Jason Zarin is a reference librarian at Georgetown University Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and joined AALL in 2009. He has a varied background, earning his JD in 1998 from the University of Southern California and then working for the U.S. Department of Justice and a couple law firms. He earned his MLS from the University of Texas in 2011.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL as a student member in the summer before I started at the University of Texas so that I could attend the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in DC. I was eager to start networking and learn as much as I could about the profession I was entering into. I was also very interested in taking advantage of the numerous educational opportunities the AALL makes available. Finally, the career listings were invaluable when I started looking for a job!
Why do you stay a member?
I have found AALL and the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) to be very useful resources for keeping current on legal research tools and instruction and improving my teaching skills. I've used several recent articles from Law Library Journal
in the classes I teach. I'm also involved in several ALL-SIS committees and task forces - an opportunity that has enabled me to meet and work with law librarians from all across the country while striving to improve law students' research skills.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The Annual Meeting lectures and the educational webcasts the AALL makes available. I attended the day-long Legal Research Teaching Academy workshop at this year's Annual Meeting, and it was extremely rewarding. I'm looking forward to integrating the tips and ideas from the presenters and the other attendees into the advanced legal research course I'm teaching this fall.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I'm featured in the Most Humorous "Day in the Life" photo from 2011. Okay, it’s one of the finalists, but at least *I* think it's the funniest.