Debbie Ginsberg is the Educational Technology Librarian at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Library. She has been a member of AALL since 2002, and has presented at nearly every Annual Meeting conference since 2005. She has served as Chair of CS-SIS and currently serves on the AMPC Committee.
Why did you join AALL?
My membership was a perk I received when I started at Chicago-Kent. I was told I’d get to meet other law librarians and learn more about how law librarianship worked. I joined CS-SIS at the same time to connect with other librarians interested in using and learning about the latest law library technologies.
Why do you stay a member?
AALL has provided me countless occasions to connect with other librarians for education, professional relationships, and friendship. Through CS-SIS, I’ve had many opportunities to
develop my teaching and leadership skills.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
Everyone says the Annual Meeting and that’s true. But if I was going to choose the second most valuable benefit, I’d say the free webinars.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I’ve learned a lot serving on the AMPC committee. I’ve presented many times, but being on the committee taught me a lot about how AALL’s programming works “behind the scenes.”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I like to play games, from word games, to complex board games, and even old fashioned paper-and-pencil RPGs. I’ve also been crocheting a lot of “kitty” hats and giving them to my friends (or my kids steal them).
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I listen to a lot free audio books from my local library because my commute is an hour - drive, walk, train, walk - and I can get a lot of “reading” in. The Oak Park Public Library offers all kinds of audio books from classics like Jane Eyre
, to non-fiction like The People’s History of the United States
, to new books like Here I Am
. Right now, I’m listening to the Game of Thrones
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
If I’m travelling on my own, I’d have to say Paris - for the art, food, and great sights everywhere. For traveling with my kids, nothing beats Boston for being educational and kid-friendly. I’d love to take them back to New England again.