AALL eNewsletter / March 2017


  • Thursday, April 20 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

Attend AALL’s online advocacy training, where you’ll learn the most effective ways to influence your members of Congress during these busy days on Capitol Hill. You will also hear about AALL’s top policy priorities, including access to government information, copyright reform, and privacy. Then, mark your calendars for AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 26, where you can help raise the profile of law libraries and our important policy issues by sending coordinated messages to Capitol Hill through our Legislative Action Center and social media. If you fill out our Lobby Day survey before April 17, we’ll send you personalized tips and information to help maximize your influence.

COUNTING DOWN TO AALL 2017 / July 15-18

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


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.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2017 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.


A few creative go-getters ready to pitch their ideas—ideas that beat out all the others to reach this stage. A panel of judges comprised of the industry’s thought leaders, waiting to be wowed. A rapt audience, eager to see who will sink or swim. It’s the showcase of a major network (legal knowledge network, that is), truly “must-see” stuff. It’s not Shark Tank. It’s AALL’s first innovation tournament.

Legal information professionals are forgoing the status quo every day—leverage this new opportunity to showcase your ideas. If you’re in the process of developing a new, innovative, and implementable idea to improve your workplace, we want to hear from you. What’s the hook? Two $2,500 prizes will be awarded to further support the development and implementation of compelling workplace innovations. Some serious shark cred comes with those prizes, too.

Apply by May 5. Applications will be evaluated later this spring; a group of finalists will be selected to present their innovation plans to attendees and a special panel of judges at the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting.

AALL thanks Bloomberg Law for its generous support of this event.


Have you pioneered a new 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 are a popular conference feature, and 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 14.


Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—whether you’re new to the profession, eager to learn how to navigate difficult conversations, or trying to make the best use of the data you collect. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 19 deadline.



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 Whitney Curtis or AALL Headquarters.



  • Wednesday, March 29 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, March 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60

Have you thought about what you want to get out of your career and how you’re going to achieve it? A recent study determined that librarians don’t have a clear professional or personal vision statement. Learning how to strategically focus your energy and resources and properly set goals can help you lead a purposeful life and build a foundation for a fulfilling career. In this fun and transformative webinar, participants will explore the why, what, and how of personal strategic planning, and learn how to develop a plan for both professional and personal success. Participants will also learn techniques to modify habits and counter procrastination. This webinar will benefit law librarians and legal information professionals at all stages in their careers.


  • Tuesday, April 18 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Thursday, April 13
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Nonmembers- $60

We spend plenty of time with our smartphones, but are we maximizing their potential when it comes to managing our productivity? Are you ready to learn what apps, services, and functions could help you turn your Droid, iPhone/iPad, and/or Windows device into a productivity workhorse? In this final webinar in our productivity series, Randy Dean will discuss the apps and peripheral devices that can take your smartphone (or tablet) from “cool” to “critical” when it comes to productivity, time, project, people, and email management. Explore how a new configuration of productivity apps and services has the potential to make your smart devices even more powerful than your traditional laptop/desktop computers.


  • Tuesday, April 25 / 12:00 p.m. (CDT)

The American Association of Law Libraries and the Legal Marketing Association are co-sponsoring a second webinar panel discussion on strengthening the relationship between library and marketing departments within the firm. Stay tuned—registration will open soon.

Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.



AALL members know what it takes to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of legal information. AALL Spectrum—our bimonthly member magazine—helps members learn about one another and from one another. The AALL Spectrum Editorial Board provides critical insights to ensure that AALL Spectrum delivers the content you want and need.


AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board, to help develop, solicit, and curate the content of AALL’s member magazine. Serving as advisers to the AALL Spectrum editorial director, the board is integral in identifying, shaping, and delivering information about current and emerging trends in law librarianship.

Content for AALL Spectrum relates to six general content areas:

  • Best Practices
  • Career Development
  • Education
  • Information Technology
  • Management & Leadership
  • Transformation of Law

Applicants for the 2017-2019 AALL Spectrum Editorial Board should have expertise in one or more content areas, a strong professional network, and an eagerness to reach out to potential authors. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the Editorial Board Member job description, and for more information visit the AALL Spectrum Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Thursday, April 27. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.



Are you oftentimes confronted with the attitude “We don’t need a library; everything is on Google?” John Palfrey takes the opposite position, stating that libraries and the services they offer are even more important in the age of Google and the ever-growing digital information explosion. The technological growth in the creation, storage, and dissemination of information will call on professionals with the skills to search, curate, and navigate the growing world of online content. This webinar provides valuable insight into how to be part of this exciting new world.

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

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Almost everyone will deal with a challenging or difficult colleague at some point. This is a person who, whether because of their mannerisms, work ethic, or personality makes it difficult to work with them on a regular basis. Whether the person is on a committee with you or is an everyday needle in your side, it is important to develop the skills necessary to cope with challenging co-workers or supervisors. In addition to this summer’s preconference workshop, “Having Difficult Conversations: Becoming More Comfortable as a Manager,” the materials below will help you develop those skills.

Here are some suggested articles on dealing with challenging colleagues:

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 be on ways to create happiness at work. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich or Emily Janoski-Haehlen.


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.


  • Glen-Peter Ahlers Sr. Associate Dean for Information Services; Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, FL
  • Carolyn Bach Senior Manager, Librarian Relations; LexisNexis; Miamisburg, OH
  • Susan Benton Head of Technical and Collections Services; University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD
  • Justin Bowman Account Manager; Wolters Kluwer North America, Westborough, MA
  • Megan Brown Acquisitions & E-Resources Librarian; University of South Carolina; Columbia, SC
  • Judy Cohn William Blair & Company; Chicago, IL
  • Chris Cox Business Systems Coordinator; San Diego Law Library; San Diego, CA
  • Scott Dewey Faculty Research Librarian; University of Minnesota Law Library; Minneapolis, MN
  • Richard Ducey Enfield, CT
  • Dylan Dunn Tallahassee, FL
  • Helen Garner Information Resources Librarian; Bodleian Law Library, Oxford, England
  • Emma Gibbons Acquisitions Librarian; Tulane University Law Library; New Orleans, LA
  • Marisa Glazier-Simila Research Assistant; Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Millwaukee, WI
  • Holli Howard Library Technician for Public Services; Magnolia, AR
  • Leigh Jones Cumberland School of Law Library; Birmingham, AL
  • Courtney Keaton Research Specialist; Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe; Washington, DC
  • Kimberly Kunaniec University of California at Santa Barbara; Ventura, CA
  • Jesse Lambertson Head of Cataloging; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Sarah Larsen Outreach Librarian; Minnesota State Law Library; St. Paul, MN
  • Rachel Lewis Research Specialist; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; Houston, TX
  • Gina Linden Research Specialist; Dentons Canada LLP; Edmonton, AB
  • Deborah Meleski Director of Legal Research Center; Winstead PC; Austin,TX
  • Dinah Minkoff Research/Reference Librarian; Seton Hall University Law Library; Newark, NJ
  • Andrea Muto Research Services Librarian; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Brooke Nichols Seminole, TX
  • Carole Prietto Law Center Archivist; Georgetown University Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Jane Sanchez Law Librarian of Congress; Law Library of Congress ; Washington, DC
  • Edward Sanchez Library Associate; Dallas Public Library; Dallas, TX
  • Christopher Todd Cataloging/Systems Librarian; University of Pittsburgh, Barco Law Library; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Siobhan Tronco Research Librarian; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Ken White Business Intelligence Research Specialist; Washington, DC