AALL E-newsletter - February 2011

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Joyce Manna JantoFor a short month, February is shaping up to be an exceedingly busy one. First and foremost, this month a selected group of librarians, information vendors, and legal professionals will meet in Chicago to discuss the future of legal information. I invite you to follow our discussions on the AALL Spectrum blog. In addition, this issue of the e-newsletter includes information about the Vendor Colloquium and several educational events. Not only is registration open for the Annual Meeting, but also for the webinar on "Servant Leadership" and the Management Institute. Check out the newest offerings on AALL2go and apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant. If you're looking for a new challenge, AALL is seeking a new director of government relations. It is also my sad duty to inform you of the deaths of two of our colleagues, Sondra Giles and Susan Sloma.

In This Issue

Colloquium on Legal Information

AALL will host a meeting of law librarians, legal professionals, and legal information vendors to discuss "Creating, Disseminating, Using, and Preserving Legal Information in Challenging Times," February 28 to March 1 at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois. This is an invitation-only event and will bring together 40 participants to discuss matters related to the changing environment of legal information publishing.

When I became president of AALL, holding this meeting was one of my goals. I hope the final result will be a document outlining our shared concerns and our shared expectations for our roles in the collection and dissemination of information. I hope we can establish a renewed appreciation of our widely varied responsibilities and an improved line of communication.

During the meeting, Mark Estes, editorial director of AALL Spectrum, will report via the AALL Spectrum Blog. His reporting will keep AALL members and others informed regarding the meeting's discussions and events.

For more information about this meeting, including a list of participants and an agenda, please visit the AALL vendor relations page on AALLNET.

Register Today for the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting

Registration for the 104th Annual Meeting and Conference in Philadelphia is now open. You should have received a personalized email on February 9 announcing the official opening, including your member ID number, which you'll need to obtain member-discounted pricing. Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership. By joining us in Philly, they'll be joining AALL!

2011 AALL Annual MeetingAll of AALL's educational programming is available for viewing online. You can sort and view the 66 programs and four workshops by tracks that best meet your needs or by sponsoring SIS. You can also view various SIS-produced programs, offered to enhance your overall educational experience. Check out our section on getting your boss to say "yes," or apply for a registration, SIS, or chapter grant. While you're exploring our Annual Meeting online, you can make your hotel and travel reservations, start to design your own personal schedule, see who's exhibiting, or just spend some time experiencing Philly.

Watch for more details about our Meeting in next week's first edition of the Annual Meeting Update.

Renew Your AALL Membership Early for a Chance to Win a Free 2011 AALL Annual Meeting Registration

In March, AALL dues invoices for 2011-2012 will mail out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.

This year, when you renew early—by May 1—you will be entered in a drawing for a free 2011 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. If you renew on time—by May 31—you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2011-2012. Following is the 2011 membership renewal schedule:

  • March: First dues invoices mailed out.
  • May: Second dues invoices mailed out.
  • June: Final dues invoices mailed out.
  • July: Expiration notices emailed to all members—individuals and those paid by institutions.
  • August 1: Expired members deleted from the AALL membership database and access to the AALLNET Members Only Section and Law Library Journal and AALL Spectrum subscriptions discontinued.

For more information or to renew your membership online, view the application form on AALLNET. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312/205-8022.

AALLNET Redesign Update

I'm happy to report that testing of the new AALLNET is well underway. Members of the AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee and AALLNET Committee spent time browsing the new site and testing the ease of finding information with the new interface. AALL Headquarters hasalready received the preliminary results of these tests and has begun addressing some of the issues raised. Once all subsequent changes to the site are complete, we will widen the testing to additional members. The site will launch shortly after the second round of testing is complete.

Thank you again for your patience with this important testing phase. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kathie Sullivan, chair of the AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee.

AALL's New Advocacy Toolkit for the 112th Congress

The Government Relations Office has launched AALL's Advocacy Toolkit for the 112th Congress to help you learn about the issues and legislation we are currently tracking and develop your skills to become a more effective advocate for law libraries at the federal and state levels.

The new toolkit includes:

  • A growing list of bills we support and oppose in the new Congress
  • Tips for promoting our issues at the federal and state levels
  • Advice for creating or strengthening your chapter's government relations committee
  • An expanded section of resources for our federal and state working groups

We will continue to update and add resources to the toolkit over the coming months, so please be sure to bookmark the page to stay informed about the latest issues AALL is monitoring. Thanks for being part of our Advocacy Team.

Servant Leadership for Law Libraries Webinar

How do you wield influence and authority without a title? How do you foster collaboration and service excellence in your law library? Expand your leadership knowledge by joining Filippa Marullo Anzalone, professor of law and dean for library and technology services at Boston College, for Servant Leadership for Law Libraries, on March 1, at 11 a.m. Central, as she explores leadership through service, value-centered leadership, and applying a servant leadership model to law libraries.

Learn about:

  • Deconstructing the concept of leadership
  • Values-centered leadership
  • Leadership at all levels
  • Applying servant leadership to law libraries

Register by February 22.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Web 2.0 Challenge

AALL2goNeed a refresher on blogs or RSS? New to creating wikis? Want to know what colleagues are saying about the value of social networking for your library? AALL2go offers you solutions.

The AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section (CS-SIS)'s Web 2.0 Challenge is an online course for law librarians about social media and how to use it in their libraries. It is a comprehensive and social learning opportunity designed for law librarians based on hands-on use of these technologies.

Each of the five sessions includes:

  • An introduction to the topic and suggested learning outcomes for the week
  • A screen cast explaining the technology with step-by-step instructions on its use
  • Links for further learning
  • Examples of libraries/librarians using the featured tool
  • An assignment with activities designed to give you hands-on experience with each tool

Whether you're just browsing some of the articles listed or you're looking for additional ideas for a particular social networking solution, you have the flexibility to decide how much or how little information meets your needs. To follow along with the course, log in as a guest. (Guests may access most course content, but may not contribute to the site.)

Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

Manage with Confidence

2011 AALL Management InstituteFrom transforming libraries and nurturing staff for new roles and responsibilities, to developing a strategic plan for the library to building partnerships, new law library managers have a lot on their plates. The 2011 AALL Management Institute, to be held April 7-9, in Chicago, will provide new and aspiring managers with the opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues from all types of law libraries and develop the skills you need to manage with confidence today.

Learn how to:

  • Build and nurture a professional network
  • Develop effective communication
  • Negotiate and handle difficult situations
  • Develop a strategic plan
  • Take on project management
  • Champion the library's role within the institution and build partnerships

Read about experiences from the 2009 AALL Management Institute.

The registration deadline is March 7, and there are only 12 spots left. Don't wait— register today!

Make a Difference—Consider Running for AALL Office

AALL is looking for the next leaders of the Association. If you, or someone you know, have proven leadership experience, commitment to law librarianship, and the demonstrated ability to think strategically, please consider serving on the AALL Executive Board.

The Nominations Committee is asking members to nominate individuals who would make strong candidates for the 2011 AALL Executive Board election for the offices of vice president/president-elect and two Executive Board members.

If you or someone you know is ready to serve on the AALL Executive Board, let the Nominations Committee know. The chair of this year's committee is Kelly Browne of the Sacramento County Public Law Library. You can email her with your nomination. The committee is accepting nominations through March 1. The election will be held in November 2011 for three-year terms beginning July 2012.

AALL Seeks Director of Government Relations

AALL is currently accepting resumes for consideration for the position of director of government relations. The position opening was created when Mary Alice Baish, former AALL director of government relations, was named the assistant public printer for the U.S. Government Printing Office.

For more information, view the listing on AALL's Career Center.

Apply for an AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant

Do you have a great idea for a program for law librarians? The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant can assist you in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. All AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members are encouraged to apply. Apply online by February 24.

Day in the Life Photo Contest Closes Feb. 28

Day in the LifeTime is running out to snap the perfect shot of law librarians in action. A Day in the Life of the Law Library Community Photo Contest closes on February 28.

This month AALL members have been taking a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day. Entries are due by the end of the month and will be judged online by the AALL membership in April. Winners will be recognized on AALLNET, in an issue of AALL Spectrum, and during the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

New this year the contest will be conducted on Flickr, which will allow you to see submissions as they are posted by other members. Visit the Day in the Life site for complete contest rules, photography tips, and to view the winning photos from 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Apply for FCIL-SIS Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians by March 1

The Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section (FCIL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2011 FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians.

The FCIL Schaffer Grant provides a waiver of the full registration fee for the AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, July 23-26, and a minimum grant of $2,000 to assist with accommodations and travel costs.

Applicants must be law librarians or other professionals working in the legal information field, currently employed in countries other than the United States, and with significant responsibility for the organization, preservation, or provision of legal information. Apply by March 1.

Apply Now for the OBS/TS Joint Research Grant

The Online Bibliographic Services and Technical Services (OBS/TS) Special Interest Sections Joint Research Grant Committee is now accepting applications for its 2011 grant.

Each year an OBS/TS Joint Research Grant of up to $1,000 is awarded to an AALL member conducting research that benefits technical services law librarianship.

For more information about applicant eligibility and the grant application process, please visit the Joint Research Grant website.

To apply for the award, send a grant narrative, budget, two references, and a completed JRGC grant agreement form to JRGC Chair Hollie White. Apply by March 31.

Unleash Your Inner Leader October 28-29

New law librarians in the early stages of your career—achieve your leadership potential by attending the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy, October 28-29. Designed as an intensive learning experience aimed at growing and developing leadership skills, the academy program will help you discover how to maximize your personal leadership style while connecting with other legal information professionals.

The program will feature speakers Gail Johnson and Pam Parr. Johnson is a widely regarded leadership and communications expert and holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Parr has extensive business management and customer service expertise. They have conducted many leadership programs for library organizations and will be speaking at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference.

The application period will start April 1, and applications will be due by June 30. Watch for more details coming soon.

LH&RB Third Annual Morris Cohen Student Essay Competition Deadline April 15

The Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section (LH&RB-SIS), in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, announces the third annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related fields are eligible to enter the competition. Students may be enrolled either full- or part-time. The winner will receive $500 and up to $1,000 to fund a trip to the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Papers must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., March 15; the winner will be announced by April 15. The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LH&RB's online scholarly journal, "Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books."

Tap into the Wealth of Knowledge and Experience with AALL's Mentor Program

Whether you're a newer member looking for advice, an experienced member hoping to give back to your profession, or a mid-career member contemplating a job change, AALL's Mentor Program is a valuable resource.

AALL's Mentor Program provides:

  • Newer members: an informal, personal source of valuable insight and advice on charting your career path as a law librarian
  • Experienced members: an avenue to lend your knowledge and experience to promising new members of the profession and strengthen the future of the law librarianship
  • Mid-career members:a network to consult if you're contemplating a move to another type of library or taking on a new job responsibility

Whether or not you've participated as a mentor or mentee in the past, the AALL Membership Development Committee welcomes all applications.

To ensure a mentor/mentee match prior to the July 2011 Annual Meeting, please submit your form by March 11:

Only a Few Weeks Left to Take Advantage of Discounted Registration for 2011 LMA Annual Conference

Legal Marketing AssociationThis year AALL is an association partner for the 2011 Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference, held in Orlando April 4-6. It is the largest educational and networking event for legal marketing and business development professionals. Through the partnership, AALL members are entitled to receive the LMA member rate when registering. Mention that you are an AALL member when registering to receive the LMA full member rate. The registration deadline is February 25.

Member News

Virginia Tucker, county law librarian in Bellingham, Washington, is co-author with Marc Lampson of the new book, Finding the Answers to Legal Questions, published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York. Both Lampson and Tucker are faculty at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University .

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 deaths of Sondra L. Giles and Susan Sloma.

Sondra L. Giles was a graduate of the College of Mount St. Joseph-on-the-Ohio and held Master of Arts degrees from Indiana University and Rhode Island College. During her career, she was a librarian at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, at Providence College, and retired in 2003 after 21 years with the Rhode Island State Law Library. She was a member of the Rhode Island Library Association, serving as the Bulletin News editor for several years, as well as the Law Librarians of New England. She was active in AALL as a member of the State, Court, and County Law Libraries and Technical Services Special Interest Sections. After moving to Signal Mountain in 2006, she volunteered to catalog and help organize the St. Augustine parish library. Ms. Giles died on January 16.

Susan Sloma received her BA with honors in French Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her MLS from Rosary College (now Dominican University), and her JD from Boston University School of Law. She was a partner at Chicago 's McDermott, Will & Emery for a number of years before deciding to pursue a career as a librarian. Ms. Sloma was employed by several California libraries before returning to Chicago in 2006 to take a catalog librarian position at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was a member of AALL's Technical Services Special Interest Section and chair of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries Community Service Committee. Her calm manner, friendly demeanor, and dry wit made her a valued colleague and friend. Ms. Sloma died on January 23.

Welcome New Members

Stephanie Anatale, State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Mercerville
Jonathan Beeker, North Carolina Central University School of Law Library, Durham
April Brousseau, Stikeman Elliott, Toronto, Ontario
Kyle Brown, University of Washington M.G. Gallagher Law Library, Seattle
JoAnna Butler, Faulkner University Jones School of Law Library, Montgomery, Alabama
Lesley Chan, Western State University College of Law Library, Fullerton, California
Andrew Clark, Boston University Pappas Law Library
Jodi Collova, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, San Francisco
Jennifer Cook, Laramie, Wyoming
Brian Detweiler, Fairport, New York
Adrienne DeWitt, Bloomington, Indiana
Karen Eriksen, Pittsburgh
Dee Faison, North Carolina Central University, Durham
Christine George, Austin
Monica Hait, Fish & Richardson P.C., Boston
Shannon Hanson, Gold Canyon, Arizona
Emily Hardy, University of Arizona, Tucson
Atarino Helieisar, College of Micronesia, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
Betsy Mahoney, Madison County Law Library, Edwardsville, Illinois
Lynn McClelland, UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, Los Angeles
Paul McKenna, Dalhousie University, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Anne Paige, Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Laura Ross, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center, Central Islip, New York
Nina Scholtz, Manhattan Beach, California
Keith Sims, Cary, North Carolina
Lei Tan, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, Detroit
Alys Tryon, Oakland
Brian Van Camp, Sacramento County Public Law Library
Carol Wade, Muscogee County Law Library, Columbus, Georgia
Matthew Wall, Stetson University College of Law Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library, Saint Petersburg, Florida
Stephen Wolfson, University of Texas Jamail Center for Legal Research, Austin