Anne on taking advantage of her local chapter
Anne Lucke is the Law Librarian at the National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado. Anne has been a member of AALL since 2005.
Why did you join AALL?
This year is my 10 year anniversary as an AALL member! I joined as a student and then my employer paid for me to become a full AALL member and to attend the annual conference the summer after I graduated. It was a great way to meet other law librarians and to learn about law librarianship.
Why do you stay a member?
Our local chapter, CoALL, is a big reason why I continue to be a member of AALL. I enjoy the opportunities to learn and socialize with law librarians from around our region. I’m a member of the brown bag committee, which works to bring educational opportunities to our local chapter. The Native Peoples Law Caucus has also been a valuable experience. I’ve met some wonderful law librarians in my specific field of Indian Law through this group.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The educational opportunities are excellent. Whether attending the annual meeting, viewing a webinar, or reading Spectrum, I always learn something new from AALL.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
While I always enjoy meeting new people at the annual meeting, it is also a fun way to reconnect with my Colorado colleagues. One of my favorite memories is dancing to 80s music with a number of Colorado law librarians at the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Reading, of course, and watching documentary films. I try to attend a couple film festivals each year. I also like to attend music festivals and concerts and I love to travel both locally and further afield.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Our CoALL book group recently read The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. It was an interesting take on how humans organize information and it was especially fascinating to discuss it with law librarians. I’m currently reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
Colorado is a beautiful and I love to explore the state whenever I can. That said, there are no beaches in Colorado… Last fall I took a trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico and had a wonderful time visiting the island. The most amazing experience was kayaking after dark on the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay. Tiny dinoflagellates live in the water and glow in the darkness, making the water sparkle; dipping a paddle or your hand in the water creates a beautiful blue, glittering light. We were able to see a shark and a stingray as well as thousands of fish as the microorganisms around them made them glow.