AALL E-newsletter - July 2009

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James E. DugganWelcome to my last "From the desk of" e-newsletter as AALL president. It has been a distinct pleasure serving the Association this past year, but I also look forward to handing over the AALL gavel to Cathy Lemann, who will edit these e-newsletters for the next year. I hope to see many of you next week at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. For those of you who cannot attend, please see below for details of AALL2go, our new online learning center. And to everyone: my heartfelt thanks for your member participation, support, and friendship. You have made this past year both memorable and gratifying!

In This Issue

New Online Career Center Opens Today

Today, AALL is launching a new and improved interactive job board, the AALL Career Center. Designed specifically for law libraries and legal information professionals, the AALL Career Center offers members and the profession at large a highly-targeted resource for online recruitment.

AALL Career CenterFor job seekers, the AALL Career Center is a free service providing access to employers and jobs in law librarianship. As an AALL member, you can post your resume and browse jobs based on criteria that best match your career goals. You can also post confidentially or search anonymously by creating a Job Agent. A Job Agent notifies you via e-mail when jobs matching your criteria are posted, eliminating the need to visit your account 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 an online resume agent, which e-mails qualified candidates daily. In addition, online reporting provides job activity statistics to track each job posting's return on investment.

AALL2go Is Almost Here!

AALL2goGet ready for the arrival of AALL's new online learning center, AALL2go. In mid-August, the center will be fully functional with all AALL educational content available. AALL2go will offer you ultimate flexibility and freedom to pursue professional education on your schedule, with search capabilities that 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.

2009 Online Salary Survey Responses Due July 31

On July 7, the questionnaires for the 2009 version of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics were e-mailed to all law library directors and heads of law libraries.

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 312/205-8022.

Last Chance—Renew Your Membership by August 1

AALL members have valuable new Association benefits to look forward to this year, including:

  • A new and improved AALL Career Center
  • 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.

Mark Your Calendar: Professional Legal Management Week, October 5-9

2009 Professional Legal Management WeekProfessional Legal Management Week (PLMW) provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

AALL members are encouraged to plan and promote events for the week. The Professional Legal Management Week Web site includes resources to help you set up events, including a fact sheet, suggestions for planning events, a flyer, logos, and advertisements. Coming out in the fall, ALA is publishing the third edition of Professional Legal Management Week Magazine, which will include an article by AALL members Monice M. Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto.

Library at Rutgers Law School–Newark Receives Grant

The Law Library at Rutgers School of Law–Newark has received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) that will help preserve old and rare books in its collections for future generations. IMLS will donate to Rutgers a core set of conservation books and online resources designated the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. Among the library's holdings in need of preservation and care are manuscripts and books in the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. Bradley (1870–1892) collection, Garden State Bar Association archives, National Bar Association archives, and some rare books such as those on English law dating back to the 16th century.

Member News

Frank G. Houdek was appointed interim dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Law, effective July 1. Houdek was formerly associate dean for academic affairs in the school of law.

Kathleen Kelly, librarian at Lockridge Grindal Nauen PLLP in Minneapolis, has been appointed to the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Linda Tesar will be the new head of technical services at William and Mary's Wolf Law Library in August. Tesar is currently the technical services/systems librarian at Vanderbilt University's Alyne Queener Massey Law Library.

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

Theresa A. Baker, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Bart Dalton
Joan Dalton, Arizona Attorney General's Office
Victoria Fleischer, University of Cincinnati College of Law Robert S. Marx Law Library
Rick L. Fought, Arkansas Supreme Court Library
Jane Freeman, Bennett Jones SLP
Caitlin V. Johnson
Kim Laru, San Diego County Public Law Library
Melissa Levine, Alston & Bird
Jessica Lundgren, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Genevieve Nicholson, Lewis and Roca LLP
Susan Seibert, Professionals Library Service, Inc.
Steven Singer, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Legal Research Center
Daniel Skinner
Elizabeth Sullivan, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Patrick Tracy, Western New England College School of Law Library
Nancy Vinsel
Nicole Wigen, Office of the General Council Law Library
Caralee Witteveen-Lane, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library Grand Rapids/WMU Campus