AALL eNewsletter / January 2016


It doesn’t seem possible—especially on a day when it is 25 degrees—that the Annual Meeting will be held here in Chicago in less than six months. Whenever I talk with a member of the local arrangements committee, I hear something new and exciting about how they plan to showcase the city and provide opportunities for members to enjoy all the wonderful sights, activities, and restaurants that make Chicago famous. I hope you’ll be able to join us here in July.

This issue of the e-news includes a couple of reminders: please don’t forget to vote on the suggested name change if you haven’t already done so; and please take time to review the list of awards, then nominate your colleagues or their libraries–nominations are due by February 1.

I have talked with some of you recently about a variety of Association issues and I encourage you to get in touch with me with your suggestions. I can be most easily reached at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu or by phone at 312.906.5610. Best wishes.

Bylaws Vote on Proposed Name | Vote Today!

At its November 2015 meeting, the Executive Board unanimously approved a recommendation that the Association’s name be changed to Association for Legal Information, and be submitted to members for a vote to change the bylaws to reflect the new name. Voting began Tuesday, January 12 and results will be announced Thursday, February 11. Both the proposed bylaws revisions and sample ballot have been posted to AALLNET.

Read the FAQs
Watch the Virtual Town Hall Meeting Recordings
Join the “Association for Legal Information” My Communities Discussion
Watch the Executive Board Interviews: Learn About Their Journeys

AALL Nominations Committee Seeks Candidates for Office

The AALL Nominations Committee selects candidates for the Executive Board elections. 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.

To nominate yourself or an AALL colleague, access the nomination forms on AALLNET at bit.ly/EBnominations

Nominations must be submitted on or before March 4, 2016.

February Webinar

What You Need to Know About 21st Century Cataloging Standards
Thursday, February 25 | 11:00 a.m. (CST)
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 researcher? This webinar is geared toward legal professionals with a lot of searching experience and staff who want to know more about catalog structure. It will explain the concepts underpinning national library standards including RDA, Bibframe, and Linked Data, as well as their relevance to law libraries of all types and sizes.

This webinar program is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Law & Business.

AALL 2016 | Chicago

Did you know it’s been nearly 30 years since AALL’s Annual Meeting & Conference was last held in Chicago? Start making plans to join us there this summer. The education lineup—including dozens of “must-have” programs—will be announced next month to coincide with the opening of registration, but you can book your housing right now. With everything under one roof this year, you won’t want to delay. (And because you can adjust your reservation without penalty, why wouldn’t you?) More details about registration and programs next month!

AALL Awards Program | Call for Nominations

The AALL Awards Program was established to publicly recognize the achievements of legal information professionals, institutions, companies, and vendors for service and innovation in the profession and for contributions to legal literature and materials. Recipients will be recognized at the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 AALL Awards Program. View the list of awards to nominate a deserving colleague, library, firm, or company (including your own). Deadline is February 1, 2016.

AALL Offers Financial Assistance for Your Education

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 application deadline is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and application process, contact AALL Scholarships Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.

AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program | Deadline February 4

The deadline for the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program is fast approaching. Do you have a spring or fall program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through February 4. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.

For the Leader In You

It is axiomatic that bored people quit. If you can engage every member of your staff and provide them with work that challenges them, you will create a strong, highly motivated team. Motivated teams provide quality service. Studies have shown that when managers or team leaders create an engaging, challenging, and relevant work environment, it can do more to reduce staff turnover than increasing compensation. Boredom leads to disengagement and burnout, so it is important that you, as a leader, recognize the signs in your team and work with them to reenergize.

To learn more about keeping your team members engaged and challenged, here are some suggested articles:

For more in-depth reading on the topic of engaging and challenging your team, here are some books on the topic:

To encourage all of us to think about leadership, the Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in each monthly AALL E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on getting yourself and your team out of crisis/survival mode. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

2016 AALL Leadership Academy Participants Selected

The AALL Leadership Academy is designed to equip participants with essential leadership skills, strategies to handle leadership challenges, and tools to become an effective leader. Participants for the 2016 Leadership Academy have been selected and will attend the leadership academy, April 1-2, in Oakbrook, IL. Those selected include:

Ashley Ahlbrand
Laura Ax-Fultz
Susan Azyndar
Alissa Black-Dorward
Cynthia Brown
Clara Cabrera
Mari Cheney
Cattleya Concepcion
Shamika Dalton
Claire De Marco
Alyson Drake
Cassie DuBay
Nicole Dyszlewski
Lila Faulkner
Rachel Gordon
Susan Gualtier
Judy Heier
Angela Henes
Carolyn Hersch
Mary Kate Hunter
Liz Johnson
Kristyn Johnson
Benjamin Keele
Cate Kellett
Jessica King
Anna Lawless-Collins
Sherry Leysen
David Matchen
Rebecca Mattson
Sarah Morris
Sarah Mulligan
Hilary Naab
Clanitra Stewart Nejdl
Jennifer Prilliman
Anne Rajotte
Louis Rosen
Alison Rosenberg
Amanda Runyon
Morgan Stoddard
Thomas Striepe
Jason Tubinis
Lee Van Duzer
Austin Williams
Clare Willis
Jason Zarin

Congratulations to the 2016 AALL Leadership Academy participants.

January/February Edition of AALL Spectrum Now Online


Day in the Life Photo Contest

Submit your photos that capture the spirit of law librarianship for the Day
in the Life Photo Contest
. Entries must be submitted by February 29, 2016.

Categories include:

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

Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in AALL Spectrum, and at the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.

CPE Pick of the Month

Plays Well with Others: How Collaboration and Crowdsourcing are Changing Legal Research

In this session, Robert Ambrogi, the author of the LawSites Blog (www.lawsitesblog.com) discusses collaborative research tools–what’s new and what isn’t. He points out that some of the “new” sources are analogous to sources that are very familiar. He also discusses what is new and different about some of the trends we see today through a discussion of various projects that lawyers, librarians, and legal technologists have tried. This process allows us to think about why some projects have succeeded while others have failed.

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Member News

Lucy Curci-Gonzalez has been named New York Law Institute’s new executive director. Prior to joining the NYLI, Lucy was the director of library services at Kenyon & Kenyon.

Jean M. Wenger has been promoted to deputy law librarian at the Cook County Law Library. Jean previously served as head of public services at the Cook County Law Library.

Stephen Parks is Mississippi’s new state librarian. After graduating from law school, he worked as the Mississippi College Law School library’s research, instructional services and circulation librarian.


AALL has been advised of the death of Jack McNeill.

Mr. McNeill worked as associate director at Pace Law School until his retirement in December 2015. He started at Pace in July 2000, initially serving as the head of reference services. A native of Long Island, Mr. McNeill received a BA from New York University, a JD from New York Law School, and an MLS from the University of South Tampa. He served as chair of the Academic Libraries Special Interest Section of the American Association of Law Libraries in 2010-2011, and as president of the South Florida Association of Law Libraries in 1995-1996.

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

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Harris Crooks Head of Corporate Research Services; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, LLP; New York, New York
  • David DeKorte Lecturer; Pennsylvania State University; Middletown, Pennsylvania
  • Lisa Di Valentino London, Ontario
  • Sarah Dunaway Seattle, Washington
  • Melanie Farrell Library Research Assistant; Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Linda Flamm Law Office of Richard Flamm; Berkeley, California
  • Micah Flamm Berkeley, California
  • Kimberly Francisco Lakewood, California
  • Morgan Grimes Technical Services Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Washington, D.C.
  • Hans Herzl-Betz Narberth, Pennsylvania
  • Angela Krulc Reference Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Washington, D.C.
  • Sarah Lewis Student/Contract Lawyer/Archivist; Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Amanda Lousley Washington, D.C.
  • Christophe Marchisio Alexandria, Virginia
  • Lorre Mason Library Manager; Keker & Van Nest LLP; San Francisco,
  • Stephanie McCoy Director; Auburn Hills Public Library; Rochester Hills,
  • Jim Murphy Senior Research and Reference Specialist; Brooklyn, New York
  • Lauren Reed Librarian; Prince William County Law Library; Manassas, Virginia
  • Sandra Sivinski Student; Seattle, Washington

AALL Staff News

Heather Haemker has joined the AALL staff as the publications manager. Her responsibilities include managing the production of print and digital materials published by the Association. Most recently, Heather served as managing editor at Behindthechair.com, the top trade publication and community for professional hairdressers. In her role she oversaw the production of all print and digital publications, along with managing a clientele on the west coast and writing scripts for all Behindthechair shows. Having started her career at a nonprofit medical association, Heather has strong print and digital publications experience for both profit and nonprofit publications. She is also adept at social media, website development, and event coverage. Heather earned her certificate in editing from the University of Chicago Graham School for Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies and holds a BA in English and BAJ in Journalism.

2016 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference

The Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference will be held April 11-13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The conference hosts legal marketing and business development professionals, of all levels of experience, for three days of education and networking. AALL members receive LMA member rate. If you are interested in attending, contact Camille Venturina to register.