AALL E-newsletter - March 2010

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Catherine LemannThis newsletter is full of information about AALL's efforts in education, advocacy, and leadership. Look for information about the Annual Meeting, including grant opportunities, and how to convince your boss of the value of attending. Interested in learning how to get published? Check out the upcoming webinar. Mary Alice Baish, director of the Government Relations Office, recently testified before Congress in support of the GPO's budget request. We're also giving you a sneak peek of the exciting new AALLNET. I encourage you to take advantage of all that AALL offers its members.

In This Issue

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

Last week, AALL dues invoices for 2010-2011 mailed 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 10: 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.

AALL Dues Help for Unemployed Members

To help in these tough times, AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an "Active" membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($56 instead of $222). The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2011.

Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form or contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022) to sign up.

AALLNET Construction Underway

AALL is embarking on a redesign of its website, a process that began in December 2008 with the inaugural meeting of the AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee. Since that initial meeting, a lot of behind the scenes work has been conducted to lay the foundation and begin the build-out of the new AALLNET. In order to create the new site, we upgraded our association management software, consolidated our network, and established our web hosting platforms.

A new homepage design has been approved, and content migration is underway. The first phase of the project will include all of the site's administrative and Headquarters content being updated and migrated. During phase two, work will begin on the migration of special interest section and other AALL entity content. Before the second phase can be accomplished, training and other related planning issues will be addressed with AALL's webmasters.

The new site will include a content management system and a social networking component in partnership with Higher Logic, a software platform that provides innovative social networking and media options for member-based organizations.

If you have comments or suggestions regarding the new AALLNET, please feel free to contact any member of the planning committee.

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Get Your Boss to Say "Yes" to the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting

Given the current economy and reduced financial support for travel and professional development, I know it's not easy to get support to attend the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference. To help you get your boss to say "yes," we've recently added a new resource to AALLNET to help you convince your boss how important it is for you to be there, including a sample memo to send to your employer.

2010 AALL Annual MeetingAALL also offers financial assistance through the AALL Annual Meeting/Workshop Grants. Grants are awarded to cover registration costs for the Annual Meeting or pre-conference workshops. Time is running out to take advantage of this support—apply by April 1.

Don't forget to spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: This year Nonmember Program and Full Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. Join us in Denver, and join AALL!

AALL Testifies in Support of Funding for U.S. Government Printing Office

Mary Alice Baish, director of the AALL Government Relations Office, testified on February 24 before the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee in support of the Government Printing Office's (GPO) FY 2011 budget request. Baish emphasized the need to:

  • fully fund the Congressional Printing and Binding request so that federal depository libraries can continue to have the option of receiving congressional materials in print;
  • fund the Federal Digital System (FDsys) at the requested $8 million so that GPO can complete the migration of the GPO Access system into FDsys, including the entire electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR);
  • encourage GPO and the Library of Congress to enter into a formal Memorandum of Understanding through which GPO and the law library would partner on the digitization of historic legal resources, beginning with the U.S. Statutes at Large, so that the digital files could be made available through both FDsys and THOMAS; and,
  • urge GPO to capture content from agency websites to be ingested into FDsys as part of GPO's core mission to provide access to current government information.

Also testifying at the hearing were Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) and Dr. Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists who both spoke in support of refunding the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). AALL strongly opposed the elimination of OTA's funding in 1995 because during its 23 years, OTA issued important unbiased reports on complex science and technology issues that helped Congress develop policy. AALL was among 41 signatories to a letter that Grifo submitted with her testimony. Subcommittee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-20) indicated interest in funding OTA next year and asked Holt to review OTA's current authorization to determine if any changes are needed.

Hoffman Appointed as General Editor for Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

Marci HoffmanI am pleased to announce Marci Hoffman, associate director and international and foreign law librarian at University of California Berkeley, has been appointed general editor for AALL's Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals.

Hoffman replaces Thomas H. Reynolds who will retire as general editor on December 31. Reynolds, international and foreign law librarian emeritus at the University of California Berkeley, has served as the Index general editor for the past 25 years.

Hoffman received her MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. She worked as assistant librarian for Farella, Braun + Martel in San Francisco until 1991, when she became an assistant librarian at Boalt Hall and ran Boalt Express.

She served as the foreign, comparative, and international law librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library from 1993 to 1999 and was the international and foreign law librarian at Georgetown University Law Library until 2003 when she returned to Boalt as the international and foreign law librarian. In 2006, she was appointed associate director of the law library.

In her current position, Hoffman teaches an international and foreign legal research seminar. She has done extensive work with the American Society of International Law and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, and is an expert on international and foreign legal research. She has written a number of articles on legal research and teaching, and in 2003 she developed an international law web portal called Electronic Information System for International Law (www.eisil.org).

Hoffman is also the co-author of two books, Hoffman & Rumsey, International and Foreign Legal Research: A Coursebook (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008) and Hoffman & Berring, International Legal Research in a Nutshell (Thomson/West, 2008).

April AALL Webinar: Publishing—Take the Write Road

Getting published demonstrates and shares your expertise, enhances your reputation, widens your career reach, and contributes to the profession. Join editing and publishing gurus in a webinar to learn the nuts and bolts of getting published and insiders' perspectives on writing and editing. Please join Janet Sinder (editor, Law Library Journal), Carol Bannen (chair, AALL Publishing Initiatives Caucus), and Mark Estes (editor, AALL Spectrum) at the April 14 webinar Publishing—Take the Write Road at 12 p.m. EST to learn how you can get on the road to becoming a published author.

Register by April 7.

AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant Awarded...and Proposals Now Accepted for May 6 Deadline

LightbulbCongratulations to Laurie Daley, librarian at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC in Portland, Oregon, who received an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant award for development of a webinar on privacy, security, and public records, on behalf of the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section.

Do you have a great idea for a continuing education program? Apply today to receive funding assistance to help your idea become reality! The next deadline to submit a proposal is May 6.

RIPS Teach-In Kit Available on Monday

The Research Instruction and Patron Services SIS is proud to announce the release of the 18 th Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Kit on March 22. Each year in conjunction with National Library Week, RIPS creates a Teach-In Kit containing fresh materials for use in your institution's promotional and instructional activities. This year's kit includes legislative history materials (some of which are in Spanish—a first for the kit), a primary and secondary source matching game, a human rights presentation and guide, online tutorials, syllabi, various research assignments, and many other wonderful materials.

The 2010 Teach-In Kit will be available on the RIPS-SIS web page. A kit overview and previous Teach-In Kits are also available at that location.

Thanks to all this year's contributors, as well as the Teach-In Kit Committee: Laura Ax-Fultz, David Lehmann, Shawn Nevers, and Gail Partin.

AALL Partners with Drexel University Online to Offer Members Reduced Tuition

Drexel University OnlineI'm pleased to introduce a new educational partnership between AALL and Drexel University Online. Through this partnership, AALL members and their immediate family members are entitled to receive a 20 percent tuition reduction for Drexel's online library science programs.

Key benefits for AALL members:

  • 20 percent tuition reduction for AALL members and family
  • Library Science program ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report
  • Access classes conveniently online—anytime, anywhere

Library Science Programs:

  • MS in Library & Information Science
  • MS in Information Systems
  • Advanced Certificate of Information Studies & Technology
  • Certificate in Healthcare Informatics

Apply online at no cost. Enter "AALL" as your partner code on your application to receive your 20 percent tuition reduction. For more information, visit www.drexel.com/aall or contact 866-803-0053 or partners@drexel.edu.

Apply Now for Research Grants

Research grants totaling up to $450 are available through the AALL Research Fund established by LexisNexis. The AALL Research and Publications Committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research supporting the research/scholarly agenda of the librarianship profession.

The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects covering a wide segment of professional interest, including the profession of law librarianship, law library patrons, law library services, and many other areas. Visit AALLNET for the grant application and complete guidelines.

The application deadline is March 26. For more information, see the AALL Research and Publications Committee Web site.

LH&RB Second Annual Morris Cohen Student Essay Competition Deadline April 15

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, is holding the second annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1,000 to fund a trip to the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver. Papers must be submitted by April 15; the winner will be announced by May 15. The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LH&RB's online scholarly journal, "Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books."

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.

Member News

Susan Catterall has joined the library staff of Charlotte School of Law as a reference librarian. Previously, she served as a research and instructional librarian for two law firm libraries in Minneapolis.

Starting this summer, Ron Wheeler will be the new director and associate professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law Library. He is currently associate director at the Georgia State University College of Law Library.

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.

Welcome New Members

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

Rebecca Bley, The University At Buffalo State University of New York
Patricia Burris
Catherine Deane, University of California Hastings College of the Law Library
Monica Garcia
Rachel Gleiberman, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Library
Lea Harpster, West, a Thomson Reuters business
Jennifer Hasenknopf, White & Case LLP
Kimberlee Hersch, Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
Michelle Humphries, University of North Carolina School of Law
Miguel Iglesias, Questel
Elizabeth Joo
Jacquelyn McCloud
Kelly McDonald, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Library
Terence McQuown, King County Library System
Kara Pennella
Rachael Samberg
Melissa Schaub
Mike Shipley, Key Media