AALL E-newsletter - May 2009

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James E. DugganLate May is a time when many people here in New Orleans start to plan their summer vacations (apparently folks are looking to escape the upcoming tropical heat and humidity of the Gulf Coast). This month's e-newsletter contains lots of ideas to help you plan for your future, including several educational Webinars; our new online learning center, AALL2go; and the second year of the AALL Leadership Academy. Plus, there's only two months to go before the 2009 Annual Meeting, and excitement is building for what promises to be an extraordinary educational and social event in Washington, D.C., this July. Hope to see many of you soon!

In This Issue

New Membership Year Begins June 1�Renew by May 31

As the only national association dedicated exclusively to law librarians' needs and interests, AALL can tap into the power of the law library community to provide you with resources you need to weather the current economy and to ensure that the profession remains as strong and vital as ever. Your membership in AALL both strengthens the profession and provides you with essential career resources, such as continuing education, networking, and advocacy. Be sure to renew your membership by May 31.

AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed ($55 instead of $218). Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form.

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

AALL Headquarters is Moving June 13

To prepare for the big move, Headquarters e-mail and telephone service will be down Friday, June 12. Barring any technical glitches, we'll be up and running again on Monday, June 15. AALL's new address will be 105 W. Adams St., Suite 3300, Chicago, IL 60603; phone/fax numbers and e-mail addresses will not change.

It's Not Too Late to Save $100 on Your Annual Meeting Registration

2009 AALL Annual MeetingThere's still time to take advantage of the early registration rate for this year's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Don't miss out�register by June 1 and save $100.

AALL Business Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The AALL Business Meeting will be held during the Annual Meeting on Monday, July 27, beginning at 2:15 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the Members' Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 3:45 p.m.

During the April Executive Board meeting, the board approved guidelines for submitting resolutions for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting. The guidelines allow for online submission of a resolution by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters for consideration by the membership.

The Members' Open Forum will be moderated by Cornell H. Winston and offers the opportunity for members to comment or make suggestions on any issue or topic related to AALL and the profession. In addition, this year members may provide comment regarding the Association's Strategic Directions for 2010-2013 during the forum. The Executive Board has just begun its work on the next Strategic Directions plan, and it seeks input from all members as part of the planning process.

New Edition of the Price Index Now Available

The AALL Price Index for Legal Publications, 6d., is now available in the Members Only Section of AALLNET. This year's Price Index includes 2008 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. For this reason, Thomson West pricing is not included in this edition.

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

Save Time and Money with Your Next License Agreement Negotiation

Negotiating licensing agreements for e-resources is often a burden. The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU) allows libraries and publishers to forgo the traditional negotiation process in favor of using a set of "common understandings." AALL's June Webinar, The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU): Can It Work in My Library?, to be held June 9, 1 p.m. EDT, is sponsored by the New England Law Library Consortium with a grant from the AALL/BNA Continuing Professional Education Grants Program. Hear how both librarians and publishers feel about SERU and how SERU is used in practice.

Registration fees are only $10 for AALL members and non-members. Register by June 5.

Preparing for the Next Step in Your Career

In today's economy, it is more important than ever to make sure you have the qualities, skills, and abilities necessary to compete and succeed. Be proactive: find out what employers are looking for and what you can do to reach the next step in your career by joining your colleagues for Preparing for the Next Step in Your Career, a Webinar to be held June 26, 12 p.m. EDT. Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by June 22.

Take the Lead: Apply for the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy

You have the potential to become a leader in law librarianship. Learn how to maximize your unique skills and talents to get ahead in the profession by attending the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy, October 16-17, at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Train for leadership roles by acquiring both the self-awareness and strategies you need to emerge as a leader within your organization and the profession. Academy participants will use self-assessment tools, group exercises, case studies, and skill practice to develop key signatures of leadership. Selected fellows will participate in pre-engagement exercises, be matched with a mentor, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities.

Applications are due by June 30.

Continuing Professional Education Committee Awards Grants

The Continuing Professional Education Committee awarded AALL/BNA Continuing Professional Education Grants to the following programs:

These programs will be available on AALL2go this summer.

AALL2go Coming to a Computer Near You

AALL2goAALL's new online learning center, AALL2go, is under development and on its way. The new site will feature valuable downloadable educational content 24/7, offering you ultimate flexibility and freedom to get professional education on your schedule. Features of the learning center include:

  • Online access to the AALL Annual Meeting program recordings, as well as archived Webinars, audio recordings, and video recordings, along with accompanying program handouts
  • Advanced search capabilities so you can focus on key areas of interest and find materials where and when you need them
  • Online profiles so you can track your individual continuing education progress

AALL2go will be available in early July with the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting program handouts. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit; pre-order your downloadable Annual Meeting program recordings today.

Congratulations to the Winners of the "Day in the Life" Photo Contest

2009 Day in the Life WinnerDuring the month of February, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. Nearly 30 AALL members from 23 different law libraries across the country submitted 82 photos to the contest. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to each and every member who participated and shared his or her photos with AALL.

Winning photographs may be viewed on AALLNET. You can also view all of the "Day in the Life" entries on AALLNET.

Board Approves Resolution on OCLC Transfer of WorldCat Records

During the April Executive Board meeting, the board approved a resolution regarding OCLC's recent changes to the transfer of WorldCat records. The resolution asks that OCLC reconsider this policy change.

AALL Member Testifies at Federal Hearing

On May 6, Roger V. Skalbeck, vice chair-elect of AALL's Copyright Committee, testified during the U.S. Copyright Office's triennial rule-making hearing in Washington, D.C., on proposed exemptions to Section 1201 of the Copyright Act. Also speaking on behalf of the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association, Skalbeck requested in his statement that the media faculty exemption be broadened to include faculty of law and the health sciences. Georgetown University Law Professor Rebecca Tushnet posted an excellent summary of the hearing on her blog.

Mary Alice Baish, director of the AALL Government Relations Office, testified the previous day at the public witness hearing held by the House Appropriations Committee Legislative Branch Subcommittee in support of the Government Printing Office's (GPO) FY 2010 budget request. Her statements stressed the importance of funding GPO's $8 million request for the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 101, Number 2

Law Library JournalThe Spring 2009 issue of Law Library Journal was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue explores the role of the academic law library in 21st century legal education; economics and electronic resources in the law library print collection; the meaning of the term "lawyering"; and an alternative model for how attorneys should conduct research.

Executive Board Materials Available Online

The April Executive Board agenda books and the October Executive Board minutes are now available on AALLNET in the Members Only section.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook is accurate�update your public address in the AALLNET Members Only Section by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library's profile in the geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library's information.

Thanks for your help in making the 2009-2010 AALL Directory accurate and up-to-date.

New Blog for Unemployed Law Librarians

After her reference librarian position was recently eliminated from a South Carolina law firm, AALL member Christine Sellers knew that she wanted to stay connected to the law library profession and at the same time help fellow AALL members and colleagues cope with the current economic downturn. She created the Law Librarians of Leisure Blog to "gather statistics, post jobs and advice, and provide a place where we can stay connected." Members of the law library community are encouraged to read and contribute to Law Librarians of Leisure; Christine also posted a survey for librarians who recently lost their jobs. E-mail Christine with any questions or suggestions.

Law Library Journal Seeks New Columnists

Law Library Journal is looking for librarians interested in writing regular columns for LLJ. As of the final issue of Volume 101, Diane Murley and Jean Holcomb are giving up their columns. Both have done a fantastic job but have decided to pass the torch to other willing writers.

If you are interested in becoming a regular columnist, please send a short description of the proposed subject for a column and a writing sample to LLJ Editor Janet Sinder by Friday, May 29. Columnists will be selected by the end of June, and the first column deadline will be in October. Column deadlines change each year, but are usually around early October, January, April, and July. Column length averages between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Columnists must be able to meet deadlines and be willing to commit to writing for at least three issues per year.

Member News

AALL members Cheryl Niemeier and David Selden were among 12 recipients of the 2008 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Presidential Citation honoring SLA "Knowledge to Go Green" Champions, presented in early 2009. Niemeier was recognized for "demonstrating the role of green practices in a white collar environment and for linking book reuse and recycling with a global charitable mission." Selden earned the honor "for his strong commitment to using green practices and developing measurable small changes to make an impact and then communicating the results to his organization."

Laura Olsen Dugan and Nancy E. Scibelli published an article titled "Info on the Go: Legal research via your handheld device" in the Wisconsin Law Journal on April 27. Dugan is a knowledge management specialist and knowledge management liaison at Quarles & Brady, LLP, in Madison, Wisconsin, and Scibelli is an information specialist and knowledge management liaison at Quarles & Brady, LLP, in Milwaukee.

Michelle Rigual was recently named the new director of the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Rigual will begin her new position at Wesleyan on August 1; she is currently associate director and assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Law Library, in Albuquerque.

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

Kristina Alayan, University of Washington
David Arkle, ReferenceLegal
Traci Bailey, Underwood, Wilson, Berry, Stein & Johnson PC
Peter Berkery, Jr., Oxford University Press-Law Division
Sabina Besic, Suffolk University Law Library
Dorothy Blok, Stikeman Elliott, LLP
Willa Broughton
Laura Brown, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein, LC
Edwin Clinton Butler, Law Library for San Bernardino County
Christina Cavouras, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Laurie Chartoff, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP
Jessica Cunningham
Charles Dooley
Alicia Dyer, Oakland County Probate Court
Lou Flavio, TBS Inc.
Kathryn Frey, University of Pittsburgh Barco Law Library
Timothy Gatton
Christina George
Lauren Gluckman, Dickinson School of Law Library of the Pennsylvania State University
Ning Han, Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science
Linda Johnsen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pamela Kaufman, Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library at Stamford
Chris Koustourlis, Fox Rothschild, LLP
Chester G. Kozikowski, III, Boston College Law Library
Eliza Land
Lara Leaf, Michigan State University College of Law
Patrick Lopez, Phoenix School of Law
Adriana Mark, St. John's University School of Law Rittenberg Law Library
Danny Norris, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library
Amy Pearce, University of Wyoming George W. Hopper Law Library
Julie Reynolds
Lesley Wilson, Baylor Law Library
Elise Y. Wong,University of San Francisco School of Law Dorraine Zief Law Libraray
Jason Zarin