AALL eNewsletter / February 2016


This time tomorrow, the temperature in Chicago will be 58 degrees rather than the current 25, so perhaps the warmer temperature will convince me that the AALL Annual Meeting is only five months away. Registration is now open and I look forward to seeing everyone in our great city.

The theme of AALL 2016 is “Make It New: Create the Future,” stay tuned for an announcement very soon about additional programming on “making it new” in the workplace. We are also planning some sessions on innovation that I hope you will find exciting. You will find information below on grants available to you to help cover the cost of attendance. I know many members (including myself) who have benefitted from the grants, so if you need funding, please be sure to apply before the April 1 deadline.

I sent you an E-briefing yesterday, on the results of the bylaws vote recommending a new name, that I hope you will have time to read. It summarizes the main themes from your comments and also describes next steps in the rebranding project. To discuss the results further and to answer your questions, we have scheduled a virtual town hall next week, on Tuesday, February 23, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (CST). You must register to attend the town hall–registration is open now. We will schedule a second town hall in the near future.

I have heard from many of you in recent days, and I appreciate your thoughtful messages and phone calls. You are welcome to contact me at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu or 312.906.5610. Best wishes.

AALL 2016 | Registration Now Open

Join us in the Windy City July 16-19 for the 109th AALL Annual Meeting & Conferenceregistration is now open!

Everything—programs, meetings, exhibits, and accommodations—is under one roof at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reserve your room now to take advantage of this convenience and some of the lowest hotel rates available in Chicago. This year, there are several exciting learning opportunities on tap, including dozens of must-have programs on timely topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Check out all the sessions, and start making plans to join us.

This year’s Legal Information Marketplace will connect you with the latest products and services to keep you at the top of your game. The Saturday Opening Reception and a complimentary Attendee Luncheon on Monday will both be in the exhibit hall, as well as poster sessions, exhibitor showcase sessions, and daily prize drawings. Of course, you’ll also want to explore our host city; the Local Arrangements Committee is putting together all kinds of activities, including library tours and dine-arounds, to get you out and about.

Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. See what’s in store at AALL 2016, the premier education and networking event for law librarians and other legal information professionals.

AALL Nominations Committee Seeks Candidates for Office

The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming Executive Board elections. To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination forms on AALLNET at bit.ly/EBnominations. Nominations are due by Friday, March 4.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2016 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2017-2018), two candidates for the position of secretary (2017-2020), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2017-2020). In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates who reflect the diversity of AALL’s membership, thus ensuring the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders, and minorities.

For the 2016 elections, ballots will be distributed electronically to all voting members of the Association in October. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters at the beginning of November and election results will be announced immediately.

Apply for a Research Grant by April 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). Established in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide range of professional interests. Access the complete guidelines and apply for a grant. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

AALL Offers Financial Assistance for Your Education | Apply by April 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with and without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship

The deadline for applications is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, contact AALL Scholarship Award Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.

Apply for an AALL Annual Meeting Grant

AALL Annual Meeting Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or its associated workshops. Individuals eligible for the Experienced Member Grant are active members with five or more years of AALL or AALL chapter membership. Individuals eligible for the Student/New Member Grant are student members of AALL or an AALL chapter, or active members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership.

Be sure to submit your application by April 1.

AALL Webinars | Register Today

What You Need to Know About 21st Century Cataloging Standards
Thursday, February 25 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, February 22
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Library catalog users are often not the same people charged with building and maintaining those catalogs. Cataloging standards change, but how does that affect the searcher? Geared toward legal professionals with a lot of searching experience and staff who want to know more about catalog structure, this webinar will explain the concepts underpinning national library standards including RDA, BIBFRAME, and Linked Data, as well as their relevance to legal libraries of all types and sizes. A list of resources for further information on these topics will also be included.

Strategies for Online Student Engagement and Learning
Wednesday, March 30 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, March 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Online courses may be the “new normal,” but can they engage students and foster interactive learning that is equivalent to the educational experience of face-to-face? This webinar introduces online learning strategies, activities, and tools to engage and facilitate student learning in online environments. This session will also address assessment of student learning, as well as assessment of the online course itself. Takeaways from this program include instructional technology tools, course delivery strategies, and suggestions for student-to-student and student-to-professor interaction.

These webinar programs are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

The CRIV Sheet | February 2016 Edition Now Available Online

The February 2016 edition of The CRIV Sheet, the newsletter of the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, is now available online. The edition discusses Ravel, the landscape of e-books in both law firm and academic libraries, the latest from VRAG, and updates from the CRIV vendor liaisons.  

If you would like to contribute to The CRIV Sheet or just share your ideas on improving vendor relations, your input is always appreciated. Please email any member of The CRIV Sheet subcommittee with your comments, letters, suggestions, and submissions: Alexa Robertson, Valerie Carullo, Charles A. Pippins II, Gilda Chiu.

Register for AALL’s Online Advocacy Training and Virtual Lobby Day

Register now for AALL’s online advocacy training on March 9, where you’ll learn about AALL’s top policy priorities and the most effective ways to influence your members of Congress on copyright reform, improvements to the Freedom of Information Act, privacy, and more. Then, pledge to join your colleagues on March 16 for AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day, where you can help raise the profile of law libraries by sending coordinated messages to Capitol Hill through our Legislative Action Center and social media. If you sign up for our Virtual Lobby Day before March 1, you’ll receive insider tips and information to help maximize your influence.

Day in the Life Photo Contest | Entries Due February 29

Do you have a fun or interesting photo that captures the spirit of law librarianship? Submit your best photos for the Day in the Life Photo Contest. Entries must be submitted by February 29, 2016.

Categories include:

  • Librarians as Information Evaluators and Manager
  • Librarians as Teachers and Trainers
  • The Artistry of Librarianship
  • Most Humorous
  • Best Altered Image/Use of Special Effects
  • Best Video

Photos and videos can be from any time between January 8 and February 29, 2016. Entries will be judged online through membership voting in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in AALL Spectrum, and at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.

AALL2go Pick of the Month | User-Friendly Library Websites: Writing Content for the Web

In this webinar, Aaron Schmidt, a team member of Influx Library Experience, offers the following critical advice to libraries: “rewrite your site.” He painstakingly details why we should rewrite our websites, and offers up some of the technological science behind his advice—to create a more impactful user-friendly experience. Schmidt’s webinar is geared more toward academic librarians, however, any librarian considering a change to their website should include this webinar among their sources for website content configuration.

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Member News

Katherine K. Coolidge, AALL Executive Board Secretary, has joined the staff of AccuFile in Boston as their new senior legal research specialist. Katherine joins the library information management, records management, and library/resource center from Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP in Springfield, Boston, and Amherst, MA, where she worked as a law librarian. With thirty plus years of experience, Katherine’s unique ability to help lawyers to distill information from data is valuable on so many levels. In her new position, Katherine will continue to focus on the intersection of information and the law, expanding AccuFile’s services in Western Massachusetts.

Holly M. Riccio,AALL Immediate Past President, is now the director of knowledge management at Nossaman LLP in San Francisco. In her new role, Holly will manage the development and implementation of innovative strategic initiatives firm wide and oversee all aspects of the Firm’s daily library operations. With more than two decades of experience in law firms and in the legal information profession, Holly will work closely with department chairs and practice group leaders to assess current strategies and develop new ones to enhance the delivery of client service and produce innovative, cost-effective research results. Prior to joining Nossaman, Holly served as director of library innovation and library manager at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

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.

Welcome New AALL Members

Anastasia Agapoff Mckesson Corporation; San Francisco, California
Crystal Bauer Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Philip Brenneise Knowledge Technology Analyst; DLA Piper; San Diego, California
Thomas Burns Mesquite, Nevada
Helen Busness Ely, Iowa
Bruce Chandler Technical Services Manager; University of Kansas; Lawrence, Kansas
Catherine Christensen Director of Library Services; Budd Larner, PC; Short Hills, New Jersey
Elizabeth Clower Wheeling, Illinois
Maura DiSalvo Morgantown, Wyoming
Allison Dussias Graduate MLIS Student; Forest Park, Illinois
John Fox Satellite Librarian; Library of the U.S. Courts; Granger, Indiana
Ambrogino Giusti Seattle, Washington
Nachshon Goltz Toronto, Ontario
George Grossman Portland, Oregon
James Gulvas Library & Information Specialist; Butzel Long; Detroit, Michigan
Kevin Hall Manager of Library and Research Services; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Boston, Massachusetts
N. Kennail Humphrey NC Certified Paralegal and Office Administrator; Harris Creech Ward & Blackerby, P.A.; New Bern, North Carolina
Pia Hunter University of Illinois at Chicago; Urbana, Illinois
Alexander Jakubow Empirical Research Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, Virginia
John Johnson Associate Librarian; Lane College; Milan, Tennessee
Cynthia Jones Assistant Librarian; Law Library of Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana
Dawn Kildow Administrative Director; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jill Kilgore Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Catherine MacGregor Resources & Reference Librarian; Stikeman Elliott; Toronto, Ontario
Lisa Marks Law Librarian; Valley Village, California
Anne Mellott Chapman University Law Library; Orange, California
John Miller globethics.net; Liverpool, United Kingdom
Miller Montague Lexington, Kentucky
Allison Murphy Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, Missouri
Michael Neher Richboro, Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Nolasco Electronic Resources Coordinator; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; New York, New York
Jaz’min Quary Paralegal; Sanders Roberts & Jewett, LLP; Los Angeles, California
Jamie Rasmussen Law Clerk; Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District; Springfield, Missouri
Theresa Reiss Operations Supervisor; Alexandria Law Library; Alexandria, Virginia
Owen Smith Circuit Librarian; U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit Library; Cincinnati, Ohio
Allison Symulevich Seattle, Washington
Laura Vlieg Tucson, Arizona
Amy Wilson Document Lifecycle Services Specialist; WilmerHale; Somerville, Massachusetts