AALL eNewsletter / October 2017

VOTE FOR AALL’S FUTURE LEADERS BY OCTOBER 31

The 2017 Executive Board Election is open—online voting for the next AALL vice president/president-elect and Executive Board members runs through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, October 31.

Members of the board represent you and your interests as law librarians. It’s important to make an educated decision, and we encourage you to learn more about the candidates before voting by reading 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 president-elect candidates forum and the executive board members candidates forum.

Vote today and help shape the future of AALL!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE 2018-2019 AMPC / FORM OPENS OCT 23

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Lend your talents and skills to the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) to make the 2019 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, a success. The AMPC is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, selecting, and guiding/curating the programs that our members need and want. Volunteer to help plan programming for AALL’s most important annual educational event.

The structure of the AMPC offers two different levels of involvement: content team leaders and content team members. A description of how the groups work together 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? The AMPC volunteer form opens Monday, October 23—watch for the announcement.

2018 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY / APPLY NOW

Discover how to build your personal leadership style while networking with your peers in this intensive learning experience designed to elevate your career with essential leadership skills.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • Legal information professionals with up to 10 years of experience

DETAILS

  • April 13-14, 2018
  • Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, IL
  • For Members only / $699
  • Apply by Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Limited to 45 participants

LEARN

  • Leadership models, concepts, and myths
  • Leadership styles and approaches
  • Strategies for difficult conversations
  • Core leadership values
  • Motivational leadership
  • Influence and workplace ethics

APPLY FOR AN AALL LEXISNEXIS 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, 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 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. 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. The research should be completed within one year and the final product should be published, sharing the results with our profession. Grants will be awarded and announced by the end of December.

AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY

MAKING THE MOST OF IT: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EFFICIENT IR MANAGEMENT

  • Wednesday, October 25 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Friday, October 20
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Managing an institutional repository (IR) can be an exciting and rewarding responsibility. In this webinar, colleagues experienced in IR management will discuss several challenges and present tips and tools they’ve used to successfully tackle them. Experts will discuss efficiency and output geared toward results, along with methods to get the most use out of information collected for IR—structuring it for multi-use purposes and approaches for getting crucial information from faculty authors. In addition, participants are encouraged to share instruments and methods they use to enhance the efficiency of their IR management.

BEYOND BITCOIN: WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN AND WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR LAW LIBRARIANS?

  • Thursday, November 16 / 11:00 a.m. (CST)
  • Register by Monday, November 13
  • Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60

Isn’t blockchain just for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? Actually, these distributed databases can do much more than track funds. Being resistant to change but also transparent, blockchains can be used to store all kinds of data, particularly legal data. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the basics of blockchain—what it is, how it’s created, and how it’s being used today. We will also explore how blockchains are incorporated into legal research and practice—from legal contracts to real estate transactions and authenticating documents.

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

AALL ARCHIVES POLICY REVISED

The Executive Board revised the AALL Archive Policy this past summer at the July 2017 Executive Board Meeting.

Material for the archives should be sent directly to the AALL Archive Contact at Headquarters, accompanied by a letter that briefly identifies the material and describes the activity to which it relates. Questions should be sent directly to archive@aall.org.

AALL RELEASES NEW MEMBERSHIP VIDEOS

AALL has added membership videos to our Membership page to help convey what the Association is and its value to the profession. You’ll find:

Where Legal Problem Solvers Go to Solve Problems

Welcome New Members

Who We Are

AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH

CUBAN LAW AND LEGAL RESEARCH: A SNAPSHOT DURING THE DESHIELO

Are you intrigued by recent relations between Cuba and the United States? Have you wondered where business relationships between the two countries will go? Do you have associates, clients, or students wanting to travel to Cuba? How do you help them with Cuban Legal Research? This AALL 2017 Annual Meeting panel discusses all of these topics. Jorge Piñon from the University of Texas at Austin, Marisol Florén Romero from Florida International University, and Teresa Miguel-Stearns from Yale Law School take you in-depth, providing great political and business insight into the legal research process for Cuba, including a straightforward assessment of the authority and reliability of legal research resources. The group also discusses possible future scenarios, including the state of Cuba today, events impacting transition in Cuba, and business challenges.

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

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FOR THE LEADER IN YOU

Great leaders have many attributes, but one stands above the rest: they are all highly trusted. Many leaders have a compelling vision, good communication skills, and effective management techniques. This does not necessarily mean, however, that their employees trust them. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest mistakes leaders can make is to assume that others will trust them simply by virtue of their title. Trust is earned, and it takes time. It can be a challenge, but ultimately, it creates a healthy, productive environment with high morale, output, and retention.

Here are some suggested articles on creating trust in the workplace:

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 shift to storytelling as a tool for leaders. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Valerie Aggerbeck.

MEMBER NEWS

  • Ann Lee was selected as the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s September Librarian of the Month.
  • Ronald E. Wheeler Jr. was a featured speaker at the Virginia Library Association/Virginia Association of Law Libraries joint conference in Norfolk, Virginia.

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.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

  • Stacy Anderson Operations Specialist; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP; Wheeling, WV
  • Loyd Auerbach Librarian Relations Consultant; LexisNexis; Martinez, CA
  • Eric Berg KM Research Analyst; Fox Rothschild LLP; Philadelphia, PA
  • Samantha Best Librarian; Dallas, TX
  • Amy Bruce Research Services Manager; Boston College Law Library; Newton, MA
  • Ana Delgado Legal Research Librarian; Suffolk University Law Library; Boston, MA
  • Randall Flaherty Special Collections Librarian; University of Virginia Law Library; Charlottesville, VA
  • Michelle Hopkins Law Library Associate; Brown County Law Library; Georgetown, OH
  • Sharon Kube Marketing; American Bar Association; Chicago, IL
  • Molly Lentz-Meyer Digital and Archival Librarian; University of Richmond School of Law Library; Richmond, VA
  • Ashley Matthews Reference Librarian; George Mason University Law Library; Arlington, VA
  • Kaia Olatunde Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian; University of California; San Francisco, CA
  • Nathan Pedersen Community Librarian; Deschutes Public Library; Bend, OR
  • Lisa Smilnak Digital Content & Special Collections Librarian; Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library; Cleveland, OH
  • Kasey Sorenson Research Manager; Chicago, IL
  • Rachel Triplett Law Librarian; Brown County Law Library; Georgetown, OH
  • LeShawn Turner Supreme Court of Oklahoma; Oklahoma City, OK
  • Nathifa Williams Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto, ON
  • Travis Wise Senior International Tax Counsel; Google Inc.; San Jose, CA