AALL eNewsletter / February 2019

AALL NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, MARCH 4

The 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 4.

This spring, the seven-member committee will present to the membership a slate of candidates for the 2019 election. They will choose two candidates for the position of vice president/president-elect (2020-2021), two candidates for the position of secretary (2020-2023), and four candidates for two open seats on the Executive Board (2020-2023).

For the 2019 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.

AALL 2019

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

AALL 2019 will showcase the innovators and highlight the expertise, talents, and value of legal information professionals. This year’s robust agenda offers a wide range of programming that includes dozens of must-have programs requested by AALL members.

Get the skills you need for professional growth, share ideas, connect with providers of the tools and services that keep you at the top of your game, and network with colleagues from law libraries of all types. Gain insight from the very people who understand the exact issues you face every day. No other event affords this kind of access to the legal information community.

Celebrate excellence in the profession and return to your workplace energized with new strategies to benefit your library and its users. Make your case to attend.

BOOK NOW TO GET THE HOTEL OF YOUR CHOICE

Boasting a forward-thinking design that reflects its vibrant setting and a LEED® Silver-certification, the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC is a new addition to the downtown scene. Ideally located near Penn Quarter and Chinatown, it’s just blocks from the National Mall monuments and Smithsonian Museums. Best of all, guests have direct access to the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center via an underground concourse. Reserve your room now at the Marriott Marquis (or at one of AALL’s nearby hotels) through AALL’s housing agency and enjoy specially negotiated rates. Then rest easy, knowing you can make adjustments to your reservation later, penalty-free.

Join us July 13-16 in Washington, DC to capitalize on our strengths.

AALL CALLS ON CONGRESS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM

AALL is advocating for the passage of the Electronic Court Records Reform Act (H.R. 1164), introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Congressman Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. This legislation would, for the first time, allow free access to electronic federal court records through the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system and improve the efficiency and transparency of the courts. AALL coordinated a letter signed by 15 other organizations—including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Data Coalition, and the Project on Government Oversight—urging passage of the bill. Read AALL’s press release.

AALL INNOVATION BOOTCAMP / APRIL 25-26

REGISTER BY TUESDAY, APRIL 2

  • April 25-26
  • Register by Tuesday, April 2
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 50 attendees

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, add methods for new value creation, build support for your ideas, and foster a culture of innovation.

Learn how to:

  • Identify areas or projects for improvement
  • Employ design concepts core to innovation practices
  • Use a service design methodology tailored to libraries
  • Pitch your ideas and solutions to supporters and stakeholders
  • Navigate risk and challenges to project implementation
  • And more

Sponsored by AALL in partnership with Bloomberg Law.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

  • Thursday, February 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Generational divides in the workplace are not new. The four generations most commonly represented in our workplaces are Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. Unsurprisingly, communication styles, personal values, and expectations about work and life vary widely in the multi-generational workplace. This webinar will explore how to best synergize these groups whose generations are defined by everything from the assassination of JFK to the 2009 market meltdown. Participants will also explore how to maximize generational diversity for workplace success within organizations.

FROM ACCESS TO ACCESSIBILITY—PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR NAVIGATING COMMON LAW CONTENT (VENDOR SHOWCASE)

  • Tuesday, March 12 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Wednesday, March 6
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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Until very recently, access to primary authorities online has been less than comprehensive. Today, we have the ability to access millions of authorities from a single website. However, these are more documents than any human could process in a lifetime. How do we process this volume of data across jurisdictions to locate the information we need? Furthermore, how will this change over the next few years, and what will the future of legal research look like? This webinar will examine recent transformation in the dissemination of legal content and discuss what this means for users in practical terms.

DEVELOPING A DATA SCIENCE PERSPECTIVE

  • Wednesday, March 27 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 25
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

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When trying to leverage data within your work, how do you know where to start? One approach is to learn tips and techniques for developing a data science perspective for approaching your work. During this webinar, learn how to understand the data in front of you using scenario-based examples, as well as techniques to apply to your work. Lastly, learn about ongoing digital-based learning opportunities to better understand how to leverage data for your projects.

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT
BY APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 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.

AALL DAY ON THE HILL / REGISTER NOW

Join your colleagues for an advocacy training and lobby day to champion legal information and the profession. You’ll learn about the information policy issues on AALL’s agenda and how to successfully advocate for law libraries. Then take our message to Capitol Hill for meetings with your members of Congress and their staff. This year marks 30 years of professional advocacy for AALL; help us celebrate our anniversary by demonstrating the strength and expertise of the Association and our members.

DETAILS

  • Friday, July 12 / 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Marriott Marquis / Washington, DC
  • Register by Friday, May 17
  • Open to AALL members only – Free
  • 80-person limit

AALL STATE OF THE PROFESSION SURVEY UPDATE

The AALL State of the Profession executive summary will be released soon. The full report will be published in late March. Additional updates will be posted to AALLNET.

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 19.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE 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:

  • AALL Scholarship
  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarship & Fellowship
  • 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, please contact AALL Headquarters.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS AMONG US
Are you a caregiver for young children, aging parents, or an ailing spouse? Do you anticipate being in a caregiver role? Are you in the “sandwich generation,” where you are caring for people on both ends of this spectrum at the same time? Chances are, if you aren’t a caregiver yourself, you work with someone who is. This session will help you think about, understand, plan for, and assist caregivers at work. Learn about the support systems (federal, state, and local) that may be available for you or your employees—from paid time off and flexible schedules to insurance coverage, backup emergency care, and FMLA—plus, get access to industry-wide best practices.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Strong leaders need to invest in their own professional development and this includes learning the art of self-management. Self-management is the ability to prioritize goals, decide what must be done, and be accountable to complete the necessary actions. This concept can be instrumental in both assisting leaders as they develop structures by which to lead and in an effort to strengthen their ability to lead by example.

To learn more about this concept and how it can impact your own leadership abilities, here are a few recommended articles to explore:

For more comprehensive reading suggestions 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 T.J. Striepe.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Barbara Bintliff received the AALS Section of Law Libraries and Legal Information Award at the AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January. Bintliff, the director of the Tarlton Law Library and Jamail Center for Legal Research and the Joseph C. Hutcheson Professor in Law, was honored for her contributions to teaching and scholarship.
  • AALL President Femi Cadmus and Emily Florio were featured in the Corporate Counsel Business Journal this past January, where they discuss access, advocacy, and advancement in AALL.
  • Larry Guthrie, inter-library loan librarian at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who.
  • Dwight King was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s February Librarian of the Month.

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

  • Donna Purvis’ career in law librarianship spanned more than 30 years. Her career began as an associate librarian at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison from 1977-1981, before she became the branch manager at The Bank of America Law Library in 1981. In 1987, she served as library branch manager at Baker & McKenzie until 2000, before switching to the firm Morrison & Foerster as their firm-wide library manager. Her final professional transition was serving as library relations consultant for LexisNexis before retiring in 2011. Purvis was also deeply committed to the law librarian community. She was a member of AALL since 1979, where she served as a past president as well as member at large for the Northern California Association of Law Libraries and held multiple committee chair positions over the years. In addition, she served as past co-chair of the AALL Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals (PLLIP) Special Interest Section Education Committee and as a presenter at several AALL Annual Meetings. Her focus was on the importance of showing the value of law libraries and law librarians to firm management. She was also a frequent speaker at PLLIP educational seminars and was a past member of the West Advisory Board and Head Librarians’ Group. She passed away February 7, 2019.

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, Lacy Rakestraw, director of the St. Louis County Law Library in Clayton, Missouri, talks about the power of her AALL network and the importance of CRIV (Committee on Relations with Information Vendors).

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

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Aamir Abdullah Sugar Land, TX
  • Sara Bensley
  • Christina Blood Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
  • Kathryn Boudouris Research, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Kristin Anne Crane Research Analyst; Lane Powell PC; Seattle, WA
  • Maria Elizabeth Danna Supervisor; Oakland County Law Library; Pontiac, MI
  • Jack Dorr Legal & Business Research Analyst; K&L Gates; Washington, DC
  • Ashley Evans Stewart Alaska State Court Law Library; Anchorage, AK
  • Sidney A. Lanier Catalog & Archives Librarian; Syracuse University College of Law Library; Syracuse, NY
  • Grace Lo University of Washington, The Information School; Seattle, WA
  • Nathan James Marr Librarian/File Clerk; Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC; Seattle, WA
  • Beth Maser President; History Associates; Rockville, MD
  • Brandi Taylor Osborne Law Librarian; Ward and Smith, PA; New Bern, NC
  • Elias Royal Technical Services Librarian; St. Thomas University Law Library; Miami Gardens, FL
  • Olivia Rae Smith JD and MLIS Candidate; Babylon, NY
  • Sydney Taylor Laguna Hills, CA
  • Judith Gabrielle Theodori Manager, Information Resources; Exponent; Menlo Park, CA
  • Kassie Tibbott Coordinator; Community Legal Information Center; Vermont Law School; Julien and Virginia Cornell Library; South Royalton, VT
  • Van Bich Tran Associate Director; Social Science Research Council; Brooklyn, NY
  • Anna Katherine Wherren Legal Reference Librarian; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Deborah Wiesehan Librarian; Patchogue-Medford Library; Patchogue, NY
  • Rachel Bates Wilfahrt Director of Competitive Intelligence; Access/Information, Inc.; Denver, CO