AALL E-newsletter - June 2009

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James E. DugganIt's a little over a month until the 2009 Annual Meeting, and I am so excited that many of you will join me in Washington, D.C., to "innovate" our careers and professional lives through the exciting educational programs and networking opportunities. This month's e-newsletter highlights many upcoming AALL programs, including our new Online Career Center, AALL2go, and the Leadership Academy. I look forward to seeing you in D.C.!

In This Issue

Become Inspired...Inspire Others

It's no secret that our profession—and law librarians as individuals—are facing difficult budget cuts, resource reallocations, staffing decisions, and personal stress. The good news is that we're all in this together. The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference is our chance to come together, share our stories, get advice, learn new ways to approach our problems, improve our skills, and revitalize our passion for law librarianship.

2009 AALL Annual MeetingI hope that you'll join 1,500 of your colleagues in Washington, D.C., from July 25-28, and be inspired by the programs presented by your colleagues, as well as by your conversations with the law librarians you'll meet from all around the country. The ideas and stories you share will have an equally inspirational effect on the AALL attendees you meet. There's still time to register online; you may also register on site at the Washington Convention Center. Affordable day passes are available to members located in the D.C. area. Please remember that you must be registered to attend any of the meetings, educational programs, or social events. I hope to see you there!

AALL Launches New Online Career Center

I'm proud to announce that on July 16, AALL will launch a new and improved interactive job board, the AALL Career Center. With its focus on law libraries and legal information professionals, the AALL Career Center will offer members, and the profession at large, a highly-targeted resource for online recruitment.

For job seekers, the AALL Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in law librarianship. In addition to posting your resumes, AALL members will be able to browse or view jobs based on criteria that best match your career goals. You can also post confidentially or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. Job Agents notify you via e-mail when jobs matching your criteria are posted, eliminating the need to visit the site daily to track new postings.

For employers, both members and non-members can use the AALL Career Center to reach qualified candidates. Employers will be able to post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create a Resume Agent which e-mail them qualified candidates daily. They also benefit from online reporting providing job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.

Preview AALL2go Next Month

AALL's new online learning center, AALL2go, is almost ready for primetime. A portion of the new site will open on July 8 with the 2009 AALL Annual Meeting program handouts. In mid-August it will be fully functional with all AALL educational content available.

AALL2goAALL2go will offer AALL members ultimate flexibility and freedom to get professional education on your schedule. Search capabilities will allow you to focus on key areas of interest and find materials where and when you need them.

AALL Annual Meeting attendees will get a preview of AALL2go in Washington, D.C., at the AALL Member Services Booth. Be the first in line to take advantage of this new benefit; pre-order your downloadable Annual Meeting program recordings today.

Did You Renew Your Membership for 2009-2010?

AALL's new membership year began this month, and it promises to be an exciting year for the Association, as we are offering valuable new member services in the coming months. AALL members can look forward to:

  • A new and improved AALL Career Center coming in late July
  • AALL2go, our new online learning center coming in August
  • Redesigned AALLNET coming in early 2010

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other valuable member services. On July 20 expiration notices will be e-mailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 1 expired members will lose access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions.

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.

Prepare 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.

Competitive Intelligence: Working Side by Side with Marketing

The economic downturn has made business and competitive intelligence more important than ever for law firms. Library and marketing departments need to work together to achieve both short- and long-term strategic goals of the firm. Join us for Competitive Intelligence: Working Side by Side with Marketing, a Webinar to be held on July 15 at 12 p.m. EDT. A panel of competitive intelligence experts will present case studies and explain how to work collaboratively in managing the expectations of all involved in intelligence collection and application.

Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by July 9.

2009 Online Salary Survey Is Coming: Watch Your E-Mail Inbox

The questionnaires for the 2009 version of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics will be e-mailed on July 7 to all law library directors and heads of law libraries.

We are pleased to again offer an online version of the survey. You may complete the entire survey online by following the link provided in the e-mail. You also may save your answers and return as often as you need until July 31 using your e-mail address and unique password. If you prefer to complete the survey in writing, you may download and print a PDF version of the questionnaire.

The Biennial Salary Survey is an important resource for AALL members, especially in today's economic climate. To ensure detailed salary breakdowns that members need, we strongly urge all who receive the questionnaire to participate in the survey. We also ask that members encourage their library directors to complete the questionnaires by July 31.

The survey will be carried out in complete confidentiality by Association Research, Inc., a professional research firm in Rockville, Maryland, that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations.

The 2009 Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics will be available for purchase and shipment in October; $110 for AALL members and $175 for nonmembers. The final report will also be available online in the Members Only section of AALLNET free of charge. The Association is accepting advance orders by e-mail at orders@aall.org, by fax at 312/431-1097, or by calling AALL Headquarters at 312/205-8020.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile Before the End of June

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

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.

Apply for the AALL Leadership Academy by June 30

Don't miss your change to be considered for the career-building 2009 AALL Leadership Academy, to be held October 16-17 in the Chicago area.

2009 AALL Leadership AcademyLaw librarians in the early stages of their careers can get ahead in the profession through participation in the Academy as they learn their unique strengths and how to bring value to their organizations through personal visibility.

Apply by June 30—participants (fellows) will be selected and notified by mid-August. Fellows will participate in pre-engagement exercises, have the opportunity to obtain a mentor, and receive ongoing leadership development opportunities.

Wanted: Your Thoughts on Competencies of Law Librarianship

The Continuing Professional Education Committee is currently reviewing AALL's Competencies of Law Librarianship to ensure they are still relevant today. The committee is still seeking comments and suggestions on the competencies' language and encourages all members to participate. Visit the AALL Tools for Success wiki to view and post your comments on the core competencies and specialized competencies.

ALA Seeking Feedback on Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies

The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (COA) invites AALL members to comment on its Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies (2008), and in particular on the recommendations of the Library Education Task Force in its final report issued January 13 to the ALA Executive Board for referral to COA. Visit the Standards Review blog to post your comments.

It's Not Too Soon to Plan for 2010

2010 AALL Annual MeetingAALL is already accepting program proposals for the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver. Attendees of Summit 2010: Mapping Our Future will discover together, as a professional community, how to renew ourselves, plan for our institutions, and build for the challenges we face. One of the best ways to do this is to share positive success stories and fresh innovations with your colleagues.

Consider proposing a program about your recent accomplishments and pioneering efforts that, if shared with others, might advance the entire law library profession. You may use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by the August 23 deadline. Helpful resources include:

AALL Headquarters Has a New Address

This week AALL Headquarters moved to a new office. Please remember to update your records with the new address:

105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60603

Our phone numbers remain the same:

312/939-4764 (phone)
312/431-1097 (fax)

If you're in Chicago this summer, we welcome you to stop by and check out the new space.

Member News

Vicenç Feliú has been appointed law library director at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, effective July 1. Feliú was formerly assistant director for public services and associate librarian for foreign, comparative, and international law at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Lee F. Peoples was recently named director of the Oklahoma City University Law Library, effective July 1, 2010. He is currently associate professor of law library science and director of international programs at the same institution. Peoples' article, "The Citation of Wikipedia in Judicial Opinions," is also being published in volume 12 of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology (2009).

Nathan Rosen is the new information resource manager for the New York office of Morrison & Foerster. Rosen was formerly vice president in Credit Suisse's legal & compliance department.

Ron Wheeler was recently granted a title change by the Provost of Georgia State University in Atlanta. Wheeler is now the associate director of the Georgia State University College of Law Library. He was formerly the associate director for public services.

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

Tawnie Anderson, West, a Thomson Reuters business
Anne Koch Baland, Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth, PA
Natalie Bejarano, Cassidy Cataloguing Services, Inc.
Nicholas Benca, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Library
Veronica F. Berglind, Thompson Coburn LLP
Laura Brown, Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein LC
B.P. Chauhan, Jindal Global Law School
Diana Clarke, Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library
Robert Cunningham, Appellate Division Law Library
Emily Daniels, Butzel Long
Leah Granger, University of California School of Law Library
Iantha Haight
Wendy Holmes, Davis LLP
Jeff Huber, University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science
Kim Keenan, National Bar Association
Robin Kojima, Continuing Education of the Bar
David Lee, University of Houston O'Quinn Law Library
Lynn Lendabarker, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C.
Edna Lewis, University of California School of Law Library
Sherry Leysen
Sophie Lobey, Council of Europe
Alicia Lopez, Irell & Manella LLP
Carol A. McGee, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Sharon S. McGrath, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Shira Megerman, University of Missouri-Kansas City Leon E. Bloch Law Library
Susan Miller
Laura Moorer, Public Defender Service for D.C.
Ashley Moye, Charlotte School of Law
Guy Oliver
Pamela Repp, Butzel Long
Kenneth J. Rodriguez, George Washington University Jacob Burns Law Library
Ben Ruby, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Library
Zinta Saulkalns, University of Maryland College of Library and Information Sciences
Lynda L. Schoop
Abrari Sidi, Department of Justice Library
Tracy Stone
Dale Swensen, Brigham Young University Howard W. Hunter Law Library
Amy Towell, Hopkins Bruce Research Corp
Nathan White, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP
Toby Willis-Camp, Law Society of Saskatchewan Libraries
Stephanie A. Woebkenberg, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP