Kathy on becoming more involved after 25 years of membership and what Annual meeting keynote is her favorite AALL memory
Katherine Taggart, Senior Research Services Librarian, Lowenstein Sandler LLP in Roseland, New Jersey
Why did you join AALL?
I started working at a regional office of a national firm and it was expected that you join. I had started becoming involved in my local chapter (NJLLA) and was encouraged to join AALL and attend the conference. My first AALL Annual Meeting was Indianapolis in 1994.
Why do you stay a member?
I can’t imagine my professional life without AALL. The people that I’ve met, the programs and support, it’s all so valuable to me. Who better to understand our issues, our frustrations, and triumphs? More than ever, we need the umbrella of support that AALL provides. Just recently, I’ve become more active in PLLIP after being a member for 25 years. No matter when you start, AALL offers many opportunities to develop yourself professionally and personally.
What one membership benefit is most valuable to you?
I would say the AALL Annual Meetings have been overall the most valuable to me. More recently, I’ve found the webinars to be fantastic— lots of great timely topics at no cost to members.
What is your favorite memory associated with AALL?
I have so many AALL memories, most of which involve me and fellow NJLLA friends scouting out the exhibit halls, the programs, the vendor events, the Fastcase house (legendary). I think my standout memorable moment was the Bryan Stevenson keynote in Austin 2017—so inspiring and riveting. I will never forget it.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy being with family and friends and traveling. When those aren’t as possible, I like to do jigsaw puzzles and play card games and board games. Less enjoyable but on the list is ushering my teenager through the college process.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’ve been catching up on the latest releases of my favorite mystery authors —Louise Penny, Jacqueline Winspear, and Elizabeth George. I’m also reading Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow and have Algorithms of Oppression lined up next.
What’s your favorite travel/vacation destination?
I don’t usually travel to the same destinations. That being said, I really love Europe and would go anywhere there in a heartbeat. For local travel, the Jersey Shore (Long Beach Island) is an all-time happy place to be, at 5:00 p.m. on the beach.