Julie on Networking with Smart, Hardworking, Interesting, Fun, and Fantastic People
Julie Krishnaswami is the Head of Research Instruction & a Lecturer in Legal Research at the Lillian Goldman Law Library with Yale Law School.
Why did you join AALL?
I joined AALL as a lawyer when I was considering getting my MLS. It seemed like a good way to learn about the profession. And from this vantage point, I was about to observe the profession from the sidelines before changing the direction of my career.
Why do you stay a member?
As an academic law librarian, being an AALL member is a no-brainer. Also, it’s the connection to the other AALL members.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
The network of people—law librarians are smart, hardworking, interesting, fun, and fantastic people. We are connected through AALL committees, events, and the Annual Meeting.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I have a few. Hanging out with George Taoultsides during our CONELL bus ride. The Law Library of Congress and the Experience Music Project parties at the Annual Meetings were amazing. I will also cherish the memory of my former director, friend, and mentor Blair Kauffman receiving the Gallagher Award: his image juxtaposed with Mick Jagger and his gracious acceptance of the award!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I’m a working mom so I don’t have much time outside of work. I love sleeping; reading; watching TV (currently I’m watching Nurse Jackie now that Game of Thrones is on hiatus); sewing (I am currently making a quilt); swimming; spending time with my daughter Willa; and walking my dog. I’m also an artist in my spare time so anytime I can work in my studio is magical.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I typically read several books at once: My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante (bedtime fiction). Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids, Laura Markham (I’m always trying to improve my parenting skills). Specifications Grading, Linda Nilson (professional reading—I’m trying to redo the assignments/grading in my ALR class). Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, Gina Arnold (travel book – its a 33 1/3 publication about one of my favorite records and it’s super small so it fits easily in my bag and I read it when I’m on the go).
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
I’m actually not crazy about traveling: I love my home and I dislike air travel. That said, I’ll take any place with a beach or poolside with my book. I really love the National Parks, and especially like the historic lodges and hotels of Yellowstone and the Tetons.