AALL EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUMS
Don’t miss out on learning more about your candidates for the 2017 AALL Executive Board election before voting opens on Friday, September 29. In preparation for the election, two candidates’ forums were scheduled. The forum for the President-Elect candidates will be held Monday, September 25 at 12:00 p.m. Central—register now. The forum for Executive Board candidates was held on Sepetmber 18. If you missed the forum, be sure to listen to the recording on AALLNET.
Members will also have the opportunity to ask a question during the forums via live chat. Holly Riccio, chair of the Nominations Committee, serves as moderator for the forums.
CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT
- Michelle Cosby
- Carol A. Watson
- 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
AALL SENDS LETTERS IN SUPPORT OF PRIVACY PROTECTIONS, OPEN ACCESS TO RESEARCH
AALL signed on to coalition letters to members of the House and Senate urging them to vote “no” on reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act if it is not significantly reformed. AALL has long raised concerns about this surveillance law permitting collection of international communications, but we have become more concerned about the privacy implications since learning that the government has been using the law to allow it to access and use the content of Americans’ communications without a warrant.
AALL also joined 13 national and regional library, publishing, funding, research and advocacy organizations in support of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (H.R. 3427 and S. 1701), which requires open access to the results of most federally funded research. The bills provide a mechanism to ensure that manuscripts of peer-reviewed scientific articles reporting on taxpayer-funded research can be freely accessed and used by members of the public.
View the letters on AALLNET.
AALL CONTINUING EDUCATION
EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Advance your leadership skills without leaving the office. Designed to help you excel and grow as a strong asset to your organization, this four-week online course will help you improve your effectiveness.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Department heads
- Solo librarians
- Anyone interested in improving his or her skills
- October 3-27, 2017 (live sessions will be held on October 3, October 10, and October 17 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT)
- Members $325 / Nonmembers $488
- Register by Friday, September 29
- Leading through change
- Leading through challenge and conflict
- Communicating brand value to key stakeholders
COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE FOUNDATIONS
Be the person who creates a competitive edge at your organization. Learn to establish and maintain a strategic competitive intelligence (CI) function in a law firm—from development to implementation—at AALL’s inaugural CI course.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Those looking to make an impact and expand library services
- Professionals interested in being key contributors in a changing and complex legal market
- Friday, October 27 / 9:00 a.m. (CDT)
- Sidely Austin LLP / Chicago
- Members – $450 / Nonmembers – $675
- Register by Monday, October 2
- Attendance is limited to 40 attendees
- Define core CI concepts, ethics, and legal basis for CI development
- Identify and define intelligence needs for establishing a CI function
- Leverage primary and secondary collection and use
- Implement a CI program
- Integrate a CI/business research with strategic intent
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
- April 13-14, 2018
- Hyatt Lodge / Oak Brook, IL
- For Members only / $699
- Apply by Monday, November 6, 2017
- Limited to 45 participants
- Leadership models, concepts, and myths
- Leadership styles and approaches
- Strategies for difficult conversations
- Core leadership values
- Motivational leadership
- Influence and workplace ethics
PROPOSE A PROGRAM FOR AALL 2018
The Call for Proposals for the 2018 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference is open through Monday, October 2. 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 2. 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 Baltimore accommodations–you won’t want to miss the 111th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference!
AALL WEBINARS / REGISTER TODAY
LIBRARIANS AS ESSENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE EDISCOVERY TEAM
- Thursday, September 28 / 11:00 a.m. (CDT)
- Register by Monday, September 25
- Members – Free / Nonmembers – $60
Librarians are well known for their problem-solving expertise and cost-saving research skills. Now, librarians are also effectively expanding their capabilities into the eDiscovery arena. A recent survey of 25 AmLaw 200 law firms highlights that eDiscovery is becoming even more vital as law firms assist with internal or regulatory investigations. This shift not only impacts firms, but also academia, courts, and nonprofits. Participants will learn how to communicate the value and unique skills librarians bring to the organization’s eDiscovery team, and what it takes to help your organization stay on top of rules and trends critical to eDiscovery work.
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.
Webinar programming is made possible through a partnership with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory US.
CALL FOR WEBINAR PROPOSALS
AALL invites you to contribute to a great community of experts by providing trends, best practices, and innovations on a broad range of topics that will inspire your colleagues across the profession. Send us your ideas for speakers or submit a webinar proposal.
Webinar ideas and proposals are now being accepted for winter and spring. Check AALL2go for a list of previously offered webinars.
AALL2GO PICK OF THE MONTH
AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2Go Pick of the Month:
Dr. Steven Bell, is known as a respected researcher and university librarian within the field. His qualifications include a PhD in Education, a long list of publications about teaching and technology, and several speaking engagements. In this webinar, Dr. Bell gives a comprehensive overview of competent leadership strategies, highlighting the importance of contacting Human Resources prior to hiring or terminating staff, and discussing the importance of stability, trust, and being reflective in a crisis situation.
Find this and many more continuing education programs and webinars on AALLNET.
- Michael Widener, rare book librarian at Yale Law School, has co-curated an exhibit with Grolier Club in New York titled “Law’s Picture Books.” The exhibit presents the law in an entirely new light, as an aesthetic realm quite different from our conventional view of legal texts.
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.
SPECIAL INTEREST SECTION NEWS
PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHOLARLY INTEREST SURVEY
Are you interested in resources for research and scholarship? The Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section Research & Scholarship Committee is conducting a brief, seven question survey of AALL membership to learn more about commonly perceived obstacles to research and scholarship, as well as the kinds of support that would assist and promote projects. The data collected will help the committee as they develop new ways to encourage scholarly endeavors.
- David Merkin spent his entire 36-year career at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in New York. He served in a number of roles at Shearman & Sterling, including library clerk and his more recent appointment as manager of research and information services. Merkin was an active AALL member, serving as a member of the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals Special Interest Section as both a member and speaker. He also served as a past president and chair of the archives committee for the Law Library Association of Greater New York. He was regarded and respected for his immense knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of U.S. and international practice areas, topics, and jurisdictions. He passed away September 8, 2017.
The AALL eNewsletter carries brief announcements of members’ deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to James Duggan, Law Library Journal editor.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
- Aya Asano KM/Training Specialist; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
- Elizabeth Bevington Reference Librarian; Utah State Law Library; Salt Lake City, UT
- Sean Coleman Client Success Manager; Intelligize; New York, NY
- Gillian I. Ellis Research Specialist; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
- Ariel Erbacher Research Librarian & Lecturer-in-Law; Cornell University Law Library; Ithaca, NY
- Maria Theresa Gardella Student; Clinton Township, MI
- Jeannine Gelpi Covington & Burling LLP; Washington, DC
- Sarah Hodo Competitive Intelligence Analyst; Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz; Birmingham, AL
- Joshilyn Hoisington Student; Kentwood, MI
- Steven Philip Kovalan Senior Analyst; ALM Legal Intelligence; Arlington, VA
- Raymond J. McKoski Adjunct Professor; John Marshall Law School ; Lindenhurst, IL
- Helen Mok Librarian; Parlee McLaws LLP, Calgary, AB
- Megan Molinaro Knowledge Management Research Specialist; Sedgwick LLP; Kansas City, MO
- Cassandra Patterson Reference and Outreach Services Librarian; Charleston School of Law; Charleston, SC
- Courtney Pinkard Jones School of Law Library; Montgomery , AL
- Maaike Ravesteijn Client Relations Manager; Bloomberg BNA; Washington, DC
- Aaron Jacob Retteen Texas A&M University School of Law; Tallahassee, FL
- James Riley Law Library Fellow; University of Arizona College of Law Library; Tucson, AZ
- Susann E. Rutledge Research Manager; Jackson Lewis P.C.; New York, NY
- Joanne Santino New England Library Manager; Nixon Peabody LLP; Boston, MA
- Karen Sawatzky Director of Legal Resources; Law Society of Manitoba; Winnipeg, MB
- Caitlyn Stephens Cataloging/Metadata and Resource Sharing Librarian; University of Washington Gallagher Law Library; Seattle, WA
- Julie Swanson Reference Librarian; Locke Lord LLP; Chicago, IL
- Liz Wallach Special Projects Manager; Bloomberg BNA; Arlington, VA
- James Ward National Account Executive; Thomson Reuters, Legal; Washington, DC
- Michael Whitlow Graduate Assistant University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign; Urbana, IL
- Oi-May Wong Research Analyst; Morrison & Foerster, LLP; New York, NY