AALL E-newsletter - September 2008

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James E. DugganSeptember is a time for change, as leaves begin to change color and eventually fall, schools start back, and we anticipate a new season filled with challenges and possibilities. Please "check out" the possibilities listed in this September e-newsletter, and happy fall!


In This Issue

AALL Online Elections Coming Up

AALL Online ElectionsThe AALL Online Election is fast approaching. AALL needs people to be on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote. Please take this opportunity to learn about the candidates' backgrounds and views from the biographies and statements posted on AALLNET.

We will open the polls for voting on Monday, October 27. Online voting is fast and easy, but members who wish to receive a paper ballot may do so upon request to Christopher Siwa, Web administrator, 312/208-8030, by Monday, October 20.

Here is the election schedule:

  • October 27: Ballots distributed electronically to all voting members.
  • December 1: Deadline for receipt of all ballots at AALL. Ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

GPO Seeks Comments from FDLP Community

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is developing a new strategic plan for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), focusing on how it will look in 10 to15 years. The AALL Washington Affairs Office and Government Relations Committee (GRC) encourage all law libraries that participate in the program to submit comments, which will be incorporated into discussions at the upcoming fall meeting of the Depository Library Council in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20-22.

Directors of federal depository libraries should have received a letter from Acting Superintendent of Documents Richard G. Davis asking for comments on the value of the FDLP in a mostly electronic environment. Please respond to this letter by September 30. The letter is available on the GPO Strategic Plan Web page, as the first item under "Related Links."

Please also forward your comments to GRC Chair Steve Mirsky. Committee members will use your input for future efforts on FDLP issues to ensure that your concerns are fully addressed.

New York Times Article Highlights the Loss of Federal Electronic Government Information

In his front-page article, "In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion," published September 13, Robert Pear of the New York Times succinctly describes the challenges of preserving online federal government information. The article captured a key concern raised by AALL in a letter to Congress last April about the National Archives and Records Administration's decision to not harvest agency Web sites at the end of the Bush administration. Pear also quoted AALL Acting Washington Affairs Representative Mary Alice Baish and her worry that huge amounts of information from the past eight years will disappear when a new administration is sworn in next January. Read more about the article in AALL's Washington Blawg.

Twenty Essentials for the Effective Speaker

Do you need to present to key stake holders, engage your audience, get buy-in for your idea or project, or all of the above? Prepare for your presentation by attending the Twenty Essentials for the Effective Speaker Webinar on October 23 at 12 p.m. EDT. Registration opens September 22.

Tracy Everett, southwest regional client relations manager for Littler Mendelson, brings more than 20 years of experience in business development and marketing for professional service firms to the Webinar. A certified trainer in effective presentation skills, she has presented to attorneys and other professionals in a wide variety of industries.

2008 Annual Meeting Educational Videos Available on AALLNET

The following 2008 AALL Annual Meeting programs are now available in the CPE Audio/Video Broadcasts section in the Members Only Section of AALLNET:

  • A-2: The Evolving Role of Law Librarians with Self-Represented Litigants
  • A-4: International Law and the Evolving Knowledge Society
  • C-1: Conflict Resolution--In Search of the Holy Grail: "Your Mother Was a Hamster and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries!"
  • C-4: Official but Not Authentic: The Future of Electronic Legal Information
  • G-4: The 4th E: The Environment and Law Libraries
  • K-4: Marketing Your Library: Exploring New Technologies to Create Evolving Newsletters that Energize Your Patrons

These videos are available for a limited time, so don't miss the opportunity for continuing education on AALLNET.

Customer Service Training Offered Online

Excellent Customer Service @ Your Law Library is a Web-based, interactive customer service program that provides an alternative training method for new staff, paraprofessional staff, and others who work at public service desks within law libraries. It is a basic course on customer service, with additional tips on legal advice in the law library. Don't forget to do the survey when you have completed the program.

This program was made possible by the AALL/BNA Continuing Professional Education Grants Program and Washoe County Law Library, with assistance from Sierra Nevada Community Access Television.

AALL Selects Leadership Academy Fellows

AALL Leadership AcademyCongratulations to the 35 AALL members selected to attend the 2008 AALL Leadership Academy: Cynthia Bassett, John Beatty, Alicia Brillon, Bret Christensen, Whitney Curtis, Jennifer Davitt, Marin Dell, Catherine Dunn, Cheryl Fischer, Eugene Giudice, Cameron Gowan, Deborah Hackerson, Edward Hart, Maggie Hobden, Paul Howard, Robert Hudson, Diana Jaque, James Kelly, Laura La Rose, Theresa (Tracy) Leming, Sarah Mauldin, Teresa Miguel, Melanie Oberlin, Elizabeth Outler, Sara Paul, Jessica Randall, Ryan Saltz, Courtney Selby, Christine Sellers, Monica Sharum, Aperna Sherman, Matthew Steinke, Amy Taylor, Candle Wester-Mittan, and Annmarie Zell.

These budding leaders will convene in the Chicago area October 3-4 to learn the self-awareness and strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession. Stay tuned for information about the AALL 2009 Leadership Academy.

PLMW Hosts Webinar on Greening the Legal Profession

PLMWProfessional 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.

AALL members are invited to attend the free Webinar on creating an environmentally friendly office, to be held September 23 at 2 p.m. EDT. The session will offer "green tips" for the myriad of services that legal professionals provide in their organizations. Register today!

2009 Annual Meeting Scheduling Begins Now

Innovate The Annual Meeting Program Committee is hard at work reading 182 program proposals in preparation for the selection meeting in Chicago this weekend, September 19-20. The committee will contact those who submitted proposals by early October. Program selections and descriptions will appear in the Program Announcement in the December issue of AALL Spectrum.

Next week a letter will be mailed out to all committee, SIS, and caucus chairs; chapter presidents; and affiliate groups, outlining the agenda for the 2009 conference, including scheduling forms for your meetings and functions in Washington, D.C.

Scheduling forms are due at AALL Headquarters by November 1 to ensure that your meetings and events are listed in the Preliminary Program that mails with the March issue of Spectrum.

Grant Money Available for Research that Supports Law Librarianship

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grants Program. A single grant of up to $5,000, or multiple grants totaling $5,000, may be awarded. The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research and scholarly agenda of the profession of law librarianship. The application deadline is November 3.

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 educational programming. Grants assist with funding speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or Webinars. Applications for the next round will be accepted until November 7.


  • November 7: Proposals due to AALL Headquarters
  • November 10-21: Review of proposals
  • December 4: Announcement of funded grants
  • September 2009: Deadline for expenditure of funds.

Watch for announcements of future grant application deadlines.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2009-2010 committee volunteers. Committees carry out AALL's Strategic Directions of leadership, education, and advocacy, which in turn drives our professional future. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Deadlines: If you are volunteering for the Annual Meeting Program Committee, please submit by October 31. All others, please submit by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate-volunteer today.

Read the New AALL Spectrum Blog

AALL SpectrumAnother blogger recently joined the ever-expanding blogosphere-AALL Spectrum's very own Editorial Director Mark Estes. Check out the new AALL Spectrum Blog and start a conversation about one of the articles in the newest issue of Spectrum. Mark hopes to hear from you soon.

Continuing Education Online: Take the Web 2.0 Challenge

What is Flickr? How are libraries using wikis? What is Second Life? The AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section offers an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The Web 2.0 Challenge provides a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians by directing them in hands-on use of these technologies.

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.

LLAW Members Publish Article and Book Chapter

Two members of the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin (LLAW) have been busy publishing. Bev Butula's article "Online Options for Researching Attorneys" was published in the Wisconsin Law Journal on August 11.

Amy Bingenheimer authored "Convergence: Information, Technology, and Training in Today's Law Firm Library," Chapter Five in How to Manage a Law Firm Library: Leading Librarians on Providing Effective Services, Managing Costs, and Updating and Maintaining Resources (Inside the Minds), April 2008, Aspatore Publishing, ISBN: 9780314991805.

Read more AALL news from caucuses, chapters, committees, members and special interest sections on AALLNET.

Tell AALL Members about Your Upcoming Events

You can share information about your future business meetings, continuing education programs, and any other events that would interest fellow AALL members in the AALL Calendar of Events. The calendar allows members to learn about events that chapters, special interest sections, committees, and caucuses are putting on. If you have any suggestions or comments about the calendar, please send them to the Continuing Professional Education Committee.

AALL's 100-Year History Detailed in New Book

AALL CentennialAs part of the AALL Publications Series, William S. Hein and Company recently published FIRST CENTURY One Hundred Years of AALL History, 1906-2005, by Frank G. Houdek. The 240-page book tells the story of what happened between the time that AALL first met in 1906, with 10 in attendance, to its 2006 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, where about 3,000 individuals gathered to participate in the Association's centennial celebration. It highlights, on a year-to-year basis, many of the key moments and individuals that comprise AALL's first century.

Tell Us Your Thoughts on Vendor Relations

AALL is conducting a short survey to learn AALL members' opinion about vendor relations. The survey will be sent Monday, September 22, on behalf of Penny Hazelton (AALL President, 1990-91), who was recently retained by the Association to evaluate the desirability and feasibility of creating a permanent AALL vendor relations representative position. Please take time to complete the survey, as your opinion is very important and will help in the evaluation process.

AALL's Salary Survey - We need your opinion!

The Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee is gearing up to work on the 2009 AALL Biennial Salary Survey and seeks your ideas and feedback to make next year's survey even more useful to you. Law librarians' compensation is not only important to us as professionals, but also to the economic health and viability of our staffs, libraries, and to the continued growth of our profession. So let's start a conversation about the AALL Salary Survey with the Law Librarian Compensation Listserv (Comp Chat). We want to hear how the current Salary Survey works for you and how we can make the next survey even better. Subscribe today.