AALL eNewsletter / June 2017


There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into a 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 (including CONELL) and ticketed SIS events to your registration through June 19. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and the barbecue, make sure that you’re part of the action.



Have you ever put up with a bad situation because it feels easier to avoid the confrontation? Whether it’s addressing a staff member’s performance or behavior or negotiating with a vendor or stakeholder on behalf of your library, having difficult conversations is a necessary and regular part of a librarian’s job. Register for “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” and learn strategies and practical exercises to tackle these conversations constructively and with confidence.

Last chance to register; June 19 deadline.


Volunteering brings great people together–help make your Annual Meeting a success. Whether it’s registration bag stuffing, front desk check-in, collecting tickets for special events, assisting with library tours, or greeting attendees at the hospitality desk–we need you! Sign up now!


The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Austin. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 23. 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, as well as 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 Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.


AALL submitted comments to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Committee on Administration and Management in response to its study on Adjudication Materials on Agency Websites. We urged the Committee to strengthen its recommendations on the online dissemination of decisions and supporting materials issued and filed in federal adjudicative proceedings by placing greater emphasis on the importance of information life-cycle management. In particular, we urged the Committee to consider adopting language from AALL’s Principles and Core Values Concerning Public Information on Government Websites. The recommendations will be considered at ACUS’s upcoming Plenary Session on June 16, 2017.


AALL will join major websites, internet users, and online communities in a mass day of action to save net neutrality on July 12, 2017. Working together with a broad network of pro-net neutrality organizations, we will provide tools to make it easy for you to take action. Learn how you can join us and spread the word! Don’t want to wait until July 12 to get involved? You can write to your member of Congress in support of net neutrality today using our Action Center.



  • Wednesday, June 21 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday,
    June 16
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers – $60

If you read today’s headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. What do we need to know about privacy policies, location data, encrypted messaging, and targeted advertising? What measures allow us to have some control and sense of security? While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground. Mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to be able to use them in order to be productive and enjoy creative activities. During this webinar, we will discuss these topics and many others such as data backup, password managers, device and identity theft, mobile payment, touch ID and more. Learn how to cut through the media hype, what you can do to be proactive, and walk away with resources to take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.


AALL has selected three new members to serve on its AALL Spectrum Editorial Board for a two-year term starting in July 2017. The purpose of the editorial board is to help develop, solicit, and curate content for AALL Spectrum:

  • Alana Bevan Library Manager; Holland & Knight LLP; Washington, DC
  • Holly Riccio Knowledge Management Director; Nossaman LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Julia Taylor Section Head, Knowledge Services Group; Library of Congress; Washington, DC

Current board members who have agreed to stay on an additional year are:

  • Kendal Bergman Research Librarian; Fish & Richardson P.C.; St. Paul, MN
  • Rebecca Brady Mattson Scholarly Communications & Faculty Services Librarian; Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University; University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Sneed Associate Law Librarian for Research and Electronic Services; Emory University, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library; Atlanta, Georgia

Kristina L. Niedringhaus, AALL Spectrum‘s Editorial Director, will continue to serve as the board’s chair. Thank you to outgoing members Daniel R. Campbell, Bret Christensen, and Jean P. O’Grady for their hard work and service on the board over the last two years.



Your organization’s leadership is thinking strategically about their direction and next steps, and perhaps you should too. This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting uses a strategic thinking framework to help you evaluate and plan how you can support your organization. During the program, Greg Lambert provides the law library perspective while Franklin Shen presents Decision Strategies International’s six disciplines needed to succeed in uncertain times, from anticipating what is on the horizon to learning from past experience.

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


An effective leader fosters the goals and careers of the people working with them and encourages them to work together to achieve better results. One of the ways to be an effective leader is to create a productive team environment.

Below are some resources that can help in the process of team building:

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 shift to self-assessment. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Emily Janoski-Haehlen or Becka Rich.


  • Steve Anderson, director of the Maryland State Law Library, is the 2017 recipient of the AALL Roy M. Mersky Spirit of Law Librarianship Award for Public Service. The award is in recognition of Anderson’s work with the Howard County Early Onset and Newly-Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and many other activities that address quality of life issues for people suffering from Parkinson’s.
  • Dennis Kim-Prieto was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s June Librarian of the Month.
  • Sarah Lamdan has authored a new book titled Environmental Information: Research, Access & Environmental Decision Making, which helps environmental information seekers locate, obtain, and make sense of environmental records, documents, and pieces of data.


  • Bess Reynolds served as electronic resources manager at Debevoise and Plimpton LLP until her retirement February 2016. Reynolds was a technical services professional with twenty years of experience in law libraries, as well as the financial services industry. She worked with cutting-edge library technology to support the information needs of AmLaw 50 law firms, specializing in the implementation of new technologies to enhance discovery of the firm’s print and digital resources. During her time at Debevoise, she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Electronic Resources Department, including policy development and creating procedures for all aspects of technical services, and managing the library’s integrated library system. She was also one of the first non-lawyer members of the New York Law Institute Board and had become one of the foremost experts in the law librarian profession on ebooks and OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) technology. She was also a frequent speaker at the AALL Annual Meeting, in addition to Law Librarians of Greater New York and Private Law Librarians and Information Professionals Special Interest Section (PLLIP-SIS) meetings. In 2016, the PLLIP-SIS awarded her with the Hall of Fame Award as well as the 2014 Advocate of the Year Award. She also received the 2013 Fastcase 50 Award. She passed away June 11, 2017.

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


  • Mark Anderson Research Assistant; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; Menlo Park, CA
  • Christopher Atkins Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP; Greensboro, NC
  • Bryan Azuekwu Washington, DC
  • Clare Bailey Collection Management Supervisor; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
  • Robin Bienemann Research Technology Coordinator; Chicago, IL
  • Frances Bishop Sandy Springs, GA
  • Amanda Bullington Catalog & Serials Librarian; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
  • Aslihan Bulut Librarian for International, Foreign and Comparative Law; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Owen Byrd Chief Evangelist & General Counsel; Lex Machina; Menlo Park, CA
  • Rebecca Cleaver Technical Services Librarian; Bennett Jones SLP; Calgary, AB
  • Melanie Cline Research Specialist; Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Karen Coghlan Weymouth, MA
  • Roger Cumberbatch Reference Assistant; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York, NY
  • Magalie Desince Associate Director of Research & Information; New York, NY
  • Tania Diaz Marrero Cataloger; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Hannah Doenges Student; University of Washington, Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Laura Doutsas Assistant Director; Lucas County Law Library; Toledo, OH
  • Cecilia Feltis Collection Management Supervisor; Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, DC
  • Andrew Filippone Research and Resource Specialist; Goldberg Segalla LLP; Buffalo, NY
  • Nicole Fisher Quarles & Brady LLP; Chicago, IL
  • David Fitch Relationship Manager; S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chicago, IL
  • Nicole Fuentes Attorney and Head of User Research; Casetext; Palo Alto, CA
  • Nila Germain Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, DC
  • Elisa Graydon Systems and Metadata Librarian; Providence, RI
  • Victor Guerrero Research Librarian; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Deborah Hamilton Strategic Services Librarian; El Paso County Law Library; Pikes Peak Library District; Colorado Springs, CO
  • Sarah Hardware Library Manager; Miami, FL
  • Brian Harkins Reference Attorney; Social Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Neill Harris Quarles & Brady LLP; Milwaukee, WI
  • Brian Hart Research Analyst; Morrison & Foerster, LLP; Denver, CO
  • Rebecca Hawes Faculty Services Coordinator; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Becca Heiser Research Knowledge Analyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
  • Chanki Hong National Assembly Library; Seoul, South Korea
  • Kayla Jenkins Archives Associate; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Brooklyn, NY
  • Jessica Jones Reference Attorney; Social Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Karen Kalninf U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Library; Saint Louis, MO
  • David Kamien CEO; Livingston, NJ
  • Jamie Klausner Legal Researcher; Baker & Hostetler LLP; Cleveland, OH
  • Meredith Kostek Law Librarian; Coupeville, WA
  • Joanna Kozakiewicz Manager, Library Reference Services; Toronto, ON
  • Andrew Kretschmar Head of Access Services; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
  • Mija Lee Section Chief; National Assembly Library; Seoul, South Korea
  • Lisa Lee Senior Electronic Services Librarian; O’Melveny & Myers LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Alicia Loo Assistant Director, Library Services; Supreme Court of Canada; Ottawa, ON
  • Cortlan Martin Business Development S&P Global Market Intelligence; Chicago, IL
  • Dean Mason London, UK
  • Thomas McClain Deputy District Attorney; San Diego County District Attorney’s Office; El Cajon, CA
  • Ashlie Mildfelt Electronic Resources Management & Serials Librarian; Tarlton Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Matthew Neely Birmingham, AL
  • Jodi Nelson Research Knowledge Analalyst; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Edison, NJ
  • Roger Northam County Law Librarian; Washington County Law Library; Fayetteville, AR
  • Pamela Outwin Librarian; ASRC Federal Primus; Alexandria, VA
  • Michele Penn Law Librarian; Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library At New Haven; New Haven, CT
  • Marsha Perry Acquisitions/Serials; Duke University School of Law; Durham, NC
  • Lydia Ramirez Law Librarian; Chamberlain Hrdlicka Attorneys at Law; Atlanta, GA
  • Marjorie Richmond Legal Reference Librarian; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York, NY
  • Renee Roman Sacramento County Public Law Library; Sacramento, CA
  • Michael Schachtman Louisiana State Bar Association; New Orleans, LA
  • Kate Shearer Canada Pension Plan Investment Board; Toronto, ON
  • Lillian Shivers Digitization Specialist Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Dallas, TX
  • Jackie Traher LLRC Deputy Director; Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library; Phoenix, AZ
  • Anand Upadhye Casetext; Palo Alto, CA
  • Carolyn Vinyard Research Analyst; Bricker & Eckler LLP; Columbus, OH
  • Samuel Williams Reference Intern; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA