Carol Bannen

Carol on AALL as a lifeline

AALL member Carol Bannen

Carol Bannen is the Director of Information Resources at Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, S.C., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Why did you join AALL?

I started out in an accounting firm library and although I did tax research I didn’t know anything about law when I was hired as my firm’s first librarian.  AALL was my lifeline as I made my way.  The education and networking AALL provided to me then and throughout the years has been invaluable to me and my career.

Why do you stay a member?

Although I have been a law librarian many years it doesn’t mean I don’t need help to stay current.  AALL offers me wonderful CE opportunities throughout the year and at the conferences.  Sometimes I think I learn the most at the exhibit hall checking out all the new products.  The discussion groups are really helpful.  The best thing is the ability to network with my peers.

What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?

The most valuable membership benefit is having the ability to talk to law firm librarians all over the country to compare notes and get advice.

What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?

My favorite memory was when the law librarians in Wisconsin joined together and became a chapter of AALL.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

My husband and I enjoy traveling, only a few US states are left to visit.  I exercise, sing in a choir and read a lot.  I am also enjoying my four young grandchildren.  Being a grandparent is fabulous.

What book(s) are you currently reading?

I just finished One Size Never Fits All by Dr. Arin Reeves (who spoke at the PLL Summit this year) and am hooked on the Louis Penny Inspector Gamache mystery series.

What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?

Every summer since I was a child we have gone “Up North, to the Lake” as you say in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  That continues to this day with our extended family.  We head to a lake place near Minocqua WI.  It is a week to relax, unplug and connect with family that no one misses.