire others as a leader, we can also support employees by offering flexible schedules, helping employees set priorities, and encouraging vacations.
Below are some articles that discuss ways leaders can model and facilitate a work/life balance:
- “The 1 Thing Any Leader Who Cares About Work-Life Balance Needs to Know” by Phil Brabbs
- “3 Daily Actions That Guarantee Work-Life Balance For Leaders” by Christine Comaford
- “Help Your Team Achieve Work-Life Balance–Even When You Can’t” by Rebecca Zucker
For more in-depth discussion on the topic:
- Lead with Balance: How to Master Work-Life Balance in an Imbalanced Culture by Donnie Hutchinson
- Great at Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More by Morten Hansen
- Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Surefire Ways to Design a Workplace That Is Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World by Erica Kewsin
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 T.J. Striepe.
- Tarica LaBossiere was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s December Librarian of the Month.
- Holly M. Riccio has been appointed Senior Manager for HBR Consulting.
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.
- John Tessner served as head of public services at the Hamline University School of Law Library in Saint Paul, Minnesota for 18 years until his retirement in 2005. Tessner earned his MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973. In 1975, he tutored patients at Central State Hospital in Waupun, and soon after, worked as a teacher on the forensic units at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison. In 1981, he enrolled at Gonzaga University Law School and graduated in 1984; he was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar that fall. In 1986, he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and worked as a librarian at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Law School Library before taking on his role at Hamline. Tessner was a member of AALL from 1984-2006 as well as a member of the Wisconsin Education Association. He was also a life member of the National Education Association. He passed away November 27, 2018.
The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Tom Gaylord, Law Library Journal editor.
AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE
In this month’s member profile, David Holt, reference librarian at the University of California Davis School of Law in Davis, California, talks about the importance of getting involved in special interest sections, and why he can’t imagine life as a law librarian without AALL.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
- Chloe Abuzeni Research Analyst; Fish & Richardson P.C.; Minneapolis, MN
- Sara Farnsworth Graduate Assistant; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
- Jeane Fillipitch Law Librarian and Justice Corps Coordinator; Jeane Fillipitch; Joliet, IL
- Cassandra Kampfer Law Librarian; Union County Law Library; Marysville, OH
- Yasmin Khan Manager, Legal Information Services; Ministry of the Attorney General Law Library; Toronto, Canada
- Jimmy Pak Legal Reference & Instructional Librarian; Riverside County Law Library; Riverside, CA
- Jasmine Plott Graduate Assistant; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
- Emily Roscoe Graduate Assistant; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; Chapel Hill, NC
- Jenny VanFossen Legal Intern; Rome, GA
- Jamie Walker Librarian Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago, IL