Jeanette on AALL’s Education Offerings, KnowItAALL, and Relaxing Lake Superior Vacations
Jeanette Woessner is Director of Library and Research Services at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL while I was working in a firm library and starting library school. My director encouraged me to join because she was active in AALL and saw the value in it for me. She was right. The education sessions and publications gave me a good grounding for my job and for my classwork.
Why do you stay a member?
Librarians are wonderful at sharing their successes and lessons learned, and AALL provides a great platform that helps me take advantage of that knowledge. Many sessions at the last few AALL annual meetings, especially the Private Law Librarians & Information Professionals (PLLIP) summits, inspired me to embrace the change happening in our profession and industry and gave me some ideas about how to do that.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The education sessions are extremely valuable. I also really like the new KnowItAALL email, which pulls together articles specifically about libraries and the law, but also includes relevant articles about leadership, technology, and career development. It’s become one of the emails I make a point of reading almost every day.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
My favorite memory is from the 2004 AALL meeting in Boston. I attended with many of my co-workers, and it was great to share what we learned over a wonderful meal at the Union Oyster House. It was also one of the first meetings where I felt comfortable approaching vendors in the exhibit hall. By that time, I knew enough about my job and my firm so I could have really productive conversations about how certain tools or products could be useful in our library.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
This summer I coached my 10 year old’s soccer team. The energy and enthusiasm those boys and girls have is so contagious (and maybe a little bit exhausting). During the summer I also love spending time growing tomatoes, corn, watermelon and other veggies in our little Minneapolis yard. In the winter, I love to research all the places we’ll go in the summer. I find planning vacations almost as fun as the actual trip.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
Is it too shocking to say that I haven’t read a lot of books lately? Since the beginning of the year we’ve subscribed to The Economist which I try to keep up with every week (but I don’t often succeed). I’m also reading Collins Beginner’s French Grammar and Practice in preparation for a trip to France for the 2019 World Cup. It’s a very relaxing read, which is why I need to start now. The last fiction book I read was When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. It’s an absolutely wonderful young adult book that my boys and I loved.
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
Any vacation destination is a good destination! One of my favorite destinations is Scotland. It’s such a great combination of history and fantastic outdoor activities. We host a Burns’ Supper every January, and that fuels our desire to return. Minnesota’s north shore on Lake Superior is a must-visit destination every year. Hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail and quick dips in the lake are relaxing for everyone.