AALL E-newsletter - August 2011

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Greetings! In my first official duty as president of AALL, I am pleased to send you the August 2011 AALL e-newsletter.

I enjoyed seeing or meeting many of you in Philadelphia, and I can't believe that we are already hard at work preparing for our next Annual Meeting in Boston 2012 where we will Learn, Connect, and Grow together! Please consider proposing a program for that meeting, and book your hotel now.

In the short term, however, you can attend an AALL webinar - many are available to you as an AALL member throughout the coming year - and several are highlighted below. Further, if you have an idea for an education program outside of the annual meeting, you can apply for a grant to fund it. More details on the CPE grants are included in this issue.

Don't forget: The AALL Biennial Salary Survey is ready for you to complete! The link to the survey is provided below; please complete it by August 22. Your participation in the survey makes the AALL Biennial Salary Survey a more valuable resource for all of us.

Finally, planning work on my major initiative - the AALL Futures Summit - is gearing up and I look forward to sharing our progress with you over the coming months.

In This Issue

Thanks for the Memories, Philly...

Katherine McGuire talks to John Claypoole (Betsy Ross' third husband) as played by John Necci of the AALL Local Arrangements Committee.

Nearly 1,800 AALL members were in Philadelphia last month at our 104th Annual Meeting and Conference - thanks to everyone who attended! You can view snapshots from the festivities here. If you missed this year's conference, or if you want to re-live or share some of your programming experiences, recordings of more than 60 programs are now available on AALL2go. All attendees who purchased a conference registration receive complimentary access to these recordings.

...And hello, Boston!

After such a great conference, we're already excited about next year in Boston. Program and workshop proposals are due September 15. Your ideas drive AALL's educational programming - perhaps you've got something to share? Check out all the proposer resources on AALLNET, including the new Annual Meeting Programming Ideas community, questions and answers about the process, and the proposal collection site. And while you're thinking about next year, get first dibs on Boston accommodations - book your 2012 hotel now.

Executive Board Action

At its July meeting, the Executive Board took action on several issues regarding vendor relations. The Executive Board approved the report and recommendations submitted by the Vendor Colloquium Working Group on Shared Principles. Now that the report has been approved, I will appoint a task force to begin its implementation. As phase one of this project, the task force will work on Goal I-A: Reinforce our commitment to the Guide to Fair Business Practices and on Goal I-D: Identify and endorse improvements to the procurement process that will benefit librarians and vendors. The task force will begin its work this fall.

Also at the July meeting, the Executive Board considered a proposed antitrust policy for AALL. After discussion, the board voted not to adopt the proposed policy, instead, the board referred the matter to the Board Administration Committee for further study and redrafting. The board will also seek comment from the membership on any proposed policy before it is considered by the board.

2011 Online Salary Survey Responses due August 22

On July 7, the questionnaires for the 2011 version of the AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics were emailed to all law library directors and heads of law libraries.

You may complete the entire survey online by following the link provided in the email. You also may save your answers and return as often as you need until August 22 using your email address and unique password. If you prefer to complete the survey in writing, you may download and print a PDF version of the questionnaire.

The Biennial Salary Survey is an important resource for AALL members, especially in today's economic climate. To ensure detailed salary breakdowns that members need, we strongly urge all who receive the questionnaire to participate in the survey. We also ask that members encourage their library directors to complete the questionnaires by August 22.

The survey will be carried out in complete confidentiality by Association Research, Inc., a professional research firm in Rockville, Maryland, that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations.

The 2011 AALL Biennial Salary Survey and Organizational Characteristics will be available for purchase and shipment in October; $110 for AALL members and $175 for nonmembers. The final report will also be available on AALLNET free of charge to members only. The Association is accepting advance orders by email at orders@aall.org, by fax at 312/431-1097, or by calling AALL Headquarters at 312/205-8022.

Learn to Create a Positive Professional Image

Even with brilliant skills and fabulous results, outdated perceptions and expectations of law librarians can interfere with your contributions to your institution. Please join Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, organizational consultant and professor of psychology, culture, and organization studies at Antioch University, for the September 22 AALL webinar, You are the Profession: Creating a Positive Professional Image, at 11 a.m. CDT. Roberts will take a look at image management, credibility, and influence. She will discuss management tactics, techniques to move from the side-line to the center, and owning your professional identity. Register by September 14.

Save the dates for upcoming webinars:

  • Legal Project Management on October 12
  • Animal Law Research on October 20

AALL Futures Committee

The Futures Committee, charged with developing the agenda and participants list for the November AALL Futures Summit, held its first meeting and hosted a "Coffee Talk" during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Since that time the committee developed a survey that was distributed to AALL members providing them the opportunity to suggest topics for the summit's agenda. The purpose of the summit is to discuss, envision, and plan for the future of both the profession and AALL. Participants will explore questions, including:

  • What will the profession look like in 21st Century America?
  • What will AALL members need to thrive as law librarians in the future, and what will be the formula for success?
  • How can AALL engage its newer members in planning for this future?

We will keep members apprised of the work of the committee as this important project moves forward.

My Communities Quick Start Users' Guide

All of the caucus, committee, and main special interest section (SIS) discussion lists migrated from the listserv platform to the new, enhanced eGroups in My Communities. To help you become familiar with the new tools and features, please download the AALL My Communities Quick Start Users' Guide for more information.

To ensure that you do not miss any communications from your eGroups, please remember to add the following email addresses to your safe senders list: noreply@egroups.aallnet.org and noreply@notifications.aallnet.org.

PLL Summit Covered in ALA Publications

The most recent issue of the Association of Legal Administrators ALA News and the Capital Chapter Association of Legal Administrators (Washington, D.C.) Capital Connection features an article written by AALL Representative to ALA Monice Kaczorowski, director of library services at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago, and AALL member Lyn Warmath, library director at Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond. The article, " Call to Action for Firm Librarians," reports on the recent Private Law Libraries Change as Action Summit held in conjunction with the 2011 AALL Annual Meeting. It focuses on how the law firm industry has changed from 2007 to the present and the new roles law firm librarians are playing in this era of hyper efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The Capital Connection issue has a theme of "Law Libraries: Trends & Current Issues." It also includes articles by AALL members Scott Bailey, research and information services director at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP in Washington, D.C., "Leveraging Librarians Strategically," and Martha Cook Campos, manager of library services at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP in San Francisco, "Looking to the Future."

Hein to Publish Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

AALL and the William S. Hein & Co., Inc. (Hein), have reached an agreement for Hein to publish the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals in both print and electronic formats. As part of the agreement, Hein is developing a new platform for electronic distribution.

The index's general editor, Marci Hoffman, said the agreement with Hein will provide subscribers with a superior product with enhanced search capability and the ability to link to the full text of the article when available. "I am confident Hein will add value to the index that will benefit all of our subscribers. Hein brings a new version to the index, and I am looking forward to working with them on the development of the new platform," she said.

Hein President Kevin Marmion added, "We are very excited to work with Marci and AALL in expanding and upgrading this unique, premier index of foreign legal periodicals."

Hein expects to begin publication of the index later this fall.

URGENT Action Alert: Contact Your Senators to Restore Funding for GPO FDsys and the FDLP

On July 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2551, the FY 2012 Legislative Branch appropriations bill, which would drastically cut the Government Printing Office (GPO) budget by 20 percent to $108.1 million. The bill provides no funding for FDsys;report language instead suggests that GPO examine other ways to pay for this unique system, which provides no-fee access to official, authentic government information from all three branches of government. In addition, the Superintendent of Documents Salaries and Expenses account, which funds the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), was cut by 16 percent, putting the program at significant risk. (At the same time, a bipartisan group of Senators have sponsored legislation to expand the accessibility of government information using FDsys.) See the update regarding S. 1411 below.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch will consider its version of the FY 2012 funding bill as early as the first week of September. It is critical that AALL and chapter members contact their senators TODAY to support full funding for FDsys and the FDLP. T he Government Relations Office has developed an Action Alert– including a customizable sample message -- to make it easy for you to contact your senators. Please review the Action Alert for instructions regarding this particular matter and e-mail GRO Director Julie Strandlie at jstrandlie@aall.orgshould you have questions or need assistance.

Washington Update

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) on July 25, 2011 introduced S. 1411, bipartisan legislation to make available to the public authenticated copies of federal agency reports requested by Congress. The legislation was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. The reports would be accessible online through the Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys). FDsys provides a one-stop portal for authenticated published information on all three branches of the Federal Government. S. 1411 is a companion bill to H.R. 1974, which received favorable action by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is awaiting consideration by the House Administration Committee. AALL and GPO strongly support the enactment of legislation.

GPO is seeking comments regarding the " Future Direction of the FDLP: Modeling Initiative". Comments submitted through the GPO website by the September 16, 2011 deadline will be made available on the FDLP Desktop in preparation for the fall 2011 Federal Depository Library Conference in Washington, DC to be held October 17-20, 2011. This topic is scheduled to be discussed at the Thursday, October 20 day-long session, "Creating Our Shared Vision: Roles and Opportunities in the FDLP."

The United States House of Representative's Office of the Law Revision Counsel is currently beta testing a new United States Code website. For more information, and to review the site and submit comments click here.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Mary Ellen Bates Live: What Will the Information Profession Look Like in Ten Years?

This program features Mary Ellen Bates, principal and founder of Bates Information Services, a research and consulting company, and a frequent author and speaker on library and information topics. Bates raises many thought-provoking insights for our profession - some positive and others more sobering. She opines that the insight that librarians bring to research and their abilities to facilitate the use of information will help our profession to endure. Her predictions for 2021 include more online learning; less face-to-face interaction but more collaboration in virtual spaces; expectations of engagement by librarians/information professionals in their clients' work; the emergence of cloud computing and less reliance on silos of information; increased outsourcing and telecommuting in the workplace; escalation of information availability but fewer traditional sources of published information; and the continued emergence of digital libraries.

The key is to think differently about the role of libraries and information professionals in their organizations and to maximize our value. As resources continue to emerge and expand in content, librarians will be more vital as information creators, interpreters, and distillers.

This program is presented in streaming video, with accompanying PowerPoint slides, and is available via AALL2go.

This program, generously supported by an AALL grant, was held on March 8, 2011, in Atlanta and was jointly sponsored by the Atlanta Law Libraries Association (ALLA), the Metropolitan Atlanta Libraries Association (MALA), the Special Libraries Association of Alabama (SLA-AL), and the Special Libraries Association of Georgia (SLA-GA).

Law Library Journal Issue Volume 103, Number 3

The Summer 2011 issue of Law Library Journal was recently published and mailed to all AALL members and LLJ subscribers. The issue features a white paper on universal citation and several articles focusing on legal research: one on the effects of WestlawNext, one on using the concept of task mastery in legal research instruction, and one on whether a textbook should be used when teaching legal research. There are also articles about whether law libraries in the United States and Canada must admit public users, technology management trends in law school libraries, and the archive at the Library of Congress containing the notes and manuscripts of Paul Krueger, an editor of Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis.

AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant Program

Have a great continuing education program idea? The AALL/BNA grants program is open to AALL chapters, special interest sections, member institutions, caucuses, and individual AALL members. The grants can assist in providing ongoing quality continuing education programming outside of the AALL Annual Meeting. Please apply for a CPE grant by September 12.

Start Making Plans for Professional Legal Management Week, October 3-7

Professional 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.

If you haven't reached out to other law firm professionals, PLMW Week is the perfect time to ask them to lunch or coffee. Get the conversation going and learn what's on their mind and how the library might help. As October gets closer, watch the website for additional suggestions on how to celebrate the week.

Looking Ahead to AALL 2013 in Seattle

Vice President Jean Wenger is happy to announce that the 2013 chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee will be Julie Pabarja, research services manager at DLA Piper in Chicago. Joining Pabarja in planning a spectacular conference in Seattle will be Local Arrangements Committee Chairs Tina Ching, electronic services librarian at Seattle University School of Law Library, and Rita Dermody, director of the Public Law Library of King County.

Member News

Claire M. Germain has joined the University of Florida Levin College of Law as the new associate dean for legal information and Clarence J. TeSelle professor of law. Previously she was an Edward Cornell law librarian and professor of law at Cornell University Law School. Germain replaces emeritus professor Kathleen Price, who retired in 2010 as associate dean for library and technology.

The Coleman Karesh Law Library at the University of South Carolina School of Law is pleased and proud to announce that Ellen M. Richardson has joined the library faculty as a reference librarian.

Michele Thomas and Jeff Woodmansee will join the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)/Pulaski County Law Library as professors during the upcoming fall semester. Thomas spent the 2010-11 academic year as a visiting professor and will join the library full time as a tenure-track law library faculty member. She will also serve as assistant professor of law librarianship and catalog/reference librarian. Woodmansee will serve as an assistant professor of law librarianship and faculty research support and reference librarian. A 2008 graduate of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, Woodmansee joined the Bowen law library staff full time in December 2005 and became a tenure-track law library faculty member in July.

The New York City Federal Executive Board (FEB) recently honored a group of U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) Law Library employees for a research project that documented the lives of 28 judges who served on the U.S. Customs Court - the predecessor to the CIT. The team included library staff members Dan Campbell, Herb Crenshaw, Rosemarie DiCristo, Anna Djirdjirian, Mary Finnegan-Hurley, Fred Frankel, Glenn Johnston, and Mildred Randle, executive assistant to Senior Judge Thomas J. Aquilino, Jr. The team volunteered to take on the project in lieu of using an external research service and completed it within a very short time frame, thus providing the court with significant savings. These profiles, along with a photograph or other likeness, were then framed and will be displayed in the courthouse. The research materials will be made permanently available to historians and other researchers upon request. Congratulations on a job well done!


AALL has been advised of the death of Mary Emery.

Ms. Emery, 73, was associate dean and library director at Santa Clara University School of Law. Emery was one of the first three women to graduate from Santa Clara Law and went on to become a confidante to some of the law school's most illustrious graduates as a classmate, professor, and mentor. Plans are underway to establish a scholarship in her name. Click here to read more.

The AALL E-newsletter carries brief announcements of members' deaths. Traditional memorials should be submitted to Janet Sinder, Law Library Journal editor.

Welcome New Members

Mary Ellen Bates, Bates Information Services, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Biloudeau, Copyright Clearance Center, Danvers, MA
Alan Canforna, Akron Law Library, Akron, OH
Caitlin Elwood, Cambridge, MA
Jamie M. Furillo, Brooklyn, NY
Bridget Gilhool, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Stephanie Hayes, Washington County Law Library, Washington, PA
Daniel Head, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago, IL
John Hong, Little Neck, NY
Aida Jones, Emeryville, CA
Catherine Ann Leonard, Seattle, WA
Margaret Jeanne Moore, Carlsbad, CA
Amber Repp, Akron Law Library, Akron, OH
Anjelica Nicole Ruiz, Dallas, TX
Donna Switzer, Copyright Clearance Center, Danvers, MA
Kris Unsworth, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Legal Research Center, Philadelphia, PA
Cheng Yang, Quarles & Brady LLP, Milwaukee, WI