AALL eNewsletter / July 2016

It is my absolute pleasure to serve as your AALL president for the coming year. I look forward to working with all of you on exciting projects designed to move our Association toward a bright future by establishing AALL members as the recognized experts for all aspects of law librarianship and legal information.

One of the projects we have been working on and will continue to roll out this coming year is the Association’s rebranding. Even if you weren’t able to attend the AALL Annual Meeting in Chicago, I hope you were able to watch the visual identity presentation, which introduced our new logo and tagline. If you missed the live webcast, you can watch the video.

I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from both members and other attendees about the programs held during our 109th Annual Meeting & Conference. The 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee is hard at work planning next year’s conference, Forgo The Status Quo, in Austin, Texas. They are already soliciting ideas for next year’s meeting; the call for proposals will be announced in September.

I look forward to your active participation in the year ahead, and I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve. I welcome your thoughts and ideas, feel free to reach out to me at wheelerr@bu.edu.

AALL 2016 | Special Video Recordings

Whether you joined us in Chicago for the entire meeting, just a day or two, or were unable to attend, you can now watch the video of four conference highlights. Sessions include:

Stay tuned—audio recordings of additional programs will be posted to AALLNET soon.

AALL Executive Board Meeting Held July 14

The AALL Executive Board met in Chicago on Thursday, July 14, just prior to the to the start of the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. During the meeting, the Executive Board approved the following:

  • A request from the Leadership Development Committee to add an additional member to the committee.
  • Revisions to the Guidelines for Evaluating Government Information on the Web, which were submitted by the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee
  • The operating budget for FY 2016-2017, which begins on October 1, 2016.
  • The 2016-2019 strategic directions plan.
  • The discontinuation of the AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award.
  • The discontinuation of the Day in the Life photo contest.
  • The dissolution of the South Florida Association of Law Libraries, and AALL Chapter.
  • The revised standards for appellate court and state law libraries.

The Executive Board book and related materials are available on AALLNET.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Making the Case for Your Career: Creating Killer Cover Letters, Resumes, and LinkedIn Profiles

This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference teaches you how to prepare a resume and cover letter to help advance your career. The presenters–Carla Wale, reference librarian at Georgetown Law Library; Alena Wolotira, reference librarian at the University of Washington; Jyssica Scott, business development director at Information Governance; and Chris Jones, executive director at Information Governance–share their expert knowledge of the hiring process and recruitment, guiding job seekers through the nuts and bolts of how to present yourself on paper as well as how to promote yourself online by using LinkedIn. The panelists also provide tips and techniques to help law librarians connect their skills and talents with the needs of employers. This practical advice and insight will be useful to any law librarian looking to stand out to future employers.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section on AALLNET.

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AALL August Webinar | Register Today

Copyright Issues in Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives

Thursday, August 18 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Thursday, August 11
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As institutional repository and digital archives projects become more common and more robust, universities, museums, research institutes, and professional organizations are relying on librarians to develop more sophisticated knowledge of all aspects of these projects. One critical piece of the repository puzzle is determining how copyright law may impact the material that can be included. This webinar will discuss best practices for the most common copyright issues facing librarians when adding content to repositories and archives. Learn how to consider non-exclusive rights, fair use, and contractual language in author agreements to secure a place in your repository for faculty scholarship, law review archives, lecture and conference recordings, and special archival collections.

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

For the Leader in You

Ethics is defined as the principles, values, and beliefs that govern one’s daily decisions. Leadership is the process of influencing others to achieve goals. Thus, ethical leadership is the process of influencing people through principles, values, and beliefs that embrace what has been defined as the right behavior.

How does being an ethical leader help you achieve success within your organization? The Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership says it best: “If you have integrity at the helm, committed employees, a culture that supports values and the public’s trust…Your company is strong internally, and that’s not only good for you, it’s good for your industry, your community, and the global market.”

To learn more about ethical leadership, below are suggested articles:

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. Next month we will get back to basics and focus on the principles of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Patrick Butler.

Upcoming AALL Chapter Events

September 29-October2, 2016
Western Pacific Chapter, American Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Jackson, Wyoming

October 13-15, 2016
Mid-America Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

October 19-21, 2016
Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries Annual Chapter Meeting
Dayton, Ohio

November 4-6, 2016
Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York Annual Meeting
Auburn, New York

Member News

John Harbison, former director of library and information management at Covington & Burling LLP, has been named executive vice president of LAC Group for the company’s LibSource business unit. Harbison spent the last 25 years of his career in management where he conceptualized and led knowledge management initiatives that have been as much about developing libraries as they have been about using technology. In these roles, Harbison created new methods and platforms to track litigation and competitive intelligence (CI), improve professional development, and deliver CLE via state-of-the-art means. In his new role, he will oversee the expansion of the company’s Library as a Service offerings for on site and virtual research librarians at law firms, corporations, and any organization wanting unparalleled research and CI.

Janet Howe Accardo, Cathryn Bowie, and Bob Oaks were named to the Fastcase 50 Class of 2016 for their contributions to the profession.

Jocelyn Kennedy, former director for library services at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is the new executive director of the Harvard Law School Library. During her five-year tenure at the University of Connecticut, the library instituted a strategic plan to fulfill its vision that “the library is everywhere.” As a result, she and her staff increased traditional and nontraditional services to faculty, students, and staff; improved outreach in person and via the web; and developed innovative service structures. She is the current chair of AALL’s Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and is a member of the Law Libraries of New England. She previously served as two-time chair of the Conference of Newer Law Librarians.

Ulysses N. Jaen, director of the law library and professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN). The SWFLN serves Lee, Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, and Monroe counties by facilitating resource sharing within the service area, providing ground delivery for interlibrary loan of materials, advocating for library funding, and providing a premier training venue for library personnel in Southwest Florida. Jaen joined the law school in August 2012 after serving as head of access services for the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, WV. He currently chairs AALL’s Diversity Committee and Latino Caucus.

Scott Matheson spoke on the panel “Consuming the Law,” at the House Committee on House Administration’s annual Legislative Data and Transparency Conference on June 21, 2016.

AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was selected to be chair of the Committee on Community & Inclusion at Boston University.

Jeff B. Woodmansee, has been promoted to associate professor of law librarianship at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, AR. He also serves as a research support and reference librarian, where he teaches both introductory and specialized legal research courses, including Specialized Legal Research in Criminal Law, and other topical guest lectures. In addition, Woodmansee is a member of several AALL special interest sections, including Academic Law Libraries, Research Instruction & Patron Services, and Government Law Libraries.

Joan Bellistri, director of law library at the Anne Arundel County Law Library along with Chi Song, law library intern and assistant, have spearheaded the expansion of the Family Law Self-Help Center, which provides short-term legal services to self-represented litigants, thanks to generous $9,000 and $500 grants that were received from the Access to Justice Department and the Department of Family Administration, respectively. Thanks to the grant money, the center can now offer additional space for privacy and resources to those seeking legal assistance in the areas of family law.

Janeen Williams was selected as the AALL Diversity Committee’s July 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.


Peyton Ring Neal Jr. served as the president and founder of PRN Associates, a consulting and government company in Washington, DC, until his retirement in 2013. He began his career as a research attorney at the Law Library of Congress in DC, and served as assistant to the general counsel, United States Copyright Office, working on revisions that led to enactment of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. Neal was also an assistant professor of law and associate law library director at Washington College of Law, The American University in DC, from 1968 to 1972. Neal was a member of the American, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bar associations and was admitted to the Courts of the District of Columbia and Virginia, the United States Court of Claims, and the United States Supreme Court. He was active in AALL, participating in several special interest sections, including Private Law Libraries, Government Documents, State, Court & County Law Libraries, and Academic Law Libraries. He was also active in other associations: American Library Association, Special Libraries Association, American Society for Information Sciences and Information Industry Association, and served on the UNC School of Information and Library Sciences Board of Visitors. He passed away on July 1, 2016.

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

Welcome New AALL Members

Kristen Arnett Access Services Librarian/Circulation Manager; Orlando, FL
Joyce Baker Research Librarian; Washington, DC
Stephanie Barnaby Evening Library Supervisor; Boston, MA
Samantha Blanquart Law Librarian; Phoenix, AZ
Mallory Breon Boston, MA
Laura Bucaro Information Services Manager; Austin, TX
William Byrnes Professor; Fort Worth, TX
Rachel Coates Resource Management Librarian; Orlando, FL
Katherine Cochrane Legal Information Librarian; Boston, MA
Rebecca Cohen Information Assistant; New York, NY
Katie Cuyler Intelligence Strategist; Toronto, Ontario
Jennifer Davis Collection Specialist; Washington, DC
Matthew Foley Research Librarian; Washington, DC
Rebecca Fordon Long Beach, CA
Marilyn French Evening Reference Librarian; Baton Rouge, LA
Hans Gregersen Cambridge, MA
Craig Griffith Research Services Librarian; Berkeley, CA
Katharine Hales Law Librarian; Denver, CO
Katherine Jenkins Law Librarian; Charlottesville, VA
Leoinid Kershteyn President Emeritus; Brooklyn, NY
Bryan Kohnen Librarian; Phoenix, AZ
Laura Kopen Client Intake Supervisor; Chicago, IL
Megan Lange Head of Marketing; New York, NY
Stephanie Maclin-Hurd Serials and Metadata Librarian; Boston, MA
Terese Man Hong Kong, China
Katherine Martinez Librarian; Austin, TX
Kate McCarthy Information Research Specialist; Grand Rapids, MI
Martha Moore Administrative Aid; Providence, RI
Emily Ngo Public Services Librarian; San Diego, CA
Katie O’Connor Reference Specialist; Washington, DC
Jennifer Pelaia Assistant Librarian Research; Washington, DC
Joana Santamor Philadelphia, PA
Dave Shumaker Reference Librarian; Toronto, ON
Dena Verhoff New York, NY
John Walsh Circulation Paraprofessional; Greensboro, NC
Donna Wheeler Administrative Assistant; Harrisburg, PA
Rhea Wilson Assistant Librarian Technical Services/Library Automation; Washington, DC
Sarah Yerger Technical Services Librarian; Philadelphia, PA

July 22, 2016
Correction: A previous version of this e-newsletter incorrectly stated that the Revisions to the Guidelines for Evaluating Government Information on the Web were submitted by the GLL-SIS, as opposed to the Digital Access to Legal Information Committee. We apologize for the error.