AALL E-newsletter - September 2009

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Catherine LemannAutumn is always a busy time of year. After the lazier days of summer, the pace picks up. There is a lot happening this fall at AALL. Below you will find information about the Leadership Academy, our efforts to gather information as we plan for the future of AALL, preliminary planning for the 2010 meeting in Denver, and upcoming educational events, including advocacy training. I encourage you to take advantage of all that AALL offers its members.

In This Issue

AALL Selects Leadership Academy Fellows

AALL Leadership AcademyCongratulations to the 34 AALL members selected to attend the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy: Stacey Bowers, Elizabeth Bradsher, Kathleen Brown, Gina Catalano, Elizabeth Christian, Suzanne Corriell, Deborah Darin, Kelly Fanning, Elizabeth Farrell, Amy Flick, Alyssa Folse, Melissa Fung, Thomas Gaylord, Filiberto Govea, Phillip Gragg, Janet Hedin, Todd Ito, Tina Jagerson, Meg Kribble, Kristine Lloyd, Kurt Meyer, Steven Miller, Sarah Lin Morris, Janet Peros, Elizabeth Reppe, Holly Riccio, and Josepha Roberts.

These budding leaders will convene in the Chicago area October 16-17 to learn the strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession.

October Webinar: Join AALL's Advocacy Team

Help improve access to legal information and strengthen AALL's voice in government decisions – join our advocacy team. If you're interested in learning the tools you need to make your legislators to listen when you have something to say, we invite you to sign up for AALL's free online advocacy training session, Join AALL's Advocacy Team: How to Deliver Our Message, on Wednesday, October 14, from 1-2 p.m. EDT. Speakers are Government Relations Office staff members Mary Alice Baish and Emily Feldman and "advocacy guru" Stephanie Vance, guest speaker at AALL's 2009 Day on the Hill. Vance will explain how to develop and deliver a message to your representatives about the importance of free online access to Congressional Research Service reports and the digital authentication of online legal resources. Register today!

PLMW Free Webinar on Intergenerational Issues in the Legal Workplace

PLMW 2009The landscape of the workplace is changing, and the legal profession is no exception. Indeed, relationships between employees of different generations are sometimes more pronounced in the often tradition-bound legal workplace. Learn how to address the various challenges firms face in dealing with the differing priorities, attitudes, and skills of their employees. Attend From Boomers to Millennials: Intergenerational Issues in the Legal Workplace on Tuesday, October 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. The panel of experts includes AALL's Sarah Mauldin, law librarian at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, as well as representatives from five of the other co-sponsoring legal associations. This 90-minute free program also includes a Q&A segment, which allows for the exchange of ideas from webinar participants.

Professional Legal Management Week 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).

Tell Us What You Think of AALL

Last Friday AALL e-mailed you a link to a comprehensive member survey. Your responses to this survey will assist the AALL Executive Board in planning the AALL Strategic Directions 2010-2013. Thank you to everyone who already completed or started the survey. If you experienced a delay when filling out the survey, it was due to increased traffic on the system. Your response is important to us, so please try again; the system will allow you to pick up where you left off in the survey.

The goal of the survey is to get members' candid opinions about AALL and its programs and services. It should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete, and your responses will be kept confidential. As a thank you for your help, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card, if you complete your survey by October 2.

If you did not receive an e-mail with the survey link, please contact Julia O'Donnell, AALL director of membership marketing and communications (312/205-8018). Your participation will go a long way in helping AALL meet your needs and those of the law library community in the years to come.

Roberta Shaffer Appointed New Law Librarian of Congress

On August 20, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Roberta I. Shaffer as the new law librarian of Congress, effective August 31, 2009. In making this important appointment, he notes, "Roberta Shaffer brings to this critical management position both extraordinary vision and demonstrated leadership skills that will continue the Law Library's historically exemplary service to Congress and to the public while addressing the challenges of providing legal research and reference services in our rapidly changing and technologically driven world." According to a recent article in the Library of Congress Gazette, Shaffer envisions a 21st century national law library that will be a global leader in using new technologies to acquire, provide access to, and preserve current legal information.

AALL congratulates long-time member Shaffer on her appointment and looks forward to a collaborative future as she brings her remarkable energy and vision to the Law Library of Congress.

AALL Thinks Strategically

Next year the AALL 2005-2010 Strategic Directions come to an end, and AALL members, with the Executive Board Strategic Directions Committee, will craft a new Strategic Directions plan for 2010-2013. The Strategic Directions Committee has created Strategically Thinking, an AALL blog for all things futuristic. As the Association develops a new roadmap for the next three years, we need you—the members—to provide the directions, speed, and forecast. Tell us what is going on around you. What would you like to see change, and what things should we keep doing? The blog is for everyone, so feel free to share, brainstorm, and collaborate. Each week will feature a new thread mixed with "open mike" sessions. Your input is a vital resource as we set the course for the next three years.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2010-2011 committee volunteers. Committees carry out AALL's Strategic Directions of leadership, education, and advocacy, which in turn drives our professional future. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by December 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate—volunteer today.

Invest in Our Future

AALL Giving OpportunitiesEnsure that our profession remains strong and vital by giving fellow law librarians the opportunity to continue their education or career development. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of our profession through one of AALL's many funds. AALL's scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you'll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

More Free Videos on AALL2go

AALL2goWe continue to add new content to AALL2go, our Association's new online learning center that offers you specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for law librarians. The convenient online format allows you to expand your knowledge base and gain new skills right from your desktop—no travel is required, and it's available whenever you need it. Also, AALL2go is fully searchable, so you can quickly find material targeted to your areas of interest.

New content added this month include six free videos from the 2008 Annual Meeting and Conference in Portland, Oregon. Log on to view these videos:

  • A2: The Evolving Role of Law Librarians with Self-represented Litigants
  • A4: International Law and the Evolving Knowledge Society
  • C1: Conflict Resolution—In Search of the Holy Grail: "Your Mother Was a Hamster and Your Father Smelt of Elderberries!"
  • C4: Official but Not Authentic: The Future of Electronic Legal Information
  • G4: The Fourth E: The Environment and Law Libraries
  • K4: Marketing Your Library: Exploring New Technologies to Create Evolving Newsletters That Energize Your Patrons

2010 Annual Meeting Scheduling Begins Now

2010 AALL Annual MeetingThe Annual Meeting Program Committee is already hard at work reviewing 193 program and workshop proposals for the 2010 Annual Meeting, July 10-13 in Denver. The selection meeting will take place in Chicago next weekend, September 25-26, and the committee will contact those who submitted proposals by early October. Program selections and descriptions will appear in the program announcement later this year.

Next week, a letter with scheduling forms for meetings and functions will be e-mailed out to all committee, special interest section, and caucus chairs and chapter presidents outlining the agenda for 2010 Annual Meeting. Letters will also be sent to affiliate groups, such as consortiums and law schools, who scheduled events at the 2009 meeting in Washington, D.C., and exhibit groups who are currently contracted for this year's meeting.

New this year, groups will be able to complete and submit the Preliminary Scheduling Form online. Please submit your form by the November 1 deadline to ensure listing in the preliminary program.

AALL Salary Survey Results Coming Next Month

AALL Salary SurveyThank you to everyone who participated in the 2009 AALL Biennial Salary Survey. The response rate was 53 percent—your impressive participation will ensure detailed salary breakdowns and accurate compensation information.

Association Research Inc. is now tabulating the responses, and the final report will be available on the Members Only Section of AALLNET in mid-October. Print copies are also available for order and will be delivered in late October.

Member News

The following AALL members have compiled new state bibliographies. Reba A. Best, Tennessee State Documents: A Bibliography of State Publications and Related Materials; Terrye Conroy, Stacy Etheredge, and David Lehmann, State Documents Bibliography: South Carolina; Mari Cheney, Utah Legal Resources Bibliography; Darin Fox, State Documents Bibliography – Oklahoma: A Guide to Legal Research in Oklahoma; Barbara Fritschel, State Documents Bibliography: Wisconsin; Catherine Lemann, State Documents Bibliography: Alaska; Wendy Schroeder Hitchcock and Stephanie Midkiff,State Documents Bibliography: Oregon; Rhonda R. Schwartz, North Dakota State Documents: A Selective Bibliography of Legal and Law-Related Material; Theresa Strike, Guide to New Mexico State Publications, Third Edition.

Mary Koshollek, director of information and records services at Godfrey & Kahn, SC, in Milwaukee, is featured in "What keeps you awake at night?," an August 2009 column appearing in Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 82, No. 8.

Colorado Association of Law Libraries members Beth Mescall and Holly Pinto were featured on the cover of the August 17, 2009, issue of Law Week Colorado as key support staff for law firms.

Barbara G. Traub is now serving as interim director of the Rittenberg Law Library at St. John's University School of Law, as well as continuing her duties as head of reference and instructional services.

Read more AALL news from caucuses, chapters, committees, members, and special interest sections on AALLNET.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Dan F. Henke and Susan J. Martin.

Mr. Henke was professor of law emeritus and law librarian at University of California. He earned his B.S. in Foreign Service and J.D. from Georgetown University and a Masters in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. Mr. Henke received the AALL Marian Gould Gallagher Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession in 1995. He served as co-founder and president of the Western Pacific Chapter, chairman of the Law Library Journal Committee, and local arrangements chair of the 1962 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Mr. Henke died on September 8.

Ms. Martin was director of the reference and research division at the L.A. Law Library. Born in Cheshire, England, she was a graduate of California State University Fullerton, Western State University College of Law, and Florida State University. Ms. Martin was a member of AALL since 2003. She died on August 8.

Welcome New Members

Florence J. Barnes, Circuit Court for Carroll County Law Library
Brandon Bellows
Lauren Bramnick, Broad and Cassell
Channa Cajero, L.A. Law Library
Katherine Chamberlain, University of Illinois College of Law
Paul Cope, Agent Legal
David Curle, Outsell, Inc.
Patricia M. Dickerson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Library and Information Studies
Kristi L. Gannon, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Erin Harper, Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP
Marcia Magee
Sarah Nolan, Case Western Reserve University Law School Library
Franklin Runge, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science
Joshua Schneider
Lisa Watson
Jennifer Williams, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Maxine Wright, Columbia University, The Arthur W. Diamond Law Library