AALL eNewsletter / May 2016


The AALL Annual Meeting tops this month’s news, and I hope you will take the time to read about some of the educational offerings in the links below. Many programs are designed to help all of us—regardless of the job we now have—deal with change.

The more I think I have a handle on the so-called ‘disruption’ in the legal community/industry, the more I realize how much more there is to learn. Every time I have a conversation with anyone who provides legal information, I learn something new and get another angle I hadn’t thought about.

I no longer believe that we have figured out exactly what will happen next, but I don’t feel discouraged. This Annual Meeting is designed to help us figure out the change as it affects our particular work place. We all have the opportunity to improve upon the skills we have now, and either take the improvements back to our current job, or take them forward to the job we want. I sincerely hope you will join us in Chicago (less than two months from now!) so we can all take a journey together toward the future, which is now. Best wishes.

AALL Membership Renewal Deadline | May 31

AALL dues invoices for the 2016-2017 membership year have been mailed to all institutions and individual members, and reminder notice invoices have been sent. Don’t miss out on the networking, continuing professional education, and career resources that your membership in AALL affords you—renew today.

The deadline for renewal is May 31. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters
at 312.205.8034.

Thanks to everyone who renewed their membership by May 2 for a chance to win free AALL Annual Meeting registration. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Jesse Griffin Jr. Processing Assistant; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
  • John Hostage Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA
  • Michael Mitsukawa Associate Director, Administrative & Technology Services; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA

AALL 2016 | Time’s Running Out to Save $100

Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the AALL Annual Meeting & Conference–will you be joining your colleagues in Chicago? Register by Friday, June 3 to enjoy savings on what could be the best professional development move you make all year. In addition to the educational programs taking shape, you can now preview the lineup of poster sessions, exhibitor showcase sessions, coffee talks, and Will Evans’s keynote address.

Stay tuned for updates on coffee talks and hot topic programs. Not sure if AALL 2016 is on your boss’s radar? You can’t know unless you ask! Keep in mind that flexible registration options are available, including single-day passes and discounts for students and retirees.

AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum | Submit Resolutions

The AALL General Business Meeting and Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 18 at 3:30 p.m., during the Annual Meeting in Chicago. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 24. 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, and 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.

Ask Your Senators to Confirm Hayden as Librarian of Congress

On April 20, the Senate Rules Committee held its nomination hearing on Dr. Carla D. Hayden to be the 14th Librarian of Congress. AALL strongly supports Dr. Hayden, a librarian, to be the nation’s next Librarian; now we need you to ask your Senators to act quickly to confirm her nomination. The nomination currently sits in the Senate Rules Committee, where it will remain until the Committee sends the nomination to the full Senate. Please take just two minutes to tell your Senators that it’s time to confirm Dr. Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. AALL’s Legislative Action Center provides talking points and a sample message, making it easy to make your voice heard. Thanks in advance for speaking out!

May/June Edition of AALL Spectrum Now Online


Arizona Enacts UELMA

This week, Arizona became the 13th state to enact the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). The Arizona Association of Law Libraries (AzALL) and members of AALL strongly supported the Act, and their effective advocacy helped to ensure its passage. Congratulations to our advocates in Arizona!

AALL Webinars | Register Today

Creating Non-Traditional Leadership Opportunities for Professional Growth and Institutional Excellence
Thursday, May 26 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Monday, May 23
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Within every organization, ensuring leadership opportunities not only provides professional growth for staff but also enriches and contributes to organizational excellence. The most successful organizations recognize that managers and high level leaders must expand leadership opportunities and identify and grow leadership possibilities within the organization’s reach. This webinar is designed to illustrate these opportunities for leading in all types and sizes of organizations—providing definitions of traditional and non-traditional leadership. It also covers short- and long-term possibilities, outlining how to create win-win opportunities for employees and the institution as a whole

Advanced Competitive Intelligence: Best Practices in Conducting CI Research
Wednesday, June 8 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register by Friday, June 3
AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the buzzword for business, marketing, and people research that law librarians have been providing to constituents for decades. Armed with expert research strengths, librarians can help shape or augment current CI capabilities to help deliver services that differentiate them in the marketplace. Learn the practical side of providing CI services from an expert with a background in legal and professional services librarianship that can be easily adopted into any law library setting.

These webinar programs are made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

AALL2go Pick of the Month: Library Career Planning: Is Management Right for Everyone?

This program, from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference, will help you think about library management and whether it is a good fit for your interests and skill set. Following a brief overview of the skills and responsibilities that are required for a variety of positions in the law library, you will be given the opportunity to complete a self-assessment that will help identify your strengths within the different areas. The conversation highlights the many assumptions that exist in law librarianship, which can influence your decision to take on new responsibilities.

A panel of experienced librarians share advice on career development as you consider your own aspirations. Ask yourself the questions posed by Deborah Schander, Paul Healey, Michael VanderHeijden, and Ronald E. Wheeler, and consider whether management is the right fit for you. Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members in the Education and Events section of our website.

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The CRIV Sheet | May 2016 Edition Now Available Online

The May 2016 edition of The CRIV Sheet, the newsletter of the AALL Committee on Relations with Information Vendors, is now available online. The edition discusses copyright law, Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the latest from VRAG, recommended programs for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting, and updates from the CRIV vendor liaisons.  

If you would like to contribute to The CRIV Sheet or just share your ideas on improving vendor relations, your input is always appreciated. Please email any member of The CRIV Sheet subcommittee with your comments, letters, suggestions, and submissions: Alexa Robertson, Valerie Carullo, Charles A. Pippins II, Gilda Chiu.

For the Leader in You

Becoming a great leader isn’t something that happens overnight. You must first develop your skills and shape your leadership style over time—a process that can take a great deal of conscious effort and desire. Start your journey by taking small steps every day and eventually you will become the leader that you have always envisioned.

To learn more about beginning your personal leadership journey, here are some suggested articles:

For more in depth reading on beginning your journey to great leadership, here are some books on this area:

The Leadership Development Committee highlights short articles in the monthly AALL E-newsletter. Next month our focus will be on influential leadership. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Jennifer Ash.

AALL Chapter Events

Each Association year, members of the AALL Executive Board attend Chapter meetings to share news and information about initiatives, and to meet with members to hear their suggestions and concerns regarding issues affecting the profession and AALL. Board members enjoy these opportunities to meet with members and appreciate all of the hospitality that they extend. This year was no exception, and Executive Board members attended, or will soon attend, meetings for the following Chapters:

  • Atlanta Law Libraries Association
  • Dallas Association of Law Librarians
  • Greater Philadelphia Law Library Association
  • Houston Area Law Librarians
  • Law Librarians of Puget Sound
  • Law Library Association of Greater New York
  • Michigan Association of Law Libraries
  • Mid-America Association of Law Libraries
  • New Jersey Law Librarians Association
  • New Orleans Association of Law Librarians
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries
  • Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries
  • San Diego Area Law Libraries
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries
  • Southern California Association of Law Libraries
  • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries
  • Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries

Member News

John DiGilio and Katie Leonard have joined the LAC Group—a leading provider of mission-critical, outsourced library, information, and knowledge management services—as senior directors for the company’s LibSource business unit. DiGilio joins LibSource as senior director of research and intelligence from Reed Smith LLP, where he served as national manager of library research services. Leonard comes from Thomson Reuters to be LibSource’s senior director of client engagement. Both Leonard and DiGilio are long-time members of the American Association of Law Libraries, serving on several special interest sections (SIS).

Todd Melnick has been appointed director of The Maloney Library and clinical associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, effective August 1. A graduate of Brandeis University, Melnick holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, a Master of Education degree from UCLA School of Education, and an MLIS from Rutgers. He joined Fordham Law Library in 2005 after six years as a reference librarian at George Washington University School of Law. At Fordham, he led the creation of FLASH, the Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship and History, working with library staff, the Law School faculty, and Fordham’s student-edited law journals. FLASH contains more than 9,600 documents that have been downloaded more than 7.4 million times by readers in more than 170 countries.

Loren Turner has taken a new position as foreign, comparative and international (FCIL) law librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library. In her new role, Turner will support the research and curricular needs of the FCIL faculty, provide research assistance to law students, and teach an upper-division seminar on FCIL research. She will also serve as liaison to the Minnesota Journal of International Law, and participate in the development of the library’s extensive foreign, comparative, and international law collection. She previously served as a reference librarian and taught legal research at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Turner also serves as secretary/treasurer of AALL’s FCIL-SIS and as co-chair of the FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee.

AALL Vice President/President-Elect, Ronald E. Wheeler’s AALL Spectrum article “Soft Skills: The Importance of Cultivating Emotional Intelligence,” (January/February 2016, Volume 20, Number 3) was cited in The Silicon Flatirons Roundtable Series on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Public Policy this 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.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Beverly Burmeister, Calmer Chattoo, and Gisèle Laprise.

Beverly Burmeister served as the cataloging services librarian and assistant professor of law librarianship at Valparaiso University Law School Library from 2007 until her retirement in 2013. After working with various family and mental health agencies in Illinois and Indiana for several years, including executive roles, Burmeister switched directions by returning to school in a new field. In 2007, she received her MLS from Indiana University and began her position at Valparaiso that same year, quickly becoming a valued co-worker and friend—appreciated for her gracious manner, good humor, and common sense. During her six years as an AALL member, she served as a member of the Academic Law Libraries SIS, Online Bibliographic SIS, and as a contributor to the AALL Spectrum blog. She also volunteered for the working group on state online legal information that updated the Indiana inventory and was actively involved in the Chicago Association of Law Libraries and Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries. She passed away on May 1, 2016.

For 10 years, Ms. Chattoo served as an electronic resources/special formats catalog librarian at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL. At her institution, she was active in the Women’s Commission and in Green U initiatives—her dedication to sustainability stemming from her love of gardening. Professionally, Chattoo was active in several library associations, including the Caribbean Association of Law Libraries and the American Association of Law Libraries, which she joined in 1997. At AALL she participated in several special interest sections (SISs) including vice-chair/chair-elect for AALL’s Online Bibliographic Services SIS, Academic Law Libraries SIS, and Technical Services SIS, in addition to serving on the council of SIS chairs. She passed away after a brief illness on April 24, 2016.

Gisèle Laprise served as a librarian at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Montréal, Canada. A member of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries, she joined AALL in 2007, where she was a member of the Private Law Libraries SIS. She passed away on November 6, 2015.

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

AALL Headquarters Closed for Memorial Day

AALL’s offices will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. We wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Welcome New AALL Members

  • Derrik Albertelli Technical Services Librarian; Ropes & Gray LLP; Boston, MA
  • Crystal Alberthal Librarian; University of Washington; Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
  • Nora Ballantyne Director Information Services; Department of Justice Library; Ottawa, ON
  • Elizabeth Blackburn Victoria, BC
  • Narine Bournoutian Collection Maintenance Coordinator; Columbia University; New York, NY
  • Robert Brammer Legal Reference Specialist; Library of Congress; Washington, DC
  • Katherine Emily Britt Student; Helena, AL
  • Sandra Brown Acquisitions Librarian; Texas Southern University; Houston, TX
  • Leizel Ching Reference Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Laura Edmonston Assistant Law Librarian; Washington State Law Library; Olympia, WA
  • Stephanie Fisher International Specialist; Chadbourne & Parke LLP; New York, NY
  • Calissa Folse Library Associate; Law Library of Louisiana; New Orleans, LA
  • John Gorman Government Information Librarian; DePaul University College of Law; Chicago, IL
  • Cary Anne Hall Library Specialist; Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Rebecca Hare Information Specialist; Bloomington, MN
  • Daniel Hayes Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; New York, NY
  • Heather Holmes Assistant Law Librarian; Harris County Law Library; Houston, TX
  • Jung Hee Jin Librarian; National Assembly Library; Seoul
  • Michelle Klaw Tech Services Librarian; Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Hyang Eun Lee Director of Law Library Coordination Division; National Assembly Library; Seoul
  • Mark Leighton Research Services Specialist; George Mason University Law Library; Arlington, VA
  • Mala Muralidharan Administrator of the State Library; Arizona State Library Archives & Public Records; Phoenix, AZ
  • Bryan Petit Collections Services Manager; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Staci Pratt Graduate Assistant; Kansas City, MO
  • Evelyn Rodriguez-Torres Serials Librarian; University of Puerto Rico Law Library; San Juan, PR
  • Nina Rosenblum Reference Librarian; Irell & Manella LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Karen Sanchez Research Assistant; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Matthew Schmidt Librarian; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Elizabeth Schutz Reference Librarian; Briggs and Morgan; Minneapolis, MN
  • Yuksel Serindag Acquisition Librarian; Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Carey Sias Systems Librarian; Jenkins Law Library; Philadelphia, PA
  • David Smith Research Analyst; Hogan Lovells Northern Virginia LLP; McLean, VA
  • Lachelle C. Smith Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian; University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke Law Library; Washington, DC
  • Jill Strykowski Catalog Librarian; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York, NY
  • Kaylie Vermillion Circulation Manager; Ohio State University Moritz Law Library; Columbus, OH
  • Kristy White Library Systems Specialist; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Libby Whitethread Research Resources Manager; Hogan Lovells International LLP; London
  • Adam Ziegler Manager, Special Projects; Harvard Law School Library; Cambridge, MA