AALL eNewsletter / June 2019


There’s still time to pack a summer’s worth of professional development into just a few days—will you be joining your colleagues in Washington, DC? Register for the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, and get a leg up on solutions to the challenges you face every day. Solutions such as: innovation initiatives to build a future-focused library; virtual reality in the law classroom; creating strategic partnerships to develop experiential simulation courses, and more. With so many opportunities to connect and learn, you can’t afford to miss it.

Did you know that single-day registrants are available and that student and retiree registration rates are deeply discounted? Still on the fence? Here’s some buzz from your colleagues that will be attending:


The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting. Once again, the agenda and related handouts are available via the conference app. In addition, any member who would like to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by tomorrow, June 21. Learn more about submitting a resolution.


During the Members Open Forum (immediately following the AALL Business Meeting) AALL Executive Board officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL, and its programs and activities. In previous years, a printed card was included in the registration bags for members to submit their questions in advance of the meeting. This year, to offer members additional time to submit a question and to reduce our environmental footprint, members can submit their questions in advance (by Friday, June 28). Members can also ask questions from the floor, but we strongly encourage you to submit your questions early as time is limited.


AALL President Femi Cadmus recently sat down with legal tech guru Robert Ambrogi to discuss the AALL State of the Profession 2019 report and the continuing evolution of law librarianship and legal information for his LawNext podcast.

The publication provides quantitative insights on job satisfaction, user services, technology management, operations, budgets, and partnerships. The report also includes an inventory of expertise needed to succeed in the legal information field, as well as competencies for library and law school graduates.

The complimentary AALL State of the Profession 2019 Snapshot provides an introduction to the full report. The AALL State of the Profession 2019 is available in print and digital formats—order your copy today!


Don’t miss out on being an AALL member—renew now to:

  • expand your network of peers
  • receive valuable publications, including AALL Spectrum
  • gain discounts and access to essential professional development
  • get access to even more great member benefits

Hear what dedicated AALL members have to say about what sets AALL apart:

If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312.205.8022.

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AALL is working with the U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Office of the Law Revision Counsel (OLRC) of the U.S. House of Representatives to conduct a survey of AALL members on the use of the United States Code (USC) and its supplements. OLRC is the office that produces the USC. The office is investigating whether the USC can be produced more efficiently by eliminating printed USC annual supplements.

All AALL members are welcome to complete this survey, including those who completed a similar survey for the Federal Depository Library Program. The OLRC wants to continue to serve the needs of its users, and your completion of the survey will provide important feedback.

Please complete the survey by June 24. You may review a copy of the survey before you begin.



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Have you ever wanted to know how to create your very own podcast? Join two legal information professionals—Greg Lambert and Marlene Gebauer—who produce a popular podcast program (The Geek in Review) as they discuss the nuts and bolts of podcasting, including preparing, producing, and publishing podcasts.


AALL has selected four new members to serve on the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board for a two-year term starting in July 2019. The purpose of the editorial board is to help develop, solicit, and curate content for AALL Spectrum.

  • Kristina J. Alayan Director & Assistant Professor of Law; Howard University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Ting Ching Law Reference Librarian; University of Oregon; Eugene, OR
  • Elaine Egan Director of Global Libraries & Information Services; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York, NY
  • Karin Johnsrud Assistant Librarian for Research Services; Supreme Court of the United States Library; Washington, DC

Current board members serving their final year are:

  • Cynthia Brown Director of Research Services; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Fresno, CA
  • Elizabeth Farrell Clifford Director & Professor; Florida State University College of Law Library; Tallahassee, FL
  • Kim Nayyer Edward Cornell Law Librarian; Cornell University Law Library; Ithaca, NY

Steve Lastres, AALL Spectrum’s incoming Editor, will serve as the board’s chair. Thank you to outgoing editor Kristina L. Niedringhaus and members Holly Riccio and Julia Taylor for their hard work and service these past few years on the board.


Invitations to respond to the AALL Salary Survey will be sent to directors and others in leadership positions beginning July 22. The next edition of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics will be published in November 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Mall, AALL’s director of content strategy.


  • Yemisi Dina has been appointed Osgoode Hall Law School’s Chief Law Librarian. Dina previously served as interim chief law librarian since November 2017. She also held the position of public services librarian at the law library from June 2006, and served as acting chief law librarian from 2007-2008. In her new role she will provide leadership and strategic direction for the law library.
  • Marcelo Rodriguez was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s June 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.


In this month’s member profile, Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, assistant professor at the School of Information at San José State University in San José, California, discusses how she promotes a strong community, as well as the connections she has made through AALL.

See more AALLNET Monthly Member Profiles and view AALL Spectrum Member and Leader Profiles on AALLNET.


  • Bettie Scott was the former assistant director and library professor at CUNY School of Law in New York. A longtime faculty member at CUNY, she was instrumental in helping develop the Legal Research Program, which she taught in as well. An AALL member since 1981, she served on the Placement Committee from 2003-2005, and was a member of several special interest sections (SIS) including: Academic Law Libraries, Research Instruction & Patron Services, and Technical Services. She was also a frequent contributor to Law Library Journal and many will remember her series of articles entitled “Price Index for Legal Periodicals,” which was initiated in 1976 and ran through the 1993-1994 volume year. She passed away on June 6, 2019.

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


  • Duncan Ahn Senior KM Intranet Analyst; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; New York, NY
  • Benjamin Neil Boron Manager, Marketing; William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; Getzville, NY
  • Danielle Brena Research Specialist; Forest Hills, NY
  • Tyler Brown Assistant Librarian; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Laura Chance Electronic Resources Coordinator; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Jennifer Elisa Chapman Legal Research Fellow; Williamsport, MD
  • Amanda Chernawski Research Librarian; McMillan LLP; Toronto, Canada
  • Ben Chipman Assistant Librarian; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Alan Cohen Chief Business Officer; Practising Law Institute; New York, NY
  • Grant Cook Preservation Librarian; University of Iowa Law Library; Iowa City, IA
  • Jane Corbett Electronic Services Librarian; Ice Miller LLP; Indianapolis, IN
  • Peter D’Antonio Technology Services Librarian; U.S. Court of Appeals Library; New York, NY
  • Jannele De Anda Law Librarian; Gainesville, GA
  • Allison De Weerd Systems Analyst; Dechert LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Sharon M. Demorest Student; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Durham, NC
  • Jennifer Dubetz Library Technology Specialist; West Virginia University College of Law; Morgantown, WV
  • Angie Eason Head of Metadata and Collections; Case Western Reserve University Law School Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Shay Everline Access Services Manager; University of Houston Law Center ; Houston, TX
  • Timothy M. Fowler Research & Information Services Administrator; Dentons US LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Alicia Friedman Senior Librarian; California State Prison, Los Angeles County; Lancaster, CA
  • Janette Gagnon Editorial Research Librarian; CNN; Atlanta, GA
  • Julie Gaida Acquisitions Librarian; University of Iowa Law Library; Iowa City, IA
  • Marlana Harpel Conflicts & Library Assistant; Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP; Denver , CO
  • Gail Monique Harris Project Manager; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Jonathan A. Hein Maslon LLP; Minneapolis, MN
  • Heather Higgins Legal & Business Research Analyst; K&L Gates; Seattle, WA
  • Katherine Hoffman Reference & Collection Development Librarian; Texas State Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Beau Howard Research Analyst; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; New York, NY
  • Sarah Johnson Assistant Director, Collections, and Content; Lewis and Clark Law School; Portland, OR
  • Eva Kessler Reference and Research Specialist; Gordon Feinblatt LLC; Baltimore, MD
  • Jennine Kottwitz Library Assistant; University of Connecticut School of Law Library; Hartford, CT
  • Liz Lee Research Specialist; Dentons Canada LLP; Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Audrey Lynn Head of Electronic Resources & Digital Initiatives; Regent University Law Library; Virginia Beach, VA
  • Christine Mandiloff Reference Librarian; State of Montana Law Library; Helena, MT
  • Amanda Marshall Legal Researcher; BakerHostetler; Houston, TX
  • Sandra Merrick Senior Law Librarian; Northeastern University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Sara Miro Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; New York, NY
  • Marla Morris Part-Time Reference Assistant; University of Denver; Denver, CO
  • Amelia C. Nuss Law Librarian; U.S. Department of Justice Libraries; Washington, DC
  • Kaylee Osowski Library Assistant; Garvey Schubert Barer; Seattle, WA
  • Patrick Ramos Library Assistant; Loudoun County Law Library; Leesburg, VA
  • Min Ren Technical Services Librarian; WMU Cooley Law School Library; Lansing, MI
  • Sharon Rhodes Knowledge Manager; William Blair & Company; Chicago, IL
  • James Rich Research Fellow; University of Nevada – Las Vegas; William S. Boyd School of Law; Las Vegas, NV
  • Christopher Sanders Student – Master of Information Sciences; Seymour, TN
  • Amanda Sinden-Free Research Librarian; Nixon Peabody LLP; Rochester, NY
  • Tessie Tian Law Librarian; Peking University School of Transnational Law; Shenzhen; Nanshan District, Shenzhen
  • Victoria Tokar MLIS Student; Seattle, WA
  • Tammy Tran Student; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Ta-Shire Tribbett Senior Insights Design Coordinator; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; McLean, VA
  • Peter T. Vay Research Services Librarian; George Mason University Law Library; Arlington, VA
  • Thomas L. Walker II Associate Librarian for Collection Management; Liberty University School of Law Ehrhorn Law Library; Lynchburg, VA
  • Jenna Wolf Assistant Law Librarian; Montgomery County Circuit Court Law Library; Rockville, MD
  • Karen Wry Research Manager; Holland & Knight LLP; Boston, MA
  • Warren Yee Library Systems, Media & Collections Coordinator; Northeastern University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Awa Zhu Assistant Professor; University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences; Knoxville, TN