AALL E-newsletter - February 2010

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Catherine LemannIt's time to start thinking about attending our premier educational event, the AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, July 10-13. This newsletter is full of information about registration, grants to attend the meeting, this year's Legislative Advocacy Training, and our keynote speaker. If you're unable to join us in Denver, you can still take advantage of AALL's webinars, read Law Library Journal, or serve as or learn from a mentor. I encourage you to take advantage of all the benefits AALL offers its members.

In This Issue

Register Today for the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting

Conference registration for the 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver is now open. You should have received a personalized email on February 17 announcing the official opening, including your member ID number, which you'll need to obtain member-discounted pricing.

Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Program and Full Registration packages now include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Denver, they'll be joining AALL!

R. David LankesR. David Lankes will be this year's keynote speaker at the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 11. Lankes is director of the Information Institute of Syracuse, an associate professor in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, and director of the library science program for the school. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today's society, and he has resolved to "make 2010 the year of the librarian—not the library."

The theme of the Legislative Advocacy Training at the Annual Meeting is "Raising the Bar in Your State." You won't want to miss this year's half-day session that will be held on Saturday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. It will focus on two very important AALL state initiatives: first, how to prove the value to state officials of our public law libraries that are threatened with budget cuts, and even closure; and second, to discuss the progress and challenges of AALL's state working groups being formed to increase support for the authentication and preservation of online legal information in every state. The training is free for AALL members and members of our chapters. Please contact Emily Feldman by June 1 to reserve your spot.

2010 AALL Annual MeetingTo continue AALL's efforts to provide a more eco-friendly Annual Meeting, we will no longer print and mail a Preliminary Program. Instead, we are proud to announce a new look for the Annual Meeting homepage. With easy navigation buttons, this robust site will provide you with all of the information you need to connect to this year's Meeting. You can register to attend, make hotel and travel reservations, search for programs and meetings, design your own personal schedule, see who's exhibiting, or just spend some time experiencing Denver on the Local Arrangements Committee homepage. Going "green" has never looked better!

Williams Joins Executive Board

AALL member Donna S. Williams, law librarian at the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, has joined the AALL Executive Board effective February 16 to fulfill the unexpired term of Marcus Hochstetler, who recently submitted his resignation from the board. Her term will end in July 2012. Williams was elected by the Executive Board to fill the position and will attend her first meeting of the board April 9-10 in Chicago.

The AALL bylaws, Section VIII, 8, provide the Executive Board shall have the power to fill any vacancy in elective office, with the exception of the office of president.

Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2010 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

In March, AALL dues invoices for 2010-2011 will mail out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.

This year, when you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2010 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2010-2011. Following is the 2010 membership renewal schedule:

  • March: First dues invoices mailed out.
  • May: Second dues invoices mailed out.
  • June: Final dues invoices mailed out.
  • July: Expiration notices e-mailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.
  • August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312/205-8022.

Make a Difference—Consider Running for AALL Office

AALL is looking for the next great leaders of the Association. If you, or someone you know, have proven leadership experience, commitment to law librarianship, and demonstrated ability to think strategically, please consider serving on the AALL Executive Board.

The Nominations Committee is asking members to nominate individuals who would make strong candidates for the 2010 AALL Executive Board election for the offices of vice president/president-elect, secretary, and two Executive Board members.

If you or someone you know is ready to serve on the AALL Executive Board, let the Nominations Committee know. The chair of this year's committee is Kathy Carlson of the Wyoming State Law Library. You can email her with your nomination. The committee is accepting nominations through March 1. The election will be held in November 2010, for three-year terms beginning July 2011.

Update on LAW.GOV Proposed Repository for Legal Materials

AALL continues to work with Law Librarian of Congress Roberta Shaffer and Carl Malamud of PublicResource.Org on "LAW.GOV," a proposed registry and repository of all primary legal materials of the United States and international governmental bodies. The three groups are working to develop a government-wide collaboration to build the repository.

The Law Library of Congress is pursuing the registration of the "LAW.GOV" domain to serve as a portal for authoritative local, state, national, foreign, and international legal and legislative information. It is planned for the site to serve as a one-stop URL and repository for this information. AALL issued a letter in support of the Law Library of Congress' application for the domain name in early January.

PublicResource.org has been hosting a series of workshops across the country to seek input on the project. The first workshop was held on January 12 and hosted by Paul Lomio and Erika Wayne at Stanford University's Robert Crown Law Library. The next workshop will take place on February 25 at the Columbia University School of Law.

As a result of the first workshop, Stanford's Wayne has taken the lead in developing a prototype for a national inventory of all primary legal resources extending to all levels of government. She is working with the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) and AALL's California Working Group to test the prototype, after which they will begin to populate the inventory with data. Once the prototype has been successfully tested, AALL's other state working groups will begin to inventory their own states' legal information to add to the national database. Currently, there are more than 100 AALL and chapter volunteers from 42 states and the District of Columbia involved in the working groups. More volunteers are needed, so please sign up today to join this important initiative.

NCCUSL Committee to Meet in Chicago March 5-7

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) Drafting Committee on Authentication and Preservation of Electronic State Legal Materials will meet in Chicago March 5-7 to discuss the current draft of Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act. The final version of the act will include a prefatory note to explain the nature of the problem that the law seeks to address, as well as comments that will help flesh-out the details. As reported in October, the committee's reporter is Barbara A. Bintliff, and Keith Ann Stiverson attends meetings as AALL's observer. AALL's Government Relations and Electronic Legal Information Access & Citation (ELIAC) Committees are currently reviewing the draft, and their suggestions will be the basis for the formal comments that AALL will submit to the drafting committee.

It is gratifying to see the Association's hard work and leadership on these issues bear fruit since the spring 2007 publication of the State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Information and our National Summit on Authentic Legal Information in the Digital Age. Thanks also to Michele Timmons, chair of the Drafting Committee and a summit delegate, who proposed that NCCUSL study these issues.

Emily Janoski-Haehlen, chair of the ELIAC Committee, has just announced that the 2009-2010 updates to the 2007 State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Information Executive Summary, along an executive summary, are now available. Thanks to all the state authors who researched and wrote the updates, Janoski-Haehlen and her hard-working committee, and especially Tina Ching, who served as editor of the updates.

Draft 2010-2013 AALL Strategic Directions

The draft 2010-2013 AALL Strategic Directions are now available for member review. Developed from information gathered from members, member entities, the Executive Board, and AALL staff over the past year, this draft outlines goals and objectives created to guide the work of the Association's committees, special interest sections, caucuses, and chapters during the next three years.

Please review and submit comments and suggestions as an individual member or as a member of a special interest section, committee, caucus, or chapter by Friday, March 5. Multiple submissions are welcome. If you prefer, you may send comments directly to Cathy Lemann or any member of the Executive Board.

Redesigning Law Library Space in Today's Economy

The current economic downturn combined with the cost of real estate has created a new set of challenges for law firm librarians who are planning and re-designing library space. Turning those challenges into success requires knowledge of how the library space fits into the firm's strategic plan. Using that knowledge and working with an experienced law firm space designer/architect can enable you to develop a creative and comprehensive approach to your library's redesign and gain acceptance from firm management.

Join the AALL webinar, Library Space: Planning for the Future on March 17, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (CST), and hear an architect specializing in law firm design discuss current trends and provide examples of the impact of technology on library space planning. Two librarians will discuss the space planning challenges they faced and the methodologies they found useful. Their experience will help participants evaluate design variations for main office or branch office locations.

Register by March 10.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Libraries of Hope: When Professional Competencies and Social Responsibility Connect.

AALL2goAs librarians, how do we best put information into the hands of the world? Librarians Without Borders (LWB) have developed guidelines for providing sustainable information that is tailored to each community's language and culture. Sandra Hodgson describes sending health-related materials to Angola, and the continuing efforts of LWB, including advising those who want to send books to other countries. Jane Kenny Meyers developed similar relevancy guidelines when opening a library for street kids in Zambia. The children found a safe haven where they had the opportunity to improve their English language literacy to the point that they could seek acceptance to secondary schools where they received room and board.

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

Tap into the Wealth of Knowledge and Experience with AALL's Mentor Program

Whether you're a newer member looking for advice, an experienced member hoping to give back to your profession, or a mid-career member contemplating a job change, AALL's Mentor Program is a valuable resource.

AALL's Mentor Program provides:

  • Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on chartering their career paths as law librarians
  • Experienced members: an avenue to lend their knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of the law librarianship
  • Mid-career members: a network for law librarians who are contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility

Apply by March 1:

Last Chance to 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.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

Do you have a great idea for a program for law librarians? The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant can assist you in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members are encouraged to apply. Apply online by February 25.

Last Call for Papers

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

  • Open Division — March 2 deadline: for active and retired AALL members with five or more years of experience
  • New Members Division — March 2 deadline: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for less than five years
  • Student Division — April 15 deadline: 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.

Visit AALLNET for additional information and the application form. Please contact a member of the AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers Committee with any questions: Chair, James Donovan, David Hollander, or Connie Lenz.

Call for Applications for the AALL Research Fund

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL Research Fund, totaling up to $450. The committee will award one grant to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research/scholarly agenda of the profession of librarianship. For suggestions on possible research projects, view AALL's Research Agenda.

Established with a generous endowment from LexisNexis in July 2000, the annual grants fund large or small research projects that create, disseminate, or use legal and law-related information. To apply for the grants, all applicants must provide resumes and statements of their qualifications for carrying out their projects. Apply by Friday, March 26.

Attend the Annual Meeting with an AALL Grant

If you want to attend the Annual Meeting in Denver, don't miss out on your chance to apply for a registration grant. Grants are awarded to cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting or workshops presented at the Annual Meeting.

Two categories of registration grants are available:

  • Experienced Members (five or more years), who have a proven record of professional accomplishment and service to AALL
  • Students/New Members (less than five years of professional experience), who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession

The application deadline is April 1. For more information, see the Grants Committee website.

Canada Hosts Law Librarians from around the Globe for the 2010 Joint Study Institute

Joint Study InstituteThe Canadian Association of Law Libraries invites AALL members to attend the 2010 Joint Study Institute, "Diversity, Culture and Contrasts: Canada's Legal Kaleidoscope," June 20-23 in Montreal. This year's institute theme captures the uniqueness of the Joint Study Institutes—an opportunity for law librarians from around the world to discuss common, current, and relevant issues facing us in the practice of law librarianship.

The biennial Joint Study Institutes were begun in the mid-1990s by AALL and the national law library organizations of Australia, Britain, Canada, and Ireland to bring together law librarians from the common law jurisdictions for networking and intensive instruction on the legal heritage and traditions of the host countries. The New Zealand Law Librarians' Association has also now joined the group of sponsoring organizations. Registration for this year's institute is now open.

Follow Us on Facebook

FacebookAALL now has a page on Facebook! Become a fan and connect with your law librarian friends around the country. You'll also be kept up-to-date with periodic AALL announcements and news.

If you're planning to attend the 2010 Annual Meeting in Denver, you can also become a fan of the conference Facebook page to share photos, Denver hot spots, and tips for making the most out of the Annual Meeting.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 102, Number 1

Law Library JournalThe Winter 2010 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 a compilation of oral dissents of the U.S. Supreme Court, a look at the level of coverage of law review articles in academic databases; an argument for broader access to state government materials; and an annotated bibliography of sources for the legal history of Washington State. As well, Bernard Hibbitts of JURIST contributed an essay on "The Technology of Law."

Member News

Joe Custer has been named assistant professor of law and director of the law library at St. Louis University. Custer is currently the associate director at The University of Kansas School of Law Wheat Law Library. He begins at SLU July 1.

Rita Dermody was appointed interim librarian and director of the King County Law Library, effective February 1, and Richard Stroup was appointed assistant interim director. Dermody has served as collection access services librarian since 1999 and Stroup has been patron access service librarian since 1988.

James Duggan was recently recognized by the Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science as one of the school's Outstanding Alumni for 2009.

Laura N. Gasaway was elected to the Board of Directors for the Copyright Clearance Center.

Sarah Glassmeyer will be faculty services and outreach librarian at Valparaiso University School of Law Library starting April 1. Glassmeyer is currently a reference librarian at the University of Kentucky Law Library.

Sarah Mauldin is the new head librarian at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta. She was previously law librarian at Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, also in Atlanta.

Joe D. McClure, satellite librarian for the Sixth Circuit in Nashville, will retire after 28 years on March 31.


AALL has been advised of the death of Stanley Keith Pearce and Marjorie C. Wilcox.

Mr. Pearce graduated from the University of Washington with a BA degree in Psychology in 1950; a JD in 1956; and a Master's degree in law librarianship in 1957. He was employed at the Los Angeles County Law Library until he joined the law firm of O'Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles in 1959, where he remained until his retirement in January 1986. Mr. Pearce served as president of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries from 1968-1969 and as a member of the AALL Executive Board from 1977-1980. He died on February 2.

Ms. Wilcox attended school in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was an active member of her church and worked to provide services to the Blind. In 1968, Wilcox became executive director and law librarian for the Grand Rapids Bar Association, where she remained until her retirement in 1988. In addition to receiving the Liberty Bell Award from the bar association, Wilcox served as the first president of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries. She died on February 5.

Welcome New Members

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

Mary Adams, Louisiana Department of Justice
Jeannie R. Ashley, Fulton County Law Library
Jamie Baker, Thomas M. Cooley Law School Library
Danielle Brooks, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center
Carolyn Brown, Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science
Janice Brown, Staatsbiliothek
Damon Campbell, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center
Kelly Clark
Cornel Darden, Jr., University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Alexandra Lee Delgado, University of Arizona College of Law Library
Michelle Dunaway
Elizabeth Foster
Christopher L. Gilbertson, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Ari Greenberg
David Hansen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library
Nickholas Harrell, Lewis and Clark College
Darlene Hull, Distribuciones Barlovento
Kristina Lambright
Eric Yong Joong Lee, YIJUN Institute of International Law
Kelly Leong
Arthur Link
Elizabeth Marshall
Jennifer Mart-Rice, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law Library
Marius Meland, Portfolio Media, Inc.
Hilary Naab, U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit Library
Matthew Odom, University of Kansas Wheat Law Library
Cathy Sagendorf, New York State Library Acquisitions
Ron Schwarz, Forster-Long, LLC
Rebecca Velez