Debbie Ginsberg

Debbie on Committee Work and Games She Plays in Her Spare Time

AALL member Debbie Ginsburg

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 series.

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.