AALL eNewsletter / June 2016


During my recent travels, I have had the great pleasure of visiting a number of law libraries, including those at American University, Seattle University, the University of Washington, the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse in Seattle, the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. I met wonderful librarians, support staff, and library school students whose enthusiasm for providing great service was undiminished, even in this time of tighter budgets and dwindling resources. I learned something new during every visit, and was reminded, time and again, that our greatest resource is one another.

The AALL Annual Meeting will begin a month from now, here in Chicago, and I hope you’ve made arrangements to join us. I attended a meeting of the Local Arrangements Committee yesterday and was delighted to see a team who has spent a lot of time, effort, and imagination to ensure that you have a wonderful time here next month; thank you to the entire team chaired by Maribel Nash and Megan Butman. I have talked with members of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries—our local chapter—many of whom volunteered to help us make this a fantastic meeting. We all look forward to welcoming you to our great city next month.

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me with questions or comments. You are always welcome to send me an email at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu or call me at 312.906.5610. Best wishes.

Maximize Your Summer | Join Us in Chicago

There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into just a few days. Register for next month’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, connect with your colleagues, and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. With so many opportunities to learn and network, you can’t afford to stay home. Did you know that single-day registrations are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? You can still add preconference workshops and ticketed SIS events to your registration through June 20. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, or the great eats in the Windy City, make sure that you’re part of the action.

Additional Hotel Rooms Now Available

There is still time to secure your housing for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting. Negotiated conference-rate rooms are now available at the nearby Swissotel and Hard Rock Hotel–but only for a limited time. Don’t wait, book your room today!

AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum | Submit Resolutions

The AALL General Business Meeting and Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m., during the Annual Meeting in Chicago. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the AALL Business Meeting must do so by June 24. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters.

During this year’s Members Open Forum, AALL Executive Board officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL and its programs and activities. In addition to asking questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting. To submit a question in advance for this year’s Members Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

AALL Appoints New AALL Spectrum Editorial Director

AALL is pleased to announce that Kristina L. Niedringhaus, associate dean of library and information services and associate professor at Georgia State University College of Law, has been appointed as the new editorial director of AALL Spectrum and chair of the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, commencing with volume 21. Kris has written and presented on topics such as legal research, teaching methods, and law library management.

She has been published in AALL Spectrum, Legal Reference Services Quarterly, and Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing and has contributed chapters for several books. Most recently, she contributed a chapter titled, “Librarian Director as Manager of Union Employees: Case Study 2: Staff Analysis,” to Academic Law Library Director Perspectives: Case Studies and Insights and wrote an “Ask a Director” column for AALL Spectrum. She has also co-written several interactive lessons on legal research for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) where she is the vice president of the board of directors and chair of the CALI Legal Research Community Authoring Project.

Kris has been an AALL member since 1998. She is currently serving as a team leader on the Annual Meeting Program Committee and sits on the Nominations Committee. Previous service to AALL includes chair of the Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS) and member of the Law Library Journal (LLJ) Editor Search Task Force and LLJ and AALL Spectrum Editorial Board Advisory Committee. This year, the CS-SIS recognized Kris with the Kenneth J. Hirsh Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding contributions to the CS-SIS, AALL, and the profession.

AALL would like to thank Catherine Lemmer for her guidance and dedication as AALL Spectrum editorial director since August 2012. During her tenure, the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board was established, digital functionality was upgraded with enhanced PDFs and an interactive online platform, and the magazine underwent a complete redesign.

Dr. Hayden Nomination Awaits Senate Action | Write to Your Senators Today

On June 9, the Senate Rules Committee favorably reported the nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress, sending the historic nomination to the full Senate where it awaits a vote. If approved, Dr. Hayden would become the first woman and first African American, as well as one of the only librarians, to hold the position of Librarian of Congress. Please use AALL’s Legislative Action Center to ask your Senators to act now to confirm Dr. Hayden as the nation’s fourteenth Librarian of Congress.

AALL July Webinar | Register Today

Creating Engaging Digital Content to Teach and Promote Library Services
Thursday, July 7 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, July 1
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Teaching users what resources are available to them and how to use them is key to marketing your collection. This webinar will discuss best practices for teaching technology to users such as students, attorneys, and staff. Learn strategies and software you can use to create a memorable instructional presentation, as well as free sources of audio and video to help make it an exciting and interactive show your users will remember. Discover dynamic ways to market your library’s digital resources to ensure users return when they need to use them.

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

Congratulations to the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant Recipients

AALL would like to congratulate the following AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grant recipients:

  • Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW)
  • Western Pacific Chapter (WestPac)

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Taming the Chaos: Productivity and Time Management for Law Librarians

Do you ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Wondering where all of your time goes? This program provides information about various methods to sort through competing demands on your time. The presenters—Ashley Ahlbrand and Michelle Trumbo from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Mariah Ford from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and Cheryl Niemeier from Bose McKinney & Evans LLP—will provide an overview of the strategies to optimize time and productivity, emphasizing that librarians should find the methods that work best for them. The session wraps up with a discussion of technology tools that can help with time management.

Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

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For the Leader in You

The essence of leadership is influence. Learning to inspire, engage, and gain the respect of your team members will help you become the kind of leader that you would like to follow.

To learn more about becoming an influential leader, here are some 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 E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on meeting the ethical challenges of leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

Member News

Vice President/President-Elect, Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was selected as CALI’s (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) “Author of the Week.”

AALL Member John Cannan’s article “A (Mostly) Legislative History of the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016,” was featured on IPWatchdog on May 20, 2016. Cannan is a research and instructional services librarian at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He wrote the piece to showcase how law librarians can illustrate their value by having legislative history ready to go once a law passes. In doing so, librarians can demonstrate their skills and knowledge in this area by compiling such histories and then proactively publishing them to the interested legal community.

AALL Member Jonathan Franklin has been appointed associate dean for library and information systems at the University of Washington (UW) School of Law. In his new position, he will oversee all aspects of information services, including the Gallagher Law Library. Franklin was previously a senior associate librarian at Michigan before joining UW School of Law where he has served as associate law library director since 2001.

The Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) reached a major milestone in August 2015 in its collaboration with the Virginia State Bar. Roger Skalbeck, associate dean for library and information services and associate professor of law at the University of Richmond School of Law, whose article on legal research technologies was published in the “Law Libraries” column of the Virginia Lawyer, became the 100th article VALL has contributed to the publication.

Learn more about the AALL Diversity Committee’s June Librarian of the Month, Jim Senter.

AALL Staff News

Kylie Weller has joined the AALL staff as the membership services manager. Her responsibilities include membership recruitment, retention, and engagement strategies. Most recently, Kylie worked on membership and events at the 100 Club of Chicago. Prior to the 100 Club, Kylie spent nine years with the School of Public Service at DePaul University, where she worked with graduate students obtaining degrees in nonprofit management and public administration. While at DePaul, she earned a Masters of Education in Counseling with a specialization in college student development. In her new role as membership services manager, Kylie looks forward to delivering superior service to the members of AALL. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kylie now calls Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood home.

AALL Headquarters Closed for Independence Day

AALL’s offices will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Sarah Andeen Knowledge & Research Services Manager; Chapman and Cutler LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Emma Babler Madison, WI
  • Stephanie Barnaby Evening Library Supervisor; Boston University; Boston, MA
  • Samantha Blanquart Law Librarian; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Julieann Braun Reference Librarian; Kaye Scholer LLP; Tallahassee, FL
  • Mallory Breon Boston University; Boston, MA
  • William H. Byrnes Professor; Texas A&M University School of Law; Fort Worth, TX
  • Tanya Carlson Technical Services Coordinator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Rebecca Cohen Linklaters; New York, NY
  • Jeff Davis Reference Librarian; Thompson & Knight LLP; Dallas, TX
  • Jennifer Davis Collection Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Kaylan Ellis Technical Services Librarian; Ohio Northern University; Ada, OH
  • Matthew Foley Research Librarian; Williams & Connolly LLP; Washington, DC
  • Anthony Edward Freeman Collection Coordinator; Miles & Stockbridge PC; Baltimore, MD
  • Marilyn French Evening Reference Librarian; Southern University; Oliver B. Spellman Law Library; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Marjorie Hoomes Acquisitions Assistant; Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL
  • Katherine Jenkins Law Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Leoinid Kershteyn President Emeritus; Brooklyn, NY
  • Bryan Kohnen Librarian; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Laura C. Kopen Client Intake Supervisor; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Gilles LaJoie Executive Director; Societe Quebecoise D Information Juridique; Montreal, QC
  • Megan Lange Head of Marketing; Inside Industrial Infrastructure; New York, NY
  • Patricia Lesley Library Assistant; Miles & Stockbridge PC; Baltimore, MD
  • Bonnie Lord Burlington, VT
  • Katherine Martinez Librarian; Norton Rose Fulbright; Austin, TX
  • Emily V. Ngo Public Services Librarian; Thomas Jefferson School of Law; San Diego, CA
  • Jennifer Pelaia Assistant Librarian Research; Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
  • Jane Polson Research & Acquisitions Librarian; Mitchell Hamline School of Law; St. Paul, MN
  • Laura Riggs Acquisitions Specialist; University of Missouri-Kansas City; Kansas City, MO
  • Marcelo Rodriguez New York, NY
  • Maida Rubin Professional Services Manager; Waltham, MA
  • Tony Saadat Soutron Global; Encinitas, CA
  • Dave Shumaker Reference Librarian; WeirFoulds LLP; Toronto, ON
  • Jamie Sunnycalb Library Assistant; Charlotte, NC
  • Matt Timko ILL Coordinator and Reference Fellow; Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library; Elburn, IL
  • Dena Verhoff New York, NY