AALL eNewsletter / March 2016


I hope you saw yesterday’s announcement of the Opening General Session speaker at this year’s Annual Meeting. During his presentation, Will Evans will discuss new models of framing the challenges posed by radical changes in knowledge work.

Also announced were Tuesday afternoon Innovation Labs offering Design Thinking for libraries, exploring Lean Startup, and a conversation with Judge Richard A. Posner.

In addition, Judge Richard A. Posner, surely the most prolific writer among federal judges, has a new book called Divergent Paths: The Academy and the Judiciary that addresses both the federal judiciary and the legal academy. In the book, Judge Posner suggests legal scholars can help solve the problems of the judiciary. He also speculates that legal education can be improved for judges as well as law students. Join the conversation as Bob Berring, former AALL president and the Walter Perry Johnson professor of law at UC Berkeley, questions Judge Posner about his new work.

I would like to thank everyone who responded to AALL’s recent survey seeking contributions on tagline development as part of the next step in the branding project; your input is vital to its success.

I welcome your thoughts and ideas and appreciate the time you take to share your opinions with me. You are always welcome to write to me at kstivers@kentlaw.iit.edu or call me at 312.906.5610. Best wishes.

Counting Down to AALL 2016 | July 16-19

Learning opportunities abound at this summer’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, from the preconference workshops on Saturday to the new Innovation Labs on Tuesday afternoon and everything in between. Join your colleagues and register today!

Keynote Speaker and New Innovation Labs

Innovation. It’s what drives business and grabs headlines. But is it within our grasp? What if innovation could be manageable? What if you could be the one driving innovation in your organization? In Chicago—a city that has reinvented itself time and time again—specially-curated programs will take big ideas and mine them for real-world (your world) application.

Opening General Session
Sunday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Will Evans, chief design officer at PraxisFlow
Sponsored by Bloomberg BNA, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, and Wolters Kluwer

Purpose-Driven Exploration in Knowledge Work

The last 20 years have been a period of radical disruption and transformation in knowledge work. The “why, what, and how” of new value creation and delivery in knowledge-intensive work is shifting and the power has moved from the center to the edges. Explore how Lean principles, transplanted from the world of manufacturing into the ephemeral world of knowledge work and knowledge management, can frame the challenges facing law librarians today.

Innovation Labs
Tuesday, July 19 | 2:30 p.m.

  • Discover what the “Lean” buzz is all about. Explore Lean Startup and LeanUX, and learn how these concepts could be applied in your own workplace on a low-risk, manageable scale.
  • Engage in a conversation with Judge Richard A. Posner of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School)— one of the most provocative voices of both the modern federal judiciary and legal academia. Bob Berring, former AALL President and the Walter Perry Johnson professor of law at UC Berkeley, will question Judge Posner about his new work.
  • Understand how Design Thinking for Libraries —the result of a collaboration between Chicago Public Libraries, Aarhus Public Libraries, and IDEO—can advance your library by using human-centered design methods.

Legal information is big business and innovation is more than a buzz word—get in the driver’s seat.

Three Resources to Get You There

Even with this year’s solid lineup of educational offerings, you might need some help getting support to attend. AALL offers financial assistance and tips for getting your boss to say, “Yes!”

  • Annual Meeting grants: Consider applying for an AALL Annual Meeting grant, which covers registration costs for the Annual Meeting or preconference workshops. Chapters and special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members. Don’t miss out on this critical resource—applications are due April 1.
  • Making your case: Is AALL 2016 on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask. We’ve got tools to help your boss understand why–despite the cost and time out of the office—you can’t afford to miss out. Make a plan to get support—there’s even a sample memo to your employer.
  • Show the value: Seal the deal by sharing essential programming with your boss. We’ve got a list of educational programs that will show how your attendance will benefit your library through the new skills you’ll develop, the latest trends you’ll learn, and the strong network of trusted colleagues you’ll build.

Preconference Workshops

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—explore lean process improvement, learn to navigate United Nations legal research, or get up to speed on metadata and linked data. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 20 deadline! Check out all the sessions and start making plans to join us.

Your Bright Idea = One Great Poster

Have you implemented an innovative program in your library? Perhaps you’ve created a set of best practices to apply in the workplace. Or maybe you’d like to share new classroom techniques, findings from a research project, or a practical problem-solving effort. Poster sessions have been a popular recent addition to our conference. This year’s selections will once again be on display in the exhibit hall—your good idea could benefit your fellow colleagues! Submit your proposal online by April 15.

Financial Assistance for Your Education | Apply by April 1

Every year AALL awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to law school and library school students and AALL members. The following scholarships are awarded annually:

  • Library School Scholarships (for those with or without JDs)
  • Law School Scholarships (for those with MLS/MLIS and those seeking dual JD/MLIS)
  • Scholarships for Library School Graduates Seeking a Non-Law Degree
  • LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
  • AALL and Thomson Reuters George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
  • Scholarships for Continuing Professional Education Courses
  • Marcia J. Koslov Scholarship for members to attend continuing education programs for state, court, or county law librarians

The deadline for applications is April 1. To learn more about the scholarships, instructions, and applications process, contact AALL Scholarship Award Jury Chair Louis Rosen or AALL Headquarters.

Apply for a Research Grant by April 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1 for research grants totaling up to $5,000 from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). Established in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects that cover a wide range of professional interests. Access the complete guidelines and apply for a grant. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

Members Make Their Voices Heard on Capitol Hill

AALL members joined together in force for AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day, sending more than 400 emails to Capitol Hill in support of our priority issues. Law librarians emailed their members of Congress on issues including funding for the Government Publishing Office and Library of Congress, access to Congressional Research Service reports, and privacy. If you didn’t participate in Virtual Lobby Day, there’s still time to speak out; our Legislative Action Center provides sample messages and talking points on key issues, making it easy to take action.

Senate Passes Freedom of Information Act Reform Bill

In an fitting celebration of Sunshine Week, on Tuesday the Senate passed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S.337), which AALL strongly supported, to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by codifying the presumption of openness and requiring better use of technology to improve the FOIA process. The House passed its own FOIA reform bill, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 (H.R. 653), in January 2016. The House and Senate bills will now need to be reconciled before being sent to the President’s desk. AALL joined a letter to President Obama asking him to endorse the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act. For more information, see AALL’s Washington Blawg.

AALL Webinars | Register Today

Strategies for Online Student Engagement and Learning
Wednesday, March 30 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, March 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Online courses may be the “new normal,” but can they engage students and foster interactive learning that is equivalent to the educational experience of face-to-face? This webinar introduces online learning strategies, activities, and tools to engage and facilitate student learning in online environments. This session will also address assessment of student learning, as well as assessment of the online course itself. Takeaways from this program include instructional technology tools, course delivery strategies, and suggestions for student-to-student and student-to-professor interaction.

Organize Better with Mobile Apps
Thursday, April 28 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, April 25
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Are you making the best use of your mobile devices for organizing your daily routines? You may be concerned about privacy and security, hesitant to use cloud services, or just haven’t had the time to find the best practices to make it all work successfully. This webinar will help you set up a system that makes it easy to access your information from anywhere, back up your important information securely, and organize your to-do lists effectively. Learn best practices for security for different types of information using apps such as Dropbox, 1 Password, Wunderlist, and Evernote. Learn how you can apply this knowledge immediately and begin working more effectively.

These webinar programs are 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:

  • University of Baltimore Law Library and the University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) and Southwestern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)

Do you have an upcoming fall or winter program that you need help funding? The grants program is accepting applications through May 5. Submit a proposal today! For detailed information, visit the grants program FAQ.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Distance Learning: The New Normal for Librarians

Distance learning has the potential to radically change the delivery of legal education. Today, most law schools are experimenting with some type of distance learning and law librarians are on the forefront of both teaching and supporting online programs. Get advice on partnering with faculty, supporting students, and teaching online research sessions. During the webinar Rebecca Trammell, law library director and professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, discusses a wide variety of distance learning tools and provides advice on how to get started with distance education.

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For the Leader in You

From the schoolyard to the workplace, nearly everyone has dealt with at least one bully in their lifetime. Bullies in the workplace—whether they are managers or coworkers—decrease morale and productivity. As a leader, you must recognize when bullying occurs, cultivate a work environment in which bullying is unacceptable, and be prepared to do what is necessary to create a healthy work environment for your staff, even if that means dismissing the bully.

Here are some suggested articles to help you learn how to create a bully-free work environment:

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 the role of introspection and self-reflection in leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

Executive Board Chapter Visits

On Friday, March 18, AALL Immediate Past President Holly M. Riccio will attend the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) chapter meeting at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Next month, AALL Vice President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. will attend the Dallas Association of Law Libraries (DALL), Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL), and Southwestern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SWALL) joint chapter meeting April 14-16 in Dallas, Texas.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of George W. Baker, Bob Bucci, Sandra Gold, and John (Jack) Francis Whelan.

Upon receiving his JD from Cincinnati Law School, Mr. Baker went on to serve as director of the Trumbull County Law Library in Warren, Ohio. George was an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries since 1997, participating in AALL Annual Meeting’s and several special interest sections. A longtime resident of the Warren area, he was a great friend to all who knew him. He passed away on December 11, 2015, following a brief illness.

After honorably serving in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam War, Mr. Bucci spent more than twenty years working as a sales representative and trainer with Commerce Clearing House in Washington, D.C. One of his greatest legacies in life was his ability to help family, friends, and even complete strangers with everything from being a shoulder to lean on to being a helpful hand for any project, big or small. He passed away on February 23, 2016.

Ms. Gold was a proud graduate of Washington University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962, before pursing her MLS at Dominican University. After graduation, she served as a law librarian and director of information services for more than 30 years at three major Chicago law firms. An active member in the community, she was a leader for several associations including the American Association of Law Libraries, the Special Library Association, and the American Library Association. She was also a regular contributor to professional journals and served for several years as an adjunct professor of law librarianship at Dominican University. She dedicated her time to several charities and organizations close to her heart including the Ovarian Cancer Foundation. She passed away on March 1, 2016.

Mr. Whelan, after graduating from the College of St. Thomas, proudly served his country during the Korean War as a cryptographer. Upon his return to the states, he attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated from Catholic University with an MLS. He worked at the Pentagon as a law librarian in the Department of the Army, during which time he co-wrote The Military Law Dictionary with Richard C. Dahl, which now resides in the Library of Congress. He also worked as chief law librarian at Arnold and Porter, F.A.A., National Geographic Society, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, finishing his career as library director at Williams and Connolly, LLP. Whelan was a longtime member of the American Association of Law Libraries. He passed away on January 22, 2016.

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

2016 Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference

The Legal Marketing Association Annual Conference will be held April 11-13, 2016, in Austin, Texas. The conference hosts legal marketing and business development professionals, of all levels of experience, for three days of education and networking. AALL members receive LMA member rate. If you are interested in attending, contact Camille Venturina to register.

Welcome New AALL Members

John Johnson Associate Librarian; Lane College; Milan, TN
Robyn Rebollo Vice President; LAC Group; New York, NY
Lisa Njoku Research Librarian; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Los Angeles, CA
Gregory Stoner Library Supervisor; McGuire Woods LLP; Richmond, VA
Katelyn Irwin Technical Services Assistant; Goodwin Procter LLP; Quincy, MA
Shellie Labell Delray Beach, FL
Antony Haynes Associate Dean for Strategic Initiative & Information Systems; Albany Law School; Albany, NY
Farha Hasan Reference Librarian; Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Boston, MA
Natalia May Community Legal Information Corner (CLIC) Coordinator; Vermont Law School; Julien and Virginia Cornell Library; South Royalton, VT
Heather Nelson North Royalton, OH
Beth Autin Associate Director of Library Services; San Diego Zoo Global; Escondido, CA
Keely Southwick Public Services Librarian; Dallas County Law Library; Dallas, TX
Catherine Kitchell Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
Susan Jones Fredericton, NB
Kali Buseth Louisville, CO
Rachel Jorgensen Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Graham Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, D.C.
Libby Dechman Sr. Subject Policy Specialist; Falls Church, VA
Ashley Doar Library Supervisor; McGuireWoods LLP; Charlotte, NC
Aiju Yu Librarian; Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, ON
Jonathan Voigt Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tempe, AZ
Anita Szafran Research Librarian; RAND Corporation; Santa Monica, CA
Megan York Administrative Manager for Patron Services; University of Maine School of Law; Portland, ME
Kathryn Dimmic Business Intelligence Analyst; Foley & Lardner LLP; Chicago, IL
Barbara Gonzalez Research Librarian; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, MO