AALL E-newsletter - June 2010

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Catherine LemannI look forward to seeing many of you next month in Denver for the Annual Meeting, our premier educational and networking opportunity. If you're unable to join us, I hope you will take advantage of the three programs that will be live-streamed. Enjoy this edition of the newsletter highlighting AALL and member activities!

In This Issue

Live, from Denver...It's the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference!

2010 AALL Annual MeetingLast month AALL members voted for the two Annual Meeting programs they'd like to see live-streamed over the web in addition to our Opening General Session/Keynote Speaker presentation. I am pleased to announce the full winning lineup:

You'll be able to access the programs on each day of the webcasts through AALL2go, our online learning center. If you can't watch the programs live, archived webcasts of the programs will be available free to members after the conference. Whether you're attending our conference in Denver or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience!

New in 2010—The AALL Placement Office Goes Digital!

The AALL Placement Committee is proud to offer for the first time online job and candidate searching as part of the Placement Office at the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver. Posting through the AALL Career Center offers many benefits to employers and job seekers. Best of all, you don't have to be in the Placement Office, and you don't even have to be in Denver for the AALL Conference to take part in the action.

Job seekers can post their resumes online at any time, and resume posting and job searching is free for job seekers. For employers, we are offering a special 10-day package on the Career Center during the conference at a rate of $50 for AALL members. This package may be purchased starting July 5. Alternatively, employers can purchase 30- or 60-day packages at the regular Career Center rates. Be sure to note on your resume or job posting if you plan to be in Denver for the AALL conference and will be interviewing.

More information can be found online.

CRIV and the AALL Vendor Liaison

There has been some cyber-chatter this week regarding the Executive Board's decision to create an AALL Vendor Liaison position, and I wanted to take this opportunity to address some of the issues raised by interested members.

The Vendor Liaison position was approved by the Executive Board in November 2008. The approval was based on a report and recommendations made by AALL member Penny Hazelton, a past AALL president and director of the University of Washington Law Library and the University of Washington Law Librarianship Program. Hazelton had been retained by AALL as a consultant in June 2008. The Executive Board asked her to study the vendor relations issues facing AALL and advise regarding the creation of a Vendor Liaison position. After conducting her research, Hazelton recommended a Vendor Liaison position be created by the Executive Board.

After a search and interviews, Marian Parker, associate dean for information services, director of the professional center library, and professor of law at Wake Forest University School of Law, was selected as the AALL Vendor Liaison in April 2009. This is a part-time volunteer position with an honorarium. Parker has just completed her first year of service in this capacity. The Executive Board recognized when the position was created that it would be crucial to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the vendor liaison, the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV), and the Executive Board.

During this transition year, both Parker and CRIV have been active and worked hard, and the committee members should feel proud of their accomplishments. It was regrettable that two valued members resigned from the committee. During this past year, CRIV and the vendor liaison have worked together to clarify ambiguities and establish mutually productive working relationships.

There were concerns voiced by some members of the committee that the new vendor liaison would diminish the role of CRIV. Of course, this was not the intent of the Executive Board in creating this position. The board's view, after months of study and consultation, was that an AALL vendor liaison would provide more legitimacy for CRIV, giving vendor issues more priority, and reinforcing the importance of these issues for the Association. Consistency when dealing with vendor issues at a policy level is difficult with annual turnover of Association leadership. The vendor liaison will provide continuity and can assist CRIV in carrying out its charge.

The new 2010-13 AALL Strategic Directions plan clearly demonstrates the importance AALL places on vendor relations. CRIV will be a critical participant in the conversation. It has been a challenging year for all of us, and as with any change, it has been necessary to make adjustments as we learn how we can most effectively work together. I think we are off to a good start. AALL members can expect that CRIV and the AALL vendor liaison will continue to work cooperatively to represent our members and the law library profession on important matters relating to vendor relations.

Did You Renew Your Membership for 2010-2011?

AALL's new membership year began this month on June 1. If you haven't renewed already, be sure you do asap so you don't miss out on valuable member benefits.

  • Career resources, such as the online AALL Career Center and continuing education to help you learn new skills to advance in your career
  • Access to specialized information created just for law librarians, such as the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and the AALL Price Index for Legal Publications
  • Subscriptions to the monthly magazine, AALL Spectrum, and quarterly journal, Law Library Journal, to help you keep up on the latest trends in law librarianship
  • The opportunity to network and connect with other law librarians from across the country who share similar interests and are facing the same challenges

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other member services. On July 20 expiration notices will be e-mailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 1 expired members will lose access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application forms on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022.

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.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Competitive Intelligence on a Shoestring.

AALL2goThis hour-long MP3 recording begins with speaker Susan Armstrong of Business Financial Services. She provides a definition of competitive intelligence (CI), i.e., what is going on that can affect your company or industry. No competitor is going to lay out its entire plan to make things easy for you. You must look for indicators. Armstrong's examples include, what does it mean if you find that a supermarket is advertising to hire bankers? For Armstrong's industry, it presaged banks opening in supermarkets. Or, if your research indicates that new personnel are being hired in a specific division of a competitor's company, then it might mean the company is going to branch out in a new direction that you, as its competitor, want to know about. Armstrong then outlines how to package and disseminate the information you gather to give it your stamp.

Next, speaker Sabrina Pacifici, author of the well-known LLRX and Bespacific, describes how to use her respected and frequently updated Competitive Intelligence: A Selective Research Guide for gathering free and/or inexpensive data about competitors. To begin, she closely examines the Microsoft and Bayer corporate websites for the many types of useful CI information they contain. She goes on to review a large number of sites from her CI list that accumulate and aggregate company data.

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

Congratulations to the Winners of the Free AALL Webinar Drawing

This year when members renewed for the 2010-2011 membership year by May 31, their names were entered in a drawing for a free AALL Continuing Professional Education Webinar in 2010-2011. Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

Norma Knudson, Director of Information Resources, Faegre & Benson LLP, Minneapolis

Maureen Lavery, Student, San Diego

Astrid E. Stalis, Branch Librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, Central Islip, New York

Have a Great Idea for a Program in 2011? It's Not Too Soon to Plan.

2011 AALL Annual MeetingOur Denver conference fast approaches, but next year's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia is on the horizon. The 2011 Annual Meeting Program Committee is seeking proposals that feature concrete, practical ideas and case studies about library services and information resources. Armed with fresh insights into existing challenges, we want our members to take away new knowledge and skills that they can apply in their libraries and in their career paths.

In Philadelphia, we will be using program tracks based on the updated Competencies of Law Librarianship to assist members in finding the programs that best suit their needs. You may use the online Program and Workshop Proposal Collection site to develop your proposal in your own workspace, share it with your colleagues, and submit it online by the newly-extended September 15 deadline. Helpful resources include:

AALL and NOALL Send Letter in Support of Louisiana State University's MLIS Program

On June 3, AALL and the New Orleans Association of Law Libraries (NOALL) sent a joint letter to the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors to oppose the recommendation announced by Chancellor Michael Martin on May 24 to eliminate the MLIS program at LSU. The letter states that while we understand that the current fiscal crisis facing Louisiana necessitates a review of the university's academic programs, we believe this shortsighted decision will have a serious negative impact on the citizens of Louisiana, especially those in underserved populations. In addition to myself, the letter was signed by AALL Immediate Past President James Duggan, NOALL President Brent Hightower, and NOALL Immediate Past President Miriam Childs. All four of us are proud graduates of LSU's School of Library and Information Science.

Peggy Roebuck Jarrett Appointed to Depository Library Council

Public Printer Robert C. Tapella announced on June 3 the appointment of five new members to the Government Printing Office's (GPO's) Depository Library Council, including AALL member Peggy Roebuck Jarrett. The council is composed of 15 members, each of whom serves a three-year term and advises the public printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Jarrett joins AALL members Sally Holterhoff and Camilla Tubbs on the council. Victoria Trotta is completing her final year.

Jarrett is documents and reference librarian at the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library. Working at the library since 1990 and in this position since 1994, she has overseen the library's participation in the FDLP, including its successful transition to an increasingly electronic program. The Gallagher Law Library was the first law library to be recognized in GPO's 2009 November Depository Library Spotlight for its exemplary services and innovations in providing free public access to government information. Congratulations, Peggy!

Member News

Joan M. Bellistri, law librarian at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library in Annapolis, Maryland, was awarded the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland 2010 Maryland Pro Bono Service Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award for her "Ask a Lawyer in the Library" program. She received the award at the Maryland State Bar Association Business Meeting on June 5.

Julie Bozzell, deputy chief knowledge officer at Hogan Lovells US LLP, and Cameron Gowan, library manager at Groom Law Group, Chartered, both in Washington, D.C., have graduated with Masters in Law Firm Management from The George Washington University College of Professional Studies.

Erin Hoffrance graduated from the University of Washington with an MLIS in June. She is also the new assistant for research and information services at Keller Rohrback LLP in Seattle, Washington. She was previously reference assistant at K&L Gates LLP.

On May 27, Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) volunteers Claudia Cook, Jessica Corcoran, Craig Griffith, Julie Horst, Tricia Lee, Matthew Kaminski, and Holly Riccio staffed the phones during the KQED pledge drive. KQED is Northern California's local National Public Radio/Public Broadcasting System station. On the night they volunteered, the station received 530 calls and raised over $37,000. Photos are posted at www.facebook.com/NOCALL.


AALL has been advised of the death of Kai-Yun Chiu.

Ms. Chiu was born in Kai-Yun, China. In 1959, she moved to San Francisco and earned a bachelor's degree from Holy Names University in Oakland, California, and an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley. She later earned a second master's degree in administrative science from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Ms. Chiu worked at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore until 1968 when she became head of the government documents department at Johns Hopkins University. In 1976, she began working at the Library Company of the Baltimore Bar, where she remained for almost three decades. Ms. Chiu was a co-founder in 1986 of the Subscription Libraries Roundtable, a national organization of law libraries. A long-time member of AALL, Ms. Chiu was active in the Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section; the State, Court, and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section; and the Asian American Law Librarians Caucus. She died on May 29.

Welcome New Members

Matthew Gran
Cindy Hirsch
Paul Janov
Antoni Stosh Jonjak, Reed Smith LLP
David Kalat
Amy King, Nixon Peabody LLP
Kristopher Klein, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Legal Research Center
Olga Konferowicz
Joshua LaPorte, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
Catherine Lemmer, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
Robyn Littman
Ruth Mahoney, Law Library of Louisiana
Michelle Martin, U.S. Courts Library
Stephanie Marvin, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Winston S. McKenzie, Winston & Strawn
Marion Miller
Linda Nainis, U.S. Government Printing Office Library Program Services
James O'Reilly, Hamilton County Law Library
Adrian D. Orozco, Irell & Manella LLP
Rakesh Patel, GS
Michael Powell, Bodman LLP
Dorothea Rees, Boston College Law Library
Mary Rich, American University Washington College of Law, Pence Law Library
Christina D. Rosas, Portfolio Media, Inc.
Alissa Raasch Schmidt
Barbara Schneider, Berkshire Law Library Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Trial Court
Andrew P. Seville, St. John's University Davis Library
Wickliffe Shreve
Shadonna F. Simmons, Federal Reserve Board Law Library
Marian Smith
Neal Smith, Florida Hospital College
Kathleen Thompson, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
John Tyrrell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Patricia Vargas-Leon, Syracuse University
Leslie W. Vaughan, Jr., Omega Communications, Inc.
Gwendolyn Vinson, Hogan Lovells US LLP
John J. Vosmek, III, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Angel Vu
David Walls, U.S. Government Printing Office Library Program Services
Lynn Watson, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Irma Welffens, Hogan Lovells US LLP
Virginia Wiese, U.S. Government Printing Office Library Program Services
Clare Willis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Albert E. Jenner Memorial Law Library
Susan Wu, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
Dana M. Young
Xiaohua Zhu, University of Wisconsin