AALL E-newsletter - December 2011

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The holidays are here, and AALL is poised on the edge of an exciting new year. At the beginning of 2012, AALL will launch a new community of all members on AALLNET, giving you the opportunity to become better acquainted with your colleagues. Also, plans are well underway for AALL's Annual Meeting in Boston. In the meantime, AALL has established a committee to review Velvet Chainsaw Consulting's recommendations for improving the overall Annual Meeting experience and educational outcome for AALL members. And work continues on the implementation phase of the AALL Futures Summit that was held in November; a drafting committee has been appointed to complete an executive summary report of the summit and recommendations for adoption by the Executive Board.

As we look back on a successful year, celebrate the accomplishments of a colleague, library, or company by nominating them for one of the awards AALL will present at the Annual Meeting in Boston. The deadline for all award nominations is February 1. And consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation in honor of a deserving member of the law librarian profession through one of AALL's many funds. Not only will your generosity greatly benefit members by allowing them to attend an AALL Annual Meeting, go to library or law school, or participate in a workshop, but it will result in lasting benefits to our profession.

Happy holidays!

In This Issue

AALL to Launch Online Members Open Forum

I'm excited to announce that AALL will launch a new community of all AALL members on January 2 on My Communities. Through the community's discussion list, we invite you to share, learn, and get better acquainted with your fellow colleagues. All current members will automatically be set to receive messages from this discussion list as a daily digest (you will receive one summary message per day). If you do not wish to receive messages from this discussion list, please visit the My Subscriptions page to unsubscribe from the Members Open Forum.

Following best practices, AALL staff will monitor and moderate the Members Open Forum for a few weeks so you don't receive "unsubscribe me" messages, etc. As soon as members are accustomed to the discussion list, we'll change it to a non-moderated list. If you have any questions, please contact AALL. Also, please let us know how we can continue to improve the services we provide you.

A First Look at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston

Winter's here, but it's not too soon to start thinking about summer in Boston at AALL's Annual Meeting and Conference. You can get a taste of some of the unique educational offerings here, and much more information will be made available in the coming months. Make sure your plans for 2012 include the No.1 educational conference for legal information professionals—you can't afford to miss it. Registration will open in February 2012.

AALL Reviews Recommendations for Improving the Annual Meeting

A committee of the AALL Executive Board has been appointed to review the October 2011 report Observations and Recommendations, American Association of Law Libraries by Velvet Chainsaw Consulting. Members of the Executive Board Annual Meeting Special Committee are Chair Diane Rodriguez, librarian at Hassard Bonnington LLP in San Francisco, and members Jean Wenger, government documents/foreign and international law librarian at Cook County Law Library in Chicago; Deborah Rusin, director of library and research services at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in Chicago; and Ron Wheeler, director of the law library and associate professor of law at University of San Francisco School of Law Dorraine Zief Law Library. Their charge is to sort and prioritize the recommendations included in the report.

Our goal is to improve the Annual Meeting experience and educational outcome for all AALL members. We invite you to participate by reading the report and offering your comments and suggestions to any of the committee members or by joining our community page on AALLNET.

Work Continues on AALL's Futures Summit

Work continues on the implementation phase of the AALL Futures Summit that was held this fall November 3-4. A drafting committee has been appointed to complete an executive summary report of the summit and recommendations for consideration and adoption by the Executive Board.

Members of the drafting committee include Chair Robyn Hagle, librarian at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle, and members Donna Bausch, law librarian at Norfolk Law Library in Virginia, and Megan Jens, reference librarian at Hamline University School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Executive Board member Katie Brown, assistant director for public and faculty services at Oklahoma City University Law Library, will serve as liaison to the group.

Awards Committee Seeks Nominations

The Awards Committee annually recognizes the accomplishments of AALL members and others who excel in assuring access to legal information and who have shown their commitment and dedication to the law library profession. Recipients of all awards will be recognized at the 2012 AALL Annual Meeting in Boston.

AALL will consider candidates for a number of awards, including the following. (Those decided by the Awards Committee are indicated by an asterisk.)

Nominate a deserving colleague, library, or company (including your own) by February 1, 2012.

January 26 Webinar: Environmental Scanning as a Change Management Tool

These days change happens so fast and can significantly impact our libraries. How do we plan for the future? An environmental scan can help. It provides a systematic overview of the external factors that are important to your organization and indicates how (or whether) the organization can influence them. This knowledge can assist management in planning your organization's future course of action.

The January 26 webinar, Environmental Scanning as a Change Management Tool, will guide you step-by-step through the process of developing environmental scans, providing resources and tips to ensure it's a painless and efficient process. Start your new year off right—register now!

AALL Sends Letter in Support of UELMA

On November 30, Emily Feltren, AALL's interim director of government relations, sent a letter to John Sebert, executive director of the Uniform Law Commission, in support of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA). The letter highlights the influential findings of AALL's 2007 report, State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, which revealed that states had not yet implemented authentication by standard methods. AALL's letter will be included in the information packets distributed to state legislators.

AALL's Career Center Offers New Professional Profile

Last week AALL's Career Center debuted a new profile layout designed to streamline the way you demonstrate your professional victories and career goals. New enhancements include:

  • Current position and contact information are prominent and accessible.
  • An impactful career objective and elevator pitch are clearly displayed.
  • Summary career information gives employers an immediate snapshot of job seekers' qualifications, career level, and goals.
  • An uploaded documents section gives job seekers the opportunity to clearly display work samples.

Be sure to take advantage of this free member benefit today.

Klinefelter Wins AALL Distinguished Lectureship Award

I am pleased to announce that Anne Klinefelter, associate professor of law and director of the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, is the winner of the second annual Distinguished Lectureship Award.

Klinefelter is the author of a substantial body of innovative scholarship on privacy, new communications technologies, copyright, licensing, the First Amendment, and the PATRIOT Act. She has spoken at local, national, and international conferences and several law review symposiums and has taught for many years in law and library schools. Klinefelter's lecture will be presented at the AALL Annual Meeting in Boston and will be published in Law Library Journal.

AALL Members Receive Discounted Registration for 2012 LMA Annual Conference

AALL is an association partner for the upcoming 2012 Legal Marketing Association (LMA) Annual Conference. The LMA Annual Conference is the largest educational and networking event for legal marketing and business development professionals, attracting more than 1,000 attendees. The 2012 conference will take place March 14-16 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas-Fort Worth).

Through the partnership, AALL members can enjoy all the benefits and registration discounts that full LMA members receive—simply reference your AALL membership when registering and receive the prevailing LMA member rate. Book early and save. Discounted pricing is available until December 30. Book online at www.LMAconference.com or call 877/562-7172.

AALL2go Pick of the Month

AALL's Continuing Professional Education Committee presents the AALL2go pick of the month: Reinventing the Law School Library.

What do we, as law librarians, envision for the law library of 2020? Will it be a mere shadow of what we know today, or will it not have changed as drastically as we might think?

This presentation is a panel discussion that addresses the idea of the law library in the year 2020. Each panelist speaks regarding different facets of what makes the library and how things may change over time. The idea of the library as a physical space is mentioned, as well as the notion that law libraries may eventually be defined by the librarians rather than the physical space the law libraries occupy. Library collections are discussed, bringing up such topics as the change in formats to digital collections, as well as the access and ownership issues that follow. The final panelist proposes the idea that there may not be as much change as we anticipate due to budgets and the current disconnect that is common between services provided by law libraries and the profiles they carry. With this comes the idea of switching the focus of librarians as service providers to becoming more proactive partners with faculty members and the resulting benefits of doing so. All these notions combine to provide a thought-provoking session about the future and direction of our law libraries.

AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants

The Colorado Association of Law Libraries has been awarded a grant for a program titled "Spotlight on Your Career: Capitalizing on Change." Additionally, the Brooklyn Law School Library has been awarded a grant for its program, "Journey Down the ILS Open Source Road: Where Are We Now?"

Do you have an idea for a continuing education program that could be presented for AALL members? The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program helps fund program content (speakers, venue, etc.) or methods of wider distribution (podcasts, webinars, etc.). The next deadline for applications is February 23. Get your ideas ready!

OBS/TS Joint Research Grant

The Online Bibliographic Services and Technical Services Special Interest Sections are accepting applications for their Joint Research Grant, which provides support for AALL members conducting research specific to technical services law librarianship. AALL membership is required to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of the OBS-SIS and/or TS-SIS at the time of application. Evidence that the research and publication will directly or indirectly benefit technical services law librarianship must be shown.

Applications are due to OBS/TS Joint Research Grant Committee Chair Hollie White by March 31. Grant recipients will be announced at the Annual Meeting in Boston.

2011 Leadership Academy Photos

Check out our future leaders in action at the 2011 AALL Leadership Academy October 28-29 in Oak Brook, Illinois. About 35 members took part in the intensive learning experience aimed at growing and developing leadership skills for legal information professionals.

Give the Gift of Opportunity

During this time of year, as we hunt for the perfect gifts for family and friends, consider giving a tax-deductible gift donation in honor of a deserving member of the law librarian 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 options along with instructions for making your contribution in honor of a colleague in the profession. The Association is grateful for the generosity of our members and the resulting benefits to our profession.

Headquarters Closed for Holidays

AALL Headquarters and Government Relations Office will be closed during the holiday season from December 23 to January 1. The offices will reopen on Monday, January 2.

Member News

Anne R. Bernardo, library director of Tulare County Public Law Library in Visalia, California, has been elected president of the Library of California Board for 2012.

Karen B. Brunner, director of library services at Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP in Morristown, New Jersey, was recently appointed AALL's representative to the Legal Marketing Association.

The Oklahoma County Law Library and director Venita Hoover received the Oklahoma Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award, presented to nonlawyers or lay organizations for promoting or publicizing legal matters.

Robert Hu, professor of law and director of the Sarita Kenedy East Law Library at St Mary's University School of Law, was elected to membership in the American Law Institute.

Julie Kimbrough has been named assistant director for collection services at Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Julie was previously UNC's electronic resources librarian.

Andrea Muto, senior legal advisor in Washington, D.C., developed the first law library in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Ted Tjaden, national director of knowledge management at McMillan LLP in Toronto, was featured in the Autumn 2011 issue of University of Toronto Faculty of Information alumni magazine Informed article, "Alumni to Watch."

Jackie Woodside, formerly research law librarian at University of California, Irvine, has assumed the role of research law librarian for experiential learning at UCI's School of Law.


AALL has been advised of the deaths of Martha Bowman, Frank Lukes, and Carol C. West.

Ms. Bowman was a Life Member of AALL.

Mr. Lukes was law librarian at Baker & McKenzie in Chicago from 1958-1988. He served as president of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries in 1965-1966 and chaired various AALL committees. He received the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award in 1988 and was a 2010 inductee into the AALL Hall of Fame. Lukes passed away December 5, 2011.

Ms. West was a law professor at Mississippi College School of Law since 1975. She served as director of the Legislative Reference Bureau and counsel to legislative committees in the Mississippi Legislature from 1970-1975. Before that, she was a catalog librarian at the University of Mississippi School of Law from 1967-1970, and she was head of public services at University of Virginia School of Law from 1966-1967. She died on December 5, 2011, at the age of 67.

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

Stephanie Askew, Highland Village, Texas
Sarah Bolgert, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee
Michelle Marie Botek, University of Washington's M.G. Gallagher Law Library, Pleasant Hill
Walter G. Cook Jr., Novato, California
Karen Ann Davidson, New Orleans
Amy Davis, Austin, Texas
Clare Davitt, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Jennifer Jane Horton, St. Peters, Missouri
Cory Lenz, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, North Carolina
Linda Lockwood, Chicago
Mary E. Maier, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company Law Library, Milwaukee
Sydney Anne Mason Esq., Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Tara Mospan, Arizona State University's Ross Blakley Law Library, Phoenix
Sara Nouri, Harris County Law Library, Houston
Zachary Shane O'Connor, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, Lexington, Kentucky
Nicholas Stark, Albert E. Jenner Memorial Law Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sarah Elizabeth Sullivan, Berkeley, California

Membership Tip

Did you know that AALL's Salary Survey contains more than just salary information? The survey results include a wealth of information about respondents' backgrounds, such as where they work, their years of library experience, and number of degrees earned. For instance, 78 percent of respondents have an MLS, while 24 percent have an MLS and JD, and 9 percent have a JD and no MLS.

The Organizational Characteristics section can help you with benchmarking your budget, staffing, and more. It provides averages and comparisons of information budgets, as well as number of professional and paraprofessional staff per library, and more detailed information for specific library types. For instance, all libraries average 5.66 professionals per library (FTE) and 2.97 paraprofessionals per library (FTE).

This online Salary Survey is FREE for AALL members, so be sure to take advantage of this valuable resource.