AALL eNewsletter / February 2017


Registration for the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is now open! We champion our profession and our members, and AALL 2017 will celebrate the innovators and highlight the skills, talents, and attributes that provide added value and meaning for our organizations. Join us in Austin and return to your workplace inspired, energized, and connected.

  • Inspired. AALL members are problem solvers of the highest order who help define the dozens of must-have programs, part of the robust slate of educational programs designed to empower an evolving profession. Keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will share his experiences defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people, recounting stories of heartbreak and encouragement.
  • Energized. There’s no better place to embrace the radical transformation of the legal industry than in Austin, an innovation hub that celebrates its eclecticism, a music mecca, and a first-time host to AALL. This year’s Exhibit Hall will be buzzing with the latest tools to keep you at the top of your game, as well as exhibitor showcase sessions, daily prize drawings, poster sessions, and discussion dens.
  • Connected. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community; connect with your peers to gain perspective only they can provide.

Need to make your case to attend? We’ve got you covered. Book your accommodations through AALL’s housing partner to get the best rates, and relax knowing you can always make adjustments later without penalty. See what’s in store at AALL 2017, and start making plans to join us.


The AALL 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 17.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2017 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2018-2019), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2018-2021). 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 2017 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.



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 or 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
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

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


AALL Annual Meeting Grants cover registration costs at either the meeting or workshops associated with the meeting. 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 active members with less than five years of AALL or AALL chapter membership, or student members of AALL or an AALL chapter. Be sure to submit your application by April 1.


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

As announced in the April 2016 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).



  • Thursday, February 23 / 12:00 p.m. (CST)
  • Register today
  • AALL Members – Complimentary


In a panel discussion, legal marketers and law librarians come together to speak about ways in which the relationship between these two departments can be strengthened for the mutual benefit of the firm. This webinar is co-sponsored by the AALL Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section CI Group and the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Competitive/Market Intelligence Special Interest Group.


  • Wednesday, March 29 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Friday, March 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60


Have you thought about what you want to get out of your career and how you’re going to achieve it? A recent study determined that librarians don’t have a clear professional or personal vision statement. Learning how to strategically focus your energy and resources and properly set goals can help you lead a purposeful life and build a foundation for a fulfilling career. In this fun and transformative webinar, participants will explore the why, what, and how of personal strategic planning, and learn how to develop a plan for both professional and personal success. Participants will also learn techniques to modify habits and counter procrastination. This webinar will benefit law librarians and legal information professionals at all stages in their careers.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.


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.


Design Thinking for Libraries: Rethinking the User Experience

Gain practical guidance on how to develop programming or create spaces that meet patron needs. Presented at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting, Chicago Public Library colleagues set out to learn how their patrons view and use the library with the goal of innovating (or adjusting) services and outreach. With their focus on building empathy for patrons and openness to brainstorming and running simple experiments, the librarians were able to introduce low cost programs to bring patron groups together, or reimagine spaces to suit the needs of diverse users. Learn how you can design what is feasible, viable, and desirable, while gaining buy-in from library leadership, colleagues, patrons, and other stakeholders.

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

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Creating safe and inclusive environments in the workplace is a goal for many leaders. In doing so, it is important to be cognizant of diversity and foster a multicultural understanding in the workplace and plan a diversity agenda that is right for the organization. Supportive and nurturing environments are crucial to a healthy workplace and workforce.

Here are some suggested articles on creating safe and inclusive environments:

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 how to deal with challenging colleagues. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.


  • Carolyn Brown was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s February Librarian of the Month.
  • David S. Mao has resigned from his position as deputy librarian of Congress, closing an 11-year tenure at the institution where he also served as acting librarian of Congress. He has accepted a position with the Georgetown University Law Center as assistant vice president of administration and Law Center chief of staff, a position in which he’ll oversee administration of the law school.
  • Holly Riccio has been selected as a member of ILTA’s (International Legal Technology Association) inaugural Talent Council.
  • Kris Turner has been appointed head of reference at the University of Wisconsin Law Library in Madison, Wisconsin. Turner previously served as reference and technology services librarian at her institution.

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.


  • Susan Benton Head of Technical and Collections Services; University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD
  • Teresa Bodwell Burnham Arizona Summit Law School; Phoenix, AZ
  • Kira Brennan Library Specialist; University of North Texas-Dallas; Dallas, TX
  • Linda Butterfield Senior Director; FTI Consulting; Chicago, IL
  • Tim Campbell Vice President; Minesoft Ltd; Merrick, NY
  • Maryanne Conte Senior Research Coordinator; Navigant Consulting; Brooklyn, NY
  • Stanley Dempsey Golden, CO
  • Richard Flamm Berkeley, CA
  • Linda Friedman Research Specialist; Tax Analysts; Falls Church, VA
  • LeTroy Gardner University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
  • Alisha Hennen Access Services/Assessment Librarian; Roger Williams University School of Law; Bristol, RI
  • Michelle Hudson Science and Social Science Data Librarian; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Betsy Jayasuriya Chief Librarian, Main Library; U.S. Department of Justice; Washington, DC
  • Tanya Johnson Reference Librarian; University of Connecticut School of Law Library; Hartford, CT
  • Krystin Mavity Research Specialist II; Kutak Rock LLP; Omaha, NE
  • Megan Moltrup Research Librarian; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Washington, DC
  • Melissa Morgan Librarian; Bryan Cave LLP; Washington, DC
  • Henry Rose Poway, CA
  • Sherwin Sabado Research & Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Palo Alto, CA
  • Roshni Santiago Library Assistant; White & Case LLP; Washington, DC
  • Sadie Snyder Minnesota Office of Attorney General; Saint Paul, MN