AALL eNewsletter / February 2018


Earlier this week, we completed our planned migration of AALLNET to an improved content management system. We invite you to visit AALLNET and its new and improved user experience. As you navigate AALLNET, we’d like to remind you of a few important changes:

  • Reset Your AALLNET Password: On the old platform, as well as the new platform, member passwords are encrypted for security purposes and cannot be easily retrieved. In order to log into AALLNET for the first time on the new platform, you will need to create a new password (your email address is your username). If you have any issues creating a password or logging in, please contact Membership Services.
  • 24-hour Login Session Timeout: With an increase in data breaches this day and age, AALL is no longer offering the option to save your login information for 14 days. In an effort to keep your personal information secure, logins will automatically expire after 24 hours.

We are committed to providing the best experience possible so please visit AALLNET and feel free to share your feedback with us.



The AALL Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the upcoming Executive Board elections. To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination form on AALLNET. Nominations are due by Monday, March 12.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2018 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2019-2020), two candidates for the position of treasurer (2019-2022), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2019-2022).

For the 2018 election, ballots will be distributed electronically in October to all voting members of the Association. The ballots will be tabulated at AALL Headquarters at the beginning of November, and election results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.



It’s time to make plans to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Baltimore. You can now preview the slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming you won’t find anywhere else—including dozens of must-have programs requested by AALL members. Below is just a sample of what’s in store at AALL 2018:

Explore the complete program lineup and start planning your own schedule for Baltimore—registration will open very soon.


As an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, and Baltimore native, John Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. While he is most well-known for breaking boundaries of acceptable filmmaking—his movies often cover topics of drugs, queers, abortion, and religion—Waters achieved box office and critical success for writing and directing Hairspray, which was adapted into a long-running Broadway musical. An accomplished writer, photographer, and visual artist (exhibiting at last year’s Venice Biennale), he has published several volumes of his journalistic exploits, screenplay collections, and artwork. An openly gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride. He has also authored a string of hysterically funny, bestselling books, including last year’s Make Trouble and 2015’s hitchhiking diary, Carsick. His live one-man engagements around the country are deliciously raucous and un-PC.

Join us this summer for Waters’ keynote address, “This Filthy World,” on Sunday, July 15 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

AALL thanks this year’s gold sponsors, Bloomberg Law and LexisNexis, for their generous support of the keynote address.


The Inner Harbor is Baltimore’s sightseeing hub, offering sweeping views of the city (Top of the World Observation Level) and a collection of historic warships (docked below)—it also conveniently features the Hilton Baltimore, AALL’s headquarters hotel. This downtown hotel connects directly to the Baltimore Convention Center, is close to restaurants and shopping, and is a quick 15 minutes from the BWI Airport. It is also located next to Camden Yards (home to the Baltimore Orioles). Reserve your room at the Hilton (or another one of AALL’s nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy the ultimate in convenience—at specially negotiated rates. Then rest easy, knowing you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free.



  • Thursday, February 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Student and volunteer workers are often indispensable parts of library operations. Managing part-time employees, particularly those who are new to law libraries, can present unique challenges and requires a hands-on approach. This webinar will discuss how to effectively manage and bring out the best in your student and volunteer staff through the use of scheduling technologies, robust training programs, and other managerial tools. This program is designed for library supervisors, librarians, and other professionals who work with part-time library staff.


  • Thursday, March 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Have you wondered what grit and mindset have to do with professional success? These traits can be taught and leveraged to enhance professional skills for career advancement. Learn the science behind these non-cognitive traits, including tools to assess levels of grit and growth mindset, and explore methods to incorporate them into individual career development, team dynamics, and the culture of work environments.

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


  • May 10-11
  • 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.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg Law.


AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community.

Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.


Have you looked for ways to spotlight your skills and research centers? Have you delivered the same how-to training session to new co-workers and research center users? Have you thought “there must be a way to make training sessions digitally available at the exact time that a researcher needs the information?” Creating screencast videos can be helpful for your users, but did you know that these videos can also provide you with statistics on how many times they’re viewed? This program provides best practices and tips for creating a professional screencast video. This educational video is helpful for researchers in the following areas: firms, government centers, academic environments, special research centers, and public research centers.

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

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The last few decades have seen significant gains in representation of women leaders in law libraries. Despite this improvement, however, there is still a disparity within the library profession between the percentage of women in leadership roles and women in administrative roles. Women remain vastly under-represented in director positions in academic, court, and law firm libraries. This issue is due in part to gendered expectations, women’s family roles, and exclusion from professional development networks. Enacting laws and policies that address work/life imbalances, providing more robust women-to-women networks, and addressing gendered expectations may help level the playing field for women. While women are obvious stakeholders this month, ultimately, everyone in organizations benefits from women leaders and improved leadership, in general.

Here are some suggested articles on gendered expectations and how women can negotiate some of these expectations to advance in the workplace:

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. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.


  • Steve Barkan, Voss-Bascom professor of law and director of the law library at the University of Wisconsin Law School, will be retiring this spring.
  • Meg Butler was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s February Librarian of the Month.
  • Bonnie Shucha has been appointed associate dean for library and information services and director of the law library at the University of Wisconsin Law School. She previously served as reference and electronic services librarian, head of reference, assistant and associate director for public services, and mostly recently, as deputy director at the school.

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.


  • Nancy Mahood Weiss served as law librarian at Washington County Law Library from 2001 until her retirement in 2010. She earned her MLS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 before moving to Washington with her husband. Before earning her MLS, she worked as a librarian at Marin County Library (1968-1970), as a children’s librarian at Dormont Public Library (1971-1974), as a young adult and reference librarian at Citizens Library (1974-2001), and at W&J Archives (1986-1987). During her time as a law librarian, she was known for her meticulous research skills. An AALL member from 2001-2011, she was active in the Government Law Library Special Interest Section (then the SCCLL-SIS). She passed away January 18, 2018.

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


  • Nicole Dyszlewski and the Service Committees for Law Librarians of New England (LLNE) and Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) partnered up to raise funds for the New England Innocence Project (NEIP). Since 2000, the NEIP has been promoting criminal justice reform and exonerating the wrongfully convicted in the New England area. Thanks to generous donations, the LLNE Service Committee raised $3,850 to help NEIP provide legal assistance to the wrongfully convicted in the New England area. This amount was matched anonymously, so a total of $7,700 was donated to this worthy cause.
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Spring Institute will be held March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the California Museum in Sacramento, California. This year’s Institute is focused on advocacy for all librarians. The keynote speaker is Patrick Sweeney of EveryLibrary, whose talk will focus on the county law library funding crisis. Learn more and register today.

For additional chapter and AALL events, visit the calendar on AALLNET.


AALL member Kim NayyerIn this month’s member profile, Kim Nayyer, associate university law librarian and adjunct professor at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada discusses the importance of diversity in AALL and her goal of running an annual family 8K!

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.


  • Betsy Appleton Tarlton Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Casey Brennan Paralegal; Adler Pollock & Sheehan; Providence, RI
  • Chris Cafaro Orlando, FL
  • Kelsey Cox McHenry, IL
  • Ann Dallair Library Graduate Student; Milbury Public Library; Milbury, MA
  • Gina Dietz KM Research Analyst; Fox Rothschild LLP; Philadelphia , PA
  • Leonard Fikes Fayetteville, NC
  • Gerard Fowke Law Librarianship Intern; Seattle , WA
  • Don Gray Associate Attorney; Meuleman Law Group, PLLC; Boise, ID
  • Suzarah Guevara Abbott; Abbott Park, IL
  • Rachel Hludzinski Technical Services Librarian; Duane Morris LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Ewa Komar Supervisor; Library Update Inc.; Belle Rose, NJ
  • Jennifer O’Donnell Research Librarian; Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Diane Phillips Manager, Research Systems & Apps; Goodwin Procter LLP; Boston, MA
  • Aimee Pittman Gonzales, LA
  • Kerri Rowe Law Library Fellow; University of Colorado Law School; William A. Wise Law Library; Aurora, CO
  • Sarah Sherman Librarian; Supreme Court of Illinois Library; Chicago, IL
  • Julia Sullivan North Kingstown, RI
  • Shannon Teichmann Law Librarian; Grayson County; Sherman, TX
  • Yana Verenich Technical Services Coordinator; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Jenni Wallace Arlington, VA\
  • Ellen Weppelman Brooklyn, OH
  • Sharalyn Williams Public Services Librarian; Gonzaga University; Spokane, WA
  • Danitta Wong Metadata & Serials Specialist; Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP; Boston, MA
  • Sarah Zimmerman Benton City, WA