AALL E-newsletter - July 2010

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Joyce Manna JantoEven though our memories of a wonderful Annual Meeting in Denver haven't begun to fade, we've already turned our attention to next year's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This edition of the e-news contains information from the Annual Meeting Program Committee on the process of proposing a program for 2011. Also featured this month is the search for a new vendor liaison and the formation of a planning committee for the Vendor Colloquium to be held in early 2011. Finally, there is exciting news regarding the draft Uniform Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act.

In This Issue

AALL Seeks Vendor Liaison

A search committee has been formed to select AALL's next vendor liaison. The vendor liaison will serve as AALL's liaison for fostering knowledge and information sharing between the law library community and legal information vendors. This individual will also work to develop programs or initiatives for sharing expertise and creating a dialogue about library-vendor issues and to communicate about legal information policy issues from the law librarian perspective.

Learn more about the search, application process, and the vendor liaison position.

Have an Idea for a Valuable AALL Program in 2011? Submit a Proposal

2011 AALL Annual MeetingWere you inspired by the AALL programs you saw in Denver? Have you talked (or blogged or tweeted) with a colleague about what would make for an even better program next year? Please consider submitting a program proposal for the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia.

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 use 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:

And while you're at it, get your pick of choice hotels in Philly by booking your 2011 conference housing now, too.

2010 Annual Meeting Recordings Available on AALL2go August 5

2010 AALL Annual MeetingNearly 1,600 legal information professionals gathered in the Mile-High City earlier this month for AALL's 103rd Annual Meeting and Conference. Attendees were kept very busy as they navigated hundreds of educational programs and workshops, exhibits, meetings, and social events packed into four days.

This year all 2010 AALL Annual Meeting Full and Program registrants receive a complimentary set of 2010 educational program audio recordings as downloadable MP3 files, accessible through AALL2go. These recordings will be available for download on August 5.

Those of you unable to join us in Denver can still learn from the education offered at the conference by purchasing the recordings as individual files or as a full set at discounted rates for members.

AALL was also proud to offer this year free live webcasts of three great educational programs from Denver. These archived programs are now available for free to all AALL members through AALL2go:

Progress of Draft Uniform Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act

As a result of AALL's longstanding leadership on the need for government entities to authenticate and preserve electronic legal information, especially that which is available only online, the Committee of the Whole of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) accepted the draft Authentication and Preservation of State Electronic Legal Materials Act after its first reading on July 15. Michele L. Timmons, Drafting Committee chair, and Reporter Barbara A. Bintliff summarized the key issues addressed by the drafting committee in a June 1 memorandum sent to the Uniform Law Commissioners. The memo provides valuable insights into the decision that the draft act be outcomes-based and technology neutral. According to a brief report of the commissioners' discussions provided to AALL by Bintliff, the reception of the draft act by the conference was considered quite positive by experienced commissioners.

The next meeting of the Drafting Committee will be held November 19-21 in Washington, D.C., to consider the issues raised by the Committee of the Whole and revise the draft act in anticipation of the second reading and hopeful passage by NCCUSL in July 2011.

AALL Congratulates NARA on the 75th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Federal Register Act

On July 8, the AALL Executive Board endorsed a "Resolution Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Federal Register Act" in anticipation of a special event marking this milestone that was held in the rotunda of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on July 26. On display was the original copy of the Federal Register Act that created the Office of the Federal Register at NARA to bring order to the core documents of the executive branch and make them broadly available to the American public.

Raymond Mosley, director of the Federal Register, used this special occasion to launch the new beta Federal Register 2.0, an innovative initiative by the Office of the Federal Register to fulfill its mission to provide easy access to Federal Register information. The Federal Register 2.0 provides the public with a user-friendly version of the Daily Journal of the United States Government that explains the complex regulatory process; provides excellent navigation and search tools; takes advantage of social media; and importantly, integrates seamlessly with Regulations.gov and the Unified Agenda to make it easy for users to submit comments directly into the official docket and view the history of rulemaking activity through a regulatory timeline.

Mosley would like to get feedback from the AALL community, so please be sure to check out this innovative new tool and submit your comments and suggestions for improvement.

Last Chance—Renew Your Membership by August 1

AALL members have valuable Association benefits to look forward to this year, including AALL2go, your online center for professional education; the AALL Career Center to help you find the next step in your career; and a newly redesigned AALLNET coming in fall 2010.

You still have time to renew before you miss out on these and other valuable member services. This week expiration notices were e-mailed to members who have not yet renewed. On August 2 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.

New Members Appointed to Nominations Committee

The AALL Executive Board appointed three members in July 2010 to serve two-year terms on the AALL Nominations Committee, the body that chooses the candidates for the Executive Board elections:

James E. Duggan, Tulane University Law Library, New Orleans
Sally Holterhoff, Valparaiso University School of Law Library, Valparaiso, Indiana
Nuchine Nobari, Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge, LLP, Boston
Karen Quinn, Rhode Island State Law Library, Providence

They join continuing members Chair Kelly Browne of Sacramento County Public Law Library, Sacramento; Kathy Coon of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP, Philadelphia; and Allen Moye of DePaul University College of Law, Chicago. The continuing members will serve their terms until July 2011.

Next summer, the seven-member committee will present a slate of suitable candidates for the 2011 elections to the AALL Executive Board. They will choose two candidates to vie for the position of vice president/president-elect and four candidates to contend for two open seats on the Executive Board. In accordance with its charge, the committee must choose candidates who reflect the diversity of AALL's membership, thus ensuring that the members of the Executive Board represent a balance of library types, geographic locations, genders, and minorities.

For more information about the nomination process or to propose possible nominees for the 2011 elections, please contact Kelly Browne, chair of the 2010-2011 Nominations Committee.

AALL to Hold Colloquium of Law Librarians and Legal Publishers

An AALL committee has been appointed to begin planning for a Colloquium of Law Librarians and Legal Publishers planned for February 2011. AALL has not held a colloquium since 2001, and one of my goals for the coming year is to have an honest and open dialogue between law librarians and information vendors about the changing nature of the environment in which we all work. I think the colloquium will be the perfect venue for us to conduct this necessary conversation.

Former Executive Board member Steve Anderson of the Maryland State Law Library has agreed to chair the committee. Members of the committee include both law librarians and vendor representatives.

Hall of Fame Selection Committee Term Extended

At its July meeting, the Executive Board extended the term of the Hall of Fame Selection Special Committee to December 31, 2010. The extension will allow the committee additional time to develop a Hall of Fame on AALLNET. The committee plans to include short biographies and, when available, photos of the members of the Hall of Fame. Once established, the AALL Awards Committee will be responsible for maintaining the Hall of Fame on AALLNET.

Presidential Certificates of Appreciation Awarded

At this year's Annual Business Meeting, outgoing AALL President Catherine Lemann presented certificates of appreciation to AALL members who assisted her in carrying out the work of the Association during the past year. Six members were so recognized for their work on various issues and committees. In addition, staff member Mary Alice Baish was recognized for her 15 years of service, most recently as the director of the AALL Government Relations Office.

IFLP General Editor Tom Reynolds Honored

AALL member Tom Reynolds was honored at this year's Annual Business Meeting for his 26 years of service as the general editor for AALL's Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals. Reynolds will step down as the editor at the end of the year, and outgoing AALL President Catherine Lemann recognized him for his service in producing the Index, which is a highly respected research tool used all over the world.

Law Student Research Competency

A Law Student Research Competency Standards Task Force was recently appointed to review the Law Student Research Competency Standards submitted to the Executive Board in April 2010. The task force will recommend whether AALL should adopt Research Competency Standards and, if so, will revise the draft standards and present them to the board for adoption. Past Executive Board member Sally Wise is chairing the task force, which expects to make a report to the Executive Board at its fall 2010 board meeting.

Austin in 2017

We are pleased to announce that for the first time in AALL's long history, Austin, Texas, will be a host city for our Annual Meeting and Conference. Although 2017 may seem far away now, it will be here before we know it—it's not too soon to save the dates: July 15-18, 2017. A list of all future Annual Meeting and Conference dates and locations can be found online.

Mark Your Calendar: Professional Legal Management Week, October 4-8

Professional Legal Management WeekProfessional Legal Management Week (PLMW) provides a forum for recognizing those in legal management for what they do and the roles they play in the success of their organizations. AALL is one of 11 associations co-sponsoring the event with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA).

AALL members are encouraged to plan and promote events for the week. The Professional Legal Management Week website includes resources to help you set up events, including a fact sheet, suggestions for planning events, a flyer, logos, and advertisements.

Member News

Deborah Schander will be a new reference/student services librarian at Georgia State University's law library starting in August. She was previously reference and electronic services librarian at University of La Verne College of Law Library in Ontario, California.

Arthur Neef Law Library Director Virginia C. Thomas was recently elected vice president/president-elect of the Michigan Association of Law Libraries (MichALL). She will hold the position for the 2010-2011 term.

Ted Tjaden, national director of library and knowledge management at McMillan LLP in Toronto and blogger at SLAW.ca, has received the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship at the recent annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. In addition, Irwin Law expects to shortly publish a new third edition of Tjaden's book, Legal Research and Writing, updated in part to include a new chapter on knowledge management and to document the recent changes in Canadian legal research and resources.


AALL has been advised of the death of Barbara Cumming.

Ms. Cumming's career began in education. She later earned an MLS from SUNY Buffalo and in 1986 became an esteemed law librarian with the firm Watt, Tieder, Hoffar, & Fitzgerald in McLean, Virginia. She took great pride in her work and was a respected member of the firm until her passing. Ms. Cumming was a long-time member of AALL and the Virginia Association of Law Libraries (VALL) and attended and participated in VALL and AALL meetings without fail. She was also active in the Government Documents and Private Law Libraries Special Interest Sections. She died on June 5.

Welcome New Members

James Arnett
Rebecca Bearden, University of Connecticut School of Law Library
Manisha Bhattacharyya, U.S. Government Printing Office Library Program Services
Georganne Binnie, Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.
Alan Bobowski, Rockbridge Regional Library
Mary Bonk, Wayne State University Arthur Neef Law Library
David Brennen, University of Kentucky College of Law
Cassie Bruner, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law Dee J. Kelly Law Library
Victor L. Buccola, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit Library
Clara Cabrera, WilmerHale
B. Valerie Carullo, New York Law School Library
Sarah Castille
Caroline Chick, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Tamsen Conner, Texas State Law Library
Price Clark Cook, Motley Rice LLC
Warren Crawford, Jr., New Jersey Department of Corrections
Patrick Daly
Laurel Davis, Boston College Law Library
Ramsey B. Donnell, John Marshall Law School
Mica Donnelly, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Mary Abigail Dos Santos
Thomas Drueke
Meredith Duval, Troutman Sanders, LLP
James Reed Ennis, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Hannah Evans, University of Denver Westminster Law Library
Arlene Fletcher, KPMG, LLP
Elizabeth Fulton, LexisNexis Canada Inc.
Andrew Gates, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP
Christine Gillette, Federal Search Center Inc.
Mary Hatcher, University of Washington, The Information School
Pepper E. Hedden, St. John's University School of Law Rittenberg Law Library
Eric Henninger
Robert Hopen, Intelligize
Tunisia Johnson, Mayer Brown LLP
Catherine Kellett
Colin Kennedy, University of Wisconsin Law Library
Andrew Kloc, New York Appellate Division Law Library M. Dolores Denman Courthouse
Ufuoma Lamikanra, Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies
Joseph Lawson
Melinda Ledesma, Travis County Law Library
Megan Lulofs, Law Library of Congress
Ahmadullah Masoud, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Library
Katie McDonald, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young LLP
Anselma Mohammed, Hugh Wooding Law School
K. Brooke Moynihan, Wayne State University Arthur Neef Law Library
Tracy Paler, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Jen Richter, Sacramento County Public Law Library
Marcia Rodney, Ball Aerospace
Christopher Salamone
Xuan-Thu Phan Seid
Arlene F. Silverstein, Berdon LLP
Justin Simard, University of Pennsylvania Law School Biddle Law Library
Shadonna F. Simmons, Federal Reserve Board Law Library
Michelle D. Tolley, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Timothy M. Turner, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Clare Willis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Albert E. Jenner Memorial Law Library
Megan Wiseman, Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP
Catherine Wong