AALL E-newsletter - March 2009

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James E. DugganSpring has definitely sprung. Here in New Orleans, the azaleas and camellias are in bloom throughout the city (especially in the Garden District!), and allergies are on the rise. It's also a time of renewal at AALL, with membership renewal notices going out and many new members joining the Association. Look for other items of interest in this March e-newsletter, and happy spring!

In This Issue

It's Time to Renew Your AALL Membership

On March 16, AALL dues invoices for 2009-2010 were mailed to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31. Following is the 2009 membership renewal schedule:

March 16: First dues invoices mailed out.

May 1: Second dues invoices mailed out.

July 23: Expiration notices e-mailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.

August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022).

AALL Dues Help for Unemployed Members

To help in these tough times, AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an "Active" membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($55 instead of $218). The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2010.

Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form or contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022) to sign up.

New Advocacy Toolkit for the 111th Congress

The Government Relations Office is pleased to announce an exciting new resource to help AALL members and chapters become effective advocates for law libraries. The Advocacy Toolkit for the 111th Congress: 2009-2010 is designed to help you learn more about AALL's ambitious legislative agenda.

The purposes of the Advocacy Toolkit are to:

  • illustrate the many ways in which you can get involved in advocacy;
  • notify you of the latest action alert so that you can promote our legislative efforts;
  • present you with a comprehensive look at the issues and legislation we are currently working on; and
  • provide AALL members and chapters the tools you need to become effective advocates on both the federal and state levels.

The Advocacy Toolkit is available as a live document and as a PDF on the AALL Government Relations Office Web site. I encourage you to sign up for the RSS feed to receive valuable updates, learn about AALL's latest action alert, and monitor our legislative priorities.

There's also still time to register for AALL's 2009 Day on the Hill: Legislative Advocacy Leadership Training on July 24. Hopefully, the toolkit and your participation in our Day on the Hill will provide you with the tools you need to join our advocacy team and help promote AALL's policy agenda!

April AALL Webinar: Negotiation—Path to Collaboration

Do you get a sinking feeling when told you'll have to negotiate a contract? Do you feel unprepared to actually engage in a negotiation process? Please join the April 22 Webinar, Negotiation—Path to Collaboration at 12 p.m. EDT to explore the mechanics of engaging in a successful negotiation process. The Webinar facilitator will be Sarah Nichols, a strategic information management consultant with 25 years of experience in strategic planning and operational effectiveness for information management, research, and library functions within the professional services sector. Register by April 17.

Archived Webinars Available on AALLNET

AALL members now have the chance to view five popular Webinars presented October 2008-February 2009 in the Members Only Section of AALLNET:

The links above are available for AALL members only. Nonmembers can access the 2008 Webinars and 2009 Webinars for a higher fee.

New Tools for Success Added to Wiki

Tools for SuccessWe know that many of our members have been hit hard by the economic crisis. AALL is here to offer resources to help you get through it, especially the Tools for Success in Today's Economy wiki. We encourage you to both use the resources and add more that would help our colleagues in law librarianship. Thanks to the members who have added resources so far. Here are a few examples of recent additions:

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

2009 AALL Annual MeetingDon't miss the chance to save extra money on your AALL Annual Meeting registration. Members who register for the 2009 Conference in Washington, D.C., by March 31 will receive an additional $50 Member Appreciation Discount off the already reduced early registration rate. Register by March 31 and save up to $150!

Get More for Less

More for LessThe AALL Annual Meeting and Conference offers essential content to help you in your workplace and in your career–but you can't be in six places at once and attend every session. 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). These prices will go up after the Annual Meeting, so be sure to pre-order with your registration.

Teach-In Kits Available Next Monday

Teach-In KitThe Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS) proudly releases the 2009 National Legal Research Teach-In Kit on March 23. Each year, RIPS creates a Teach-In Kit containing fresh materials for use in your institution's promotional and instructional activities. This year's kit includes legal research word search puzzles, illustration charts for secondary sources, presentations on the Bluebook, administrative law, statutory research, various research assignments, and many other wonderful materials.

The 2009 Teach-In Kit will be available on the RIPS-SIS Web page. A kit overview and previous Teach-In Kits are also available at that location.

AALL Members Get Reduced Rate for Online Graduate Class

AALL members can register for a reduced rate for the new University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) LEEP distance course June 13-August 8, titled "Law Librarianship." The course will be taught by subject specialist Stephanie Davidson, head of public services and assistant professor of library administration. Various types of law libraries and functions within the law library, including legal reference, technical services, management, and collection development will be covered. The course will meet synchronously once per week online using the LEEP learning management system, with a required on-campus session the week of June 13 in Champaign, Illinois.

AALL members can register at the reduced rate of $976 for two graduate credits. To register, contact Marianne Steadley at 217/244-2751, or e-mail Stephanie Davidson with course-related questions.

Apply Now for Research Grants

Research grants totaling up to $1,425 are available through the AALL Research Fund established by LexisNexis. The AALL Research and Publications Committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research supporting the research/scholarly agenda of the librarianship profession.

The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects covering a wide segment of professional interest, including the profession of law librarianship, law library patrons, law library services, and many other areas. Visit AALLNET for the grant application and complete guidelines.

The application deadline is March 27. For more information, see the AALL Research and Publications Committee Web site.

AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Grants

Time is running out to apply for an AALL registration grant! If you want to attend the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., don't miss out on your chance—apply by Wednesday, April 1.

Grants are awarded to cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting or pre-conference workshops presented. 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.

For more information, see the Grants Committee Web site.

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition Deadline April 15

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, is holding the 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.

Take the Lead: AALL Leadership Academy October 16-17

New law librarians in the early stages of their careers can get out in front in the profession by attending the AALL Leadership Academy, October 16-17. The academy program will develop and train law librarians for leadership roles by equipping them with the strategies and techniques needed to achieve success and professional excellence.

Dr. Barbara MackoffThe program will feature speaker Dr. Barbara Mackoff, leadership educator and widely-acclaimed expert in understanding the way leaders think. Her presentations involve each participant in identifying the foundations of his or her unique potential and learning to respond to the challenges of change. She is the author of five books, has been featured on "The Today Show" and "All Things Considered," as well as in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and was a keynote speaker for the Special Libraries Association.

Watch for more announcements about the application process coming soon.

Nominations Committee Seeking Executive Board Nominees

Do you know someone who would make a great leader? The Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for 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!

Member News

Nancy P. Johnson, law librarian and professor of law at the Georgia State University College of Law Library, made it into the Social Science Research Network's (SSRN) top 10. Her article, "Best Practices: What First Year Law Students Should Learn in a Legal Research Class," ranked fourth in the number of downloads since January 2009 in the legal studies category.

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.

Welcome New Members

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

Ronald Bowman, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
Donyele Darrough, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library
Nicole Dyszlewski
Virginia Eldrige, Grayson County
Sarah Fagan, Social Law Library
Kathleen Gaydar, Schiff Hardin LLP
Michelle Gorospe
Heidi Gregory
Margaret Hawes
Susan Jones, Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science
Maureen Lavery
Joyce Lee
Beth Lodal, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Sara Lowe, Drake University Law Library
Daniel Mitrano, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Maureen Moran
Osei Organ, Nassau County Supreme Court Law Library
Michele Penn
Sandra Peters, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP Library
Jennifer Prilliman
Meredith Rossi, New York University Law Library
Susan Shepard-Howell
Alissa Sputore, Melbourne Law School Library
Kevin Thompson, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science
Pushya Veeramachaneni, Florida International University College of Law Library
Michael Virga, Sacramento County Public Law Library
John Winn, Sacramento County Public Law Library
Pam Zadenetz, Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Ed2Go@AALLNET to Offer On-Demand Continuing Education

In response to member demand for education on-the-go, AALL is developing its new Ed2Go@AALLNET. This online learning center will be a valuable resource for downloadable education programs, Webinars, and more—whenever you need then, and wherever you are.

Ed2Go@AALLNETEd2Go will also feature MP3 download access to this year's Annual Meeting education programs, including the keynote speaker. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit. Visit the Annual Meeting registration page to pre-order your Annual Meeting package.

Stay tuned for more information about Ed2Go@AALLNET.

AALL Headquarters is Moving

As of June 1, AALL will move its Headquarters office just a few blocks away to the Clark and Adams building in downtown Chicago. The move is an effort to reduce office rental expense, while also increasing our office efficiency. Though smaller, the new office will comprise an entire floor designed to meet AALL's specific needs. The new space will also include a conference room where AALL can host committee and other meetings previously hosted off-site, saving additional AALL resources.

As of June 1, AALL's new address will be 105 W Adams, 33rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60603. If you're in Chicago this summer, we hope you'll stop by and see the new digs.

Ready, Set...TWEET!

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