AALL eNewsletter / March 2018

AALL/BLOOMBERG LAW CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANT

DEADLINE IS TODAY

Does your chapter, special interest section, committee, or caucus have an educational event that needs funding? If so, consider applying for an AALL/Bloomberg Law Continuing Education Grant. Grant requests are accepted at various times throughout the year. The deadline for grant applications is today, March 15!

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE FORMED

A search committee to find a new executive director for AALL has been appointed by AALL President Greg Lambert. The committee will be chaired by Gail Warren, AALL past treasurer, and include members: Steve Anderson, Femi Cadmus, Michelle Cosby, Lucy Curci-Gonzalez, Greg Lambert, David Mao, and Julie Pabarja.

Current Executive Director, Kate Hagan has informed the Executive Board of her plans to resign her position effective September 30.

AALL OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR YOUR EDUCATION

APPLICATIONS DUE 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 Steve Anderson or AALL Headquarters.

COUNTING DOWN TO AALL 2018 / JULY 14-17

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

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. Special interest sections provide additional grant opportunities for their members, and some chapters do as well. Don’t miss out on this critical resource—applications due April 1.
  • Make your case: Is AALL 2018 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. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got you covered.)

INNOVATION TOURNAMENT

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 the return of AALL’s 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 4. 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 2018 AALL Annual Meeting.

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

POSTER SESSIONS

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 by April 13.

PRECONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Arrive early and maximize your conference experience by registering for a preconference workshop—whether you’re new to the profession, trying to update or make the best use of the data you manage, or are interested in initiating projects in your firm. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register well in advance of the June 18 deadline.

UPCOMING ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING / REGISTER TODAY

ADVOCATING FOR INFORMATION POLICY CHANGE ON CAPITOL HILL

  • Wednesday, April 11 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, April 9
  • Members – Free

Members of Congress are currently debating key information policy issues that could change how law libraries access, use, and preserve government and legal information. Issues include how the Government Publishing Office provides permanent public access to tangible and electronic information; how the Federal Depository Library Program should function in the digital age; and whether government data and government-funded research should be more open to the public. Join AALL’s online advocacy training to learn how you can influence your members of Congress to modernize current laws to benefit law libraries and their users. The training will prepare you to take action during AALL’s Virtual Lobby Day on April 12, 2018.

UPCOMING WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

GRIT AND GROWTH MINDSET: TOOLS FOR SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREER

  • Thursday, March 22 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, March 19
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Have you wondered what grit and mindset have to do with professional success? These traits can be taught and leveraged to enhance professional skills for career advancement. Learn the science behind these non-cognitive traits, including tools to assess levels of grit and growth mindset, and explore methods to incorporate them into individual career development, team dynamics, and the culture of work environments.

DIVERSITY DIALOGUES: HIDDEN DISABILITIES & VISIBLE SOLUTIONS

  • Thursday, April 26 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, April 23
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Hidden disabilities are often a double burden on the affected population. People with hidden disabilities often face challenges in the workplace because they aren’t required to disclose a disability after being hired. Join us in a discussion led by Leigh Fickling, an expert in disability management, to increase awareness on hidden disabilities and workplace dynamics, including disclosure and accommodations. Attendees will learn how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, acquire actionable steps to create a more inclusive environment, as well as common awareness solutions to promote diversity on a broader scale.

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

AALL COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE STRATEGIES & ANALYSIS

  • May 10-11
  • Register by Friday, April 27
  • Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Fee: Members – $795 / Nonmembers – $1,200
  • Space is limited to 40 attendees

This course is designed to build capabilities in performing critical competitive intelligence (CI) work, such as creating a collaborative intelligence model, analysis and report writing, and alignment to the organizational mission. Attendees will learn core skills for growing a CI function, including data visualization, framing, scenario planning, business acumen, and marketing. Attendees will also have an opportunity to examine, practice, and discuss techniques with other professionals and network with peers from various settings.

This continuing professional education opportunity is sponsored by the American Association of Law Libraries and Bloomberg Law.

AALL APPOINTMENTS COMMITTEE FILLS VOLUNTEER SPOTS

The AALL Appointments Committee met March 2-3, 2018, and selected the incoming committee and jury members for 2018-2019. The newly appointed members will be notified of their charge by the end this month.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE AALL SPECTRUM EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY

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 members want and need.

WE NEED YOU

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 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 2018-2020 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 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 26. Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve.

Volunteer Now

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS RESEARCH GRANT BY
APRIL 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through April 1st for research grants from the AALL Research Fund (An Endowment Established by LexisNexis). The jury may allocate $5,000 between one or more applicants seeking funding for research that advances AALL’s Research Agenda which seeks to stimulate “a diverse range of scholarship related to and supportive of the profession of law librarianship.”

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and library-related information. For inspiration, review the list of topics awarded grants in past years and explore the 16 broad research topics outlined in AALL’s Research Agenda.

If you have a research project that may benefit from this grant, review the complete guidelines and apply. As the guidelines state, the research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our professional community.

Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of April.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD TODAY

Help ensure your peers get the perspective and insights they need to stay ahead of the curve. Law Library Journal—the official journal of AALL—provides scholarly articles on law, legal materials, and librarianship. The Law Library Journal Editorial Board provides critical insights to ensure the Journal delivers the consistent and reliable content you need.

WE NEED YOU

AALL seeks applicants to serve on the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board, to help solicit, edit, and curate the content of the Journal. Assisting the Law Library Journal editor, the board is integral in reviewing content and preparing it for publication.

Applicants for the 2018-2020 Law Library Journal Editorial Board should have strong proof reading skills, a proficiency in Bluebooking, and a desire to work with your peers. Experience in writing, editing, and publication production will also be considered. Please read through the job description, and for more information visit the Law Library Journal Editorial Board webpage.

Please consider lending your time and talent to AALL—submit your application by Friday, April 26.

Volunteer Now

RENEW YOUR AALL MEMBERSHIP EARLY

When you renew your AALL membership earlyby May 1—you will be entered in a drawing to win one of three complimentary 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference registrations.

NEW UPGRADE & PAYMENT OPTION

Championship Upgrade
Are you a champion for our profession and our members? Consider adding the Championship Upgrade to your renewal. Committed ambassadors to the profession and the Association can add the $75 championship upgrade through the membership application when renewing.

Sustaining Member Option for Retirees
As a retired member you have a new option to renew your membership with AALL. The Sustaining Membership allows you to enjoy the benefits of AALL without having to renew each year. Sustaining Members pay a onetime renewal rate of $425. (Note: Sustaining Memberships are purchased in the AALL Store.) It also makes a nice gift!

DIGITAL FIRST

To enhance our sustainability efforts, membership renewals are going digital. Paper invoices will no longer be sent; however, members may print invoices from their account if desired.

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

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

HOT TOPIC: HOW THE LEGAL MARKET CONTINUES TO CHANGE IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE GREAT RECESSION
Some may argue that the Great Recession of 2008 was simply a moment in time and that we are “over it.” This presentation from the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting states that the legal profession is still feeling the effects of the Great Recession. This is evident in a number of ways, specifically, in terms of what clients will pay for legal services, who will be able to attend law school, and what sort of job opportunities will be available to law school graduates. This presentation is a useful tool for the research librarian who wants to better understand the changes occurring in the business of law, and how this understanding can be tied to career development and marketability.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Congratulations! You have finally landed a coveted leadership position. Now what? You may be wondering what you can do to be an effective leader, earn the trust and respect of your employees, and create meaningful change within your organization. It’s important to have realistic expectations of both yourself as a new leader and your staff as they adjust to someone new in a leadership role. Whether you’re starting out as a leader in an organization new to you or taking on a leadership role in your current organization, it is a good idea to read up on what you can do to make the transition easier on everyone in order to be successful in your new role.

Below are some articles with tips for new leaders and managers:

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. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Pablo Arredondo and Owen Byrd will be presenting at CodeX FutureLaw 2018 April 5 at Stanford Law School on the topic “Legal Innovation Lightning Round II,” while Marlene Gebauer and Jean O’Grady will be presenting “Using AI to Power “Push” Legal Research.”
  • Madeline Cohen has been appointed assistant director of the Westminster Law Library and associate professor in university libraries at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. She previously served as director of the U.S. Courts Library for the Tenth Circuit in Denver.
  • Femi Cadmus was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s March Librarian of the Month.
  • Tim Lewis was featured on Alabama.com in the article “In the Fight Over Net Neutrality, Librarians Call for Action,” published February 19.

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.

MEMORIAL

Richard DannerRichard A. Danner, past AALL president, died on February 22, 2018. Danner has long been recognized as a leader in the profession. He served as AALL’s president in 1990 and his remarkable service to the Association goes well beyond his role as president. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and honors from AALL for this work, including the Hall of Fame award in 2014 and the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service award in 2017. Danner was also a recognized scholar for law librarianship. He wrote for a wide variety of journals and published several books. In 2012, he received the Joseph A. Andrews Bibliographical Award for co-editing the International Association of Law Libraries Handbook of Legal Information Management. In addition, he served as editor of the Law Library Journal for 10 years.

He retired on July 1, 2017 as the senior associate dean for information services and the director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library after more than 35 years at Duke Law. Most recently, in January, he was recognized by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information for his exemplary contributions to scholarship in the field. Known as an innovator in legal information, and as an advocate for open access to legal information, he was one of the first people to argue for the advancement of open access publication of academic law reviews. Notably, all of Duke University’s journals have been online and free for all users since the late 1990s.

AALL Spectrum featured Danner in its July/August 2017 issue for his legal scholarship and selection as a Marian Gould Gallagher award honoree.

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

AALLNET MONTHLY MEMBER PROFILE

In this month’s member profile, Kendal Bergman, research librarian at Fish & Richardson P.C. in Minneapolis, Minnesota discusses mentoring and its importance in professional development!

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

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Katie Barrett Fuller Research Librarian; McNees, Wallace & Nurick; Harrisburg, PA
  • Amanda Burton Reference Librarian; Locke Lord LLP; Dallas , TX
  • Brandy Ellis Student; University of Washington; Seattle, WA
  • Traci Emerson St. Paul, MN
  • Lauren Flood Assistant Law Librarian; Vero Beach, FL
  • Suzanne M. Habib Training and Outreach Manager; Duane Morris LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Adria Harris Supervisor of Library Services; Cozen O’Connor; Philadelphia, PA
  • Geraldine Kalim Circulation & Reference Associate; George Mason University Law Library; Alexandria, VA
  • Alan I. Kaminer Associate Law Librarian; Fairfax Public Law Library; Vienna, VA
  • Martha McConnell Law Librarian; Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
  • Jacob Nunnally Assistant Director for Access & Collection Services; Hofstra University Law School Library; Hempstead, NY
  • Ashley Perkins Reference Librarian; Perkins Coie LLP; Seattle, WA
  • Maggie Schoff Bloomington, IN