JoAnn Hounshell - January 2014

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Call Nominations for the Chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents

It is hard to believe, but it is time to elect the next Chair! If you are a current Chapter President whose term will end by October 31, 2014, you are eligible to run for the position of Chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents. Please send your nominations to me at Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 14th and self-nominations are encouraged.

More information on the Role of the Chair can be found on AALLNET, and I am happy to talk to anyone about my experience.

Chapter Summit Update

Soon each chapter will receive an invitation to participate in the AALL Chapter Summit scheduled for Friday, July 11 in San Antonio. The invitation will include a short survey. Please be sure to return the survey, as this will help the Chapter Summit Planning Committee ensure that this meeting meets the concerns and interests of your Chapter.

The facilitator and key speaker will be Mark Levin. Broad themes that Mark will help us to explore include: establishing strategic alliances, mentoring future leaders, recruitment/retention/engagement, and emerging opportunities for chapters and libraries.

Chapter Registration Awards for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting

Each Annual Meeting, AALL underwrites one free full registration for ten chapters. This year chapter registration awards go to AALLUNY, GPLLA, LLAGNY, LLAM, LLNE, LLSDC, NJLLA, SEALL, WPLLA. Chapters receiving awards are typically notified in February and have until April 1 to select a recipient.

Traditionally the award is presented to newer members of AALL who meet whatever other guidelines that are set by the awarding Chapter. Recipients are recognized in the Awards Brochure.

Chapter Visits

Chapter visits are a great way to network and show off your chapter. It is not too late to consider scheduling a Chapter visit for the spring season. AALL will pay the visitor's travel expenses, so the visit is usually at no cost to your Chapter. You will benefit by having a wonderful speaker and staying connected to the AALL Board. Simply fill out the chapter visit request form and return it to Kim Rundle at least 8 weeks in advance of your chapter's event. Information on policies and procedures for chapter visits can be found on the Chapter Visit page on AALLNET.

AALL Awards Reminder

Just a reminder, the call for nominations for AALL awards has gone out to the membership. Please look at the full list of AALL Awards and consider nominating an individual, library or group for one of these important awards. The deadline for most nominations is February 1, 2014, but check the description, criteria and application information for the appropriate award to be certain. Recipients of the AALL Awards will be recognized at the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

Local Advocate Lobby Day

Don't forget that The AALL Government Relations Office's second-annual Local Advocate Lobby Day is scheduled for March 27, 2014. The Lobby Day is free of charge for all AALL members and Chapter members. Please email Elizabeth Holland at with any questions or to register by March 1.

AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant Winners

AALL congratulates the following AALL entities on receiving an AALL/Bloomberg Continuing Education Grant:

  • Law Library Association of Maryland for the program: Road to Justice: A Symposium on Access to Justice
  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries for the program: SEAALL Institute: Bloom Where You're Planted
  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries for the program: 2014 NOCALL Institute: Navigating Rough Seas: Charting a Course for Success.

Mark your calendars and alert your members that the next deadline to submit an application is February 7, 2014. The AALL/Bloomberg grants program is open to AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee!

Please encourage you chapter members to volunteer for an AALL Committee. The deadline for submitting the AALL Committee Volunteer Form is February 14. Members can help ensure that the Association continues to move forward by being active participants in AALL.

2014 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

Registration for the 2014 AALL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX will open in February. You can find out all there is to know about the Annual Meeting here.

AALL continues to offer any nonmember registering for the Annual Meeting a free one-year membership to the Association.

Just a reminder, make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. Conference hotel rooms are going quickly.

JoAnn Hounshell
Chair of the Council of Chapter Presidents 2013-14