AALL E-newsletter - August 2010

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Joyce Manna JantoThis issue of the e-newsletter has something for everyone. It is packed with information, from details about the latest in continuing education courses offered by AALL to information about program submissions for the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and an announcement about an exciting partnership being entered into by Duquesne Law School. I hope you find this issue educational.

In This Issue

Learn Law Library Management Online

I'm happy to invite AALL members to take part in our first Law Library Management program, a six-week online course designed to help legal information professionals achieve higher management performance and advance their career potential.

Conducted September 28-November 2 and aimed at managers and aspiring managers from all types of law libraries, the Law Library Management online course will give you the opportunity to hone your managerial skills, engage with a small group of your peers, and consult with lead instructor Maureen Sullivan, all without the need to travel or take days off from work.

The Law Library Management course will consist of a combination of live webinars and course work conducted through www.Rcampus.com, a comprehensive education management system and collaborative learning environment. Participants will also complete assignments and readings between sessions to enhance their learning experiences.

Registration is first-come, first-serve and will close on September 17. Hurry—course enrollment is limited to 20 people, so register today!

August Recess Action Alert: Your Help Needed on Three "Must-Pass" Bills

Taking advantage of the August recess, which this year extends through September 10, the AALL Government Relations Office just issued an important action alert. I encourage you to join the AALL advocacy team by contacting your senators and House representatives to get their support for legislation to protect government whistleblowers and increase access to government information. With your help, we can get Congress to act on these important bills before the 111th Congress adjourns at the end of the year.

  • First, ask your senators to urge Senate leaders to schedule a full Senate vote on S. 372, which ensures new, much-needed protections for government employees and contractors who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, or abuse. President Obama has expressed strong support for this bill, and we're very close to getting it enacted after a 10-year effort.
  • Second, urge your representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 6026, which directs the Office of Management and Budget to create a free searchable website to provide public access to Congressionally-mandated reports. Mary Alice Baish, director of AALL's Government Relations Office, has worked closely with staff of Rep. Steven Driehaus (D-OH-1), who introduced the bill. Driehaus is committed to making these important reports publicly accessible for the first time ever, and he needs our help.
  • Third, urge your representatives and senators to co-sponsor H.R.6086 and S. 3717. Both bills are necessary to repeal a recently enacted new exemption for the Securities and Exchange Commission from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The alert provides specific talking points and sample messages for each bill and links to your Congress members' websites. Please take a few minutes to make a phone call or e-mail your elected officials and urge their support for these "must-pass" bills before the 111th Congress adjourns.

September Webinar: Create Your Own Associate Research Training Program

With today's economic realities, firms must align client priorities and control their costs. An associate training program helps the law library meet the strategic needs of its law firm while showcasing the value of legal information professionals to the institution. Please join Patricia Orr and Baiba Seward from Dykema Gossett PLLC as they share the nuts and bolts of implementing a successful associate training program. Create Your Own Associate Research Training Program will take place on September 15 at 12 p.m. Eastern. Orr and Seward will provide details of a national law firm's successful program to assist you in creating your own in-house program.

Register by September 9.

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.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Information without Borders? Copyright, the Internet and Librarians.

AALL2goThis 54-minute MP3 recording features William F. Patry, author of Patry on Copyright and Patry on Fair Use. Beginning with an overview of his career path and the growth of his interest in copyright law, Patry relates how his experience of research—and specifically research for his books—has changed through the growth of the internet. His premise is that access to information is far greater now through the internet than through the physical law library, allowing differing perspectives on legal topics. He finds this increase of information from sources beyond the standard law library leads to more interesting legal writing.

Patry goes on to address the misconception that the internet is not bound by any country or any country's laws. He discusses how countries are able to regulate the internet by blocking access and enforcing local laws and even regulate outside their own borders by enforcing judgments over other countries. Copyright law is one example of how the internet as a borderless entity is an illusion.

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

Submit a Program Proposal for AALL 2011 in Philadelphia

2011 AALL Annual MeetingIf you have an idea for an educational program that will help fellow legal information professionals improve their libraries and take their jobs to the next level, 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.

2009 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications

The 2009 AALL Price Index for Legal Publications is now available in the Members Only Section of AALLNET. The table-based report includes details for the mean cost of titles and percentage increases over previous years for serial publications, legal periodicals, loose-leaf services, commercially published court reporters, and supplemented treatises.

The purpose of the Price Index is to provide members with comparative information about past price changes in order to help with budgeting and collection development decisions. In gathering information for the Price Index, the committee asks publishers to provide their pricing. If a publisher declines to do so, its pricing is not included in the Index.

Special thanks to the Price Index for Legal Publications Committee for its work on this edition.

Annual Meeting Photos Now Online

2011 Annual Meeting PhotosThe Denver meeting has come and gone but you can relive your favorite moments by checking out the 2010 Annual Meeting photos on AALLNET. We captured all the highlights, from the Big Blue Bear to some killer Closing Banquet dance moves.

Law Library Journal
Issues Volume 102, Number 3

Law Library JournalThe Summer issue of Law Library Journal has just been published and mailed to members and subscribers. The issue contains a wide variety of articles, ranging from a study of current law firm and law school library collection (and cancellation) practices regarding practitioner research sources to an article on the creation and handing down of the Emperor Justinian's "Novels" (new laws). Other articles include a survey of the law governing possible First Amendment limits to libraries' ability to manage their collections; a look at the Official Bulletin—a predecessor of the Federal Register; and a guide to researching evidence-based medicine.

Do You Have a Bright Idea?

LightbulgAALL gives funding to assist Association entities in providing continuing education programs. Grants help fund speakers, venues, or distribution by podcasts or webinars. Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant. Fill out an online application and submit your proposal by September 9.

Start Making Plans for 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 brochure, logos, and advertisements.

Call for Nominations for AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award

The AALL Research and Publications Committee is looking for nominations for the AALL Distinguished Lectureship. This award is an opportunity for members with a unique perspective on the history, practice, or philosophy of law librarianship to share their knowledge and expertise with other members in a prestigious setting. The lecture, which can be on a topic of the individual's own choosing, will be presented at the Annual Meeting and published in the Law Library Journal. The award also comes with a $500 monetary award. Visit AALLNET for more information. Nominations are due by November 1.

Duquesne Law School Establishes Partnerships with Two Law Schools in Ethiopia

Over the last three years, Duquesne Law School and the Center for Legal Information (DCLI) have been working with the Addis Ababa Law School located in the capital of Ethiopia and Mekelle Law School in the northern state. So far the schools have received legal books worth more than $300,000 and a subscription to HeinOnline for the last three years.

Duquesne Law School is in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with these schools. The next level of cooperation aims to:

  • Send U.S. law faculty to teach legal subjects such as international law, election law, and constitutional law for a period of six to eight weeks
  • Help with curriculum design
  • Strengthen the schools' law libraries by sending more legal books and instructional materials
  • Assist in training the federal judiciary
  • Help publish Federal Supreme Court cases both electronically and in print, and create an indexing system to provide access to these cases by the legal community
  • Ship more legal books and instructional materials to their libraries

Duquesne and DCLI are looking for law schools and libraries help to accomplish some or all of the above. If you are interested, please contact Tsegaye Beru.

Member News

Susan Armstrong, reference and information services supervisor at Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library, received the State Bar of Arizona's annual Award of Appreciation, a coveted honor given "in recognition of outstanding service toward the creation of a better understanding of the legal profession and the administration of justice."

Dorie Bertram, director of public services and lecturer in law at the Washington University Law Library in St. Louis, was commissioned by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar to assist in its examination of law school rankings. Based on Bertram's comprehensive annotated bibliography on the rankings of law schools, the final report notes that the criteria used by U.S. News and World Report in its law school rankings has a powerful influence over the management and design of American legal education.

Steve Lastres, director of library and knowledge management at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City, is presenting "How to Increase the Use of KM Tools" at the International Legal Technology Association's annual conference on August 26.

Anne Matthewman is the new chief law librarian at Dalhousie University Sir James Dunn Law Library in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, as of August 3. Prior to this, Matthewman was the library manager and executive director of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Deborah S. Panella, director of library and knowledge services at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, is presenting "Weaving KM into and Across Administrative Departments" at the International Legal Technology Association's annual conference on August 26.

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 death of Gloria Chao.

Mrs. Chao was born in Liaoning, China. After receiving her bachelor of arts degree from Providence University in Taiwan, she moved to the United States and earned her MLS at Villanova University. She worked as a law librarian at the Rutgers-Camden School of Law for more than 30 years. During that time, she led the library's conversion from cards to an online catalogue and earned a reputation as the "sunshine" of the library, her colleagues said. Mrs. Chao traveled all over the world for the annual conference of the International Association of Law Libraries, for which she served as treasurer for 12 years. She was a long-time member of AALL and was active in the Academic Law Libraries and Technical Services Special Interest Sections. She died on August 12.

Welcome New Members

Mary Ellen Massa, Bernard E. Witkin Alameda County Law Library
Jeff McGowan, Jones Waldo
Kathyrn Paoletti, Casalini Libri S.p.A.
Barbara Swan, Mckesson Corporation