AALL E-newsletter - September 2011

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Hello again! I can't believe it is already half way through September. AALL is busy preparing for another event-filled year. We have two more webinars planned for October on two very different topics – legal project management and animal law. And, if a scheduled webinar is not your thing, you can find more than 80 free continuing education programs and webinars on AALL2go.

Speaking of programming, AALL has hired a consultant to evaluate our Annual Meeting programming and processes. We are excited about the opportunity to improve and enhance our Annual Meeting to make it even more valuable for our members.

This week some members have circulated a petition regarding a proposed caucus on consumer advocacy. It has generated some questions among the membership, so we have sought to provide you with some background information.

Plans for the Futures Summit to be held in early November are being finalized. There is now a page on AALLNET where you can find more information about the summit. I hope that you will look at some of the readings and consider participating online during the summit.

One of the topics that we will address at the summit is leadership development and the training that will be needed to develop the next generation of law librarians and AALL leaders. The good news is that AALL is already very committed to training new leaders as is evidenced by the selection of the 2011 Leadership Academy fellows. Congratulations to the 34 members of this year's class!

One way to become a leader in AALL is to join a committee. And the only way to join a committee is to volunteer. This year the committee volunteer process will begin later than in past years. With the exception of volunteers for the Annual Meeting Program Committee, all other volunteer applications will be called for in February 2012.

Finally, I urge you to remain informed regarding the very important work that our Government Relations Office in Washington is doing. And, please consider contacting your senators in support of full funding for the Government Printing Office, which is currently being threatened.

In This Issue

2012 Program and Workshop Proposals Due Today

Planning is well underway for next year's Annual Meeting in Boston, and of course, it couldn't happen without the vital educational content that AALL members provide each year. If you're in the process of proposing a program or workshop proposal, don't forget to formally submit it online by the end of the day (11:59 p.m. CDT) today. Once you've submitted your proposal(s), you will automatically receive a confirmation email. We look forward to seeing what you've got in mind for Boston!

Background Information on Proposed Caucus on Consumer Advocacy

A petition is circulating within the AALL membership regarding a proposed Caucus on Consumer Advocacy. As a result, the Executive Board has received a number of emails and phone calls regarding this petition and the facts surrounding the impetus for the petition.

In an effort to clarify the chain of events that have taken place, I would like to put forward two important facts:

  1. Any member or group of members can submit a proposal with recommendations to the Executive Board. Members are free to exchange their views and reach consensus on a policy recommendation for the Executive Board. A caucus is not necessary to accomplish this goal. If there is a proposal that a group of members would like to submit, they should do so now.

    The next meeting of the AALL Executive Board will be held November 4-5. Agenda items for that meeting are now being accepted. All agenda items can be submitted by completing the Agenda Item Submission Form. The deadline to submit an item is September 29.

  2. The proponents of the proposed caucus on consumer advocacy have never submitted a request for approval to the Executive Board. They declined to do so for the most recent board meeting in July.

Both Joyce and I exchanged emails and/or telephone calls with the chair of the proposed caucus. The initial inquiry regarding the caucus and its purpose statement was sent to then president Joyce Manna Janto last summer. At that time, Joyce advised that the original purpose statement was not acceptable because it provided for the caucus to take its own independent actions regarding AALL policy matters, outside of the Executive Board, AALL's elected body.

A revised statement was then emailed to Joyce, which also included two questions for her to answer for the group. Joyce never, at any time approved a purpose statement or promised to forward any such statement to the Executive Board. In fact, Joyce was advised by email on June 21 that the group would not submit anything for the board's consideration at its July meeting.

Since that time, I was contacted regarding a new purpose statement. I replied to the inquiry stating I felt the purpose should be broadened, to allow for more activities in addition to recommending to the Executive Board that it petition government bodies for specific remedies. I did not "reject" the statement; I offered my opinion on changes I think would be more aligned with AALL and its mission.

AALL leadership welcomes member comment and works to address them with the resources we have available to us. We have no objection to the current petition but also want members to be fully informed.

Annual Meeting Review Underway

AALL has retained Velvet Chainsaw Consulting (VCC) to conduct a comprehensive review of the Annual Meeting educational programming.

Some of the areas being evaluated include:

  • Education program selection process and timeline
  • Program formats and scheduling
  • Speaker selection
  • Entity program scheduling
  • Keynote speaker selection
  • Learning labs
  • Thought leader sessions
  • Evaluation process
  • Virtual meeting and social media trends
  • Exhibit Hall operations

A representative from VCC attended the 2011 Annual Meeting and also conducted interviews with meeting attendees during the conference. In addition, VCC will conduct phone interviews with other members, including first-time and long-time meeting attendees, special interest section leaders, former Annual Meeting Program Committee chairs, and others who have been involved in educational program planning.

VCC also held a meeting with AALL staff members who are involved in the planning process. VCC will submit a report and recommendations to the Executive Board for its consideration at its fall meeting.

Futures Summit Planned for November

The committee charged with planning the Futures Summit has been working the past several weeks to develop an agenda for the summit, which will be held November 3-4 in Chicago. The agenda was developed with input from members who participated in the survey that the committee conducted last month.

Those attending the summit will include the AALL Executive Board, members of the planning committee, and 25 members who have been asked to participate in the summit. Those selected include members who indicated an interest in participating in response to the survey, were recommended by the SISs representing the three library types, or were selected by the members of the planning committee. Many of the 25 participants will be newer librarians or new to the association. Once the attendee list is confirmed, we will share it with the membership.

The committee has also selected Andy Hines to deliver the opening keynote for the event. Hines is a lecturer and executive-in-residence at the University of Houston's Graduate Program in Futures Studies. He is also co-author of the book, Thinking About the Future: Guidelines for Strategic Foresight.

A community page has been set up on AALLNET and includes additional information about the summit. We will also have live blogging and tweeting from the event and plan to record the keynote address.

Washington Update

The House of Representatives in July slashed the Government Printing Office's (GPO) funding, including eliminating the revolving fund that supported new investments in the Federal Digital System (FDsys) and cutting the salaries and expense line items to the detriment of FDsys annual operations and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). AALL has been actively working to support full funding in the senate version of the bill and strongly encourages all AALL members and chapter members to speak out in support of these critical programs. In mid-August, the AALL Government Relations Office (GRO) sent this Action Alert to all AALL members and to several discussion lists.

The Senate Appropriations Committee could consider the Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, which includes GPO funding, as early as the second week of September. AALL encourages law librarians who have not done so already to write to their senators in support of full funding for the GPO. (Thank you to everyone who has already written; your personal letters can make a difference!)

If you live in states whose senators sit on the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee (Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Carolina), your letters are needed right away, but every senator needs to hear from AALL members. Please follow the directions in the Action Alert carefully and remember to fax your letters to your senators and send the PDF version by email to Julie Strandlie, GRO director, at jstrandlie@aall.org.Thank you for your participation in this important effort.

Upcoming Webinars Focus on Legal Project Management and Animal Law

Introduction to Legal Project Management, October 12, 11 a.m. CDT

Project management principles are increasingly being applied in the legal profession to improve efficiency in the delivery of legal services. Attend this Q&A session with Jim Hassett, the founder of LegalBiz Dev and author of The Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide , to discover the benefits of legal project management. Topics to be discussed include warning signs that you need legal project management skills, the basic elements of project management, and recommendations for further learning. This webinar is sponsored by the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grant Program.

Register by October 5.

Animal Law Across All Boundaries, October 20, 11 a.m. CDT

Animal law crosses the boundaries of legal topics and jurisdictions. It touches upon subjects such as property, insurance, torts, contract, estate planning, and criminal law at the federal, state, international, and foreign levels. Join experts Julie Davies, Marylin Johnson Raisch, and Vicki Steiner as they delineate the legal status of animals as the law has evolved through treaties, legislation, and court decisions. They will also highlight useful strategies in determining the most relevant primary and secondary sources for librarians in firm, public, and academic settings.

Register by October 13.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Overcoming the Challenge of Change.

This one-hour, 43-minute audio file (mp3) was recorded at the 2011 Northern California Association of Law Libraries Spring Institute and features Sandra Yancey, founder and CEO of eWomenNetwork. Through frank discussion of real-life issues, this program will help librarians understand how to personally become an effective "change agent" and overcome obstacles associated with change.

Yancy begins by discussing her own personal journey into business ownership. She then walks audience members through a series of exercises and then discusses the results. She also discusses why little changes went unnoticed and why certain changes happened. Many of these tools and concepts that were incorporated into the session were created by Joel Barker, William Bridges, and Stephen Covey. Through this series of exercises followed by discussion, Yancy provides the audience with a framework whereby they can work with their own staffs to understand the challenges of change in any organization.

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

Deadline Changes for Committee Volunteer Process

Traditionally the call for members to volunteer to serve on an AALL committee begins in September of each year. In an effort to improve the process for members, this year's call for volunteers will begin February 1, with committee members appointed in early April. This new schedule shortens the time between when a member submits a volunteer form, when the committees are appointed, and when members begin their committee terms.

The only exception to this new schedule is the appointment of the Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC). That committee will be appointed in November so members can begin planning for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Seattle. The volunteer form for the AMPC will be sent early next month to all members.

Watch for an email October 1 if you are interested in volunteering to serve on the AMPC. After the New Year we will send additional information and reminders about the committee volunteer form, which will open for all other AALL committees on February 1.

Committees carry out AALL's Strategic Directions of leadership, education, and advocacy, which in turn drives our professional future. AALL thrives because our members get involved. Visit AALLNET to explore the variety of committees available.

AALL Executive Board Agenda Items due September 29

The next meeting of the AALL Executive Board will be held November 4-5. Agenda items for that meeting are now being accepted by completing the Agenda Item Submission Form. Not all items submitted are placed on the Executive Board's agenda. If an item is not accepted, the submitter will be notified and given an explanation as to why it was not placed on the agenda. The deadline to submit an agenda item is September 29.

AALL Selects Leadership Academy Fellows

Congratulations to the 34 AALL members selected to attend the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy: Margaret (Meg) Butler, Georgia State University College of Law; Heather Casey, University of Richmond School of Law; Joe Cera, California Judicial Center Library; Victoria Coulter, University of Wisconsin Law Library; Kyle Courtney, Harvard Law School; Donyele Darrough, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Brent Domann, Michigan State University College of Law; Trezlen Drake, New York Law School; Sadys Espitia, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Shawn Friend, Florida Coastal School of Law; Stephanie Gardner, Bingham McCutchen LLP; Mary Godfrey-Rickards, Hofstra University; Ryan Harrington, Yale Law School; Christine Hepler, University of Maine School of Law; Paula Hoffman, LA Law Library; Trina Holloway, Georgia State University; Emily Janoski-Haehlen, Northern Kentucky University; Mary Johnson, Sacramento County Public Law Library; Lisa Junghahn, Harvard Law School; Jane Larrington, University of San Diego; Amy Levine, U.S. Courts Library, 10th Circuit Court of Appeals; Christy MacKinnon, Bennett Jones LLP; Mike Martinez, St. Mary's University School of Law; Katrina Miller, Florida State University College of Law Research Center; Koviena Nelson; Colleen Ostiguy, Schaffer Law Library/Albany Law School; Charles Pipins II, Florida Coastal School of Law; Sarah Rhodes, Georgetown Law Library; Becka Rich, Nova Southeastern University; Kristen Rook, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Roger Skalbeck, Georgetown Law Library; Candace Slaminski, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; Jessica De Perio Wittman, The John Marshall Law School; and Jennifer Wondracek, University of Florida College of Law.

These budding leaders will convene in the Chicago area October 28-29 to learn the strategies needed to stand out within their organizations and the profession.

Celebrate 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. In the coming weeks, look for stories posted on AALLNET about successful working relationships in law firms among law librarians, administrators, legal marketers, paralegals, and more.

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 winner will receive $500. Nominations are due by November 1.

AALL Salary Survey Results Coming Next Month

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2011 AALL Biennial Salary Survey. The overall response rate was 57.6 percent—your impressive participation will ensure detailed salary breakdowns and accurate compensation information.

Association Research Inc. is now tabulating the responses, and the final report will be available to members only on AALLNET in mid-October. Print copies are also available for order and will be delivered in late October.

Invest in Our Future

Ensure 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 by mail. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Member News

Barbara Garavaglia became the new director of the University of Michigan Law Library on September 1. For more than 20 years she has been a member of the library's team.

John Joergensen, reference librarian at Rutgers University Law School Library School of Law, was recently profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer as a web pioneer.

Richard Leiter, professor and director of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Schmid Law Library, was appointed visiting academic fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School (HLS). Over the course of the fall semester, he will work with a group of 10 researchers at HLS who are developing a cutting-edge online research service called LibraryCloud ShelfLife for the National Digital Library. Leiter will also work on an individual research project that will enhance full-text online case research.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Scott L. Fisher and Sandy Lamar.

Mr. Fisher received his bachelor's degree from Kean University in 1980 and his master's from Rutgers University in 1983. He joined AALL that year and began his career working in law firm libraries; he most recently was director of library services at McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Fisher was a long-time member of the Private Law Libraries and Social Responsibilities Special Interest Sections.

Ms. Lamar graduated magna cum laude from New England Law in 1984 and, after working several years in private practice, became part of the library's fulltime staff in 1989, the same year she joined AALL. Lamar served as the New England Law/Boston Law Library's computer services reference librarian.

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

Grace Boivin, Fox Rothschild LLP, Philadelphia
Brett Daniel Currier, Raleigh, North Carolina
Kate Follen, Monroe Information Services, Franklin, Massachusetts
Jennifer Andrea Huck, University of Pennsylvania Law School Biddle Law Library, Philadelphia
Saadia Iqbal, Williamsville, New York
Julia M. Jackson, Brooklyn
Kamila LaBerge, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kathrine R. Everett Law Library, Chapel Hill
Kathy Layer, South Deerfield, Massachusetts
Danielle Mayabb, State of Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau Research Library, Reno
Loren Moulds, University of Virginia Law Library, Charlottesville
Korin Anne Munsterman, American University Washington College of Law, Pence Law Library, Washington, D.C.
James Philip Riddel, Jr., Oakland, California
Shannon Melissa Roddy, Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Ann Schiller, Washington, D.C.
Deena Smith, Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C.
Mark Williams, Moscow, Idaho
Christine A. Yost, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Boston