AALL E-newsletter - January 2010

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Catherine LemannAdvocacy, Education, and Leadership are AALL's Strategic Directions. This newsletter highlights current initiatives to carry out those directions. Check out our advocacy efforts to keep law libraries open in Connecticut. We also present a variety of upcoming educational opportunities, both online through webinars and in person at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver. And our members continue to show leadership through their professional activities and extracurricular hobbies, like Fred Shapiro's popular Yale Book of Quotations. I hope you will assist AALL to further our strategic directions.

In This Issue

Help AALL and SNELLA Save Connecticut Courthouse Libraries

AALL has been working closely with the Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA), to oppose the announced closure of six of the 15 courthouse libraries in Connecticut. They are jointly sponsoring online petitions to save the courthouse libraries in Bridgeport, Hartford, Litchfield, Milford, and Norwich. The sixth library, at the Willimantic Courthouse, is not staffed, and its small collection will likely be moved to the local public university. Each petition includes a compelling statement by a leader of the local bar association, whose members stand ready to join forces with us. Attorneys and pro se litigants will be deprived of local access to current and historic legal materials, as well as the knowledge and expertise of professional librarians, if we do not stop these proposed closures.

The petitions are open to all residents of Connecticut. Please help spread the word so that our efforts are successful in quickly getting as many signatures as possible to keep these public law libraries open and staffed.

In addition to the petitions, on December 23, AALL and SNELLA sent joint letters to Connecticut's Governor Rell and to the leadership of the Appropriations Committee strongly opposing the decision, which was announced by Judge Barbara M. Quinn, chief court administrator. The closures became necessary, according to Quinn, after the executive branch cut $12.9 million from the budget for the judicial branch.

2010 Annual Meeting Registration Opens Next Month

2010 AALL Annual MeetingRegistration for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference, to be held in Denver July 10-13, will open next month on February 17. AALL's educational programming is now available for viewing online. You can sort the 66 programs and four workshops by competencies that best meet your needs.

The four days of valuable educational programming cover topics that include managing library costs, improving efficiency, and getting noticed as the professional you are. Here are a few of the many programs that will be offered in Denver:

  • The Frugal Librarian: Pinching Pennies (Relatively) Painlessly in Your Law Library
  • Bringing Increased Efficiency to Technical Services: Is EOCR for You?
  • Going Mobile : New Tools to Keep Your Library's Information Moving
  • Research Guides 2.0: Creating Guides That Patrons Love with Less Hassle
  • What Is It You Do Again?: Marketing the Patron Services of the Traditional to the Non-traditional Librarian

Registration rates are now available online. This year we're pleased to offer a special bonus for nonmember registration; nonmembers will receive a complimentary one-year AALL membership with the program or full registration packages.

Law Library of Congress Expresses Interest in LAW.GOV Domain Name

The Law Library of Congress, under the leadership of new Law Librarian Roberta Shaffer, is interested in acquiring the "LAW.GOV " domain name as a new collaborative effort to provide the public with free access to legislative, regulatory, and judicial resources. AALL strongly supports the Law Library of Congress' vision for "LAW.GOV " as a means of fulfilling its mission to collect, manage, preserve, and service authoritative federal, state, foreign, international, and comparative law and legal information in all formats.

The creation of "LAW.GOV," to be hosted by the Law Library of Congress and developed in collaboration with other federal agencies, is well aligned with President Obama's goals for a more transparent and collaborative federal government. The Law Library of Congress is uniquely positioned to acquire the "LAW.GOV" domain name in light of its success in developing and maintaining important online databases, including A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, the Global Legal Information Network, and THOMAS.

2009 Grants Awarded from Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is pleased to announce that two grants were funded in 2009 by the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program:

  • Susan Nevelow Mart, faculty services librarian at the University of California Hastings College of Law Library, was awarded $2,225 for her project, "The Effects of Automation on the Relevance of Citator and Digest Results in Lexis and Westlaw."
  • Stacy Bowers, outreach and access services librarian at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Westminster Law Library, was awarded $2,775 for her project, "Reintroducing the Value of Law Librarians to Public Librarians through the Identification and Use of Emerging Technologies and Resources."

The Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grant Program was first established in 1996 with a generous contribution of $50,000. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business considers its contribution as an investment in research that provides a prospective look at the role of librarians, researchers, and legal information providers and yields results to which publishers can respond. The goal is to sponsor research that has a practical impact on the law library profession and inspires products and changes in the marketplace.

Learn Successful New Library Staffing Models to Meet the Needs of Your Firm

Models for delivering services and products have changed dramatically over the years. Today, our users can answer many of their own questions using the Internet; they look to librarians for complex research that requires in-depth understanding of the client's industry and the legal issues involved. Meanwhile, management wants librarians to work closely with other departments, like marketing, to support non-traditional library activities, such as business development.

Even though service models have changed, in many instances our staffing models have not. Attend the webinar Change as Opportunity: Staffing the Library for Success on February 17, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST) to learn about eight successful staffing models and methods being used in business libraries today and how each one makes it easier to meet the service expectations of our management, users, and clients.

These models include integrating library staff with other administrative departments, embedding research librarians in practice groups, developing specializations among the staff, establishing self-serve options, outsourcing selected activities, hiring non-MLS professionals, and more. Two law librarians who have implemented new staffing models will discuss what they did, why, and the challenges they overcame along the way.

Register by February 10.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Protection of Indigenous Knowledge, Cultures, and Peoples: Current Issues in Intellectual Property Law.

AALL2goLearn about the issues that come in to play when traditional values (here, those of Native Hawaiians) come into conflict with western intellectual property regimes. For example, Disney altered the words to a Hawaiian chant used in its cartoon movie Lilo and Stitch and then copyrighted the new version. By changing the words, however, it violated the indigenous view that such chants are community property to be passed down to future generations, and, as such, should not be modified in any way that would disturb their meanings.

In this 2007 Westpac program moderated by Melody K. Mackenzie, speakers Walter M. Heen, Camille Kalama, and Maile Meyer address similar problems and outline progress made in the pursuit of indigenous cultures' rights to determine how intellectual property will be handled.

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

Send in a Proposal for a Continuing Education Grant

Do you have an idea for a continuing education program that would benefit fellow AALL members? AALL can help with funding. The third round of the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program is coming up. Watch for the following deadlines:

  • February 25: Proposals due to AALL Headquarters. Apply now.
  • March 29: Announcement of funded grants
  • November 2010: Deadline for expenditure of funds

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 and only applies to new purchases. Additional shipping and handling charges apply for CD purchases.

AALL Awards Deadline Approaching: February 1

The AALL Awards Committee recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in assuring access to legal information. The committee will consider candidates for 13 awards, including those listed below. Recipients will be recognized at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. All nominations must be postmarked before February 1.

*These new awards were approved at the November 2009 AALL Executive Board meeting.

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.

Subscribe to AALL's Career Center

AALL Career CenterIf you're looking for the next step in your law library career or looking for high-quality candidates to fill open positions in your law library, be sure to visit AALL's Career Center. Online you can:

  • Post your resume
  • Browse current listings based on criteria that match your goals
  • Search anonymously by creating a Job Agent
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed

Follow Us on Facebook

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Member News

Ann Hemmens joined the University of New Mexico Law Library as assistant director for public services and associate professor of law librarianship. Previously Hemmens was a reference librarian and the assistant librarian for reference services at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian for collections and access at Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Library and editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, was recently interviewed on National Public Radio. Shapiro discussed the most memorable quotations of 2009 with host Robert Siegel during the December 30 airing of "All Things Considered."

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 has been advised of the death of Fannie Fishlyn.

Ms. Fishlyn served as circulation librarian at the University of Southern California Law Library from 1972 until her retirement in 1987, where she developed the service model for the library's outstanding document delivery and circulation services. Many law students at USC saw her as the face of the law library, and she was considered by colleagues to be an exemplary law librarian. Ms. Fishlyn's professionalism and contributions to law librarianship and to the law school were recognized when she became the first USC law librarian to attain tenure. She was also a long-time member of AALL and served as the chair of the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section from 1982-1983. Ms. Fishlyn died on January 8.

Welcome New Members

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

Jennifer Adams, Dalhousie University Law Library Sir James Dunn Law Library
Jean Anderson, Minnesota State Law Library
Barbara J. Deakin, St. John's University School of Law Rittenberg Law Library
Susan Flynn, Faegre & Benson LLP
Mark Harasymiw
Scott Holcomb, Catholic University of America
Brittany Kolonay, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Abigail Lauer
Michael McArthur
Susanne Mueller-Grote, Recht Fuer Deutschland GmbH
Jaye B. Nelson, LA Law Library
Richelle Reid
Nina Rose
Karen Ryan
Amy T. Sarola, St. John's University
Dagfinn H. Senturia, Holland & Hart LLP
Emily Shepard Smith, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Lauren Sotherden, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Stephen Spong, Bora Laskin Law Library
Stephanie A. Straw, SUNY At Buffalo Sears Law Library