AALL eNewsletter / September 2016

This edition of the eNewsletter contains a surprising array of new involvements, new initiatives, accomplishments, and exciting ways for members to get involved with our Association and our profession. Whether in helping to create educational programming for our 2017 AALL Annual Meeting in Austin, cosponsoring a conference to expand the conversation on the copyright of state legal materials, attending webinars, or seeking training on management skills; I am confident that there is something within AALL to spark your interest or aid you in your career development. It is AALL’s  goal to be THE destination for member education, enrichment, career development, and innovation. We have work to do to make our educational offerings the very best that they can be, but we need you and your ideas to help us get there.

I will be appointing five new special committees in the coming days to aid our Association in the achievement of our new Strategic Directions. This is work we cannot do without our best and brightest, and by that I mean you. I look forward to talking with members in the coming weeks about these new ambitious ideas. When I call on you, please do consider saying ‘yes’ to helping out.

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

AALL Executive Board Election Candidates Forums

AALL is pleased to offer a new opportunity to learn more about your Executive Board candidates in advance of the upcoming election. Members are encouraged to participate in the moderated Q&As by submitting questions during the forums.

Candidates Forum for Secretary and Board Members

September 26, 2016
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for Secretary

  • Luis Acosta
  • Scott D. Bailey

Candidates for the Executive Board

  • Beth G. Adelman
  • Katherine M. Lowry
  • Catherine M. Monte
  • Jean P. O’Grady

Candidates Forum for President-Elect

September 28, 2016
12:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register Now

Candidates for President-Elect

  • Kathleen (Katie) Brown
  • Femi Cadmus


  • Each candidate will make an opening statement
  • Each question will be posed to each candidate
  • Questions submitted in advance will be shared with the candidates
  • Forums will be recorded and available on AALLNET


  • Members are limited to one question each and will not be identified
  • Questions should be related to AALL, law librarianship, and a candidate’s work experience
  • Questions can be submitted via live chat during the forum

Additional Resources

Read the Q&A with candidates from the July/August issue of AALL Spectrum and the candidate biographies and statements on AALLNET.

AALL Welcomes New Librarian of Congress

Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden was sworn into office on September 14, 2016, before hundreds of guests, including AALL President Ronald E. Wheeler Jr., in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson building in Washington, DC. Speaker of the House Paul D. Ryan provided welcoming remarks and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath of office. In her remarks, Dr. Hayden said, “The Library is one of the greatest gifts and legacies the Congress has given to the American people.” AALL congratulates Dr. Hayden and looks forward to working with her as the new Librarian of Congress.

Propose a Program for AALL 2017

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through October 3. Inspired by the program ideas AALL members shared this summer, the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) compiled a list of “must-have” program topics that AALL members have identified as being vital to their professional education. Get valuable speaking and/or program development experience and make an impact on your profession.

Propose a program! Explore the Information for Program Proposers section of AALLNET, and use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by October 3. The AMPC will evaluate all proposals using a comprehensive rubric focusing on their relevance and description. We look forward to receiving your proposals.

Mark your calendars and book your housing–you won’t want to miss the 110th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!

Keynote Speaker Announced for Copyright Conference

Copyright expert Corynne McSherry will keynote the
National Conference on Copyright of State Legal Materials, cosponsored by AALL and Boston University School of Law, on December 2, 2016. McSherry is the legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), specializing in intellectual property, open access, and free speech issues. Her policy work includes leading EFF’s effort to fix copyright (including the successful effort to shut down the Stop Online Privacy Act, or SOPA), promote net neutrality, and promote best practices for online expression. McSherry was named one of California’s Top Entertainment Lawyers in 2015. Register now for this special opportunity to hear from McSherry and learn about current topics in state copyright law.

Complimentary AALL 2016 Session Recordings Now Available

At this year’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference in Chicago, attendees gathered to learn, network, and share knowledge. As an AALL member, you can now access the educational session recordings, whether you joined us in Chicago or not. Take advantage of this complimentary member benefit–ways to “make it new” are just a few clicks away.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

How to Create a Positive Culture in Your Law Library (Whether or Not You’re a Manager)

Led by three extraordinary librarians, this program from the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting is valuable in the ongoing quest to develop the best and most positive workplace environments for ourselves and our colleagues. The program includes examples from those who have successfully fostered and/or created positive workplace cultures and provides an opportunity for everyone within an organization to be part of shaping the overall workplace culture. Consider listening with others and think about what opportunities you have to explore the skills that contribute to a positive culture in your library.

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

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AALL Webinars | Register Today

Telling the Story of Research: Altmetrics at Pitt

  • Thursday, September 22 | 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
  • Register by Monday, September 19
  • AALL Members – Complimentary; Non-members – $60

As scholars face increasing pressure to document the impact of the research they publish, libraries are perfectly positioned to apply their strengths with organization, metadata, and online systems to give their research communities new insights from alternative metrics. In this webinar, participants will learn about new tools that measure a wide range of impact from traditional citation counts to faster, broader indicators of social impact. Discover how the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has integrated Plum Analytics with its institutional repository to help legal scholars at Pitt document their total output, demonstrate the impact of their work, and tell the story of their research.

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.

Save the Date | AALL Management Institute

The 2017 AALL Management Institute will be held March 30-April 1, 2017, at the Palomar Hotel in Chicago. Providing participants with the opportunity to build management skills, the Management Institute fosters a collaborative environment with colleagues from different library types, working in small group settings, to develop techniques to manage with confidence. Additional information is forthcoming.

For the Leader in You

“If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on/It outlives me when I’m gone.” – George Washington (Hamilton)

One of the most important traits of strong organizations is a well thought-out transition plan. A good transition plan will include documentation, a succession plan, and an idea of who will perform the duties of leadership when the present leadership steps down. This is important whether the organization is volunteer or for-profit. Success as a leader can be measured partially by how well you ease the transition to new leadership.

Here are some suggested articles on transitioning 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 leadership for introverts. Have a suggestion or request for a topic? Please email Becka Rich.

AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program

Do you have a fall program that you need help funding? Applications for the AALL/Bloomberg BNA Continuing Education Grants Program are now being accepted through October 19. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL entities are encouraged to apply. Submit a proposal today! Visit grants program FAQs for more information.

Member News

Pauline Afuso was featured in an article on Minnesota Lawyer’s website, which focuses on her dedication to serving the public at the Washington County Law Library.

Amy Eaton has joined the Perkins Coie LLP team as director of library and research services. In her new role, Eaton will provide strategic direction and oversight for a comprehensive, centralized library structure being implemented at the firm. She previously served as library manager for Perkins Coie Seattle.

Sarah Glassmeyer was honored by the American Bar Association Magazine as a 2016 Legal Rebel for her work studying how government publishes law.

Professor J. Denny Haythorn has been honored by Whittier Law School by renaming its law library, Haythorn Law Library. Haythorn, who is retiring after 39 years of service, was Whittier Law School’s longest serving employee. In 1976, he established the original law library at the Hancock Park campus in Los Angeles, which served as a key component in the school gaining American Bar Association accreditation.

Jean P. O’Grady (author Dewey B Strategic) was recognized as a Legal Rebel trailblazer and featured in a Legal Talk Network podcast for leading lawyers through the current tech frontier.

Rosamond Parma, the first female president of AALL, has been inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame.

Marielena Fina was selected as the AALL Diversity Committee’s September Librarian of the Month.

Several AALL members spoke at ILTACON (International Legal Technology Association’s annual conference) last month demonstrating the impact law librarians and legal information professionals have when it comes to expanding beyond traditional library duties and embracing technology. In addition to the members attending the conference, the following AALL members spoke:

  • Julie Bozzell Chief Research and Knowledge Services Office; Hogan Lovells (Finding a Needle in a Haystack with 21st-Century Expertise Systems)
  • Marlene Gebauer Director of Knowledge Solutions; Greenberg Trauig (Learning to Prosper Using the Client Data You Already Have)
  • Katherine Lowry Director of Practice Services; BakerHostetler LLP (The Social Collaboration Tools Making a Meal Out of Email)
  • Anne Stemlar Director of Research and Knowledge Services; Goodwin Procter LLP (Using Competitive Intelligence to Improve Strategies and Decision-Making)

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.


Mortimer D. Schwartz served as the director of the law library and professor of law at the University of California at Davis School of Law from 1965 to 1991, when he retired. After serving in WWII in the U.S. Navy, he obtained his JD from Boston University in 1949, and his Master’s degree in law in 1950. He received his MLIS in 1951 from Columbia University. A prolific legal scholar, he co-authored and co-edited several books on a variety of subjects: space law, legal ethics, children’s rights, pollution law, environmental law, legal history, and law library administration. When he began his career at Columbia University, he was one of only twelve law librarians in the U.S. who had degrees in both law and librarianship. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards and held many leadership positions including: AALL’s Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award (1995); AALL Hall of Fame inductee (2010); founding president of the Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (1958-59); president of the Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (1968-59); and served on AALL’s Executive Board (1966-69). He passed away on September 10, 2016.

Lee Warthen served as law librarian and adjunct professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City, UT, until his retirement this past May, having spent 30 years at the institution. A longtime and active member of WestPac (Western Pacific Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries), he received the 2014 WestPac Distinguished Member Award for his exceptional service to the profession. Warthen was also active in several special interest sections (SIS) including: Foreign, Comparative & International Law SIS, Legal Information Services to the Public SIS, and Legal History & Rare Books SIS. He passed away on September 10, 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

  • Kate Cauley Media Center Coordinator; New York University Law Library; New York, NY
  • Alex Ferguson Texas Tech University School of Law Library; Lubbock, TX
  • Joel Frozena Library Manager; Keker & Van Nest LLP; San Francisco, CA
  • Ian Green New York University Law Library; Brooklyn, NY
  • Richard Harrell Trinity Central Coordinator; Trinity Law School; Santa Ana, CA
  • Jessica Haught West Virginia University College of Law; Morgantown, WV
  • Lisa Heidenreich Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Saint Paul, MN
  • Marsha James Librarian; Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; New York, NY
  • Keith Lacy Austin, TX
  • Anne LeCard New York County District Attorney’s Office;  New York, NY
  • Eric Molitor Eagan, MN
  • Annalee Moser Law Library Fellow; Brigham Young University; Provo, UT
  • Christi Osterday  Outreach & User Experience Librarian; Sullivan University; Louisville, KY
  • Katerina Pringis Research Assistant; Barry University School of Law Library; Orlando, FL
  • Sean Saxon Head of Technical Services; University of San Diego;San Diego, CA
  • Lillian Steuben Law Librarian; Dickinson Wright PLLC;  Detroit, MI
  • Katherine Sweeney New York, NY
  • S. K. Van Poolen University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL
  • Rita Young-Jones Law Librarian; K&L Gates LLP; Chicago, IL
  • Jamie Zagata Sales Manager; The New York Times; New York, NJ