AALL E-newsletter - October 2009

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Catherine LemannThe AALL election is just around the corner, so be sure to read the candidates' biographies and statements on AALLNET and be ready to vote when the polls open on November 2. This issue also includes information about comments AALL submitted to the Federal Trade Commission and the American Bar Association Standards Review Committee on issues of importance to members. Other news of interest includes details about the upcoming November webinar, the 2009 Salary Survey, and new content on AALL2go. Also, there is still time to volunteer to serve on an AALL committee and to make a year-end donation in support of our grants and scholarship programs.

In This Issue

AALL Online Elections Open November 2

AALL Online ElectionsIt's time to vote for the next AALL vice president, treasurer, and Executive Board members. AALL needs people to be on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote.

Polls open on Monday, November 2. Online voting is fast and easy, but members who wish to receive a paper ballot may do so upon request to Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, 312/205-8022. Paper ballots must be requested by tomorrow, Friday, October 16.

Election schedule:

November 2: Ballots distributed electronically to all voting members.

December 1: Deadline for receipt of all ballots at AALL. Ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

Learn about the candidates' backgrounds and views from the biographies and statements posted on AALLNET.

AALL Leadership Academy Fellows to Discover Signatures of Leadership

Future leaders of law librarianship will gather this weekend in Chicago for the 2009 AALL Leadership Academy to learn the strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession.

AALL Leadership AcademyThe 2009 Leadership Academy Fellows are: 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, Josepha Roberts, Galeen Roe, Nancy Scibelli, Wanita Scroggs, Kama Siegel, Kerry Skinner, Luz Verguizas, and David Zopfi-Jordan.

Bintliff and Stiverson Participate on Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials

At its July 2009 meeting, the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) accepted the recommendation of its study committee to move forward in drafting an act that will provide guidance to states on authenticating and preserving electronic legal materials. The study committee first convened in October 2008 to determine whether it would be useful to create a uniform law to require state online legal materials, especially those considered to be official, to be authenticated and preserved.

Michele L. Timmons, Minnesota revisor of statutes and NCCUSL commissioner, chaired the study committee, and Barbara A. Bintliff participated as AALL's observer. We are very pleased to announce that Timmons, who attended our 2007 National Summit on Authentication of Digital Legal Information, has been named chair of the new Drafting Committee, and Bintliff has been named its reporter. Keith Ann Stiverson will serve as AALL's official observer to the Drafting Committee. Congratulations, Barbara and Keith Ann!

AALL Submits Comments to ABA Standards Review Committee

AALL recently submitted statements to the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar on the report of the Special Committee on Security of Position and on the Comprehensive Review of Standards and Interpretations. The comments were submitted by Barbara Bintliff, AALL's representative to the council and professor of law and director of the University of Colorado Law Library. Comments from both the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and the Research Instruction and Patron Services Special Interest Section are posted on the council's website.

Washington Post Quotes Baish on Federal Register XML Launch

On October 5, the White House, the Government Printing Office (GPO), and the National Archives and Records Administration's Office of the Federal Register launched the XML version of the Federal Register (FR). In its report on the launch, the Washington Post quoted Mary Alice Baish, director of the AALL Government Relations Office: "This is a win-win situation for business, the regulatory community and consumers. We see law libraries being able to use the data for empirical research by law professors who want to track agency activities. For being able to track trends in the regulated industries. Even for studies of semantics and language."

The XML version of the FR is now available through GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys), the Federal Register website, and Data.gov. While each of these websites offers the XML for public use, it is important to note that only FDsys provides access to the official, digitally-signed PDF version of the FR. AALL asked that a disclaimer be added to all of the FR datasets and tools on Data.gov explaining this important distinction. We were pleased to see the new disclaimer language added on October 6.

AALL Submits Comments to the FTC on Prenotification Negative Option Rule

On October 8, AALL submitted comments as part of the Federal Trade Commission's Prenotification Negative Option Rule Review. The current rule serves to protect individual consumers only. The serial nature of law library collections is such that libraries regularly receive unanticipated materials from legal publishers that have not explicitly been ordered, are unwanted, and result in significant costs to the library. The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV) drafted the comments, which request that the rule be expanded to include law libraries as institutional consumers. Attachments include the texts of recent settlements by the Florida attorney general with two legal publishers for unfair publishing practices.

Learn How to Field Complex Foreign and International Law Research Questions with November Webinar

As a law librarian, you never know when you'll be pulled into an area in which you've had very little exposure. Be prepared—learn how to find targeted information for complex foreign and international law research questions by attending Global Legal Research: Routes to Success, a webinar to be held November 19, 12 p.m. EDT. Registration fees are $45 for AALL members and $60 for non-members. Register by November 13.

AALL 2009 Salary Survey Results Are In

AALL Salary SurveyThe 2009 AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics is now available online free for AALL members. With a response rate of 60.2 percent, the AALL survey is the only source for up-to-date comparative salary information for law librarians, broken out (and cross-tabbed) by position, region, education, and years of library experience. New this year, the survey also includes information on benefits offered, number of employees supervised, and billing rates and hours for law firm libraries. In trying economic times like these, rely on the AALL Salary Survey as an essential tool to preserve fair and equitable compensation for law librarians.

Check Your Mailbox for the 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook

2010 AALL DirectoryThe 2009-2010 AALL Directory and Handbook mailed out to AALL members on Tuesday, October 6. You can expect to receive your copy in the next couple of weeks. If you don't, please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, at 312/205-8022. Many thanks go to Wolters Kluwer Law and Business for graciously subsidizing production costs of the directory since 1940.

2008-2009 Annual Reports on AALLNET

Find out what your fellow AALL members have been doing over the past year. Annual reports of AALL chapters, committees, representatives, and special interest sections are now available on AALLNET. Congratulations on your many accomplishments in 2008-2009.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

During the last round of AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants, the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section received a grant for a program on Law Firm Economics. You could be the next grant recipient—apply for the second round of grants by the November 5 deadline.

Thank You for Responding to the Membership Survey

Congratulations to Ann Roberts, librarian at Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Ann is the lucky recipient of a $100 American Express gift card. Her name was drawn from among those who completed the AALL Membership Survey by October 2.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2009 Membership Survey. More than 1,800 members completed the survey for a response rate of nearly 41 percent. Your input will go a long way in helping AALL meet your needs and those of the law library community.

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.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2010-2011 committee volunteers. Through working on committees you not only help to strengthen the profession, you also meet other colleagues who are in various stages of their careers and willing to share their experiences. Your work as a committee member helps you gain and practice useful skills that you might not find in your everyday work. 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.

Free Content on AALL2go

AALL2goCheck out the newest free content on AALL2go, our Association's new online learning center that offers you specialized continuing education programs designed specifically for law librarians:

Expand your knowledge base and gain new skills right from your desktop with AALL2go.

2010 Annual Meeting Scheduling Forms Due November 2

2010 AALL Annual MeetingLast month the Annual Meeting Program Committee met in Chicago to select educational programs for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver: Summit 2010—Mapping Our Future. The committee selected 66 programs and four workshops, which will be detailed on AALLNET in December.

Earlier this month, all committee, SIS, and caucus chairs; chapter presidents; and affiliate groups received letters outlining the agenda for the 2010 conference, including scheduling information for your meetings and functions in Denver. Please submit your online scheduling form by November 2 to ensure that your meetings and events are listed in the preliminary Annual Meeting information on AALLNET.

Social Responsibilities SIS Book Drive a Success

Due to the generosity of AALL members, the Eleventh Annual Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section (SR-SIS) Children's Book Drive was once again a success. This year's recipient, Heather Hill Elementary, is located in Bowie, Maryland (just outside of Washington, D.C.), which is the 17th largest school district in the United States and one facing many economic challenges.

The school received approximately 300 books, $600 in cash/check donations, and a $1,000 donation from the SR-SIS. The school's librarian was so thankful and appreciative that she personally accepted delivery of the books (and gave several hugs to the book deliverer), even though she was on summer vacation. Thanks to everyone involved in making this event a continuing hit and a hallmark of the SR-SIS.

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

Member News

Saint Louis University recently honored AALL member Eileen Searls for exemplary service by naming a library storage building after her. Searls has been a member of AALL since 1952 and has served on seven committees.

AALL past president Judy Meadows recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as state law librarian of Montana. A member of AALL since 1979, Meadows has made innumerable contributions to the Association and the profession of law librarianship.

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


AALL has been advised of the death of Kevin M. Hale. Mr. Hale was a librarian at the State of New Jersey Law Library in Newark for two decades. As a lifelong resident of Metuchen, New Jersey, he was also a member of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society. Mr. Hale joined AALL in 2000 and was active in the New Jersey Law Librarians Association, serving on the executive board and as chair of the Government Affairs and Legal Information Committee. He died on September 12.

Welcome New Members

Elizabeth Davis Bass
Lise Bretton, City Attorney's Law Library
Brent Capley
Andrew Christensen, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Erika Cohn
Misti L. Conway, Fox Rothschild LLP
Jason Curtis, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Kelly Del Vecchio, Sandusky Bay Law Library
Alan Diehlmann, LexisNexis
Gerald Patrick Flanagan, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Tanya Fuhrman-Wenman
Rodney Hall
Yolanda Patrice Harrison, Seton Hall University Law Library
Erin Honeycutt
Stephanie N. Huthmacher, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
Alicia Jones
Gretchen King
Kathryn Michaels, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Jeffrey Nelson, Groom Law Group, Chartered
Alexa Robertson, New York County District Attorney's Office
Bernadette Smith, University of Maryland College of Library and Information Sciences
Jill Smith, BNA
Vicki Steiner, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library
Douglas Tomasulo, U.S. Courts Library
Kathleen Walker, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Michael Wenman