AALL eNewsletter / October 2016

As I navigate the various involvements, events, and activities coming my way as AALL President, I am increasingly impressed by how much every aspect of what the Association does is dependent on the time, commitment, and expertise of our members, YOU. I encourage everyone to get involved and stay involved. That means, first and foremost, you must vote in the AALL Online Election by October 31st. We also have numerous webinars forthcoming and a super-exciting National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials that my home institution, Boston University, is co-hosting with AALL on the banks of the Charles River. Also, consider registering for the 2017 AALL Management Institute which, at this point, has prepared a whole generation of librarians on management skills. It always gets rave reviews!

There is a lot going on, but I encourage you to stay engaged, stay informed, and make use of the valuable resources that AALL provides for you, our members.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas. Feel free to reach out to me anytime at wheelerr@bu.edu.


Vote for AALL’s Future Leaders by October 31

AALL urges all members to vote in this year’s Executive Board election. There’s still time for you to help shape the future of the Association and vote for the next AALL vice president/president-elect, secretary, and Executive Board members. The elected members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians.

We have a slate of dedicated members who have agreed to be on the ballot and, if elected, commit their time and talent to moving our profession forward.

Online voting is quick and easy and runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, October 31. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates’ backgrounds and views from their biographies and statements, as well as the Q&As with the candidates featured in the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum. You can also listen to the recordings from the vice president candidates forum and the secretary and Executive Board members candidates forum. Once you’re ready to vote, log in with your email address and your unique voting PIN.

If you already voted in this year’s online election, thank you for your participation. If you haven’t yet voted, please do so—just a few minutes of your time makes a difference for your Association!

Register Now | National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials

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!

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: Library Privacy Laws and Drafting a Privacy Policy

Privacy continues to be a hot topic, both in and out of libraries. This program from the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting is a primer for creating a privacy policy for your library. This program features a thorough overview of privacy law by Sarah Lamdan, while Julie Jones covers issues relating to privacy in government libraries and the types of information that may implicate privacy concerns. Rachel Gordon closes out the program by discussing how to create a privacy policy customized to your library. This program is a great starting point for those thinking about privacy issues in the library, and what can be done to protect our patrons’ privacy interests.

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

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AALL Webinars | Register Today

Teaching Technology in Legal Practice: Insights and Evolution

  • Thursday, October 27 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, October 24
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

Teaching technology in a legal practice course doesn’t have to be daunting. Join Christina Glon as she shares insights from Emory’s successful Technology in Legal Practice course. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to implement your own course and evolve ideas for the future. This program will also feature concrete examples of successful implementation and how participants can easily add them into their own course, and will provide insight to firm librarians on what precisely law schools are teaching students about technology.

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 by submitting issues you’d like to see addressed during the webinar.

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

AALL Management Institute | Register Now

2017 AALL Management Institute

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

Managers today need skills that will help them manage effectively and produce results. From transforming libraries and nurturing staff for new roles and responsibilities to developing a strategic plan for the library to building partnerships, law library managers have a lot on their plates. The AALL Management Institute provides managers (including aspiring managers) the opportunity to build management skills, collaborate with colleagues from different types of libraries, learn in a small group setting, and develop techniques to manage with confidence.

For the Leader in You

Many of the traits that are associated with leadership, such as charisma, having a wide social circle, and commanding the center of attention tend to be associated with extroverts. Introverts often possess a quieter, calmer disposition which, while different, can be just as effective. Introverts are people who need alone time to recharge. Following are some resources on leading for introverts. Introverts will learn more about how to be great leaders; extroverts will learn how to work more effectively with an introverted leadership style.

Here are some suggested articles to help you learn about introverted leadership:

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 fostering creativity. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

Member News

Rhea Ballard-Thrower has been appointed associate professor and executive director of Howard University Libraries. Ballard-Thrower previously served as associate professor and director of the Howard University School of Law Library.

Jennifer Dalglish has received the Oregon State Bar President’s Public Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the bench and bar by individuals who are not members of the Oregon State Bar. Dalglish will receive the award on December 8th during the Bar’s annual awards luncheon.

Yolanda P. Jones was featured on the Law Librarians of Congress’s In Custodia Legis blog where she discusses the influence of libraries throughout her life, roles along the way, and gratitude for her colleagues.

Holly Riccio has been selected as a member of ILTA’s (International Legal Technology Association) Information Management Content Coordinating Team for 2017.

Michael Widener shares Yale Law School’s collection of rare Italian law books—the largest outside of Italy, and the subject of a current exhibition.

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.


Robert “Bob” Kelly Sr. was a former law library director and associate professor for the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up in Chicago, he initially attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake for seminary school. However, as he neared the end of his schooling and was preparing to become a priest, he became severely ill with tuberculosis and was deemed too ill for priesthood. A priest then advised him to look into a degree related to libraries. He received his master’s in library sciences from Rosary College, now Dominican University, before pursuing a law degree from DePaul University, where he was working as a librarian. Kelly became the director of DePaul University’s Law Library in 1950. In 1973, he became the law library director at Creighton, where he stayed until his retirement. He passed away on September 28, 2016.

Jennifer S. Murray was the deputy juvenile court administrator for the Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Her academic accomplishments were extensive, and included a JD from Arizona State University and an MLS from the University of Arizona. An AALL member since 1998, she was a member of the State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section (SIS) and the Research Instruction & Patron Services SIS. With a career spanning 18 years, Murray’s career in law included positions with the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Southern California, Greenberg and Traurig LLP, Arizona Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, where she worked until month prior to her death. She passed away on July 29, 2016, after a ten year battle with cancer.

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

  • Stephanie Chavez Law Librarian; Yolo County Law Library; Citrus Heights, CA
  • Sara DeCamp Library Assistant; Littler Mendelson, P.C.; Kansas City, MO
  • Dana DeFebbo Web Services Librarian; University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research; Austin, TX
  • Tracy Eaton Southlake, TX
  • Christine Ford Seattle, WA
  • Mark Frongillo Medford, MA
  • Anna Gault Technical Services Librarian; Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library; Columbus, OH
  • David Haendler Philadelphia, PA
  • Keslie Kandt Denver, CO
  • Victoria Levy Reference Librarian; McGuireWoods LLP; Richmond, VA
  • Laura Mancini Director of Library Services; Oakland County Law Library; Pontiac, MI
  • Julia Messina Library Systems Assistant; Balch & Bingham LLP; Birmingham, AL
  • William Monroe Media/Instructional Technology Librarian; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, LA
  • Elizabeth Osborne Information Specialist; Wahab Public Law Library; Virginia Beach, VA
  • Maya Swanes Seattle, WA