Eugene on Strengthening our Profession Through Active Membership
Eugene Giudice is a Research Services Training Specialist at Dentons US LLP in Chicago, IL.
WHY DID YOU JOIN AALL?
I was fortunate that when I was in library school, I was mentored by Ruth Bridges of Schiff Hardin and she always saw the value in association work and encouraged me to join and continues to encourage me to be as active as possible. I also realized that the best way to meet people in any particular profession is to join a professional association. This is true whether you are new to the profession or an experienced person.
WHY DO YOU STAY A MEMBER?
I am reminded of a quote by Benjamin Franklin: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” I am absolutely convinced of the proposition that we are collectively, trustees of our profession and we owe it to the future law librarians and information professionals to leave them with as strong a profession as we can. Membership in AALL is one of the ways we can strengthen the profession.
WHAT ONE MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT IS MOST VALUABLE TO YOU?
For me, the networking opportunities my membership affords is the benefit that I value the most. It is not only the networking that goes on at the annual meeting but the fact that I can use the online member directory and reach out directly to another member with a question and be assured of a warm and prompt response is what keeps me an AALL member.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY ASSOCIATED WITH AALL?
My favorite memory is my first AALL conference which was held in St. Louis in 2006. I remember CONELL the best of all and received the very best advice about attending a conference from Cornell Winston. He encouraged us all to attend at least one session that was outside our normal job function. This has always made the conferences that I did attend a richer experience.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I am very active in the Knights of Columbus. In addition, I have done political volunteer work in Chicago. Now that the good weather is starting to break here in Chicago, I am looking forward to firing up my gas grill. I also enjoy any sort of outing with my wife Colleen, who has been very supportive of my work with AALL and has even attended two annual meetings with me.
WHAT BOOK(S) ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
I am working on a biography of Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. I also have a biography of Field Marshall William Slim. I am traveling to San Francisco in May and am toying with the idea of reading The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett to help set the mood. I also just purchased the autobiography of the actor Ernest Borgnine, so I look forward to starting that soon. I am also looking at a book entitled Five Came Back. It is the story of five film makers (George Stevens, John Huston, John Ford, Frank Capra and William Wyler) who made suspended their Hollywood careers to make films for the US War Department during World War II.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL/VACATION DESTINATION?
London, England has special meaning for me because of familial connections. I’ve been there seven times, but would never refuse a chance to return. I would also never say no to a trip to Canada, especially Quebec or British Columbia.