AALL eNewsletter / November 2016

AALL EDUCATION SURVEY / CLOSING TOMORROW!

How can you maximize your value to your organization? How can you best anticipate your stakeholders’ needs and move them to the next level? The answers to these questions evolve over time, and so must AALL’s educational offerings. In order to shape learning opportunities that address your needs, we need your input. You are invited to participate in a survey and share the topics and focus areas that affect you most—in your workplace and in your professional growth. This anonymous survey will close this Friday, November 18.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2017-2018 AMPC BY DECEMBER 5

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Lend your talents and skills to the 2017-2018 Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Please volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together on the AMPC is available on the committee profile. Serving on the AMPC is a valuable experience that will help you develop leadership and program planning skills while working collaboratively with new colleagues. Interested? Please submit your application by Monday, December 5.

FORTHCOMING LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL CHANGES

As experts in the evolution of legal information to digital formats, the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee was charged with proposing a sustainable model for the continued publication of Law Library Journal without compromising its role as a well-respected scholarly journal.

As announced in April’s eNewsletter, at its spring meeting the AALL Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Law Library Journal Review Special Committee to offer increased functionality and shift primary access to the digital edition of LLJ. The changes will provide an invaluable resource to members while reducing costs and environmental impact, specifically:

  • As part of our continued partnership with HeinOnline, Law Library Journal will include 20,000+ active links to cited content that is part of the HeinOnline collections (some exclusions apply).This enhancement will be available to all AALL members via the access point on AALLNET.
  • With Vol. 109, No. 1 (Winter 2017), Law Library Journal will be delivered to members in digital-format via an email announcement as soon as each digital edition is available online. The Journal will continue to be published in print; members who wish to continue receiving print edition may subscribe at the discounted rate of $35 per volume year ($90 savings).

More information about how to subscribe to the print edition and the HeinOnline enhancements will be coming next week.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

ASK THE EXPERTS: TOUGH QUESTIONS AND ESSENTIAL LESSONS ON PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 28
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

The complexities of personnel management cut across all types of libraries and impact staff at all levels of the profession. Whether you are just starting to manage student workers or have supervisory responsibility for an entire multinational firm’s library personnel, this program is for you. Three librarians with significant management experience in government, law firm, and academic settings will share best practices and valuable lessons for personnel management. Jump start the discussion—ask the experts by submitting questions you have about personnel management ahead of the webinar.

TAMING THE EMAIL BEAST: KEY STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING YOUR EMAIL OVERLOAD

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, December 12
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Every day, managers and professionals are getting buried under a continuing stream of both useful and useless email. Without a system for getting “control of the beast,” professionals spend much of their work (and personal) time spinning wheels and feeling highly unsatisfied. Learn a proven system for taming your email account, with strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and under control by building and administering a personal “email infrastructure.” This webinar will provide ways to eliminate quick, useless emails once and for all, as well as how to mitigate much of that annoying junk and spam. In addition, get technical tips for more efficiently managing your email using market-leading software like MS Outlook and/or Gmail. This webinar will be the first of a three-part series on productivity.

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

REGISTER NOW / ONLINE ADVOCACY TRAINING

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CST)

Wondering what the results of the election will mean for law libraries? Register now for AALL’s upcoming online advocacy training, “Advocates and Influencers: How Law Librarians Can Impact the New Congress and New Administration.” Learn about what to expect from the political landscape of 2017, how you can help promote AALL’s policy priorities, and what strategic opportunities will raise your profile to decision makers at the federal level. Registration is free for AALL and chapter members.

COPYRIGHT CONFERENCE / REGISTER NOW

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COPYRIGHT OF STATE LEGAL MATERIALS

  • Friday, December 2, 2016 / 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Boston University School of Law
  • Register by Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Registration is $75

AALL and Boston University School of Law are pleased to host a first-of-its-kind conference on the copyright of state legal materials. We invite you to join other legal information professionals, policymakers, and copyright experts to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and to discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain.

The National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials will feature keynote speaker Corynne McSherry, lunch speaker Sarah Jeong, and a full slate of copyright experts on three panels: legal status, operational issues, and advocacy and inspiration. Panelists include librarians, law professors, technologists, and practitioners. Register today to reserve your spot!

AALL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE / REGISTER NOW

DEVELOPING AND LEADING MANAGERS TO SUCCESS

  • March 30-April 1, 2017
  • Palomar Hotel / Chicago, IL
  • Register by February 3, 2017

The AALL Management Institute will help you become equipped to manage effectively and produce results. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn skills to build partnerships, develop a strategic plan, engage staff for high performance, learn conflict resolution strategies, and much more. Hone your management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different library types, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence. Registration is first-come, first-served. Participation will be limited to 50 people for this event.

APPLY FOR A RESEARCH GRANT BY DECEMBER 1

AALL’s LexisNexis Research Grant Jury is accepting applications through December 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.

Established in July 2000, the annual grant funds large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. If you have an upcoming research project that you think may benefit from this grant, access the complete guidelines and apply. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH: ROMAN LAW, ROMAN ORDER, AND RESTATMENTS

Marylin Raisch, associate law librarian for Internationals and Foreign Law at the Georgetown University Law Library, along with professor emeritus Timothy Kearley, University of Wyoming, and Angela Spinazzè, ATSPIN consulting, discuss the rich and historic journey of understanding an esoteric aspect of the law from the Justinian Code to the Restatements. This program provides a special opportunity for legal information professionals to enrich their deep knowledge of the Restatements from extensively knowledgeable speakers.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Being creative is fundamentally about advancing change, as well as being innovative and inspiring. Leaders are often faced with the challenge of implementing change and garnering support and approval of that change. The real challenge lies in being creative when your well is dry. Below are some helpful resources on fostering creativity.

Following are several articles on creativity and leadership:

Still haven’t read enough about creativity and leadership? Check out these books:

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 how to avoid being passive-aggressive. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

MEMORIAL

Susan Levinkind was a legal librarian for California Rural Legal Assistance and the Superior Court of San Jose, until her retirement, when she became known as “the lesbian tax mom” to more than 100 clients. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, she received her library degree from Columbia and a JD from Western New England College of Law. A life-long activist, she participated in Vietnam War and antinuke protests, as well as environmental, anti-racist, and feminist organizations. She also was active in promoting lesbian visibility. She passed away on October 29, 2016.

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

WELCOME NEW AALL MEMBERS

  • Brittany Adams Special Collections, Digitization, and Archival Resources Law Librarian; Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law; Chicago, IL
  • Alyson Atkins Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP; Greensboro, NC
  • Nancy Bellafante Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Philadelphia, PA
  • Daremy Butler Baton Rouge, LA
  • Alex Ferguson Texas Tech University School of Law Library; Lubbock, TX
  • Julie Hall Administrative Director of Training, Technology, and Support; California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.; Marysvile, CA
  • Catherine Hester Public Services Law Librarian; University of Mississippi School of Law; University, MS
  • Anastasia Housley Tucson, AZ
  • Kelly Johnson Circulation Supervisor/Faculty Liaison; Boston University; Boston, MA
  • Gail McDonald Reference Librarian; Fordham University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Aizul Ortega Technical Services Supervisor; Travis County Law Library; Austin, TX
  • Shara Parkomaki Librarian/Director; Ashtabula County Law Library; Jefferson, OH
  • Marie Robb Academic Account Manager; Thomson Reuters; Eagan, MN
  • Robert Rodriguez Redondo Beach, CA
  • Michelle Tsoi Murray Nova Southeastern University; Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Lisa von Wiegen Lexington, KY
  • John Yanchak Wheeling, WV