AALL E-newsletter - December 2009

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Catherine LemannHappy Solstice and welcome to the December e-newsletter. This issue highlights the new issue of Law Library Journal, the Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section's revised legal research guide, and a reminder about the Call for Papers competition. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a peaceful, joyous, and productive New Year!

In This Issue

Sweet Home Chicago in 2016

AALL is excited to announce Chicago, home of AALL Headquarters, as the host city for the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference. The Conference, including the Exhibit Hall, will be held under one roof at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, July 16-19, 2016. A list of future Annual Meeting and Conference dates and locations can be found online.

Just Released: New Edition of "How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers"

How to Research a Legal ProblemThe AALL Legal Information Services to the Public Special Interest Section recently published a new edition of How to Research A Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers. This free, informative seven-page online guide is intended to help non-lawyers find legal rules that can resolve or prevent conflict.

Avoiding jargon throughout, the booklet covers the basic steps in legal research. It also describes basic sources of legal information, giving examples of legal encyclopedias, treatises, articles, codes, reporters, and digests. Download a free copy (or more!) today.

AALL Appears in ALA's Legal Management

Legal ManagementAALL partnered with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) to print two ads in the October and November/December issues of its monthly journal, Legal Management. The ads promote the value of law librarians to legal administrators and feature Megan Butman, research librarian at the Chicago law firm DLA Piper. They also follow on the heels of Professional Legal Management Week (PLMW), during which AALL members Monice Kaczorowski and Holly Pinto contributed an article to the PLMW Magazine and Sarah Mauldin spoke as a panelist on the free webinar about inter-generational issues in the legal workplace. Linda Will's article "Synergizing Relationships" also appears in the October issue of Legal Management.

Law Library Journal
Issues Volume 101, Number 4

Law Library JournalThe Fall 2009 issue of Law Library Journal (LLJ) was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers; it is also available on AALLNET. This issue features two AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers award-winning papers, one an analysis of the skill sets, knowledge areas, and personality characteristics of the archetypal law librarian during the last 100 years, and the other an in-depth look at the importance of the public domain. Other articles include the results of a recent leadership survey and what they say about law librarians as leaders; a bibliography and resource for research on Chinese intellectual property law; and a law firm librarian's perspective on the 21st century law library. As always, the Fall issue also contains the business proceedings from the Annual Meeting.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Technical Issues & Practical Matters: A Law Librarian Q & A on Legal Technology.

This 2007 webinar was moderated by Robert Farmer, instructional services/research librarian at Jones School of Law Library, and presented by Catherine Sanders Reach, director of the Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC) of the American Bar Association. Reach describes the many services provided by the LTRC that are relevant to everyone in the legal profession, especially the annual legal technology survey report on how lawyers are using technology in their practices.

Learn more about strong trends such as mobile technology and electronic discovery, as well as lawyers' reduced reliance on paper. Among the resulting challenges are the costs of electronically-stored information and the risks associated with counting on vendors to continue to store older materials.

AALL2goFind this and more than 60 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Get Three AALL Conference Recording Sets for the Price of One!

For a limited time, when you purchase the full AALL 2009 Annual Meeting program recordings set, you'll also receive the full 2008 and 2007 recording sets for free. With this purchase you'll have access to nearly 200 educational programs developed and presented specifically for law librarians. You can purchase the sets in three ways: MP3 downloads available on AALL2go, MP3 CDs, or audio CDs.

This offer is only good until March 1, 2010 and only applies to new purchases. Additional shipping and handling charges apply for CD purchases.

AALL Announces New Continuing Education Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the latest AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program award recipients. Congratulations to the following AALL entities:

  • The Law Library Association of Maryland for its program on advanced research topics for law librarians
  • The Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section for a webinar program titled, "Change as Opportunity: Staffing for Success"

Stay tuned for information about the next round of grants, the deadline is February 25.

Calling All Papers

The AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee is soliciting articles in three categories for its annual competition:

  • Open Division: for active and retired AALL members with five or more years of experience
  • New Members Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years
  • Student Division: for students in library, information management, or law school; participants in this division need not be members of AALL

The winner in each division receives $750, generously donated by LexisNexis, plus the opportunity to present a description of his or her research and writing process at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Winning papers are also considered for publication in Law Library Journal.

Articles in the Open and New Members Division must be submitted by March 2. Articles in the Student Division must be submitted by April 15. Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form.

Member Address Updates

You may notice slight changes to your street address in your AALL membership profile. AALL Headquarters recently updated members' addresses in the Association's membership database to make them compliant with U.S. Postal Service codes. The updates to street address fields will allow mail to be delivered in a more timely fashion and reduce the chance of undelivered mail. Please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, with any questions or concerns.

Looking for a Speaker for Your Next Program?

The AALL Speakers Directory is a member-driven database that can help members locate speakers on particular topics. Members are encouraged to identify themselves or other persons as potential speakers.

Tell AALL Members about Your Upcoming Events

Spread the word about your upcoming events by posting them on the AALL Calendar of Events. Post business meetings, continuing education programs, and any other relevant events that are open to AALL members. You can even subscribe to the RSS feed, and new event postings will come to you.

Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL Headquarters and the Government Relations Office will be closed during the holiday season from December 24 to January 3. The offices will reopen on Monday, January 4.

Give the Gift of Opportunity

During this time of year as we hunt for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of your 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 options 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.

Member News

Barbara Golden, retired Minnesota state law librarian, was honored with Minnesota Lawyer magazine's Outstanding Service to the Profession Award for 2009. Golden received the award in recognition of her more than 25 years of service to lawyers and judges in the state's law library system, with the last six as state law librarian.

Yolanda P. Jones has been appointed assistant director of the Wayne State University Library System's Arthur Neef Law Library in Detroit. She was previously assistant director of electronic and information services at Villanova University School of Law Library in Pennsylvania.

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.


AALL been advised of the deaths of John Hagemann, Nancy K. Holden and Michael J. Petit.

Mr. Hagemann retired last spring after 41 years on the University of South Dakota School of Law's faculty. During most of that time, he served as director of the McKusick Law Library. Mr. Hagemann was a long-time member of AALL and served on many special interest sections. He was a beloved figure in the South Dakota State Bar and among the many graduates of the University of South Dakota School of Law. Mr. Hagemann died on December 13.

Ms. Holden earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland, College Park, later becoming librarian at the university's law school. From 1982 until retiring in 1994, she was librarian for the Baltimore law firm Niles, Barton & Wilmer. Ms. Holden and her husband traveled a great deal and had visited such destinations as South Africa, Russia, Iceland, and the Midway Atoll. She died on November 17.

Mr. Petit worked at Georgetown University for many years before becoming head of cataloging and bibliographic access at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. He was a member of AALL since 1994 and was involved in the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section and the Technical Services Special Interest Section, as well as numerous committees and chapters. Mr. Petit died on November 26.

Welcome New Members

AALL welcomes the following new members who joined our ranks in the last month.

Jane Bahnson, University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science
Tina Brooks
Nicole DeBalko
Elizabeth DeLuna
Trezlen Drake
Temitope Noah
Eric Reichert
Jeremy Rose
Kay Samuels, WeirFoulds LLP
Lynn Schlesinger, Infotrieve, Inc.