AALL E-newsletter - September 2010

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Joyce Manna JantoSeptember is a time of change—the more relaxed dress codes and slightly slower pace of summer have given way to the normal hustle and bustle of our workday lives. Things are picking up for AALL also. As you can see below, we have a full range of activities for you to choose from. You can attend a webinar, volunteer for a committee, or participate in a survey. You also have the chance to honor a colleague by nominating him or her for the AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award. I hope you find this e-mail helpful, and I thank you for your time and attention.

In This Issue

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2011-2012 committee volunteers. Committees carry out AALL's Strategic Directions of leadership, education, and advocacy, which in turn drives our professional future. AALL thrives because our members get involved. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available, as well as to get an idea of the work of each group before you fill out the volunteer form.

Please submit your application by December 1. However, if you are volunteering for the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC), please submit the form by November 1. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate—volunteer today.

October Webinar: Populating the National Inventory of Primary Legal Materials

I'm delighted that more than 50 members have already signed up for the free AALL State Working Groups online training session, Come One, Come All! Your Help Needed to Populate the National Inventory of Primary Legal Materials. This training, which will take place live on October 6, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CDT, is aimed both at working group volunteers and AALL and chapter members who are familiar with this project and those who want to find out more. Members of AALL and our chapters who are not yet involved are especially encouraged to attend. Speakers include:

  • Kentucky State Working Group coordinator Emily Janoski-Haehlen, immediate past chair of the Electronic Legal Information Access and Citation Committee, will explain how the national inventory supports the Association's commitment to equitable, no-fee, permanent public access to authentic legal information on government websites.
  • Maryland State Working Group coordinator Joan Bellistri, will offer tips and strategies to help working groups get organized and divide up the work. She will also explain how Google Groups can be used to help volunteers exchange information.
  • Indiana State Working Group coordinator Sarah Glassmeyer, will explain how easy it is to use Google Docs to populate your inventory and will share her tricks for making the form and spreadsheet work for you.

Participants will come away from the session with an excellent understanding of how the National Inventory of Primary Legal Materials promotes AALL's Government Relations Policy and Association goals and the steps involved in populating the state inventories.

Register by October 1.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: State-by-State Compilations of Laws.

AALL2goThis 59-minute PowerPoint with audio (.WMV) presentation recorded at the Dallas Association of Law Librarians 2007 spring meeting features Cheryl Nyberg, reference librarian at the University of Washington's Gallagher Law Library. In the presentation, Nyberg discusses how she compiles her annual list of 50-state surveys for the annual Subject Compilations of State Laws. She discusses types of 50-state surveys, useful sources for finding surveys, and the areas of law that are likely to have 50-state surveys.

Although much of the presentation focuses on how State Laws is put together, the second half focuses on strategies for researchers trying to find these materials. Nyberg delves into specific research queries using online resources and common places where you can find needed information. Though many AALL members now have access to State Laws through HeinOnline, this presentation may still be useful for researchers who want to brush-up on their research skills, need a new 50-state survey, or do not have access to State Laws. Note: The PowerPoint with live links is available from Nyberg's webspace.

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

Online Law Library Management Course Sold Out

Last month I invited AALL members to take part in our first Law Library Management program, a six-week online course to be conducted this fall to help legal information professionals achieve higher management performance and advance their career potential. The response was tremendous, and the course filled up before the end of the day.

Because of the strong interest in this online management course, AALL Headquarters is looking into offering the course again in 2011. Please contact AALL Education and Meetings Assistant Vanessa Castillo to be placed on a list to receive information about the next course offering.

Spectrum Reader Survey Coming Soon

AALL Spectrum Vol 14 No 9 July 2010Later this month, members will receive an invitation to participate in a short readership survey to help us improve AALL Spectrum magazine. Completing the survey will take less than 10 minutes of your time but will be invaluable in helping to determine what direction Spectrum takes in the future. Keep your eye out for the e-mail, and please let us know what you think.

Celebrate Professional Legal Management Week, October 4-8

PLMW 2010Professional 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 Award. 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 Law Library Journal. The award also comes with a $500 monetary award. Visit AALLNET for more information. Nominations are due by November 1.

Invest in Our Future

AALL Giving OpportunitiesEnsure that our profession remains strong and vital by giving fellow law librarians the opportunity to continue their education or career development. Please consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation to a deserving member of our profession through one of AALL's many funds. AALL's scholarships and grants allow members to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop. This education and participation in turn makes our profession stronger.

On AALLNET you'll find a list of giving opportunities along with instructions for making your contribution electronically or by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

New AALL Membership Directory Coming Next Month

2011 AALL Membership DirectoryThe 2010-2011 AALL Membership Directory will mail out to AALL members in October. This year you'll notice that the AALL Handbook is not included in the Membership Directory. To continue AALL's green efforts and to provide the most current information in a cost-effective manner, we will no longer print the Handbook. The Membership Directory will continue to include the AALL Bylaws, Strategic Directions, and Chronology. You will be able to find all other up-to-date Association information on AALLNET.

Member News

The National Assembly Library hosted a four-day international conference on legal information in Seoul, Korea, September 2-6, bringing together some 200 librarians and experts from 23 countries, including the United States, Columbia, and Taiwan. Speakers included AALL members Barbara Bintliff, director of the Tarlton Law Library and the Jamail Center for Legal Research at the University of Texas at Austin; Claire M. Germain, Edward Cornell law librarian and professor of law at Cornell University Law Library; and David S. Mao, deputy law librarian of the U.S. Congress.

Read more AALL news from caucuses, chapters, committees, members and special interest sections on AALLNET.


AALL has been advised of the death of Anne Grande.

Mrs. Grande earned her undergraduate degree in French from Iowa State University, her MLS from Simmons College, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She worked for the Hennepin County Law Library for 38 years, 35 years as director. Mrs. Grande loved working at the public service desk helping bewildered pro se patrons, confused summer law clerks, and older lawyers who had no idea how to use Westlaw. In honor of her service, the Hennipin County Board of Commissioners renamed the library the Anne W. Grande Law Library in 2009. Mrs. Grande was active with the Minnesota Association of Law Libraries as well as AALL and was an officer in both organizations. She was also active in the State, Court, and County Law Libraries Special Interest Section and several AALL committees. She died on August 17.

Welcome New Members

Julian Aiken, Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Library
Stephanie Black
John Bolan, University of Toronto Bora Laskin Law Library
Deborah C. Campana, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, PC
Gina R. Cartusciello, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
JoAnne Giesbrecht, Skagit County Law Library
Vicky E. Gouliard, Davis & Campbell LLC
Amanda Hogg, Weinstock, Manion, Reisman, Shore & Neumann
Tiffany A. Hrabusa, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Rachel Hradecky, University of Maryland School of Law Thurgood Marshall Law Library
Paula Larson, NBI, Inc.
Andrea Mazzarella, Fish & Richardson P.C.
Amy O'Connor, University of Richmond School of Law Library
Taryn Rucinski, Pace University School of Law Library
Tesse F. Santoro, Corestaff Support Services, Inc.
Emily Thompson, Central Virginia Regional Library
Zachary Twining, Department of the Treasury
Lisa A. Westbrook, University of North Texas School of Library and Information Sciences