AALL E-newsletter - February 2009

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James E. DugganIt’s almost spring, and AALL is gearing up for a number of events that commemorate law librarianship. This February e-newsletter contains details on several activities that highlight our profession, including the March Webinar on AALL membership, our new Twitter groups, a soon-to-be launched online continuing education Web site, and several announcements about the 2009 Annual Meeting. I am pleased to note that Jonathan Zittrain, the just-announced Annual Meeting keynote speaker, has been featured on the Colbert Report.

  • Tools for Success in Today's Economy
  • AALL Members Receive Free Access to CALI Lessons
  • $50 AALL Member Appreciation Discount for 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference
  • AALL Announces 2009 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker
  • Super Size Your AALL Annual Meeting and Conference Registration
  • Government Printing Office Releases Federal Digital System (FDsys)
  • March AALL Webinar: Guided Tour of Your AALL Membership
  • 2009 AALL Management Institute Participants
  • Member News
  • Ready, Set...TWEET!
  • Coming Soon: Ed2Go @AALLNET
  • AALL Seeks Vendor Liaison
  • Nominations Committee Calling for Executive Board Nominees
  • AALL Co-Sponsors China Conference
  • Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant
  • Government Relations Award Deadlines Extended
  • Day in the Life Photo Contest Closes Next Week
  • Last Call for Papers
  • Attend the Annual Meeting with an AALL Grant
  • Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Still Open
  • New Look for LLJ
  • AALL Members Get 50 Percent Discount on Computers in Libraries Conference
  • Welcome New Members

Tools for Success in Today’s Economy

In response to the U.S. recession and its impact on law libraries, AALL has created a wiki of resources to help you succeed in today’s economy. On the wiki you will find:

  • Tips for operating your law library with a tight budget
  • Advice on negotiating contracts with vendors
  • How to interview effectively for your next job
  • And much more

AALL members can add material to the wiki, so we encourage you to use the resources and share others that will help your friends and colleagues in law librarianship.

AALL Members Receive Free Access to CALI Lessons

I’m pleased to announce that AALL is now providing members free access to the full set of online lessons hosted by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). Written by expert law professors and law librarians, CALI lessons have long been a valuable supplementary learning aid for law students seeking to master course material. With more than 600 lessons covering 32 legal subject areas, these online learning opportunities feature a variety of interactive formats that make for an engaging, effective user experience. All lessons are regularly reviewed and revised to ensure quality and currency.

Although the CALI suite was designed with the educational needs of law students in mind, law librarians in both academic and non-academic settings may find that many lessons are particularly useful as refreshers, or as an entertaining introduction to a new, unfamiliar legal subject. New librarians with no prior legal background will find CALI lessons particularly helpful: the suite includes various lessons that provide the novice legal researcher with a thorough introduction to important materials.

I encourage all AALL members to utilize this valuable resource, particularly those new members with little or no exposure to legal research. You can access the CALI lessons through the Members Only Section of AALLNET.

Thanks to Penny Hazelton, professor of law and associate dean for library and computing services at the University of Washington’s Gallagher Law Library, for proposing this collaboration with CALI.

$50 AALL Member Appreciation Discount for 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference

AALL wants to help during these tough economic times. Members who register for the 2009 Annual Meeting and Conference in Washington, D.C., by March 31 will receive an additional $50 Member Appreciation Discount off the already reduced early registration rate. Registration opens February 26. Register by March 31 and save up to $150!

AALL Announces 2009 Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker

Internet cyberlaw scholar and author Jonathan Zittrain will provide the keynote address at AALL’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Zittrain is a professor of law at Harvard Law School and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Previously, he held the Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University and was a principal of the Oxford Internet Institute. He was also a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law and Stanford Law School.

Drawing on generative technologies like Wikipedia that have so far survived their own successes, Zittrain offers ideas for developing new technologies and social structures that allow users to work creatively and collaboratively, participate in solutions, and become true "netizens." His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

Super Size Your AALL Annual Meeting and Conference Registration

This year when you register for the AALL Conference, you can pre-order the complete set of all 66 educational program recordings and the keynote speaker address in downloadable MP3 format for just $99 (members) or $149 (non-members). MP3 CDs will also be available for $199 (members) or $299 (non-members). This collection of educational content is valued at nearly $800! The special discounted price will not be available after the Annual Meeting, so be sure to pre-order with your registration.

Government Printing Office Releases Federal Digital System (FDsys)

Earlier this month, the Government Printing Office (GPO) announced the release of the Federal Digital System (FDsys), GPO’s new digital system that provides access to government information from all three branches of government. At this first launch, FDsys contains more than 154,000 documents and many convenient features, including the ability to download metadata. While currently in public beta testing, FDsys is scheduled to replace the antiquated GPO Access in mid-2009.

During the past year, AALL and our members have provided support and feedback to GPO in the development of the new system. In May 2008, Mary Alice Baish testified before the House Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch in support of GPO’s $21.2 million request for FDsys, which was a significant portion of their Fiscal Year 2009 Appropriations Request. In addition, many AALL members offered their comments in small focus groups with the FDsys team at the AALL Annual Meeting in Portland and more recently at GPO’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. We are pleased that the FDsys developers implemented many of our suggestions, including numerous improvements to the actual design of the Web site and the option of searching by citation.

While FDsys is in public beta testing, we encourage you to explore the site, test the search capabilities, and think about improvements you would like to see. Please send your comments to the FDsys team at pmo@gpo.gov.

March AALL Webinar: Guided Tour of Your AALL Membership

So you’ve joined AALL (or are thinking about joining)—now what? Your Association has many membership benefits, services, and opportunities for you to explore. This free Webinar on March 17, from 12-1 p.m. EST, with help you navigate the landscape, learn how to make the most out of your membership, and introduce you to new members like yourself. Get a jump start and join us on a guided tour of your membership. Register by March 13.

2009 AALL Management Institute Participants

I am happy to announce the following members, who will develop the skills they need to manage with confidence at the AALL 2009 Management Institute March 19-21 in Tampa, Florida:

Elizabeth Adelman, Lorelle Renee Anderson, Sarah S. Bennett, Shari Berkowitz, Susan Boland, Kathleen Brown, Amy E. Burchfield, Femi Cadmus, Michelle Cosby, Denise Glynn, Lisa Adlene Goodman, Kevin Paul Gray, Coral Henning, Kenneth J. Hirsh, Darla W. Jackson, Karin Johnsrud, Barbara Lee Kallusky, Ann B. Kolodzey, Jennifer Laws, Susanna Leers, Kathleen A. McLeod, Barbara Ridley Monroe, Cynthia Myers, Lisa Monique Parisi, Sandra Phillips, Christy Lynn Ryan, Myra Sabel, Teresa Stanton, Tracy L. Thompson, and Jean M. Wenger.

Member News

Karen Beck, curator of rare books/collection development librarian at Boston College Law Library, is the author of A Working Lawyer's Life: The Letter Book of John Henry Senter 1879-1884, published in both hardcover and softcover by the Lawbook Exchange.

Laura Olsen Dugan published two articles in the Wisconsin Law Journal: "Stay on top of state's legislative activity with e-mail notification" (January 26, 2009 issue) and "Springboard state, federal and international statutory research" (February 9, 2009 issue). She is a knowledge management specialist at Quarles & Brady LLP in Madison, Wisconsin.

Bonnie Shucha, head of reference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library, will contribute a regular monthly article on legal research to the Wisconsin State Bar e-newsletter called WisBar InsideTrack. Her first article is titled "The Many Faces of Google."

Virginia C. Thomas is the new director of the Arthur Neef Law Library at Wayne State University. She was previously law library and information technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

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.

Ready, Set...TWEET!

AALL is now on Twitter. Get up-to-the-minute AALL news by joining the AALLNET Twitter. A separate 2009 Annual Meeting Twitter is dedicated to updates on this summer’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Sign up and stay connected!

Coming Soon: Ed2Go @AALLNET

AALL is proud to announce it is adopting a new, powerful, state-of-the-art learning technology, which will provide a new learning gateway to all AALL members.

The new Ed2Go @AALLNET site will provide members with:

  • Online access to the AALL Annual Meeting program recordings, as well as archived Webinars, audio recordings, and video recordings
  • Continuing educational program handouts distributed electronically, adding convenience in an environmentally-friendly way
  • Advanced search capabilities, which will allow you to focus on your key areas of interest with maximum flexibility to find the materials where and when you need them
  • Online profiles so you can keep track of the continuing education programs in which you participate and determine areas where you need more education

Stay tuned for more news about when the Ed2Go @AALLNET site will be available.

AALL Seeks Vendor Liaison

AALL seeks an individual to serve as its liaison for fostering knowledge and information sharing between the law library community and legal information vendors. This individual will also work to develop programs or initiatives for sharing expertise and creating a dialogue about library-vendor issues and to communicate about legal information policy issues from the law librarian perspective.

Learn more about the position and application process.

Nominations Committee Calling for Executive Board Nominees

Do you know someone who would make a great leader? Later this month, the Nominations Committee will seek candidates for AALL vice president/president-elect, treasurer, and two executive board members. If you or someone you know is ready to take the next step, let the Nominations Committee know!

AALL Co-Sponsors China Conference

The China-U.S. Conference on Legal Information and Law Libraries will be held in Beijing, May 27-30. Sponsored by China’s Ministry of Education, AALL, and the International Association of Law Libraries, the conference presents an unprecedented opportunity for American and Chinese law librarians and legal educators to meet together and exchange views and experiences. The conference aims to deepen participants’ knowledge of each country’s legal information system and explore areas for cooperation. Group tours of China are offered post-conference. Find more information and registration details online or contact Dr. Robert Hu.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant can assist you in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members are encouraged to apply. In addition, the Continuing Professional Education Committee now has a grant application available that allows you to save it for later editing until it is ready to be submitted. The deadline for applications is February 27.

Government Relations Award Deadlines Extended

AALL's Government Relations Committee extended the deadline to submit nominations for two awards. Nominations should be sent directly to GRC Chair Steve Mirsky by February 28.

  • Public Access to Government Information Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to protect and promote greater public access to government information. Recipients of this award may be any individual or organization, with the exception of members of the AALL Government Relations Office.
  • Robert L. Oakley Member Advocacy Award recognizes an AALL member who has been an outstanding advocate and has contributed significantly to the AALL policy agenda at the federal, state, local, or international level. Members of AALL, with the exception of current members of the Government Relations Committee, are eligible for this award.

Day in the Life Photo Contest Closes Next Week

Time is running out to snap the perfect shot of law librarians in action. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest closes next Saturday, February 28.

This month AALL members have been taking a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries are due by the end of the month, February 28, and will be judged online by the AALL 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.

Last Call for Papers

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories for its annual competition:

  • Open Division—March 2 deadline: for active and retired AALL members with five or more years of experience
  • New Members Division—March 2 deadline: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years
  • Student Division—April 15 deadline: for students in library, information management, or law school; participants in this division need not be members of AALL.

The winner in each division receives $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present a description of his or her research and writing process at the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form. Contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee with questions: Chair Jim Heller, James Donovan, or David Hollander.

Attend the Annual Meeting with an AALL Grant

If you want to attend the Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., don’t miss out on your chance to apply for a registration grant. Grants are awarded to cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting or workshops presented at the Annual Meeting.

Two categories of registration grants are available:

  • Experienced Members (five or more years), who have a proven record of professional accomplishment and service to AALL; or
  • Students/New Members (less than five years of professional experience), who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession.

The application deadline is April 1. For more information, see the Grants Committee Web site.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Still Open

The Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, is holding its first annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1,000 to fund a trip to the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15.

New Look for LLJ

When you receive your copy of Law Library Journal vol. 101, no. 1, this month, you’ll notice that LLJ has a new design for the first time in nearly 20 years. The new look includes changes both inside and out, and the cover now lists feature articles found in the issue. We hope you enjoy LLJ’s new design.

AALL Members Get 50 Percent Discount on Computers in Libraries Conference

In this economy, bargain hunting is more important than ever, especially when it comes to professional development and continuing education. Don’t miss New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) and InfoToday’s 50 percent discount offer to AALL members attending Computers in Libraries Annual Meeting, being held March 30-April 1 in Arlington, Virginia. Regular registration for the three-day conference is $469; AALL members pay only $234.

Welcome New Members

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

Ronna Archbold, TDNet, Inc.
Caitlin Ayer, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Melissa Brown, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
John Butler
Susan Elder, U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library
Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyrightlaws.com
Briana Knox, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences
Sabrina Kramer, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Tony Landolt, Reprints Desk
Judith Linwood, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Rachel Little, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research
Patty Love
Marykathryn Loveless, Buffalo Supreme Court Library
Jiachen Lu, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Michael Manasco, Samford University Cumberland School of Law Library
Mikiko Matsumura, National Diet Library
Mary Maynard, Fish & Richardson PC
Tamara Phalen, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, PC
Nicole Plana, Drexel University College of Law
Russell Rokicki, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Clair Segal, Practising Law Institute
Bart Lind Smith, Chicago Transit Authority
Andrea Staten
Jason Tubinis
Fang Wang, Texas Tech University School of Law Library
Annette Weir
Lindsay Weisbart, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Diane Youngholm