AALL E-newsletter - March 2011

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Joyce Manna JantoWhile the Annual Meeting is still four months away, this edition of the e-news is packed with information to help you prepare for Philadelphia. First of all, I'm delighted to announce that Dahlia Lithwick will be our keynote speaker. Lithwick is a noted contributor to Slate, Newsweek, and NPR. Congratulations go out to Jolande Goldberg who won the first AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award and will present her paper in Philadelphia.

This year members will have an opportunity to submit questions for the Open Forum in advance.And there is still time to apply for a grant to attend the Annual Meeting. But AALL's commitment to education extends beyond the Annual Meeting. Registration continues this month for our April webinar on technology and the law library and opens for our May webinar on copyright. The AALL2go pick of the month is the program Glass Half Full? Explore Techniques for Putting Optimism to Work as a Management Tool in Difficult Times from the Denver Annual Meeting. Finally, it is my sad duty to inform you of the death of our colleague, Thomas R. Austin.

In This Issue

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

Last week AALL dues invoices for 2011-2012 mailed out to all library directors for their institutionally paid memberships and to all other individual members. The deadline for membership renewal is May 31.

2010 AALL Annual MeetingWhen 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 10: 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.

AALL Dues Help for Unemployed Members

To help in these tough times, AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed. The discounted membership appears online and in all public records simply as an "Active" membership but is billed at the student/retired rate ($57 instead of $226). The discounted rate is good through May 31, 2012.

Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form or contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022) to sign up.

Colloquium Working Group Formed

On February 28 - March 1, AALL hosted a colloquium titled "Creating, Disseminating, Using, and Preserving Legal Information in Challenging Times." AALL hosted 39 participants, including 15 vendors, 20 librarians, and four library end-users. The event was held at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois.
At the conclusion of the colloquium, the group decided to form a working group with participants drawn from the librarians and vendors who attended the colloquium. The working group has now been formed and it includes:

Chair: Margaret Maes, AALL vendor liaison

Members: Mary Jenkins, Hamilton County Law Library; Greg Lambert, King & Spalding, LLP; Linda Lev Dunton, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business; Kristina Niedringhaus, Cleveland State University College of Law; Dick Spinelli, William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; and Cindy Spohr, LexisNexis.

The working group will be refining the shared principles developed at the colloquium and also drafting an action plan to ensure the principles are enacted. Once the plan has been drafted, it will be distributed to the membership for comment with the goal of completing it by this summer.

More information about the vendor colloquium, is available on the AALL Vendor Relations page.

AALL Members and Chapters Oppose Closure of the Texas State Law Library

Last month I sent a message to AALL members in Texas asking them to sign the petition and contact their state legislators in opposition to House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1, which would eliminate funding for the Texas State Law Library thereby forcing the library to close. On February 22, the presidents of the Dallas Association of Law Librarians, Houston Area Law Librarians, and Southwestern Association of Law Libraries sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the Texas Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees to oppose the elimination of funding for the library.
Calls, emails, and petition signatures from Texas residents are still needed. If you live in Texas and have not already done so, please sign the petition and contact your legislator, especially if he or she is a member of the Senate Finance Committee or House Appropriations Committee. If you don't live in Texas, please help spread the word by forwarding this message to your friends and colleagues. For more information and additional talking points, please see these excellent resources developed by the Texas State Law Library. Thanks for your help!

April Webinar: Technology and the Law Library—Finding Common Ground

How can law firm technology and firm law library professionals collaborate to achieve effective results for their law firms? Scott Preston, chief information officer with Fulbright & Jaworski, and Sarah Clark Kavanagh, chief executive officer of Cable & Clark, will share their strategies for success in Technology and the Law Library: Finding Common Ground on April 28, at 11 a.m. Central.

Register by April 21.

May Webinar: Copyright issues in Distance Education and Training

Join Tomas Lipinski, professor and copyright expert from Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis as he answers common copyright questions that arise in virtual classes and training sessions. Issues will include handouts, video usage, participant comments, and post-virtual session issues.

Registration begins March 21.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Glass Half Full? Explore Techniques for Putting Optimism to Work as a Management Tool in Difficult Times.

If you missed this excellent program at the 2010 AALL Annual Meeting in Denver, now is the time to give it a listen. Even if you did experience it live, now may be a good time to revisit the concepts presented by Gail Warren and Jean Holcomb about the effects of optimism and pessimism on our working lives and how we manage change.

AALL2goFar from a Pollyanna take on optimism, Warren and Holcomb discuss how our explanatory styles affect how we receive and cope with challenges both mundane and profound. How we choose to view and approach problem situations determines not only our own outcomes but also our leadership abilities and the anxiety experienced by our followers and can extend even to our physical health. Warren and Holcomb provide strategies and tools for developing more optimistic approaches, and you will find an excellent list of resources in the handouts. In addition, a self-diagnostic helps identify where you fall on the pessimism-optimism spectrum. At just under 55 minutes, this recording is worth a lunchtime listen for inspiration, encouragement, and re-thinking your responses to problems large and small.

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

Dahlia Lithwick to be Keynoter at 2011 AALL Annual Meeting

Dahlia LithwickI am pleased to have Dahlia Lithwick as this year's keynote speaker at the Opening General Session on Sunday, July 24, to kick off the first day of educational programming at this year's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate, and in that capacity, writes the "Supreme Court Dispatches" and "Jurisprudence" columns. She is a biweekly columnist for Newsweek. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper's, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places.

Registration is open for the 104th Annual Meeting and Conference. Join nearly 2,000 law librarians from across the country for more than 100 educational opportunities, abundant social functions, and the chance to learn what your colleagues are doing in their law libraries. And 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!

Submit Questions for Annual Meeting Members' Open Forum

During this year's Members' Open Forum, immediately following the Annual Business Meeting, the AALL president and other officers will be available to respond to member questions regarding AALL and its programs and activities. In addition to accepting questions from the floor, members can also submit questions in advance of the meeting.

Every attempt will be made to address all of the questions received during the Open Forum. If we are unable to address the question during the forum because we do not have adequate information to do so at that time, we will respond to the question after the appropriate information has been obtained. The response will be sent both to the person who asked the question and to the membership in an edition of the AALL e-newsletter.

To submit a question in advance for this year's Open Forum, email ambusmtg@aall.org.

Goldberg Wins AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award

The AALL Research Committee is very pleased to announce that Jolande Goldberg is the first winner of AALL's Distinguished Lectureship. Goldberg is the senior cataloging policy specialist (law classification) at the Library of Congress and since 1972 has been one of the chief architects of the Class K schedule. A detailed summary of her accomplishments is available on AALLNET. Goldberg also received the 2002 Joseph L. Andrews Bibliographic Award.

The Distinguished Lectureship is an opportunity for AALL members with unique perspectives 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 in Philadelphia and published in Law Library Journal. The lectureship carries a $500 honorarium. For further information about this award, visit the Distinguished Lectureship website.

AALL Grants Program Applications Due April 1

The AALL Grants Program provides financial assistance to law librarians or graduate students who hold promise of future involvement in AALL and the law library profession. Grants cover registration costs at either the Annual Meeting or workshops. Don't miss out—applications are due April 1. Apply now.

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 May 5.

AALLNET Redesign Update

Round two of testing the new AALLNET is winding down, as a group of 24 members—both seasoned veterans and new members who joined in the past year—browse the new site and test out the navigation. AALL Headquarters will collect the responses by next Monday, March 21, and make subsequent changes to the site as needed. Once all testing feedback is addressed, we'll begin the final steps for launching the new site.

Thank you again for your patience with this important testing phase. The first round was very helpful in identifying an important design change, and we're confident this second round will be well worth the wait. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Kathie Sullivan, chair of the AALLNET Strategic Planning Committee.

RIPS Teach-In Kit Now Available

The Research Instruction and Patron Services SIS is proud to announce the release of the 19th Annual National Legal Research Teach-In Kit. Each year in conjunction with National Library Week, RIPS creates a Teach-In Kit containing fresh materials for use in your institution's promotional and instructional activities. This year's kit includes PowerPoint presentations, research assignments, lesson plans, syllabi, and more on a variety of topics including health law, animal law, and Google Scholar.

The 2011 Teach-In Kit is available now on the RIPS-SIS web page. A kit overview and previous Teach-In Kits are also available at that location.

Thanks to all this year's contributors, as well as the Teach-In Kit Committee: Laura Ax-Fultz, David Lehmann, Shawn Nevers, and Gail Partin.

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

Morris CohenThe Legal History and Rare Books Special Interest Section, in cooperation with Gale Cengage Learning, is holding the third annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. Currently enrolled students attending accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, or related subjects 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 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."

Day in the Life Photos Submitted

Day in the LifeLast month, AALL members took a wide range of photographs of law librarians working, meeting, teaching, and doing all that law librarians do in a given day or week. This year the photos were submitted to Flickr, so you can already check out the 60 photos submitted by 18 AALL members.

Next, the AALL Public Relations Committee will narrow down the photos in each category to the top five. Members will have the chance to vote for the winning photos during National Library Week, April 10-16. Stay tuned for more details.

Please send any questions or comments to Public Relations Committee Chair Karen B. Brunner.

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, in Oak Brook, Illinois. 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 speak at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference.

The application period starts April 1, and applications are due by June 30. Find more information here.

Member News

Susan Lyons, documents/reference librarian at Rutgers University Law School Library, was appointed to the Depository Library Council. The council, composed of 15 members, each of whom serves a three-year term, advises the U.S. public printer on policy matters relating to the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).

Raquel Ortiz will be the new assistant dean of library and information services at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. She most recently served as associate director and head of research services and associate professor of law at Pappas Law Library at Boston 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 death of Thomas R. Austin.

Thomas R. Austin enrolled in the MLS program at the University of North Texas in the mid-80s and began his library career at the Dallas firm of Hughes & Luce. In 1995 he became library manager for the firm's Texas offices and stayed on through the firm's absorption by K&L Gates. In addition to being a long-time member of AALL and the Private Law Libraries Special Interest Section, Mr. Austin was also a world-class amateur chef and sports fan. He died December 19.

Welcome New Members

Beth Applebaum, Huntington Woods, Michigan
Louise Barrett, Bloomington, Indiana
Stephanie Bassinger, Denton County Law Library, Denton, Texas
Amy C. Benson, Winston Salem, North Carolina
Stephanie Bodene, Lancaster County Law Library, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Brionica Bryson, Trinity Law School, Santa Ana, California
Britnee Cole, Champaign, Illinois
John Crawford, Saint Petersburg, Florida
Christy D'Antonio, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Jacquelyn DeGreeve, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary, Alberta
Michelle Hook Dewey, Murphysboro, Illinois
Katherine Epanchin-Butuc, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Astoria, New York
Emily Ferrier, Fish & Richardson P.C., Boston
Arletha Ford, Houston
Robin Gardner, Melbourne Law School University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, British Columbia
Claire Gonzales, Houston
Gretchen Hornberger, Coconino County Law Library, Flagstaff, Arizona
Svetlana Kochkina, McGill University Nahum Gelber Law Library, Montreal, Quebec
Karen Lehmkuhl, Arent Fox LLP, Washington, D.C.
Alicia Loo, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
Stephanie Miller, Philadelphia
Anne Mostad-Jensen, San Jose, California
Denise Naya, New York State Supreme Court Library, Queens County, Bayside, New York
Lauren Obenour, McCarter & English, LLP, Newark, New Jersey
Nicholas Pleasant, Montgomery, Alabama
Mark Popielarski, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
Matthew Rogers, Denton, Texas
Anna Russell, University of San Diego School of Law/Legal Research Center, San Diego
Teresa Sargent, Springville, Alabama
Charlotte Schneider, Syracuse, New York
Vanessa Uribe, El Dorado County Law Library, Roseville, California
Cindy Wyckoff, Wayne State University Arthur Neef Law Library, Ferndale, Michigan