ALEX ON WHY SHE’S AN AALL MEMBER & WHY THE FOREIGN LAW SELECTORS MEETING IS A CAN’T MISS DURING THE AALL ANNUAL MEETING
Alex Zhang is the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Information Services, and Director of the Michael J. Goodson Law Library at Duke University School of Law.
WHY DID YOU JOIN AALL?
I joined AALL because I wanted to become a law librarian and believed that AALL would be a great forum to connect with other librarians. I was right!
WHY DO YOU STAY A MEMBER?
I started my first full-time law librarian job at the University of Michigan Law Library in 2009, and have stayed as an AALL member since then.
WHAT ONE MEMBER BENEFIT IS MOST VALUABLE TO YOU?
I value the opportunity to get to know and work with so many wonderful mentors and colleagues over the years on many different exciting projects and assignments.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY ASSOCIATED WITH AALL?
The first time I attended the Foreign Law Selectors meeting at the AALL Annual Meeting back in 2010. I remember I was so excited and quite intimidated during my first meeting. I enjoyed hearing many legendary Foreign, Comparative, & International (FCIL) law librarians talk about foreign and international law collection development in their respective libraries. Even today, the Foreign Law Selectors meeting is still the one meeting I would never want to miss during the AALL Annual Meeting.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Reading, watching TV, driving, shopping, and listening to Asian pop music.
WHAT BOOK(S) ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I am currently reading a Chinese translation of A Hundred Basics of Work written by Japanese author, Yataro Matsuura. (Here is a short interview about the author and his work and life philosophy.)
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL/VACATION DESTINATION?
Hawaii! And I would love to have an opportunity to visit Bangkok, Thailand, post-COVID.