AALL E-newsletter - August 2008

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James E. DugganYour August e-newsletter is chock-full of information, including announcements about professional opportunities and resources, a call for advocacy on funding for the Law Library of Congress, our announcement of the ALA/LCA Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship, and a reminder of the upcoming application deadline for the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program.


In This Issue

An Energizing Meeting

David PogueAALL's 101st Annual Meeting gave attendees the chance to feel energized about their profession, explore new possibilities in law librarianship, and evolve in their careers. Beautiful Portland, Oregon, provided a backdrop for nearly 2,000 attendees to choose from among more than 70 educational programs and workshops packed into four days. Keynote speaker David Pogue, technology columnist for The New York Times, enthralled the audience during the Opening General Session, as he predicted the new gadgets and gizmos that will change our lives. And the Exhibit Hall showcased products from 112 information vendors.

AALL took progressive steps this year to "green" the conference, lessening the negative impacts of the event on our environment. Registration bags made of recycled materials included a refillable water bottle to use in place of disposable cups at the water stations; print-on-demand kiosks for handout materials featured double-sided printers and post-consumer recycled paper; plastic name badges were collected and recycled; and much more.

Photos from the 2008 meeting are now available on AALLNET. Look for more Annual Meeting wrap-up and program reviews in the upcoming September/October issue of AALL Spectrum.

Take Action and Help Ensure Funding for the Law Library of Congress

The AALL Washington Affairs Office needs your immediate help to ensure passage of H.R. 6589, the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act, to increase funding for the Law Library of Congress. By taking action, you can help to ensure that our nation's Law Library of Congress becomes the great law library that legal researchers, members of the public, and Congress deserve!

This bill, which AALL and the American Bar Association (ABA) have been working toward for many years, will authorize a one-time, additional $3.5 million for the Law Library of Congress and its own separate line item in the federal budget beginning in fiscal year 2010. H.R. 6589 will also establish the Charles H.W. Meehan Law Library Support Program, which will allow outside funding to be raised and provided to the law library for new enhanced services, such as interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery.

Please contact your House representative now to ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 6589. It is especially important that you contact your representative if he or she is on either the Committee on House Administration or the House Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch. Please see our Action Alert for a sample message and contact information for committee members. As always, thank you for your help!

New Edition of the Price Index Now Available

The AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, 5d. is now available in the Members Only Section of AALLNET.

This year's Price Index includes 2007 pricing information for more than 500 titles. The table-based report also includes details for the mean cost of titles and percentage increases over previous years for serial publications, legal periodicals, loose-leaf services, commercially published court reporters, and supplemented treatises.

The purpose of the Price Index is to provide members with comparative information about past price changes in order to help with budgeting and collection development decisions. In gathering information for the Price Index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. If a publisher declines to do so, its pricing is not included in the Index. Thomson West pricing is not included in this edition, as the company declined to provide pricing information.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee for its work on this edition.

Attend the Concluding Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds Webinar

AvatarA legal community is developing in virtual world Second Life. Discover the innovative implications of such virtual worlds for the library services profession through the concluding session of Law Librarians in Virtual Worlds. Beginning in April 2008, participants in this free, self-paced AALL/BNA-sponsored online workshop have explored the opportunities and challenges inherent in using Second Life to build a virtual presence for their libraries.

To be held August 27, the final seminar of the series will report on participants' projects, usage statistics, and lessons learned, and present conclusions about the usefulness of Second Life to law librarians. Speakers will include coordinator Kate Fitz, public services librarian at Sacramento County Public Law Library, and other interested workshop participants. Register today to reap the benefits of participants' findings.

Apply for Funding for Your Next Educational Programming

The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program gives funding to assist AALL entities in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming. Grants assist with funding speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or Webinars. Applications for the next round will be accepted until September 5.


September 5—Proposals due to AALL Headquarters
September 8-19—Review of proposals
October 1—Announcement of funded grants
June 2009—Deadline for expenditure of funds.

Watch for announcements of future grant application deadlines.

Editor Needed for SIS News on AALLNET

Want to help provide AALL members with the inside scoop on the Association's special interest sections? Apply to become AALLNET's "SIS News" editor.

The "SIS News" editor reports on the latest happenings in AALL's special interest sections, such as major events, new programs, and local leadership success. Previously located in AALL Spectrum, these postings are now listed on AALLNET for members' convenience.

If you would like to assist AALL in keeping members updated on SIS activity, please send a writing sample and cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position to Kate Hagan, AALL executive director, by September 12.

Candidates Sought for Law Librarian of Congress

The Librarian of Congress has begun a nationwide search for qualified candidates for the position of Law Librarian in the Library of Congress. Learn more about this important leadership position at the job posting.

2008 Joint Study Institute Brings Together Law Librarians from around the Globe

The 2008 Joint Study Institute (JSI), "Harmonization and Confrontation: Integrating Foreign and International Law into the American Legal System," was held at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., on June 25-28.

2008 Joint Study Institute The JSI was a great learning and networking opportunity for all participants. Attendees shared overwhelmingly positive feedback on the JSI programs and speakers, as well as the tours and fabulous dining experiences. Many have expressed continued excitement and interest in the topics covered and anxiously await JSI 2010. For a glimpse into the JSI, check out event photos on AALLNET.

New Members Appointed to Nominations Committee

The AALL Executive Board appointed three members in July 2008 to serve on the 2009-2010 AALL Nominations Committee, the body that chooses the candidates for the Executive Board elections:

Kathy Carlson, Wyoming State Law Library
Joyce A. McCray Pearson, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library
Frosty Owen, Hunton & Williams, Richmond, Virginia

They will commence their two-year terms on January 1. They join continuing members Chair Sandra Marz of Washoe County Law Library, Reno, Nevada; Alison F. Alifano of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, New York; Karl T. Gruben of St. Thomas University Law Library, Miami Gardens, Florida; and Donna S. Williams of the California Court of Appeal-6th District, San Jose. The continuing members will serve their terms until December 31, 2009.

Next summer, the seven-member committee will present a slate of suitable candidates for the 2009 elections to the AALL Executive Board. They will choose two candidates to vie for the position of vice president/president-elect, two to run for treasurer; and four candidates to contend for two open seats on the Executive Board. In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates who reflect the diversity of AALL's membership, thus ensuring that the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders, and minorities.

For more information about the nomination process or to propose possible nominees for the 2009 elections, please contact Sandra Marz, chair of the 2008-2009 Nominations Committee.

ALA/LCA Scholarship Honors the Memory of Bob Oakley

Last year, the library community lost one of its most distinguished members when AALL Washington Affairs Representative and Georgetown University Law Library Director Robert L. (Bob) Oakley died unexpectedly.

Bob OakleyIn Bob's honor, the American Library Association (ALA) and the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) have created the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship. With your generous support, we can provide an annual $3,000 scholarship to support advanced study for librarians on intellectual property, public policy, and copyright issues and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. We anticipate the first Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to be awarded during the ALA 2009 Annual Conference.

Donations can be made online at ALA or mailed care of the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship Fund, American Library Association, Attn: Development Office, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611.

Gift Acceptance Policy Adopted

At the July 2008 Executive Board Meeting, an AALL Gift Acceptance Policy was approved. Developed to ensure that all gifts and contributions are structured most appropriately to benefit both the donor and AALL, this policy establishes evaluation standards for all gifts, as well as a formal process for carrying out the evaluation. If you have any questions in regards to the policy, please contact Executive Director Kate Hagan.

Continuing Education Online: Technical Issues and Practical Matters

How are law librarians using Web 2.0? What are the biggest changes and challenges in legal technology? Catherine Sanders Reach, director of the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center, provides a brief update on current issues and advances in legal technology in her videotaped November 2007 program, Technical Issues and Practical Matters: A Law Librarian Q&A on Legal Technology. The program includes information about the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center and how ALA is using the latest legal technology on its Web site.

To access this and other free continuing professional education programs, log on to the AALLNET Members Only Section and click on CPE Audio/Video Broadcasts under Membership Benefits on your personal page.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 100, Number 3

Law Library JournalThe Summer 2008 issue of Law Library Journal (LLJ) was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features a centennial timeline of LLJ by former editor Frank Houdek that highlights events, actions, and individuals that have played prominent roles in the journal's history. Other article topics include the future of print collections in a digital age, an annotated bibliography of legal education and technology, a five-year statistical analysis of AALL job placement listings, and an evaluation of Wikipedia's usefulness in academic settings.

Mark Your Calendar: Professional Legal Management Week, October 6-10

Professional Legal Management Week (PLMW) provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

2008 PLMWAALL members are encouraged to plan and promote events for the week. The Professional Legal Management Week Web site includes resources to help you set up events, including a fact sheet, suggestions for planning events, a flyer, logos, and advertisements. You can also learn about an upcoming free Webinar on creating an environmentally friendly office, to be held September 23 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Coming out next month, ALA is publishing the second edition of Professional Legal Management Week Magazine, which includes AALL member Barbara Cornwell Holt's article, "The Role of Law Librarians in the Professional Development of Associates."

Get Your First Pick for Hotel Rooms in Washington, D.C.

InnovateLooking forward to conferencing with colleagues in our nation's capitol next July? Get your pick of hotel rooms while supporting AALL by booking your housing in advance for our 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C. As displayed on our map of AALL hotels, each official conference hotel is conveniently located within walking distance from the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.

By making your reservations through the AALL housing desk, you are helping to increase AALL's value in negotiating future Annual Meeting and Conference business. Book online today to secure a first-choice room!