AALL E-newsletter - October 2010

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Joyce Manna JantoThis month's e-news contains many important and interesting items. First and foremost is the announcement of the new vendor liaison. This is an important position for AALL, and I am happy to announce that our search has reached a successful conclusion. Also included is information about the upcoming elections (ours!), changes to the Annual Meeting, and the possible development of research competency standards for law students. Learn how to get money from AALL in the form of CPE grants or a distinguished lectureship. And finally, if you have ever received a grant or scholarship from AALL, I encourage you to consider giving back to the Association so that other members may have that same opportunity.

In This Issue

Margaret Maes Named New AALL Vendor Liaison

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Margaret (Margie) K. Maes as the new AALL vendor liaison. A past AALL president, Maes has extensive experience in law librarianship and currently serves as the executive director for the Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA).

Margaret MaesAs an active AALL member, Maes has served as chair of the Committee on Relations with Information Vendors (CRIV), as a member of the Price Index Committee, the Future of Law Libraries in the Digital Age Special Committee, the Licensing Principles for Electronic Resources Special Committee, and the Vendor Relations Task Force. She also served as the Executive Board liaison to the Pricing of Legal Publications Special Committee and the Fair Business Practices Special Committee.

In addition, Maes' AALL service has provided her the opportunity to serve on the Ethics Special Committee and the Executive Board Finance and Budget and Strategic Planning Committees.

Prior to joining LIPA, Maes served as the interim director for the University of St. Thomas Schoenecker Law Library and also as the associate director for information resources. Maes' other past positions include serving as the assistant director for collections and technical services at the University of Minnesota Law Library, as the acquisitions librarian for Cornell University Law Library, as the head librarian for the National Center for State Courts, and as a librarian for Hindry & Meyer in Denver.

Maes will begin her three-year term on November 1.

AALL Online Election Opens November 1

It's time to vote for the next AALL vice president, secretary, and Executive Board members. AALL needs people on its Executive Board who represent the interests of all our members, so I strongly encourage you to vote.

AALL ElectionsPolls open on Monday, November 1. Online voting is fast and easy, but members who wish to receive a paper ballot may do so upon request to Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, 312/205-8022. Paper ballots must be requested by October 26.

Election schedule:

November 1: Ballots distributed electronically to all voting members.

December 1: Deadline for receipt of all ballots, both electronic and paper, at AALL Headquarters. Ballots will be tabulated at AALL, and the results will be announced once the candidates have been notified.

Learn about the candidates' backgrounds and views from the biographies and statements posted on AALLNET.

Last Day to Register for October Webinar: You're a Law Librarian, Now What?

As a new law librarian, it is vital to take steps to become an effective professional early in your career. Join Dr. Yvonne Chandler, associate professor in the library and information sciences Department at the University of North Texas, for the October 27 webinar You're a Law Librarian, Now What? at 12 p.m. EST. Dr. Chandler will discuss core skills needed to succeed today and look at current trends that may impact tomorrow.

Hurry! Today is the last day to register.

Law Student Research Competency Task Force Hosts Live Online Discussion

Please join the Law Student Research Competency Task Force for an online discussion November 1-12. The task force would like to engage in a dialogue with members about legal research competency standards for law students. The results of the discussion will be used to prepare a report for the AALL Executive Board, in accordance with the task force's charge. This report will be the basis of an anticipated partnership with the ABA to set standards for law schools in the teaching of legal research.

Sign up to join the discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Wise.

AALL Training on National Inventory Highlights Our Members' Contributions

I would like to thank the more than 200 AALL and chapter members who signed up for the very successful October 6 virtual training on the national inventory of primary legal materials. Developing this inventory is a very ambitious project for our Association, and if you haven't already volunteered to join your state working group, please consider doing so today.

As Kentucky State Working Group coordinator Emily Janoski-Haehlen said, "Being involved in the national inventory has really helped me learn more about what legal resources are available electronically and in print in Kentucky and whether or not these sources are official and authenticated. It has also given me the opportunity to work more closely with other law librarians, members of the judiciary, and agencies. Being a part of this huge endeavor is something I am very proud of, and I look forward to seeing and using the entire inventory when it is complete."

The PowerPoint slides from the training are now available in AALL's Advocacy Toolkit, and the archived training will be posted soon on AALL2go. It's going to take an army of volunteers to complete the inventory by our June 30, 2011, deadline. Please contact Advocacy Communications Assistant Emily Feldman to contribute to this groundbreaking project.

Annual Meeting and Conference Schedule Changes—You Talked and We Listened

2011 AALL Annual Meeting and ConferenceAs a result of recent surveys and discussion groups regarding the future structure of the Annual Meeting and Conference, the Annual Meeting Review Special Committee made recommendations to the Executive Board at the July meeting in Denver. As a result, changes were made to the conference schedule to ensure the Annual Meeting continues to meet the needs of AALL members.

The Executive Board approved the following changes to the Annual Meeting and Conference Schedule:

Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting and Opening Reception
This year's meeting in Philadelphia will kick off with the opening of the Exhibit Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, followed by an Opening Reception on the Exhibit Hall floor on Saturday, July 23, from 5–6:30 p.m. This light hors d'oeuvres and cocktail reception will allow attendees to gather to network and visit exhibitors without scheduling conflicts and will allow plenty of time for dine-arounds and receptions to follow. This event is accessible to all registered attendees. AALL would like to acknowledge and thank LexisNexis for its past 10 years of partnership in sponsoring the Opening Event.

AALL Business Meeting and Members Open Forum
This meeting will now take place on Monday, July 25, from 3:45–5:30 p.m., and will include the presentation of the Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographical Award and the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award.

Committee Meetings
All AALL committees meetings will now be scheduled on Saturday, July 23, between the hours of 3–5 p.m. The Diversity Symposium and Reception has moved to Sunday, July 24, from 4:15–6:45 p.m.

Closing Reception
The Closing Banquet will no longer be held. In its place will be a closing reception in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday, July 26, from 1:30-3 p.m. At the reception, we will look forward to the 2012 Annual Meeting in Boston with themed snacks and soft drinks, and attendees will be able to visit with exhibitors before the closing of the Exhibit Hall. There will be an opportunity to "meet the candidates" on the Executive Board ballot, view the Boston video, win fabulous prizes, and witness the "passing of the gavel" to 2012 President-Elect Darcy Kirk. This event is free to all registered attendees.

Annual Meeting scheduling letters and forms will be sent out at the end of October to schedule meetings/functions. Forms will be due on December 1.

2011 Annual Meeting Programming Update

Last month, we received 179 program and workshop proposals for the 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia. At the end of this month, the Annual Meeting Program Committee will meet in Chicago to select and schedule the programs; proposers will be notified in early November. Thanks to all of the individuals and groups for their contributions.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Ten Things Every Law Librarian Needs to Know about Copyright.

This 45-minute humorous skit performed before a live studio audience has infamous radio host Rush Limbaugh (played by George Pike) interviewing James S. Heller, the author of "The Librarian's Copyright Companion." Limbaugh and Heller discuss copyright situations that pertain to real life librarians and have a lively back and forth conversation with telephone callers who phone in their questions.

This presentation was an entertaining way to present the dos and don'ts of copyright. Topics include licensing, four factor fair use, and authors' rights. After the callers' questions were answered, they opened up questions to the live studio audience comprised of attendees of the AALL 2010 Annual Conference in Denver. This session provides valuable information for authors, librarians, and patrons in a light-hearted and easy-to-understand presentation.

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

AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant Program

Congratulations to the Law Librarians Association of Wisconsin, recipient of a grant in the first round of AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants. These grants assist AALL entities and individuals in providing continuing education programming outside the AALL Annual Meeting. The grant can cover costs for speakers, venues, or the method of distribution. You could be the next grant recipient—apply for the second round of grants by the November 4 deadline.

Volunteer for an AALL Committee Today

AALL is now accepting applications for 2011-2012 committee volunteers. By working on a committee, you not only help to strengthen the profession, you also meet other colleagues who are in various stages of their careers and willing to share their experiences. Your work as a committee member helps you gain and practice useful skills that you might not find in your everyday work. 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. Your efforts will ensure the vitality and future of AALL. Don't hesitate—volunteer today.

Check Your Mailbox for the 2010-2011 AALL Membership Directory

The 2010-2011 AALL Membership Directory mailed out to AALL members on October 1. You can expect to receive your copy in the next couple of weeks. If you don't, please contact Hannah Phelps, AALL membership services coordinator, at 312/205-8022.

2011 AALL DirectoryThis 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. Many thanks go to Wolters Kluwer Law and Business for graciously subsidizing production costs of the directory since 1940.

Call for Spectrum Architecture Series Authors

AALL Spectrum Vol 14 No 7 May 2010AALL Spectrum is looking for authors for the May architecture issue. If you have a beautiful law library or a great story of renovation or relocation, here's your chance to share it with law librarians across the country. Send your story ideas to Spectrum Editorial Director Mark Estes today.

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.

AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grants Program Seeks Applications

The AALL Research & Publications Committee is accepting applications for research grants from the AALL/Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Grants Program. Grant awards may total up to $5,000.

The committee will award one or more grants to library professionals who wish to conduct research that supports the research/scholarly agenda of the profession of librarianship. The grants program funds small or large research projects that create, disseminate, or otherwise use legal and law-related information as its focus. The AALL Research Agenda offers suggestions for possible research projects. However, the committee will consider all applications and research projects.

For more information, view the grant application and complete guidelines or contact Adeen Postar. The application deadline is November 15.

2009-2010 Annual Reports on AALLNET

Find out what your fellow AALL members have been doing over the past year. Annual reports of AALL chapters, committees, representatives, and special interest sections are now available on AALLNET. Congratulations on your many accomplishments in 2009-2010.

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.

Member News

Edward J. Bander has recently published a novel titled The Hidden History of Essex Law School. The story follows Tom Jones, an accomplished law librarian, library directory, and faculty member at Essex Law School as he uncovers the institution's many secrets, leading him to adventures across New England. The Hidden History of Essex Law School is available on Amazon.com. You can also read a review of the book on the AALL Spectrum blog.

Michelle Wu was appointed as professor of law and law library director at Georgetown University Law Center. Wu was formerly associate dean for information services at Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York.

Welcome New Members

Antoinette Baker
Barbara Bavis
Robert Brammer, Stetson University College of Law
Michael Carrillo
Kathryn Crandall
Shawn Friend, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center
Mary Gardner, Drexel University
Jordan Gilbertson, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Helen Grunke, Lane Powell PC
Valerie Horton, Florida State University College of Information
Natacha JeanBaptiste
Jessica Lynn King, Barley Snyder, LLC
Ashley Krenelka, Hastings & Estreicher, PA
Elizabeth Lias
Roxanne Livingston, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
Jessica Marlette
Cristina Minter, U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
Robert Newlen, Law Library of Congress
Heather Pierce, Harvard Law School Library
Louise G. Ragno, Harvard Law School Library
Kristen Rook, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Jonathan Saine
Ellen Siegel
Marsha Stacey, University of South Dakota McKusick Law Library
Lindsay Steussy, Hamline University School of Law
Alyssa Thurston, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library
Jonathan Underwood, University of Alabama
Andrew Winston, Drexel University College of Information Sciences and Technology