AALL E-newsletter - December 2008

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James E. DugganThis December e-newsletter contains, among other items, information about a new Webinar, grant recipients, and new members that have joined AALL. As we close out 2008, I want to thank everyone for continuing to support AALL with your membership dues and contributions to grants, scholarships, and other programs that enrich the professional lives of law librarians. We are a better association because of all of you. During this magical time of year, please also be sure to think of those less fortunate, and lend a hand if possible. Have a wonderful holiday season, and have a peaceful and joyous New Year!

In This Issue

AALLNET Redesign Underway

Thank you to everyone who completed AALL's recent survey of your opinions about the future of AALLNET. More than 850 members submitted valuable information about what they like and don't like about the current Web site and, most importantly, about what they'd like to see on the new site.

The AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee met in Chicago yesterday to review the findings of and recommendations based on the AALLNET survey, interviews with AALL members, and questionnaires completed by committee members and staff. The recommendations included purchasing a content management system, improving member self-service resources, and implementing online communities, among others.

As we go forward, these findings and recommendations will determine the request for proposal (RFP) that AALL will send out to various Web site design vendors. We will continue to update you as the special committee makes progress toward the AALLNET redesign.

Economic Impact Survey

AALL has partnered with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) to take part in a study of how the current economic climate is affecting associations. About 3,000 randomly-selected AALL members will receive a survey from John Graham of ASAE (subject line: The Value of Associations in a Challenging Economy) asking how the current economic conditions will impact your decisions to continue membership, attend meetings, participate in education programs, etc. The survey will take place approximately December 8-January 16. The survey results will help AALL in prioritizing and budgeting current and future projects in the coming year.

If you receive the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it. The information will help your Association remain prepared and strong during these uncertain times.

Support Greater Government Transparency and Accountability

Support Greater Government Transparency and AccountabilityMore than a year ago, AALL Government Relations Office staff joined other open government advocates to begin a discussion on transparency recommendations for the next U.S. president and Congress in order to provide a new roadmap for openness in the federal government. Many AALL members also participated in the project through focus groups held around the country. The resulting report, "Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-elect Obama and Congress," was delivered to President-Elect Obama's transition team the day after the election. It includes more than 70 prioritized recommendations on issues relating to national security and secrecy, usability of government information, and how to create an environment for greater transparency.

Since the recommendations reflect AALL's Government Relations Policy on open government, we were among the first groups to sign on to the report. In addition, AALL's Government Relations Committee and Technical Services Special Interest Section, nine of our chapters (CoALL, GPLLA, LLOPS, NOCALL, SANDALL, SCALL, SFALL, SNELLA, and WestPac), and more than 75 individual law librarians have also endorsed it. The report will be published in January, so a few weeks remain for you to join your colleagues and speak out in support of greater government transparency and accountability.

Librarianship Named "Best Career" in 2009

Some welcome news is today's tough economy, U.S. News and & World Report last week named librarianship as a "Best Career 2009." The overview dispels the image of librarians as "mousy bookworms," reporting that librarians have become "high-tech information sleuths, helping patrons plumb the oceans of information available in books and digital records, often starting with a clever Google search but frequently going well beyond." Special librarianship in particular is named the field's fastest-growing job market.

January Webinar—Take the Lead: Journey to Authentic Leadership

2008 AALL Leadership AcademyPutting leadership learning into practice requires a commitment to the journey. Log in to Take the Lead: Journey to Authentic Leadership on January 29, from 12-1 p.m. (EST), to learn how 2008 AALL Leadership Academy fellows are taking what they learned and driving results at their institutions. This Webinar is free for AALL members.

Save the date for February's Webinar: C-ing is Believing—Next Steps for Library Success, on February 17.

AALL Announces New Continuing Education Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the latest AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program award recipients. Congratulations to the following AALL chapters.

  • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) for its upcoming program, Using CI to Stay Ahead of the Curvework. The program will cover the unique aspects of gathering competitive intelligence information and using the data to identify and spot future trends and upcoming legal issues.
  • Colorado Association of Law Libraries (CoALL) for its program, Spotlight on Your Career: Building Your Professional Network. The program will focus on using Web 2.0 tools, most notably social networking Web sites and blogs, to help build business relationships and establish and promote one's professional image.

Stay tuned for information about the next round of grants (deadline February 27).

2009 Annual Meeting Program Announcement Released

2009 Annual Meeting Preliminary ProgramStart planning your schedule for the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., with the Program Announcement, published as an insert in the December 2008 issue of AALL Spectrum. The announcement details the 66 programs and four workshops that will be offered July 25-28 in D.C. The four days of valuable educational programming will include:

  • "Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo…County, Court, Academic, Private—Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
  • I Want My Web 2.0: Lessons from the Web 2.0 Challenge Everyone Can Use (or "Get Your MySpace for Nothing and Your RSS for Free")
  • The 80/2050 Challenge: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Organizations' Impact on Climate Change
  • Running a Business: Practical MBA Solutions for Your Library
  • Taming Information Overload: Addressing Law Firm Current Awareness Needs

Executive Board Meeting Books Available Online

The AALL Executive Board meeting books are now available online in the Member's Only Section of AALLNET. Currently the 2008 fall meeting book is available. Future books will be added after the meetings.

Call for Nominations for 2009 AALL Awards

Law librarians are on the forefront when it comes to assuring access to legal information. AALL recognizes individual members and others who excel in that endeavor through awards highlighting their accomplishments. Recipients will be recognized at the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Be sure to send in your nominations for the following awards by February 1.

Get Ready for Your Close Up: A Day in the Life Photo Contest 2009

Charge up your camera battery and start scoping out the perfect shot. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest is coming up in February 2009.

2008 Day In Life WinnerDuring the month of February, AALL members will take a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries will be due by the end of the month, and they will be judged online by the membership in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in the July 2009 issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Visit the Day in the Life site for complete contest rules, photography tips, and to view the winning photos from 2005, 2007, and 2008.

Welcome New Members

AALL welcomes the following new members who joined our ranks in the last month.

Kristyna Carroll, Drexel University College of Law
Melanie C. Cofield, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research
Lily Hsu-Waren, Thomson Reuters, Scientific
Eugene D. Hsue, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Margaret Hutchinson, High Court of Australia Library
Margo Jeske, University of Ottawa Law Library
Haruka Kawanaka, Gakushuin University Law and Economics Library
Brian McCarthy, Round Table Group
Saskia Mehlhorn
Rachel Nelson, Holland & Hart LLP
Justin Robak, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Barbara Taylor, Scott County Law Library
Kate Vranich, The Research Investment, Inc.

Member News

Mark Estes is the new director of the Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library in Oakland, California. He was previously director of library services at Holme Roberts & Owen, LLP, in Denver.

Meg Kribble is now reference librarian, Anglo-American law, and outreach and community relations specialist at Harvard Law School. She was previously a reference librarian at Nova Southeastern University.

Read more AALL News from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections (or submit your own news) on AALLNET, and subscribe to the RSS feed.

Printing Error in December AALL Spectrum

You may have already noticed the printing error on the paper copy of the Members' Briefing in the December issue of AALL Spectrum. Due to a printer error, the file name appears over the text on all four pages; the online version of the Members' Briefing is correct. AALL Spectrum apologizes for the error. AALL staff worked with the printer to receive compensation for the error and to ensure that it does not occur again in the future.

Member Address Updates

In the next month you may notice slight changes to your street address in your AALL membership profile. AALL Headquarters is currently updating members' addresses in the Association's membership database to make them compliant with U.S. Postal Service codes. The updates to street address fields will allow mail to be delivered in a more timely fashion and reduce the chance of undelivered mail. Please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, with any questions or concerns.

Looking for a Speaker for Your Next Program?

The AALL Speakers Directory is a member-driven database that can help members locate speakers on particular topics. Members are encouraged to identify themselves or other persons as potential speakers.

Tell AALL Members about Your Upcoming Events

Spread the word about your upcoming events by posting them on the AALL Calendar of Events. Post business meetings, continuing education programs, and any other relevant events that are open to AALL members. You can even subscribe to the RSS feed, and new event postings will come to you.

Give the Gift of Opportunity

During this time of year as we hunt for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of your profession through one of AALL's many funds. AALL's scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you'll find a list of giving options along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.