AALL E-newsletter - May 2011

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Joyce Manna Janto

This issue of the enews is filled with information about the Annual Meeting in Philly. I’d like to highlight two items that I think are important. First, we are changing the format of the Members Open Forum. Questions can be submitted in advance, and those questions are guaranteed to be answered at the forum. Questions asked at the forum will be answered, if possible. If not answered at that time, the answers will appear in the first e-newsletter following the Annual Meeting. Second, now is the time to vote for the programs to be webcast live from the Annual Meeting. If you aren’t going to be in Philly, this is your chance to experience the meeting first hand.

This issue also highlights those who have been nominated for AALL office, those who have won AALL scholarships, and those who won registrations to the Annual Meeting. Congratulations to all! Finally, it is my sad duty to inform you of the deaths of Dorothy V. Allport and Schelle Simcox.

In This Issue

News about Your Member Profiles on AALLNET

This month we launched the new and improved AALLNET. We hope you’ve had a chance to explore the new site, including our new My Communities section where you can start discussions, share resources, and connect with other AALL members who share your interests and challenges. During your exploration, you may notice that you have two separate member profiles--one on the AALL website and one in the My Communities section.

The AALL website is synced with the Association’s membership database, so all of your personal information and AALL leadership activities are automatically part of your AALL profile. In the new My Communities section, you have the opportunity to create an additional “social networking” profile. Your address information here is also synced with the membership database and is automatically populated. In addition you have the opportunity to provide more demographics to your profile, such as your interests, honors, and awards. The more information you provide, the more networks the community site can automatically relate to you. This will allow you to easily connect with other members based on areas of interests, location, etc.

We hope you’re finding the new AALLNET easy to use and full of helpful resources. In the next few weeks, we will provide more information and tips about the new My Communities section. Please let us know how we can continue to improve the services we provide to you.

Join Us in Philadelphia – Register before June 1 and Save $100

The AALL Annual Meeting and Conference will be held July 23-26, with Philadelphia as the host city. Don’t miss this opportunity to join your colleagues at this important event.
Why You Can't Afford to Miss the Annual Meeting
Education: Approximately 100 different educational sessions planned over the four-day period will return you to your library energized and armed with new money-saving and innovative techniques and strategies to benefit your library and users. Here is a sampling of timely and pertinent sessions, based on the library setting in which you work:

Exhibit Hall: Meet face-to-face with vendors and preview new products and services in the Exhibit Hall, saving you time and money. Nearly 100 vendors will display their services in Philadelphia, including legal publishers, bibliographic services, library suppliers, and much more.
Networking: Once a year you have the opportunity to network, share ideas, and learn new ones with legal information professionals from law libraries of all types. This is the only event of its kind that is specifically designed by law librarians, for law librarians.

Check out the current issue of Law Library Journal for a conversation about why conference attendance is so crucial to your own professional development, to those with whom you work, and to those who rely on the services you provide.

Spread the word to your nonmember colleagues: Nonmember Conference Registration packages include a complimentary one-year AALL membership.

Register by June 1 and save $100!

Live, from Philly...It's the AALL Annual Meeting and Conference!

Once again, AALL will webcast three programs from the Annual Meeting, and you can help to select two of them. (The first webcast program will be Sunday's Keynote Session with Dahlia Lithwick.) Cast your vote online by Monday, June 13, for the programs you'd like to see most--one on Monday and one on Tuesday.

Whether you're attending our conference in Philadelphia or tending to your job back at the office, you can be part of the audience. Selected programs will be announced in next month's e-newsletter, along with instructions for accessing these programs in July. Archived recordings of these programs will be available free to members after the conference through AALL2go, your online center for professional development.

Poster Sessions at the Annual Meeting

As an added enhancement to the educational offerings at this year's Annual Meeting, poster sessions will be on display in the Exhibit Hall as part of the AALL Member Services and Activities Area. AALL members have put together a wealth of great ideas to share with Annual Meeting attendees--you can view them all here. Creators of accepted posters will be on hand during the poster session presentation period on Sunday, July 24, from 9-10 a.m., to answer questions and discuss their work, but the posters will be on display throughout the entire Annual Meeting. Don’t miss this chance to see what your busy colleagues are up to in their libraries--and get inspired!

Annual Meeting Coffee Talks

Everybody knows that the Annual Meeting provides countless opportunities to network and learn from other colleagues--and here’s one more. To keep the conversation flowing in Philadelphia, informal “Coffee Talk” discussions will be held on Tuesday morning from 8-8:45 a.m. Attendees can brainstorm, sound off, and share their challenges, experiences, and ideas, while strengthening ties to their professional community.

Got a burning question you’d like to ask? Maybe you’d like to pick your colleagues’ brains about a new innovation. Wondering if anybody has dealt with the same situation you find yourself in now? We’re looking for great table topics to keep you buzzing all day. Send your ideas to annualmeeting@aall.org and stay tuned for more details closer to the Annual Meeting.

AALL Business Meeting in Philadelphia

The AALL Business Meeting will be held during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on July 25, beginning at 3:45 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the Members' Open Forum, which will adjourn no later than 5:30 p.m.

Any member who wants to submit a resolution for consideration by the membership at the Business Meeting must do so no later than July 1. Resolutions can be submitted by any AALL entity or member concerning substantive matters for consideration by the membership.
During this year's Members' Open Forum, which immediately follows 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 submit questions in advance of the meeting.

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

Nominations Committee Announces Slate

The 2011 AALL Nominations Committee presents the following slate of candidates for the 2011 AALL Executive Board Election. The election will be held November 1–30, and successful candidates will begin their terms of office in July 2012.

Vice President/President-Elect

  • Steven P. Anderson, Director, Maryland State Law Library, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Sally H. Wise, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law Library, Coral Gables, Florida

Executive Board Member

  • Jennifer A. Berman, Librarian, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Los Angeles, California
  • Amy J. Eaton, Seattle Library Manager, Perkins Coie LLP, Seattle, Washington
  • Michele Finerty, Assistant Director for Technical Services, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Gordon D. Schaber Law Library, Sacramento, California
  • Suzanne Thorpe, Associate Director for Faculty, Research, and Instructional Services, University of Minnesota Law Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Come "Meet the Candidates" during an informal session at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, on Tuesday, July 26, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at the AALL Member Services Booth.

In the fall, biographies and statements of all Executive Board candidates will be posted on AALLNET.

Board Adopts Research Principles

At its March 2011 board meeting, the Executive Board approved the report of the Law Student Research Competency Standards Task Force and its recommended Law Student Research Competencies and Information Literacy Principles.

The task force also recommended a new task force be appointed to draft literacy standards to support the literacy principles. Once the task force has been appointed, it will be announced to the membership.

Update on USA PATRIOT Act Extensions and Legislative Branch Funding

On May 12, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the FISA Sunsets Reauthorization Act of 2011 (H.R. 1800) to extend for six years the three sun-setting provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, including Section 215 (the “library provision”). The current short-term extension expires on May 27.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI-14) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10) offered amendments during the markup to raise the standard for library and bookseller records under Section 215. Rep. Conyers’ amendment would have prohibited the collection of library circulation records, library patron lists, book sale records, or book customer lists. Rep. Nadler’s amendment would have required the FBI to show “specific and articulable facts” giving reasonable grounds to believe that the records sought are relevant to a terrorist investigation. All amendments were voted down on party lines. The bill was reported out of committee by a vote of 22-13 and AALL’s Government Relations Office expects it to reach the House floor after the Congressional work period, May 16-20. AALL may call on you to contact your representative to ask him or her to vote “no” on the bill.

Also this month, AALL submitted testimony for the record to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch in support of full funding for the Library of Congress and Government Printing Office. In addition, the letter asks Congress to provide increased access to Congressional Research Service reports.

Learn to Create a Quick Strategic Plan When You Don’t Have Time to Do It Perfectly

Strategic planning is one process for setting goals and priorities. However, it is easy to become distracted by unwieldy and repetitive processes, jargon, and arguments over whether something is a goal, outcome, principle, or strategy. Join the June 9 webinar, The Five-Minute Strategic Plan: When You Don’t Have the Time or Resources to Do It Perfectly, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CST, to learn a simple, proven model that translates strategic planning into four basic steps (plus one that repeats). Pat Wagner of Pattern Research will explain how this model allows for effective design and execution when time is short and you need to move ahead quickly--without driving yourself and other people crazy.

This webinar will discuss how to:

  • Effectively sample qualitative and quantitative research about past, current, and potential users
  • Distill leadership-level concepts (mission, vision, values) in a “where are we going, and why” statement
  • Tie strategic planning goals into project management execution
  • Evaluate plans based on users’ criteria
  • Prevent micromanagement

Register by June 2.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL’s Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Federal Regulatory Information and Where to Find It.

This 51-minute continuing education video recorded in 2010 by the Law Library Association of Maryland features David M. Pritzker, senior attorney at the U.S. General Services Administration Regulatory Information Service Center. This program will help librarians who are interested in learning more about where to find administrative agency materials and how regulations are promulgated.

Pritzker provides an introduction, a brief history of regulations in the United States, and an overview of the regulatory process. He describes the regulatory world with an emphasis on public participation. In addition, Pritzker demonstrates various online websites that provide regulatory information and discusses both the limitations and positive aspects of governmental information.
Find this and more than 80 other free continuing education programs and webinars for AALL members on AALL2go!

AALL is on the Road

The past two months, AALL representatives and staff have been traveling to meetings across the country to meet with other members of related organizations and AALL chapters to discuss the importance of law librarianship and the Association. In April, AALL Representative to the Legal Marketing Association Jan Rivers, competitive intelligence liaison at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, and AALL Director of Membership Marketing and Communications Julia O’Donnell attended the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference in Orlando. They staffed a booth in the exhibit hall where they talked to LMA members about how law firm librarians and marketing departments can partner for business intelligence and other research needs. They made a number of contacts with LMA members who are interested in creating programs on the local level with law librarians about how the two departments can work together and create a powerful alliance in their law firms.

In March and April, AALL staff members attended meetings of the Southern California Association of Law Libraries, Northern California Association of Law Libraries, and Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries where they previewed the new AALLNET, provided information about the Association, and received member feedback about their needs and interests in AALL.

Next week, AALL Representative to the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Monice Kaczorowski, director of library services at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago, and Julia O’Donnell will attend the Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference in Orlando and will staff a similar booth in the exhibit hall. They plan to make more key contacts with this important constituency.

New Membership Year Begins June 1--Renew by May 31 for a Chance to Win a Free AALL Webinar

As the only national association dedicated exclusively to law librarians' needs and interests, AALL can tap into the power of the law library community to provide you with resources you need to succeed in today's environment and to ensure that the profession remains strong and vital now and in the future. If you haven't renewed already, be sure you do today so you don't miss out on valuable member benefits.

This year, when you renew by May 31 you'll be entered in a drawing for a free AALL webinar of your choice in 2011-2012. Also, AALL is offering a discounted membership rate for AALL members who are recently unemployed ($57 instead of $226). Unemployed AALL members should fill out the online form.

Renew your membership online today. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, contact AALL Headquarters at membership@aall.org or 312/205-8022.

Update Your AALL Directory Profile by June 30

Help ensure that your listing in the 2011-2012 AALL Membership Directory is accurate--update your public address in your AALLNET profile (login required) by June 30.

Did you change jobs this year? Please note that you are not able to change your employer information online. Please contact Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your employer information.

Library directors, do you need to update your library's profile in the geographical section of the AALL Directory? For instance, has your address, number of lawyers/students, or number of volumes changed? If so, please contact Hannah Phelps at 312/205-8022 before June 30 to update your library's information.

Feeling green? Let us know if you don't wish to receive the print version of the AALL Directory. Select "Don't Send Me the Directory/Handbook" (sixth checkbox down) on the Mail Options link in your AALLNET profile (login required).

Unleash Your Inner Leader--Apply for the AALL Leadership Academy

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.

Applications are due by June 30. Find more information about the Leadership Academy and application and selection process.

Law Library Journal Issues Volume 103, Number 2

The Spring 2011 issue of Law Library Journal was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers. The issue features articles about how Black’s Law Dictionary became the American standard law dictionary, advice for academic law librarians about the librarian tenure process, a discussion of the need for a historical-critical edition of U.S. state constitutions, and a case study of converting a vendor-owned subscription database to one owned by the library. There is also a bibliography of legal sources on condominium homeownership and a response to the article in the Winter issue about the Durham Statement on Open access to Legal Scholarship.

Congratulations to the Winners of the "Day in the Life" Photo Contest

During the month of February, 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. Nearly 20 AALL members from law libraries across the country submitted 60 photos to the contest. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to each and every member who participated and shared his or her photos with AALL.

Winning photographs may be viewed on AALLNET. You can also view all of the "Day in the Life" entries on Flickr.

Diversity Committee Survey: Please Respond

AALL is committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining racially and ethnically diverse law librarians within the profession and our professional organization. Toward this goal, AALL's efforts include minority scholarships, grants, targeted programming, caucuses and committees, an annual Minority Leadership Development Award, and an annual Diversity Symposium.

In an attempt to assess the effectiveness of these efforts, the AALL Diversity Committee and AALL are asking you--AALL’s members--to respond to a short anonymous survey. We are gathering information on the numbers of ethnic and racial minorities within AALL and the law library profession in order to accurately critique and assess our diversity initiatives and efforts. Please take a few moments to complete the survey and forward the link to other law librarians who may not be currently members of the Association.

AALL Scholarships Awarded

The AALL Scholarships Committee has announced the 2011 scholarship winners:

Scholarships for Continuing Education Classes
Donna M. Fisher, Saint Louis, Missouri
Katherine (Kasia) Solon, Austin, Texas

Library School Scholarships for those with Law Degrees
Andrea M. Alexander, Northville, Michigan

LexisNexis John R. Johnson Memorial Scholarships

Library School Scholarship for those with Law Degree:
Andrea M. Alexander, Northville, Michigan
Michael McArthur, Lincoln, Nebraska
Jeff McGowan, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ellen Richardson, Durham, New Hampshire

Dual JD/MLIS Degree:
Kathryn Crandall, Tallahassee, Florida

George A. Strait Minority Scholarships:
Donyele Darrough, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Domonique Roberts, Culver City, California

Marcia J. Koslov/AALL Scholarship
Janine Liebert, Los Angeles, California

Congratulations to the Winners of the Annual Meeting Free Registration Drawing

This year when members renewed for the 2011-2012 membership year by May 1, their names were entered in a drawing for a free 2011 AALL Annual Meeting and Conference registration. Congratulations to our three lucky winners!

David J. Fetrow, Reference Librarian and Associate Professor, Ohio Northern University

Kreig L. Kitts, Reference Librarian, Crowell & Moring LLP

Megan Lulofs, Law Library of Congress

AALL Lapel Pins Recognize 20 and 40 Years of Membership

To recognize and thank members for their long-term commitment to the Association, AALL Headquarters recently mailed lapel pins to those who have been members for 20 years and those who have been members for 40 years.

If you have been a member for 20 or 40 or years and did not receive a lapel pin, please contact AALL Membership Services Coordinator Hannah Phelps (312/205-8022). Many thanks again to all the members who have supported AALL for so long with their continuous membership. Your commitment is what makes AALL a strong voice for the profession.

Member News

The Alaska State Court Library was recently selected to be featured in the Federal Depository Library Program’s Depository Library Spotlight. Congratulations to the library and Beth Odsen, head of technical services.

Melissa Beck, senior cataloging librarian at the UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, won UCLA's Librarian of the Year award for 2011 in part for her efforts in providing direct links through the library catalog to specific titles in many electronic database packages.

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 Dorothy V. Allport and Schelle Simcox.

Ms. Allport attended Brandy Wine High School and graduated from Strayer Business College. She began her working career at the Federal Home Loan Bank Board before joining the staff at the U.S. Court of Military of Appeals, where she set up the law library. She was also retired from the First Baptist Church of Alexandria where she served as the pastor’s administrative assistant for 12 years and church clerk for 31 years. Ms. Allport was a life member of AALL. She died on April 23.

Ms. Simcox graduated from George Mason University in 1996 with a BA in English and history. She earned her MLS from the University of Michigan in 1997. She served as instructional service librarian at California State University in Monterey Bay, as reference librarian at Heller Ehrman LLP, and as a law librarian and information professional at Paul Hastings LLP. Ms. Simcox was a member of AALL from 2000 to 2010. She died on May 14.

Welcome New Members

James Aaron, Portland, Oregon
Lynn Anderson, Phoenix School of Law, Arizona
Andre Bethea, New York Department of Correction George R. Vierno Center Law Library, Brooklyn
Abigail Bibee, University of Michigan Law Library, Ann Arbor
Lisa Block, Emory University Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, Atlanta
Veronica Booth, John Marshall Law School, Chicago
Scott Cameron, Deloitte and Touche, LLP, Chicago
Matthew Cooper, Ohio State University Moritz Law Library, Columbus
Toral Doshi, University of Tennessee, Marietta, Georgia
Helene Galarneau, Bibliotheque De L'Assemblee Nationale, Quebec
Leonardo Galvan, Latham & Watkins, San Francisco
Dannie Helm, University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Law Library, Eugene
Ramona Howerton, Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, D.C.
Deborah Lipton, Chapman University Law Library, Orange, California
Esther Ojuri, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Washington, D.C.
Jessica Petitto, Syracuse University College of Law H. Douglas Barclay Law Library, Syracuse, New York
Kate Pettegrew, McNees, Wallace & Nurick, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Christine S. Phillips, Lane County Law Library, Eugene, Oregon
Kelly Reynolds, University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Law Library, Eugene, Oregon
Will Robinson, Columbia, South Carolina
Raul Salinas, III, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
Laura Sare, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Karen Marie Scoville, Arizona State University Ross-Blakley Law Library, Phoenix
Erin Springer, Berkley, Michigan
Austin Stoub, LA Law Library, Los Angeles
Darci Tanner, Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago
Laura Tretter, State Law Library of Montana, Helena
Brian Trippodo, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
Christopher Walunas, Intelligize, New York City
Rob Wiley, George Mason University Law Library, Arlington, Virginia
Andrea Woods, San Francisco Law Library, San Francisco