AALL E-newsletter - May 2010

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Catherine LemannWelcome to the May newsletter! In less than two months, I hope to see many of you in Denver for our Annual Meeting. This issue includes information about the educational opportunities, Exhibit Hall, and more. If you're not able to join us in person, I hope you will take advantage of the three programs chosen by members to be live-streamed. Check out the AALLNET update, June webinar details, and recent activities of the Government Relations Office. I encourage you to take advantage of all that AALL offers its members.

In This Issue

Join AALL in Denver—Register by June 1 and Save $100

Three Reasons Why You Can't Afford to Stay Home

1. Education: The more than 70 different educational sessions planned over the four-day conference will arm you with new money-saving and innovative techniques and strategies to benefit your library and users. The schedule is designed to maximize your time away from the office, giving you the flexibility to tailor an education experience that meets the specific needs of your institution. And even if you don't attend a program live, you'll be able to access it via AALL2go when you get back home with the complimentary audio recordings you'll receive (with full or program registration packages).

2. Exhibit Hall: Meet face-to-face with vendors and preview new products and services in the Exhibit Hall, saving you time—and money.

3. Networking: Once a year you have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn new ones with nearly 2,000 legal information professionals from law libraries of all types. This is the only event of its kind that is specifically designed by law librarians, for law librarians.

Register by June 1 and save $100!

Live, from Denver...it's the AALL Annual Meeting and Confrence!

2010 AALL Annual MeetingI'm proud to announce that this year AALL will live-stream three Annual Meeting programs over the web, and you can help to select two of them! (The first live-streamed program will be Sunday's Keynote Session with R. David Lankes.) Cast your vote online by May 28 for the programs you'd like to see most—one on Monday and one on Tuesday. Whether you're attending our conference in Denver, or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience! Selected programs will be announced in next month's e-newsletter, along with instructions for accessing these programs in July. Archived recordings of the programs will be available free to members after the conference through AALL2go, our online learning center.

New Membership Year Begins June 1—Renew by May 31 for a Chance to Win a Free AALL Webinar

As the only national association dedicated exclusively to law librarians' needs and interests, AALL can tap into the power of the law library community to provide you with resources you need to succeed in today's environment and to ensure that the profession remains strong and vital now and in the future. If you haven't renewed already, be sure you do asap so you don't miss out on valuable member benefits.

  • AALL2go, our new online learning center, brings continuing education programming to your desktop, including more than 60 free programs for AALL members.
  • AALL's new online Career Center provides advanced resume and job search features, whether you're looking to find or fill a position.
  • The new and improved AALLNET will debut this fall. The new site will be easy to navigate, feature a fresh new look, and include improved search functionality.

This year, when you renew by May 31 you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2010-2011. Also, AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed ($56 instead of $222). Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form.

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.

AALLNET Redesign Update

As AALL Headquarters staff work diligently to migrate and format current AALLNET content to the new AALLNET website, the AALLNET Strategic Planning Special Committee created a project site to keep AALL members and entities updated on progress, timelines, and to answer questions. Visit the site to learn more about the redesign process, and let us know if you have more questions to add to our FAQs.

June AALL Webinar: Thinking about the Future with Stephen Abram

The world is constantly changing, and few years have brought as much change to law firms and their libraries as the past year. How can we anticipate and prepare for the next time the earth shifts? How do we lead our libraries and firms into the future? Join AALL for the June 10 webinar, Interpreting the Tea Leaves: Thinking about the Future with Stephen Abram, at 12 p.m. EST as we interview Abram, named by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. We'll find out how this visionary thinker gathers information, formulates predictions based on current trends and events, and identifies what it all means for libraries. Plan to leave the session energized and armed with ways to see more clearly into the future.

Register by June 3.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2010-2011 AALL Directory and Handbook is accurate—update your public address in the AALLNET Members Only Section by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library's profile in the geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library's information.

Feeling green? Let us know if you don't wish to receive the print version of the AALL Directory. Select "Don't Send Me The Directory/Handbook" (fourth checkbox down) on the Mail Options page in the AALLNET Members Only Section.

AALL Business Meeting in Denver

The AALL Business Meeting will be held during the Annual Meeting in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center on Monday, July 12, beginning at 2:15 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the Members' Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 3:45 p.m.

Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so no later than June 21. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters for consideration by the membership.

An overview of the recently adopted AALL 2010-2013 Strategic Directions will also be presented to the membership during the Business Meeting. Jean Wenger, chair of the Executive Board's Strategic Directions Committee, will make the presentation, and members are invited to attend to learn more about the future of AALL.

SNELLA and AALL Celebrate Restored Funding for Connecticut's Courthouse Law Libraries

On May 7, Connecticut's 2010-2011 fiscal year budget was adopted, and it includes adequate funding for the judicial branch to keep open three courthouse law libraries that had been threatened with closure. The Southern New England Law Librarians Association (SNELLA) and AALL had been working together since last fall to protect Connecticut's courthouse from budget cuts.

Thanks to everyone who signed the joint AALL/SNELLA online petitions to save the courthouse law libraries, as well as to the local bar associations and the Connecticut Bar Association who strongly supported our cause. For more information about our successful fight to save the Bridgeport, Hartford, and Litchfield law libraries, please see AALL's new Case Study.

AALL Contributes to Audit of Federal Agency Open Government Plans

The Obama Administration's December 8, 2009, open government directive (OGD) required agencies to post open government plans to their websites by April 7 detailing specific actions they will take to make their agencies more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. AALL was among the many nonprofit groups that recently participated in an audit organized by OpenTheGovernment.org (OTG.org) to rank agency plans based on whether agencies met or exceeded each of the requirements of the OGD.

Overall, the audit found wide variation in agency plans, and OTG.org has suggested to the agencies, especially those that received low scores, that they revise their plans based on the feedback in the audit and provide the auditors with new versions in June. Please see the press release for more information about the results of the audit.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Create Comprehensive Online Tutorials the Easy Way.

Steve Mirsky, library specialist at the Connecticut State Library, provides an overview of the basic steps involved in choosing an online tutorial product (whatever it may be) and producing a tutorial from start to finish. To create a tutorial on the legislative process, Mirsky first looked for a stand-alone package that would be inexpensive, easy to use and maintain, and interactive in order to provide just-in-time learning tools for his website. This June 2008 webinar is Mirsky's clear and concise introduction to producing online tutorials.

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

Law Library Journal
Issues Volume 102, Number 2

Law Library JournalThe Spring 2010 issue of Law Library Journal was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers. The issue features a comparison of search results using both computer-generated and manually indexed headnotes, a look at the possible "cornerstones" of law libraries in an era of both print and digital materials, and an inquiry into applying a more ordered approach to teaching legal research. Two articles discuss results of surveys conducted by the authors: one regarding the use of digests and other legal research tools by practicing attorneys, and the other on differing copyright provisions in law journal publication agreements.

Dennison Awarded AALL Research Grant

The AALL Research and Publications Committee selected the following grant for funding in 2010 by the AALL Research Fund: An Endowment Established by LexisNexis:

Deborah Dennison, head of bibliographic access/reference librarian at Case Western Reserve University Law Library, has been awarded $450 to fund work on the "OBAR/Mead Data Central Papers Project."

Congratulations to this year's grant recipient.

New Public Relations Resource on AALLNET

The Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce that its website has been recently updated. You'll notice descriptions for each page, along with an updated Resources page. The "Public Relations" articles from AALL Spectrum have been indexed, providing much easier access to the wealth of information in the Public Relations Column.

DALL Runs Successful Book Drive for Local Children

During National Library Week several Dallas Association of Law Libraries (DALL) member libraries participated in a book drive to collect books for children served by The Family Place women's shelter. Members collected 1,556 books, four stuffed animals, four packs of crayons, and nine videos. Congratulations on this great achievement!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Annual Meeting Free Registration Drawing

This year when members renewed for the 2010-2011 membership year by May 1, their names were entered in a drawing for a free 2010 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

Toni L. Aiello, reference librarian, Hofstra University Law School Library

Terrance Manion, director of information technology and librarian, Georgia State University College of Law Library

Diana J. Mercer, government documents/public services librarian, Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library

Member News

Nancy Babb, cataloging librarian/web manager at the University of Buffalo Law School Library, received a 2010 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Librarianship.

Ed Bander, law librarian emeritus at Suffolk University in Boston, is publishing The Hidden History of Essex Law School. The novel will be published by Trafford Press.

Christine Graesser, formerly legal research specialist at Brown Rudnick, LLP in Hartford, is now head legislative librarian for the Connecticut General Assembly, also in Hartford.

David S. Mao has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy law librarian of Congress. Currently working for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress, he will assume the deputy post in late June.

Lee Ryan, senior reference librarian at the University of San Francisco School of Law Dorraine Zief Law Library, was awarded the Fr. William Dunne Award. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence through service, creativity, innovation, and leadership to the university and the community at large.

Carol A. Watson will become the new director of the University of Georgia Law School Alexander Campbell King Law Library on July 1. Watson is currently associate director for information technology.

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 deaths of Edgar Bellefontaine and Susan Nissen Lerdal.

Mr. Bellefontaine, chief librarian of the Social Law Library in Boston from 1961 to 1998, received his bachelor's from the University of Maine at Orono and a JD from Boston College. He was a member of the American, Massachusetts, and Boston bar associations and served for 22 years as a member of the Massachusetts Judicial Records Committee. Mr. Bellefontaine was also founding director of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Historical Society, president of the New England Law Library Consortium, and a member of several AALL committees. He received the Marian Gould Gallagher Award in 1999 and was a 1995 honoree of the Supreme Judicial Court for his contributions to the legal community. Mr. Bellefontaine died on April 24.

Ms. Lerdal served as reference librarian at the Drake University Law Library from 2001 until her retirement in 2008. She received her BA and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University of Montana and an MLIS from the University of Iowa. Before coming to Drake, Ms. Lerdal was a school librarian in Washington and Montana, legal librarian/researcher for the Montana Power Company, and library associate for the journalism department at Iowa State University. She was active in a wide variety of professional organizations, including AALL, the Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, and the Iowa and Montana Library Associations. She also helped establish the Iowa Chapter of the Special Libraries Association and served as its first president, as well as serving on the board of the Iowa Library Association Foundation. Ms. Lerdal died on March 20.

Welcome New Members

Sarah Bates, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Nicole Belbin, Western New England College School of Law Library
Amber Bell, U.S. Court of Appeals Cheyenne Branch Library
Alan Bobowski, Rockbridge Regional Library
Nigel Boeg
Ida Brite
Michelle Buhalo, Jenkins Law Library
Kevin Carey, Ohio State University Moritz Law Library
Laura Covington, Jefferson County Law Library
David Dye, University of Oklahoma Law Library
Kathy L. Farrell, University of San Francisco School of Law Dorraine Zief Law Library
Collette Fikes
Mariah Ford
Kathleen Garrett, Financial Times
Lauren Gray, Delaware Department of Justice Office of Attorney General Joseph R. Biden, III
Darrin Greitzer, Glendale University College of Law Library
Shikha Gupta, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center
Lisa Hencoski, EOS International
Rebekah Henderson, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Theresa C. Kim, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Kristopher Klein, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Legal Research Center
Emily Klukken, Faegre & Benson LLP
Allen R. Larson, CourtTrax
Lisa Levitt, University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Law Library
Sandy Li
Sara Lipich, Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library
Amber Kennedy Madole, UCLA Dept. of Information Studies GSE&IS
Eileen Martner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Shane McDonald, Ave Maria School of Law Library
Ann McKay, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law Library
Marion Miller
Stephanie Noble, U.S. Courts 10th Circuit Library
Josephine Pascual-Young, Bingham McCutchen LLP
Kelli Peterson
Mary Piche, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Library
Michael Powell, Bodman LLP
Ralph Prado, III, Reed Smith LLP
Justin Pratt, University of Nebraska College of Law
Wilhelmina Randtke
Rebecca Rich, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Albert E. Jenner Memorial Law Library
John H. Roper, University of Virginia Law Library
Kate Russo, South River Library
Andrew Sather, Jenkins Law Library
Elizabeth M.C. Scheibel, Lindquist & Vennum PLLP
Patricia Schminke, Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn, PC
Julia Seiter, U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit Library
Jeffrey M. Shapiro, Cook County Law Library
Angela Shapow
Alison P. Sherwin
Joy Shoemaker, University of California, Irvine
Kimberly Simpson, Law Library for San Bernardino County
Chava Spivak-Birndorf
Catherine Steffens, Barry University School of Law Library
Gregory Stoner, Williams Mullen
Lynn Watson, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Emily Weiss
Irma Welffens, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Jaeger Wells, Patton Boggs LLP
Natalie Wieland, University of Melbourne Law School
Margaret M. Wood, Law Library of Congress Law Library Reading Room
James Wooten, The University at Buffalo State University of New York