AALL eNewsletter / May 2018



Don’t lose all that AALL offers—renew your AALL membership by June 1. Our members are problem solvers of the highest order and enable AALL to offer the knowledge, community, leadership, and resources you need to stay ahead of the curve.


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!


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.


Only two weeks remain to save $100 on the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting—will you be joining your colleagues in Baltimore? Register by Friday, June 1 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 and exhibitor showcase sessions. Hot topic programs will be announced soon.

Wondering how to convince your boss? We’ve got you covered. Students and retirees—you get big discounts. (Looking for a printable listing of all the programs? We’ve got that, too.) New to the conference? Get ready to rock AALL 2018. In a few weeks, when everybody’s buzzing about the keynote speaker, the programs, and “the coolest city on the East Coast,” make sure that you’re part of the action.


Volunteering brings great people together—help make your Annual Meeting a success. Whether it’s registration bag stuffing, front desk check-in, collecting tickets for special events, assisting with library tours, or greeting attendees at the hospitality desk—we need you! Sign up and make a difference!


The AALL Business Meeting & Members Open Forum will be held Monday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m., during the AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so by June 25. 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, as well as 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.



  • Wednesday, May 23 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, May 18
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Spend an hour online with one of the nation’s leading experts on library safety and security. Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees on the dos and don’ts of handling challenging patrons who may disrupt the library. He offers practical and realistic tools which will make your law library a better, safer place to work. Enjoy Steve’s real-life experiences as a law enforcement officer, mixed with his use of humor. Learn safe workplace behaviors, security measures, and how to activate your “high-risk” customer service skills.


  •  Wednesday, June 13 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, June 8
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Join Leigh Estabrook, dean emerita at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, for a discussion on salary negotiation. The session will outline successful salary negotiation strategies and provide methods for determining value, as well as steps for ensuring that compensation is commensurate with performance. Concrete steps to avoid common salary negotiation pitfalls will also be discussed.

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


Are you one of the many librarians who self-identifies as an introvert? Are you tired of leadership training that just tells you to be more extroverted? Then this program is for you. Learn how you can become a better leader, while being the person you are. Don’t change yourself, change your awareness. The presenters discuss the difference between shyness and introversion, and present tips for overcoming some of the unique challenges that introverts face in leadership roles (not by telling you to change your personality type!). They also suggest ways to play on the unique strengths that you have as an introvert in leadership and provide practical suggestions for everyday use in connecting with co-workers.

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

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The keys to effective leadership are defined in many ways. One such key to leadership that is starting to gain momentum is GRIT. Angela Duckworth, the leading author on this topic, defines GRIT as “perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” This attribute of resilience and perseverance allows leaders to achieve their goals even when faced with adversity or failure. Utilizing GRIT in your leadership will permit you to be a more effective leader.

Below are some articles that introduce GRIT and leadership:

For more in-depth discussion 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.


  • David G. Badertscher was honored with the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
  • Femi Cadmus has taken on a new role as the Archibald C. and Frances Falk Rufty Research Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Information Services and Technology at Duke Law School. Cadmus previously served as the Edward Cornell Law Librarian and Association Dean and Professor of Practice at Cornell University Law Library.
  • Jean Mattimoe was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s May Librarian of the Month.
  • Raymond J. McKoski, adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, recently published the book Judges in Street Clothes: Acting Ethically Off-the-Bench. The book provides an in-depth analysis of the rules limiting the charitable, educational, religious, fraternal, civic, and law-related extrajudicial activities of state and federal judges.
  • Jeff B. Woodmansee, assistant professor of law librarianship research support and reference librarian, recently traveled to Katowice, Poland, to teach Researching Criminal Law at the School of U.S. Law at the University of Silesia, in a joint project that the university and three U.S. law schools (Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, University of Toledo College of Law, and UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law) participated in.

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, Katrina Miller, law librarian at Florida State University College of Law Research Center in Tallahassee, Florida, talks rediscovering the benefits of AALL!

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


  • Judith Albert Research Analyst; Burford Capital; New York, NY
  • Joshua Amundson Grand Forks, ND
  • Reginald Blanding Pro Libra Associates Inc.; Wenonah, NJ
  • Elizabeth Moranian Bolles Harris County Law Library; Houston, TX
  • Don Boman Electronic Resources Coordinator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York, NY
  • Rebecca Charnock Director, Research Services; Cooley LLP; London, England
  • Steven M. Cohen Librarian; EPIQ Systems, Inc.; Atlanta, GA
  • Anita Dandridge Technical Services Librarian; Jones School of Law Library; Montgomery, AL
  • Cindy Goodwin Research Librarian; McGuire Woods LLP; Charlotte, NC
  • April Ham Berkeley, CA
  • Heather Hershey Digital Projects Coordinator; William A. Wise Law Library; Boulder, CO
  • Keena Hilliard Portland, OR
  • Lee Howell Library Assistant; DLA Piper; Baltimore, MD
  • William Huggins Access Services Librarian; Stanford University; Stanford, CA
  • Elizabeth King Research Librarian; Harris Beach PLLC; Pittsford, NY
  • Maria Kuechler Knowledge Management Coordinator; Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss; Southfield, MI
  • Amy Kurlansky Reference Librarian; Hamilton County Law Library; Cincinnati, OH
  • Nicole Lemieux Librarian; Gunderson Dettmer, LLP; Redwood City, CA
  • Gretchen Lennon Enterprise Account Executive; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC
  • Anna Martin Harvard Law School Library; Watertown, MA
  • Jamie McIntyre Knowledge Services Director; Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP; Boston, MA
  • Justine Morgan Manager of Knowledge Services; Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP; Los Angeles, CA
  • Erin Page Law Librarian; Fastcase, Inc.; Washington, DC
  • Debra A. Pfeifer Analyst; Reed Smith LLP; Pittsburgh, PA
  • Margaret Purdy Law Librarian; Foley Hoag LLP; Boston, MA
  • Brandi Robertson Assistant Librarian; Homer M. Stark Law Library; Lawrenceville, GA
  • Robbie Sittel Government Information Librarian; University of North Texas Libraries; Denton, TX
  • Eric Sonnenberg Archivist for Legal Collections; Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Library; New Haven, CT
  • Kristen G. Toohey Law School Technology Consultant; Boston College Law Library; Newton Centre, MA