AALL eNewsletter / January 2017


Deadline Is Sunday, January 29

AALL and its Executive Board need your leadership and expertise in support of AALL. This is your chance to help lead the Association dedicated to advancing the profession of law librarianship. AALL is seeking members to volunteer to serve on one of our 25 committees or award juries. Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL.



Use the links above to review the committee and award jury charges, as well as the time commitment for service. You can also access this information from the AALL Leadership Volunteer Form. The online application process is easy and only takes a few minutes. Volunteer today—deadline is January 29.


Deadline Is Wednesday, February 1

Nominations are now open for the 2017 AALL Awards Program, and we are seeking nominations/applications for:

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2017. Recipients will be recognized at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Austin.


This year, make a resolution to boost your own professional development and start thinking about this summer’s conference in Austin (a first-time destination for AALL). A slate of timely, relevant, can’t-miss programming is being developed with AALL must-have topics in mind–programming you won’t find anywhere else. Below is a sample of what you’ll find in Austin:

  • Advance Toward Experiential: Create or Retool Your Advanced Legal Research Course to Meet the ABA Experiential Learning Standards
  • Knowledge Management for 21st Century Information Professionals
  • Making Sense of Intelligence: Analyzing and Writing a Report on a Prospective Business Target
  • Teaching Due Diligence and Competitive Intelligence Skills
  • The Axis of Access: How New Tools Pose a Challenge to Traditional Legal Research
  • The Court’s Perspective: What the Judge Can Tell Librarians About Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs)
  • The Linchpin Librarian: Becoming an Indispensable and Integrated Resource in Your Organization
  • Watson in the Law Library: Using AI and Machine Learning to Build the 21st Century Library
  • Whose Line (of Code) Is It Anyway? Holding Companies Such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook Accountable for Their Algorithms
  • You’ve Heard the Jargon, Now Play the Game: Linked Data On Your Laptop

A complete program lineup will be announced when registration opens next month, but you can book your housing now (and rest easy knowing that you can make changes later, penalty-free). We hope to see you there!

Read President Ronald Wheeler’s eBriefing About Texas Senate Bill 6.

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

AALL Supports New UELMA Introductions

With many state legislatures convening this month, AALL is working with the Uniform Law Commission, our members, and our chapters to support introductions of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). UELMA has already been introduced this session in Maryland, New York, Texas, and Washington, with several more introductions expected during the coming weeks. You can track the progress of UELMA on the Uniform Law Commission’s website and find advocacy resources on AALLNET.


As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing s 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).


Cataloging 411: Tools To Manage Materials In Today’s Libraries

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, January 23
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

Cataloging is still a vital component of modern collection management, no matter the format. Whether you’re loading vendor e-book records or adding URLs to formerly held print titles, this webinar will introduce attendees to the virtual toolbox today’s catalogers use at both academic and private law libraries. From MarcEdit to OCLC, RDA to the Cataloging Calculator, and from subject cataloging to vendor records, this session will lift the curtain and leave attendees with the information they need to ensure their institutions utilize every resource at their disposal.


  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, February 13
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

In part two of our series on productivity, Randy Dean delves into Microsoft Outlook-specific strategies for the most common areas of productivity loss (and possible gain) affecting many busy professionals today: managing multiple projects and tasks, maintaining traction when dealing with tasks and interruptions, clearing the clutter in your mind for better focus, keeping staff on task, tracking “who owes you what” and getting that information on time, and improving your time/relationship management by improving your calendar and contacts management. Dean revisits some key tips from December’s “Taming the Email Beast: Key Strategies for Managing Your Email Overload” webinar, providing Outlook users with a full set of skills in all five of the main Outlook functions to create better time, people, project, and information management.

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.


Last month we launched KnowItAALL, a daily newsletter that aims to connect you to news that further engages your library, legal, technological, and professional expertise. We also hope that it succeeds in supporting your passion for law librarianship.

Do you know of a blog or website that you would like to recommend to members? If so, please pass it along to Megan Mall, director of content strategy. Material written by members is of particular interest.


Teaching Adults: Taking Next Steps To Improve Your Next Teaching Moment

In this webinar, Pat Wagner, an educator and producer at Pattern Research, Inc., explores best practices in adult education. Concepts covered include classroom applications of education theory as well as practical solutions to common problems such as lack of engagement, time constraints, and low enrollment. Throughout the discussion, Wagner effectively promotes the adoption of a student-centered approach to research instruction while providing advice, tools, and techniques to enhance your next training session or course. Don’t miss the helpful (and free) instructional design resources highlighted at the program’s conclusion.

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

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When a leader in the library steps down, retires, or takes a position elsewhere, having a strategic succession plan to implement will ensure that the library is prepared to meet changing and emerging organizational needs. Succession planning is generally defined as a range of activities focused on both internal and external talent development to fill anticipated needs for leadership and other key personnel. If your organization does not have a succession plan, take a look at these helpful articles to start the process of developing one.

Following are several articles on succession planning:

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 creating safe and inclusive environments. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.


Championing Our Profession and Our Members

  • January 31-February 2 ,2017
  • New York Hilton Midtown

AALL will be exhibiting at Legaltech, which is now part of Legalweek, The Experience, to champion our profession and our members; please come say hello if you are attending.

AALL has partnered with LegalPros, an educational area of focus at LegalWeek, The Experience specifically for legal professionals like our members. This unique forum will give you a chance to network with knowledge managers, librarians, paralegals, manager of research departments, and more to explore actionable strategies that will help you deliver on your firm’s goals.

AALL members Jean P. O’Grady and Greg Lambert will be advocating for the value of law librarians and other legal information professionals when they speak on the “New Ways for Law Librarians & Knowledge Managers to Become Indispensable” panel. Register today and save more than $500. Enter promotional code 30DMP06 at checkout to save 30 percent on a MasterPass.

We look forward to seeing you there.


  • Anne R. Bernardo, director of the Tulare County Public Law Library in Visalia, California, has been re-elected to serve as president of the California Library Services Board in 2017. The 13-member state board determines policy for and authorizes allocation of funds from programs of the California Library Services Act; the state librarian also acts as the board’s chief executive officer. The board serves as the State Advisory Council on Libraries for the Federal Library Services and Technology Act.
  • Alex Berrio Matamoros was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s January Librarian of the Month.


  • Dorothy A. Divilbiss served as librarian of the Missouri Supreme Court until her retirement in 1994. Following the death of her husband in 1967, Divibiss returned to work while also earning her college degree from the University of Missouri (MU). She received her Bachelor’s in library science in 1973. That same year she accepted an appointment as librarian of the Missouri Supreme Court. While there she was elected president of the Missouri Association of Law Libraries and later as President of the Southwest Association of Law Libraries. She was also a charter member of the Missouri Supreme Court Historical Society, serving as secretary, treasurer, and assistant editor of the organization’s publication The Journal. She passed away on December 22, 2016.
  • Karl Gruben worked as a professor of law, associate dean for library and information services, and as director of the Pardee Legal Research Center at the University of San Diego in California. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in history in the early 1970s, before receiving his LLS from the University of Texas in 1973. Gruben worked as a professional law librarian at the State Law Library in Austin, Texas, until 1977, when he began a long tenure as librarian, then director, and finally firm-wide director of libraries with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he remained for 25 years. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2009. He passed away November 22, 2016 after a 14-month battle with lung cancer.
  • Donna L. Haverkamp served as a law librarian for Pinellas County until her retirement. She was a member of the American Association of Law Libraries from 1992-2013. She passed away December 10, 2016.The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.


  • Michelle Adams-Walton Leander, TX
  • Kelly Booker Analyst; Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP; Washington, DC
  • Rachel Coffin Research and Information Services Specialist; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Washington, DC
  • Shay Elbaum Boston, MA
  • Katherine Fish Research Librarian; Bowman and Brooke LLP; Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel A. Forman Librarian; United Nations, Geneva , Switzerland
  • Alisa Holahan Tarlton Fellow; University of Texas, Jamail Center for Legal Research; Austin, TX
  • Gayle M. Isaac Law Librarian; Whatcom County Law Library; Bellingham, WA
  • Richard Kim Systems and Emerging Technology Librarian; Yeshiva University; New York, NY
  • Margarita Perez Martinez Cataloger/Metadata Librarian; University of Miami School of Law Library; Coral Gables, FL